VIA ALPINA part 1

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14 days 14 days
Guided / with a guide Guided / with a guide
With baggage transport With baggage transport
Accommodation Classic (dormitory)
Level *** Level ***
From 1990 € From 1990 €

From Slovenia to Austria

The Alpine Arc stretches from Trieste to Menton over 1,200km of mountains. Each country and massif offering a unique setting. This first section departs in the Slovenian Triglav, takes in the Italian Dolomites and finishes in the Austrian Tyrol.

It all starts with the Triglav, a limestone so white that it sparkles like ice in the sun! This is where the Soca river, the most beautiful river in the Alps nestles with its emerald waters. The towers and cliffs of the Dolomites in Italy follow, a massif unique to the Alps, with incredible citadels which we encounter on this renowned Alta Via part 1. This section ends in the mountains of the Austrian Tyrol with some days spent hiking on the legendary "Berliners' path" as close as possible to the Zillertal glaciers.

14 days of roaming in three character filled massifs, an alternation of mountain refuges and comfortable gîtes, possible summit ascents for the pleasure of the eyes and to challenge you physically and transfers which enable the opportunity to embrace the landscape… We have designed this first section of the Via Alpina from Ljubljana to Innsbruck to set the tone all the way to the south of France!

You will like

  • Crossing three colourful massifs 
  • The possible ascent of several peaks during the hike
  • Mountain refuges and comfortable gîtes in the valley
  • The first stage in traversing the Alpine Arc!

VIA ALPINA part 1

Next date Next departure 12/07/20

From 1990 €

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Dates & prices

Dates Status Prices
From 12/07/20
to 25/07/20
Guaranteed departure 1990 € Book online
From 09/08/20
to 22/08/20
Open departure 1990 € Book online
From 06/09/20
to 19/09/20
Open departure 1990 € Book online

THE PRICE

The price includes

  • Organisation and booking fees, guiding by a qualified and insured mountain leader;
  • All meals including picnic lunches and simple snacks during the day;
  • Accommodation in gîtes, refuges and small hotels, including the tourist tax;
  • Baggage transport between accommodation (except Days 5, 9, 10, 11 and 12)
  • Bus transfers.

The price does not include

  • Personal expenses (drinks, etc.); 
  • Touristic visits;
  • Airport taxes; 
  • Cancellation insurance; 
  • Your return journey from home to departure/end point.

The price is all inclusive from departure to end point.

Personalised tour available

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The route day to day...

Day 1

Meeting point at Ljubljana airport at 2:30pm, taxi transfer to departure point.

LJUBLJANA - UKANC
Nice climb to the Melkersch the last mountain pass of this section of Via Alpina, at an altitude of 2814m, passing via the lake of Schwarsenssee. It only remains now to descend into the small Gunggl valley, to the village of Glinzling. Here is where this adventure ends. Descend by small bus to Mayrhofen and return to civilisation. Night in a hotel or gîte.

Day 2

VOGEL - BOGATINOM
Climb via the cable car to Vogel then hike along a balcony trail to the foot of Mont Vogel. Traversing amongst the lapiaz to reach the high valley of Spodnjajakomna with a breathtaking view of the Triglave Alps. Arrive at Refuge Bogatinom. Night in a refuge.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +/-500m

Day 3

VALLEY OF THE 7 LAKES
Traverse the almost lunar like mineral plateau in the valley of the 7 lakes, the heart of the Triglav National Park just below the highest peak in Slovenia. Arrive at Refuge Dolicu. Night in a refuge.
7 hour walk / Elevation: +1000m -350m

Day 4

TRENTA - SOCCA
The impressive descent from above the valley leads to the small hamlet of Trenta for our overnight stay. Optional easier afternoon hike along the most beautiful river in Slovenia, the Socca, nicknamed the Emerald Beauty. This small river attracts photographers from around the world for its emerald green and ultramarine blue colours. Night in a gîte.                                                                                                                                                                               4 hour walk / Elevation: -1500m                                                                                                                                       2 hour walk along the Socca

Day 5

FRIULAN DOLOMITES 
2 hour 40mins transfer from Trenta to Forni di Sopra. Visit the village decorated with murals illustrating scenes from traditional life. Also an opportunity to do some shopping in this small touristic village. In the afternoon, departure for the Giaf Refuge at the foot of the Friulan Dolomites. Night in a refuge (*without baggage).
2 hour walk / Elevation: +480m

Day 6

SCODAVACA PASS
Climb to the most geometric mountain pass in the Dolomites. Descend to the Padova refuge, then to Lago di Cadorre. Transfer to the refuge (60mins). Night in a refuge.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +660 -1250m

Day 7

COL FISCALINO AND TRE CIME
The day begins gently along the river. The path becomes steeper to reach the foot of the Cima Una. From here we continue to hike into a mineral universe, very particular to the Dolomites. Cross the Fiscalino pass and to the pretty little mountain refuge of Cengia at 2528m, before starting the descent which leads us to the foot of the famous Tre Cime di Lavareddo. A spectacular day, surrounded by peaks and cliffs. Night in a refuge.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +1200m -350m

