Dolomites Alta Via Treks

Hiking Alta Via N.2 of the Dolomites

Experience the Alta Via N.2, one of the most beautiful, diverse, and challenging trails in the Dolomites. From the top of Piz Boé, across the Sella Massif, to the Valley of Shadows beneath the majestic Marmolada, you’ll hike north to south, from rifugio to rifugio, for a wonderful and varied perspective of the Dolomite Mountains.

Trip Overview

One of the best ways to explore the Dolomites is hiking an Alta Via, the beautiful long-distance “high routes” of the Dolomites. The Alta Via 2 is the furthest west of the Alta Vie. Dubbed the “Alta Via delle Leggende,” or High Route of Legends, the AV2 is undeniably more strenuous than the AV1, remaining at higher elevations throughout (as high as 2,900m / 9,514'), and with great reward.
On this exceptional trip, you’ll hike from north to south, from Alta Badia to Val di Fassa. Hike in Puez-Odle Natural Park, across the Sella Massif, and around Marmolada, the highest mountain in the Dolomites, and home to its largest glacier. You’ll travel through several of the villages in Alta Badia, including La Villa, Corvara, and Colfosco, as well as Val Gardena and Val di Fassa. Plus experience a variety of different landscapes and geological features, as you cross over multiple regions and through several natural parks. You’ll hike on plenty of lunar landscapes, across numerous vast pastures, through wooded valleys, along high plains (altiplano), surrounded by tall beautiful peaks throughout. The scenery alternates between mountains made of Dolomite rock (Sella Massif), to limestone mountains (Marmolada), to regions (Puez) made of a completely different type of rock altogether, with a completely different appearance that offers a strong, picturesque contrast to the surrounding Dolomite Mountains.
You have options on how best to enjoy this trip as well. Choose from a guided departure, where you’ll be guided by one of our outstanding Dolomites guides, or select a private departure, where you’ll explore on your own (with detailed maps and guidance of course!). And, you can hike different lengths of trail, for 8 or 9 days, or even do a more challenging trail running itinerary. The choice is yours!

Highlights

  • Trek on the Alta Via N.2 – one 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
  • Hike hut-to-hut, enjoying the atmosphere of a different mountain rifugio each night
  • Walk 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

Day By Day

Trip itinerary may vary based on weather conditions, fitness levels and abilities of participants, and/or the recommendations of the Dolomite Mountains Team and your mountain guide. Daily mileage and altitude gain may vary depending on the device used.

  • Day 1

    Hotel in Alta Badia (D)

  • Day 2

    Hotel in Alta Badia (B,D)

  • Day 3

    Rifugio (B,D)

  • Day 4

    Rifugio (B,D)

  • Day 5

    Rifugio (B,D)

  • Day 6

    Rifugio (B,D)

  • Day 7

    Hotel in Falcade or Moena

  • Day 8
  • Day 8

    Rifugio (B,D)

  • Day 9

Accommodation

Great hotels with Dolomite Mountains. Whether intimate lodge, family run B&B, or luxury spa resort, our hotels are unique, eminently local, and hard to leave.

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!

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 trip! Ask us for details.

Prefer a shorter trek?
Check out our Hiking itineraries, and our Summer Short Stays.

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!

Cost

All itineraries are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control including, weather, road or trail conditions.

8 Days Guided Trip:
€ 3.140 per person (minimum 2 participants)
€ 2.070 per person (minimum 4 participants)

8 Days Self Guided Trip:

€ 1.360 per person (minimum 2 participants)
€ 1.160 per person (minimum 4 participants)

9 Day Guided Trip:
€ 3.550 per person (minimum 2 participants)
€ 2.340 per person (minimum 4 participants)

9 Days Self Guided Trip:
€ 1.460 per person (minimum 2 participants)
€ 1.270 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: surcharge of 5%
Private room supplement in rifugios: €25 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.

Cost Includes:

  • Trip briefing
  • Logistics and map of the area
  • 3 nights accommodation in 3-star hotels
  • 4-5 nights accommodation in charming rifugios (shared dormitories)
  • All breakfasts and dinners
  • Local English speaking hiking guide guided trips)
  • Luggage transfer on day 5 and on day 7 (or day 5 and day 8 for the extension)
  • Local tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax
Airport transfers available on request. Luggage transfers available on request.

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