Snowshoeing the Alta Via N.1 of the Dolomites

Self Guided

from €1.330

Snowshoe on the Alta Via N.1 – one of the famous High Routes of the Dolomites! Travel across some of the most breathtaking scenery in the incredible Italian Alps, watching the spectacular angles of these grandiose mountains change right before your eyes!

  • Length 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Trip Type Snowshoeing
  • Activity Level Moderate
  • Start / Finish Cortina d'Ampezzo
  • Dates This trip is available as a custom, private departure on dates of your choosing from December to March
  • Group Departures Available
    4-9 Mar

Highlights

  • Snowshoe on one of the famous High Routes of the Dolomites – the Alta Via!
  • Explore spectacular and magical winter landscapes amidst some of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world
  • Travel through the Dolomites from valley to valley, experiencing Italian, Austrian, and Ladin – the three different languages, cultures, and cuisines that make this region so unique
  • Hike hut-to-hut, and enjoy the atmosphere of a different mountain rifugio – “mountain inn” – each night


OVERVIEW

Thousands of trails wind their way between the fantastic pinnacles of the jagged Dolomite Mountains, and the Alta Via high routes here represent the “best of the best!” These trails are multi-day, hut-to-hut alpine tours, and offer some the most breathtaking, challenging, multi-day trails available in this mountainous wonderland. 

The Alta Via N.1 is a grand trail, highlighted by breathtaking views, rustic and lively mountain refuges, and a sense of excitement of what lies around the next bend or the next pass. And, with a blanket of snow, this beautiful and remote area seems to be wrapped with magic! While the Dolomites are magical any time of year, in winter they are positively enchanting. Towering peaks surround a peaceful, breathtaking landscape blanketed in pure white snow, magically transforming it into a winter wonderland. 

The impressiveness of the scenery and the variety of terrain on this route is matched only by the warmth and hospitality offered by the mountain huts. The unusual contrasts in landscapes and curious mix of Italian, Austrian, and Ladin influences means fantastic hiking, stunning scenery, and plenty of pasta! It’s the perfect location to experience everything that the Dolomites have to offer. And what better way to explore and discover this eclectic mountain valley than on a pair of snowshoes? 

Day by Day

Snowshoe on the Alta Via N.1 – one of the famous High Routes of the Dolomites! Travel across some of the most breathtaking scenery in the incredible Italian Alps, watching the spectacular angles of these grandiose mountains change right before your eyes!


Day 1 ~ Arrive in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Dolomites
Arrive in Cortina d’Ampezzo (1,224m / 4,016') on your own (airport transfers available on request) and check into your hotel. Cortina d’Ampezzo is a charming alpine resort town surrounded by stunning peaks. Uniquely sheltered from the cold winds of the north, Cortina has a pleasantly mild climate that visitors can enjoy year-round. Host to the 1956 Winter Olympics, Cortina enjoys a reputation for great skiing in winter, and in the summer attracts hikers and climbers who challenge the rocky faces of the nearby mountains. This chic Venetian town also caters to the high society crowd, offering many year-round social activities, shopping, and fine dining.
… Hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo (3-Star)


Day 2 ~ Sennes Plateau
In the morning, meet your local English speaking UIAGM/IFMGA Professional Mountain Guide, who will provide you a trip briefing and orientation.

You’ll begin snowshoeing today with a hike to the Alpe di Sennes uplands. Along the way, you’ll enjoy good range of scenery, and walk through habitats that provide homes to home to ibex, chamois, roe deer, and marmots. Grandiose Dolomite groups headed by the Croda Rossa are foremost features, their lower flanks cloaked by flourishing woods of a healthy mix of evergreen conifer and deciduous species.
(~4 hours snowshoeing 7.8km / 4.9 miles, 800m / 2,627' ascent.)
B,D… Rifugio


