Puez-Odle Hiking Getaway

Self Guided

Guided

Luxury

from €570 from €920 on request

Enjoy a five-day moderate to challenging tour of the Dolomites, hiking hut-to-hut through peaks and valleys in this beautiful mountain range. Designed for sure-footed hikers, you’ll travel across rocky landscapes and rolling pastures, experiencing the variety of terrain of the Puez Odle / Geisler Natural Park.

  • Length 5 Days / 4 Nights -or- 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Trip Type Summer Short Stay
  • Activity Level Moderate to Challenging
  • Start / Finish Alta Badia
  • Dates This trip is available as a custom, private departure on dates of your choosing from mid June to end September

Highlights

  • Hike through Puez-Odle Natural Park, across lunar landscapes, with vistas created by former sea beds eroded through time
  • Walk on scenic trails made from old farm tracks, through alpine pastures with breathtaking vistas surrounding you
  • Hike from hut-to-hut – mountain rifugios that seem to be placed at the perfect interval, appearing right when you are ready for an espresso or plate of speck!
  • Hike a section of the Alta Via 2, one of the eight Dolomite “High Routes,” and one of the most beautiful, diverse, and challenging trails in the Dolomites
  • Short on time? This is the perfect quick way to experience the Dolomites on foot, exploring its vast variety of terrain!

 

OVERVIEW

Imagine what it would be like to walk on the moon… or along the floor of the ocean… On this unique itinerary you’ll have plenty of inspiration to daydream about both! This trip is set entirely in the Dolomites’ Puez-Odle Nature Park, where you’ll hike hut-to-hut across lunar landscapes strewn with moon-like boulders, and beneath escarpments of dolomitic rock formed ages ago deep in the sea.

Puez-Odle Natural Park (Naturpark Puez-Geisler in German) offers a unique look into the history of the rock formations that make up the Dolomites, including the sedimentary formations and strata of shallow marine origin, as well as rocks shaped by erosion. There is an abundance of fossils found here, which provide insight into the various epochs of the earth's history. Not surprisingly, given the name of these mountains, Dolomite is the primary sedimentary rock found in the park. Formed of a near-white crystalline mineral, Dolomite was named after the French geologist Deodat de Dolomieu, who was the first to describe the chemical composition of the rock in 1789.

The entire region within and surrounding Puez-Odle was all part of Austria prior to the First World War. Here you’ll find a mix of three cultures – German/Austrian, Italian, and Ladin.  Ladin is an ancient native culture, with customs and traditions that have been beautifully preserved in this region.  You’ll notice signs are written in three languages – first in Ladino (a language comes from the Romansh language), then in German, and lastly in Italian. The mixed culture is very well marked not only in the language, but also in the architecture and cuisine. You’re sure to enjoy hearty meals that are representative of the incredible diversity of this region!

Designed for sure-footed hikers, this trip will take you across a variety of terrain within the park, including challenging rocky, moon-like landscapes, as well as gentle, old farm tracks through beautiful green valleys. You’ll hike on a lovely section of the Alta Via 2, one of the beautiful “high routes” of the Dolomites that traverse these mountains from north to south, and hike a horseshoe around the eastern side of Sass de Putia / Peitlerkofel – the northernmost summit of the Dolomites!

Day by Day

Enjoy a five-day moderate to challenging tour of the Dolomites, hiking hut-to-hut through peaks and valleys in this beautiful mountain range. Designed for sure-footed hikers, you’ll travel across rocky landscapes and rolling pastures, experiencing the variety of terrain of the Puez Odle / Geisler Natural Park.



Day 1 ~ Arrive in Alta Badia 
Arrive in Alta Badia (1,226m / 4,022') on your own and check into your hotel (private transfer available on request). Alta Badia is a sunny hollow on the south side of the Val Badia (Abbey Valley) in the Alto Adige / South Tyrol (Südtirol) region of the Dolomites. Incredible hiking, skiing, and vistas abound – particularly of the Sella Massif. Home to three cultures – Italian, Austrian, and the native Ladin, most signage in Alta Badia is written in three languages – Italian, German, and Ladin!

Depending on when you arrive, you may have time for a hike or to explore one of the six villages of Alta Badia. 

D… Hotel in Alta Badia


Day 2 ~ Puez-Odle Natural Park

If you are taking a private trip, you will meet with your Hiking Guide in the morning for a trip briefing. If you are taking a private self-guided adventure, 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. 

Today’s hike takes you deep into Puez-Odle Natural Park (Naturpark Puez-Geisler in German), part of the Dolomite Mountains UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you’ll bear witnesses of the geological history of the Dolomites. 

Start hiking from the town of La Villa (1,433m / 4,701'), where you will have the option to hike through forest or ride the Gardenacia chairlift for the first part of the day.  You will then hike on Mount Gardenacia, a steep ascent towards the Rifugio Gardenacia (2,050 m/6,726'), where you can stop for a break. Continue hiking through rocky terrain to the Puez-Odle Natural Park, and on to your rifugio for the night (2,475 m/ 8,120').
(~4-5 hours hiking 7.4 km / 4.6 miles, 1,212m / 3978' ascent, 206m / 676' descent).
B,D… Rifugio


Day 3 ~ Alta Via 2 High Route
Today you’ll hike a wonderful stretch of Alta Via n.2 set within Puez-Odle Natural Park. The AV2 is one of the beautiful long-distance “high routes” of the Dolomites. Be ready for a long day, with the reward of incredible views!

