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Highroad: Alta Via N.1

Truly a hiker's paradise, thousands of trails wind their way between the fantastic pinnacles of the jagged Dolomite Mountains, meet the Alta Via.

The Alta Via N.1 is a fantastic trek, highlighted by breathtaking views, rustic and lively mountain refuges, a sense of excitement of what lies around the next bend or the next pass, and the satisfaction of traveling by foot through this beautiful and remote area. This linear trip, traveling north to south through the Italian Alps, begins in the Italian Südtirol, and heads south through different mountain groups. This astoundingly rewarding trek visits the Fanes area, Lagazuoi and many other Cortina mountains, Pelmo, Civetta, Moiazza and the Dolomiti Bellunesi.

The unusual contrasts in landscapes, changing colors and textures of the mountains and curious mix of Italian and Austrian influences means fantastic hiking, stunning scenery, and plenty of pasta!

This journey is available as a 6, 7, or 10-day trip

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Dolomites
2 to 8 people
6-10 Days
Price by request

Truly a hiker's paradise, thousands of trails wind their way between the fantastic pinnacles of the jagged Dolomite Mountains, meet the Alta Via.

The Alta Via N.1 is a fantastic trek, highlighted by breathtaking views, rustic and lively mountain refuges, a sense of excitement of what lies around the next bend or the next pass, and the satisfaction of traveling by foot through this beautiful and remote area. This linear trip, traveling north to south through the Italian Alps, begins in the Italian Südtirol, and heads south through different mountain groups. This astoundingly rewarding trek visits the Fanes area, Lagazuoi and many other Cortina mountains, Pelmo, Civetta, Moiazza and the Dolomiti Bellunesi.

The unusual contrasts in landscapes, changing colors and textures of the mountains and curious mix of Italian and Austrian influences means fantastic hiking, stunning scenery, and plenty of pasta!

This journey is available as a 6, 7, or 10-day trip

This story can be aranged as a standalone experience or we can organize it as part of a longer customized itinerary our team would craft for you. Once selected, the concierge team will work with you to discuss and plan a suitable program as per your requirements

Participants

Group size: 2 to 8 people Family Friendly: Families are welcome, but due to the strenuous nature of the trek, the trip is not suitable for very young children. Ages 14 and up recommended with hiking experience

Timing & Duration

Duration: 6-10 Days

Practical

Etiquette: Please leave nothing but your footsteps in this beautiful natural area What to wear: Weather can be extremely variable and you should prepare for cold and wet extremes as well as dry and hot periods. Ideally you should bring a variety of thin, waterproof and windproof layers and at least one heavier jacket. A hat and UV-filtering sunglasses are also recommended What to bring: Don't forget your camera and spare batteries, plugs may not be available. A quality walking stick, head mounted LED light and a versatile backpack are useful

Availability

Frequency: Can be operated throughout the year, except winter months. Spring and summer are ideal Lead time: 4 weeks

Small Print

Cancellation: Cancellation conditions may vary depending on the season and availability, please contact us for details Modifications: Modifications are possible subject to case by case review and approval, and cannot be guaranteed. Surcharges may apply No Show: No refund
Cortina d’Ampezzo is a charming alpine resort town surrounded by stunning peaks. This chic Venetian town also caters to the high society crowd, offering many year-round social activities, shopping, and fine dining. ake a private 50 minutes transfer to a beautiful alpine lake, Lago di Braies, set amidst forest and soaring Dolomite peaks. 

Begin hiking from Braies Lake, a thrilling opening to Alta Via N.1. It entails a straightforward steady climb to a high altitude plateau with wide reaching vistas. Start with a 800m / 2,625' climb on a well-trodden path following a scree river colonized by dwarf mountain pines. Marvelous views open over Val Foresta and its peaks. Shortly, an impossible steep barrier is surmounted on a straightforward zigzag route aided by fixed chains, only really necessary on wet or icy conditions.

