Trail Running the Alta Via N.2 of the Dolomites - Getaway

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Run hut-to-hut through the Dolomites, exploring Puez Odle Natural Park - important from a geological point of view, as all the minerals, sediment strata, and weathering forms typical of the Dolomites can be found in it. Move to a new rifugio each day, and explore WWI artefacts along the trails. Experience the Alta Badia valley, rich in Ladin traditions and customs that recall ancient times.

  • Length 5 Days / 4 Nights
  • Trip Type Trail Running
  • Activity Level Moderate to Challenging
  • Start / Finish Alta Badia / Falcade
  • Dates This trip is available as a custom, private departure on dates of your choosing from June to October

Highlights

  • Trail run the Alta Via N.2 – one of the famous High Routes of the Dolomites!
  • Run along pastoral alpine pastures, across mountain passes, and on scenic trails
  • Experience a variety of different landscapes and geological features as you run through multiple regions of the Dolomite Mountains
  • Run hut-to-hut, enjoying the atmosphere of a different mountain rifugio each night
  • Short on time? This is the perfect quick way to experience the Dolomites in just 5 days!

 

OVERVIEW

Thousands of trails wind their way between the fantastic pinnacles of the jagged Dolomite Mountains, and the Alta Via represent the “best of the best.” These beautiful long-distance “high routes” of the Dolomites – 8 in all, traversing these mountains from north to south – offer breathtaking views, rustic and lively mountain refuges, and a sense of excitement of what lies over the next pass or around each bend. The Alta Via 2 – the furthest west of the Alta Vie – is dubbed the “Alta Via delle Leggende,” or High Route of Legends. Undeniably strenuous, the AV2 remains at high elevations throughout (as high as 2,900m / 9,514'), but with great reward – some of the most incredible vistas the Dolomite Mountains have to offer. And the satisfaction of traveling by foot through this beautiful and remote area makes it all the more rewarding! 

On this exceptional trip, you’ll run from north to south, from Alta Badia to Val di Fassa. You’ll run in over the Sella Massif, and around Marmolada, the highest mountain in the Dolomites. You’ll travel through several of the villages in Alta Badia, including La Villa, Corvara, and Colfosco, as well as Val Gardena and Val di Fassa. Plus experience a variety of different landscapes and geological features, as you cross over multiple regions and through Puez-Odle and other natural parks. You’ll run on plenty of lunar landscapes, across numerous vast pastures, through wooded valleys, along high plains (altiplano), surrounded by tall beautiful peaks throughout. The scenery alternates between mountains made of Dolomite rock (Sella Massif), to limestone mountains (Marmolada), to regions (Puez) made of a completely different type of rock altogether, the latter two offering a completely different appearance, and a strong, picturesque contrast to the surrounding Dolomite Mountains.

What’s more, there are plenty of opportunities to stop and refuel at welcoming rifugios, charming mountain inns that typically lie less than 10 kilometers (6 miles) apart. And, at night, you'll enjoy accommodations at the best rifugios these mountain have to offer! The impressiveness of the scenery and the variety of terrain on this route is matched by the warmth and hospitality offered by these mountain inns. Add to that the unusual contrasts in landscapes, changing colors and textures of the mountains, and curious mix of Italian and Austrian influences and you’ll discover fantastic trail running, stunning scenery, and plenty of pasta. We call it 5 days in trail running paradise!

 

Want more?
If five days isn’t enough for you, or you’d like to run the entire length of the AV2 – extend your adventure and join us on a 9-day run through the majestic Dolomites!

Day by Day

Run hut-to-hut through the Dolomites, exploring Puez Odle Natural Park - important from a geological point of view, as all the minerals, sediment strata, and weathering forms typical of the Dolomites can be found in it.  Move to a new rifugio each day, and explore WWI artefacts along the trails. Experience the Alta Badia valley, rich in Ladin traditions and customs that recall ancient times.


