Hiking Traverse: Val Gardena, Alta Badia, & Cortina d'Ampezzo

Self Guided

Guided

from €1.030 from €1.870

Wild alpine meadows, deciduous and evergreen woods, high altitude lunar-like terrain, soaring peaks, dramatic walls and towering heights alternate with the refined South Tyrolean towns of Val Gardena, Alta Badia and Sesto Dolomites, and hidden delicious mountain inns that you encounter during your daily hikes. This self adventure showcases the beauty of the Dolomites in all of their grandeur.

  • Length 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Trip Type Hiking
  • Activity Level Easy to Moderate
  • Start / Finish 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
  • Group Departures Available
    3-10 Sep

Highlights

  • Breathe in pure air and experience a variety of hikes among spectacular landscapes in a UNESCO World Heritage Site!
  • Experience the rich Ladin culture with many traditions that make the Italian Alps so unique
  • Enjoy the atmosphere of a mountain rifugio, the real mountaineer flair
  • Walk on alpine pastures, mountain passes, and scenic trails

 

OVERVIEW

Tinted in weathered shades of rose, yellow and gray, the fairytale spires and dramatic rock walls of the Dolomites rise in elegantly chiseled shapes of fantastic form, looking every inch like a landscape devised by the gods. And if this isn't exactly heaven, well, it's about as close as you can get.

Each day you'll hike up to ridges and passes for spellbinding views of huge peaks and pinnacles, seemingly architecturally inspired, and then descend to lush green valleys where wildflowers bloom in pastoral meadows and storybook villages hug the valley floor. At day's end you'll relax in hotels that are deluxe oases of comfort, where you'll absorb the region's fascinating culture and cuisine – a unique blend of Italy and the South Tyrol.

Long known as a paradise for rock climbers, the Dolomites are a great destination for hikers, too. You'll see the best of this stunning mountain Valhalla, including the majestic Sella massif and the striking, often-photographed pillars of Tre Cime di Lavaredo, arguably the most well-known landmark in the Dolomites. On the trail, you'll only need to carry a light daypack with the daily essentials (camera, water bottle, and jacket). But the best part? You can do as much (or as little) hiking as you please! We'll provide details of varied, moderate hikes with strenuous options, but you get to customize your own experience as you go!

 

CLIENT PRAISE

"Thanks from both of us for constructing our trip. It was very enjoyable – from start to finish... You have a fine business and service. And of course an amazing part of the world that makes it all possible." – Bart & Leslie / USA

“This is our first time hiking in the Dolomites and we would rate the trip the best of its kind compared with the unguided tours we joined in other parts of the world.” – Martin / Hong Kong

"Well, another lovely day. Manfred and I hiked to Santa Croce early (with ice on the puddles!)... You will get great references (with all our friends) and next year we hope to be back..." – Garth / New Zealand

Day by Day

Wild alpine meadows, deciduous and evergreen woods, high altitude lunar-like terrain, soaring peaks, dramatic walls and towering heights alternate with the refined South Tyrolean towns of Val Gardena, Alta Badia and Sesto Dolomites, and hidden delicious mountain inns that you encounter during your daily hikes. This adventure showcases the beauty of the Dolomites in all of their grandeur.


Day 1 ~ Arrive in Val Gardena
Arrive in Val Gardena (1,563m / 5,128’) in the heart of Italy’s South Tyrol on your own (private transfer available on request). Val Gardena is a quaint alpine valley nestled in the Dolomites and an excellent center for all levels of hiking.
D… Hotel in Val Gardena (3-Star)


Day 2 ~ Around Sasso Lungo
In the morning transfer by bus to the Sella Pass (2,180m / 7,152'), then hike under Sasso Lungo and Sasso Piatto on the famous Friedrich-August-Weg. Following ancient shepherd routes, spectacular views take you to Rifugio Sassopiatto (2,300 / 7,546'), Rifugio Vicenza (2,253m / 7,391'), and Rifugio Comici (2,153m / 7,063'). This loop hike continues through an unearthly landscape of tumbled boulders—Città dei Sassi (“city of stones”) — arriving back at Rifugio Passo Sella. Transfer back by bus to Selva di Val Gardena. (6-7 hours hiking 18 km / 11 miles, 850m / 2,788' ascent and descent.)
B,D… Hotel in Val Gardena (3-Star)


Day 3 ~ Selva – Corvara in Alta Badia
Have a private transfer to Selva and take the cable car Dantercepies (not included if self-guided) to Passo Gardena (2,120m / 6,955'), then hike up to the Passo Cir (2,470m / 8,100') and follow a wider trail on undulating terrain that leads to the Forcella Ciampai Pass (2,365m / 7,760') and up to the Rifugio Puez (2,475m / 8,120’) where you can stop for lunch.

