The Great Dolomites Ladin Valleys Traverse

Self Guided

Guided

Luxury

from €1080 - min 2 pax from €1.550 - min 4 pax on request

Hike across the Dolomites South Tyrolean Ladin valleys and explore the incredible geography and geology of the Dolomites – high mountain passes, incredible sweeping vistas of dramatic peaks, and lush green valleys set between vertical walls – as you experience the centuries-old Ladin culture that is so unique to this region.

  • Length 7 or 10 Days / 6 or 9 Nights
  • Trip Type Hiking
  • Activity Level Moderate
  • Start / Finish Val Gardena / Alta Badia or Val Gardena / Cortina d'Ampezzo
  • Dates This trip is available as a custom, private departure on dates of your choosing from mid June to mid September

Highlights

  • Traverse the legendary Ladin valleys of the Dolomites as you explore Val Gardena, Val di Fassa, Alta Badia, and Cortina d’Ampezzo
  • Walk on scenic trails through lush alpine pastures and over high mountain passes
  • Enjoy the atmosphere of the mountain rifugios, the real mountaineer flair
  • Experience the rich Ladin culture with many traditions that make the Italian Alps so unique

 

OVERVIEW

For thousands of years, the Dolomites have been home to the Ladin people. In part descended from the Romans in the middle ages, the Ladin culture is rich in traditions and customs that recall ancient times. And on this magical itinerary, you will travel across three or four of the Dolomite Ladin valleys on foot – Val Gardena, Val di Fassa, and Alta Badia (7-day trip), and Cortina d’Ampezzo (10-day trip). 

But this is not just a cultural trip. Along the way you’ll experience the mountainous wonders of the Dolomites as you hike through wild alpine meadows, deciduous and evergreen woods, high altitude lunar-like terrain soaring peaks, and dramatic walls with towering heights. These alternate with the refined South Tyrolean towns of Val Gardena and Alta Badia, the Ventian village of Cortina d’Ampezzo (10-day trip), and hidden delicious mountain inns that you encounter during your hikes.

As you are enjoying these mountains, be sure to enjoy the Ladin people and the cuisine and crafts of this unique tri-cultural region. The Ladin language – a Rhaeto-Romance language also referred to as neo-Latin – is officially recognized as a minority language in parts of the Dolomites. In the valleys where you will be traveling, you will find most signage written in all three languages of the region – Italian, German, and Ladin.  Before you depart, you may even learn to speak some Ladino yourself!

 

CLIENT PRAISE

"Overall, I was very happy with every aspect of our Dolomite Mountains experience.... I have only wonderful memories of my DM trip." – Patricia / USA, June 2013

“We are grateful to Dolomite Mountains for their excellent services which include helping us plan the itinerary, making all necessary bookings, arranging the taxi transfers and providing good advice to ensure that we have a wonderful hiking experience.” – Martin / Hong Kong, June 2013

Day by Day

Hike across three of the Dolomites South Tyrolean Ladin valleys and explore the incredible geography and geology of the Dolomites – high mountain passes, incredible sweeping vistas of dramatic peaks, and lush green valleys set between vertical walls – as you experience the centuries-old Ladin culture unique to this region.


Day 1 ~ Arrive in Val Gardena, Dolomites
Arrive in Val Gardena / Gröden (~1,500m / 5,000') on your own and check into your hotel (private transfer available on request). The valley of Gardena is best known for skiing and rock climbing, and woodcarving which has flourished here since the 17th century. Home to three cultures – Italian, Austrian, and the native Ladin, most signage in Val Gardena is written in three languages – Italian, German, and Ladin! 

Depending on when you arrive, you may have time for a hike or to explore one of the three villages of Val Gardena – S. Cristina, Ortisei, or Selva Gardena.
D… Hotel in Val Gardena (3-Star)


Day 2 ~ Puez-Odle, Rasciesa, & Geological Phenomena
In the morning, meet your hiking guide (or a Dolomite Mountains representative for self guided trips) who will provide a trip briefing and orientation. From Ortisei, take the Resciesa funicolar to Rifugio Malga Saltner (2,111m / 6,926') from where you will start your hike. This is an easy hike, suitable for almost anyone, as the trail is predominantly flat with little or no elevation change. Stop for a drink at Rifugio Brogles (2,045m / 6,709') and admire the north faces of the dramatic Odle Group.

