About the Western Dolomites – the Dolomiti di Brenta
Lush valleys set beneath Dolomite spires, high alpine plains rising up to meet majestic pale mountain landscapes – sound familiar? Well, yes, but no! The Western Dolomites, while officially part of the Dolomite Mountains, are isolated from the rest of the Dolomite range. Officially known as the Dolomiti di Brenta, or Brenta Group, they lie two hours to the west of what most think of as the Dolomite Mountains – like an outlying island of dolomitic rock. Geographically these mountains have not always been considered a part of the Dolomites, but geologically they undeniably are, and today they are officially recognized as a part of the Dolomite Mountains UNESCO World Heritage Site.The Western Dolomites offer all of the same activities that you find in the rest of the Dolomite Mountains – hiking, biking, via ferrata, climbing, canyoning, and skiing. But in the Brenta Group, the sharp, majestic peaks play host to numerous remnant hanging glaciers, or vedretta in Italian. And unlike the rest of the Dolomites, the light colored dolomitic spires of the Western Dolomites are provided a stark and beautiful metamorphic contrast by the Adamello-Presanella group of mountains across the valley. The wildlife found here is different too – while home to all of the usual mountain fauna, the Western Dolomites is among the richest of the Alps, even including a small, protected population of brown (grizzly) bears!
We have become positively captivated by the amazing opportunities for
adventure and breathtaking landscapes the Western Dolomites offer. But
don’t take our word for it – come see for yourself!
- Traverse the legendary Vie delle Bocchette in the Brenta – or Western – Dolomites!
- Hike across glaciers and snow fields that dot the Dolomite landscape
- Walk on scenic trails through lush alpine pastures, wooded forests, and lunar landscapes
- Enjoy the atmosphere of mountain rifugios, the real mountaineer flair
Hotel in Madonna di Campiglio
Hotel in Madonna di Campiglio
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 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!
€ 2.470 per person (minimum 2 participants)
€ 1.700 per person (minimum 4 participants)
Self Guided Trip:
€ 1.140 per person (minimum 2 participants)
€ 960 per person (minimum 4 participants)
Private room supplement in rifugios: €15 per rifugio, per person (based on availability)
High season supplement from July 20th to August 31st: 5% surcharge
- Trip briefing
- Logistics and map of the area
- 2 nights accommodation in 4-star hotel in Madonna di Campiglio
- 3 nights accommodation in charming rifugi (mountain inns) in shared rooms
- Meals as noted in itinerary
- Local English speaking UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide during entire itinerary (guided trips)
- Lifts noted in itinerary (guided trips)
- Via ferrata equipment (guided trips)
- Private transfer on day 5
- Local tourist tax
- Italian VAT tax