CROSS THE DOLOMITES

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Garantie été 2020
9 days 9 days
Guided / with a guide Guided / with a guide
With baggage transport With baggage transport
Accommodation Classic (dormitory)
Level *** Level ***
From 1230 € From 1230 €

Surreal landscapes of the Italian Alps

The Dolomites are located in the extreme north-east of Italy, near the Austrian border. This area has a tumultuous history and was an important stake between the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Italy especially during the First World War. Numerous vestiges lay testament to those days...
You will hear German and also Italian spoken as the double culture is deeply rooted. Ladin, a local dialect, with a mixture of Latin and German influences is also spoken in some valleys. Many signs are in all three languages.
The Dolomites owe their name to a geologist, M. Déodat de Dolomieu, intrigued by the strange aspect of the rocks, studied and discovered the composition in 1782.
Known for their famous Via Ferrata, the Dolomites also have fabulous hiking routes. It is not necessary to walk very far or on technical paths to discover the sumptuous landscapes.
From spectacular balconies to verdant valleys, the proposed route crosses different massifs, all equally impressive, Rosengarten, the Alpe di Siusi, Sasso Lungo, Puez, Sella, and finally Tofane and Fanes.

You will like

  • Total immersion into the most unusual mountains in the world
  • A striking difference between green and mineral landscapes
  • Pleasant trails in the heart of verticality
  • A legendary warm welcome in the gîtes and refuges
  • A 9 day hike putting a punctuation mark in the bustle of daily life!

CROSS THE DOLOMITES

From 1230 €

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Dates & prices

9 days: Price from 1230€ per person

OPTION VENICE 

1 night in Venice: 115€ per person based on 2 persons

  • 2 day pass liberte vaporetto 
  • 1 night in a 3 star B&B in Venice
  • 1 guide book to visit Venice

2 nights in Venice: 195€ per person based on 2 persons

  • 3 Day pass liberte vaporetto
  • 2 nights in a 3 star B&B in Venice
  • 1 guide book to visit Venice

Optional bus transfer Venice Airport - Cortina d'Ampezzo: 40€ per person

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THE PRICE

The price includes:

  • Organisation and booking fees;
  • Guiding by a qualified and insured mountain leader;
  • All meals including picnic lunch and simple snacks during the day, accommodation in gîtes, refuges and small hotels, shower tokens if necessary and local tourist taxes;
  • Daily luggage transport between accommodation (except Days 2, 6 and 8);
  • Bus transfers.

Does not include:

  • Cancellation insurance (3.8% of the cost of the holiday);
  • Personal expenses (drinks, etc.) please be aware drinking water at the table is not included in accommodation;
  • Touristic visits;
  • Your return journey from home to the point of departure/end point, airport taxes and other exclusions clearly described within the corresponding technical sheet.

 

The price is all inclusive from departure to end point.

The route day to day...

Day 1

Meeting point Sunday at 8:30am at Cortina d'Ampezzo, transfer to the departure point at Passo Costalunga.

ZIGOLADE PASS - ROSENGARTEN
The hike starts between pastures and forests. This stage is characterised by the Passo delle Zigolade (2550m) with its strange peaks. The Rosengarten massif is probably one of the most spectacular ranges in the Dolomites. Night in a refuge at the foot of the Rosengarten.
5.5 hour walk / Elevation: +790m -760m

Day 2

ROSENGARTEN - ALPES DE TIRES
From the refuge, head towards Passo Principe and Molignon in a landscape composed of towers, pointy peaks and rocky cliffs. Arrive at the charming Refuge Alpes de Tires. Night in a refuge (*without baggage).
6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +1100m -750m

Day 3

ALPES DE TIRES - PASSO SELLA
In a mountain pasture atmosphere, the largest in Europe, the balcony trail crosses the massif to reach the Sasso Piato refuge. In this green landscape of Alpe di Siusi the contrast is quite striking compared to the first two days. Detour possible via the Sassolungo pass. Night in a gîte at Passo Sella.
5 hour walk / Elevation: +200m -400m

