Hiking the Dolomites of Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
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 Tyrolean beauty 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 lodge. Hike along the Dolomites High Mountain Trail (Dolomiten Höhenweg) and enjoy the very tasty, local food in a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Dolomites: “Born as coral reefs 250 million years ago, today they soar skywards proud and confident as white towers of rock.”
Day 1: Cortina d’Ampezzo
Meet at the hotel in Cortina
Dinner and night at the hotel.
Day 2: Tre Cime di Lavaredo
+ 350m – 350m / aprox. 5 hrs 9,5 km (aprox. 3,5 hrs)
We are at the foot of the vertical rock needles Tre Cime di Lavaredo, summiting at almost 9900 ft, so famous for their rock climbing routes. We begin with a gentle hike around the Tre Cime. A loop around the range takes us back to the start of the hike.
Night and dinner at Hotel in Cortina.
Day 3: Around Croda di Lago
+ 920m – 400m / aprox. 6 hrs
Hike to the Palmieri mountain hut, located at the foot of the imposing Croda da Lago. We can admire the Mondeval alpine pastures from the Forcella Ambrizola, continue to Forcella Giau and meet our minivan at Passo Giau.
Night and dinner in the typical mountain restaurant in Cortina.
Day 4: Lagazuoi, Fanes Nature Park, Pederü
+400 m -1300 m / aprox. 6 hrs
At Lagazuoi peak the past has left many evidences of courageous enterprises from the Italian and Austrian soldiers. One can still see war bunkers and visit galleries to measure the craziness of past battles in the area. Our route follows the Alta Via Dolomiti trail and its beautiful landscapes until Forcletta del Lago pass. The trail continues through a wide alpine valley that leads to Fanes hut and down to Pederü.
Night and dinner at Pederü hut.
Day 5: Refugio Fodara, Sas dla Para
+500 m -580 m / aprox. 5 hrsWe hike up to the Fodara hut, accessible thanks to an old military road, dug and carved into the mountain. We can also continue on and reach the summit of Sas dal Para to admire the incredible panorama from the top.
Night and dinner at Fodara hut.
Day 6: Refugio Biella, Ra Stua
+350 m/+750 m -800 m/-1300 m / aprox. 7 hrs
Beautiful hike to the altiplano across fields and sedimentary rock. We stop at Refuge Biella for a short while. Optional hiking up to Seekofel/Croda Rossa and back. Then our trail goes down into the Scuro alpine bowl to Ra Stua hut.
Night and dinner in Cortina, Pizza night out
Day 7: Passo Giau – Refuge Averau – Col Falzarego
+350 m -470 m / aprox. 4 hrs
We will reach the summit of Nuvolau and stop at the eponymous hut for a rewarding, and contemplative break. On the way down we hike past many remains from the Great War.
Day 8: Departure day
Breakfast at the Hotel in Cortina.
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