The Alta Via N.1 is a fantastic trail, highlighted by breathtaking views, rustic and lively mountain refuges, a sense of excitement of what lies around the next bend or the next pass, and the satisfaction of traveling by foot through this beautiful and remote area. This linear trip, traveling north to south through the Italian Alps, begins in the Italian Südtirol, and heads south through different mountain groups. This astoundingly rewarding run visits the Fanes area, Lagazuoi, and many Cortina mountains, Pelmo, Civetta, Moiazza, and the Dolomiti Bellunesi.
Thousands of trails wind their way between the fantastic pinnacles of the jagged Dolomite Mountains, and the Alta Via represent the “best of the best.” On this challenging trip down the Alta Via N.1, you’ll cover 87 km (54 miles) of trails in 5 days, gaining over 5,000 meters (16,400') of altitude, reaching a high point of 2,752 meters (9,029'). Each day ranges from 10-30 kilometers (6-18 miles) of running – with options for additional trails to add mileage (or cable cars and lifts, for those who prefer to subtract some!).
And don’t worry, there are plenty of opportunities to stop and refuel at welcoming rifugios, charming mountain inns (typically less than 10 km will pass between huts). And, at night, you'll enjoy private accommodations at the best rifugios this mountain range has to offer! The impressiveness of the scenery and the variety of terrain on this route is matched only by the warmth and hospitality offered by these mountain huts. The unusual contrasts in landscapes, changing colors and textures of the mountains and curious mix of Italian and Austrian influences means fantastic trail running, stunning scenery, and plenty of pasta!
- Run – yes run! – the Alta Via N.1 trail – one of the famous High Routes of the Dolomites!
- Experience vistas of more than 80% of the Dolomite Mountains – a recently added UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Travel from hut-to-hut, enjoying private accommodations in the best rifugios in the Dolomites, as you run through incredible terrain
- See an incredible variety of Dolomitic landscapes, from eroded glacial moraines to walls that long ago were below the sea and now are high mountains in the Dolomites
Hotel in Cortina d'Ampezzo
Hotel in Cortina d'Ampezzo (B,D)
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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!
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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? Add one or two days to climb a via ferrata.
Want even 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!
Short on time? We can create a shorter version of this itinerary to meet your needs.
€ 3.290 per person (minimum 2 participants)
€ 2.160 per person (minimum 4 participants)
€ 1.790 per person (minimum 6 participants)
Self Guided Trip:
€ 1.730 per person (minimum 2 participants)
€ 1.360 per person (minimum 4 participants)
€ 1.240 per person (minimum 6 participants)
The cost is based on 3-star hotels, it can be upgraded to 4/5-star, please contact us for a quotation.
High season supplement from July 15th to August 27th 2023: 5% surcharge
Private room supplement in rifugios: €35 per rifugio, 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 B&B in Cortina d' Ampezzo
- 4 nights accommodation in rifugio (shared dormitories)
- All breakfasts
- All dinners in rifugio
- Local English speaking trail running guide (guided trips)
- Transfers in the area as per itinerary
- Luggage transfers as per itinerary
- A €15 donation to Wow Nature’s reforestation projects makes your trip carbon-neutral
- Local tourist tax
- Italian VAT tax