A longer option allows a one-hour ridge hike from the Passo Cir to the Sass Ciampac (2,673m / 8,770'). A final three-hour hike downhill on an easy and panoramic trail brings you to the town of Colfosco and then to Corvara (1,560m / 5,120'), located in the Alta Badia (the South Tyrol) in the heart of the Dolomites. (6 hours hiking 12 km / 7.5 miles, 424m / 1,390' ascent, 914m / 3,000' descent.)
B,D… Hotel in Alta Badia (3-Star)


Day 4 ~ Santa Croce Sanctuary
Transfer by bus to Pedraces (1,324m / 4,344') and take the local chair lift to the first station (1,840m / 6,037'). The trail ascends gradually through lovely conifer wood and flowery meadows. It takes less than an hour to reach the simple but extraordinarily photogenic church and sanctuary of Ospizio Santa Croce (2,045m / 6,710'). Begin to descend on a trail skirting the realms of the Fanes–Sennes–Braies Nature Park, sticking fairly closely to the base of the mountain. Continue to the town of La Villa and walk just 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) along the river to Corvara. (5-6 hours hiking 10-11 km / 6-7 miles, 480m / 1,580' descent.)
B,D… Hotel in Alta Badia (3-Star)


Day 5 ~ Capanna Alpina – Natural Park of Fanes-Sennes-Braies
After breakfast, hike or take a public bus towards Armentarola. Reach Capanna Alpina (1,726m / 5,663'), a restaurant built just at the edge of the Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park, in an incredible setting; from here begin your hike with a steep ascent of 1 hour. After arriving at Col de Locia (2,069m / 6,788'), you will enter in a fairy tale valley, midst of the mountains, with green pastures. Hike numerous ups and downs for about 3 hours, pass by a cozy mountain hut, Malga Gran Fanes, a cheery converted farm offering light meals and basic accommodation, and reach a cozy rifugio (2,060m / 6,759'), your home for tonight. (~4 hours hiking 8km / 4.9 miles, 564m / 1,850' ascent, 229m/ 751' descent.)
B,D... Rifugio


Day 6 ~ Natural Park of Fanes-Sennes-BraiesCortina
Depart from your rifugio this morning retracing yestarday's steps, hiking south on gentle curves out of a steep valley (or on steeper shorcuts) to Passo di Limo (2,172m / 7,126'). Past an old military building and wooden cross, you reach Malga Fanes Grande (2,104m / 6,903'). From here start descending towards the town of Cortina d’Ampezzo. The Fanes Valley is a wide amphitheatre with woods of spruce and Arolla pines. Pass by the mass of Monte Vallon Bianco with its fascinating white rock folds and waves. Reach Lago di Fanes and the Fanes Waterfalls, a 70m / 230’ drop, a record for the Dolomites (possible side trip). Continue hiking to the center of Cortina d’Ampezzo. (~5.5 hours hiking, 20.6km / 13 miles, 580m /1,903’ ascent, 1,392m / 4,567’ descent.)
B… Hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo (3-Star)


Day 7 ~ Tre Cime di Lavaredo
Today you‘ll take a scenic 30-minute drive up to Rifugio Auronzo (2,331m / 7,650') by transfer, then hike around the Tre Cime di Lavaredo and Monte Paterno, one of the most scenic mountain landscapes in the Dolomites. Along the way you‘ll admire the spectacular Cadini mountain group on the south, with its rock spires and strangely formed needles. Take a private transfer back to Cortina.

The remainder of the afternoon is free to wander and explore Cortina’s busy streets lined with restaurants and cafes, antique shops, art galleries, and boutiques. (6 hours hiking 12.8km / 8 miles, 610m / 2,000' ascent, 549m / 1,800'descent.)
B… Hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo (3-Star)


Day 8 ~ Departure
After breakfast departure on your on (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 and/or fitness levels and abilities of participants.

Cost

Guided Trip:
From € 2.790 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 1.870 per person (minimum 4 participants)
Group Departures:
€ 1.730 per person (minimum 4 participants)

Self Guided Trip:

From € 1.220 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 1.030 per person (minimum 4 participants)

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


 Cost Includes:

  • Trip briefing
  • Logistics and map of the area
  • 2 night accommodation in 3-star hotel in Val Gardena
  • 2 night accommodation in 3-star hotel in Alta Badia
  • 1 night accommodation in charming rifugio (shared dormitory)
  • 2 night accommodation in 3-star B&B in Cortina d'Ampezzo
  • All breakfasts
  • Dinners as per itinerary
  • Local English speaking professional hiking guide  (guided trips)
  • Luggage transfer from Val Gardena to Val Badia and to Cortina (not to rifugio)
  • Local tourist tax
  • VAT Italian tax

Airport transfer available on request
Luggage transfer 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 accommodations?
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
Limited space
€ 1520
15-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 2660
16-20 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 890
16-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 890
18-24 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1260
23-30 Aug
2017
4
Available
€ 1730
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1520
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 2660
2-8 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 2660
3-7 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 890
3-10 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1730
3-10 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1730
10-15 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 890
12-18 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1260
14-19 Feb
2018
4
Limited space
€ 2200
21-27 Feb
2018
4
Available
€ 1900
28 Feb - 2 Mar
2018
4
Available
€ 2200
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1540
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2200
4-9 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1270
4-9 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1220
11-17 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1900
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1690