Trekking in the Dolomites
Day 1 Calalzo
Today is an arrival day. Please plan your journey to arrive in time for the welcome meeting at 5:30pm. Please see the joining instructions for more information on how to get there. Tonight you will pack your hiking backpack with everything you will need for the next eight days trekking. Your large luggage will be transfered to our Bolzano Hotel, and securely stored, ready for you to collect on your arrival on Day 9. You will pack everything you need for a week of trekking into a purpose built trekking pack/ruck sack. We recommend maximum of 40 litre capacity for your comfort. Please note, there are no support vehicles- you carry your own kit for the duration of the hike.
Day 2 Cortina (1B,1D)
We take the public bus to Cortina (approx. 1 hour), where we will start our first hike. Before we set off for our hike, we have time to stock up on any gear we might have missed and make sure we are prepared for the hike. We start our walk to the West of Cortina, walking up through coniferous forests and into mountains with magnificent views across the valley to the town and Monte Cristallo behind. If we are lucky we will catch a glimpse of the Alpine Marmot, as they are numerous in this area. Listen out for their distinctive whistling. Total distance: Approx 15km (10 miles) Height Gain: Approx 800-1000m (2600-3300ft) Hiking Time: Approx 5-6 hours
Day 3 Col de Lana (1B,1D)
A longer hike today, though with the same amount of ascent, as we cross high ground from the Cortina valleys to the Col di Lana area. As well as the magnificent views in all directions, today we will see more evidence of the trenches dug into the mountains in World War I. There are many stirring stories of bravery and tragedy from that era. Total distance: Approx 15-22 km (9-13 miles) Height Gain: Approx 800-1000m (2600-3300ft) Hiking Time: Approx 7-8 hours
Day 4 Col de Lana/Passo di Fedaia (1B,1D)
Crossing green Alpine meadows and descending through larch forests, we are in Ladin country today. The ancient Ladin language and culture can be seen as we walk – as well, of course, as the magnificent views! From our high points today you can see westwards to the magnificent Sella massif, while ahead is Monte Civetta. Total distance: Approx 15-22 km (9-13 miles) Height Gain: Approx 800-1000m (2600-3300ft) Hiking Time: Approx 7-8 hours
Day 5 Via del Pan/Canazei (1B)
Today we ascend to the legendary Via Del Pan and walk westwards. We traverse steep south-facing slopes in the direction of Canazei. There are stunning views south to the Marmolada, the highest peak in the Dolomites, and its hanging glacier. Here too was a theatre of war a century ago, and incredibly battles were fought from the icy summits themselves! Total distance: Approx 15-22 km (9-13 miles) Height Gain: Approx 800-1200m (2600-3900ft) Hiking Time: Approx 7-8 hours
Day 6 Canazei (1B)
From our accommodation just outside Canazei, several options are available. There is a wellness centre and a skating rink in Canazei, and (seasonally variable) adventure activities such as mountain bike hire, climbing and via ferrata excursions may be available. Or just relax and soak in the views as you sample the hearty mountain fare – local delicacies include canaderli (tasty dumplings), venison, locally gathered mushrooms, and of course the potent fruit grappa.
Day 7 Sasso Lungo massif/Val Gardena (1B,1D)
We start our day by rounding the impressive Sasso Lungo rock massif, which dominates the skyline to our right. The Val di Fassa drops away to the south, with stunning views across to the Fassa Dolomites. Then we descend through green meadows to the head of Val Gardena, enjoying our first views of the north-western Dolomites mountains. Total distance: Approx 15-22 km (9-13 miles) Height Gain: Approx 800-1000m (2600-3300ft) Hiking Time: Approx 7-8 hours
Day 8 Val Gardena (1B,1D)
We are in Ladin territory again as we ascend the slopes at the head of Val Gardena, a name familiar to anyone who is a keen ski-er. This is the home of the legendary Sella Ronda ski circuit, which, of course, doubles as fantastic summer walking trails. Total distance: Approx 15-22 km (9-13 miles) Height Gain: Approx 800-1000m (2600-3300ft) Hiking Time: Approx 7-8 hours
Day 9 Bolzano (1B)
A shorter walk today brings us down to the valley, where after a well-earned coffee break we can catch the local bus to Bolzano, arriving early-mid afternoon. Bolzano is a beautiful typical Tyrolean small city, with traditional buildings and a multi-lingual heritage which shows itself in the cuisine. Why not round off your Dolomites adventure with a stein of beer or an apple strudel?
Day 10 Bolzano (1B)
Departure day - free to leave at any time.