THE WESTERN DOLOMITES self-guided

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Accommodation Classic or comfort
Level *** Level ***
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A journey through Monti Pallidi

The Dolomites... a geological as well as aesthetic must-see for mountain lovers... a unique name to describe more than fifteen "gruppo" mountains all with different looks.
This tour through the western Dolomites invites you to enter the intimacy of four of these massifs: Puez-Odle, Sella, Sasso-Lungo and Rosengarten, enabling you to approach a little this surprising diversity...
Landscapes that take you from mineral lace into a huge stone vessel, from a vast lunar plateau to green pastures and ending in the fantastic scenery of the Catinaccio. Gastronomy playing with flavours from Central Europe to the Mediterranean and as varied as the cuisine are the languages... mixing Italian, German and Ladin.
A hike to meet all the richness of this region!

You will like

  • The diversity of landscapes and routes
  • The contrast between the starkness of the Sella massif and the opulence of the Odle and Siusi alpine pastures
  • The fantastic movie like atmosphere of Catinaccio
  • The well equipped passages (steps, handrails and cables)... making these stone fortresses so accessible
  • Cosy accommodations, warm welcome and local gastronomy uniting Italy and Austria
  • In option, the comfort version

THE WESTERN DOLOMITES self-guided

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DEPARTURES AND PRICES

Daily departure from the 20th June to the end of September 2022         

Without baggage transport
535€ per person, classic accommodation

With baggage transport
Group of 2 persons: 855€ per person, classic accommodation
Group of 3 persons: 745€ per person, classic accommodation
Group of 4 persons: 685€ per person, classic accommodation
Group of 5 persons: 655€ per person, classic accommodation
Group of 6 persons: 640€ per person, classic accommodation

Comfort option: 100€ per person (5 nights in a 2/4-person bedroom). Registration from 2 people.

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THE PRICE

The price includes

  • Accomodations with half-board formula ;
  • A road book: description and maps (1 road book per registration up to 4 people. Extra road book for groups of 5 or more, with supplement 10-25€) ;
  • Organisation and booking fees ;
  • Daily baggage transport (except Day 1), if you have chosen this option;
  • Tourist tax.

The price does not include:

  • Picnic lunches ;
  • Optional shower tokens ;
  • Personal expenses, drinks, touristic visits, etc.;
  • Optional bus or cable car (from 20€ to 60€ per person, according to the chosen options) ;
  • The return journey from your home ;
  • Cancellation insurance.

The price is all inclusive from departure to end point.

L’itinéraire jour après jour...

Day 1

Departure point in Ortisei/ St Ulrich, Val Gardena.

ORTISEI - ODLE NATUREL PARK - RIFUGIO FIRENZE
Take the Furnes cable car, first climb is a little steep into the forest and the path leads to the vast Seceda pasture, green meadows and "Pale Mountains" of the Odle mountain chain. And then... here you are in the Dolomites ! Crossing the pastures to the Firenze hut is easy, going close to the cliffs via the Forcella Pana and Pieralonga. For a more gentle start, the Seceda cable car allows you to reach the plateau directly. Night in a refuge at 2000m, at the foot of the fabulous Odleswithout baggage.
4.5 hour walk / Elevation: +750m -420m / 8km
2 hour walk / Elevation: -430m / 5km from the top of Seceda cable car

Day 2

TRAVERSE THE PUEZ MOUNTAINS  - PASO GARDENA
The day begins in the beautiful Sieles valley to reach the Forcella de Sieles. The path goes along the ridge, secured by several short cabled sections, before reaching the great circus of Puez. Between grassy spots and mineral atmosphere, traverse the plateau that dominates the huge Vallunga canyon and ends beautifully through the Pizes de Cier and the strange rocky towers. Night in refuge.
6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +750m -650m / 14km

Day 3

HIGH SELLA PLATEAU - REFUGE VALENTINI
Total immersion in the mineral atmosphere of the Dolomites whilst crossing one of its highest mountains : Gruppo del Sella ! From the pass, the path reaches the heart of this huge stone vessel by the Val Setus breccia, well equipped with cables and steps for an easy and safe contact with the famous "Via Ferrata". After a short break at the refuge and at the Lake Pisciadu, the path continues into a more and more lunar atmosphere to reach the high plateau of Sella, at 2900m. Going down via Val Lastie, or by taking the Sas de Pordoi cable car. Short bus transfer (public bus) to Paso Sella. In case of bad weather, a route bypassing the mountain range is possible. Night in refuge.
7 hour walk / Elevation: +900m -1260m / 10km
5.5 hour walk / Elevation: +1000m -120m / 8 km (descent in Sas de Pordoi cable car)

