The Dolomites at Sunset: Photography in the Italian Alps

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Take a photographic traverse through the Ladin Valleys of the Dolomites, capturing the evening light against these majestic mountains

  • Length 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Trip Type Photo Safaris
  • Activity Level Moderate
  • Start / Finish Val Gardena
  • Dates This trip is available as a custom, private departure on dates of your choosing from June to October

Highlights

  • Overnight at rifugios – mountain inns – where you’ll be high above the Ladin Valleys, and have an elevated perspective of these majestic mountains, with incredible vistas and photographic opportunities! 
  • Hike and travel with like-minded photographers, where you will have plenty of time to compose and create your own marvellous images 
  • Spend quality time studying current photography techniques as you shoot side-by-side with an established professional “camera artist” 
  • Travel through the Dolomites from valley to valley, experiencing three different languages, cultures, and cuisines – Italian, Austrian, and Ladin – that make this region so unique

 

OVERVIEW

Long a favorite of photographers, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee has recognized the uniqueness of the Dolomite Mountains and placed it under its protection. The weird towers and crags are favorite motifs for photographs, postcards, and paintings, though they also make a splendid backdrop for outdoor pursuits such as walking, climbing, and skiing.  Wild alpine meadows, deciduous and evergreen woods, high altitude lunar-like terrain soaring peaks, dramatic walls and towering heights alternate with the refined South Tyrolean towns of Val Gardena and Alta Badia and hidden delicious mountain inns that we encounter throughout our journey. And the colours! These majestic mountains are known for their elusive and ever changing palette – moving with the sun and sky and seasons for incredibly varied display of reflected light.

Our focus here will be sunset photography, capturing the dynamic colours the Dolomites offer each evening. Subjects we may touch upon include: panoramic capture, landscape design, high dynamic range imaging, travel and leisure photography, and determining the genre of your landscape image. We have assembled a team of world-class leaders who are sure to bring you to a heightened level of creative thinking and success with your digital photography! All levels of photographers are welcome, yet basic operating knowledge of your digital SLR camera is required. As a participant you must be prepared to hike on moderately difficult trails at altitude, while carrying your own camera gear and personal gear to overnight in a rifugio.

On this unique trip you have the opportunity to indulge your senses while photographing one of the world’s most scenic regions, the Italian Alps. Daily excursions will include walks through charming mountain villages and hikes on alpine trails to a few of the most spectacular vistas on Earth. Most days we’ll hike to new accommodation for the night, so throughout the trip you’ll be enchanted by a continuous stream of incredible new vistas from high atop these majestic mountains to photograph. We’re sure you’ll never want to leave!

Day by Day

Take a photographic traverse through the Ladin Valleys of the Dolomites, capturing the evening light against these majestic mountains.


Day 1 ~ Arrive in Val Gardena
Arrive in Selva di Val Gardena on your own (private transfer available on request) and check into your hotel. Located at an altitude of 1,563m / 5,128’ Selva (or Wolkenstein, as it’s referred to in German) is located at the end of the Val Gardena valley, at the foot of the impressive Sella Massif and Puez-Odle Natural Park. Selva boasts a vibrant town centre with plenty of bars, shops, restaurants, an indoor climbing center and bowling.

In the afternoon meet with your photographer guide for a trip briefing, orientation and to check the equipment necessary for you adventure in the Dolomites. 
D… Hotel in Val Gardena


Day 2 ~ Discover Val Gardena
We begin our trip with a warm-up hike in Val Gardena around the Stevia high plateau. Hike on a steep but good path on rocky terrain and through woods to the Forcella San Silvestro (2,280m / 9,252'). After a slight descent followed by an equally slight climb, arrive at the Rifugio Stevia (2,312m / 7,585'). It is located in the Puez-Odle Natural Park, which extends over an area of around 10,196 hectares, and is particularly important from a geological point of view, as all the minerals, sediment strata, and weathering forms typical of the Dolomites can be found in it. After lunch return to Selva through the Stevia Plateau, taking in beautiful views of the Sassolungo and Sella Massifs. Tonight will be our first night to photograph the sunset over the majestic Dolomites!
(~5 hours hiking 7,6 km / 4,5 miles, 770m / 2,526’ ascent and descent.)
B,D… Hotel in Val Gardena


