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1 week Alta Via 1 trek in the Dolomites

Alta Via
Dolomites Haute Route
Alta Via
Alta Via
Dolomites

Join Emma, UIMLA mountain leader on this 1 week Alta Via 1 trek in the Dolomites and discover one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.

Group

Dolomite Mountains

10 Days

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

Fit

Intermediate


Highlights

  • Discover the dazzling natural landscapes in the Dolomites.
  • Take part in a demanding hiking trip with an experienced guide.
  • Spend the nights in comfortable mountain refuges.

Description

Known for their dazzling beauty, the Dolomites, in northeastern Italy, attract mountaineers, adventurers and nature lovers like yourself every year. The landscapes are considered to be some of the most stunning in the world. Furthermore, the Dolomites are unique in that they preserve fossils and amazing rock formations such as spires and towers from the Mesozoic period. Also, due to the region’s mix of Austrian and Italian traditions and history, on this Alta Via 1 trek in the Dolomites, you will get a great taste of both. 

The trek covers a distance of 100 kilometers with 1000 km between ascents and descents. The route we take through a mountainous UNESCO World Heritage Site reveals some of the most breathtaking views in the world. Deep forest greens and yellow-greens, mossy rocks, and emerald-colored lakes surround the rocky peaks, including the famous Tre Cime di Lavaredo, that we will explore.  

Although we do not cover any Via Ferrata sections, the tour is quite strenuous.  Therefore, for this Alta Via 1 trek, a good level of fitness is a must. 

We usually start our adventure at Dobbiaco. We meet in the evening for a trip briefing and a delicious dinner to prepare us for the days ahead. The following morning, we take a bus to the dazzling Lago di Braies, surrounded by impressive cliffs. From there, we begin our ascent.

Every day, we walk between 6 to 8 hours. Although it is physically demanding, every step of the way is worth it as we go discovering lakes, meadows, tunnels and cliffs. The refuges we stay in are also great spots to enjoy sunset skies, starry nights and beautiful sunrises.

The 1 week Alta Via 1 Trek in the Dolomites is one of the most stunning adventures you will have. Are you ready to try it? Book your place now and join me on this wonderful exploration of one of the world’s most beautiful landscapes! I will be happy to be your guide!

Looking for something more challenging? Then join me on the Corsica GR20 Hike, considered to be one of the hardest treks in Europe!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transport during the trip

- Luggage transfer

- Mountain guide expenses

- Hot shower

- Breakfast

- Dinner

Price details

Included:

All accommodation,

All breakfasts & evening meals,

Fully qualified & experienced International Mountain Leader,

Transport from Cortina to Lago di Braies at start of route,

Transport from La Stanga to Cortina at end of route,

Luggage transfers wherever possible. Depending on the accommodation we can book, you have your luggage on approx 3 nights,

A shower wherever there is an additional charge for this in the huts.

Not Included:

Flights,

Travel insurance,

Airport transfers to/from Cortina,

Lunches,

Personal drinks & snacks,

Tips,

Towel or sleeping bag liner hire in the huts (best to bring your own).


Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Dobbiaco

Our trip starts in Dobbiaco in Italy, also known as Toblach in German. To maintain a high standard of accommodation we might start in the neighbouring village of Villabassa, if our usual hotel in Dobbiaco is fully booked. We hold a trip briefing in the hotel at 6pm, followed by our evening meal.

Accommodation: 3* hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Day 2: Lago di Braies to Rifugio Fanes

The day starts with a short bus ride to Lago di Braies; a stunning turquoise lake surrounded by magnificent cliffs. We make a steady ascent under the striated cliffs of Monte Muro to the pass at Porta Sora il Forn (2338m). From here the view takes in the glacier of Marmolada to the southwest. We head down to the Rifugio Biella for lunch, before a scenic descent through the meadows and rustic farms, and a final steep section down to the Rifugio Pederu. From the Rifugio Pederu we have our final climb of the day. It takes approximately 1.5 hours, but is well worth it to stay at the fantastic Fanes hut. 

