Hiking Alta Via N.4 of the Dolomites

Self Guided

Guided

Luxury

from €790 from €1.690 on request

6 days of exhilarating hiking and via ferrata climbing on the Alta Via N.4 high route through some of the most scenic mountains of the Dolomites. This trip is recommended to experienced hikers only, due to exposed ledges and challenging Via Ferrata sections.

  • Length 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Trip Type Alta Via Trek
  • Activity Level Challenging
  • Start / Finish Cortina d'Ampezzo
  • Dates This trip is available as a custom, private departure on dates of your choosing from mid June to mid September

Highlights

  • Hike and climb through the Dolomites on the famous Alta Via 4 high route
  • Feel the adrenaline rush of climbing via ferrata
  • Tackle some of the most challenging and rewarding hiking terrain on earth
  • Enjoy the cozy atmosphere of a different mountain rifugio each night – the real mountaineer experience

NOTE
The Alta Via 4 presents a great number of challenging and exposed sections throughout the trail, as well as a challenging Via Ferrata on day 5. It is only recommended to experienced trekkers with strong abilities to navigate on high, exposed and challenging trails & previous experience on difficult Via Ferrata.

OVERVIEW

The Alta Via 4 is a fantastic high altitude trail, traversing the Italian Alps from north to south. Alta Via (Italian), Haute Route (French), Höhenweg (German), or High Route is the name given to multi-day, hut-to-hut alpine tours. And in the Dolomite Mountains, the Alta Via are some of the most breathtaking, challenging, multi-day trails available in this mountainous wonderland!

On this combined hiking and via ferrata climbing trip, you’ll travel across the Tre Scarpèri, Croda dei Barànci, Cima Grande di Lavaredo, Cristallo, Sorapìss, and Antelao mountains. You’ll traverse this section of the Dolomites from top to bottom, north to south, maintaining medium-high altitude and exploring spectacular angles of these different mountainous groups of the range. And, you can expect to see vistas of up to 80 percent of all the Dolomites!

Truly a hiker's paradise, thousands of trails wind their way between the fantastic pinnacles of the jagged Dolomites, which magically turn from pale gray to gold and pink at dusk. And via ferrata, literally translated as the iron way or iron path, run throughout the Dolomites, incorporate a system of iron ladders to assist hikers on steep mountainous terrain. These trails, originally built and used by soldiers during WWI, are an exhilarating way to access spectacular mountain terrain! And the combination of hiking, via ferrata, and cozy mountain huts, are only surpassed by your discovery of incredible vistas that lie around every corner! 

Day by Day

6 days of exhilarating hiking and via ferrata climbing on the Alta Via 4 high route through some of the most scenic mountains of the Dolomites.


Day 1 ~ Arrive in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Dolomites
Arrive in Cortina d’Ampezzo (1,224m / 4,016') on your own and check into your hotel (private transfer available on request). Cortina d’Ampezzo is a charming alpine resort town surrounded by stunning peaks. Host to the 1956 Winter Olympics, Cortina enjoys a reputation for great skiing in winter, and in the summer attracts hikers and climbers who challenge the rocky faces of the nearby mountains. This chic Venetian town also caters to the high society crowd, offering many year-round social activities, shopping, and fine dining.

In the afternoon, you will meet with a Dolomite Mountains representative who will provide a trip briefing and orientation, as well as maps, and everything necessary for your self-guided adventure. Depending on when you arrive, you may have time for a hike or to explore Cortina d’Ampezzo’s pedestrian walkway, the Corso Italia, lined with restaurants and cafes, antique shops, art galleries, and boutiques.
… Hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo


Day 2 ~ Tre Cime di Lavaredo
In the morning, a private transfer will take you to the town of San Candido and the start of your Alta Via 4 route. Hike to the Rifugio Tre Scarperi / Dreischuster Hütte (1,617m / 5,305'), situated in the quiet Campo di Dentro Valley. From here you’ll have a beautiful view overlooking the Val Pusteria from where you just hiked! Continue hiking up to Monte Mattina, in the valley of the Rio di San Candido (the San Candido River), and continue toward Alpe delle Fosse and Passo dell'Alpe Mattina (2,446m / 8,025'). Arrive at your rifugio for the night (2,405m / 7,890'). From the rifugio you will have an incredible view of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, literally “the three peaks of Lavaredo” (also called the Drei Zinnen in German, meaninhg “three merlons”). You’ll also have incredible vistas of other peaks in every direction – Tre Scarperi, Monte Paterno, Croda dei Toni, Marmarole, Cadini di Misurina, Antelao, Monte Cristallo, Monte Piana, and Croda Rossa d'Ampezzo. (6-7 hours hiking 15,7km / 9,7 miles, 1,500m/4,921’ ascent, 560m/1,837’ descent. Option to add a via ferrata)
B,D… Rifugio 


