Trail Running the Alta Via N.2 of the Dolomites

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Guided

from €1.090 from €1.930

From the top of Piz Boé, across the Sella Massif, to the Valley of Shadows beneath the majestic Marmolada, to the Pale di San Martino, one of the most rugged of the Dolomite ranges, trail run the Alta Via 2, one of the most beautiful, diverse, and challenging trails in the Dolomites.

  • Length 9 Days / 8 Nights
  • Trip Type Trail Running
  • Activity Level Challenging
  • Start / Finish Alta Badia / Fiera di Primiero
  • Dates This trip is available as a custom, private departure on dates of your choosing from mid June to mid September

Highlights

  • Trail run on the Alta Via 2 – the longest of the six famous High Routes of the Dolomites!
  • Experience a variety of different landscapes and geological features, as you cross over multiple regions and through several natural parks
  • Move from hut-to-hut, enjoying the atmosphere of a different mountain rifugio each night
  • Run along pastoral alpine pastures, across mountain passes, and on scenic trails
  • Travel through Dolomite villages and towns including Alta Badia, Val Gardena, and Val di Fassa, and experience the unique Ladin culture and cuisine found in each

 

OVERVIEW

On this exceptional trail running itinerary, you’ll run from north to south on the Alta Via 2, from Alta Badia to Trentino. The Alta Via, the beautiful long-distance “high routes” of the Dolomites, are one of the best ways to explore these mountains. The Alta Via 2, dubbed the “Alta Via delle Leggende” or High Route of Legends, is undeniably more strenuous than the AV1, remaining at higher elevations throughout (as high as 2,900m / 9,514'), with great reward. 

You’ll run in Puez-Odle Natural Park, across the Sella Massif, and around Marmolada, the highest mountain in the Dolomites, and home to its largest glacier, and through the Pale di San Martino, one of the most rugged of the Dolomite ranges. You’ll travel through several of the villages in Alta Badia, including La Villa, Corvara, and Colfosco, as well as Val Gardena, Val di Fassa, and Trentino. Traverse a variety of lunar landscapes, across vast pastures, through wooded valleys, along high plains (altiplano), surrounded by tall beautiful peaks throughout. If you choose the longer 9-day AV2 itinerary, you’ll even travel using the Dolomites sentiero – aided pathways with ladders, and cables – not quite a via ferrata, but nothing to sneeze at!

 

Day by Day

From the top of Piz Boé, across the Sella Massif, to the Valley of Shadows beneath the majestic Marmolada, to the Pale di San Martino, one of the most rugged of the Dolomite ranges, trail run the Alta Via 2, one of the most beautiful, diverse, and challenging trails in the Dolomites.


Itinerary:

Day 1 ~ Arrive Alta Badia
Arrive in Alta Badia (1,226m / 4,022') on your own and check into your bed and 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!
D…  Hotel in Alta Badia (3-Star)


Day 2 ~ La Villa – Gardenaccia – Rifugio Puez – Corvara
Meeting with your guide or a Dolomite Mountains representative who will provide a trip briefing and orientation. If you are doing this trip as a self-guided adventure, he or she will also provide maps, an Italian mobile phone, and everything necessary for your trip.Today is a great warm-up day, to wake up your legs after travel and help you acclimatize to the altitude. And, you’ll get your first taste of running on the Alta Via 2! After breakfast, run to the town of La Villa in Alta Badia (1,433m / 4,701'), followed by a steep ascent on Mount Gardenaccia (option to use bus until La Villa and then chair lift). Continue through beautiful green pastures to Puez-Odle Natural Park, and on to Rifugio Puez(2,475m / 8,120') where you can stop for lunch. Be sure to take in the geological richness of the area that surrounds you. A final downhill run on an easy and panoramic trail returns you to Corvara, via Colfosco. (19 km / 12 miles, 1,260m / 4,134' ascent and 1,120m / 3,675' descent.)
B,D… Hotel in Alta Badia (3-Star)


