Dolomites Photo & Video Safaris

The Dolomites at Sunset: Photography in the Italian Alps

Take a photographic traverse through the Ladin Valleys of the Dolomites, capturing the evening light against these majestic mountains

Trip Overview

Long a favorite of photographers, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee has recognized the uniqueness of the Dolomite Mountains and placed it under its protection. The weird towers and crags are favorite motifs for photographs, postcards, and paintings, though they also make a splendid backdrop for outdoor pursuits such as walking, climbing, and skiing.  Wild alpine meadows, deciduous and evergreen woods, high altitude lunar-like terrain soaring peaks, dramatic walls and towering heights alternate with the refined South Tyrolean towns of Val Gardena and Alta Badia and hidden delicious mountain inns that we encounter throughout our journey. And the colours! These majestic mountains are known for their elusive and ever changing palette – moving with the sun and sky and seasons for incredibly varied display of reflected light.
Our focus here will be sunset photography, capturing the dynamic colours the Dolomites offer each evening. All levels of photographers are welcome, yet basic operating knowledge of your digital SLR camera is required. As a participant you must be prepared to hike on moderately difficult trails at altitude, while carrying your own camera gear and personal gear to overnight in a rifugio.
On this unique trip you have the opportunity to indulge your senses while photographing one of the world’s most scenic regions, the Italian Alps. Daily excursions will include walks through charming mountain villages and hikes on alpine trails to a few of the most spectacular vistas on Earth. Most days we’ll hike to new accommodation for the night, so throughout the trip you’ll be enchanted by a continuous stream of incredible new vistas from high atop these majestic mountains to photograph. We’re sure you’ll never want to leave!


  • Overnight at rifugios – mountain inns – where you’ll be high above the Ladin Valleys, and have an elevated perspective of these majestic mountains, with incredible vistas and photographic opportunities!
  • Hike and travel with like-minded photographers, where you will have plenty of time to compose and create your own marvellous images
  • Spend quality time studying current photography techniques as you shoot side-by-side with an established professional “camera artist”
  • Travel through the Dolomites from valley to valley, experiencing three different languages, cultures, and cuisines – Italian, Austrian, and Ladin – that make this region so unique

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

    Hotel in Val Gardena (B,D)

  • Day 3

    Rifugio (B,D)

  • Day 4

    Riugio (B,D)

  • Day 5

    Hotel in Val di Fassa (B,D)

  • Day 6

    Rifugio (B,D)

  • Day 7

    Hotel in Val di Fassa (B,D)

  • Day 8


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 Luxury Hotels?            
Luxury accommodations in the Dolomites combine the ultimate in comfort and refinement. From five star hotels, Michelin star-rated restaurants, and pampering spas, just because you are in the mountains does not mean you cannot have a truly luxe Italian experience in the Dolomites! From the chic town of Cortina d’Ampezzo, a popular destination for the rich and famous, to the quiet and discreet luxury of San Cassiano in Alta Badia, you will find accommodations with credentials ranging from membership in the exclusive Relais & Châteaux to The Leading Hotels of the World! 

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!

About Your Instructor and Guide

Randy Jay Braun
Randy refers to himself as a professional “camera-artist”. After graduating from Occidental College, Randy landed a job as a corporate photographer, but soon he realized his desire for more creative expression. Over the past twenty years, Randy has achieved success with his own fine-art photography gallery on the Pacific island of Maui, Hawaii. His classic images of the native Hawaiian people are widely published, and recognized worldwide.

Recently, Randy has developed a passion for wilderness backpacking with his camera. In July 2009, Randy trekked through the Dolomite mountains. He fell in love with this photogenic region and vowed to return. During that excursion, his professional trail guide was Karin Pizzinini, also an avid photographer. During long discussions on the trail the two of them dreamed up the concept for photo seminars in the Dolomites!

To see more of Randy's work, visit

Karin Pizzinini
Karin is a certified professional trail guide born and raised in a village named Colfosco, in the very heart of the Dolomites. This woman knows how to live! Karin is an accomplished parachuter, paraglider, and rock climber, and loves to explore the mountains in the winter on telemark skis. Karin produces television documentaries, teaches high-school science, has traveled the world, and loves to sing along with her guitar music! Her camera is ubiquitous. Recently, Karin started a small business teaching digital photography skills in her region. She speaks five languages, including Ladin, the historical native tongue in the Dolomites, and loves to share her personal insight with visiting guests. She says with her infectious smile, “I am happiest when I am touching the mountains”!

Check out our high definition videos in: SUMMER VIDEO GALLERY!


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

Guided Trip:
€ 4.290 per person (2 participants)
€ 3.420 per person (4 participants)
€ 2.460 per person (6 participants)

High season supplement from July 14th to September 08th: 15% surcharge

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.

Please note that prices may increase between the time of quotation and booking. Your Dolomite Mountains consultant will inform you of any such 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
  • 2 night accommodation in 3-star hotel in Val di Fassa
  • Expert instruction with a professional photographer

  • Lifts and cable cars in the area
  • Local ground transportation
  • A €15 donation to Wow Nature’s reforestation projects makes your trip carbon-neutral
  • Local tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax

Area Map