Day 3 ~ Cadini Mountains
The first part of your hike today follows an old wartime mule track, which circles around to the west of the magnificent Tre Cime via the Col di Mezzo (2,324m / 7,625'), and on to Rifugio Auronzo on the southern slope. From here, your final approach to Rifugio Fonda Savio (2,367m / 7,766') takes you through cables, ladders, rungs, and ledges, and continues in a similar vein to Forcella del Diavolo (2,598m / 8,524') and across the “Ciadin de la Neve” snowfield.  This final stretch from Rifugio Fonda Savio to Rifugio Città di Carpi (2,130m / 6,988’) is extremely interesting: maintaining altitude, the Alta Via 4 follows the Sentiero Bonacossa, an equipped WWI route along the central ridge of the Cadini, which leads you on a path through elegant rock needles. While not an actual via ferrata that you clip in to, a path offers a cable, referred to as a “sentiero di attrezzato,” for you to use as a handrail for your protection. After this full day, arrive at a cozy mountain rifugio (2,110m / 6,922'), your home for tonight.
(~6 hours hiking 8km / 4,9 miles, 1,000m /3,281' ascent, 1,200m / 3,937' descent.)
B,D... Rifugio


Day 4 ~ Misurina
From last night's rifugio, hike past Forcella Maràia (2,101m /6,893'). Enjoy the landscape of Col de Varda and Misurina as you hike, arriving at the town of Misurina in about two hours. Be sure to admire the beautiful Lago di Misurina (Lake Misurina) reflecting the majestic peaks!  Hike along the road to “Bivio Dogana Vecchia,” where you can visit the old customs building. Reach your rifugio for the night (1,928m / 6,325'). A few minutes from the rifugio, just a short hike up a hill, there is also a wonderful turquoise lake to explore.
(~5-6 hours hiking 14,2km / 8,8 miles, 849m / 2,785' ascent, 1,020m / 3,346' descent.)
B,D…. Rifugio


Day 5 ~ Vandelli and Minanzio Peaks
Curving high over Val d’Ansei, the full-blooded Via Ferrata Vandelli (a moderate to diffucult via ferrata) is fitted with ladders, rungs, and cables for an exciting climb to 2,370 meters (7,775'), up over Col del Fuoco via chimneys, ledges, and sheer rock faces.  Shrubby vegetation and grass reappear after your climb in Busa del Banco, then it’s a drop via steep flanks to Bivacco Comici (2,050m / 6,726'). This stage, through the Vandelli and Minazio Parks, allows you to cross from the Sorapiss Valley to the San Vito Valley.

Sentiero Minanzio follows, which means more aided exposed passages, and challenges en route as you head toward the magnificent Forcella Grande (2,255m / 7,398') under the amazing Torre Sabbioni, and down to your rifugio for the night (1,823m / 5,981').
(~7-8 hours hiking 9,3km / 5,7 miles, 1,200m / 3,937' ascent, 1,300m / 4,265' descent.)
B,D… Rifugio


Day 6 ~ Antelao Massif
From this point on, the Alta Via n.4 joins the Alta Via n.5. Over eroding terrain, a clear path cuts across to Forcella Piccola (2,120m / 6,955') to the converted barracks of Rifugio Galassi. In the shadow of the giant pyramidal Antelao (3,264m / 10,709'), the second highest peak in the Dolomites, Alta Via 4/5 proceeds over tiring moraine, and up a rock face to Forcella del Ghiacciaio (2,584m / 8,478'). Through a steep, tricky chimney you will descend to grass and a light woods in Val Antelao. Once you climb Forcella Piria (2,096m / 6,977'), it is easy going past the Croda di San Pietro, and finally on to a comfortable rifugio (1,796m / 5,892') where you will spend tonight.
(~8-9 hours hiking 12km / 7,4 miles, 1,350m / 4,429' ascent, 1,370m / 4,495' descent.)
B,D… Rifugio


Day 7 ~ Forcella Antracisa
Today a jeep track leads you over Forcella Antracisa (1,693m / 5,554'), and follow the gently descending path to Pozzale. En route, you can enjoy the wonderful view of the Centro Cadore to the south. From Pozzale, a private transfer will take you to your hotel in Cortina d'Ampezzo.
(~3-4 hours hiking 6,3km / 3,9 miles, 80m / 262' ascent, 990m / 3,248' descent.)
B,D… Hotel in Cortina d'Ampezzo


Day 8 ~ Depart
Enjoy one last hearty mountain breakfast and prepare for departure, leaving with incredible memories to last a lifetime.
B…


EXTEND YOUR ADVENTURE!
You've come all this way, why not stay a little longer? 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!


