Hiking in the Dolomites

From Val Gardena to Val Badia

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

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From Val Gardena to Val Badia

Long known as a paradise for rock climbers, the Dolomites are a great destination for fit hikers as well. Charming hotels in narrow pretty valleys make comfortable “base camps,” from which we’ll venture out each day for an invigorating hike along rugged trails. The mountain lodges and hotels offer a high standard of accommodation as well as a delicious typical Italian and Tyrolean local cuisine and they are very well known for their wine cellars that offer great wines from all over the world.

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 - Val Gardena
Arrival in Italy and transfer to Val Gardena on your own. Meeting with the guide and briefing of the trip (place and time to be reconfirmed).
Accommodation: Hotel D
2° Day - Alpi di Siusi: Rifugio Bolzano
The glorious Alpe di Siusi covers vast rolling meadows ranging from 1700 m above sea level to around the 2000m mark, and even in this day and age continues to function as the haymaking arena for the village of Siusi, located at a much lower, more liveable altitude 1000m below.
The Alpe is dominated by an ancient coral reef now known as the Sciliar/Schlern massif, at whose base volcanic intrusions have encouraged lush pasture carpeted with an unbelievable range of wild flowers, fed by plentiful natural springs or streams draining off the mountain. The very name, in fact, may signify “flow of water”, in view of the Schlernblut, a mysterious stream whose flow-level is constant all year round.
Accommodation: Hotel B,D
3° Day- Puez-Odle: Rasciesa and Geological Phenomena
The neighbour village Ortisei is the starting point for this hike. Ortisei is dominated is dominated by the Rasciesa, a vast, gently sloping incline culminating in a jagged 2300m crest and covered with rich pasture and wood carvers.
Compared to the Dolomite neighbour, the stunning Odle group with pointed rock needles, it is unspectacular, but makes up for this in the wide-ranging views it affords. The walk entails a panoramic traverse to a picturesque farm cum refuge, then descend of a great interest for geology enthusiasts as the multi-layered beds underlying the original coral deposits have been exposed on the westernmost edge of the Odle.
Accommodation: Hotel B,D
4° Day - Sassolungo – Sassopiatto Circumnavigation
“Then come the gigantic masses of the Platt Kofel and Lang Kofel; the first, sliced off, as by the malice of a Titan, at a single blow; the second, an array of splintered spires, ashy-tinted or pale yellow.” (Gilbert and Churchill 1864).
Public bus to Passo Sella and hike under the Sassolungo and Sassopiatto to the Rifugio.
Accommodation: Rifugio B,D
5° Day - Descend to Val di Fassa
From the Rifugio hike to Rifugio d’Antermoia and descend to Val di Fassa where your hotel is situated.
Accommodation: Hotel B, D
6° Day - Sella Massif
Within the enormous fortress-shaped Sella massif is an excellent network of paths. Its sheer flanks are reserved for mountaineers and “via ferrata” experts. The mountain group boasts a 3152m pyramidal peak, Piz Boè, which can be seen from any of the four passes that bound the Sella massif.
Today’s hike will be a traverse along the south face of this incredible massif.
Accommodation: Hotel B, D
7° Day - Santa Croce Sanctuary
Today walk to the Santa Croce Sanctuary at the base of the Sasso della Croce (Sass dla Crusc for the Ladin- speaking population). Start the hike from the town of San Cassiano. Walk uphill on a paved road, passing through a number of closely knit hamlets formed of clusters of ancient shingle-roofed timber farmhouses and barns known as viles. These small communities are characteristic of Val Badia; in medieval times they were grouped together for protection, forming self-sufficient units with their own collective oven and well. The properties have also been safeguarded from demolition and destruction thanks to the deeply rooted and legally recognized custom of the maso chuiso—closed farm—introduced in the sixth century, whereby the eldest son is expected to carry on farm activities and traditions while siblings must leave to seek fortune elsewhere.
Accommodation: Hotel B, D
8° Day - Departure
Accommodation: B

Cost includes
3 nights halfboard double room accomodation at hotel 3* at Val Gardena, 1 night halfboard accomodation at the mountain inn as mentioned in the programme (best accommodation available), 1 night halfboard double room accomodation at hotel 3* at Val di Fassa, 2 nights halfboard double room accomodation at hotel 3* at Corvara, trekking guide during the entire itinerary, meals as per programme (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner), luggage transfers Val Gardena – Val di Fassa – Corvara, public transportation as per itinerary (some of the transfers will be done privately).

Does not include
Airfare, meals not noted on itinerary, insurance of any kind, optional tipping to leader, guides and local staff, excess baggage charges, items of a personal nature (sodas, alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages, such as coffee and teas, laundry, etc.), and everything that is not specified before.

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