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 of 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!
- 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!
Hotel in Alta Badia (D)
Hotel in Alta Badia (B,D)
Hotel in Alta Badia (B,D)
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.
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!
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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 Venice, Verona, Lake Garda, Florence, 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!
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!
5 Days Guided Trip:
€ 1.940 per person (minimum 2 participants)
€ 1.340 per person (minimum 4 participants)
€ 1.120 per person (minimum 6 participants)
5 Days Self Guided Trip:
€ 860 per person (minimum 2 participants)
€ 770 per person (minimum 4 participants)
€ 720 per person (minimum 6 participants)
6 Days Guided Trip:
€ 2.570 per person (minimum 2 participants)
€ 1.760 per person (minimum 4 participants)
€ 1.490 per person (minimum 6 participants)
6 Days Self Guided Trip:
€ 1.090 per person (minimum 2 participants)
€ 990 per person (minimum 4 participants)
€ 960 per person (minimum 6 participants)
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
- 2 nights accommodation in 3-star hotel in Alta Badia
- 2 (or 3) night accommodation in rifugio
- All breakfasts & dinners
- Local English speaking Hiking Guide (guided trips)
- Transfer on day 4 on 5 day trip / day 5 on 6-day trip
- A €15 donation to Wow Nature’s reforestation projects makes your trip carbon-neutral
- Local tourist tax
- Italian VAT tax