You will leave from your rifugio in the morning, hiking over a series of peaks and valleys to Forcella San Zenon (2,293m / 7,523'). The hike includes a number of up and downs on scree slopes, some more challenging sections are fitted with fixed cable.
Stop for lunch at Medalges Alm (2,293m / 7,523'), and in the afternoon make your last effort to your rifugio for tonight (2,297m / 7,536').
(~6 hours hiking 16km / 10 miles, 1,160m / 3,806' ascent, 1,660m  / 5,446' descent).
B,D… Rifugio


Day 4 ~ Sass de Putia / Peitlerkofel
From your rifugio, you’ll hike a trail that travels around the majestic and isolated Mount Putia on pasture slopes home to marmots, passing by scattered old timber huts used during the hay harvest time.  One of these, Utia Vaciara (2,025m / 6,644'), has been converted into a rustic eatery with a splendid outlook southeast over Val Badia to Sasso della Croce. Stop for a break here, and then continue on the path that climbs diagonally uphill through light wood and flowered slopes, reaching the Göma Pass (2,111m / 6,926'), marked by a crucifix.

Next is a descent with views all the way down to the village of Antermoia. You can stop for a refreshment at Utia de Göma (2,025m / 6,644'). This path leads back to the pasture and the rustic eatery at Munt de Furnella, in the vicinity of the junction that brings you to Passo delle Erbe (1,987m / 6,519'), from where you will have a private transfer back to your hotel in Alta Badia.
(~3 hours hiking 10.2km / 6 miles, 186m / 610' ascent, 479m / 1,572' descent).
B,D… Hotel in Alta Badia


Day 5 ~ Depart 

Breakfast and departure on your own (private transfer available on request).

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STILL WANT MORE? Explore the Luson Alps!
Not ready to go home? Spend an extra day exploring the Luson Alps and the small village of


Day 4 ~ (continued from above)
Continue hiking from Passo delle Erbe (1,987m / 6,519'), to reach your rifugio (2,120m / 6,955') for tonight.
(4-5 hours hiking 14.3km / 8.5 miles, 487m / 1,597' ascent, 657m / 2,156' descent).
B,D… Rifugio


Day 5 ~ Luson Alps
Today you’ll hike a long and rewarding traverse of the Alpe di Luson, flanking the eastern side of the lower part of Val Badia, with fantastic views of the Sass de Putia / Peitlerkofel to the southwest throughout. The Dolomite Mountains has its outermost branch and northernmost summit in the Peitlerkofel. Beyond that, are the quartz foothills form the Lüsen caldera and the Plose elevation, while the Porphyr massif splits off from the Raschötz in the west. The different geological structures result in an incredible diversity of shapes and landscapes in this region.

As you hike, you’ll travel along old farming tracks that lead you to the high-alpine meadows Lüsen and Rodeneck. You’ll pass picturesque old farmhouses on the sunny slopes of Lüsen, and ascend to magnificent panoramic views of the Dolomite Mountains and the Sarn Valley Alps, including the Ortler (3,905m / 12,811'), the highest peak in the South Tyrol. 
(5-6 hours hiking 14.3km / 8.5 miles, 205m / 673' ascent, 1,476m / 4,843' descent).

Summit Option
If you’d like a little more of a challenge, an alternate route for your first 2.2 kilometers (1.5 miles) takes you up to the summit of Monte Muro / Maurerberg (2,332m / 7,651').
(5-6 hours hiking 14.9km / 9 miles, 403m / 1,322' ascent, 1,665m / 5,463' descent).

Montal/Montana(860m / 2,822') is a cozy Alpine village and home to just 300 residents. Far off the tourist track, this village has retained its traditions and sense of community throughout the ages, giving you yet another insight into the history of the Dolomites! Private transfer back to your hotel in Alta Badia
B,D… Hotel in Alta Badia


Day 6 ~ Depart 

Breakfast and departure on your own (private transfer available on request).

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

Join one of our many extensions ­– Venice, Verona, Lake Garda, Florence, 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!


VIA FERRATA OPTION
Not ready to leave the Dolomites? 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!


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

Cost

5 Days Guided Trip:
From € 1.360 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 920 per person (minimum 4 participants)

5 Days Self Guided Trip:

From € 660 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 570 per person (minimum 4 participants)

6 Days Guided Trip:

From € 1.790 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 1.240 per person (minimum 4 participants)

6 Days Self Guided Trip:
From € 770 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 700 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%


Cost Includes:

  • Trip briefing
  • Logistics and map of the area
  • 2 nights accommodation at a 3-star hotel in Alta Badia
  • 5-Day Trip: 1 night in shared dormitory (3-8 people) and 1 night in private room in charming rifugios
  • 6-Day Trip: 2 nights in shared dormitory (3-8 people) and 1 night in private room in charming rifugios
  • Meals as noted in itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Local English speaking hiking guide (guided trips)
  • Transfer on day 4 (day 5 on 6-day trip)
  • 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

Check out the high definition videos in our SUMMER VIDEO GALLERY!

READ Travel & Leisure: “Hot Spots of Italy’s Dolomite Mountains” 

 

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!

 

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!

 

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
Sold out
€ 1.890
7-11 Aug
2019
4
Limited space
€ 930
4-10 Sep
2019
4
Limited space
€ 1.310
7-11 Oct
2019
4
Limited space
€ 930
7-14 Oct
2019
4
Available
€ 1.890
15-20 Oct
2019
4
Limited space
€ 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