Hiking & Via Ferrata in the Dolomites – 8 Day Self Guided / Guided Combination

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Guided

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Explore the Dolomites on this self guided / guided combination itinerary! Spend an incredible week of hiking on your own through one of the most beautiful mountain landscapes in the world, with two days of guided via ferrata climbing where you’ll ascend the magnificent walls of this UNESCO World Heritage Site!

  • Length 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Trip Type Multisport
  • Activity Level
  • Start / Finish Val Gardena / Alta Badia
  • Dates This trip is available as a custom, private departure on dates of your choosing from mid June to mid September

Highlights

  • Hike through one of the most beautiful mountain landscapes in the world 
  • Enjoy the welcoming atmosphere of charming mountain rifugios
  • Experience the adrenaline rush while climbing a via ferrata constructed during WWI
  • Lose yourself in fairy-tale villages, whose architecture, cuisine and language reflects a delightful blend of Italian, Austrian, and Ladin cultures
  • Guided / self guided combination trips are a great way to learn about the culture and beauty of the Dolomites with a guide, combined with time to experience these mountains at your own pace

 

OVERVIEW

This itinerary gives you the best of all things in the Dolomites – self guided hiking, where you can explore at your own pace, combined with guided via ferrata climbing, where you can ascend the magnificent walls with the comfort of being accompanied by a Professional UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide!

On daily hikes, you’ll encounter wild alpine meadows, deciduous and evergreen woods, high altitude lunar-like terrain soaring peaks, dramatic walls, and towering heights that alternate with refined South Tyrolean towns. Plus you’ll discover hidden delicious mountain inns along the trails, where you can stop for a hearty traditional meal and welcoming hospitality, rich in traditions and customs that recall ancient times. What’s more, there are incredible vistas and unexpectedly comfortable accommodations high up in these mountains!

But after looking up at these towering heights for a few days, we’re sure you’ll want to climb them, and via ferrata climbing is a wonderful way of experiencing the sheer magnificence of the these famous mountains. Well known to climbers all over the world, the world famous vie ferrate of the Dolomites provide non-climbers access to mountains and views usually reserved for mountaineers. Wire cables are fixed to the rock walls for safety, in addition to iron rods and steps. And you’ll get to experience two days of complete adrenaline rush on these incredible well-protected routes, while climbing some of the most beautiful Dolomite peaks in complete safety!

The Dolomites are notable for their composition of pale coloured dolomite – a limestone like rock formed beneath deep, ancient seas – set atop darker volcanic bedding. Widely regarded as being among the most attractive mountain landscapes in the world, the surreal towers and crags are favourite motifs for postcards and paintings, but they also make a splendid backdrop for your outdoor pursuits!

 

CLIENT PRAISE

"Everyone in our family from age 6 to age 70 was thrilled with the adventures, the hiking, the eating, the accommodations and the spectacular scenery." – 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
 
“The variety of activities and hiking terrain from one day to the next was excellent… The variety of scenery, topography, rock formations and green rolling hills was spectacular.” – Pam / USA, July 2011
 

Day by Day

Explore the Dolomites on this self guided / guided combination itinerary! Spend an incredible week of hiking on your own through one of the most beautiful mountain landscapes in the world, with two days of guided via ferrata climbing where you’ll ascend the magnificent walls of this UNESCO World Heritage Site!


Day 1 ~ Arrive in Val Gardena, Dolomites
Arrive in Val Gardena on your own and check into your hotel (private transfer available on request). Set among the mountains of Sassolungo, Puez and the Sella Massif, Val Gardena is best known for skiing and rock climbing; last but not least, woodcarving, that 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 the three languages – Italian, German, and Ladin!

