THE WESTERN DOLOMITES self-guided

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Accommodation Classic (dormitory)
Level *** Level ***
From 460 € From 460 €

A journey through Monti Pallidi

The Dolomites ... geological as well as aesthetic reference, a massive must-see for the mountain imaginary ... a unique name to describe more than fifteen "gruppo" with different looks.
This tour through western Dolomites invites you to enter the intimacy of four of these massifs: Puez-Odle, Sella, Sasso-Lungo and Rosengarten, in order 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 end in the fantastic scenery of the Catinaccio; gastronomy playing with "saute-saveurs" from Central Europe to the Mediterranean and various 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 austerity of the Sella massif and the opulence of the Odle and Siusi alpine pastures,
  • The fantastic movie atmosphere of Catinaccio,
  • The passages made of stairs, handrails, cables ... that make these stones fortresses so reachable,
  • The welcome and comfort of accommodation associated with their gastronomy, point of union between Italy and Austria,
  • A comfort option in room possible.

THE WESTERN DOLOMITES self-guided

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Dates & prices

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 from 6 persons : 560€ per person, classic accomodation

Supplement for a comfort version in double bedroom : from 15€ to 35€ per personne according to accomodation / 140€ per person for the 5 nights.

Information and reservation is simple by telephone or email.

OPTION VENICE

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

Contact us !

THE PRICE

The price includes

  • Accommodation with half board ;
  • A road book: description and TABACCO 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 of the trek in Ortisei / St Ulrich, Val Gardena.

ORTISEI - ODLE NATUREL PARK - RIFUGIO FIRENZE
Departure with the cable car of Furnes, a first climb a little steep in the forest, and the path leads to the wide pasture of the Seceda: green meadows and "Pale Mountains" of the chain of Odle ... that's it, you are in the Dolomites! The walk through the alp to the Firenze hut takes place quietly, passing close to the cliffs by the Forcella Pana and Pieralonga.
For a more gentle start, the Seceda cable car allows you to reach the plateau directly.
Night in a dormitory refuge at 2000 m high, at the foot of the fabulous Odles, without luggage.
Around 4:30 hour walk / Elevation: +750 m - 420 m / 8 km
Around 2:00 hour walk / Elevation: - 420 m / 5 km from the top of Seceda cable car

Day 2

ACROSS PUEZ MOUNTAIN RANGE  - PASO GARDENA
The day begins in the beautiful valley of Sieles to join the Forcella de Sieles. The route continues on the ridge, secured by several small cable passages, before joining the impressive circus of Puez. Grassy terraces and mineral atmosphere alternate during the crossing of the plateau that dominates the huge canyon of Vallunga and ends in beauty, through the Pizes de Cier and their funny rocky towers.
Night in a refuge, beside the road that goes to the pass, with the luggage.
Around 6:30 hour walk / Elevation: +750 m - 650 m / 14km

Day 3

HIGH PLATEAU Of SELLA - REFUGE VALENTINI
Total immersion in the mineral atmosphere of the Dolomites for the crossing of one of its highest mountains: the Gruppo del Sella! From the pass, the path joins the heart of this huge stone vessel by the Val Setus breccia, equipped with cables and steps for easy and secure contact with the famous "Via Ferrata". After a short break at the refuge and Lake Pisciadu, the path continues in a more and more lunar atmosphere to reach the high plateau of Sella, at 2900m altitude. Descent by Val Lastie or by taking the Sas de Pordoi cable car. Small bus transfer to Paso Sella. In case of bad weather, another route around the mountain range is possible.
Night in a refuge, with the luggage.
Around 7:00 hour walk / Elevation: +900m -1260m / 10km
Around 5:30 hour walk / Elevation: +1000 m - 120 m / 8km (with Sas de Pordoi cable car)

Day 4

SASSO LUNGO - CRETES DE SIUSI - ALPE DE TIRES
A day that takes place between the emblem of Val Gardena, the Gruppo of Sasso Lungo, and the elegant Rosszähne, on the Royal Trail Friedrich August then the crest "auf der Schneid" ("On the Edge") which dominates the largest alpine pasture in Europe : the Alp of Siusi. This quieter 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 walking through the massif by the Forcella Sasso Lungo.
Installation for 2 nights in refuge at 2440m altitude, with luggage.

