Join this 10-day hiking tour at the heart of the Dolomites and enjoy an unforgettable trek through stunning mountain landscapes, near Cortina d'Ampezzo, along UIMLA-certified Mountain Leader Ella.
This amazing 10-day hiking tour takes you along the Dolomites High Mountain trail, enjoying the view of this unique jagged mountains, discovering the authentic South Tyrol natural beauty and tasting delicious local food along the way.
Nestled in northeastern Italy, the Dolomites are one of the most dramatic mountain ranges in the world, featuring impressive cliffs, limestone towers, vertical rock walls, alpine lakes and green meadows. Their spectacular landscapes, flora, fauna and history make them truly unique!
During this 10-day hiking tour in the Dolomites, you will also discover three different natural parks and pretty mountain villages, staying in beautiful hotels and one night in a traditional mountain guesthouse.
Starting from Cortina Cortina d’Ampezzo our traverse takes us to Val Gardena and the Sella group massif, finishing at the foot of the amazing Rosengarten towers at Karer pass. You can see the detailed day-by-day itinerary below.
Among many other special moments, you will see the stunning three peaks of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Drei Zinnen) and relax at sunset watching the last rays of evening light as they redden the mountains, around Pederü mountain guest house. This will be an unforgettable experience at the heart of amazing mountains!
So don’t hesitate to contact me if you want to be part of this hiking tour. Just check the date below, book your trip and get ready for a great trekking experience at the heart of the Dolomites!
- Guiding fee
- Accommodation included
- Transport during the trip
- Luggage transfer
- Permit and entrance fees
The price listed above is for a group of 6 people. There is a minimum of 4 people required for this tour. (Ask for prices) / Included in the price: accommodation and meal reservations and organization of the trip, UIMLA hiking guide, 9 nights in nice Hotels in private double rooms, 1 night in a cozy mountain guesthouse in private double rooms, private transportation to the hikes and back to the hotels, luggage transfer to all hotels, 8 dinners (as noted), park entries, cable car fees. Not included in the price: 1 dinner in Cortina d'Ampezzo, lunches and snacks, beverages, personal insurances (accident, travel, cancelation etc.), transport to Cortina and back from Karer pass.
We all meet at the Hotel in Cortina at 7pm to get to know your hiking guide, and talk about the itinerary for the week. We enjoy a delicious dinner together.
Night and dinner at Hotel in Cortina
After a short drive past beautiful Misurina lake we start with a gentle hike at the foot of the famous vertical rock needles Tre Cime di Lavaredo.
Night at Hotel in Cortina, no organized dinner (many options in Cortina)
10.5km, 4 – 5hrs, + 378m – 378m
A short drive brings us to the south side of the Cortina valley from where we hike to the beautiful mountain lake Mondeva located at the foot of the imposing Croda da Lago. Here we stop for a drink at the mountain hut and can later admire the Mondeval alpine pastures from the Forcella Ambrizola Pass. We continue to Forcella Giau and meet our minivan at Passo Giau.
Night at Hotel in Cortina, organized dinner.
13,4km, 6hrs, + 864m – 327m
We hike through the Fannes-Sennes nature park today on the Alta Via, a high trail that crosses the Dolomites, and visit the Seekofel hut, one of the oldest mountain huts in the Dolomites. Over green pastures we reach Fodara Vedla to test the best Apfelstrudel in the area. Down a steep military road and we are in Pederü.
Night and dinner at Mountain Guesthouse Pederü.
15 km, 5hrs, + 730m, – 840m
A trail through beautiful alpine pastures in the heart of the Fannes – Sennes Nature park and a sea of rocky limestone formations decorate our way up to Fanes Alm. A short way down a steep valley and we’re in the Alta Badia valley.
Night and dinner at our Mountain Explorers Hotel in the beautiful small town of San Cassiano, Spa.
14,3km, 5hrs, + 635m, – 575m
From Kolfschung we take a small cable car up to our hiking start. We hike a panoramic high trail today and finish the hike in the beautiful small town of Wolkenstein in the famous Val Gardena.