Day 4

SASSO LUNGO - CRETES DE SIUSI - ALPE DE TIRES
A day between the emblem of the Val Gardena, the Sasso Lungo and the elegant Rosszähne, along the Royal Trail Friedrich August and then along the ridge "auf der Schneid" ("On the Edge") that dominates the largest alpine pasture in Europe: the Alp of Siusi. This quiet route allows you to enjoy the other face of the Dolomites: vast pastures, "Grise of Tyrol" with curious eyes, juggling with Italian, German or Ladin language... A more alpine route is possible through the massif by the Forcella Sasso Lungo. Installation for 2 nights in a refuge at 2440m.                                                                                                      
4.5 hour walk / Elevation: +600m -400m / 12km
6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +1150m -850m / 14km (via Forcella Sasso Lungo)(taking the gondola is possible the way up)

Day 5

ROSENGARTEN - ANTERMOÏA - ALPE DE TIRES
Depart for another day in an out of the extraordinary setting in the heart of Rosengarten (or Catinaccio). Molignon, Antermoïa, Val Duron... a journey through all the nuances of the mineral colour palette of the Monti Pallidi: ochres, whites, dark gray, dolomite, gypsum, volcanic rocks... enhanced by the turquoise blue of Lake Antermoïa and the great green of the pines. A colourful itinerary ! Back to the refuge.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +/-970m / 13km

Day 6

ALTIPLANO DELLO SCILIAR - ALPE DI SIUSI
From the refuge, the route starts with the Sciliar altiplano with the possibility of reaching the Mount Petz summit to enjoy a 360° view over the Dolomites of Bolzano. Going back to Alpe de Siusi via a slow descent, allowing you to appreciate the exceptional know-how of the Ladins in the arrangement of the paths through their mountains. From Compatsch, going down to Seis by bus or by the Alp de Siusi gondola. 
3 hour walk / Elevation: +60m -600m / 7 km (direct return to Compatsch)
4.5 hour walk / Elevation: +300m -900 / 12,5 km (via Altiplano dello Sciliar)

End point in Seis/ Siusi in the afternoon.

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: +/- 750m average per day.
Walking time: 4.5 to 7 hours per day with optional itineraries.
Type of trek: mountain hike on well marked trails without technical difficulty.
There are some passages well equipped with cables on Days 2, 3 and 5.

ROAD BOOK

Before departure, we send you a travel folder containing: 
- 1 TABACCO MAP 1/25 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: 5 nights in a dormitory, in a refuge. Remember to bring your own sleeping sheet and pillowcase.
COMFORT: depending on availability when registration : up to 5 nights in twin bedroom (or triple bedroom), in refuge.

All accommodation has hot showers.

MEALS

Breakfasts and dinners are served in accommodation.
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.

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.

RESPONSIBLE TOURISME

The route has been modified to offer one night at the heart of the mountains. As a consequence, Day 1 is without baggage transport. We made that choice to offer an enchanting route, limit the environmental impact but also to lower the cost of the journey.

YOUR BACKPACK FOR THE NIGHT WITHOUT YOUR BAGGAGE

For the night without your baggage at the accommodation (you will get it back the night after), 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!)

MAPS

Tabacco Map 05 Val Gardena - Alpe di Siusi (1/25000)

PERSONALISED TOURS

We can personalise a tour according to your requirements... number of days, participants, level of route, accommodation etc. please contact us.

Practical information

ACCESS TO DEPARTURE POINT

Departure point in Ortisei/ St Ulrich, Val Gardena.

BY TRAIN (and bus)
Paris - Milan - Verone - Bolzano www.oui.sncf www.trenitalia.com
Regular buses between Bolzano/Ortisei/Siusi.
Bolzano - Ortisei - Val Gardena,  Bus no.350, hourly departures, 60 mins transfer
Siusi - Bolzano, Bus no.170, departures every 30 mins, 30 mins transfer
Siusi - Ortisei, Ortisei - Siusi,  Bus no.4 departure every 75mins (from 8h10 / 8h45), 30 mins transfer
www.valgardena.it/en/bus-schedule      www.sii.bz.it/en

BY CAR
Via Milano, Verona, Bolzano and Val Gardena / Gröden.
Free parking in Seis / Siusi (Seiseralm gondola),
Paid parking : Ortisei, Val Gardena : parking at Alpe di Siusi gondola 6€ per day.

BY PLANE 
Flights to Venice - Munich - Innsbruck or Milan
Bus or train transfer to Bolzano, then bus transfer to Val Gardena

End point in Seis/ Siusi in the afternoon.

ACCOMMODATION BEFORE AND AFTER

Bolzano :
Feichter hotel: www.hotelfeichter.it
Goldstern hotel: www.goldenstern.it
Val Gardena Tourist Office: www.valgardena.it
Seiser Alm (Alpe di Siusi) Tourist Office: www.seiseralm.it www.seiser-alm.it/en
If you wish to extend your stay with a supplementary night(s) before or after your tour it is possible, please contact us.

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

Equipment to consider during the covid period:
- Sleeping bag
- Masks
- Hydroalcoholic gel
- Slippers
- Pillowcase

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 (except on Day 1) 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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