Trail Running the Alta Via N.1 of the Dolomites – Getaway

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The Alta Via N.1, one of the famous “high routes” of the Dolomites, is an incredible trail running tour. Run 87 kilometers in 5 days, moving from hut-to-hut through some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Italian Alps!

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

Highlights

  • Run – yes run! – the first part of 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
  • Short on time? This is the perfect quick way to experience the Dolomites in just 5 days!

 

OVERVIEW

Like to run? On trails? Through breathtaking landscapes? Far from motor vehicles? Then we 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.”

And don’t worry, there are plenty of opportunities to stop and refuel at welcoming rifugios, charming mountain inns (typically less than 10km 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 87 kilometers in 5 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.
… Hotel (3-Star) 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. (16km / 10 miles trail running, 1,420m / 4,660' ascent, 960m / 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 en route to your rifugio. (14,6km / 9 miles trail running miles, 1,490m / 4,888' ascent, 790m / 2,592' descent.)  Your luggage will be at the rifugio.
B,D… Rifugio


Day 4 ~ Cinque Torri area             
This stage is of great interest for both the spectacular mountains around and the abundance of reminders of the terrible years of WWI, due to the vicinity of the former border between the long-dismantled Hapsburg Empire and Italy. Hike a memorable traverse below the awesome Tofana di Rozes, ascending Forcella Lagazuoi (2,573m / 8,442’), Forcella Travenanzes (2,507m / 8,225’) and Forcella Col dei Bos (2,331m / 7,648’) and gradually descend along the line of trenches. Reach the main road that goes from Cortina to Passo Falzarego, cross it and climb through forests to the fascinating, renowned Cinque Torri area and Rifugio Averau (2,413m / 7,917’). From the Rifugio Averau, descend to the south to Passo Giau and reach Rifugio Passo Giau (2,236m / 7,336’), from where you will have a private transfer back to your hotel in Cortina.
(17km / 10,6 miles trail running, 1,169m / 3,836' ascent, 1,603m / 5,262' descent.)
B… Hotel (3-Star) in Cortina d’Ampezzo


Day 5 ~ Depart
After breakfast departure on your own (private transfer available on request).
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STILL WANT MORE? CHOOSE OUR 7-DAY ITINERARY OPTION!
Still want more? Choose our 7-day itinerary option! Run the entire Alta Via 1.


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 € 1.390 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 910 per person (minimum 2 participants)

Self Guided Trip:

From € 840 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 620 per person (minimum 4 participants)

Private room supplement in rifugios: €15 per rifugio, per person (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 B&& in Cortina d'Ampezzo
  • 2 night accommodation in 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

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!

 

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    
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