Sustainable Journeys

Hike the Ring of the Friulian Dolomites

The Path Less Traveled - Discover one of the wildest and most striking areas of all the Dolomites – the Dolomiti Friuliani, and hike the classic "ring" around this uniquely remote region, the easternmost part of the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage Site!

Trip Overview

Hiking this less-traveled path allows you to experience one of the world's best nature escapes. This trip meets our sustainable Journeys criteria for many reasons. You'll witness first-hand how adopting a responsible travel attitude supports the surrounding communities to look after this stunning region. We'll help you not only incorporate the necessary guidelines into your bucket list but also celebrate them, filling you in on the newest and best practices in responsible travel and how they reduce the impact on the climate crisis. Together in collaboration with WOW Nature and The Long Run, we have put together the perfect itinerary for those that are Climate Conscious and willing to help mitigate the risks to our beautiful planet.

The Friulian Dolomites (also referred to as the Dolomites Oltre Piave) are not really a Dolomite group, as the Dolomite region officially ends at the river Piave line, but due to their geological characteristics, The Friulian Dolomites are considered an appendage of the Dolomites, a bit like the Group of Brenta Dolomites.

However, the intrinsic characteristics of this considerably extended series could not be more different: the Dolomites are famous around the world and attract many tourists, while the Friulian/Oltre Piave group is wild and unknown. Stepping into the Friulian Dolomites is like traveling back in time 40 years, so if you appreciate the tranquillity and wilderness and don't mind spartan accommodation (but perfectly adequate), then this trip is the perfect choice to escape the crowds!

One of the most beautiful sights of the Friulian Dolomites, which includes the Crìdola, Spalti di Toro, Monfalconi, Duranno-Cima dei Preti, Val Cimoliàna and Pramaggiore groups, is the very slender spire of the bell tower of Val Montanàia (2173 m). Due to its position in the center of the valley, it has become part of the classic iconography of the Friulian Dolomites.

What makes this area so special is its extensive wilderness. Here you can marvel at the sheer power of Mother Nature, largely untouched, and enjoy watching the occasional Ibex nonchalantly grazing near your trail.

Highlights

  • Discover a wilder side of the Dolomite Mountains – the Friulian Dolomites
  • Hike through stunning alpine landscapes – from rock spires to plunging valleys, scree slopes to meadows full of wildflowers
  • Enjoy rifugio nights in comfortable yet rustic accommodation
  • Explore a rugged, less well-known side of the Dolomites, with remarkable daily altitude gains, as exhilarating as it is challenging!
  • This itinerary is part of our commitment to responsible travel and our partnership with The Long Run, one of the world's largest sustainable development initiatives led by nature-based businesses.

Note: Because of the rugged, wild, and remote nature of the Friulian Dolomites, unless you are a very experienced hiker, we highly recommend taking this trip as a guided adventure. While trails are well marked, you will not encounter many other hikers in the area, and English is less spoken than in other areas of the Dolomites. An added benefit? With a guide, you can take advantage of the beautiful off-trail detours available.

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 Pieve di Cadore (D)

  • Day 2

    Rifugio (B,D)

  • Day 3

    Rifugio (B,D)

  • Day 4

    Rifugio (B,D)

  • Day 5

    Hotel in Pieve di Cadore (B,D)

  • Day 6

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!

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.

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:
€ 2.290 per person (minimum 2 participants)
€ 1.520 per person (minimum 4 participants)
€ 1.240 per person (minimum 6 participants)


Self-guided version not available.
High season supplement from July 16th to August 28th 2022: 5% surcharge

Cost Includes:

  • Trip briefing
  • Logistics and map of the area
  • 2 nights accommodation in 3-star hotel in Pieve di Cadore
  • 3 nights accommodation in rifugio (shared dormitories)
  • All breakfasts & dinners
  • Local English speaking Professional UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide
  • Transfers in the area as per itinerary
  • Local tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax

Airport transfer available on request.

Area Map