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13 Days

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13 Days

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Strenuous

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From $5195 pp

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Overview

Dolomites Traverse

Witness the grandeur of the Dolomites on this 13-day itinerary that provides the support and valuable interpretation of an experienced guide, comfortable accommodation and fabulous local food. Each day will captivate your imagination as you trek through forests, meadows, lush alpine pastures, past emerald lakes and jagged peaks.

Providing inspiration to artists and trekkers alike, this region will astound you with its wild beauty of varied terrain and scenery. You will begin to understand why this striking pink-grey mountain range is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Dolomites Traverse

Highlights

Get Ready For

  • Some of the best sections of the Alta Via1 and Alta Via 2
  • Led by our International Mountain Leaders
  • Marvel at the spectacular mountain scenery
  • Local specialities, perfect coffee, great company
  • Experience Italian hospitality at its finest
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The experience

On the Trail & Video

The trails on the Dolomites can be narrow, steep and quite exposed in sections. Dizzying heights and steep slopes are a feature of the walks in this area, so you need to be prepared for this. The Dolomites are not suitable for people who experience vertigo. The terrain is often uneven, rough, rocky and hard underfoot. Please speak to our Destination Expert should you have any questions or concerns about your ability to undertake this trek.
Each day you will be trekking an average of 18-22km. This is an approximate only as occasionally your guide will choose to take a different route due to things like weather, group fitness or trail closure. While it is unlikely that you will exceed much more than 22km on a regular basis, please ensure that you are fit enough to comfortably trek up to 26km per day including ascents and descents of 1000m+.

Itinerary

Dolomites Traverse

Week 1
Day 1: SAN VITO DI CADORE

Arrive today in the Boite River Valley and the town of San Vito di Cadore. There is a welcome meeting scheduled with your trek leader at 5pm at the hotel. Before meeting with your trek leader the afternoon is free for you to explore the town and its amazing mountain surrounds. We will enjoy our first dinner together after the briefing.

Please note: Your first night may instead be in the nearby town of Calalzo di Cadore. This will be confirmed in your final documents. 

Meals: D

Day 2: SAN VITO DI CADORE TO PASSO STAULANZA

After a hearty breakfast we will make our way towards Passo Staulanza via a demanding 100m+ climb from the valley and then the circuit route below Monte Pelmo. Monte Pelmo is a feature peak of the Dolomites and is easily recognised as it sits apart from other peaks in its large, blockish form. Don’t forget to look up and take in the grand view as we travel along.

7–8 hours trekking – ascent 1250m / descent 400m
Meals: B L D

Day 3: TREK PASSO STAULANZA TO PASSO GIAU

Today our route takes us via the Col di Roan, Forcella Ambrizzola and Forcella Giau to our destination of Passo Giau. After an initial uphill start, the trail evens out and takes us through many alpine pastures. The latter half of the trek between the Forcella Ambrizzola and the Passo Giau, remains fairly level and meanders beneath the Lastói di Formin and on past the Mondevàl pasture, which is of great anthropological interest. The beautiful Giau Pass is located at the centre of a vast mountain pasture and is where we will find our accommodation for the night.

6 hours trekking – ascent 600m / descent 600m
Meals: B L D

Day 4: TREK PASSO GIAU TO CORTINA

On our hike today we will explore the WWI trenches and learn about the history that took place here. Between 1915 and 1918, the Austro-Hungarian and Italian armies fought many a bloody battle within these mountains during what was also known as the Great War. The soldiers endured severe weather conditions, bitter cold and the risk of avalanches while posted in the Dolomites. We end our day in the picturesque ski-town of Cortina, home of the 1956 Winter Olympics.

5–6 hours trekking – ascent 400m / descent 1200m
Meals: B L

Day 5: TREK CORTINA TO FODARA VEDLA

This morning we will take the cable car out of Cortina to Col Druscie taking in striking views along the way. We will then hike to Passo Posporcora then on to Ponte Outo, and Malga Ra Stua before arriving at the charming and family-run Rifugio Fodara Vedla.