Day 3 ~ Corvara – Piz Boé  – Passo Pordoi – Marmolada – Passo Fedaia
Today is the first day of your hut-to-hut adventure on the AV2, and probably the hardest day of the entire journey, but the effort is adequately rewarded by the extraordinary views. In the morning, depart from Corvara running toward Le Cascate del Pisciadù (the Pisciadù Waterfalls). Ascend through the Val di Mesdì, continuing under the Dent de Mezdì (2,881m / 9,452'), through the Val de Boslt to Rifugio Franco Cavazza al Pisciadú / Pisciadùhütte (2,585m / 8,481'). The rifugio is situated in a wonderful position with fantastic panoramic views into the Pisciadù Valley that will literally take your breath away. Continue with a steep ascent through the Valun dl Pisciadú to the Plateau dles Mesules. Next is an easy descent to a flat area. Continue climbing up to the highly panoramic Antersass (2,900m / 9,514'), followed by a steep ascent across scree to the top of Piz Boé (3,152m / 10,341') – the highest peak of the Sella Massif.

The descent down the other side to Passo Pordoi (2,239m / 7,346') is a little easier. Here you leave the Sella Massif behind, and begin to run on the “Viel del Pan” (“Way of the Bread”) to Passo Fedaia. Continue hiking along the lake to Fedaia Pass (2,057m / 6,749'), and check into your next rifugio. (~21km / 13 miles, 1,850m / 6,069' ascent, 1,377m / 4,518' descent.)
B,D… Rifugio


Day 4 ~ Malga Ciapela – Rifugio Falier – Pas de Ombreta – Sasso Vernale – Val di Fassa
Depart from Malga Ciapela and run west along the river Torrente Pettorina. The trail climbs steadily through thick forest to reach pasture clearings. After you pass and the farm Malga Ciapela Agriturismo, the uphill section begins in earnest, and then  becomes easier as you reach Malga Ombretta (1,904m / 6,246'). This farm marks the entrance to La Valle Ombretta, the “Valley of Shade,” named for its position in the shadows of Marmolada to the north. At the end of the valley you will reach to Rifugio Onorio Falier (2,074m / 6,804'), right under the imposing south walls of the Marmolada, with fantastic views eastwards of the Civetta and Pelmo Groups. Run up to Passo de Ombreta (2,702m / 8,864'), and then descend to rifugio Contrin (2,016m / 6,614'). From here, run on green pastures and woods towards the east. The path soon leads over a steep rocky area and then reaches a large crater, the Val de le Cirelle, continuing to the Pas de le Cirelle (2,683m / 8,802'), between the Cima dell’Uomo group and Punta Zigole. Run southeast, descending on numerous hairpin turns into the dramatic Valle di Tasca. 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! Reach the green oasis of Fuciade (1,982m / 6,502'), your home for tonight. (16.5km / 10.2 miles, 2.050m / 6,725' ascent, 1500m / 4,920' descent.)
B,D… Rifugio


Day 5 ~ Fuciade – Forcella di Predazzo Forcella Venegia Passo di Venegiota
After breakfast, run past a small lake and a sheperd’s hut, and on to the “Alta Via dei Pastori” (Shepherd’s Alta Via) to Lago di Cavia (2,100m / 6,890'). Continue around the lake, to Forcella di Predazzo (2,220m / 7,283'), and down the dirt track beneath Monte Predazzo, admiring the vast slabs of the metamorphic Lagorai chain extending northeast. Reach Passo Valles (2,031m / 6,663'), a perfect place for taking a well-deserved break.

From here your run enters the realms of the awesome Pale di San Martino, one of the most rugged of the Dolomite ranges. This is not a suitable terrain for beginners; in fact this stretch with its exposed and aided passages verges on quite difficult. Climb zigzagging on a sharp ridge, traversing impressive grey-cream striations. Over dark terrain, loaded with grass and flowers, the trail ascends easily below Cima Valles to a crest and the notch of Forcella Venegia (2,217m / 7,274'). On the north side of Monte Mulaz, the trail is accompanied by the first of a series of short, but reassuring cables.

