Dolomites Hikes

Slice of Heaven Val Gardena Hiking

Surrounded by majestic mountains, Val Gardena is an ideal base for hikers. With peaks such as Seceda, Pitschberg, and Resciesa dominating the horizon, the area is a paradise for nature lovers. Enjoy a six-day moderate to challenging tour of the Dolomites, hiking hut to hut through peaks and valleys in this beautiful mountain range. Designed for sure-footed hikers, you’ll travel across rocky landscapes and rolling pastures, experiencing the variety of terrain of the Puez Odle / Geisler Natural Park.

Trip Overview

Val Gardena's natural beauty has been attracting visitors for centuries. Since the second half of the 19th century, mountain climbers have been drawn to the valley, using it as a starting point for their expeditions.

Imagine what it would be like to walk on the moon… or along the floor of the ocean… On this unique itinerary, you’ll have plenty of inspiration to daydream about both! This trip is set entirely in the Dolomites’ Puez-Odle Nature Park, where you’ll hike hut to hut across lunar landscapes strewn with moon-like boulders and beneath escarpments of dolomitic rock formed ages ago deep in the sea.

Puez-Odle Natural Park (Naturpark Puez-Geisler in German) offers a unique look into the history of the rock formations that make up the Dolomites, including the sedimentary formations and strata of shallow marine origin, as well as rocks shaped by erosion. There is an abundance of fossils found here, which provide insight into the various epochs of the earth's history. Not surprisingly, given the name of these mountains, Dolomite is the primary sedimentary rock found in the park. Formed from a near-white crystalline mineral, Dolomite was named after the French geologist Deodat de Dolomieu, who was the first to describe the chemical composition of the rock in 1789.

Designed for sure-footed hikers, this trip will take you across a variety of terrain within the park, including challenging rocky, moon-like landscapes, as well as gentle, old farm tracks through beautiful green valleys. You’ll hike on a lovely section of the Alta Via 2, one of the beautiful “high routes” of the Dolomites that traverse these mountains from north to south, and hike a horseshoe around the eastern side of Sass de Putia / Peitlerkofel – the northernmost summit of the Dolomites!


  • Base yourself in Val Gardena, a slice of heaven on earth known for its stunning scenery & exquisite wooden sculptures.
  • Hike through Puez-Odle Natural Park across lunar landscapes, with vistas created by former sea beds eroded through time.
  • Hike from hut to hut – mountain rifugios that seem to be placed at the perfect interval, appearing right when you are ready for an espresso or plate of speck!
  • Hike a section of the Alta Via 2, one of the eight Dolomite “High Routes” and one of the most beautiful, diverse, and challenging trails in the Dolomites
  • Short on time? This is the perfect quick way to experience the Dolomites on foot, exploring its vast variety of terrain!

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 Val Gardena (D)

  • Day 2

    Rifugio (B,D)

  • Day 3

    Rifugio (B,D)

  • Day 4

    Rifugio (B,D)

  • Day 5

    Hotel in Val Gardena (B,D)

  • Day 6


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 for this trip using our Luxury Hotels. For details, please contact us.

Want to learn more about our Mountain Inns & Rifugios?            

Rifugios – 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, rifugios 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 rifugios 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 rifugios in the Dolomites, check out our Rifugios in the Dolomites article and learn about one of the best ways to experience these incredible mountains!

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. 

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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!


Add a day (or more!) of climbing via ferrata with one of our UIAGM/IFMGA professional mountain guides! The vie ferrate, or iron paths of the Dolomites, allow non-climbers to discover the mountains in safety and adding a new dimension to hiking the pristine alpine wilderness of the Dolomites. Contact us for details!



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

Guided Trip:
€ 2.760 per person (2 participants)
€ 1.980 per person (4 participants)
€ 1.720 per person (6 participants)

Guided group departure
€ 1.820 per person (min 4 participants)

Self Guided Trip:
€ 1.270 per person (2 participants)
€ 1.180 per person (4 participants)
€ 1.160 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 3-star hotel in Val Gardena
  • 3 nights accommodation in Rifugio
  • All breakfasts & dinners
  • Local English-speaking Hiking Guide (guided trips)
  • Lift tickets if guided
  • Transfer on day 5 
  • A €15 donation to Wow Nature’s reforestation projects makes your trip carbon-neutral 
  • Local tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax

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