NEW! Trek of the Legends

from €930

Experience 8 days of hiking around Val di Fassa, an incredible valley surrounded by a masterpiece of mountains! Hike the 6 of the 20 stages of the Trek of the Legends, across a variety of trails with incredible views, and legendary tales to accompany your journey!

  • Length 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Trip Type Hiking
  • Activity Level Moderate
  • Start / Finish Val di Fassa
  • Dates This trip is available as a custom, private departure on dates of your choosing from June to October

Highlights

  • Experience the fairy tale mountain landscape of the Dolomites, with astounding panoramas around every corner
  • Hike part of the Trek of the Legends, an extraordinary itinerary that will lead you to uncover the beauty and legends of the Dolomite Mountains
  • Walk along pastoral alpine pastures, across mountain passes, and on scenic trails
  • Hike hut-to-hut as you explore Val di Fassa and its surrounding beauty 

 

OVERVIEW

The Trek of the Legends is an extraordinary walking experience that will help you discover where the Ladin myths of the Dolomites were born. It is a circular trekking route of 200 kilometers (124 miles, or about 60 hours of walking), divided into 20 stages, that links the Val di Fassa with the Val di Fiemme and Primiero. Six of the stages, those included in this fascinating itinerary, are in the Val di Fassa. A wide range of mountain walks lead to King Laurin’s rose garden in the Catinaccio, wind amidst the rocks of the Marmolada glacier where one might hear Conturina sing, or take you to the foot of the Sassolungo to listen to the twitter of a nightingale belonging to a legendary princess. This fairy tale experience completes and enriches your holiday. It is also a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the Enrosadira phenomenon, when, at sunset, the mountain rocks take on a beautiful red hue.

The majestic Dolomite Mountains offer so many incredible areas to hike and explore, it’s hard to choose just one! But the advantage of selecting a single area for your trip is that you can get to know the area more intimately. That’s why we created our Trek of the Legends itinerary, to focus on the incredible Val di Fassa region, and get to know its masterpiece of mountains.

 

Prefer a shorter trip?
Check out our  Trek of the Legends Getaway  – a 5-day hiking itinerary starting with the same first 4 days of the Trek of the Legends Trip, exploring the Val di Fassa region of the Dolomites!

Day by Day

Experience 8 days of hiking around Val di Fassa, an incredible valley surrounded by a masterpiece of mountains! Hike the 6 of the 20 stages of the Trek of the Legends, across a variety of trails with incredible views, and legendary tales to accompany your journey!


Day 1 ~ Arrive in Val di Fassa 
Arrive on your own in Val di Fassa (1,114m / 3,655'), and check-in into your hotel (private transfer available on request). The Val di Fassa, or Fassa Valley in English, is a fascinating natural valley set in the Italian province of Trento. The valley stretches 20-kilometers (12-miles), from Moena to Canazei, with a total of seven municipalities. This stunning Dolomites valley is surrounded by a “masterpiece” of mountains, including the Sella Group, Sassolungo, and Marmolada, home to the Dolomites largest remaining glacier, and the Catinaccio / Rosengarten with its remarkable Torri del Vajolet.

These mountains of culture, tradition, legend, and sport offer much to be discovered, and over time the Ladin people of Val di Fassa have guarded this valley of incomparable beauty. The kingdom of the legendary King Laurino was said to be set here, and the famous king was the guardian of this enchanted valley. 

Depending on when you arrive, you may have time for a hike or to explore the villages of Val di Fassa. 
D… Hotel in Val di Fassa (3-Star)


Day 2 ~ Discovering the Ladin Legends – Hiking at the Foot of the Queen of the Dolomites
If you are taking a private trip, you will meet with your Hiking Guide in the morning for a trip briefing. If you are taking a self-guided adventure, you will meet with a Dolomite Mountains representative who will provide a trip briefing and orientation, as well as maps, Italian mobile phone, and everything necessary for your self-guided adventure. 

Today is a great warm-up day, to wake up your legs after travel and help you acclimatize to the altitude. After breakfast, take a public transfer Passo San Pellegrino (1,918m / 6,293'). From here, walk 1 hour and 20 minutes to Rifugio Fuciade, where the hiking really begins! Follow a steep, strenuous path that climbs into the heart of the Cirelle. After an ascent of 700 meters (2,296'), you’ll reach the Cirelle Pass (2,683m / 8,802'). The vista from this vantage point is magnificent, dominated by a crown of 3,000m / 9,842'-plus peaks. You are in the heart of the Ladin mountains, and characters from the legends of this area could be hiding behind each stone.

