This short trip is perfect for hikers that like to enjoy stunning views over the Mont Blanc mountain chain, sleep in two mountain huts and spot some ibex and wildflowers along the way. Your local guide makes sure that you will get to the huts just in time to enjoy a delicious mountain dish and that you don’t have to worry about anything but taking the nicest pictures of the famous Lac Blanc mountain lake.
Hiking – Itinerary
Arrival day 19.00: Information and meeting at the hotel. Night in Hotel
Day 1: Refuge Bellachat We hike from Chamonix up to the Refuge Bellachat (2152m). The Refuge offers one of the nicest views over the Mont Blanc mountain chain. You might want to enjoy a drink on the terrace that overlooks the whole Mont Blanc valley and wait until the sunset puts the mountains in a pink coat. The family style dinners will soon be served in the cosy mountain hut.
4-5 hrs, +1100m, overnight at the Refuge Bellachat
Day 2: Lac Blanc An early breakfast at the mountain hut with the fantastic views towards Mont Blanc. Our trail brings us up to Brevent summit for an even more breathtaking view. We reach Col du Cornu via the Col du Brévent and traverse to the Lac de Cornu (at 2276m), which is situated in of the most beautiful environments in the valley. After a picknick lunch we continue the descent through the Combe de la Glieres and hike up to the mountain hut Lac Blanc (2353m). The Lac Blanc mountain lake is the perfect location to take some stunning pictures of a perfect mountain scenery with the Mont Blanc in the back.
7-8 hrs, overnight at Refuge Lac Blanc
Day 3: Aiguilles Rouges We eat a good breakfast overlooking the Aguilles Rouges mountain before leaving this beautiful spot. Our way down to Argentière will take us to the Lac Cheserys and either Argentière or the Col du Montets. Those that want to hike a bit longer can join the guide on the Petit Balcon Sud all the way back to Chamonix. Lunch will be served at local restaurant in the famous ski resort of Argentière.
Costs per Person
455€ with a minimum of 6 guests (340€ without the first night at Hotel)
525€ with a minimum of 3 guests (420€ without the first night at Hotel)
Included in the price: Organisation, UIMLA-guide, 2 nights at mountain refuges with half board, 1 night at Hotel in Chamonix with breakfast, 2 pack lunches, one lunch at Restaurant, hiking map copy Not included: personal insurance, drinks
The Dolomites might just be the world’s most beautiful construction, on this both architect Le Corbusier and alpinist Reinhold Messner can agree. See and experience true South Tyroleanbeauty whilst pondering the towers of Three Peaks (Drei Zinnen) or basking in the last rays of evening light that redden the mountains around Pederü mountain guest house. Hike along the Dolomites High Mountain trail and enjoy the very tasty, local food in this UNESCO World Heritage site. Our hiking traverse brings us from Cortina d’Ampezzo to Val Gardena and the impressive Sella mountain range and ends at the foot of the impressive Rosengarten towers at Karer pass.
There are great differences between the Himalayas, the Rocky Mountains and the Alps. It is yet not easy to tell them apart, by just giving a quick glance at a picture of the ranges. Generally speaking, mountains have common features, such as rocky summits, trees growing on hillsides, snow remaining in shady couloirs…
The Dolomites however show very specific characteristics and are impossible to mistake for othermassifs. Not only were they made from coral, but their history, flora and fauna make them truly unique. Mountain lovers find the views offered by these spectacular landscapes striking.
We will discover the pretty mountain villages, 3 different natural parks and 5 mountain Dolomite mountain ranges. We will stay in beautiful Hotels with one night in a traditional mountain Guesthouse.
Picture credit: Keith Wagner, Canada
The Dolomites: “Born as coral reefs 250 million years ago, today they soar skywards proud and confident as white towers of rock.”
