Trail Running the Alta Via N.1 of the Dolomites

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from €890 from €1.420

The Alta Via N.1, one of the famous “high routes” of the Dolomites, is an incredible trail running tour. Run over 100 kilometers in 7 days, moving from hut-to-hut through some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Italian Alps!

  • Length 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Trip Type Trail Running
  • Activity Level Challenging
  • Start / Finish Cortina d'Ampezzo
  • Dates This trip is available as a custom, private departure on dates of your choosing from mid June to mid September

Highlights

  • Run – yes run! – the Alta Via N.1 trail – one of the famous High Routes of the Dolomites!
  • Experience vistas of more than 80% of the Dolomite Mountains – a recently added UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Travel from hut-to-hut, enjoying private accommodations in the best rifugios in the Dolomites, as you run through incredible terrain
  • See an incredible variety of Dolomitic landscapes, from eroded glacial moraines to walls that long ago were below the sea and now are high mountains in the Dolomites

 

OVERVIEW

Like to run? On trails? Through breathtaking landscapes? Far from motor vehicles? Then do we ever have the perfect trip for you!

The Alta Via N.1 is a fantastic trail, highlighted by breathtaking views, rustic and lively mountain refuges, a sense of excitement of what lies around the next bend or the next pass, and the satisfaction of traveling by foot through this beautiful and remote area. This linear trip, traveling north to south through the Italian Alps, begins in the Italian Südtirol, and heads south through different mountain groups. This astoundingly rewarding run visits the Fanes area, Lagazuoi, and many Cortina mountains, Pelmo, Civetta, Moiazza, and the Dolomiti Bellunesi.

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.” On this challenging trip down the Alta Via N.1, you’ll cover 87 km (54 miles) of trails in 5 days, gaining over 5,000 meters (16,400') of altitude, reaching a high point of 2,752 meters (9,029'). Each day ranges from 10-30 kilometers (6-18 miles) of running – with options for additional trails to add mileage (or cable cars and lifts, for those who prefer to subtract some!).

And don’t worry, there are plenty of opportunities to stop and refuel at welcoming rifugios, charming mountain inns (typically less than 10 km will pass between huts). And, at night, you'll enjoy private accommodations at the best rifugios this mountain range has to offer!  The impressiveness of the scenery and the variety of terrain on this route is matched only by the warmth and hospitality offered by these mountain huts. The unusual contrasts in landscapes, changing colors and textures of the mountains and curious mix of Italian and Austrian influences means fantastic trail running, stunning scenery, and plenty of pasta!

Day by Day

The Alta Via N.1, one of the famous “high routes” of the Dolomites, is an incredible trail running tour. Run over 100 kilometers in 7 days, moving from hut-to-hut through some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Italian Alps!


Itinerary:

Day 1 ~ Arrive in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Dolomites
Arrival in Cortina d’Ampezzo on your own and check into your hotel. Cortina d’Ampezzo is a charming alpine resort town surrounded by stunning peaks. It enjoys a reputation for great winter skiing (it was the site of the 1956 Winter Olympics), and in the summer attracts hikers and cyclists who challenge the verticality of these mountains. Meet your Dolomite Mountains representative in the afternoon for a trip briefing, equipment check, and orientation.
D… 3-Star Hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo 


Day 2 ~ Val di Braies, Croda del Becco, & the Croda Rossa Massif
In the morning, transfer from your hotel to Lago di Braies / Pragser Wildsee (1,489m / 4,885'), a small alpine lake located in Belluno, from where you will begin your trail run of the Alta Via N.1!  The lake lies just north of the Croda del Becco / Seekofel, (2,810m / 9,219') in the Fanes – Senes – Braies Natural Park, one of the largest natural parks in the South Tyrol. Known as the Pearl of the Dolomite Lakes, the reflection of Croda del Becco in the lake is simply beautiful.  

As you begin running, you’ll enjoy the luscious green Braies basin. Vistas of Croda del Becco dominate throughout your entire ascent.  You’ll run through the narrow Buco del Giovo valley (2,034m / 6,673'), upwards to the col Forcella Sora Forno (2,388m / 7,835'). The mountain environment in the upper section of the walk is arid and scree, typical of the Dolomite plateaus.

From the top of this pass (forcella), descend to Rifugio Biella, at the southeastern foot of the Croda del Becco, where you can stop for a rest or a meal. From both the pass and the rifugio, you will have vistas of the spectacular Croda Rossa (Rote Wand or Red Mountain, 2818m / 9,245').When you are ready, descend on the Alta Via N.1 through a lunar landscape, to your home for the night – a charming rifugio with private accommodations. (16 km / 10 miles trail running, 1,420 m / 4,660' ascent, 960 m / 3,150' descent). Your luggage will be at the rifugio.
B,D… Rifugio


Day 3 ~ Altopiano di Fanes, Cime di Fanis, & the Lagazuoi Massif
This morning you begin with a steep downhill run to Rifugio Pederù. From here, hike uphill in the direction of Lago di Limo. When you reach Lake Lé Piciodel you’ll hike through a charming landscape studded with little lakes and rounded mountain tops along the Ru d’Al Plan River. At the fork, continue toward Lago di Limo until you arrive at Rifugio Fanes, another place to stop for a snack or beverage or a meal. Located just beneath the Limo Pass, you’ll have a splendid view of the Tofane Mountains while you catch your breath!