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


Day 2 ~ Puez-Odle: Rasciesa Geological Phenomena
Hike in the Puez-Odle Natural Park, through rich pastures up to the crest of Rasciesa di Fuori (2,281m / 7,484'); Puez-Odle is an important park from a geological point of view, because all of the minerals, sedimentary strata, and forms of erosion typical to the Dolomites can be found within it. From Rasciesa peak you’ll hike to Rifugio Malga Brogles across the stunning Odle Group, its pointed rock needles dominating this superb panoramic traverse. After a final brief climb to Seceda, you’ll return to Ortisei enjoying the 8-minute ride down on the panoramic funicular. Afternoon free to explore the Tyrolean towns of Val Gardena. (5 hours hiking 14km / 8.5 miles, 1,516m / 4,974' ascent, 435m / 1,427' descent.)
B,D… Hotel in Val Gardena (3-Star) 


Day 3 ~ Sassolungo – Sassopiatto Circumnavigation
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 in German, 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 / RosengartenMassif – one of the most recognized landmarks of the Dolomites. From the hut, hike across the beautiful green Siusi Ridge to reach the RIfugio Alpe di Tires (2,440m / 8,005'), where you can enjoy a break on their deck. Continue hiking on rocky terrain until you reach Passo Molignon (2,604m / 8,543'), drop down to Vallon del Principe (2,134m / 7,001') through some switchbacks, and  uphill until you reach your rifugio (2,601m / 8,533') for tonight, a small and cozy hut perched on Passo Principe in the heart of Catinaccio. Indulge in a peaceful evening on the terrace, enjoying fantastic panoramas. (6-7 hours hiking ~10 km / 6 miles, 771m / 2,530' ascent, 470m / 1,542' descent.) 
B,D… Rifugio


Day 5 ~ Val di Fassa
You’ll leave the exposed rocky trails behind as you descend through the Val di Udai along the Udai River, into the lush valley of Val di Fassa. From here transfer by taxi to Alta Badia, your home for your via ferrata experience! (4 hours hiking 9km / 6 miles, ~100m / 328' ascent, ~1,300m / 4,265' descent.) 
B,D… Hotel in Alta Badia (3-Star)


Days 6 & 7 ~ Via Ferrata Experience
Meet your UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide for the next two days, and ascend a different via ferrata each day! You’ll learn useful rope techniques and a range of additional skills for climbing and scrambling on different rock features; your guide will be with you all the way to teach you the basics of traveling over these near vertical walls.

Below is a list of the via ferratas that you may ascend in the next two days: 

  • Via Ferrata Averau – a good confidence builder for beginners, with outstanding views of the Tofane group and Cinque Torri. (2 hours hiking 5km / 3 miles and ascending an easy 75m / 246' grade 2A via ferrata.)
  • Via Ferrata Col dei Bos – Not marked on older maps or guide books, this ferrata is one that the Italian alpine military units still use for training. From the top of Col dei Bos the views are unforgettable. (4-5 hours hiking 3km / 2 miles and ascending a moderate 400m / 1,312' grade 3B via ferrata.)
  • Via Ferrata Lipella – This is a challenging, full-day climb of one of the most beautiful peaks of the Dolomites, where you’ll go through a tunnel by “torch” (headlamp), and then start to climb the west face of the giant Tofana di Rozes. (Full day hiking 9km / 6 miles and ascending a challenging 600m / 1,969' grade 4C via ferrata.)
  • Via Ferrata Tridentina – A stunning route that ascends slabs and walls that overlook some huge waterfalls, with a final dramatic suspension bridge that leads across a chasm. (5 hours hiking 5km / 3 miles and ascending a moderate 400m / 1,312' grade 3B via ferrata.)
  • Via Ferrata Piz da Lech – An enjoyable route with easy sections interspersed with some short, steep and entertaining pitches, including two 15 meter (50') metal rung ladders affixed to the wall. (3-4 hours hiking 2.5km / 1.5 miles and ascending a moderate 200m / 656' grade 3B via ferrata.)

B,D… Hotel in Alta Badia (3-Star)


Day 8 ~ 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!


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

Cost

Guided / Self Guided Combination:
From € 1.940 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 1.600 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 map of the area
  • 2 night accommodation in 3-star hotel in Val Gardena
  • 2 night accommodation in charming rifugios (shared dormitories)
  • 3 night accommodation in 3-star hotel in Alta Badia
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Local English speaking Professional UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide for 2 days of via ferrata
  • Via ferrata equipment
  • Private transfer as per itinerary
  • Luggage transfer from Val Gardena - Alta Badia
  • Italian mobile phone for local emergency calls
  • Local tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax

Airport transfers available on request
Luggage transfer to first rifugio 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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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    
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
Limited space
€ 1520
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 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
€ 1220
4-9 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1270
11-17 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1900
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1690