Hiking from Cortina d'Ampezzo to Alta Badia

from €810

Experience a week of self guided hiking in two of the most beautiful valleys in the Dolomites! Hike in both Cortina d’Ampezzo and Alta Badia, traversing between the two. Plus, enjoy two nights at charming rifugios while hiking through one of the most beautiful mountain landscapes in the world!

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

Highlights

  • Walk along pastoral alpine pastures, across mountain passes, and along scenic trails
  • Enjoy the atmosphere of high altitude mountain rifugios, the real mountaineer flair
  • Experience the rich Ladin culture with many traditions that make this region so unique
  • Self guided trips are a great way to experience the culture and beauty of the Dolomites at your own pace, but with the peace of mind that comes from having everything perfectly arranged for you! 

 

OVERVIEW

Soaring high in the sky, Italy's majestic Dolomites play host to our exciting traverse through the Dolomite Mountains. Wild alpine meadows alternate with deciduous and evergreen woods, high altitude lunar-like terrain soaring peaks provide dramatic walls and towering heights. 

On this great itinerary, you’ll explore two very different areas in the Dolomites: the Veneto and the South Tyrol – both surrounded by dramatic mountains!  Begin in the refined town of Cortina d’Ampezzo – a chic Venetian town, full of high-end boutiques along a pedestrian walk-street through the center of town. At the end of your trek, you’ll arrive in the quaint villages of Alta Badia, a string of six villages in the Val Badia, or Badia Valley. The culture here is a combination of Austrian – from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Italian – by acquisition, and Ladin – the native culture that dates back to Roman times. Little did you know this trip would also offer you so much cultural diversity!

Hiking in and traversing between these two regions, you’ll have ample opportunity to enjoy the diverse geology and geography of the Dolomites as well. From lunar landscapes of dolomite rock, to lush meadows carpeted with wildflowers, to forests of mugo pine and larch trees, there is a different vista around every corner. And along the way you’ll be treated to stays in charming rifugi (mountain inns), with comfortable accommodations and hearty Dolomite cuisine!

 

CLIENT PRAISE

“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

Experience a week of self guided hiking in two of the most beautiful valleys in the Dolomites! Hike in both Cortina d’Ampezzo and Alta Badia, traversing between the two. Plus, enjoy two nights at charming rifugios while hiking through one of the most beautiful mountain landscapes in the world!


Day 1 ~ Arrive in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Dolomites
Arrive in Cortina d’Ampezzo (1,224m / 4,016') on your own and check into your hotel (private transfer available on request). Cortina d’Ampezzo is a charming alpine resort town surrounded by stunning peaks. Host to the 1956 Winter Olympics, Cortina enjoys a reputation for great skiing in winter, and in the summer attracts hikers and climbers who challenge the rocky faces of the nearby mountains. This chic Venetian town also caters to the high society crowd, offering many year-round social activities, shopping, and fine dining.

In the afternoon, meet your hiking guide (or a Dolomite Mountains representative for self guided trips) who will provide a trip briefing and orientation. Depending on when you arrive, you may have time for a hike or to explore Cortina d’Ampezzo’s pedestrian walkway, the Corso Italia, lined with restaurants and cafes, antique shops, art galleries, and boutiques.
… Hotel in Cortina d'Ampezzo (3-Star)


Day 2 ~ Hike Below Punta Sorapis or Tre Cime di Lavaredo
In the morning take a private transfer either to Passo Tre Croci or Rifugio Auronzo.

Punta Sorapis: Hike on a varied loop route that leads to Rifugio Vandelli, a lovely hut set below towering Punta Sorapiss (3,205m / 10,515'), that promises extensive views over neighbouring Dolomite peaks. Unlike the rugged rocky heart of the Sorapiss (3,205m / 10,515') that looms far above Cortina d'Ampezzo, the northernmost edge of this Dolomite group is accessible to the average walker. Along the way you have a good chance of spotting wild chamois, a mountain goat-antelope native to Europe. After enjoying lunch at the rifugio, explore the nearby Lago di Sorapiss (Sorapiss Lake) before returning to Cortina. (5 hours hiking 12km / 7.5 miles, 123m / 404' ascent and descent.)

