IN THE HEART OF THE DOLOMITES self-guided

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Level *** Level ***
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From spectacular balconies to green valleys

The Dolomites are located in the extreme north-east of Italy, near to Austrian border. This area with a tumultuous history was often an important stake between the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Italy especially during the First World War. Numerous vestiges lay testament to those days...
Here 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 influence, 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, who, 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.

You will like

  • A total immersion in some of the most unusual mountains in the world
  • A striking alternation between green and mineral landscapes
  • Pleasant trails at the heart of verticality
  • A legendary welcome in the gîtes and refuges

IN THE HEART OF THE DOLOMITES self-guided

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DEPARTURES AND PRICES

Daily departures from 14 June to 20 September 2020                                                       

Without baggage transport
510€ per person, classic accommodation

With baggage transport
Groups of 2/3 persons: 840€ per person, classic accommodation
Groups of 4 persons: 710per person, classic accommodation
Groups of 5 persons and more : 675€ per person, classic accomodation

Supplement for a comfort version in double bedroom: 100€ per person.

Information and reservation is simple by telephone or email.

OPTION VENICE 1 ou 2 nights

For 1 night in Venice: 115€ per person / base 2 persons

- Pass liberte vaporetto 2 days
- 1 night in B&B in Venice,  hôtel***
- 1 roadbook to visit Venice

For 2 nights in Venice: 195€ per person / base 2 persons

- Pass liberte vaporetto 3 days
- 2 nights in B&B in Venice,  hôtel***
- 1 roadbook to visit Venice

Option Bus transfer  Venice Airport / Cortina d'Ampezzo and back Venice: 40€ / person

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THE PRICE

The price includes

  • Accommodation with half board, except dinner night 4 at Sennes, restaurant with menu "à la carte" ;
  • A road book: description and IGN maps (1 road book per registration up to 4 people. A supplementary road book for groups of 5 or more. Extra road book supplement 10-25€) ;
  • Organisation and booking fees ;
  • Daily baggage transport, if you have chosen this option ;
  • Taxes.

The price does not include:

  • Picnic lunches ;
  • Dinner of night 4 at Sennes ;
  • ​Potential shower tokens ;
  • Personal expenses, drinks, touristic visits, etc. ;
  • The bus between Cortina and Auronzo and bus or cable car on Day 7 (approx 20€ per person) ;
  • The return journey from your home ;
  • Cancellation insurance (3.8% of total tour cost).

The price is all inclusive from departure to end point.

The route day to day...

Day 1

Regular bus service from Cortina bus station to Refuge Auronzo (approximately 30 mins)

CORTINA - REFUGE AURONZO
Loop hike at the foot of the famous Tre Cime de Lavaredo, a mythical day among spikey peaks, towers and surrounding summits, passing next to Locatelli refuge. Night at refuge Auronzo.
4 hour walk / Elevation: +500m -500m

Day 2

AURONZO REFUGE - LANDRO VALLEY - PRATO PIAZZA 
After the north face of Tre Cime, a beautiful descent into Landro Valley. Follows a steep climb, with a short passage (50m) a little aerial but well-secured with a cable, which bypasses Strudelkopf. Via Specie pass and going down to the beautiful mountain pasture of Prato Piazza. Climb possible via Specie Valley. Night in a refuge, with luggage.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +600m ; -1100m via Specie valley
6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +800m ; -1100m via Specie pass

Day 3

PRATO PIAZZA - LAKE BRAIES
Going down Stolla Valley, then climb and traverse via a trail between mountain pastures and screes, before reaching the small pass going down to Lake Braies. Surronding summits show their curious stratification and alpine pastures look like a garden ! Shortest stage is possible (-1 hour) via Croda Rossa with a short cable section.
5 hour walk / Elevation: +700m -1200m

Day 4

BRAIES - SENNES
From the splendid Lake Braies surrounded by a natural amphitheatre, climb a mineral valley to Riciogogn Pass (2331m). Multiple paths are possible to go down to the wide Sennes pasture : Biella hut, under Croda del Becco, Munt de Sennes pasture, or even summit of Muntejela de Sennes (2787m) for the most valiant!
Night in a refuge (dinner is reserved but not included in price of the tour)
4 hour walk / Elevation: +850m -250m

 