Day 8

FROM TRE CIME TO PRATO PIAZZA
After the north face of Tre Cime, descend into the Landro Valley. Followed by a fairly steep climb, with a 50m well secured cabled section which contours the Strudelkopf. Cross the Specie pass and descend to the plateau and immense pasture of Prato Piazza. Night in a refuge.
6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +800m -1100m

Day 9

SENNES PLATEAU AND CRODA DEL BECCO
Nice altitude traverse under the foothills of the Croda Rossa. The path then crosses a karst plateau to reach the Sora Forno pass just above the Biella refuge at the foot of the Croda del Becco. Descend to the refuge at 2327m. Night in a refuge (*without baggage).
5 hour walk / Elevation: +850m -200m

Option to hike to the summit of Croda del Becco (2810m)
+2.5 hour walk / Elevation: +/-420m

Day 10

BRAIES LAKE AND PFITSCHERJOCH
Descend to Lake Braies. The path crosses through a real alpine garden along the immense dolomitic scree. Transfer (2 hours) to the Pfitscher Valley on the Italian side of the Zillertal, here we can already see strong Austrian influenced architecture. The opportunity to reunite with your baggage and repack your overnight backpack. Departure for the Pfitscherjoch Refuge, sitting on a lakeside just before the border pass into Austria. Night in a refuge (*without baggage).
2.5 hour walk / Elevation: -800m                                                                                                                                         2.5 hour walk / Elevation: +840m to Pfitscherjoch Refuge

Day 11

ROTBACHLSPITZE AND THE BERLINERS' PATH
In the morning, possible ascent to the Rotbachlspitze summit at 2897m for a spectacular panoramic view of the neighbouring ice giants including Hochfeiler (3509m) and Olperer (3476m). Retrieve the bags from the refuge and descend from the Lanitz valley to the lake-dam which we follow for a few kilometres. Climb the vast glacial cirque of the Grober moseler (3480m) and the Hochfeiler (3509m) to reach the Furtshagl Refuge, on the altitude trail of the Berliners which we will follow for 3 days. Night in a refuge (*without baggage).
4 hour walk / Elevation: +450m -800m                                                                                                                                         3.5 hour walk / Elevation: +620m to the Rotbachlspitze summit

Day 12

SCHONBICHLER HORN AND BERLINER HUTTE
Early departure for the (optional) ascent of the Schonbichler Horn (3134m) the highest point along this altitude trail. A fairly technical ascent with cabled sections on the final ridge as well as at the start of the descent. Join the valley and then the Berlinerhutte. Depending on availability, the night is planned in this superb refuge, built in 1879 and classified as a historic monument! Night in a refuge (*without baggage).
6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +840m -1010m

Day 13

MAYRHOFEN
Nice climb to the Melkersch the last mountain pass of this section of Via Alpina, at an altitude of 2814m, passing via the lake of Schwarsenssee. It only remains now to descend into the small Gunggl valley, to the village of Glinzling. Here is where this adventure ends. Descend by small bus to Mayrhofen and return to civilisation. Night in a hotel or gîte. Dinner in a restaurant of your choice (*not included).
7 hour walk / Elevation: +770m -1800m

Day 14

INNSBRUCK                                                                                                                                                               Depart in the morning to Innsbruck airport (60 mins transfer).

End point around 11:00am at Innsbruck train station or airport.

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.

The trip

LEVEL ***

Elevation: +/- 800m approximately per day.
Walking time: 6 to 7 hours per day.
Type of trek: this tour is a mountain route on marked trails with rough stony sections and some sections well equipped with cables. Good physical preparation before departure is essential.

GUIDING

Number in a group between 6 and 14 people supervised by a qualified professional mountain leader.

ACCOMMODATION

6 nights in gites and refuges with baggage                                                                                                7 nights in refuges without baggage shared                                                                        Accommodation in either dormitories or shared rooms of 2-4 people
All accommodation offer hot showers

MEALS

Breakfast and dinner are provided in each accommodation.
Picnics are included and are carefully prepared daily by your mountain leader, comprising a variety of healthy salads and local products.

YOUR BACKPACK FOR THE NIGHT WITHOUT YOUR BAGGAGE

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 and quick dry towel.
- sleeping bag liner sheet                                                                                                                       - 1 pair of socks and underwear to alternate wash and drying each day.
- change of clothes (bare necessities!) eg.long sleeve t-shirt and leggings for the evening which can double as pyjamas or clean tshirt in evening can be worn the next day to hike etc.

Practical information

ACCESS TO DEPARTURE POINT

Meeting point at Ljubljana airport at 2:30pm, taxi transfer to departure point.

BY PLANE                                                                                                                                               Inbound: Paris - Ljubljana
www.airfrance.fr                                                                                                                                   Return: Innsbruck - Paris                                                                                                          www.austrian.com www.lufthansa.com with flight change in Frankfurt

BY TRAIN                                                                                                                                          Innsbruck - Zurich - Paris                                                                                                      www.oui.sncf 

End point around 11:00am at Innsbruck train station or airport.

 

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

If you are late please contact the agency as soon as possible +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 40 to 50 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 Days 5, 9, 10, 11 and 12) 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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