Whenever you’re ready to set out again, you’ll have a lovely run through the Altopiano di Fanes to the Lagazuoi Massif, enjoying beautiful panoramas of the Western Dolomites and the Marmolada Massif, the "Queen of the Dolomites.” The Alta Via N.1 travels through this beautiful high meadow and karst formations, climbing to the Forcella del Lago, a narrow and dramatic gap in the mountain with a trail descent through steep talus on the south side. At the base of the slope is the lake called Lago di Lagazuoi, whose green waters are framed by pines with a backdrop of the sheer walls of the Cima del Lago and the Cima Scotoni. From the lake, the path begins a long, steady climb to your rifugio for the night. Entering open, rocky terrain, you'll come across ruins from the First World War – you can opt for a short detour through these WWI tunnels and fortifications en route to your rifugio. (20 km / 13 miles trail running, 2,055 m / 6,740' ascent, 1,240 m / 4,070' descent). Your luggage will be at the rifugio.
B,D… Rifugio


Day 4 ~ Cinque Torri – Nuvolao              
This morning you have options – you can run down the path to Passo Falzarego (a 647m / 2,123' descent), or hitch a ride on the cable car.

Once you reach the pass, the first part of the trail climbs gently across grassy hillsides. As you climb, the terrain becomes rockier, with the occasional grass and wildflower patch, including gentians and pretty pink thrift. Waymarkers (trail markers) are regular, and you’ll see red and white painted stripes on rocks, some with painted trail numbers. You’ll cross several gullies on this run, the first of which provides a view of the diminutive Lago de Limedes below. Continue toward Forcella Averau, enjoying exceptional views of Lagazuoi and Tofana, and southwest to the grassy slopes of the Livinallongo Valley. When you are ready to depart from the pass, continue past two striking rock mountains, Averau and Nuvolao, down to your rifugio for tonight. (17 km / 10,5 miles trail running, 1.300 m / 4,265' ascent, 1.800 m / 5,905' descent). Your luggage will be at the rifugio.

Optional run from Rifugio Averau to Rifugio Nuvolau:
From Rifugio Averau, the popular and well-marked path n. 439 leads southeast, straight up the bare broad rock crest of Monte Nuvolau with ever-improving views in all directions. It’s a mere 150-meter (492') ascent to marvelous Rifugio Nuvolau (2,575m / 8,448'). The first building is dated back to the late 1800s and was the property of the Alpine Club of Cortina, which was part of Austria in those days. On the days when the mountain shakes off its name (nuvola means cloud in Italian), the views include the graceful shape of Averau, the Tofane Massif, Cristallo to the east over Cortina d’Ampezzo, and as far west as the snow-capped Ortles and the Austrian Alps.
(~ 755m / 0,5 mile trail running, 140 m / 459' ascent, 58 m / 190' descent one way)
B,D… Rifugio


Day 5 ~ Pelmo and Civetta Massifs
Today the trail leads you over the Forcella Giau, where the views of the Tofana and Monte Cavallo are inspiring. You’ll run over lush alpine meadows, below Pelmo’s north face to Passo Staulanza, where you can stop for a rest or a meal.

Departing Passo Staulanza, you’ll run past several farms and join a popular trail that climbs to the shoulder of Monte Coldai, anchoring one end of the famous Monte Civetta. After stopping for lunch at Lago Coldai, continue to the Col Negro di Coldai that looks over at the towering west face of Monte Civetta. This “wall of walls” extends for over 4 miles! About midway past this wall you climb to your rifugio, perched on mountaintop with views to the Val Civetta, down the Alleghe Valley and west to the Marmolada Glacier. (24km / 15miles trail running, 1,780m / 5,840' ascent and descent.) No luggage transfer.
B,D… Rifugio


Day 6 ~ Civetta & Moiazza to Passo Duran
From the rifugio, descend to the Val Civetta over the Col Rean, through beautiful, open, green meadows to the narrow valley of Val Corpassa. The route takes you right below the sheer rock faces of the Torre Venezia (2,337m / 7,667') and the Torre Trieste (2,458m / 8,064'), both rising some 600 meters (2,000') vertically from the valley floor. You may even get to see some climbers ascending these impressive towers!

Pass by the Rifugio Vazzoler and ascend steeply through a dense forest to Forcella de l’Orso and alongside Monte Moiazza’s southern flank. Though a strenuous day over rugged terrain, this may be one of the prettiest and most varied runs of your trip. Take a private transfer to Cortina d’Ampezzo, and celebrate your run of the Alta Via N.1!  (18km / 11 miles trail running, 900m / 2,953' ascent and descent.) Your luggage will be in hotel.
B,D… 3-Star Hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo


Day 7 ~ 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 € 2.210 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 1.420 per person (minimum 4 participants)

Self Guided Trip:

From € 1.180 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 890 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 night accommodation in 3-star B&B in Cortina d' Ampezzo
  • 4 night accommodation in charming rifugios (shared dormitories)
  • 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)
  • Transfers in the area as per itinerary
  • Luggage transfers as per itinerary
  • 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

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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!

 

Short on time? We can create a shorter version of this itinerary to meet your needs.

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