Day 1 ~ Arrive in Alta Badia 
Arrive in Alta Badia (1,226m / 4,022') on your own and check into your hotel (private transfer available on request). Alta Badia is a sunny hollow on the south side of the Val Badia (Abbey Valley) in the Alto Adige region. Incredible hiking, skiing, and vistas abound – particularly of the Sella Massif. Home to three cultures – Italian, Austrian, and the native Ladin, most signage in Alta Badia is written in three languages – Italian, German, and Ladin! Depending on when you arrive, you may have time for a short warm up run around the village.
D… Hotel in Alta Badia (3-star)


Day 2 ~ La Villa – Gardenaccia – Rifugio Puez – Alta Badia

If you are taking a private trip, you will meet with your guide in the morning for a trip briefing. If you are taking a private 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. 

From your hotel, run to the town of La Villa (1,433m / 4,701'). Here’s where the fun begins, as you run on several trails that include with a steep ascent on Mount Gardenaccia towards the Rifugio Gardenaccia (2,050m / 6,726') – a great place to stop for a short break (we highly recommend it!). Continue through pastures on a trail to the Puez-Odle Natural Park, and on to Rifugio Puez (2,475m / 8,120'), where you can stop for lunch. Rifugio Puez is set in an isolated location, within a large remote crater. Bright rocks set against the green of the crater look like small islands, making the landscape appear wild and mysterious. As you take in the view, be sure to try the local sausage with polenta, or the Kaiserschmarrn, a pancake spread with jam. Complete your lunch with the strudel, a luscious thin pastry case filled with sliced apples and spices. A final two-hour run downhill brings you back to your hotel via Colfosco. Chamois – an antelope like mountain goat indigenous to Europe – and marmots are occasionally seen along the way.
(~14km / 8.7 miles trail running, 960m / 3,149' or 850m / 2,788' ascent, depending on which path you choose, 1,020m / 3,346' or 900m / 2,952' descent.)
B,D… Hotel in Alta Badia (3-star)


Day 3 ~ Sella Massif:  Corvara – Passo Fedaia
Today you will run on the Sella Massif – an enormous fortress-shaped mountain with an excellent network of trails. This is probably the hardest day in the entire journey, but all the effort is adequately repaid by the extraordinary views: the natural beauty of the surrounding Sella walls make the vistas seen on this run some of the most impressive in the entire region!

In the morning, run form Corvara toward the Pisciadù waterfalls, and on through the Val di Mesdì. This valley is a perfect place for freeride skiing in winter – and equally exceptional in summer for challenging trail running. You’ll run right under the Dent de Mezdì (2,881m / 9,452'), and through the Val de Boslt to Rifugio Franco Cavazza al Pisciadú / Pisciadùhütte (2,585m / 8,481') – perfect for a rest stop. After a break, begin a steep ascent through the Valun dl Pisciadú valley, where snow patches inevitably abound. You’ll reach the Plateau dles Mesules, a stone desert where ibex surprisingly find enough summer sustenance to thrive. Next is an easy descent to a flat area, and a signed path junction for Val Lasties, long believed to be the dwelling place of witches. Nearby, in the proximity of Torre Berger, you get your first dramatic glimpses plunging down the Val di Mesdì. An ensuing climb leads you to the highly panoramic Antersass (2,900m / 9,514'), followed by a gentle slope that drops to Rifugio Boé (2,871m / 9,419'). Another steep ascent across scree brings you to the top of Piz Boé (3,152m / 10,341') – the highest peak of the Sella Massif. You will be amply rewarded for the long run: you can enjoy lunch at Rifugio Capanna Fassa, a wooden hut with an incredible 360° view of the mountains surrounding you.

