Lake Lagazuoi on the Dolomites Alta Via
Lake Lagazuoi on the Dolomites Alta Via

Dolomites: Alta Via 1

Level
4
Distance
74 km
Duration
8 days | 7 nights
period
Jun Jul Aug Sep
price from
€ 1.544
CO2 footprint
75 Kg/person
  1. Italy
  2.  | 
  3. Self-Guided
  4.  | 
  5. Tourcode ITSW420

A walk in the magical atmosphere of the Dolomites, a land of wild open spaces, green meadows and jagged peaks standing out against the deep blue sky: from the beginning to the end you walk surrounded by glaciers, ridges and massifs, enjoying spellbinding views that make every walk unforgettable.
Some walks involve steeper ascents, but there is often the possibility to make the day’s walk shorter or easier: in any case, the views along the way and the comfortable shelters at the end of the day are always worth the effort.

Highlights

  • Ever changing, always amazing sceneries of the Dolomites
  • Warm, comfortable family-run accommodation
  • Rich flora and fauna
  • Friendly locals with a unique cultural heritage
  • Superb culinary, including delicious cheeses, carne salada, polenta, mushrooms, speck and outstanding wines

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Dobbiaco

Arrive in Dobbiaco

Arrive with public transport or private transfer to Dobbiaco, check-in at the accommodation and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the Dolomites.
Take a stroll through the small streets of this charming village, wonderfully located on a plateau surrounded with meadows and pastures and dominated by some of the most beautiful and imposing peaks of the Dolomites

Day 2

Bus to Lake Braies and walk to Sennes plateaux, 9 km

Bus to Lake Braies and walk to Sennes plateaux, 9 km

Your first day of walk is challenging but extremely rewarding: along the way incredible views like the romantic Braies Lake and the Rifugio Biella, at the feet of the imposing Croda del Becco mountain. Your accommodation for tonight is Fodara Vedla, a mountain shelter immersed in a peaceful scenery of meadows and huts, with the peaks of Croda Rossa d’Ampezzo, Crystal and Fanes mountains as a background. 

Distance: 9 km

Elevation gain: +979/-342 m

Day 3

From Sennes to Fanes plateaux, 10 km

From Sennes to Fanes plateaux, 10 km

Today’s itinerary runs through a suggestive, almost lunar landscape: one of the highlights along the way is the Lake Piciodel, with its typical green color. After a long descent to the Pederu hut you start your final ascent to the Fanes plateau: here you will sleep in a mountain hut surrounded by trees and rugged peaks, in the heart of Fanes, Sennes & Braies National Park.  

Distance: 10 km

Elevation gain: +592/-664 m

Day 4

From Fanes to Rifugio Lagazuoi or Rifugio Valparola, 12 km

From Fanes to Rifugio Lagazuoi or Rifugio Valparola, 12 km

This day is full of highlights: Starting from your hut in Fanes, you walk to the Limo Pass and to the nearby Limo Lake. You continue to the beautiful Lagazuoi Alp, with the small but enchanting Lake Lagazuoi, a bright blue spot surrounded by ragged peaks: this area is famous for its underground tunnels and trenches built during WWI. 

Distance: 12 km

Elevation gain: +846/-375 m

Day 5

From Rifugio Lagazuoi to Rifugio Fedare, 9 km

From Rifugio Lagazuoi to Rifugio Fedare, 9 km

From your hut you descend to Falzarego Pass before starting climbing towards the top of Mount Averau. Today’s walk is challenging, but the beautiful scenery is definitely worth your efforts: the Rifugio Nuvolau, that you meet along your walk, is said to offer some of the most beautiful views in the Dolomites area

Distance: 9 km

Elevation gain: +666/-510 m

Day 6

From Passo Giau to Passo Staulanza, 13 km

From Passo Giau to Passo Staulanza, 13 km

Today a short transfer will lead you to the top of Passo Giau. You walk across the beautiful and wild Val Cernera: the views are incredible, from jagged peaks to peaceful meadows. Along the walk, you can reach with a short detour the Mesolithic site of Mondeval, where in 1985 a well-preserved skeleton of a hunter of Mesolithic age was found.
From Monte Pelmo, you will descend to Passo Staulanza for your overnight.

Distance: 13 km

Elevation gain: +573/-1038 m

Day 7

From Passo Staulanza to Rifugio Tissi, 11 km

From Passo Staulanza to Rifugio Tissi, 11 km

This morning you are taken to Alleghe, from where the cable car takes you to Col de Baldi. From here, you walk on a nice path until the Coldai Refuge – where you can stop for a deserved break until proceeding to the beautiful mountain lake Coldai. Today’s destination is Rifugio Tissi, located in a panoramic position at 2262 metres. If you have some energy left, don’t miss a walk to the nearby peak of the Col Rean, with great views on the valley of Alleghe and the rugged peaks all around. 

