Hike the Ring of the Friulian Dolomites

Guided

Luxury

from €1.290 on request

Discover one of the wildest and most striking areas of all the Dolomites – the Dolomiti Fruiliani, and hike the classic “ring” around this uniquely remote region, the easternmost part of the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage Site!

  • Length 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Trip Type Hiking
  • Activity Level Moderate to Challenging
  • Start / Finish Pieve di Cadore
  • Dates This trip is available as a custom, private departure on dates of your choosing from June to October

Highlights

  • Discover a wilder side of the Dolomite Mountains – the Friulian Dolomites
  • Hike through stunning alpine landscapes – from rock spires to plunging valleys, scree slopes to meadows full of wildflowers
  • Explore a rugged, less-well known side of the Dolomites, with remarkable daily altitude gains, as exhilarating as it is challenging!

 



Note: Because of the rugged, wild, and remote nature of the Friulian Dolomites, unless you are a very experienced hiker, we highly recommend taking this trip as a guided adventure. While trails are well marked, you will not encounter many other hikers in the area, and English is less widely spoken than in other areas of the Dolomites. An added benefit? With a guide, you can take advantage of the beautiful off-trail detours available!

Day by Day

Day 1 ~ Arrive in Pieve di Cadore, Gateway to the Dolomites
Arrive in Pieve di Cadore (878m / 2,881') on your own, and check into your hotel (airport transfer available on request). Approaching from the south, Pieve di Cadore provides a natural gateway to the heart of the Belluno Dolomites. Just an hour and a half away from Venice, and about 45 minutes southwest of Cortina d’Ampezzo, it is a place where culture, art, and nature blend together seamlessly. Settle into your hotel, and depending on when you arrive, explore the town and it’s remarkable museums, or take a short hike to stretch your travel legs.
D… Hotel in Pieve di Cadore (3-Star)


Day 2 ~ Hike into Parco Naturale Dolomiti Friulane
After breakfast you'll meet your UIAGM/IFMGA professional mountain guide for a trip briefing and orientation, and take a private transfer to the start of your hike. You’ll hike uphill on an easy trail through the picturesque meadows of the Val Prà di Toro, surrounded by a collection of spires known as the Spalti di Toro. At Ancoraio del Gatto (the “cat’s anchor”), follow the trail to your left (north east) through beech and pine trees. As you continue to climb, you depart the forest and Forcella Scodavacca (2,042m / 7,000') will emerge in front of you. This pass, set between the Cridola and the jagged Monfalconi di Forni, is like a gate of stones welcoming you into the valley beyond. But be sure to take a look back towards the south, and admire two incredible massifs: Pelmo (3,168m / 10,394') and Antelao (3,264m / 10,709'), the second largest peak in the Dolomites.

From the pass, the descent is relentlessly steep, and with challenging footing over rough scree. As you reach the base of the trail, you’ll enter a lovely woodland setting. Continue to your rifugio for tonight (1,400m / 4,593').
(4-5 hours hiking 6km / 2.1 miles, 818m / 2,683' ascent, 687m / 2,254' descent.) 

Option: Monte Cridola
If you are interested in peak bagging, you have the option to summit Monte Cridola (2,581m / 8,465'), one of the highest peaks in the Fruilian Dolomites. (Additional 1 hour hiking 2km / 1+ miles, 389m / 1,276' ascent and descent).
B,D… Rifugio


Day 3 ~ Path of the Gentians
Today’s itinerary will lead you over three high saddles (Urtisiel, Brica, and dell’Inferno), among a variety of stunning alpine landscapes. From rock spires to plunging valleys, vast scree slopes and awesome crests, while this landscape is rugged and challenging, it is equally exhilarating! The spectacular middle section of trail takes its name from the local dialect “troi dai sclops,” which means “path of gentians.” The views are fantastic throughout the hike, but the fairy alpine meadow Canpuros, an enchanted place where hundreds of different flowers species blossom, is the highlight of today’s hike. 
(6-7 hours hiking 8.6km / 5.1 miles, 1,182m / 3,877' ascent, 1,019m / 3,342' descent.)

Option: Via Ferrata Cassiopea al Torrione Comici
Add an extra night at Rifugio Flaiban-Pacherini, and climb a via ferrata with your guide.

B,D… Rifugio


Day 4 ~ Around Monte Pramaggiore
Today’s trail slowly arcs around the east and south sides of Monte Pramaggiore (2,478m / 8,130'). Monte Pramaggiore, together with Croda Pramaggiore, form an elongated rocky fortress dividing two valleys – the Val Settimana and the Val Cimoliana. As you hike across Passo Suola (1,994m / 3,916'), followed by Forcella Rua Alta (2,144m / 7,032'), and finally over Passo Pramaggiore (2,295m / 7,528'), you’ll watch the mountain seem to change right before your eyes, presenting different angles and elevations, emphasized by the changing light of the day. After crossing Passo Pramaggiore, the rest of the trail is downhill. You’ll descend to the entrance of the Val dell'Inferno – Valley of Hell – truly an idyllic place, despite its name! You’ll continue your descent into the Val Postegae, before reaching your rifugio for tonight (1,249m / 4,096'), the final rifugio of your trip!
(5-6 hours hiking 6.3km / 3.7 miles, 1,039m / 3,407' ascent, 1,007m / 3,302' descent.)

