Dolomites Hikes

Hiking from Cortina d'Ampezzo to Alta Badia

Experience a week of self guided hiking in two of the most beautiful valleys in the Dolomites! Hike in both Cortina d’Ampezzo and Alta Badia, traversing between the two. Plus, enjoy two nights at charming rifugios while hiking through one of the most beautiful mountain landscapes in the world!

Trip Overview

Soaring high in the sky, Italy's majestic Dolomites play host to our exciting traverse through the Dolomite Mountains. Wild alpine meadows alternate with deciduous and evergreen woods, high altitude lunar-like terrain soaring peaks provide dramatic walls and towering heights.

On this great itinerary, you’ll explore two very different areas in the Dolomites: the Veneto and the South Tyrol – both surrounded by dramatic mountains!  Begin in the refined town of Cortina d’Ampezzo – a chic Venetian town, full of high-end boutiques along a pedestrian walk-street through the center of town. At the end of your trek, you’ll arrive in the quaint villages of Alta Badia, a string of six villages in the Val Badia, or Badia Valley. The culture here is a combination of Austrian – from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Italian – by acquisition, and Ladin – the native culture that dates back to Roman times. Little did you know this trip would also offer you so much cultural diversity!


Hiking in and traversing between these two regions, you’ll have ample opportunity to enjoy the diverse geology and geography of the Dolomites as well. From lunar landscapes of dolomite rock, to lush meadows carpeted with wildflowers, to forests of mugo pine and larch trees, there is a different vista around every corner. And along the way you’ll be treated to stays in charming rifugi (mountain inns), with comfortable accommodations and hearty Dolomite cuisine!

Highlights

  • Walk along pastoral alpine pastures, across mountain passes, and along scenic trails
  • Enjoy the atmosphere of high altitude mountain rifugios, the real mountaineer flair
  • Experience the rich Ladin culture with many traditions that make this region so unique
  • Self guided trips are a great way to experience the culture and beauty of the Dolomites at your own pace, but with the peace of mind that comes from having everything perfectly arranged for you!

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

    Hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo (B)

  • Day 3

    Rifugio (B,D)

  • Day 4

    Rifugio (B,D)

  • Day 5

    Hotel in Alta Badia (B,D)

  • Day 6

    Hotel in Alta Badia (B,D)

  • Day 7

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!

VIA FERRATA OPTION
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!

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:
€ 2.710 per person (minimum 2 participants)
€ 1.740 per person (minimum 4 participants)

Self Guided Trip:

€ 1.180 per person (minimum 2 participants)
€ 990 per person (minimum 4 participants)

Private room supplement in rifugios: €25 per person, per rifugio (based on availability)
High season supplement from July 20th to August 31st: surcharge of 5%
The cost is based on 3-star hotels, it can be upgraded to 4/5-star, please contact us for a quotation.

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 maps of the area
  • 2 nights accommodation in 3-star in Cortina d'Ampezzo
  • 2 nights accommodation in charming rifugios (shared dormitories)
  • 2 nights accommodation in 3-star hotel in Alta Badia
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Luggage transfer from Cortina d'Ampezzo to Alta Badia
  • Transfer as per itinerary (this service may be shared with other Dolomite Mountain guests)
  • Local English speaking Hiking Guide (guided trips)
  • Local tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax
Airport transfers available on request.
Luggage transfer available on request.

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