A grassy shoulder opens to a lengthy scree descent, while ahead the elegant Focobon peaks (2,969m / 9,741') come into view a little at a time. Climb steadily into the upper Val di Focobon, equipped with long stretches of cable, and downhill to your spectacularly positioned rifugio (2,571m / 8,435') for tonight. (14 km / 8.7 miles, 1,300m / 4,265' ascent, 700m / 2,297' descent.)
B,D…
Rifugio - no duffel bag transfer


Day 6 ~ Val di Focobon – Passo delle Farangole – San Martino
Today’s massively rewarding stage takes Alta Via 2 trail runners across rugged passages into the breathtaking heart of the Pale di San Martino, where humans are but minuscule dots on an immense limestone rockscape. Sure footedness is essential, as is freedom from vertigo, along with good stable weather. You’ll run uphill to Forcella Margherita (2,655m / 8,711'), continuing aided by steel staples and lengths of cable as you scramble up to Passo delle Farangole (2,814m / 9,232'), and more cable and a ladder to assist you down a vertical chimney. Run downhill for a marvelous, lengthy traverse with stunning views, the “Sentiero (path) delle Frangole.” From Pian dei Cantoni (2,313m / 7,589'), begin a steady ascent onto the limestone plateau and lunar landscape of San Martino (path n.703), where you will reach your rifugio for tonight (2,581m / 8,468'). (8km / 5 miles, 860m / 2,822' ascent, 850m / 2,789' descent.)
B,D… Rifugio - no duffel bag transfer



Day 7 ~ San Martino – Pradidali Valley
A magnificent traverse ensues today to the lunar-like Pradidali Valley. Depart San Martino on a broad stony track, descending to skirt the base of Croda di Roda. The rock faces close at hand harbor a host of flowers such as saxifrage, thrift, and divine Moretti’s bellflower, a species endemic to the Dolomites. From Col della Fede (2,278m / 7,474'), a level stretch leads east across a scree-filled valley flanking the impressive Pala di San Martino – exciting, but pretty exposed, so use caution. Reach Passo del Ball (2,443m / 8,015'), named in honor of John Ball, one of the pioneers of Dolomite mountaineering and first president of the Alpine Club here. Descend to Pradidali Valley, where your rifugio for tonight is located (2,278m / 7,474').  (4 Km / 2.5 miles, 640m / 2,010' ascent, 950m / 3,117' descent.)
B,D… Rifugio - no duffel bag transfer


Day 8 ~ Pradidali Valley – Passo Cereda
After breakfast, drag yourself away from the comforts of the rifugio and head north up the immense Pradidali Valley. A clear path across broken rock gains considerable height via a series of terraces, leading up to Passo delle Lede (2,695m / 8,842'). Take in the amazing views that reach as far as Marmolada, Pala di San Martino Cima Immink, and La Fradusta. Once you cross over the pass, the east side is quite different, as you run down the desolate Vallon delle Lede, apparently visited only by Alta Via 2 travelers.

In a relentless descent surrounded by throngs of delightful edelweiss, the gradient steepens as the path snakes down the valley soon reaching the 2,000-meter (6,562') mark, where springy dwarf mountain pine and spruce appear. Further down the trail, shady beech wood is quite welcome after days on end of rockscapes. At Campignol d’Oltro (1,730m / 5,676'), you begin to ascend to Forcella d’Oltro (2,094m / 6,870'), the easternmost edge of the Pale di San Martino. Watch your step, as the path immediately drops steeply and is pretty narrow and exposed in stretches. Then get ready for a final, knee-testing descent to Passo Cereda (1,360m / 4,462'). From here have a short private transfer to the town Fiera di Primiero where you will find your luggage. Relax and celebrate the conclusion of your trail run along the Alta Via 2. (13.5 km / 8.3 miles, 1,500m / 4,921' ascent, 2,400m / 7,874' descent.)
B,D… Hotel in Fiera di Primiero (3-star)


Day 9 ~ Depart
Breakfast and departure on your own.
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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, fitness levels and abilities of participants, and/or the recommendations of your guide.

Cost

Guided Trip:
From € 2.930 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 1.930 per person (minimum 4 participants)

Self Guided Trip:

From € 1.290 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 1.090 per person (minimum 4 participants)

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


Cost Includes:

  • Trip briefing
  • Maps of the area
  • 2 night accommodation in 3-star hotel in Alta Badia
  • 5 night accommodation in charming rifugios (shared dormitories)
  • 1 night accommodation in 3-star hotel in Fiera di Primiero
  • Meals as noted in itinerary
  • Local English speaking trail running guide (guided trips)
  • Italian mobile phone for emergency calls during the trip (self guided trips)
  • Transfers in the area as per itinerary
  • Luggage transfer from Alta Badia to Passo Cereda
  • Duffel bag transfer for first and second rifugio
  • 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!

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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    
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
Sold out
€ 2660
16-21 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 890
16-20 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 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