B,D… Rifugio


Day 5 ~ Campanile di Val Montanaia and the Montanaia Valley
Today is arguably the most challenging day of the trip, offering exciting hiking with incredible ups and downs along with scenery that won’t disappoint! Begin by taking the uphill path towards Forcella Montanaia (2,334m / 7,655'), the highest pass you will cross on your trip. Just before you reach the pass, you will find the spectacular monolith Campanile di Val Montanaia to the west. This lonely tower – a popular climbing destination – rises from the scree of the Val Montanaia amphitheater, towering some 300 meters (940') from its base. 

Continue your steep ascent up the Forcella Montanaia, an imposing pass that marks end of the Montanaia Valley. Catch your breath, and take in the impressive moonscape views, before you begin a steep descent into Cadin d’Arade Valley. While the hike up is hard, it is not technically difficult. The descent however is more challenging, as you are hiking on scree all of the way down. Watch your footing and take your time! Continue to Rifugio Padova for your return transfer to Pieve di Cadore. 
(5-6 hours hiking 6.3km / 3.8 miles, 1,039m / 3,408' ascent, 1,007m / 3,302' descent. An easier descent option is available: 5 hours hiking 8.6km / 5.3 miles, 1,298m / 4,258' ascent, 1,265m / 4,149' descent.)

B… Hotel in Pieve di Cadore (3-Star)


Day 6 ~ Depart
Breakfast and departure on your own.
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STILL WANT MORE???

Combine this trip with one of our Cortina d’Ampezzo hotel-based trips or hut-to-hut adventures, and see two very different areas of the Dolomite Mountains! You’ll discover cultural differences from language to cuisine, and explore differences between the less-frequented, more-rustic Friulian Dolomites and the more popular, well-traveled Cortina region of the Dolomites, all the while reveling in the beauty of these spectacular mountains. Join us and discover the differences for yourself!



Trip itinerary may vary based on weather conditions, fitness levels and abilities of participants, and/or the recommendations of your guide / Dolomite Mountains staff.

Cost

Guided Trip:
From € 1.970 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 1.290 per person (minimum 4 participants)

High season supplement from July 20th to August 31st: surcharge of 5%


Cost Includes:

  • Trip briefing 
  • Logistics and map of the area
  • 2 nights accommodation in 3-star hotel in Pieve di Cadore 
  • 3 nights accommodation in charming rifugios (shared dormitories)
  • All breakfasts and dinners
  • Local English speaking Professional UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide
  • Transfers in the area as per itinerary
  • Local tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax

Airport transfer available on request.
Transfers to/from Cortina d’Ampezzo can be organized, if you wish to combine two hiking trips together.
Transfers in/out of Venice to Rifugio Padova can be organized, if you prefer to begin your trip on Day 2. 

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!

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

VIA FERRATA OPTION
Add a day (or more!) of climbing via ferrata with one of our UIAGM/IFMGA professional mountain guides! The vie ferrate, or iron paths of the Dolomites, allow non-climbers to discover the mountains in safety and adding a new dimension to hiking the pristine alpine wilderness of the Dolomites. Contact us for details!

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
€ 1.060
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
16-20 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 950
16-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 1.060
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
3-10 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1640
3-7 Oct
2017
4
Sold out
€ 950
10-15 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1.060
21-27 Feb
2018
4
Available
€ 2470
26-31 Feb
2018
4
Limited space
€ 1.390
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1600
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2480
4-9 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1350
11-17 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2470
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2480
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Sold out
€ 1.390
17-22 Jul
2018
4
Sold out
€ 1.060
1-5 Aug
2018
4
Sold out
€ 950
7-13 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1640
7-13 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 2860
8-12 Aug
2018
4
Limited space
€ 950
15-22 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1640
25-31 Sep
2018
4
Sold out
€ 2860
8-12 Oct
2018
4
Limited space
€ 950
16-21 Oct
2018
4
Limited space
€ 1.060
13-19 Feb
2019
4
Sold out
€ 2460
27 Feb - 2 Mar
2019
4
Limited space
€ 2470
10-16 Mar
2019
4
Sold out
€ 2460
17-22 Apr
2019
4
Sold out
€ 2480
18-23 Apr
2019
4
Limited space
€ 1.390
24-30 Apr
2019
4
Limited space
€ 2470
16-21 Jul
2019
4
Sold out
€ 1.060
21-28 Jul
2019
4
Sold out
€ 1.930
7-11 Aug
2019
4
Limited space
€ 950
4-10 Sep
2019
4
Limited space
€ 1.310
7-11 Oct
2019
4
Limited space
€ 950
7-14 Oct
2019
4
Available
€ 1.930
15-20 Oct
2019
4
Limited space
€ 1.060
12-18 Feb
2020
4
Available
€ 2470
19-25 Feb
2020
4
Available
€ 2460
19-24 Feb
2020
4
Available
€ 2480
29 Feb - 4 Mar
2020
4
Limited space
€ 2470
15-20 Apr
2020
4
Available
€ 2480
15-20 Apr
2020
4
Available
€ 1.390
21-27 Apr
2020
4
Available
€ 2460
14-19 Jul
2020
4
Available
€ 1.060
19-26 Jul
2020
4
Available
€ 1.930
21-28 Jul
2020
6
Available
€ 3.780
29 Jul - 3 Aug
2020
4
Available
€ 950
12-17 Aug
2020
4
Available
€ 1.060
12-16 Aug
2020
4
Available
€ 950
2-6 Sep
2020
4
Available
€ 1.060
4-11 Oct
2020
4
Available
€ 1.930
6-10 Oct
2020
4
Available
€ 950
12-19 Oct
2020
Available
13-18 Oct
2020
4
Available
€ 1.060