Trip itinerary may vary based on weather conditions, fitness levels and abilities of participants, and/or the recommendations of your guide. Most days there is an option for a shorter hike. 

Cost

Guided Trip:
From € 2.710 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 1.720 per person (minimum 4 participants)

Self-Guided Trip:

From € 870 per person (mininum 2 participants)
From € 790 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.

On request, we can provide a UIAGM/IFMGA Professional Mountain Guide for days 5 and 6, please contact us for details and cost.

High season supplement from July 20th to August 31st: 5% surcharge
Private room supplement in rifugios: €15 per rifugio, per person (based on availability)

 


Cost Includes

  • Trip briefing on arrival
  • Logistics and map of the area
  • 2 night accommodation in 3-star B&B in Cortina d'Ampezzo
  • 5 night accommodation in charming rifugios (shared dormitories)
  • Meals as noted in itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Local English speaking UIAGM/IFMGA Professional Mountain Guide for 6 days (only on guided trips)
  • Private transfer from Cortina to San Candido on day 2, and from Pozzale to Cortina on day 7
  • Local tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax

Airport transfers available on request.

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.

Accommodation

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!

More info

Want to see the Dolomites in action?
Check out the high definition videos in our SUMMER VIDEO GALLERY!

Want to learn more about hiking in the Dolomites?
Check out our Tips for Hiking in the Dolomites article!

Want to learn more about via ferrata in the Dolomites?
Check out our Via Ferrata: Climbing the Iron Paths of the Dolomites article for the who, what, when, where, & why of climbing via ferrata!

Want to learn what it’s like to stay in a rifugio before you visit?
Check out our Rifugios in the Dolomites article!

Want to know what type of weather you should expect on your trip?
Check out our Climate and Weather in the Dolomites article!

Prefer a shorter trek?
Check out our Hiking itineraries, and our Summer Short Stays.

 

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!

Group Trip Dates

Trip name   Trip dates   Min persons   Trip status   Price    
25-30 Jul
2017
4
Available
€ 1.040
27 Jul - 3 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1.310
8-14 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 1640
15-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 2860
16-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 1.040
16-20 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 930
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1640
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 2860
2-8 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 2860
3-7 Oct
2017
4
Sold out
€ 930
3-10 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1640
10-15 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1.040
21-27 Feb
2018
4
Available
€ 2.390
26-31 Feb
2018
4
Limited space
€ 1.300
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1600
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2.440
4-9 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1350
11-17 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2.390
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2.440
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Sold out
€ 1.300
17-22 Jul
2018
4
Sold out
€ 1.040
1-5 Aug
2018
4
Sold out
€ 930
7-13 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1640
7-13 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 2860
8-12 Aug
2018
4
Limited space
€ 930
15-22 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1640
25-31 Sep
2018
4
Sold out
€ 2860
8-12 Oct
2018
4
Limited space
€ 930
16-21 Oct
2018
4
Limited space
€ 1.040
13-19 Feb
2019
4
Sold out
€ 2.360
27 Feb - 2 Mar
2019
4
Limited space
€ 2.390
3-8 Mar
2019
4
Limited space
€ 2.440
10-16 Mar
2019
4
Sold out
€ 2.360
17-22 Apr
2019
4
Sold out
€ 2.440
18-23 Apr
2019
4
Limited space
€ 1.300
24-30 Apr
2019
4
Limited space
€ 2.390
16-21 Jul
2019
4
Limited space
€ 1.040
21-28 Jul
2019
4
Available
€ 1.890
7-11 Aug
2019
4
Limited space
€ 930
4-10 Sep
2019
4
Available
€ 1.310
7-14 Oct
2019
4
Available
€ 1.890
7-11 Oct
2019
4
Available
€ 930
15-20 Oct
2019
4
Available
€ 1.040