About the Western Dolomites – the Dolomiti di Brenta
Lush valleys set beneath Dolomite spires, high alpine plains rising up to meet majestic pale mountain landscapes – sound familiar? Well, yes, but no! The Western Dolomites, while officially part of the Dolomite Mountains, are isolated from the rest of the Dolomite range. Officially known as the Dolomiti di Brenta, or Brenta Group, they lie two hours to the west of what most think of as the Dolomite Mountains – like an outlying island of dolomitic rock. Geographically these mountains have not always been considered a part of the Dolomites, but geologically they undeniably are, and today they are officially recognized as a part of the Dolomite Mountains UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Western Dolomites offer all of the same activities that you find in the rest of the Dolomite Mountains – hiking, biking, via ferrata, climbing, canyoning, and skiing. But in the Brenta Group, the sharp, majestic peaks play host to numerous remnant hanging glaciers, or vedretta in Italian. And unlike the rest of the Dolomites, the light colored dolomitic spires of the Western Dolomites are provided a stark and beautiful metamorphic contrast by the Adamello-Presanella group of mountains across the valley. The wildlife found here is different too – while home to all of the usual mountain fauna, the Western Dolomites is among the richest of the Alps, even including a small, protected population of brown (grizzly) bears!
We have become positively captivated by the amazing opportunities for adventure and breathtaking landscapes the Western Dolomites offer. But don’t take our word for it – come see for yourself!
- Explore the Brenta Dolomites, the westernmost dolomitic mountains in Italy
- Discover the Five Lakes Tour – the Giro del Cinque Laghi – one of the most beautiful paths in the Adamello Mountains
- Breathe in pure air and experience a variety of hikes among spectacular landscapes in a UNESCO World Heritage Site!
- Overnight in a rifugio, and experience the warm hospitality of mountain inns in the Dolomites
- Experience Adamello Brenta Natural Park, where the glacial granite of Adamello offers a distinct contrast to the soft limestone-based dolomite of the Brenta Group
Hotel in Madonna di Campiglio (D)
Hotel in Madonna di Campiglio (B,D)
Hotel in Molveno (B)
Hotel in Madonna di Campiglio (B)
Hotel in Madonna di Campiglio (B)
Want to learn more about our Hotels and B&Bs?
The Dolomites have 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.
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!
€ 3.620 per person (minimum 2 participants)
€ 2.580 per person (minimum 4 participants)
€ 2.240 per person (minimum 6 participants)
Self Guided Trip:
€ 1.590 per person (minimum 2 participants)
€ 1.520 per person (minimum 4 participants)
€ 1.490 per person (minimum 6 participants)
Note: day 3 can present with some challenges that expert hikers will have no issue overcoming. For less experienced hikers, we recommend reserving this trip as 'guided'.
High season supplement from July 15th to August 27th 2023: 5% surcharge
The cost is based on 3-star hotels, it can be upgraded to 4/5-star, please contact us for a quotation.
Private room supplement in rifugio: €35 per person (based on availability)
Please note that prices may increase between the time of quotation and booking. Your Dolomite Mountains consultant will inform you of any such changes.
- Trip briefing
- Logistics and map of the area
- 4 nights accommodation in 4-star hotel in Madonna di Campiglio
- 1 night accommodation in 3-star hotel in Molveno
- 1 night accommodation in rifugio (mountain inn) in shared dormitory rooms (3-8 people)
- All breakfasts
- Dinner in rifugio
- Dinner in Madonna di Campiglio (day 1 & 2)
- Lifts noted in itinerary (guided trips)
- Local English speaking mountain guide for 5 days (guided trips)
- A €15 donation to Wow Nature’s reforestation projects makes your trip carbon-neutral
- Local tourist tax
- Italian VAT tax
Airport transfers available on request.