What strange mountains... The architect Le Corbusier defined them as "the most beautiful architectural work in the world". Similar to a city where the skyscrapers are rocks and alpine pastures the streets.
Here it is the whiteness of the dolomite rock which dominates and retains magically the evening light; the cyan sky and the brilliant green of the alpine pastures acting as contrast...
This tour offers a 14 day getaway to discover the strong images of the Dolomites, the peaks of Tre Cime, high pastures of Pratto Piazza, stone amphitheatre of Fanes and the unusual Tofane desert.
Nature and man have shaped a unique region, recognised as a UNESCO world heritage site. The history of these mountains makes them even more spectacular. Squeezed between Austria, Italy and Ladin country, the Dolomites are rich from all these influences, with lots of history and culture to be discovered along this beautiful itinerary.
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Option 2 person bedroom supplement on registration: Nights 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 (+170€ depending on availability)
Option Via Ferrata Day 7
170€ per person, supplement on registration. Minimum 3 persons.
Does not include:
The price is all inclusive from departure to end point.
Meet at 1:30pm at Cortina d'Ampezzo bus station in the town centre, then bus transfer (30mins) to the Auronzo refuge (*please have lunch before meeting).
CORTINA - TRE CIME DI LAVAREDO
Circuit hike at the foot of the famous Tre Cime de Lavaredo, a mythical section of the hike amidst spikey peaks, towers and surrounding summits, passing via the Locatelli Refuge.
3.5 hour walk / Elevation: +400m -400m
TRE CIME - PRATO PIAZZA
After passing the north face of Tre Cime follows a beautiful descent into the Landro Valley. Followed by a fairly steep climb with a well secured (50m) cabled section, which contours the Strudelkopf. Cross the Strudelsattel Pass and descend to the magnificent mountain pasture of Prato Piazza. Night in a refuge on the plateau.
6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +950m -1250m
PRATO PIAZZA - SENNES PLATEAU
Beautiful altitude traverse under the foothills of the Croda Rossa. The trail crosses a karst plateau to reach the Sora Forno Pass just above the Biella hut at the foot of the Croda del Beco.
Night in a refuge at 2327m (*without baggage)
6 hour walk / Elevation: +800m -350m
BIELLA - FANES PLATEAU
Optional morning climb of the Croda del Beco summit 2810m (elevation +/-480m) for those who wish. Return to the refuge and depart for a panoramic traverse through the vast Sennes pasture. Crossing this mountain pasture using shepherds trails and descend to the Tamesc Valley via a historical road, a real challenge regarding the impressive gradient! Climb to the Fanes plateau and night in a refuge.
5.5 hour walk / Elevation: +550m -850m
FANES - SCOTONI
Cross the vast karst Fanes plateau, a real geological curiosity, before ascending to the Lech Window at 2486m, a narrow passage between two imposing cliff faces. Followed by a superb descent, impressive but very well maintained, to the small Lagacio Lake and the Scotoni pasture. Night in a refuge. Beautiful option to climb to the Medesc Pass (+/-400m).
4.5 hour walk / Elevation: +550m -600m
6 hour walk / Elevation: +900m -980m to Medesc Pass
SCOTONI - TOFANE
Depart in the morning for the Travenanzes Pass at the foot of the Tofane, a vast theatre of the battles of the First World War. Tunnels, pillboxes and Via Ferrata testify to the tumults of the past. Traverse below the Tofana di Rozes. Climb to Refuge Giussani between the Tofane, positioned in a setting worthy of a fantasy film. Night in a cosy refuge (*without baggage).
5.5 hour walk / Elevation: +1200m -600m
REFUGE GIUSSANI - CORTINA
Early morning, optional ascent of Tre Dita (2694m) close to Tofana de Rozes. Return to the refuge for a coffee and descend via Refuge Dibona and on to Cortina through the forest. taxi for Ortisei, Val Gardena. Night in B&B in the village, diner not included.
1.5 hour walk / Elevation: +/-120m to the Tre Dita
3.5 hour walk / Elevation: -1380m from Refuge Giussani to Cortina
OPTION VIA FERRATA TOFANA DE ROZES
Early morning, possible ascent of Tofana de Rozes by Via Ferrata with a High Mountain Guide. Return to the refuge for a coffee and descend to Refuge Dibona. Taxi transfer to Cortina d'Ampezzo.
5.5 hour walk / Elevation: +650m -1380m
Taxi transfer from Cortina d'Ampezzo to Val Gardena and night in a B&B.
SIUSI - RIFUGIO SCILIAR
Depart on a trail which climbs to reach the refuge nestled in a clearing at the foot of the Sciliar mountain. Night in the refuge in dormitory (*without baggage).