Day 3 ~ Altopiano di Fanes
After breakfast, snowshoe down to Pederü (1,548m / 5,079'). Then, you’ll hike up in the Val di Fanes (Fanes Valley) along the Al Plan river, on to a rifugio (2,042m / 6,699’), your home for tonight. The entire journey will be filled with adventure and some of the most breath-taking views you’ve ever laid eyes on! Take a few moments to reflect on the beauty of nature around you and marvel at the fact that you too are exploring these spectacular mountain trails on foot, just as they have been traversed for generations before you. At the end of the day, rest your tired muscles in the comfort of your warm mountain rifugio for the night. (~4 hours snowshoeing 7km / 4 miles, 690m / 2,264' ascent, 620m / 2,034' descent.)
B,D… Rifugio


Day 4 ~ Scotoni Plateau
Todays walk takes you on trails with beautiful panoramas of the Western Dolomites and the Marmolada Massif, the "Queen of the Dolomites.” Depart from your rifugio, snowshoeing south on gentle curves out of a steep valley (option to take steeper shortcuts!) to Passo di Limo (2,172m / 7,126').  Once you are out of the valley, you may see the beautiful Lago di Limo on your left (to the east) – unless it is frozen and covered with snow! Past an old military building and wooden cross, you hike down for Malga Fanes Grande (2,104m / 6,903'), a cheery converted farm offering light meals and basic accommodation. The route continues through the beautiful high meadow and karst formations, and then descends to Capanna Alpina (1,726m / 5,663’), a restaurant built at the edge of the Natural Park, in an incredible setting.
(~3 hours snowshoeing9km / 5.6 miles, 397m / 1,302' ascent, 729m / 2,392' descent.)

From Capanna Alpina, snowshoe uphill to your rifugio for tonight (1,985m / 6,512’).
(~1 hour snowshoeing 2.2km / 1.4 miles, 322m / 1,059' ascent.)
B,D… Rifugio


Day 5 ~ Lagazuoi Massif and Return to Cortina d’Ampezzo
After a hearty mountain breakfast you’ll gear up again for the last day of snowy adventure. From your rifugio you’ll snowshoe alongside the impressive rock walls of the Fanis group of peaks, up to Rifugio Lagazuoi. Rifugio Lagazuoi (2,752m / 9,029'), one of the highest rifugi in all the Dolomites, rests at the top of a massive mountain promontory. The 360-degree panorama is unforgettable with range upon range of mountains laid out before you with incredible views including the peaks of Pelmo, Civetta, Marmolada, and Croda da Lago.
(~3 hours snowshoeing 3.7km / 2.3 miles, 714m / 2,344' ascent.)

Take the cable car down to Passo Falzarego, and from there take a private transfer back to Cortina d’Ampezzo.
B… Hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo (3-Star)


Day 6 ~ Depart
In the morning departure on your own (private transfer available on request).
B… 


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 the recommendations of your guide.

Cost

Private Trip: From €1330 (per person, minimum 4 members)
Group Departures: €1190 (per person, minimum 4 members)

High season: 5% increase on costs. High season dates: 28 January – 11 March 2017
Black out Dates: Christmas / New Years and Carnival weeks ---- 23 December 2017 – 7 January 2018 and 10 February - 24 February 2018


Cost Includes:

  • Trip briefing
  • Logistics and map of the area
  • Private transfers as per itinerary
  • Lifts and cable cars as per itinerary
  • 2 night accommodation at hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo
  • 3 night accommodation in charming rifugios (private rooms)
  • All breakfasts
  • All dinners in rifugios
  • Local English speaking UIAGM/IFMGA Professional Mountain Guide for 4 days
  • Snow shoe and safety equipment rental
  • 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

Guided Trips: Guide Ratio 1:5/6 (maximum 6 snowshoers per guide)

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
Limited space
€ 1260
8-14 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1520
15-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 2660
16-20 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 890
16-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 890
18-24 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 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
2-8 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 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
€ 1270
4-9 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1220
11-17 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1900
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1690