Dolomites Alta Via Treks

Hiking Alta Via N.4 of The Dolomites

6 days of exhilarating hiking and via ferrata climbing on the Alta Via N.4 high route through some of the most scenic mountains of the Dolomites. This trip is recommended to experienced hikers only, due to exposed ledges and challenging Via Ferrata sections.

Trip Overview

NOTE
The Alta Via 4 presents a great number of challenging and exposed sections throughout the trail, as well as a challenghing Via Ferrata on day 5. It is only recommended to experienced mountaineers with strong abilities to navigate on high, exposed, challenging trails and previous experience on difficult Via Ferrata.

The Alta Via 4 is a fantastic high altitude trail, traversing the Italian Alps from north to south. Alta Via or High Route is the name given to multi-day, hut-to-hut alpine tours. And in the Dolomite Mountains, the Alta Via are some of the most breathtaking, challenging, multi-day trails available in this mountainous wonderland!

On this combined hiking and via ferrata climbing trip, you’ll travel across the Tre Scarpèri, Croda dei Barànci, Cima Grande di Lavaredo, Cristallo, Sorapìss, and Antelao mountains. You’ll traverse this section of the Dolomites from top to bottom, north to south, maintaining medium-high altitude and exploring spectacular angles of these different mountainous groups of the range. And, you can expect to see vistas of up to 80 percent of all the Dolomites!

Truly a hiker's paradise, thousands of trails wind their way between the fantastic pinnacles of the jagged Dolomites, which magically turn from pale gray to gold and pink at dusk. And via ferrata, literally translated as the iron way or iron path, run throughout the Dolomites, incorporate a system of iron ladders to assist hikers on steep mountainous terrain. These trails, originally built and used by soldiers during WWI, are an exhilarating way to access spectacular mountain terrain! And the combination of hiking, via ferrata, and cozy mountain huts, are only surpassed by your discovery of incredible vistas that lie around every corner!


Highlights

  • Hike and climb through the Dolomites on the famous Alta Via 4 high route
  • Feel the adrenaline rush of climbing via ferrata
  • Tackle some of the most challenging and rewarding hiking terrain on earth
  • Enjoy the cozy atmosphere of a different mountain rifugio each night – the real mountaineer experience

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 Cortina d’Ampezzo

  • Day 2

    Rifugio (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 Cortina d’Ampezzo (B)

  • Day 8

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 learn more about via ferrata in the Dolomites?
Check out our Via Ferrata: Climbing the Iron Paths of the Dolomites article for the who, what, when, where, & why of climbing via ferrata!

Want to learn what it’s like to stay in a rifugio before you visit?
Check out our Rifugios 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!

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

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!

Cost

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

Guided Trip:
€ 2.880 per person (minimum 2 participants)
€ 1.890 per person (minimum 4 participants)

Self-Guided Trip:

€ 1.020 per person (mininum 2 participants)
€ 940 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.
On request, we can provide a UIAGM/IFMGA Professional Mountain Guide for days 5 and 6, please contact us for details and cost.

High season supplement from July 20th to August 31st: 5% surcharge
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 on arrival
  • Logistics and map of the area
  • 2 nights accommodation in 3-star hotel in Cortina d'Ampezzo
  • 5 nights accommodation in charming rifugios (shared dormitories)
  • All breakfasts
  • Dinners at the rifugios
  • Local English speaking UIAGM/IFMGA Professional Mountain Guide for 6 days (only on guided trips)
  • Private transfer from Cortina to San Candido on day 2, and from Pozzale to Cortina on day 7
  • Local tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax
Airport transfers available on request

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