Hiking the Alta Via - Dolomites, Italy

Hiking the Alta Via - Dolomites, Italy
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This hiking tour leads through three language areas and their related cultures: starting in the German-speaking Hochpustertal, it continues going through the Ladin-speaking Fanes and lastly in the south of the Passo Falzàrego, where the Italian language finally dominates.In addition to the visible traces of the former so-called Alpenfront (Alps Front) which can be seen in an open-air museum, this hiking path offers the possibility to meet this magical world in all its facets: extraordinary picturesque beauty, magnificent views, stunning peaks and wonderful walks. A true paradise and an exciting adventure for people who love the mountains!


Tour highlights:
Nature park Fanes-Sennes-Prags - one of the largest protected areas of South Tyrol.
Lake Lagazuoi - crystal-clear mountain lake at the foot of the Scottoni peak
♦ „Viles“ - the original settlements of the Gadertal



Day 1: Arrival in Hochpustertal (Niederdorf/Villabassa or Toblach/Dobbiaco)

Individual arrival at the hotel in Hochpustertal. Free, unguarded public car park near the hotel.

Day 2: Lake Pragser Wildsee – San Vigilio/St. Vigil
Starting at the pearl of the Dolomite lakes, the lake Pragser Wildsee (1.494 m), you hike through the romantic area of the nature park Fanes-Sennes-Prags which is one of the largest protected areas of South Tyrol. In the shade of the impressive mountain massif Seekofel you will reach the high alpine pasture Fojedöra. Stop and enjoy the homemade bread and the tasty alpine cheese. Through the lonely high valley you hike past the lake Hochalpensee and finally reach the highest point. Far down in the valley you can already see the villages of the Gadertal.
+ 775 m / - 1075 m , 5-6h.

Day 3: San Vigilio/St. Vigil - Badia/Abtei
The cable car Piz de Plaies takes you from San Vigilo to the starting point. The path leads through light woodland and meadows to Piz de Corn. The mountain Peitlerkofel is enthroned on the opposite side. You hike on to the saddle Ritjoch and cross the mountaineering village of La Val. The mighty flanks of the mountain Heiligkreuzkofel are always in view. At the foot of the peaks Neuner and Zehnerspitze you reach the shelter Heiligkreuz. After a short descent you take the cable car to Badia.
+ 1150m/ -950m , 5.5-6.5h.

Day 4: Badia/Abtei - San Cassiano/St. Kassian

From Badia, the route initially leads you just above the valley floor towards La Villa without any major climbs. After the village, you hike on increasingly steep trails through the forest to above the timberline. You reach Piz Sorega via panoramic alpine meadows with numerous opportunities to stop for refreshments and local specialities. You reach the Piz Sorega. There you begin the descent to St. Kassian, which can also be shortened with the cable car. (ticket not included in the price)

+ 850m/ -650m , 5-6 h.

Day 5: San Cassiano/St. Kassian - Cortina d´Ampezzo

At first, the trail runs comfortably along the valley floor to the Capanna Alpina. In the shadow of the majestic Fanes and Conturines peaks, you hike to the Scottoni refuge and on to the crystal-clear Lagazuoi lake at the foot of the Scottoni peak, in whose waters the bizarre peaks of the Fanes Dolomites are reflected. Via the Dolomites High Trail you hike to Lagazuoi, which was turned into a veritable fortress with tunnels and trenches by soldiers during the First World War. The descent is via the Forcella Travenanzes to the Falzarego Pass. It is possible to take the cable car directly from the summit to the pass. From the Falzarego Pass you finally drive to the stage destination Cortina d‘Ampezzo

+ 1050m/ -625 m , 5-6h.

Day 6: Cortina d` Ampezzo - Son Forca - Ospitale - Hochpustertal

The last day of hiking starts in the centre of Cortina d‘Ampezzo. Through woodland and meadows, the route is initially relatively to the Rifugio Mietres, from where you can take a last look at Cortina. once more. Afterwards, the  trail becomes steeper and steeper and leads to the Forcella Zumèles. A fantastic panorama at the highest point will  soon make you forget the efforts of the ascent. Afterwards, it is almost all downhill through the idyllic Val  Padeon to the end of the stage in Ospitale. You then continue by public bus to the Alta Pusteria

+ 900 m / - 650m , 4-5h.

Day 7: Departure
Individual departure or possibility to extend your stay.

►Getting there
By car: on the motorway Brenner/Brennero (A22) to Brixen/Bressanone – take the exit “Brixen-Pustertal”, then along the valley Pustertal/Valle Pusteria (SS49) to Niederdorf/Villabassa or Toblach/Dobbiaco, depending on the location of your hotel or drive along the Felbertauernstraße to Lienz in Eastern Tyrol (Austria) and then further into Italy through the valley Pustertal/Valle Pusteria to Toblach/Dobbiaco or Niederdorf/Villabassa, depending on the location of your hotel.
By train: Take the train from Innsbruck over the Brenner/Brennero to Franzensfeste/Fortezza. Change trains for the Pustertal/Valle Pusteria - Lienz and get off either at Niederdorf/Villabassa or Toblach/Dobbiaco depending on the location of your hotel. Timetable available on: www.deutschebahn.de, www.oebb.at, www.trenitalia.com.
By plane: Low cost flights are available to Innsbruck airport, Sant’ Angelo - Antonio Canova airport in Treviso and/or to the Marco Polo airport in Venice. On request, we can organise transfers from the airport to the starting point .


Price Includes:
Accommodation in hotels 3*** and 4**** category
One overnight stay in a mountain guesthouse with half board
Breakfast buffet or full breakfast
Personal tour information
Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
Tickets for transfers according to the program (cable-car and bus)
Well planned routes
Detailed documents (maps
route description
places to visit
important telephone numbers)
Telephone service hotline for the entire tour

Not Included:
Arrival to the starting point of the tour
Departure at the end of the tour
tourist tax and all extras
Dinner (if not booked)
Not mentioned entries,travel insurance
All not expressly mentioned under the item „Included services“

Additional Services:
Extra nights in Villabassa/Dobbiaco - on request


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