3 hour walk / Elevation: +750 m
ALTIPLANO DELLO SCILIAR
The path comes out of the forest and climbs into a narrow valley the only passage to the high plateau of Sciliar. From here +/-130m of elevation to reach the summit of Mount Petz (2563m) with a 360° panorama over the Bolzano Dolomites. The trail crosses the Altiplano and then descends to the Tires pass. 2 nights in a dormitory in a refuge at 2440m. Supplementary bedroom option available on reservation.
5 hour walk / Elevation: +900m -180m
1.5 hour walk / Elevation: +/-130m to the summit of Mount Petz
MOLIGNON PASS - PRINCIPE - ANTERMOIA
A colourful day with the crossing of 3 passes in the fairytale scenery of the famous Catinaccio (Rosengarten massif). The landscape here is really extraordinary. Descend to the beautiful Antermoia lake for a picnic lunch. Return to Refuge Tires for a second night.
1 hour walk / Elevation: +/- 970m
SIUSI RIDGE AND ROYAL TRAIL
A gentle day along the mountain pastures facing the elegant Sassolungo mountains. The afternoon continues along the royal trail Frederich August to reach the Sella Pass. A more alpine trail is also possible crossing the Sassolungo mountains. Night in a dormitory, in a nice refuge near to the road to the pass. Supplementary bedroom option available on reservation.
4.5 hour walk / Elevation: +200m -400m
7 hour walk / Elevation: +800m -1100m
HIGH PLATEAU OF SELLA
Cross one of the highest mountains in the Dolomites. After a short transfer to the Lasties valley, climb through this wild valley to reach the high plateau of Sella, a desert of limestone at 2900m. Descend to the lake and the Pisciadu Refuge, with a well secured cable section. Then follows the descent of the Pisciadu valley and its famous cabled section, an easy passage but can get crowded. In case of bad weather a route bypasses the mountains. Night in a dormitory, in a nice refuge near to the road to the pass. Supplementary bedroom option available on reservation.
6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +1060m -950m
CROSSING PUEZ MOUNTAIN
Early departure for the Cier pass and its curious stone towers. The trail continues to Refuge Puez sitting above the wide canyon of Langental, then on to the grassy terrace of Puez. Traverse the Sieles ridge with a short cabled section to reach the small pass. The day ends with a beautiful and wild descent into the Sieles valley to reach the mountain pasture. Last night in a dormitory in a refuge at 2000m at the foot of the fabulous Odles (*without baggage). Supplementary bedroom option available on reservation.
6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +780m -960m
PIERALONGIA - PANA PASS
Climb via the Pieralongia a strange menhir (standing stone) fallen from the peak above, followed by a return trail to the Pana pass to take in the spectacular view of the Odle Mountains. Descend and take the Furnes cable car to reach Ortisei in the Val Gardena to finish the tour.
4.5 hour walk / Elevation: +450m -780m
End point around 3:00pm in Ortisei, Val Gardena. Bus transfer to Bolzano (60 mins).
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.
Elevation: +/- 650m to 750m approximately per day.
Walking time: 4 to 7.5 hours per day with optional itineraries possible.
Type of trek: mountain hike on marked trails without technical difficulties.
There are some passages well equipped with cables.
Group between 6 and 14 people supervised by a qualified professional mountain leader.
11 nights in a refuge dormitory.
2 nights in a shared room of 4-6 people.
Remember to bring your own sleeping sheet and pillowcase.
All accommodation has hot showers.
Optional 2 person bedroom supplement on registration: Nights 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 (+170€ depending on availability)
Breakfast and dinner are provided in each accommodation.
Picnics are included and are carefully prepared daily by your guide, comprising a variety of healthy salads and local products.
We do our best to accommodate special diets (gluten-free, vegetarian etc.). However, we encourage you to bring some additional products for your own picnics.
The route has been modified to offer one night at the heart of the Tofane mountains. As a consequence, nights 3, 6, 8 and 9 are without baggage transport. We made that choice to favour an enchanting route but also to lower the cost for you and to limit the environmental impact.
For the nights without your baggage at the accommodation, here are the things to add to your backpack (about 2 kilos are enough!):
- small toilet bag
- sleeping bag liner sheet
- change of clothes (bare necessities!)
Tabacco Map 03 Cortina d’Ampezzo (1/25000)
Tabacco Map 10 Dolomiti di Sesto (1/25000)
Tabacco Map 31 Dolomiti di Braies (1/25000)
Meeting point Sunday at 1:30pm in front of Cortina d’Ampezzo bus station. Please have lunch before.
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)
CORTINA EXPRESS: www.cortinaexpress.it
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
Milan - Verona - Venice - Belluno - Cortina d'Ampezzo. Free parking around Cortina d'Ampezzo.
End point Saturday at 3:00pm in Ortisei, Val Gardena. Bus transfer to Bolzano (60 mins).
Cortina d'Ampezzo Tourist Office: www.cortina-tourism.com
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.
We can only sell our insurance to European citizens speaking French.
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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
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.
Your baggage will be transported daily (except on Days 3, 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.