From here, either return to Malga Saltner on the same path (easier option) or hike downhill to the middle cable car station, Mount Seceda (~1,690m / 5,545'), from where you can choose to ride the gondola or hike down to town. (~4-5 hours hiking, 11.5km / 7.2 miles, 277m / 910' ascent with gondola, 1,070m / 3,510' descent without the gondola down.)

This afternoon, discover the charming Tyrolean town of Ortisei on foot.
B,D… Hotel Val Gardena (3-Star)


Day 3 ~ Sassolungo – Sassopiatto Circumnavigation
“Then come the gigantic masses of the Platt Kofel [Sassopiatto] and Lang Kofel [Sassolungo]; the first, sliced off, as by the malice of a Titan, at a single blow; the second, an array of splintered spires, ashy-tinted or pale yellow.” – Gilbert and Churchill, 1864

Today’s hike offers high altitude panoramic walking with superb scenery; wild flowers grow in abundance on the grassy slopes populated by cows and marmots, while small birds of prey hovering for rodents can be observed.

In the morning transfer to Passo Sella (2,244m / 7,362'), for your hike on a wide, well-marked trail under the Sassolungo north face and Sassopiatto massifs. Right after the impressive Sassolungo North Clock Tower spire, you’ll hike right into the heart of the massif to Rifugio Vicenza (2,253m / 7,391'), a typical Dolomites rifugio and the perfect place to enjoy lunch. 

After lunch, a green landscape will replace the rocky scenery you just hiked through. Stop for a drink at the cozy Murmeltier Hütte (Marmot Hut, 2,133m / 6,998') before hiking the final kilometer to your rifugio for the night (2,300m / 7,546'). This evening you will marvel at breathtaking pink sunsets on the walls of Sassolungo, and the quietness of the mountains from your rifugio. (~5-6 hours hiking 13km / 7.5 miles, 507m / 1,663' ascent, 451m / 1,480' descent.)
B,D… Rifugio


Day 4 ~ Catinaccio / Rosengarten Massif
Today you’ll take a fantastic hike across the Catinaccio / Rosengarten massif, one of the most recognized landmarks of the Dolomites. This is undoubtedly one of the most enjoyable and beautiful itineraries in the Dolomites, and should definitely be taken at an easy pace to enjoy its splendor!

From your rifugio, hike across the beautiful green Siusi Ridge to reach the RIfugio Alpe di Tires (2,440m / 8,005'), where you can enjoy a restoring break. Resume hiking on rocky terrain until you reach Passo del Molignon (2,604m / 8,543'), drop down to Vallon del Principe through some switchbacks, and again uphill until you reach Rifugio Bergamo (2,165m / 7,103') your home for tonight; a small and cozy hut perched in the heart of the Catinaccio Massif. Indulge in a peaceful evening on the terrace, enjoying fantastic panoramas, with vistas or the world famous Rosengarten (“rose garden”) Group, lit by enrosadira, or alpenglow, when the pale Dolomite Mountains become red at sunset. (~5-6 hours hiking 10km / 6 miles, 400m / 1,312' ascent 500m / 1,640' descent.)
B,D… Rifugio


Day 5 ~ Val di Fassa
From the rifugio, hike to Rifugio d’Antermoia and then descend to Val di Fassa where your hotel for the night is situated. The Antermoia area comprises the central-eastern part of the awesome Catinaccio group and offers some memorable rockscapes and unparalleled panoramas, along with wildlife in the shape of substantial herds of chamois, marmots, the odd roe deer and even the rare mouflon.
(~6 hours hiking 12,7km / 7,8 miles, 622m / 2,040’ ascent, 1,375m / 4,511’ descent.)
B,D… Hotel in Val di Fassa (3-Star)


Day 6 ~ Sella Massif
Within the enormous fortress-shaped Sella massif is an excellent network of paths. Today you will traverse along the south face of this incredible mountain. From your hotel, you’ll take a 30 min transfer by van to Passo Pordoi (2,239m / 7,346'). Walk to the German War Memorial and follow the trail up to a big and wide ledge on the Sella massif. This superb and panoramic trail will take you across the face of the mountain, bringing you to the Rifugio Kostner, your lunch spot. After lunch, it’s just a 20-minute hike down to the chairlift, which will take you to Corvara in Alta Badia.