Enter the Natural Park of Dolomiti d’Ampezzo: the panorama is vast and breathtaking. Reach your home for tonight. There is an optional additional hike to the top of the Col di Lasta (2,997m / 7,536'). (~5 hours hiking, 13.3km / 8.3 miles, 1,179m / 3,871' ascent, 718m / 2,358' descent. Additional hike option 2km / 1.2 miles, 210m / 689' ascent, 33m / 108' descent one way.)
Day 1 Cortina d'Ampezzo
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Cortina d’Ampezzo is a charming alpine resort town surrounded by stunning peaks. This chic Venetian town also caters to the high society crowd, offering many year-round social activities, shopping, and fine dining. ake a private 50 minutes transfer to a beautiful alpine lake, Lago di Braies, set amidst forest and soaring Dolomite peaks. Begin hiking from Braies Lake, a thrilling opening to Alta Via N.1. It entails a straightforward steady climb to a high altitude plateau with wide reaching vistas. Start with a 800m / 2,625' climb on a well-trodden path following a scree river colonized by dwarf mountain pines. Marvelous views open over Val Foresta and its peaks. Shortly, an impossible steep barrier is surmounted on a straightforward zigzag route aided by fixed chains, only really necessary on wet or icy conditions. Enter the Natural Park of Dolomiti d’Ampezzo: the panorama is vast and breathtaking. Reach your home for tonight. There is an optional additional hike to the top of the Col di Lasta (2,997m / 7,536'). (~5 hours hiking, 13.3km / 8.3 miles, 1,179m / 3,871' ascent, 718m / 2,358' descent. Additional hike option 2km / 1.2 miles, 210m / 689' ascent, 33m / 108' descent one way.)
Recommended Stay Rifugio (Mountain Inn)
Cortina d’Ampezzo is a charming alpine resort town surrounded by stunning peaks. This chic Venetian town also caters to the high society crowd, offering many year-round social activities, shopping, and fine dining. ake a private 50 minutes transfer to a beautiful alpine lake, Lago di Braies, set amidst forest and soaring Dolomite peaks. Begin hiking from Braies Lake, a thrilling opening to Alta Via N.1. It entails a straightforward steady climb to a high altitude plateau with wide reaching vistas. Start with a 800m / 2,625' climb on a well-trodden path following a scree river colonized by dwarf mountain pines. Marvelous views open over Val Foresta and its peaks. Shortly, an impossible steep barrier is surmounted on a straightforward zigzag route aided by fixed chains, only really necessary on wet or icy conditions. Enter the Natural Park of Dolomiti d’Ampezzo: the panorama is vast and breathtaking. Reach your home for tonight. There is an optional additional hike to the top of the Col di Lasta (2,997m / 7,536'). (~5 hours hiking, 13.3km / 8.3 miles, 1,179m / 3,871' ascent, 718m / 2,358' descent. Additional hike option 2km / 1.2 miles, 210m / 689' ascent, 33m / 108' descent one way.)
Departing your rifugio this morning, you’ll hike downhill towards Rifugio Pederù (1,548m / 5,079'). The trail travels on a steep dirt road for 40 minutes (the last part of the road approaching the rifugio is a 20% slope). From Rifugio Pederù, hike uphill in the direction of Lago di Limo. When you reach Lake Lé Piciodel you’ll hike through a charming landscape studded with little lakes and rounded mountain-tops along the Ru d’Al Plan River. At the fork, continue toward your rifugio for tonight. Located just beneath the Limo Pass, you’ll have a splendid view of the Tofane Mountains. (~4 hours hiking 7.4km / 4.6 miles, 700m / 2,298' ascent, 599m / 1,966' descent.)
Day 2 Altopiano di Fanes
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Departing your rifugio this morning, you’ll hike downhill towards Rifugio Pederù (1,548m / 5,079'). The trail travels on a steep dirt road for 40 minutes (the last part of the road approaching the rifugio is a 20% slope). From Rifugio Pederù, hike uphill in the direction of Lago di Limo. When you reach Lake Lé Piciodel you’ll hike through a charming landscape studded with little lakes and rounded mountain-tops along the Ru d’Al Plan River. At the fork, continue toward your rifugio for tonight. Located just beneath the Limo Pass, you’ll have a splendid view of the Tofane Mountains. (~4 hours hiking 7.4km / 4.6 miles, 700m / 2,298' ascent, 599m / 1,966' descent.)
Recommended Stay Rifugio (Mountain Inn)
Departing your rifugio this morning, you’ll hike downhill towards Rifugio Pederù (1,548m / 5,079'). The trail travels on a steep dirt road for 40 minutes (the last part of the road approaching the rifugio is a 20% slope). From Rifugio Pederù, hike uphill in the direction of Lago di Limo. When you reach Lake Lé Piciodel you’ll hike through a charming landscape studded with little lakes and rounded mountain-tops along the Ru d’Al Plan River. At the fork, continue toward your rifugio for tonight. Located just beneath the Limo Pass, you’ll have a splendid view of the Tofane Mountains. (~4 hours hiking 7.4km / 4.6 miles, 700m / 2,298' ascent, 599m / 1,966' descent.)
Today is a lovely hike through the Altopiano di Fanes to the Lagazuoi Massif. You'll enjoy beautiful panoramas of the Western Dolomites and the Marmolada Massif, the "Queen of the Dolomites.” From your rifugio, Alta Via N.1 continues through the beautiful high meadow and karst formations, climbing to the Forcella del Lago, a narrow and dramatic gap in the mountain with a trail descent through steep talus on the south side. At the base of the slope is the lake called Lago di Lagazuoi whose green waters are framed by pines with a backdrop of the sheer walls of the Cima del Lago and the Cima Scotoni. 

