Dolomites Trail Running

Trail Running the Alta Via N.2 of the Dolomites

From the top of Piz Boé, across the Sella Massif, to the Valley of Shadows beneath the majestic Marmolada, to the Pale di San Martino, one of the most rugged of the Dolomite ranges, trail run the Alta Via 2, one of the most beautiful, diverse, and challenging trails in the Dolomites.

Trip Overview

On this exceptional trail running itinerary, you’ll run from north to south on the Alta Via 2, from Alta Badia to Trentino. The Alta Via, the beautiful long-distance “high routes” of the Dolomites, are one of the best ways to explore these mountains. The Alta Via 2, dubbed the “Alta Via delle Leggende” or High Route of Legends, is undeniably more strenuous than the AV1, remaining at higher elevations throughout (as high as 2,900m / 9,514'), with great reward.

You’ll run in Puez-Odle Natural Park, across the Sella Massif, and around Marmolada, the highest mountain in the Dolomites, and home to its largest glacier, and through the Pale di San Martino, one of the most rugged of the Dolomite ranges. You’ll travel through several of the villages in Alta Badia, including La Villa, Corvara, and Colfosco, as well as Val Gardena, Val di Fassa, and Trentino. Traverse a variety of lunar landscapes, across vast pastures, through wooded valleys, along high plains (altiplano), surrounded by tall beautiful peaks throughout. If you choose the longer 9-day AV2 itinerary, you’ll even travel using the Dolomites sentiero – aided pathways with ladders, and cables – not quite a via ferrata, but nothing to sneeze at!

Highlights

  • Trail run on the Alta Via 2 – the longest of the six famous High Routes of the Dolomites!
  • Experience a variety of different landscapes and geological features, as you cross over multiple regions and through several natural parks
  • Move from hut-to-hut, enjoying the atmosphere of a different mountain rifugio each night
  • Run along pastoral alpine pastures, across mountain passes, and on scenic trails
  • Travel through Dolomite villages and towns including Alta Badia, Val Gardena, and Val di Fassa, and experience the unique Ladin culture and cuisine found in each.

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 Alta Badia (D)

  • Day 2

    Hotel in Alta Badia (B,D)

  • Day 3

    Rifugio (B,D)

  • Day 4

    Rifugio (B,D)

  • Day 5

    Rifugio (B,D)

  • Day 6

    Rifugio (B,D)

  • Day 7

    Rifugio (B,D)

  • Day 8

    Hotel in Fiera di Primiero (B)

  • Day 9

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!

 

Cost

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

Guided Trip:
€ 3.590 per person (minimum 2 participants)
€ 2.340 per person (minimum 4 participants)

Self Guided Trip:

€ 1.510 per person (minimum 2 participants)
€ 1.280 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 accommodation in rifugi: €25 per person and per rifugio (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
  • Maps of the area
  • 2 night accommodation in 3-star hotel in Alta Badia
  • 5 night accommodation in charming rifugios (shared dormitories)
  • 1 night accommodation in 3-star hotel in Fiera di Primiero
  • All breakfasts and dinners
  • Local English speaking trail running guide (guided trips)
  • Transfers in the area as per itinerary
  • Luggage transfer from Alta Badia to Passo Cereda
  • Duffel bag transfer for first and second rifugio
  • Local tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax
Airport transfers available on request

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