Day 4

SELLA HIGH PLATEAU - PASSO GARDENA
A new day, a new mountain range. After a short transfer, ascend to Val Lasties and Val Tita to reach the high Sella plateau. Short cabled section to reach the lake at the Pisciadiu Refuge, at  the foot of the Pisciadiu summit. Descend to Passo Gardena. Night in a hotel.
6-7 hour walk / Elevation: +1260m -950m

Day 5

PASSO SOMALFUCIA - VILLA STERN
Climb to Cier passing between the surprising Pizes towers. Climb to the Somalfucia pass and then to the Puez refuge. Descend via the undulating valley of Cianpani to arrive at Villa Stern. Short transfer to the village of Armentarola. Night in a comfortable gîte.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +620m -1350m

Day 6

HIGH FANES PLATEAU
Climb to the Forcella pass through mountain pastures and scree to access the Fanes high plateau dominated by the Piz de Lavarella summit. A beautiful mineral plateau of lapiaz rocks punctuated by grassy spots and crystal clear cold water. Night in a refuge (*without baggage).
6 hour walk / Elevation: +1100m -720m

Day 7

BECCHEI DESSORA PASS - RA STUA 
Ascend the Becchei Dessora summit (2794m) for a magnificent panorama over the Dolomites. A great opportunity to take pictures of the unusual red and grey rocks. Descend via the wild Ruoibes valley. Night in a refuge. 
6 hour walk / Elevation: +780m -1300m

Day 8

DE RIENZA VALLEY - TRE CIME 
Short transfer and gentle departure through the Rienza valley. Depending on the fitness level of the group, climb to Tre Cime plateau via the valley or via the Rordoï pass, a stunning viewpoint over the Tre Cime mountains, the most famous massif in the Dolomites. Night in a refuge (*without baggage).
4.5 hour walk / Elevation: +1000m via the valley
6 hour walk / Elevation: +1200m -200m via Rondoï pass

Day 9

TRE CIME AND PATERNO - CORTINA
Contour the Paterno mountain and climb to the Cengia refuge in the surreal scenery of Fiscalino. A real high point of this tour at the heart of rocky mountains! Return via the Collerena and Lavaredo passes and descend to Auronzo for a bus transfer to Cortina d'Ampezzo.
4.5 hour walk / Elevation: +450m -380m

OPTION VIA FERRATA                                                                                                                                              From Locatelli it is possible to take the Via Ferrata from Mount Paterno next to Tre Cime which offers a breathtaking panorama. Easy to medium level Via Ferrata with a mountain guide arriving at the Auronzo refuge around 1:00pm to join the rest of the group. Supplement paid on the day to the guide, 75-120€ per person (3 to 6 people per guide).

End point around 3:00pm in Cortina d'Ampezzo.

The itinerary is established according to the latest information available, the possibility of unknown factors affecting this itinerary is possible including situations beyond our control which may change the route, timings etc.

Personalised tour available, contact us...

The trip

LEVEL ***

Elevation: +/- 1000m approximately per day.
Walking time: 4 to 7 hours per day.
Type of trek: mountain trail with a few rocky passages well secured with cables.

GUIDING

Number in a group between 6 and 14 people supervised by a qualified professional mountain leader.

ACCOMMODATION

5 nights in refuges
1 night in comfortable gîte
All accommodation offer hot showers.

MEALS

Breakfast and dinner are provided in each accommodation.
Picnics are included and are carefully prepared daily by your mountain leader, comprising a variety of healthy salads and local products.

MAPS

Tabacco Map 06 Val di Fassa e Dolomiti Fasane (1/25000)
Tabacco Map 07 Alta Badia Arabba - Marmolada (1/25000)

Practical information

ACCESS TO DEPARTURE POINT

Meeting point Sunday at 8:30am at Cortina d'Ampezzo, transfer to the departure point at Passo Costalunga.