From the lake, the path begins the long, steady climb to your rifugio.  Entering open, rocky terrain, you'll come across ruins from the First World War,  en route to your rifugio, one of the highest in all the Dolomites (2,752m / 9,029'), with incredible 360-degree vistas. Your main luggage will stay in Cortina; your duffel bag with your clothes and belongings will be taken to tonight’s rifugio. (~6 hours hiking 11.5km / 7.2 miles, 1,121m / 3,679' ascent, 515m / 1,690' descent.)
Day 3 Cime di Fanis & Lagazuoi Massif
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Today is a lovely hike through the Altopiano di Fanes to the Lagazuoi Massif. You'll enjoy beautiful panoramas of the Western Dolomites and the Marmolada Massif, the "Queen of the Dolomites.” From your rifugio, Alta Via N.1 continues through the beautiful high meadow and karst formations, climbing to the Forcella del Lago, a narrow and dramatic gap in the mountain with a trail descent through steep talus on the south side. At the base of the slope is the lake called Lago di Lagazuoi whose green waters are framed by pines with a backdrop of the sheer walls of the Cima del Lago and the Cima Scotoni. From the lake, the path begins the long, steady climb to your rifugio. Entering open, rocky terrain, you'll come across ruins from the First World War, en route to your rifugio, one of the highest in all the Dolomites (2,752m / 9,029'), with incredible 360-degree vistas. Your main luggage will stay in Cortina; your duffel bag with your clothes and belongings will be taken to tonight’s rifugio. (~6 hours hiking 11.5km / 7.2 miles, 1,121m / 3,679' ascent, 515m / 1,690' descent.)
Recommended Stay Rifugio (Mountain Inn)
Today is a lovely hike through the Altopiano di Fanes to the Lagazuoi Massif. You'll enjoy beautiful panoramas of the Western Dolomites and the Marmolada Massif, the "Queen of the Dolomites.” From your rifugio, Alta Via N.1 continues through the beautiful high meadow and karst formations, climbing to the Forcella del Lago, a narrow and dramatic gap in the mountain with a trail descent through steep talus on the south side. At the base of the slope is the lake called Lago di Lagazuoi whose green waters are framed by pines with a backdrop of the sheer walls of the Cima del Lago and the Cima Scotoni. From the lake, the path begins the long, steady climb to your rifugio. Entering open, rocky terrain, you'll come across ruins from the First World War, en route to your rifugio, one of the highest in all the Dolomites (2,752m / 9,029'), with incredible 360-degree vistas. Your main luggage will stay in Cortina; your duffel bag with your clothes and belongings will be taken to tonight’s rifugio. (~6 hours hiking 11.5km / 7.2 miles, 1,121m / 3,679' ascent, 515m / 1,690' descent.)
This stage is of great interest for both the spectacular mountains around and the abundance of reminders of the terrible years of WWI, due to the vicinity of the former border between the long-dismantled Hapsburg Empire and Italy. Hike a memorable traverse below the awesome Tofana di Rozes, ascending Forcella Lagazuoi (2,573m / 8,442'), Forcella Travenanzes (2,507m / 8,225') and Forcella Col dei Bos (2,331m / 7,648') and gradually descend along the line of trenches. Reach the main road that goes from Cortina to Passo Falzarego, cross it and climb through forests to the fascinating, renowned Cinque Torri area and its rifugios. From here the incredible vistas around, including the Pale di San Martino, Civetta, Monti del Sole and the Marmolada with its shrinking glacier. Take some time to relax, and in the afternoon descend to the south to Passo Giau and rand your rifugio for the night (2,236m / 7,336'). (~6-7 hours hiking 17.7km / 10.9 miles, 1,103m / 3,621' ascent, 1,541m / 5,058' descent, option for a shorter hike, using the Lagazuoi cable car, not included.)
Day 4 Cinque Torri
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This stage is of great interest for both the spectacular mountains around and the abundance of reminders of the terrible years of WWI, due to the vicinity of the former border between the long-dismantled Hapsburg Empire and Italy. Hike a memorable traverse below the awesome Tofana di Rozes, ascending Forcella Lagazuoi (2,573m / 8,442'), Forcella Travenanzes (2,507m / 8,225') and Forcella Col dei Bos (2,331m / 7,648') and gradually descend along the line of trenches. Reach the main road that goes from Cortina to Passo Falzarego, cross it and climb through forests to the fascinating, renowned Cinque Torri area and its rifugios. From here the incredible vistas around, including the Pale di San Martino, Civetta, Monti del Sole and the Marmolada with its shrinking glacier. Take some time to relax, and in the afternoon descend to the south to Passo Giau and rand your rifugio for the night (2,236m / 7,336'). (~6-7 hours hiking 17.7km / 10.9 miles, 1,103m / 3,621' ascent, 1,541m / 5,058' descent, option for a shorter hike, using the Lagazuoi cable car, not included.)