Distance: 11 km

Elevation gain: +1060/-572 m

Day 8

Arrivederci Alta Via, 10 km

Arrivederci Alta Via, 10 km

In your last day of the tour you gradually descend through the high Val Civetta and Sella di Pelsa along flower fields, mountain paths and Alpine huts where you can have a nice break in the Alpine garden overlooking the beautiful Valle Corpassa. From here you descend to the Rifugio Capanna Trieste, where a transfer takes you to Agordo. Your arrangement ends here, unless you have booked a transfer or an extra night with us. 

Distance: 10 km

Elevation gain: +94/-1327 m

Details

Is this for me?


A perfect journey for those who love the mountains, have experience traveling between mountain huts, and are accustomed to walking at high altitudes for several consecutive days.

Although some days offer the option of shorter routes, clearly outlined in the documentation, this trip still requires a good level of fitness since you'll be walking from hut to hut every day. There won't be extended stays in one place, which is possible in other trips with more nights spent at the same location.

As the journey takes place along mountain trails, it is not recommended for individuals who experience vertigo or lack full stability while walking.

Included


What is included

  • 6 Nights in mountains huts in dormitory (possibility of shared bathroom) and 1 night in a hotel room with breakfast 
  • 6 dinners (all days except day 1)
  • 1 packed lunch
  • transfers (Rifugio Fedare-Passo Giau and Rifugio Capanna Trieste-Agordo)
  • maps and detailed description of the itinerary in digital form, app
  • Medical and luggage travel insurance
  • 24h phone assistance

What is not included 

  • Transfers to the starting location and from the arriving location of the tour
  • luggage transfer
  • lunches and dinners, if not otherwise stated
  • visits and entrance fees - tips
  • personal expense
  • possible sojourn taxes
  • everything that is not mentioned in the "What is included" section.

Optional Services

These services can be added to the ones included in the base price of the tour:

  • cancellation insurance
  • Transfers to reach the starting location or to leave the arriving location of the tour, which will be quoted on request.
  • travel documentation in printed form (maps and detailed description of the itinerary), shipped to the first hotel

Accommodation


Hotel Rosengarten

At the hotel Rosengarten no day will be the like the other. The owner Alexander Strobl and his team will do everything to make you spend an unforgettable and enjoyable holiday. Enjoy the excellent service and feel just like at home. The romantic rooms are the perfect retreat for a romantic getaway. They feature cosy furniture and a four-poster bed. Lovers of the real South Tyrolean tradition can enjoy the typically wooden furnished Tyrolean rooms.

Rifugio Fodara Vedla

There are these moments in life when we search for an untouched and unspoiled place, far away from everyday life and stress. For us, this place is the enchanting mountain world of the Dolomites, where the mighty peaks, the lush green alpine pastures, and the rich fauna and flora fascinate hikers from all over the world. And with good reason, since the Dolomites are among the most beautiful mountains in South Tyrol and the world.

 
Ücia dles Muntagnoles

Welcomene to the magical world of the legends of the Kingdom of Fanes. We are located in the heard of the Natural Park of Fanes - Senes - Braies, at 2,022 m, surroundet by the Dolomites, UNESCO World Heritage Site. We offer our guests a traditional family atmosphere where you can experience the glory of the high mountains bask in its slow pace, rediscover essential values and live in hamony with nature and its colors, enjoing the gifts and emotins this brings.

Rifugio Lagazuoi

The Lagazuoi hut is an alpine hut located on the Lagazuoi massif, in the Eastern Dolomites of Badia, at an altitude of 2,752 m above sea level. It is located at the top of the Piccolo Lagazuoi, in a very panoramic position overlooking numerous Dolomite peaks, including Cunturines, Cime di Fanes, Tofane, Odle and Marmolada.

Rifugio Fedare

The mountain hut Rifugio Fedare is open all year round and is thus ideal for people going up to the Giau pass seeking mountain experiences through all the seasons of the year. The immense north wall of the Civetta dominates the view from its terrace suspended over the valley of the Codalonga River. Next to the refuge starts the Giau Fedare chairlift giving access to the 5 Torri, Mt. Lagazuoi, the Badia Valley and the complete ski carousel Dolomiti Superski. Furthermore, the Rifugio is situated on the skiing circuit Super8 Ski Tour. This Ski Tour is extremely panoramic. It winds around the mountains in an 8-shape along, easy slopes and has several entrances: the chairlifts of Bai de Dones and Giau pass, the Falzarego pass or Armentarola.

Rifugio Staulanza

Located on the top of Staulanza mountain Pass and reachable by car with a comfortable paved road, the Rifugio is a stopping point for hikers on the Alta Via delle Dolomiti N. 1. Rifugio Passo Staulanza is located at 1.783 mt., in a privileged position surrounded by the magnificent mountains of the Dolomites. Equipped with 13 rooms with services, a large dormitory for groups and an excellent restaurant specializing in traditional cuisine.