7–8 hours trekking – ascent 800m / descent 400m
Meals: B L D

Please note: Accommodation this evening is in a refuge in a remote location and, while the rooms are very comfortable and ensuite, you will need to pack a small overnight bag as we are not able to have your luggage delivered tonight. It is possible that twin share rooms will not be available, and you will need to sleep in triple or quad rooms with others of the same gender from your RAW Travel group.

Day 6: TREK FODARA VEDLA TO SAN CASSIANO

Crossing high Alpine meadows and rocky tracks, we descend to Pederu in the heart of the nature park and then ascend, past traditional farm buildings, to a mountain pass where we can take our picnic lunch in a field of edelweiss encircled by towering limestone massifs. Then the trail leads south and downhill, steeply in parts, to Alta Badia and the delightful small town of San Cassiano. You will be able to enjoy the typical Tyrolean hospitality and food at our lovely Pension Steinrosl which will be our home for two nights.

8 hours trekking – ascent 600m / descent 1200m
Meals: B L D

Day 7: SAN CASSIANO – REST DAY

A welcome rest day in this idyllic little town. Optional activities (own expense) include mountain biking along local trails, riding the Piz Sorega cable car for magnificent views, day walks in the surrounding area or simply relaxing in the hotel’s spa and wellness centre.

Meals: B

Week 2
Day 8: TREK SAN CASSIANO TO ARABBA

We take a short bus transfer this morning, then once we are back on our feet we ascend to the north flank of the Settsass Mountain.  Continuing on, we head towards Pralongia before ascending into the valley of Fodom. The village of Arabba is our stop for the night and is nestled within this valley at the base of the imposing Sella massif and some of the most beautiful peaks of the Dolomites.

5–6 hours trekking – ascent 700m / descent 900m
Meals: B L D

Day 9: TREK ARABBA TO CANAZEI OR CAMPITELLO – VAL DI FASSA

We need to fuel up at breakfast this morning ready for our big ascent out of Arabba. We take a little known and very beautiful trail to Passo Portovescovo for stunning views across the valley to the Marmolada – the highest mountain in the Dolomites standing at 3343m. Keep an eye out for marmots in the valley! We then follow the famous Via del Pan, a high-level path that contours around to Pecol, with the Marmolada on our left-hand side all the time. Descending from Pecol into Canazei by cable car gives us time to explore this charming town, and visit the swimming pool/leisure facilities if we wish.

6–7 hours trekking – ascent 1000m / descent 650m
Meals: B L D

Day 10: TREK CANAZEI TO UPPER VAL GARDENA

A steep ascent from Canazei this morning brings us up and out onto the open hillside with superb views back down to the valley below. We can enjoy a late morning coffee stop at a refuge with panoramic vistas before continuing around the Sassolongo massif. We will take a cable car down to Val Gardena and our accommodation at the end of the day.

6–7 hours trekking – ascent 1100m / descent 500m
Meals: B L D

Day 11: TREK VAL GARDENA TO SCILIAR MASSIF

We start today’s hike by continuing our circumnavigation of the Sassolongo, the boulder trail contours around the base of these impressive rock towers before we pick up an easy, grassy ridge path leading west towards the mighty Sciliar massif. We end the day by climbing up through truly impressive rocky scenery, to our overnight refuge perched high in the mountains with spectacular views. This is an excellent place to view the famous Dolomites sunset.

Please note: Tonights refuge is a true mountain refuge, accessible only on foot and perched at 2500m. Rooms are simpler than anywhere else on the trip and are not ensuite. It is possible that twin share rooms will not be available and you will need to sleep in triple or quad rooms with others of the same gender from your RAW Travel group. Baggage will not be delivered tonight and you will need to carry your own toiletries and personal clothing in your day pack.