From Rifugio Auronzo (2,331m / 7,650') 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 (6 hours hiking 12.8km / 8 miles, 610m / 2,000' ascent, 549m / 1,800'descent.Possibility to do a shorter hike.)

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.
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Hotel in Cortina d'Ampezzo (3-Star)


Day 3 ~ Tofana di Rozes
In the morning, take a 20-minute transfer to the trail head and hike under the majestic Tofana di Rozes Massif, and on to the top of Mount Lagazuoi (2,778m / 9,114') where you can explore World War I tunnels built into the hillside. Marvel at 360-degree views, breathtaking sunsets, and the quietness of the mountains from one of the highest rifugios in the Dolomites. (~4-5 hours hiking 6 km / 4 miles, 647m / 2,123' ascent.)
B,D… Rifugio


Day 4 ~ Setsass to Pralongia
A super traverse along the Setsass Massif to the green pastures of the Alta Badia region. You’ll hike beneath Setsass and the Piccolo Setsass, and across the meadows of the Pralongia Plateau with limestone peaks including the Fanes and Lavarella surrounding you.  (~5 hours hiking 10km / 6 miles, 480m / 1,575' ascent, 1,100m / 3,609' descent.)
B,D… Rifugio


Day 5 ~ Sella Massif
Hike on the impressive Sella Massif (3,152m / 10,341') and reach the charming Rifugio Kostner (2,550m / 8,366') for lunch.
Hike down to town and check in your hotel in one of the charming villages of Alta Badia. (~4-5 hours hiking 8km / 4,9 miles, 950m / 3,116' ascent, 520m / 1,706' descent.)
B,D… Hotel in Alta Badia (3-Star)


Day 6 ~ Passo Cir, Forcella Ciampai, & Rifugio Puez
Today you'll take a final, rewarding hike in Puez Odle Natural Park. Here you'll have another opportunity to spot the native chamois along the way. After a short transfer to Passo Gardena (2,136m / 7,008'), you’ll follow a rocky trail for 1½ hours with the sheer pinnacles of Pizzes da Cir towering above you. Hike up to the Passo Cir (2,469m / 8,100’) and follow a wider trail on undulating terrain that leads to the Forcella Ciampai Pass (2,365m / 7,760'), and up to Rifugio Puez (2,475m / 8,120') where you can stop for lunch.

After lunch, a final three-hour hike downhill on an easy and panoramic trail brings us to the town of Colfosco and then to Corvara. (~5-6 hours hiking 12km / 7,5 miles, 424m / 1,390' ascent, 914m / 3,000' descent.)
B,D… Hotel in Alta Badia (3-Star)


Day 7 ~ Departure
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 and/or fitness levels and abilities of participants.

Cost

Guided Trip:
From € 2.080 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 1.370 per person (minimum 4 participants)

Self Guided Trip:

From € 970 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 810 per person (minimum 4 participants)

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


Cost Includes:

  • Trip briefing
  • Logistics and maps of the area
  • 2 night accommodation in 3-star B&B in Cortina d'Ampezzo
  • 2 night accommodation in charming rifugios (shared dormitories)
  • 2 night accoommodation in 3-star hotel in Alta Badia
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Luggage transfer from Cortina d'Ampezzo to Alta Badia
  • Private transfer as per itinerary
  • Local English speaking hiking guide (guided trips)
  • Italian mobile phone for local emergency calls during the trip (self-guided trips)
  • Local tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax

Airport transfers 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!

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VIA FERRATA OPTION
Add a day (or more!) of climbing via ferrata with one of our UIAGM/IFMGA professional mountain guides! The vie ferrate, or iron paths of the Dolomites, allow non-climbers to discover the mountains in safety and adding a new dimension to hiking the pristine alpine wilderness of the Dolomites. Contact us for details!

Still want 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    
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
26-31 Apr
2017
4
Available
€ 1220
26 Apr - 1 May
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1900
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
Limited space
€ 2660
16-21 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 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
€ 2660
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