Dolomites Trail Running

Trail Running the Alta Via N.1 of the Dolomites

The Alta Via N.1, one of the famous “high routes” of the Dolomites, is an incredible trail running tour. Run over 100 kilometers in 7 days, moving from hut-to-hut through some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Italian Alps!

Trip Overview

Like to run? On trails? Through breathtaking landscapes? Far from motor vehicles? Then do we ever have the perfect trip for you!
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!

Highlights

  • 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

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 Cortina d'Ampezzo

  • Day 2

    Rifugio

  • Day 3

    Rifugio

  • Day 4

    Rifugio

  • Day 5

    Rifugio

  • Day 6

    Hotel in Cortina d'Ampezzo

  • Day 7

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!

Prefer luxury accommodations?
You can also book a custom departure of this trip using our Luxury Hotels. For details, please contact us.

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!

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

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 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!

Short on time? We can create a shorter version of this itinerary to meet your needs.

Cost

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

Guided Trip:
€ 2.630 per person (minimum 2 participants)
€ 1.720 per person (minimum 4 participants)

Self Guided Trip:

€ 1.310 per person (minimum 2 participants)
€ 1.030 per person (minimum 4 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 20th to August 31st: surcharge of 5%
Private room supplement in rifugios: €15 per rifugio, per person (based on availability)

Helicopter Sightseeing & Airport Transfers – There's Nothing Else Like It!
Take to the skies for an aerial look at the spectacular Dolomite Mountains, and make memories to last a lifetime! Whether on a panoramic sightseeing ride or an airport transfer, you'll appreciate a bird's eye view of the stunning scenery aboard state-of-the-art single engine helicopters. With over 30 years in operation, our experienced pilots and ground crew employ the utmost safety standards, quality, and service. Contact us for a quotation.
Rides are weather dependent. Heli-transfers from/to airports require advanced reservation. In-resort rides can be reserved with shorter notice.

Cost includes:

  • Trip briefing
  • Logistics and map of the area
  • 2 night accommodation in 3-star B&B in Cortina d' Ampezzo
  • 4 night accommodation in charming rifugios (shared dormitories)
  • Meals as noted in itinerary
  • Local English speaking trail running guide (guided trips)
  • Transfers in the area as per itinerary, these serivces may be shared with other Dolomite Mountains guests
  • Luggage transfers as per itinerary
  • Local tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax
Airport transfers available on request.

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