Descend across large scree slopes that are (thankfully!) less steep than the ascent, to your rifugio for tonight. Nestled on a plain in the Val di Contrin, in front of the steep north face of Cima Ombretta, the walls of Vernel, and at the foot of the south face of Marmolada, from here you can admire some of the most beautiful landscapes of the Eastern Dolomites. 


Amidst the stone walls of Marmolada, it is said that a beautiful girl named Conturina lives. Perhaps you will hear her song as you pass the walls of the Cima Ombretta?
(~4-5 hours hiking 9.7km / 6 miles, 789m / 2,589' ascent, 687m / 2,254' descent.)
B,D… Rifugio


Day 3 ~ In the Realm of Conturina – From Val Contrin to Fedaia
Today you will continue to explore the area surrounding the Marmolada Massif. Marmolada, known as the Queen of the Dolomites, is the highest mountain in all the Dolomites at 3,343 meters (10,964'), and home to its largest remaining glacier. Not only is this massif incredible to look at, but it is home to a wealth of sporting activities, from skiing to mountaineering, hiking to sight seeing, and is protected as part of the Dolomite Mountains UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

From your rifugio, hike uphill for about an hour to the San Nicolò Pass and Rifugio San Nicolò. You’ll work your way east, first hiking trails traveling south, and then north toward Canazei. When you descend into the Ciampac depression, you can take the cableway to Alba di Canazei, or you can continue to hike to your rifugio for tonight (2,057m / 6,749').
(~6-7 hours hiking 16.6 km / 10 miles, 1,213m / 3,980' ascent, 533m / 1,749' descent.)

A more difficult option traversing the Marmolada Glacier is available, requiring climbing expertise and theuse of ropes and ladders. Call for details.
(~6-7 hours hiking 9.1km / 5.6 miles, 1,051m / 3,448' ascent, 986m / 3,235' descent.)
B,D… Rifugio 


Day 4 ~ The Viel del Pan
In the morning, walk to the nearby Rifugio Castiglioni Marmolada, and follow a long traverse among breathtaking scenery and at a constant altitude of around 2,400 meters (7,874'), arriving at the Pordoi Pass (2,239m / 7,346'). This section of today’s itinerary is called “Viel del Pan,” which literally means “the path of bread.” In medieval times, this was the preferred route for traders from the Val di Fassa traveling to the Livinallongo Valley and beyond. What is most beautiful in this trail is the proximity to the Marmolada range. Throughout the hike, you have a near-continuous and incomparable view of the Marmolada Massif and her stunning glacier. 

Once you reach Passo Pordoi, a ride up the cableway to Sass Pordoi – the terrace of the Dolomites – offers a complete 360° vista of all the main Dolomite peaks. Well worth your while! After returning to the Pordoi Pass by cableway, hike to "Pecol," and then on to Canazei (1,465m / 4,806'), the highest village in Val di Fassa.
(~5-6 hours hiking 15.7 km / 9.5 miles, 509m / 1,670' ascent, 1,138m / 3,734' descent.)
B,D… Hotel in Val di Fassa (3-Star)


Day 5 ~ At the Foot of the Sassolungo Group
Departing from Canazei, walk west along the Avisio River to Ischia a Campitello, where you’ll find the base station of the cableway that will take you up to Col Rodella in just a few minutes. From Col Rodella, hike the “Friedrich August Weg,” named after the King of Saxony. The trail follows an easy, relatively even path at the feet of the Grohmann and Innerkofler peaks, the Dente del Sassolungo and the Sasso Piatto, and then leads into the wide grassy saddle of the Giogo di Fassa, and the Rifugio Sasso Piatto. While you walk beneath the Sasslungo, listen for the song of the nightingale.

From Rifugio Sasso Piatto, continue along the Siusi crest over generally even terrain at the start of the ridge, and then onto the slope of the Duron Valley to the Pas de Duron (2,168m / 7,113'). A number of saddles along the way also open spectacular vistas of the Alpe di Siusi and the Odle from the opposite slope. From Passo Duron, descend south into the Val Duron, and continue to the Ciaregole Pass (2,282m / 7,487'). Shortly after the pass, ascends to the right in steep curves towards the Dona Pass (2,516m / 8,255') and to reach your rifugio for tonight (2,496m / 8,189'). You will be in the heart of the Val di Fassa Dolomites, dominated by the magnificent vista of the western wall of the Catinaccio d’Antermoia.
(~5-6 hours hiking 14.5km / 9 miles, 861m / 2,825' ascent, 559m / 1,834' descent.)
B,D… Rifugio


Day 6 ~ The Soul of the Monti Pallidi
Perhaps not everyone knows that the Dolomites are also called Monti Pallidi. Dwarves once wove a net of light and surrounded the mountains here, ensuring that the Moon Princess could safely live on earth with her prince, and avoid the sadness of these once dark enshrouded mountains.