Alta Badia is a sunny hollow on the south side of the Val Badia. The afternoon is free to relax at the hotel swimming pool and spa, or explore any of the six Ladin villages in Alta Badia that comprise this area and experience the unique culture that still thrives here. (~4 hours hiking 6km / 4 miles, 300m / 1,000' ascent, 50m / 150' descent.)
B,D… Hotel in Alta Badia (3-Star)


Day 7 ~ Depart
Breakfast and departure on your own (private transfer available on request). 
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10 DAY ITINERARY

Day 7 ~ Puez-Odle Natural Park
After breakfast, take a public bus to the town of La Villa in Alta Badia (1,433m / 4,701'), and ride the Gardenaccia chair lift to the start of your hike.  Begin with a steep ascent to Rifugio Gardenaccia (2,050m / 6,726'), and continue through beautiful green pastures to Puez-Odle Natural Park.  Stop for lunch at Rifugio Puez (2,475m / 8,120'); be sure to try the local sausage with polenta or the Kaiserschmarrn – a crepe-like-pancake covered with powdered sugar and jam. Before (or after) you enjoy your lunch, be sure to take in the geological richness of the area that surrounds you: this rifugio lies in an isolated location, in a large, remote green crater, full of light-colored rocks that look like small islands, and make the landscape appear wild and mysterious. A final three-hour hike downhill on an easy and panoramic trail returns you to Corvara, via Colfosco.  (5-6 hours hiking ~14km / 8.7 miles, 960m / 3,149' ascent and 1,020m / 3,346' descent.)

B,D… Hotel in Alta Badia (3-Star)


Day 8 ~ Lagazuoi Massif
After a hearty Italian Alpine breakfast, transfer to Capanna Alpina (1,726m / 5,663'), a restaurant built at the edge of the Fanes-Senes-Prags Natural Park, in an incredible setting. Hike uphill to Rifugio Scotoni (1,985m / 6,512'), a perfect spot for a break. Continue uphill to Lago di Lagazuoi, whose green waters are framed by pines with a backdrop of the sheer walls of the Cima del Lago and the Cima Scotoni. From the lake, continue the long, steady climb to Forcella Lagazuoi, a pass that separates Lagazuoi Piccolo from Lagazuoi Grande after which you can take a short detour through WWI tunnels and fortifications, to reach a cozy rifugio, your home for tonight. (~3-4 hours hiking 5.6km / 3.4 miles, 1,090m / 3,570’ ascent, 63m / 207' descent.)

B,D… Rifugio


Day 9 ~ Cinque Torri
Today you will explore the Cinque Torri area – of great interest for both the spectacular mountains around and the abundance of reminders of the terrible years of WWI, due to the adjacency of the former border between the long-dismantled Hapsburg Empire and Italy. 

Traverse below the awesome Tofana di Rozes, ascending Forcella Lagazuoi (2,573m / 8,442'), Forcella Travenanzes (2,507m / 8,225'), and Forcella Col dei Bos (2,331m / 7,648'), and gradually descend along the line of trenches. Reach the main road that goes from Cortina to Passo Falzarego. In the afternoon descend and transfer to your hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo where your luggage will await you. (4 hours hiking 10.9km / 6.8 miles, 664m /2,179' ascent, 1,343m / 4,408' descent.)

Longer and shorter hiking options in the Cinque Torri area, ranging from 2 to 8 hours are also available.
B… Hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo (3-Star) 


Day 10 ~ Depart
Breakfast and departure on your own (private transfer available on request).
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EXTEND YOUR ADVENTURE!
You've come all this way, why not stay a little longer? Dolomite Mountains offers fantastic extensions that you can enjoy before or after your trip in the Dolomites. Explore VeniceVeronaLake GardaFlorence, or Milan, or any of the many other magical places found throughout Italy. There's no more perfect way to recover from jet lag upon arrival, or delay your return to reality at the end of your trip!


Trip itinerary may vary based on weather conditions, fitness levels and abilities of participants, and/or the recommendations of your guide.