Accommodation: Mountain refuge, dinner included

Luggage access

Walking: approx 8 hrs

Distance: 22km

Altitude gain / loss: +1500m / -1020m

Day 3: Rifugio Fanes to Rifugio Lagazuoi

A steady climb in the morning takes us to the Passo di Limo (2172m) and the pretty lake of the same name. After traversing the rugged mountainside we get to the Forcella del Lago (2486m), before a stunning descent towards Lago di Lagazuoi (2182m). A 200m climb to the Rifugio Lagazuoi finishes our day, as we follow what was once a WW1 front line, complete with gun placements and tunnels carved out of the ridgeline. Rifugio Lagazuoi is in an amazing location, high in the mountains, and even has a wood-fired sauna. This is a long day with a considerable ascent, but the descent is minimal. 

Accommodation : Mountain refuge, dinner included

No luggage access

Walking: Approx 7.5 hrs

Distance: 18km

Altitude gain / loss: + 1185m / -450m

Day 4: Rifugio Lagazuoi to Rifugio Averau

Today’s journey will take us from the remnants of World War 1 to the magnificent summits of the Tofane. First we head over the Forcella Travenanzes (2507m), followed by a descent that takes us past an atmospheric WW1 memorial. We go over the Forcella Col dei Bois, and enjoy fabulous views towards the Cinque Torri. There is an opportunity to stop at the RIfugio Dibona for coffee, before a steep climb through the forest. After stopping for lunch at another lovely Italian rifugio, we have a relatively easy climb to our refuge at Averau. After you have checked in, we recommend heading up to the Rifugio Nuvola, which is perched on the cliff tops, and offers some of the best views in the Dolomites. It adds an extra 120m of ascent but is definitely worth it!

Accommodation: Mountain refuge, dinner included

No luggage access

Walking: Approx 7 hours

Distance: 16km

Altitude gain / loss: +855 / -1150m

Day 5: Rifugio Averau to Rifugio Palafavera

The day starts with stunning views of the Tofane, Lagazuoi and Cinque Torri. We descend through flower meadows as we drop down to the next pass, before joining a path leading us underneath the cliffs. At the Forcella Giau (2360m) we stop for a coffee and take in the views towards Monte Pelmo. Following Monte Formin’s southern cliffs we then climb to the Forcella Ambrizzola (2277m). As we descend to the Rifugio Citta de Fiume we pass through dairy herds, and enjoy views of Civetta. After a break we start our final section of the day, taking a trail that traverses under the rugged peaks and spires of Monte Pelmo, which is one of the most famous landmarks of the Dolomite mountains. A final descent through the Larch forests brings us to the Rifugio Palafavera, where we spend the night. 

Accommodation: Mountain refuge, dinner included

Luggage access

Walking: Approx 8 hrs

Distance: 19km

Altitude gain / loss: +550m / -1160m

Day 6: Rifugio Palafavera to Rifugio Vazzoler

The morning starts with a farm track, and a steady climb through the forest. Sometimes the chair lift is running, so anyone not wishing to climb could take the lift (not included). We arrive at the Casera di Pioda, which is a working dairy farm selling cheese in the summer months. We leave the tinkling bells of the goats and cows behind, as we take a well-graded mule track to the shoulder of Cima Coldai. At the Rifugio Sonino al Coldai we continue west along a small valley to the Lago Coldai. We drop around the beautiful turquoise lake and over the Forcella Col Negro (2203m) before our descent into Val Civetta, where the impressive peaks of the west face of Monte Civetta tower 1200m overhead. We then head to Rifugio Vazzoler for the night, via the Forcella di Col Rean. 

Accommodation: Mountain refuge, dinner included

No luggage access

Walking: approx 6.5 hrs

Distance: 14km

Altitude gain / loss: +952m / -800m

Day 7: Rifugio Vazzoler to the Passo Duran (and return to Dobbiaco)

We leave our refuge accompanied by great views of the Torre Trieste (2458m) and Cima della Busazza (2894). We then take the steep pass of Forcella Col dell Orso (1823m). After a short aided section the path crosses boulders and pastures before dropping down in front of the south face of the Moiazza. Along the Val Framont we have the option to take in a small detour to the Rifugio Carestiato for another Italian coffee. The final section of our Alta Via descends though pastures and meadows to the Passo Duran, where we can enjoy a well-earned celebratory drink before being collected by taxi and taken back to our hotel in Dobbacio. 