Day 3 ~ Sassolungo – Sassopiatto Circumnavigation
In the morning transfer to Passo Sella (2,244m / 7,362')  and take the 'Sassolungo' cable car up to Rifugio Demetz (2,681m / 8,796') where you'll admire the spectacular views of vertical rock-faces.
Begin your descent right under the impressive Sassolungo North Clock Tower spire and continue into the heart of the massif to Rifugio Vicenza (2,253m / 7,391'), a typical Dolomites rifugio and the perfect place to enjoy lunch. After lunch, a green landscape will replace the rocky scenery you just hiked through. This evening you will marvel at breathtaking pink sunsets on the walls of Sassolungo, and the quietness of the mountains from your rifugio.
(5-6 hours hiking ~7km / 4,5 miles, 370m / 1,207' ascent, 750m / 2,460' descent.)
B,D… Rifugio


Day 4 ~ Catinaccio Massif & Antermoia
Perhaps not everyone knows that the Dolomites are also called Monti Pallidi. Dwarves once wove a net of light and surrounded the mountains here, ensuring that the Moon Princess could safely live on earth with her prince, and avoid the sadness of these once dark enshrouded mountains.

From your rifugio, hike along the Siusi crest over generally even terrain at the start of the ridge, and then onto the slope of the Duron Valley to the Pas de Duron (2,168m / 7,113'). A number of saddles along the way also open spectacular vistas of the Alpe di Siusi and the Odle from the opposite slope. From Passo Duron, descend south into the Val Duron, and continue to the Ciaregole Pass (2,282m / 7,487'). Shortly after the pass, ascends to the right in steep curves towards the Dona Pass (2,516m / 8,255') and to reach your rifugio for tonight (2,496m / 8,189').You will be in the heart of the Val di Fassa Dolomites, dominated by the magnificent vista of the western wall of the Catinaccio d’Antermoia. (~4-5 hours hiking 9.5km / 5 miles, 636m / 2,086' ascent, 427m / 1,400' descent.)
B,D… Rifugio


Day 5 ~ Val di Fassa
Today offers many panoramic views of the Dolomites and extraordinary photographic opportunities. From your rifugio, heads west crossing the Antermoia Pass (2,770m / 9,088'), to then flank the western slope of the Catinaccio d’Antermoia (3,002m / 9,849'), where you will then reach the Principe Pass and Rifugio Passo Principe (2,600m / 8,530'). The itinerary continues downhill into the Valle del Vajolet, where you’ll reach the Vajolet and Preuss Rifugios (2,246m / 7,369'), with a vista of the legendary Torri del Vajolet and the eastern wall of the Catinaccio. After a well deserved drink stop, from Rifugio Preuss and Vajolet, descend to Rifugio Gardecca (1,948 m/ 6,390') and take the shuttle  to Pozza di Fassa, where your private transfer await to take you to your hotel.
(~3-4 hours hiking 6,6km / 4 miles, 294m / 965' ascent, 856m / 2,810' descent).
B,D… Hotel in Val di Fassa


Day 6 ~ Marmolada Glacier
In the moring transfer to Malga Ciapela and hike west along the river Torrente Pettorina. The trail climbs steadily through thick forest to reach pasture clearings. After you pass and the farm Malga Ciapela Agriturismo, the uphill section begins in earnest, and then becomes easier as you reach Malga Ombreta (1,904m / 6,246'). This farm marks the entrance to Valle Ombreta, the “Valley of Shade,” named for its position in the shadows of Marmolada to the north. At the end of the valley you will reach to Rifugio Onorio Falier (2,074m / 6,804'), right under the imposing south walls of the Marmolada, with fantastic views eastwards of the Civetta and Pelmo Groups. Hike up to Passo de Ombreta (2,702m / 8,864'), and then descend to your rifugio (2,016m / 6,614') for tonight.
(~7-8 hours hiking 10km / 6.2 miles, 1,340m / 4,400' ascent, 765m / 2,507' descent.)
B,D… Rifugio