Dolomites hiking Itinerary
Day 1: Cortina d’Ampezzo
We all meet at the Hotel in Cortina at 7pm to get to know your hiking guide, and talk about theitinerary for the week. We enjoy a delicious dinner together. Night and dinner at Hotel in Cortina
Day 2: Tre Cime di Lavaredo
10.5km, 4 – 5hrs, + 378m – 378m // 6.5 miles, 1240ft elevation gain, 1240ft loss After a short drive past beautiful Misurina lake we start with a gentle hike at the foot of the famous vertical rock needles Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Night at Hotel in Cortina, no organized dinner (many options in Cortina)
Day 3: Around Croda di Lago
13,4km, 6hrs,+ 864m – 327m // 8.3 miles, 2834ft gain, 1073ft loss A short drive brings us to the south side of the Cortina valley from where we hike to the beautiful mountain lake Mondeva located at the foot of the imposing Croda da Lago. Here we stop for a drink at the mountain hut and can later admire the Mondeval alpine pastures from the Forcella Ambrizola Pass. We continue to Forcella Giau and meet our minivan at Passo Giau. Night at Hotel in Cortina, organized dinner
Into the mountains we go…
Day 4: Malga Ra Stua – Rifugio Seekofel – Pederü
15 km, 5hrs, + 730m, – 840m // 9.3 miles, 2395ft gain, 2756ft loss We hike through the Fannes-Sennes nature park today on the Alta Via, a high trail that crosses the Dolomites, and visit the Seekofel hut, one of the oldest mountain huts in the Dolomites. Over green pastures we reach Fodara Vedla to test the best Apfelstrudel in the area. Down a steep military road and we are in Pederü. Night and dinner at Mountain Guesthouse Pederü
Day 5: Pederü, Lavarella hut, Fanes Alm, Capana Alpina
14,3km, 5hrs, + 635m, – 575m // 8.8 miles, 2083ft gain, 1886 loss A trail through beautiful alpine pastures in the heart of the Fannes – Sennes Nature park and a sea of rocky limestone formations decorate our way up to Fanes Alm. A short way down a steep valley and we’re in the Alta Badia valley. Night and dinner at our Mountain Explorers Hotel in the beautiful small town of San Cassiano, Spa
Day 6: San Cassiano – Kolfschung – Crespeina alta via – Wolkenstein (Val Gardena)
7.4km, 5hrs, + 545m, – 339m // 4.6 miles, 1788ft gain, 1112ft loss From Kolfschung we take a small cable car up to our hiking start. We hike a panoramic high trail today and finish the hike in the beautiful small town of Wolkenstein in the famous Val Gardena. Night and dinner at Hotel in Wolkenstein, Spa
13km, 5hrs, + / – 540m // 8.1 miles, 1300 gain, 1772ft loss This hike leads us around one of the mightiest of the Dolomite mountains. Thanks to this loop path, you can circumnavigate the whole Langkofel / Sassolungo mountain range and enjoy continuously different sceneries and panoramas, alwaysspectacular, while you proceed. We start and finish our hike with cable cars. Night and dinner at Chalet Hotel in Fassa valley, Spa
Day 8: Rosengarten explorer – Refugio Vajolon
11km, 6hrs, + 538m, – 290m // 6.8 miles, 1765ft gain, 951ft loss The Rosengarten towers are very unique and our loop brings us to the Vajolon mountain cabin which is situated right underneath the steep rocky faces of the Rosengarten towers. We might spot some rock climbers on our way back towards the cable car. Night at Hotel in Fassa valley, organized dinner
Day 9: Panoramic high trail Campiedi – Paolina hut – Fronza hut
10km, 4hrs, + 615m, – 200m // 6.2 miles 2018ft gain, 656ft loss This relaxing walk is perfect to enjoy the views over the Fassa valley and up to the beautiful Rosengarten towers. A great hike up to a relaxed meal at Paolina hut with lots of time to enjoy the beauty that surrounds us. A chair lift brings us back down to our beautiful Hotel at Karer pass. Night and farewell dinner at our beautiful Hotel at Karer pass, Spa
Day 10: Departure day
Bye – Bye hikers Breakfast at the Hotel before your onward journey or your travel back home. From Karer pass it’s only about a 1.5hr drive to Bolzano.
Map for the Dolomites hiking traverse:
Fees Dolomites hiking traverse:
4982.00 USD per person with 6 guests, single supplement $270.00
Minimum of 4 persons needed to conduct the tour (ask for prices); tour will be cancelled if less than 4
Ask for discounts for bigger groups.