Accommodation: 3* hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Walking: approx 6 hrs

Distance: 12km

Altitude gain / loss: +670m / -800m

Day 8: Depart Dobbiaco

The tour finishes after breakfast.

 

Details

Accommodation

ACCOMMODATION 2 nights in hotels 5 nights in refuges

More info

7 nights 6 days' trekking

Partial luggage delivery

Group size 4-10

Price: £1495

Join: Dobbiaco or Villabassa

Convenient Airports: Innsbruck , Venice (Marco Polo or Treviso) or Verona Other Airports: Klagenfurt or Salzburg

Meeting point

Dobbiaco/Villabassa

About the guide

I'm a qualified International Mountain Leader (IML) and I have been leading expeditions for the last 15 years. I have led the Tour du Mont Blanc over 40 times, the Everest Base Camp trek 27 times, Kilimanjaro 10 times, and I have also led trips in Nepal, Peru, Cuba, India, Bhutan, Cambodia, Thailand, the Alps, the Pyrenees, Russia, Uzbekistan and Madagascar, amongst others.

I'm a passionate skier, in 2009 I made the first ski descent of Manaslu, the 8th highest mountain in the world (8156m).

Fluent in French, Russian and Spanish, I also work as an interpreter and love to chat.

Languages

Russian | French | English

Certificates

UIMLA

Residence

Les Houches, Chamonix


What people are saying about Emma Jack

Fausto JIMÉNEZ

4.00

January, 2023

Bruno our guide was very helpful and profesional

Jill Seabrook

5.00

July, 2022

AMAZING! This was a last minute decision and my first multi day trekking tour and it far exceeded my expectations. The communication and preparation was comprehensive and accurate. Our guide (Lindsay) was phenomenal. The route was the perfect mix of challenge and comfort. I will definitely be booking my next hiking trek thru Emma.

Frank Van Nieulande

5.00

January, 2022

Emma is a very humble guide in a good way. Always in a good mood full of laughter who puts safety first and in for a good story about her previous adventures. We enjoyed her company a lot! Thanks Emma we had a wonderful time. Greetings Frank

Piyush Yawalkar

4.00

September, 2019

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Paul Connolly

5.00

March, 2019

Emma was very easy to communicate with (once we we able e in the same time zone, of course!). Our guide Phil was fabulous. Thanks to all.

Jule Mansfield

5.00

January, 2019

We booked 3 full days of private showshoeing in Chamonix. Emma Jack was very responsive to our inquiry during booking and our emails leading up to our trip. We were paired with a local guide, Sebastian, who was very knowledgeable about the Chamonix area and picked the perfect spots for us to snowshoe each day based on the weather and snowfall accumulation. I highly recommend booking your trip with Emma Jack and would use her again if we return.

Heather

5.00

September, 2018

Your service was wonderful - it was easy to use and put me in touch with my hiking guide Suze through Cloud 9 Adventure! I couldn't have asked for a better guide or day of hiking in Chamonix.

Vijay and Rosheen

4.00

March, 2018

Excellent start for us in snow shoeing with Phil our guide who kept things nice and easy - an enjoyable activity to redo.

Siti Aminah Othman

5.00

December, 2017

We had fun on that day!! The sun was shining all the way the there’s a lot of snow ? my kids enjoy the trip. All of the arrangement up to the guide is very professional handled & we enjoy the company..and will definitely booked with explore share again..keep up the good work guys!! ?

Virginie Poulin

5.00

August, 2015

Emma is a very nice and attentive guide. She is super healthy and energetic, always smiling. She has a great enthusiasm in general. Very knowledgeable about nature, she shares and teaches with care. Also, she always pays attention to each and any person, and especially adapts pace so that the hike remains a pleasant adventure and memory for all. Plus, she is very cautious of weather and mountain conditions, and has a lot of resources and ideas to adapt to the situation and hikers. In short, very nice and professional! You feel in good hands.

Mariann

5.00

June, 2015

Emma was a very sweet and knowledgeable guide. She was adaptive to the different personalities and skill level of our group. Easygoing, talkative, friendly and pleasant to be around! Couldn't be happier with our guide!


 

 

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