THE WESTERN DOLOMITES self-guided

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Garantie été 2020
6 days 6 days
Self-guided Self-guided
With baggage transport With baggage transport
Accommodation Classic (dormitory)
Level *** Level ***
From 460 € From 460 €

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 itineraries
  • 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 maintained passages of steps, handrails and cables... making these stone fortresses so accessible
  • The welcome with cosy accommodation and local gastronomy uniting Italy and Austria
  • A comfort option possible

THE WESTERN DOLOMITES self-guided

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DEPARTURES AND PRICES

Daily departures from the 20th June to the end of September 2020.               

Without baggage transport
460€ per person, classic accommodation

With baggage transport
Groups of 2/3 persons: 760€ per person, classic accommodation
Groups of 4/5 persons: 610per person, classic accommodation
Groups 6+ persons: 560€ per person, classic accommodation

Supplement for comfort option in a double bedroom: from 15€ to 35€ per person depending on accommodation / 140€ per person for the 5 nights.

Information and reservation is simple by telephone or email.

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

  • 6 nights half board accommodation;
  • A road book: description and 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 (except Day 1), if you have chosen this option;
  • Taxes.

The price does not include:

  • Picnic lunches;
  • ​Potential shower tokens;
  • Personal expenses, drinks, touristic visits, etc.;
  • Potential bus or cable car (from 20€ to 60€ per person, according to the chosen options);
  • 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

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... you are in the Dolomites! Traversing the pastures to the Firenze hut is easy, passing 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 Odles (*without baggage).
4.5 hour walk / Elevation: +750m -420m
2 hour walk / Elevation: -420m 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 route continues along the ridge secured by several short cabled sections before joining the impressive circus of Puez. Alternating between grassy terraces and mineral atmosphere during the traverse of the plateau which dominates the huge Vallunga canyon and ends beautifully through the Pizes de Cier and their strange rocky towers.
Night in a refuge, near the road leading to the mountain pass.
6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +750m -650m

Day 3

HIGH SELLA PLATEAU - REFUGE VALENTINI
Total immersion in the mineral atmosphere of the Dolomites whilst traversing of one of its highest mountains in the Dolomites: the Gruppo del Sella! From the pass, the path joins 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 Lake Pisciadu, the path continues into a more and more lunar atmosphere to reach the high plateau of Sella at 2900m. Descend via Val Lastie or by taking the Sas de Pordoi cable car. Short bus transfer to Paso Sella. In case of bad weather a route countouring the mountain range is possible.
Night in a refuge..
7 hour walk / Elevation: +900m -1260m
5.5 hour walk / Elevation: +1000m -120m (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 then along the ridge "auf der Schneid" ("On the Edge") which dominates the largest alpine pasture in Europe: the Alp of Siusi. This quiet route allows you to enjoy the other facet of the Dolomites: vast pastures, "Grise of Tyrol" with curious eyes, juggling with Italian, German or Ladin language... A more alpine variant 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
6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +1150m -850m (via Forcella Sasso Lungo)(gondola is available to go)

Day 5

ROSENGARTEN - ANTERMOÏA - ALPE DE TIRES
Depart for another day in an out of the ordinary setting in the heart of Rosengarten (or Catinaccio). Molignon, Antermoïa, Val Duron... a journey through all the nuances of a 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 green of the pines. A colourful itinerary!!!
Back to Refuge Tires.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +/-970m

Day 6

ALTIPLANO DELLO SCILIAR - ALPE DI SIUSI
From the refuge, the route starts with the Sciliar altiplano with the possibility of an option to the summit of Mount Petz to enjoy a 360° view of the Dolomites of Bolzano. The return to the Alpe de Siusi is via a gradual descent allowing to appreciate the exceptional know-how of the Ladins in the arrangement of the paths through their mountains.
From Compatsch descent to Seis by bus or the Alp de Siusi gondola. 
3 hour walk / Elevation: +350m -250m (return direct to Compatsch)
4.5 hour walk / Elevation: +300m -900m (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 possible.
Type of trek: mountain hike on marked trails without technical difficulties.
There are some passages well equipped with cables on Days, 3, 5 and 6.

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: Comfort supplement possible subject to availability: up to 5 nights in twin/double bedroom (or triple bedroom if odd number in the group).

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 favour an enchanting route but also to lower the cost for you and to limit the environmental impact.

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 on the outskirts of Bolzano (Fiera / Messe) and in Seis / Siusi (Seiseralm gondola),
Paid parking P2, Via PerathonerStraße, City Parking : 52€ per week (ask the parking attendant, tel. +39 0471 970289).                                            
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.

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 (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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