Rifugio Attilio Tissi

Placed on the summit of Col Reàn, at 2250 m above sea level, the alpine hut is located in a panoramic position on the north-west face of Civetta mount, also known as the wall of the walls. Inaugurated in 1963, this CAI-Belluno Section's structure is one of the main legs of the Munich-Venice and is located on the Alta Via n. 1 of Dolomites. From the top of Col Reàn, a few meters higher, you can enjoy a wonderful view of Alleghe lake and most of the main mountain groups of Dolomites

When to travel


In Dolomiti you will experience the typical mountain weather. In June you will still find patches of snow here and there. Like in all mountainous areas, the weather can be unpredictable and can change quickly so always check the weather forecast before setting and always take with you a rain jacket, warm hat and gloves.

What to bring


Clothing and other items
You will need your regular walking/cycling gear, including some sort of reflective garment. For the evenings, smart outdoor style trousers (or shorts) are invaluable, as are quick-dry t-shirts. These can be washed easily and will dry overnight and still look good for sightseeing or having a drink in town.

Take as little as possible to avoid potentially lugging a heavy suitcase up three flights of stairs at the end of the day. Please be aware that laundromats (“Laverie”) are not common in rural areas, so plan to do handwashing of small items.

Lightweight walking shoes/ trainers
For wearing around towns & villages. They can also be a back-up pair.

Socks & underwear
Take only good quality socks with quick-dry and insulating qualities. Road test them before you go on the trip. Take a suitable quantity of underwear as washing facilities are limited.

Warm jacket, hat, gloves
Bring a fleece, Polartec or warm layers for the evenings especially in spring or autumn; be sure it is totally suitable for your needs.
A fleece jacket which blocks the wind (Wind-stopper) is the most preferable. In the summer months a lightweight jacket is suitable for evenings.
If you are cycling/walking in mountainous or coastal areas, even in the height of summer, the weather can change very quickly and unexpectedly and you should be prepared for fog, mist, rain, snow or hail at any time. Always take an extra layer with you, as well as a warm hat and gloves.

Waterproof jacket & trousers
If you are caught in heavy rain, with good waterproof clothing you should remain dry. Remember that most garments will lose their properties over time. Few will remain waterproof for more than five years and many deteriorate in three years or less. We recommend a rain jacket with a good hood and collar and waterproof or thermal walking/cycling trousers or tights.

Dress code
In general, you should wear suitable clothing when entering a church (in many places, it is considered unacceptable to go inside wearing shorts or a tank-top). We suggest that women carry a shawl to cover up bear shoulders or low-cut tops. It also comes in handy when your shoulders get sunburned!

It is considered inappropriate for men to go without a shirt / T-shirt (other than at the beach).

Trekking poles (adjustable)
Highly recommended. A pair works best, depending on what you are comfortable with. If you suffer from back or knee pain this should be considered essential. Remember to practise walking with your pole(s) on different types of terrain in the months preceding your trip.

Walking boots
The importance of good footwear cannot be stressed enough. Your boots should be sturdy and of good enough quality to handle all types of terrain. Lightweight boots, (cordura/leather boots) which have Gore-Tex or sympatex water-proofing are most suitable for this trip. They should provide good ankle protection and be well broken in. Waxing leather boots regularly prolongs their life.

Walking tops & trousers
We recommend walking trousers and shorts and quick-dry wicking t-shirts. These can be washed easily and will dry overnight and still look good for sightseeing or having a drink in town. Wicking T-shirts are fast drying, keep moisture away from your skin and are available at outdoor stores. You should also bring one pair of loose-fitting trousers to wear in cities and for evenings out, etc. Shorts or zip-off trousers are useful in warmer weather.

Practical info

How to arrive


From any airport, reach the main train stations and take the train to Dobbiaco (Tobalch) or Villabassa Braies (Niederdorf Prags), with change in Fortezza (Franzensfeste)

Train/bus schedules available on:

Mobile App


Use the SloWays APP for iOS and Android smart phones in combination with the written documentation provided.

The App has the detailed tracks and maps that you can use offline and without roaming. Thanks to the phone’s internal GPS, you can check your exact position on the map, so you always know exactly where you are. It also helps you self-navigate you way while travelling. More information on how to use the App inside the roadbook documents.

The navigation features include:

  • Offline navigation. Mobile data not required after initial download
  • Accurate GPS tracks
  • Autorotation of the maps
  • Daily route summary and elevation chart
  • Panorama of the track and at street level
  • Alarm and vibration that alerts you in case you go off track.
  • Emergency SMS button with position coordinates
  • Possibility to record and take georeferenced photos of problems on route alerting fellow travelers
  • Hotel information
  • Points of interest along the way
  • Historical background

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