Alta Via or Haute Route – so what’s all the fuss about?
Truly a hiker's paradise, 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 routes 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 fantastic trek, 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 trek visits the Fanes area, Lagazuoi and many other Cortina mountains, Pelmo, Civetta, Moiazza and the Dolomiti Bellunesi.
Spread across 80 kilometers (49 miles), the entire Alta Via 1 reaches a high point of 2,752 meters (9,029'). 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, changing colors and textures of the mountains and curious mix of Italian and Austrian influences means fantastic hiking, stunning scenery, and plenty of pasta!
- Trek the Alta Via N.1 – one of the famous High Routes of the Dolomites!
- Hike hut-to-hut and enjoy the atmosphere of a different mountain rifugio each night
- Traveling from north to south, see vistas of more than 80% of the Dolomite Mountains – a recently added UNESCO World Heritage Site
Hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo
Hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo
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!
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!
Want to see the Dolomites in action?
Check out the high definition videos in our SUMMER VIDEO GALLERY!
Want to learn more about hiking in the Dolomites?
Check out our Tips for Hiking in the Dolomites article!
Want to know what type of weather you should expect on your trip?
Check out our Climate and Weather in the Dolomites article!
Want to learn what it’s like to stay in a rifugio before you visit?
Check out our Rifugios in the Dolomites article!
Still want more adventure?
We can add several days of via ferrata to your trek, on day 6 traversing the breathtaking Pelmo, and day 10 before you return to Cortina. Ask us for details!
Short on time?
Check out our 6-day Hiking the Alta Via N.1 of the Dolomites Quick Getaway!
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 Venice, Verona, Lake Garda, Florence, 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!
€ 3.290 per person (minimum 2 participants)
€ 2.140 per person (minimum 4 participants)
Self Guided Trip:
€ 1.270 per person (mininum 2 participants)
€ 1.100 per person (minimum 4 participants)
The cost is based on 3-star hotels, it can be upgraded to 4/5-star, please contact us for a quotation.
High season supplement from July 20th to August 31st: 5% surcharge
Private room supplement in rifugios: €15 per rifugio, per person (based on availability)
Helicopter Sightseeing & Airport Transfers – There's Nothing Else Like It!
Take to the skies for an aerial look at the spectacular Dolomite Mountains, and make memories to last a lifetime! Whether on a panoramic sightseeing ride or an airport transfer, you'll appreciate a bird's eye view of the stunning scenery aboard state-of-the-art single engine helicopters. With over 30 years in operation, our experienced pilots and ground crew employ the utmost safety standards, quality, and service. Contact us for a quotation. Rides are weather dependent. Heli-transfers from/to airports require advanced reservation. In-resort rides can be reserved with shorter notice.
- Trip briefing
- Logistics and map of the area
- 2 nights accommodation in 3-star in Cortina d'Ampezzo
- 6 nights accommodation in charming rifugios (shared dormitories)
- Meals as noted in itinerary
- Local English speaking hiking guide (guided trips)
- Transfers in the area on days 2 and 8 (these services may be shared with other Dolomite Mountains guests)
- Luggage transfer on day 4
- Local tourist tax
- Italian VAT tax
Luggage transfers available on request.