Dolomites Haute Route Traverse

Type: Hiking
Duration: 8 Days
Cost: on request
Season: Jun-Sept

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From Val di Zoldo to Alta Badia across some of the Dolomites most spectacular mountain ranges: Civetta, Pelmo, Croda da Lago, Tofane and Sella

This itinerary lets us visit by foot some of the most incredible areas in the Dolomites.
From famous places like Tofane, Marmolada and Sella mountain groups to the less known but spectacular rock masses of the Pelmo and Croda da Lago massifs.
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 town of Canazei and the hidden Malga Ciapella and Sottoguda villages at the foot of the Marmolada Massif.

Daily Programme

Variations in the itinerary could occur due to weather conditions and the fitness level of the participants. The time references are actual walking and climbing times and do not include rest or lunch stops in rifugi.
1° day - Arrival
Meet with the Star Mountain guide in the Rifugio Capanna Trieste (1135m) at the foot of the impressive Torre Trieste of the Civetta Mountain Range (Civetta= owl). With 850mts, the Torre Trieste is the highest rock tower of the Alps.
We will meet at the arrival of the bus to the town of Listolade (Time to be confirmed). Briefing, handling of map and all the necessary information for the trip.
Accommodation: Rifugio D
2° day - Civetta Massif: Agordo – Capanna Trieste – Rif. Vazzoler – Rifugio Tissi.
We start the hike going up hill, on a wide gravel road, to the Rifugio Vazzoler (1714m) which is a famous mountaineering meeting point. Hiking along the impressive rock wall of the Torre Venezia and of the Civetta massif, we arrive to the Rifugio Coldai (2262m) where we stop for the night. The sunset from this rifugio is one of the most spectacular in the Alps.
The Civetta that means “owl” in Italian, is shaped like an enormous trident. With 6kmts width and 1000mts high, the north-west rock wall of this massif is the biggest wall of all the Alps. In 1926, the first alpine 5.10 climbing degree took place in the world wide famous Civetta’s north west rock-wall. For the first time, the Germans Sollder and Lettenbauer climbed with difficulties that was never done before, the 3200m of the Civetta’s West summit.
Note: In this first part of the hike, of easy-medium difficulty, we start to get familiarised with the rocky terrain of the Dolomites.
Approx. hiking time: 6 hrs
Accommodation: Rifugio B,D
3° Day - Civetta & Pelmo Massif: Rifugio Tissi – Rifugio Città di Fiume
After breakfast we hike to the Passo Staulanza at the foot of the impressive Pelmo massif.
The Pelmo is an isolated and spectacular massif between the Civetta and Tofane mountains. Its east side has a depression that looks like a huge couch. This particular shape has given it the name of "God’s throne". From the Passo Staulanza we arrive to the Rifugio Città di Fiume at 1918m (fiume = river). The rifugio at the head of the pastoral and picturesque Val Fiorentina to the west and Val di Zoldo to the south, is right in front of the imposing northwest wall of the Pelmo.
Approx. hiking time: 5 - 6 hrs
Accommodation: Rifugio B, D
4° Day - Rifugio Città di Fiume – Passo Giau – Rifugio Cinque Torri
From the Rifugio we hike uphill on the Alta Via n.1 to the Passo Giau.
The highest point is the Forcella Ambrizzola at 2277m with spectacular panoramas of the Civetta, Pelmo, Croda da Lago and Lastoni di Formin mountain ranges. Arriving to Passo Giau at 2236m we hike uphill to the Rifugio Cinque Torri at 2500m.
There is an extra hike to the top of the Rifugio Nuvolao (2750m) built as early as 1883 was at this time called “Sachsendankhutte” (The “Saxon’s Thanks” Hut) – so called from a epigrammatic verse written on the hut wall, and now barely legible. The atmosphere at the rifugio is unique, sunrises and sunsets are incomparable and the panorama ranges from the graceful shape of the nearby Monte Averau, the Tofane, Col di Lana massif, the Cristallo east over Cortina D’Ampezzo, west to the Ortles Group and the Marmolada on the southwest.
Approx. hiking time: 6 - 7hrs
Accommodation: Rifugio B,D
5° Day - Lagazuoi & Fanis: Rifugio Nuvolao – Cason di Rozes – Forcella Lagazuoi - Rifugio Scotoni
Today we will be covering terrain that was one of the most important fronts during the First World War, and we’ll see tunnels, bunkers, galleries, and trenches while we hike.
From the Rifugio Nuvolao we hike to the Rif.Scoiattoli and down on the Alta Via N.1 to Cason di Rozes (2225m). From here we will hike 11⁄2 to 2 hours on a wide trail, built during WWI, which zigzags gently up to the Forcella Col de Bos (2729m) at the foot of the Castelletto and Tofana di Rozes mountains. Another 40 minutes take us to the Forcella Lagazuoi and down on the Alta Via N1 to Rifugio Scotoni for the night.
Approx. hiking time: 6hrs
Accommodation: Rifugio B,D
6° Day - Rifugio Scotoni – Capanna Alpina - Val di Fanes – Rifugio Fanes
Hike to the Rifugio Fanes through the Altopiano di Fanes in the Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park with great panoramic views of the Marmolada, the highest peak in the Dolomites.
There are a couple of options to get to the Rifugio. The Rifugio Fanes (2060m), run by Max and Petra Mutschlechner was constructed in 1928 by the brothers Fritz, Rudi, and Alfred Mutschlechner as a winter ski hut. Alfred Mutschlechner, the father of the present hut host Max Mutschlechner, took over the hut and managed it until 1978.
Approx. hiking time: 5hrs
Accommodation: Rifugio B,D
7° Day - Rifugio Fanes - Corvara
Great hike! From the Rifugio Fanes hike uphill towards the Forcella Medesc (2581m) between the Sas dla Crusc and Lavarella Mountains. The moonlike landscape is most unusual and one of the best places to understand the karst phenomenon in the Dolomites. While crossing this uneven plateau we’ll see examples of what running water can do to the limestone in channelling, wave-like formations and depressions.
From the Forcella we descend on a steep zigzag trail and then through the woods to the town of San Cassiano where we take the chairlift up to Piz Sorega and hike a wide trail for a half hour to the Rifugio Bioch (2087m). From here in another hour we arrive to the town of Corvara (1560m), located in the valley of Alta Badia in the heart of the Dolomites.
The Val Badia is located in the South Tyrol. Before the First World War, this area used to be Austria, and the Austrian-Italian mixed culture is very well marked in the food, architecture, and language. The local people (called the “Ladini”) speak a language—Ladino—that comes from the Romansh language, one of the four official languages spoken in Switzerland and spoken in northern Italy.
The signs are written first in Ladino, then in German, and lastly in Italian.
Approx. hiking time: 6 - 7 hrs
Accommodation: Hotel B,D
8° day - Departure
Breakfast and departure
Accomodation: B

Cost includes
English speaking mountain guide during the itinerary, 6 nights half board accommodation in the rifugi in dormitory style; 1 night halfboard hotel accommodation (double room) at Corvara in Badia; meals as noted (B=breakfast, D=dinner), map and briefing of trip.

Does not include
Airport/railway station transfers; showers in the rifugi where this is a paying service; drinks and variations on the menu, sleeping sheets, lunches (you should expect to pay between $15-$20 per day), insurance of any kind, excess baggage charges, airport taxes (if any), items of a personal nature (sodas, alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.) and everything that is not specified before.

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