6–7 hours trekking – ascent 750m / descent 600m
Meals: B L D

Day 12:  TREK SCILIAR MASSIF TO BOLZANO

This morning we descend from the mighty Sciliar massif, cross meadows and descend to the delightful woods and orchards of the South Tyrol. The scenery here is completely different but no less beautiful. We end our hike at a charming small south Tyrolean town, where we jump on a bus for a 30-minute journey to the historic capital of the South Tyrol, Bolzano.

6 hours trekking – ascent 200m / descent 1200m
Meals: B L

Day 13: DEPARTURE DAY

Your tour ends this morning after breakfast. Before you leave you may wish to spend some time exploring this interesting town. There are many things to see and do in Bolzano, notably the South Tyrol Archaeological Museum which is home to Otzi, the famous Neolithic man whose exceptionally well-preserved corpse was found in the glacier ice.

Meals: B

Changes to Itinerary

This itinerary is subject to change due to trail closure, inclement weather, accommodation availability or other reasons unforeseen to us at the time you make your booking. When making these changes we always have your safety and welfare in mind to ensure a positive and enjoyable experience is maintained throughout your trip with us. Thank you for your understanding.

Inclusions

What's included?

Included
  • 12 nights accommodation in small hotels and refuges
  • Qualified and experienced trekking guide
  • Daily meals as outlined above
  • Local briefing in San Vito di Cadore
  • Private rooms on trek (with the exception of 2 nights in remote areas where multi-share may be required)
  • Transportation where needed on the trek
  • Luggage transfers on all but 2 trekking days (where you will stay in remote mountain locations)
Excluded
  • Flights and transport to and from the tour
  • Travel insurance
  • 3 dinners and 1 lunch
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Single supplement
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Your leaders

International Mountain Leaders

We have our own staff of experienced and qualified International Mountain Leaders. Not only do they know the trek routes exceptionally well but they will excel in looking after you; your safety is our priority in an alpine environment. All our guides are native English speakers, so clear communication is never an issue.

Meet & find more about our leaders here

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Customer Star Rating of 5   

Customer Testimonials

Our guide Diane was so passionate about the Dolomites and a seriously experienced mountaineering guide. She gave us the most incredible experience and lasting memories of this beautiful area by choosing daily hikes that provided jaw-dropping scenery plus lots of fun and adventure. The hiking was physically challenging but our group worked well together and encouraged each other when it got tough and Diane was always there for each of us. I would go back in a heartbeat and do it all again! Just loved this trip!

Margaret Jones, Hawthorn East (VIC) – July 2018

Customer Star Rating of 5   

Customer Testimonials

Thanks RAW Travel for an exceptionally enjoyable tour of the Dolomites. You have a special treasure in Diane McGuinness; we found her passionate about the Circuit Trek that she has created. Diane made sure everyone was looked after, right down to the tiniest detail. She was supportive and understanding during the times on the trail when I felt anxious. This happened a few times when crossing snow on the trail and some high points that, in my opinion, were “hairy”. Diane was by my side on those occasions and I appreciate the care she took with Peter and me during those times. We also give 10/10 for accommodation and lunch stops. Our favourite was the Refuge de Fodara after a big day ascending to our overnight accommodation on Day 4, although we loved all of the hospitality provided during our 8 days Dolomites Circuit.

Tina & Peter Wintour, Mermaid Waters (QLD), June 2018

Customer Star Rating of 5   

Customer Testimonials

The whole trek was a wonderful experience. Our guide, Dave Barber, did an awesome job in making this a trip of a lifetime. Very professional – making sure all the logistics were spot on everyday as well as being knowledgeable about the history and uniqueness of where we trekked. He also made sure we were all challenged with the pace but had fun along the way.

Cornelia Mckee, Karalee (QLD) – July 2019

Customer Star Rating of 5   

Customer Testimonials

This is the second RAW Travel trek we have been on and again it is an adventure that we shall always remember. The trek was very carefully planned to provide a variety of experiences including different terrain, scenery, top quality food, hospitality and accommodation. Our leader was fantastic not only was Dianne fluent in Italian but her knowledge of the area was outstanding and she could adjust each day as the weather dictated. This trek was a little more difficult than the TMB, being steeper ascents and descents and stonier underfoot but the challenge was so worth it. The mountain scenery in the Dolomites is as spectacular as you can get and this trek is designed to provide you with a taster from high meadows, rocky outcrops to traversing across well trodden scree trials.