BY TRAIN (then bus)
Paris - Milan - Venice, bus to Cortina d'Ampezzo (2 hours, approx 60€ return)
Or via Stuttgart - Munich - Fortezza and Dobbiaco, bus to Cortina d'Ampezzo (45 mins, 16€ return)
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CORTINA EXPRESS: www.cortinaexpress.it

BY PLANE
Venice International Airport Marco Polo, bus to Cortina d'Ampezzo (2 hours, approx 40€ return)
DEPARTURE: Bus on Sunday at 11:20am at the airport, arrival at 1:25pm in Cortina d'Ampezzo
RETURN: Bus on Saturday at 3:30pm in Cortina, arrival at 5:45pm at the airport              www.atvo.it                                                                                                                             www.global.flixbus.com

BY CAR
Paris - Zurich - Innsbruck - Bolzano - Cortina d'Ampezzo                                                                       Milan - Verona - Venice - Belluno - Cortina d'Ampezzo. Free parking around Cortina d'Ampezzo.
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End point Saturday around 3:30pm in Cortina d'Ampezzo

ACCOMMODATION BEFORE AND AFTER

Cortina d'Ampezzo Tourist Office: www.cortina-tourism.com

INSURANCE

In accordance with regulations, we are covered by Professional Liability Insurance. In no case can we be responsible for your own Personal Liability. If you chose to take out repatriation insurance with EUROP ASSISTANCE whom we propose, Altitude Mont Blanc will only serve as an intermediary between the client and the insurer. We cannot influence either party. We adhere to strict conditions of sale. You are responsible for compliance with the reporting procedures of any incident.

Before making any decision, contact EUROP ASSISTANCE.

CONTACT US

If you are late please contact the agency as soon as possible on: +33 (0)4 50 79 09 16 or +33 (0)6 42 49 76 07

Equipment & baggage

EQUIPMENT LIST

Clothes

  • Walking trousers
  • Shorts (Bikini/swimsuit, just in case!)
  • Breathable or merino wool t-shirts
  • Breathable or merino wool leggings
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Wind stopper or Goretex jacket
  • Waterproof poncho + gaiters or Goretex trousers + waterproof rucksack cover
  • Pair of gloves and a warm hat
  • Sun hat or baseball cap
  • Walking socks (1 pair per day)
  • Sturdy walking boots with a good sole, already broken in
  • 1 change of clothes for the evening
  • A pair of comfortable shoes for the evening

Other Equipment

  • Toilet bag
  • Quick drying towel
  • Sunglasses and sun cream
  • Water bottle or Camelback (1.5 litre minimum)
  • Knife, fork and spoon
  • Plastic lunch box/plate for your picnic lunches
  • Plastic cup for coffee
  • Small First Aid kit (antihistamine, ibuprofen, Compeed type blister pads...)
  • Survival blanket
  • Head torch or hand torch
  • Sleeping bag liner sheet and pillowcase (blankets provided at accommodation)
  • Two adjustable walking poles (highly recommended)
  • Identity card or passport

BACKPACK

Bring a comfortable backpack of 30 to 40 litres for your personal belongings for the day (warm clothes, waterproofs, water, plate and cutlery for your picnic, sunscreen and your identity papers) and please keep a little room to carry a picnic and snacks.

BAGGAGE TRANSPORT

Your baggage will be transported daily (except Days 2, 6 and 8) between accommodation by our logistics vehicle. You are allowed 1 soft, sports type bag with all your possessions inside, no heavier than 12kg. Your bag has to be carried everyday by the driver, where access is not always easy, please think of their backs! Baggage which is too big and too heavy won't be accepted by the drivers!

If you wish to prolong your holiday, we can safely hold another bag for you which you may leave with us at the departure point and it will be deposited at the end point with your other baggage.

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