Highlights of the Dolomites
- Trekking & Hiking
our UK team
Arrive at Venice Airport and transfer to Cortina d’Ampezzo where you will be staying for the next 6 nights. You will meet your guide and the rest of your group at the hotel. This evening there will be a welcome dinner and a pre-trek briefing to ensure everyone is fully prepared for the trip. Depending on your arrival time there may be a chance to get out and explore the town a little. The scenery is superb, the peaks of Pomagagnon, Monte Cristallo and Cima Tofana can be seen rising up above the town.
This morning we board a local bus to the top of the Falzarego Pass, the starting point of the iconic Cinque Torri (5 towers) path. The trail begins by gaining height gently until we reach a bolder field at the foot of Averau, a Rocky citadel whose summit sits at 2649m. We circle around the peak to reach the Nuvolau Pass where it is possible to ascend an extra 150m to the summit of Nuvolau for fabulous panoramic views. We then rejoin the Cinque Torri path and discover the remains of first world war battles between Italian and Austro-Hungarian troops, still visible even now. In the afternoon we return to our hotel in Cortina.
Today we return once more to the Falzarego Pass but with a different objective. We begin the beautiful climb to the summit of Lagazuoi. From the top we have 360 degree views and can see the Maromlada, at 3343m the highest peak in the Dolomites and the only peak to be glaciated. We descend again to a pleasant valley at the foot of impressive vertical cliffs to find the Scotoni refuge where we can pause for a rest before climbing a final pass to catch a bus back to our hotel.
Tofana di Rozes is the seventh highest peak in the Dolomite Mountains at 3225m. Its high rock faces are home to steep and exposed via ferrata. From the Dibona Refuge we will start our circuit of the mountain. A dramatic balcony path offers outstanding views of the surrounding peaks including the Cinque Torri which we discovered yesterday and Croda del Lago which we will discover tomorrow. We also have views of the stunning Travenanzes Valley. In the afternoon we return to Cortina by private transfer.
A local bus takes us up to the Giau Pass where we begin a hike that showcases the incredible diversity of the Dolomites. We follow a gentle path to green meadows and discover breath taking views of peaks battered by the elements into savagely sharp pinnacles. We circle around the cliffs of Croda Del Lago before descending to Lago di Federa and pausing for a time to photograph the magnificent scenery. Our trail continues into dense forest where we cross cascading streams before reaching the road once more and returning to Cortina.
On our final day of exploration in the Dolomites we head to the most iconic and mythical peaks in the region. The amazing Tre Cima di Lavaredo. These three giant monoliths have been enticing trekkers and rock climbers for over 100 years and it is easy to see why. Cima Grande, the highest point at 2999m is flanked by Cima Ovest on one side and Cima Piccola on the other. The main peak was first climbed in 1869 but it was not until 1933 that the mighty north face of Cima Grande was first scaled by Emilio Comici. This is still considered by modern mountaineers to be one of the great north faces of the Alps.
Our hike today will take us up to the Locatelli Refuge from where we will have fantastic views of the north faces of all three of the peaks. We descend and return to Cortina mid afternoon.
After breakfast at our hotel we transfer back to Venice Airport for our flight home.
This adventure is of moderate difficulty.
The terrain can be steep and rocky and you will be hiking for 5 days
consecutively. In some months the
weather can be very hot and the sun intense, which adds to the difficulty of
the hiking. The maximum ascent in a single day will be 900m and the maximum descent 1550m. You should be in good physical condition
with recent experience of hiking for several days in row with over 1000m of
ascent and descent in a day. To ask about your suitability for this trip and
what you can do to prepare please feel free to give us a call.
adventure in the Dolomite is full board. Italian gastronomy is one of the
richest and tastiest in the world and we are confident you will love the meals
we provide. A
continental style breakfast is served at your hotel each morning. There will be a range of pastries, cheeses,
cold meats and fruit along with plenty of tea and coffee. Each
day you guide will prepare a picnic lunch for you to carry in your
daypack. Our lunches are all made with
fresh local produce and will include fruit, vegetables, cold meats, cheese and
lovely fresh bread. Evening
meals will be taken either at the hotel or at a nearby restaurant. There will be a range of starters, main
courses and desserts for you to choose from.
you have special dietary requirements please inform us as soon as possible
after booking your trip. We will work
with you to ensure your needs are met.
On this trip we will stay in one hotel in
Cortina d’Ampezzo for the full duration of your stay. The hotel will be of 3
star standard with double or twin rooms and private bathrooms. Single rooms can be arranged on request
and subject to availability. Your room will have a safety deposit box for
valuables and free WiFi is
We advise you to bring a 30-40 litre day
sack to carry with you each day containing your lunch, water, spare clothing
and camera etc. A larger 60-80 litre duffel bag for the bulk of your luggage
can be left in your hotel room each day.
The currency in Italy is the Euro (EUR).
For the latest exchange rates please see www.xe.com
It is possible to withdraw cash from ATMs
but please be mindful of any charges from your bank. Credit cards are widely
accepted in the towns but not in remote areas. Please budget for drinks,
souvenirs and any meals not included in your tour.
Although the custom is practiced here, it
is not expected. If you are satisfied with the services of your guide and local
team, tipping is always appreciated. It
is not obligatory and should be left to the discretion of each individual.
We prefer that you do not wear cotton
clothing, including underwear, when participating in activities. When cotton
gets wet from water or sweat it ceases to insulate and does not dry quickly.
The best materials for outdoor activities are fast drying materials like
polyester or materials which are warm when wet like wool. The most powerful
materials against the wind and rain are 'breathable' materials like Gore-Tex or
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