Frances Rogers, Fremantle – June 2016

Customer Star Rating of 5   

Customer Testimonials

I had high expectations for this trip which were amazingly exceeded. The scenery was so much more spectacular in real life than any photos could try to convey. The walk was challenging but the rewards more than outweighed the effort. Can’t speak highly enough of our guide Diane. She was just so knowledgeable and helpful and engaging with each and everyone of us. The enjoyment I got from this trip was, in a large part, due to her. The hotels and Rifugios we stayed at were also wonderful. This was my second trip with RAW Travel as a solo traveller. As with the first, everything went so enjoyably smoothly without a single hitch. I enjoyed it so much that I’m sure a third trip with RAW Travel is not far away!

Stephen Youla, Pascoe Vale South (VIC) – July 2019

Customer Star Rating of 5   

Customer Testimonials

Our guide Diane was so passionate about the Dolomites and a seriously experienced mountaineering guide. She gave us the most incredible experience and lasting memories of this beautiful area by choosing daily hikes that provided jaw-dropping scenery plus lots of fun and adventure. The hiking was physically challenging but our group worked well together and encouraged each other when it got tough and Diane was always there for each of us. I would go back in a heartbeat and do it all again! Just loved this trip!

Margaret Jones, Hawthorn East (VIC) – July 2018

Customer Star Rating of 5   

Customer Testimonials

A fantastic experience! The itinerary was brilliantly organised so we could experience varying terrains in these amazing mountains and stay in comfortable refuges/family hotels with great local food; and our guide was extremely professional, knowledgeable, flexible, caring and great company.

Lyndenanne Dziedzic, NSW – July 2016

Customer Star Rating of 5   

Customer Testimonials

The scenery was amazing and each day offered different experiences including natural beauty, physical challenge and culture. David Barber was an excellent guide who was quick to assist or guide people through difficult sections as well as catering for different desires and limitations. The overnight stay at Fodara Vedla was simply stunning and a great experience including Austrian folk music, venison goulash and apple strudel. Overall, the food provided by the hosts was just incredible and a cultural experience on its own. Loved the whole trip and would recommend to anyone interested in an active holiday.

Andrew Perkins, Paddington (QLD) – September 2018

Customer Star Rating of 5   

Customer Testimonials

Loved my Dolomites trip. The scenery was spectacular. The Dolomites are overwhelmingly majestic, and it was an amazing place to trek. Our guide, Diane, ensured that the trip was flawlessly organised. All I had to do was enjoy! Great people. Great accommodation and food. Great experience.

Angela Maltby, Te Puke (New Zealand) – June 2019

Customer Star Rating of 5   

Customer Testimonials

The itinerary was amazing. Every day was very different. Different landscapes, accommodations, tracks. Our guide was knowledgeable and helpful in every way. I would absolutely recommend this hike to everyone. Truly unique.

Joylene Cooke, Sorrento (WA) – July 2019

Customer Star Rating of 5   

Customer Testimonials

Exceptional trip in every way – with Diane absolutely superb in looking after all the needs of every group member and being such an excellent guide.

Stuart Spalding, Maleny (QLD) – June 2019

Customer Star Rating of 5   

Customer Testimonials

I’m back from Italy (we toured for quite a while after the Dolomites trip)…the Dolomites walk was really good. The weather was not quite so good, but you can’t have everything. It is such an amazing landscape. And Diane is a great guide. She really knows what she’s doing. She was very conscious of how each walker was going and kept an appropriate pace and eye on things. The accommodation, meals, transfers and the overall itinerary worked really well. I’ve now done several guided multi-day walks both in Australia and overseas and Diane is certainly the best guide I have come across. Thanks for a really good trip!

CB (NSW) – September 2018

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