Your descent follows a ridge, scrambling down to a clear path to join the main route from Rifugio Boè. Cairns, poles, and waymarks need to be followed carefully across undulating terrain, to where you’ll find a series of ledges that feature fossilized shells – beautiful evidence of the Dolomites geological past. Continue to Forcella Pordoi (2,829m / 9,281'), taking steps followed by easy zigzags where scree running is an option. The Marmolada and its glacier are straight ahead. Beautiful! At a grassy terrace populated by marmots and purple monkshood flowers, the path curves around a rock outcrop and large boulders, then widens and winds easily down across grass and dark earth, finally to Passo Pordoi (2,239m / 7,346'). From Passo Pordoi, you’ll run on the  “Viel del Pan” – “the Way of the Bread” – to Passo Fedaia. This ancient path connects the Fassa Valley and the Agordo region. It is wide and easy to run, and offers a very good view towards Marmolada, majestically visible here. Continue to Rifugio Viel dal Pan (2,432m / 7,979'), and on through a beautiful natural wooded area to Fedaia Lake, and on to Passo Fedaia (2,057m / 6,749'), where you'll find your home for tonight at beneath the Marmolada Massif.
(~21km / 13 miles trail running, 1,850m / 6,069' ascent, 1,377m / 4,518' descent. Note: There is an option to shorten the run.)
B,D… Rifugio


Day 4 ~ Marmolada: Passo Fedaia to Fuciade
From Passo Fedaia, you’ll run to nearby Malga Ciapela at the other end of the lake. Running alongside the Torrente Pettorina watercourse, and past a camping ground, the road climbs steadily through thick forest to reach pasture clearings and a well-established farm Malga Ciapela Agriturismo. After the Agriturismo, the asphalt comes to an end and the uphill section starts in earnest. Climb up to the vast silent grazing reaches of Valle Ombreta, inhabited by sheep and goats, along the northern side of the valley, high above the pasture flat and watercourse. This is the best stretch for observing the playful marmots, who will undoubtedly alert you to their presence through shrill warning cries. Continue up to Rifugio Onorio Falier (2,074m / 6,804'), over the Pas de Ombreta (2,702m / 8,864'), down to Rifugio Contrin (2,016m / 6,614'), situated in an idyllic rocky basin.

From Rifugio Contrin, run on green pastures and woods towards the east, over a steep rocky area, and then reaches a large crater, until the Pas de le Cirelle (2,683m / 8,802'), a modest opening between the Cima dell’Uomo group and Punta Zigole. The name comes from the word "gravel," and indeed there is not much else in the valley below! The path now heads downhill for the descent to the dramatic Valle di Tasca over numerous hairpin bends. This has to be the best scree slope in the Dolomites, with stones just the right size to make this a memorable, effortless and extremely enjoyable running descent. Do keep an eye on the path itself so you don’t go too far off course. Further down you reach the green oasis of Fuciade (1,982m / 6,502’) and have a private transfer to Falcade, your home for tonight.
(~16.5km / 10 miles trail running, 2,050m / 6,715' ascent, 1,500m / 4,920' descent.)
B,D… 3-star hotel in Falcade


Day 5 ~ Depart
Breakfast and departure on your own (private transfer available on request).
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STILL WANT MORE? CHOOSE OUR 9-DAY ITINERARY OPTION!
Still want more? Choose our 9-day itinerary option! Run the entire Alta Via 2.


WANT EVEN MORE? 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

Guided Trip:
From € 1.580 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 1.060 per person (minimum 4 participants)

Self Guided Trip:

From € 840 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 680 per person (minimum 4 participants)

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


Cost Includes:

  • Trip briefing
  • Logistics and map of the area
  • 2 nights accommodation in 3-star hotel in Alta Badia
  • 1 night accommodation in charming rifugio (shared dormitory)
  • 1 night accommodation in 3-star hotel in Falcade
  • Meals as noted in itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Local English speaking trail running guide (guided trips)
  • Italian mobile phone for emergency calls during the trip (self guided trips)
  • Duffel bag transfers to rifugio
  • Private transfer to Falcade on Day 4
  • Local tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax 

Airport 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 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

Check out the high definition videos in our SUMMER VIDEO GALLERY!

Still want more? Add one or two days to climb a via ferrata.

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    
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