From Rifugio Antermoia, heads west crossing the Antermoia Pass (2,770m / 9,088'), to then flank the western slope of the Catinaccio d’Antermoia (3,002m / 9,849'), where you will then reach the Principe Pass and Rifugio Passo Principe (2,600m / 8,530'). There is an alternative route along a spectacular via ferrata, which crosses the massif and passes alongside the peak. The itinerary continues up an initial steep stretch, that flattens into the Valle del Vajolet, where you’ll reach the Vajolet and Preuss Rifugios (2,246m / 7,369'), with a vista of the legendary Torri del Vajolet and the eastern wall of the Catinaccio. This is the heart of one of the best-known Alpine climbing areas of all time. From here, the Rifugio Re Alberto can be reached in about an hour, where you can admire the southern slopes of the Torri del Vajolet. After returning to the Vajolet and Preuss Rifugios, descend your rifugio for tonight (1,949m / 6,394').
(~4-5 hours hiking 8.9km / 5 miles, 653m / 2,142' ascent, 1,218m / 3,996' descent.)
B,D… Rifugio


Day 7 ~ Towards the Roda de Vael
The Roda de Vael (2,806m / 9,206') is part of the Dolomites’ Rosengarten Group, famous for its triangular shape, which it very difficult for climbers to reach the summit via the vertical wall, and often instead must use the side slopes.

From the Gardeccia depression, head south east to Ciampedie, which offers a magnificent vista of the entire Vajolet Valley. Continue past Prà Martin, and follow the "Viel de le Feide" (the sheep path) at the foot of the Cigolade heading west, to reach the Buja de Vael and then descend to Rifugio Roda de Vael. Along the way you’ll have fantastic views of the Roda de Vael to the west. From here, descend to the Costalunga Pass, beneath the mountain to the south. There is an alternate route hiking on the southern slopes of the mountain. Take a private transfer to Moena di Fassa to your hotel for tonight.
(~4-5 hours hiking 10.8km / 6.5 miles, 425m / 1,394' ascent, 632m / 2,073' descent.)
B,D… Hotel in Val di Fassa (3-Star)


Day 8 ~ 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 Venice, Verona, Lake Garda, Florence, 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!


Prefer a shorter trip?
Check out our  of the Legends Getaway  – a 5-day hiking itinerary starting with the same first 4 days of the Trek of the Legends Trip, exploring the Val di Fassa region of the Dolomites!


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

Cost

Guided Trip:
From € 2.380 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 1.660 per person (minimum 4 participants)

Self Guided Trip:

From € 1.060 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 930 per person (minimum 4 participants)

Private room supplement in rifugios: €15 per rifugio, per person (based on availability)
High season supplement from July 20th to August 31st: 5% surcharge
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Cost Includes:

  • Trip briefing
  • Logistics and map of the area
  • 3 nights accommodation in 3-star hotel in Val di Fassa
  • 4 nights accommodation in rifugios
  • All breakfasts
  • All dinners
  • Local English speaking hiking guide (guided trips)
  • Italian mobile phone for local emergency calls during the trip (self-guided trips)
  • Transfers in the area as per itinerary 
  • Local tourist tax
  • Italian VAT Tax

Airport transfers available on request.

 

Ready to take the next step?
To request more information, just complete and return our Trip Questionnaire, or contact us directly to plan your Dolomite Mountains vacation today!

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!

Group Trip Dates

Trip name   Trip dates   Min persons   Trip status   Price    
15-21 Feb
2017
4
Available
€ 1900
22-27 Feb
2017
4
Available
€ 1540
22-27 Feb
2017
4
Available
€ 2200
23-28 Feb
2017
4
Available
€ 1220
29 Feb - 3 Mar
2017
4
Limited space
€ 2200
5-10 Mar
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1190
12-17 Mar
2017
4
Available
€ 2200
12-17 Mar
2017
4
Available
€ 1540
12-17 Apr
2017
4
Available
€ 2200
12-17 Apr
2017
4
Available
€ 1190
19-25 Apr
2017
4
Available
€ 1900
25 Apr - 1 May
2017
4
Available
€ 1900
26-31 Apr
2017
4
Available
€ 1220
25-30 Jul
2017
4
Available
€ 890
27 Jul - 3 Aug
2017
4
Available
€ 1260
8-14 Aug
2017
4
Available
€ 1520
15-21 Aug
2017
4
Available
€ 2560
16-21 Aug
2017
4
Available
€ 890
16-20 Aug
2017
4
Available
€ 890
18-24 Aug
2017
4
Available
€ 1260
23-30 Aug
2017
4
Available
€ 1730
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1520
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 2560
3-10 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1730
3-7 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 890
3-10 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1730
10-15 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 890
12-18 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1260