Day 7 ~ Val di Contrin
Today we follow the Contrin Valley to the San Nicolò Pass and Rifugio San Nicolò. Continue to Forcia Neigra and Sela Brunéch, and then descend into the Ciampac depression. You’ll work your way east, first hiking trails traveling south, and then north toward Canazei. When you descend into the Ciampac depression, you can take the cableway to Alba di Canazei, where a private transfer will take you to Selva Val Gardena for your last night.
(~6-7 hours hiking 16.6 km / 10 miles, 1,213m / 3,980' ascent, 533m / 1,749' descent)
B,D… Hotel in Val Gardena


Day 8 ~ Depart
Breakfast and departure (private transfer avaiable on request).
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Trip itinerary may vary based on weather conditions, fitness levels and abilities of participants, and/or the recommendations of your guide.

Cost

Prices on request, contact us.


Cost Includes:

  • Trip briefing
  • Logistics and map of the area
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Lifts and cable cars in the area
  • Local ground transportation
  • Local tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax

Local medical and evacuation insurance 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 Luxury Hotels?            
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 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!

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About Your Instructor and Guide

Randy Jay Braun
Randy refers to himself as a professional “camera-artist”. After graduating from Occidental College, Randy landed a job as a corporate photographer, but soon he realized his desire for more creative expression. Over the past twenty years, Randy has achieved success with his own fine-art photography gallery on the Pacific island of Maui, Hawaii. His classic images of the native Hawaiian people are widely published, and recognized worldwide.

Recently, Randy has developed a passion for wilderness backpacking with his camera. In July 2009, Randy trekked through the Dolomite mountains. He fell in love with this photogenic region and vowed to return. During that excursion, his professional trail guide was Karin Pizzinini, also an avid photographer. During long discussions on the trail the two of them dreamed up the concept for photo seminars in the Dolomites!

To see more of Randy's work, visit www.randyjaybraun.com.

 

Karin Pizzinini
Karin is a certified professional trail guide born and raised in a village named Colfosco, in the very heart of the Dolomites. This woman knows how to live! Karin is an accomplished parachuter, paraglider, and rock climber, and loves to explore the mountains in the winter on telemark skis. Karin produces television documentaries, teaches high-school science, has traveled the world, and loves to sing along with her guitar music! Her camera is ubiquitous. Recently, Karin started a small business teaching digital photography skills in her region. She speaks five languages, including Ladin, the historical native tongue in the Dolomites, and loves to share her personal insight with visiting guests. She says with her infectious smile, “I am happiest when I am touching the mountains”!

 



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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
16-20 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 930
16-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 1.040
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
€ 930
10-15 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1.040
21-27 Feb
2018
4
Available
€ 2390
26-31 Feb
2018
4
Limited space
€ 1.320
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2480
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1600
4-9 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1350
11-17 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2390
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Sold out
€ 1.320
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2480
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
€ 2390
27 Feb - 2 Mar
2019
4
Limited space
€ 2390
10-16 Mar
2019
4
Sold out
€ 2390
17-22 Apr
2019
4
Sold out
€ 2480
18-23 Apr
2019
4
Limited space
€ 1.320
24-30 Apr
2019
4
Limited space
€ 2390
16-21 Jul
2019
4
Sold out
€ 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
7-11 Oct
2019
4
Available
€ 930
7-14 Oct
2019
4
Available
€ 1.890
15-20 Oct
2019
4
Available
€ 1.040
12-18 Feb
2020
4
Available
€ 2390
19-25 Feb
2020
4
Available
€ 2390
19-24 Feb
2020
4
Available
€ 2480
29 Feb - 4 Mar
2020
4
Limited space
€ 2390
15-20 Apr
2020
4
Available
€ 2480
15-20 Apr
2020
4
Available
€ 1.320
21-27 Apr
2020
4
Available
€ 2390