Night and dinner at Hotel in Wolkenstein, Spa.
7.4km, 5hrs, + 545m, – 339m
This hike leads us around one of the mightiest of the Dolomite mountains. Thanks to this loop path, you can circumnavigate the whole Langkofel / Sassolungo mountain range and enjoy continuously different sceneries and panoramas, always spectacular, while you proceed. We start and finish our hike with cable cars.
Night and dinner at Chalet Hotel in Fassa valley, Spa.
13km, 5hrs, + / – 540m
The Rosengarten towers are very unique and our loop brings us to the Vajolon mountain cabin which is situated right underneath the steep rocky faces of the Rosengarten towers. We might spot some rock climbers on our way back towards the cable car.
Night at Hotel in Fassa valley, organized dinner.
11km, 6hrs, + 538m, – 290m
Bye – Bye hikers Breakfast at the Hotel before your onward journey or your travel back home.
From Karer pass it’s only about a 1.5hr drive to Bolzano.
3 nights at Hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo 1 night at the mountain guest house in Fanes Natural Park 1 night at Hotel in San Cassiano 1 night at Hotel in Wolkenstein 2 nights in Fassa valley 1 Nights at Karer pass
Lunches: We didn’t include the lunches because we have had big differences in eating preferences in the past. Some people only want to eat an energy bar, others like more a buffet style picnic or to stop at one of the many great mountain restaurants. Once in Cortina you can let me know your preferences and I can organize a picnic style buffet each day or box lunches for you. Also often there are many great mountain restaurants along the way where we can stop for lunch.
How to get to Cortina d'Ampezzo:
Venice has the closest airport and is a great location to start the tour. We recommend spending a day or two in this beautiful town prior or after the trip.
Private transportation from Venice airport: If you wish I can organize a private shuttle from the Venice airport to Cortina and back for those who would like to go back to Venice on the last day.
How to get back from Karer Pass at the end of the tour: I’m happy to arrange a Taxi for you or you can take the public bus to Bozen/Bolzano and than a train to Venice or where ever you like. From Bozen there are trains in all different directions.
Packing list for this Dolomites hiking tour: Recommended clothing: (We’re fans of Merino wool clothing for hiking, they dry fast and don’t smell) 1 pair of hiking boots or shoes (high or low is up to you, I always recommend higher ones but the trails are in very good shape) functional underwear hiking socks 1 long sleeve shirt 2-3 T-shirts 1 fleece or soft-shell jacket 1-2 pair synthetic hiking pants or shorts 1 pair long pants 2 – 3 pair hiking socks – wool or wool blend 1 pair shoes for wearing after the hiking in the towns 1 sun hat, 1 warm hat thin Gloves 1 set Gore-tex rain gear 1 thin down jacket Casual outfit for dinners Gaters (for tours in early spring) Optional clothing: Swimsuit (many Hotels have a Spa) Gear: 1 day backpack 1-2 water bottles, thermos bottle Sunglasses Personal toiletries Wollte or similar for hand washing clothes at Hotels 1 pair trekking poles Camera Blister tape Pocket knife Personal medicaments
Climate: Alpine weather can change suddenly, involving wide temperature variations. Temperatures also drop with altitude, and snow falls in summer are not rare. You should be prepared for cold and hot weather, while minimizing items you need to pack.
Mountain leader from the UIMLA organization
The Swiss Alps where my playground where I grew up in. I love the mountains! After my career as a ski racer for the Swiss National Ski Team I traveled to Patagonia and fell in love with an other great mountain range, the Patagonian Andes. My passion to work with people and to be able to enjoy the great outdoors where the reasons, why I became an UIMLA- mountain leader and a snow-sport instructor with a Federal Certificate of Higher Vocational Education and Training.
Since 2007 I’m guiding my friends and clients in the Swiss and French Alps and show them my second home, the Patagonian Andes. That’s where I spent several months every year.
I’m based in Chamonix and St.Moritz while I’m in Europe and in Bariloche during my Patagonian months.
Please get in touch with me if you are looking to discover one of these two beautiful regions. It will be my pleasure to guide you there.
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