Around 4:30 de marche / Elevation: +600 m - 400 m / 12km 
Around 6:20 hour walk / Elevation: +1150 m - 850 m / 14km (through Forcella SassoLungo)(gondola is available to go)

Day 5

ROSENGARTEN - ANTERMOÏA - ALPE DE TIRES
Departure for another day in a setting out of the comun in the heart of Rosengarten (or Catinaccio). Molignon, Antermoïa, Val Duron ... a journey through all the palette of mineral nuances of "Monti Pallidi": ochres, white, dark gray, dolomite, gypsum, volcanic rocks ... enhanced by the turquoise blue of Lake Antermoïa and the green of the pines. A colorful itinerary !!!
Back to refuge of Tires for a second night, with the luggage.
Around 6:00 hour walk / Elevation: +/-970 m / 13km

Day 6

ALTIPLANO DELLO SCILIAR - ALPE DI SIUSI
From the refuge, the route starts with the Sciliar altiplano, with the possibility of a round trip to the summit of Mount Petz to enjoy a last 360 ° view of the Dolomites of Bolzano. The return to the Alpe de Siusi then takes place with a smooth descent that once again allows us to appreciate the exceptional know-how of the Ladins in the arrangement of the voices of circulation through their mountains.
From Compatsch, descent to Seis with a bus or the Alp de Siusi gondola. 
Around 3:00 hour walk / Elevation: +350m -250m / 7,5 km
Around 4:30 hour walk / Elevation: +300 m - 900 m / 12.5 km

End point in Seis / Siusi.

The program was established according to the latest known elements when it was written; imponderables can occur and situations beyond our control can change the program.

Personalised tour available, contact us...

The trip

LEVEL ***

Elevation: +/- 750m average per day.
Walking time: 4.30 to 7 hours average per day, with possible extensions.
Type of trek: mountain route on marked trails with no technical difficulties. Wired ramps secure steep or exposed passages 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 dormitory in refuge
Carry your own sleeping sheet and pillowcase.

COMFORT: 
Comfort supplement possible, subject to availability: up to 5 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.
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.

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.

SUSTAINABLE TOURISME

We have made this tour with the first night without luggage. Therefore, it requires to take with you a toiletries as well as night clothes (1 to 2kg max). We made this choice to privilege the coherence of the route but also to limit the cost of the stay as well as the carbon impact. Do not hesitate to tell us what you think about it !

MAPS

Carte Tabacco 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.)

Practical information

ACCESS TO DEPARTURE POINT

Departure point in Ortisei / St Ulrich, Val Gardena.

BY TRAIN (and bus)

Paris – Milano - Verone - Bolzano
Information SNCF : 3635 or oui.sncf
https://www.trenitalia.com

Regular buses between Bolzano / Ortisei / Siusi.
Bolzano >>Ortisei, Val gardena,  bus 350, departure every hour, 1 hour trip.
Siusi >> Bolzano, bus 170, departure every 1/2 hour, 1/2 hour trip.
Siusi >>Ortisei, Ortisei >>Siusi,  bus 4 departure every 1.15 hour, (from 8h10 / 8h45), 1/2 hour trip.
https://www.valgardena.it/en/bus-schedule/
http://www.sii.bz.it/en

BY CAR

Via Milano, Verona, Bolzano and Val Gardena / Gröden.
Free parking in Bolzano (in the industrial district) and in Seis / Siusi (Seiseralm gondola),
Long-term parking  in Bolzano : P2 parking, 52€ per week (need to ask the caretaker) and in Ortisei, Val Gardena : parking of Alpe di Siusi gondola, 6€ per day.

BY PLANE

Flights to Venice - Munich - Innsbruck or Milano

Bus or train transfer to Bolzano, then bus transfer to Val Gardena

End of the trek in Seis / Siusi.

ACCOMMODATION BEFORE AND AFTER THE TREK

Hotel Feichter, Bolzano:
https://www.hotelfeichter.it
Boutique Hotel Goldenstern, Bolzano
https://www.goldenstern.it

Tourism Office Val Gardena.
https://www.valgardena.it
Tourism Office Seiser Alm ( Alpe di Siusi)
https://www.seiseralm.it
https://www.seiser-alm.it/en/

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 the driver to refuges, which access is not always easy ! Luggages which are too big and too heavy won't 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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