Dolomites Hikes

Hike the Heart of the Dolomites

Explore two of the most beautiful valleys in the Dolomites, hiking from Alta Badia to Cortina d'Ampezzo. On this week-long trip, discover the incredible diversity of this mountain region as you witness the ever-changing landscape and distinct regional cultures.

Trip Overview

Hiking through the Dolomites is a magical experience. Trails climb and wend their way around towering rock, offering unbelievable views that stun with every step. Intimate accommodations give a familiar warmth and hospitality. Rifugi, or mountain inns, seem to be placed at the perfect interval, appearing right when you are ready for an espresso or plate of speck – a marvelous smoked meat made only in the Dolomites – or a bed with a cozy comforter and pillow. 
Explore two very different regions of the Dolomites on this itinerary:  Alta Badia and Cortina d’Ampezzo. Alta Badia was part of Austria before the First World War. Here, you will find a mix of three cultures – Austrian, Italian, and Ladin. Ladin is an ancient native culture with customs and traditions beautifully preserved. The signs are in three languages, first in Ladino (derived from the Romansh language), then in German, and lastly in Italian. The mixed culture is well-marked in the language, architecture, and cuisine. You will enjoy hearty meals that represent incredible diversity! Cortina d'Ampezzo, on the other hand, is very Italian. Part of the Veneto region of Italy, of which Venice is also part, the Venetian influence is felt in both the fashionable culture and cuisine.
Regarded as being among the most attractive mountain landscapes in the world, the Dolomites are a recently recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site, inaugurated in 2009. With over 90,000 acres of mountainous terrain, these mountains offer unusual contrasts in landscapes, changing colors and textures of the mountains, and a curious mix of Italian and Austrian influences means fantastic hiking, stunning scenery, and incredible food!


  • Hike from the heart of the Dolomites in Alta Badia to Cortina d’Ampezzo
  • Walk on scenic trails through alpine pastures, over mountain passes, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes
  • Take in jaw-dropping vistas of the Cinque Torri area, including the Pale di San Martino, Civetta, Monti del Sole, and Marmolada
  • Trek part of the Alta Via 1 – one of the famous High Routes of the Dolomites!
  • Hike to Santa Croce Sanctuary, at the base of the vertical walls of Sasso della Croce
  • Roam the Alpe di Sennes, dominated by the spectacular Croda Rossa Mountain group
  • Enjoy two nights in charming, high mountain rifugi – the best in the Alps

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 (B,D)

  • Day 2

    Hotel in Alta Badia (B,D)

  • Day 3

    Rifugio (B,D)

  • Day 4

    Rifugio (B,D)

  • Day 5

    Hotel in Cortina d'Ampezzo (B,D)

  • Day 6

    Hotel in Cortina d'Ampezzo (B,D)

  • Day 7


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!

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.

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!


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

Guided Trip:
€ 4.720 per person (2 participants)
€ 3.660 per person (4 participants)
€ 3.220 per person (6 participants)

Self Guided Trip:
€ 2.420 per person (2 participants)
€ 2.360 per person (4 participants)
€ 2.260 per person (6 participants)

The cost is based on the specified hotel category. (Please see the cost inclusions list). If you would like an upgrade, please get in touch with us for a quotation.

We will do our best to accommodate you in the specified class of accommodations. However, if there is no availability in this category, we will offer you the next available classification at a supplementary price. 

Important to note:
  • There is a high-season 15% surcharge from July 14th to Sept 8th. 
  • There is a private-room supplement in Rifugi: €40 per Rifugio, per person per night (based on availability).
  • Prices may increase between the time of quotation and booking. Your Dolomite Mountains consultant will inform you of any changes.

Cost Includes:

  • Trip briefing
  • Logistics and map of the area
  • 2 nights accommodation in 4-star hotel in Alta Badia
  • 2 nights accommodation in rifugio (shared dormitories)
  • 2 nights accommodation in 5-star hotel in Cortina d'Ampezzo
  • All breakfasts
  • All dinners (including one at a Michelin-star-rated restaurant)
  • Local English-speaking Professional Hiking Guide (if guided)
  • Lift tickets (if guided)
  • Transfers in the area as per itinerary
  • Luggage transfer from Alta Badia to Cortina d'Ampezo (and not to rifugios)
  • A €15 donation to Wow Nature’s reforestation projects makes your trip carbon-neutral 
  • Local tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax

Area Map