Included in the price: Accommodation and meal reservations and organization of the trip, UIMLA hiking guide, 9 nights in nice Hotels in private double rooms, 1 night in a cozy mountain guesthouse in private double rooms, private transportation to the hikes and back to the hotels, luggage transfer to all hotels, 8 dinners (as noted), park entries, cable car fees.
Not included in the price: 1 dinner, lunches and snacks, beverages, personal insurances (accident, travel, cancelation etc.), transport to Cortina and back from Karer pass.
Changes to the itinerary: Note: All itineraries are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control including, weather, road or trail conditions and flight schedules.
Hiking Level for Dolomites hiking traverse:
This is a moderate trek 8 hiking days with 4 to 7 hours of hiking daily, with 1900ft of average vertical gain each day. Hiking will generally be on well-maintained mountain trails, sometimes including easy off-trail sections. This trip is for active people who don’t mind training to prepare for the hike, or a great multi- day hike for people with trekking experience.
Accommodation: 3 nights at Hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo 1 night at the mountain guest house in Fanes Natural Park 1 night at Hotel in San Cassiano 1 night at Hotel in Wolkenstein 2 nights in Fassa valley 1 Nights at Karer pass
Lunches: We didn’t include the lunches because we have had big differences in eating preferences in the past. Some people only want to eat an energy bar, others like more a buffet style picnic or to stop at one of the many great mountain restaurants. Once in Cortina you can let me know your preferences and I can organize a picnic style buffet each day or box lunches for you. Also often there are many great mountain restaurants along the way where we can stop for lunch.
Dinners: 1 dinner in Cortina d’Ampezzo is not included. The guide will help you find the perfect dinner place for you.
Insurances: Travel insurance is not included in your tour. We strongly recommend that you purchase insurance to cover cancellation, medicalexpenses, personal accident, personal baggage, money and public liability.
Climate: Alpine weather can change suddenly, involving wide temperature variations. Temperatures also drop with altitude, and snow falls in summer are not rare. You should be prepared for cold andhot weather, while minimizing items you need to pack.
How to get to Cortina d’Ampezzo: Venice has the closest airport and is a great location to start the tour. We recommend spending a day or two in this beautiful town prior or after the trip.
Private transportation from Venice airport: If you like I can organize a private shuttle from the Venice airport to Cortina and back for those who would like to go back to Venice on the last day.
By train: If you prefer traveling by train, the main railway line is Venezia S.Lucia – Calalzo di Cadore, then transfer to Cortina by a connected bus service. The next railway station is at Calalzo di Cadore, 21.7 miles away.
By bus: There is a 2-hours direct bus service from Venice to Cortina called the Cortina Express. It operates daily: http://www.cortinaexpress.it/en/index.htm
How far is Cortina from … / miles: 100 from Venice 268 from Milan 430 from Rome 102 from Innsbruck 820 from Calais 27 from the Austrian border 45 from A27-Belluno motorway
How to get back from Karer Pass at the end of the tour I’m happy to arrange a Taxi for you or you can take the public bus to Bozen/Bolzano and than a train to Venice or where ever you like. From Bozen there are trains in all different directions.
Packing list for this Dolomites hiking tour:
(We’re fans of Merino wool clothing for hiking, they dry fast and don’t smell)
1 pair of hiking boots or shoes (high or low is up to you, I always recommend higher ones but the trails are in very good shape)
1 long sleeve shirt
1 fleece or soft-shell jacket
1-2 pair synthetic hiking pants or shorts
1 pair long pants
2 – 3 pair hiking socks – wool or wool blend
1 pair shoes for wearing after the hiking in the towns
1 sun hat, 1 warm hat
1 set Gore-tex rain gear
1 thin down jacket
Casual outfit for dinners
Gaters (for tours in early spring)
Swimsuit (many Hotels have a Spa)
1 day backpack
1-2 water bottles, thermos bottle
Wollte or similar for hand washing clothes at Hotels
1 pair trekking poles
Read more about our last Dolomites hiking traverse from our friend and travel writer Laura Gosset
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