Recommended Stay Rifugio (Mountain Inn)
This stage is of great interest for both the spectacular mountains around and the abundance of reminders of the terrible years of WWI, due to the vicinity of the former border between the long-dismantled Hapsburg Empire and Italy. Hike a memorable traverse below the awesome Tofana di Rozes, ascending Forcella Lagazuoi (2,573m / 8,442'), Forcella Travenanzes (2,507m / 8,225') and Forcella Col dei Bos (2,331m / 7,648') and gradually descend along the line of trenches. Reach the main road that goes from Cortina to Passo Falzarego, cross it and climb through forests to the fascinating, renowned Cinque Torri area and its rifugios. From here the incredible vistas around, including the Pale di San Martino, Civetta, Monti del Sole and the Marmolada with its shrinking glacier. Take some time to relax, and in the afternoon descend to the south to Passo Giau and rand your rifugio for the night (2,236m / 7,336'). (~6-7 hours hiking 17.7km / 10.9 miles, 1,103m / 3,621' ascent, 1,541m / 5,058' descent, option for a shorter hike, using the Lagazuoi cable car, not included.)
After breakfast, from your rifugio, pass a chapel, and begin to hike uphill to the rear of grassy Col Piombin, that takes its name from a past mining activity. The trail leads over the Forcella Giau (2,360m / 7,742’) with plenty of ups and downs; here the views of the Tofana and Monte Cavallo are inspiring, not to mention the mountains on display to the south: Monte Fromin, Cernera, Pelmo and the upswept flank of Monte Mondeval. Along the hike you’ll have great views of the majestic Sorapiss, the unmistakable pyramid of Antelao and far off the Cadore Dolomites. All of a sudden the Pelmo (3,168m / 10,394') will be incredibly close, and at this range it’s easy to understand why it was dubbed ‘Throne of the Gods’. The last part of the day leads below Pelmo’s north face, (which is 1,006m / 3,300' straight up to the top) to your comfortable mountain Rifugio at Passo Staulanza  (1,783m / 5,850'), your home for tonight. (~ 5 hours hiking 12,5km / 7,8 miles, 487m / 1,597' ascent, 946m / 3,105' descent.)
Day 5 Pelmo and Civetta Massifs
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After breakfast, from your rifugio, pass a chapel, and begin to hike uphill to the rear of grassy Col Piombin, that takes its name from a past mining activity. The trail leads over the Forcella Giau (2,360m / 7,742’) with plenty of ups and downs; here the views of the Tofana and Monte Cavallo are inspiring, not to mention the mountains on display to the south: Monte Fromin, Cernera, Pelmo and the upswept flank of Monte Mondeval. Along the hike you’ll have great views of the majestic Sorapiss, the unmistakable pyramid of Antelao and far off the Cadore Dolomites. All of a sudden the Pelmo (3,168m / 10,394') will be incredibly close, and at this range it’s easy to understand why it was dubbed ‘Throne of the Gods’. The last part of the day leads below Pelmo’s north face, (which is 1,006m / 3,300' straight up to the top) to your comfortable mountain Rifugio at Passo Staulanza (1,783m / 5,850'), your home for tonight. (~ 5 hours hiking 12,5km / 7,8 miles, 487m / 1,597' ascent, 946m / 3,105' descent.)
Recommended Stay Rifugio (Mountain Inn)
After breakfast, from your rifugio, pass a chapel, and begin to hike uphill to the rear of grassy Col Piombin, that takes its name from a past mining activity. The trail leads over the Forcella Giau (2,360m / 7,742’) with plenty of ups and downs; here the views of the Tofana and Monte Cavallo are inspiring, not to mention the mountains on display to the south: Monte Fromin, Cernera, Pelmo and the upswept flank of Monte Mondeval. Along the hike you’ll have great views of the majestic Sorapiss, the unmistakable pyramid of Antelao and far off the Cadore Dolomites. All of a sudden the Pelmo (3,168m / 10,394') will be incredibly close, and at this range it’s easy to understand why it was dubbed ‘Throne of the Gods’. The last part of the day leads below Pelmo’s north face, (which is 1,006m / 3,300' straight up to the top) to your comfortable mountain Rifugio at Passo Staulanza (1,783m / 5,850'), your home for tonight. (~ 5 hours hiking 12,5km / 7,8 miles, 487m / 1,597' ascent, 946m / 3,105' descent.)

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