Day 5

SENNES - FANES
In option, detour via Sennes plateau to enjoy altitude lakes at Gran de Foses, then descend into Crosc Valley. Climb and continue to Fodara hamlet. Descent to Pederu before climbing up to lake and refuge of Fanes / Lavarella.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +1000m -900m
Shorter option by descending directly to Pederu : 4 hour walk / Elevation: +600m -500m

Day 6

FORCELA DE LECH - PASSO VALPAROLA
Cross Fanes plateau, surrounded by dolomitic cliffs. Climb to Forcela de Lech, window in the mountain that opens on a mythical descent over the beautiful turquoise lake of Lagazuoi and Scotoni pasture. One more effort to cross Valparola pass. Night in a refuge at the mountain pass.
5 hour walk / Elevation: +800m -550m
 

Day 7

PASSO VALPAROLA - CORTINA
Climb to Falzarego pass, the chance to buy few souvenirs at the shop! Continue on a balcony trail under Tofana de Rozes, before going down to Cortina. It is possible to take the cable car for the climb (but there is still a little bit of a hike!).
5 hour walk / Elevation: +450m -1040m
 

End point in Cortina d’Ampezzo.

Depending on availabilities in accommodation, the program may be a little different.

 

Personalised tour available, contact us...

The trip

LEVEL ***         

Elevation: +/- 850m average per day.
Walking time: 4 to 6 hours average per day, with possible extensions.
Type of trek: mountain route on marked trails with no technical difficulties.
1 short (50m) slightly aerial passage.

ROAD BOOK

Before departure, we send you a travel folder containing: 
- 1 IGN MAP 1/25 and 2 map sections with the route highlighted. 
- 1 road-book containing all the information necessary for the trek. 
- 1 waterproof map holder.
- Accommodation list.

ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS

CLASSIC:

1 night in twin/double bedroom (or 3 beds bedroom if odd number of persons in the group)
5 nights in dormitory in refuge
Carry your own sleeping sheet and pillowcase.

COMFORT: 
Comfort supplement possible, subject to availability: up to 6 nights in twin/double bedroom (or 3 beds bedroom if odd number in the group).

All accommodation offers hot showers.

MEALS

Breakfasts and dinners are served in accommodation (dinner of Day 4 in Sennes is not included)
Picnics are not included. Some hikers prefer to take the opportunity to eat in mountain refuges along the route or you will need to provide your own picnics or order a picnic lunch the night before at your accommodation.
All accommodation offers hot showers.

EXTENDING YOUR STAY

Night(s) before and after your trek possible, contact us.

PHYSICAL CONDITION

Ability to easily walk 20km (on flat trails) in a maximum of 4 hours.
If this is not the case, we recommend you to train during the three weeks prior to departure, for example running 4-5km or hiking/cycling 3-4 hours, 2 to 3 times per week. Your physical preparation will enable you to enjoy your trek to the maximum.

MAPS

Carte Tabacco 03 Cortina d’Ampezzo (1/25000)
Carte Tabacco 10 Dolomiti di Sesto (1/25000)
Carte Tabacco 31 Dolomiti di Braies (1/25000)

PERSONALISED TOURS

We can personalise a tour according to your requirements (number of days, participants, level of route, accommodation, etc.)

Practical information

ACCESS TO DEPARTURE POINT

From Cortina d’Ampezzo, bus to Auronzo (with your baggage). 

BY TRAIN (and bus)

Paris - Milan - Venice, then Venice - Cortina by bus, (2 hours, approx 60€ return)
Or via Stuttgart, Munich, Fortezza and Dobbiaco,
From Dobbiaco - Cortina by bus (45mins, 16€ return)
Information SNCF: www.sncf.com
CORTINA EXPRESS: cortinaexpress

BY CAR

Via Milan, Verona, Venice, Belluno and Cortina.
There is free parking just outside Cortina:
serviziampezzo/car-park-map

BY PLANE

Flights to Venice Marco Polo Airport. Venice - Cortina by bus, (2 hours, approx 60€ return)
CORTINA EXPRESS: cortinaexpress.it
ATVO : http://www.atvo.it
atvo.it/linea_29

End of the trek in Cortina d'Ampezzo.

ACCOMMODATION BEFORE AND AFTER THE TREK

Tourist Office of Cortina
http://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

In case of delay please inform us on: +33 (0)4 50 79 09 16 or +33 (0)6 42 49 76 07

Equipment & baggage

EQUIPMENT LIST

Clothing

  • 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 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 to refuges, which access is not always easy! Luggages 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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