Cost

7-Day Guided Trip:
From € 2.250 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 1.550 per person (minimum 4 participants)

7-Day Self Guided Trip:
From € 1.080 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 940 per person (minimum 4 participants)


10-Day Guided Trip:
From € 3.520 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 2.360 per person (minimum 4 participants)

10-Day Self Guided Trip:
From € 1.490 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 1.320 per person (minimum 4 participants)

Private room supplement in rifugios: €15 per person and per night (based on availability)

High season supplement from July 20th to August 31st: 5% surcharge


Cost Includes:

  • Trip briefing
  • Logistics and map of the area
  • 2 nights accommodation in 3-star hotel in Val Gardena
  • 2 (3) nights accommodation in charming rifugios (shared dormitories)
  • 1 night accommodation in 3-star hotel in Val di Fassa
  • 1 (2) nights accommodation in 3-star hotel in Alta Badia
  • 1 night accommodation in 3-star B&B in Cortina d'Ampezzo (10 days trip)
  • Meals as noted in itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Local English speaking hiking guide for 5 or 8 days (guided trips)
  • Transfers in the area as per itinerary
  • Luggage transfer between hotels
  • Local tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax

Airport transfers available on request
Additional luggage transfers available on request

Accommodation

Want to learn more about our Hotels and B&Bs?
The Dolomites has a multi-faceted culture and history that is reflected in each village we visit, and we make sure to provide you with the most authentic experience of the region possible through the hotels and B&Bs we offer. Hotels and chalets are available in the larger villages, while agriturismos (working farms with accommodations similar to B&Bs) are more common in rural areas. And we always make sure you have access to inspired regional cuisine, and the best panoramas you can get in the Dolomites!

Prefer luxury acommodations?
You can also book a custom departure of this trip using our luxury hotels. For details, please contact us.

Want to learn more about our Mountain Inns & Rifugi?            
Rifugi – or mountain huts in English – are the classic accommodation for hikers, climbers, mountaineers, and ski mountaineers in the Alps. Set in spectacular locations high in the Dolomites, rifugi are accessible only on foot (with a few exceptions that are reachable by car). These marvelous establishments are open primarily in the summer, with a select few in winter, and offer meals and sleeping facilities.

The Dolomite rifugi are considered the best in the Alps. While some are dormitory style with bunk beds, many meet the standard of a simple guest house with private rooms and en-suite bathrooms, and each has its own unique character and charm. Bedding and linens are provided, hot showers are available, and meals are served in common dining areas – like a small mountain inn set high in the mountains with the most incredible vistas in the Dolomites. Whether you’re hiking in summer or skiing in winter, an overnight rifugio stay is not to miss on a Dolomite holiday.

To learn even more about rifugi in the Dolomites, check out our Rifugios in the Dolomites article, and learn about one of the best ways to experience these incredible mountains!

More info

Want to see the Dolomites in action?
Check out the high definition videos in our SUMMER VIDEO GALLERY!

Don’t miss our Summer Photo Gallery, for photos of this pristine, mountain landscape!

Want to learn more about hiking in the Dolomites?
Check out our Tips for Hiking in the Dolomites article!

Want to know what type of weather you should expect on your trip?
Check out our Climate and Weather in the Dolomites article!

Still want more adventure?
We can add several days of via ferrata to your trip! Ask us for details.

Still want even more? Why not extend your adventure!
Dolomite Mountains offers fantastic extensions that you can enjoy before or after your trip in the Dolomites. Explore VeniceVeronaLake GardaFlorence, or Milan, or any of the many other magical places found throughout Italy. There's no more perfect way to recover from jet lag upon arrival, or delay your return to reality at the end of your trip!

Group Trip Dates

Trip name   Trip dates   Min persons   Trip status   Price    
25-30 Jul
2017
4
Available
€ 890
27 Jul - 3 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1260
8-14 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 1520
15-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 2660
16-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 890
16-20 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 890
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 2660
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1520
2-8 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 2660
3-7 Oct
2017
4
Sold out
€ 890
3-10 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1730
10-15 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 890
14-19 Feb
2018
4
Limited space
€ 2200
21-27 Feb
2018
4
Available
€ 1900
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2200
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1540
4-9 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1270
11-17 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1900
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2200
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1690
17-21 Jul
2018
4
Available
€ 890
22-27 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1460
4-14 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1520
7-13 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 2660
25-31 Sep
2018
4
Available
€ 2660
8-12 Oct
2018
4
Available
€ 890