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“Hiking in the Dolomites offers breathtaking views of rugged mountains and pristine alpine landscapes.”. 

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About the tour

The Northern Trek includes the first part of the classic Alta Via 1 – from Lake Braies to Monte Pelmo, an itinerary with the most fascinating landscapes of the Dolomites. You will trek through the Fanes-Sennes-Braies National Park, one of the largest protected and uncontaminated parks in South Tyrol. At the southern edge of the park, you will see the Lagazuoi area, a very important location from a historical perspective. In fact, the First World War was waged here. Nowadays, Lagazuoi is most famous for its breathtaking view of the Dolomites from its slopes. Passed Lagazuoi, you will then reach the massif of the Five Towers (Cinque Torri) which is easy to recognize for its unique and particular shape. From Cinque Torri, the route takes you to the Monte Pelmo group. You will be surprised at the majesty of Monte Pelmo which with its trapezoidal shape looks like an enormous throne.

Depending on your preferences we can customize your trek. You can choose to walk alone or with a local English-speaking guide. The complete Northern Trek requires 6 days of hiking – it is the 8-Day Tour. The tour can be shortened to 5, 6 or 7 days. The trek does not include exposed mountain passages. Therefore, it can be undertaken by children with appropriate levels of fitness.

This is one of the most requested treks in the Dolomites. We recommend booking it as early as possible.

Itinerary

In the Itinerary arrival night in Venice and also the night before departure we spend the night in Venice which is not included in this itinerary, because some people may like to join us directly at the Dolomites starting point. **Your flight to Venice and return to Dublin is not included.

Day 1: Arrival in Cortina d’Ampezzo

Our base camp hotel Meuble Ville Neve for this trek is in Cortina d’Ampezzo, a small town that can boast a long tradition in the world of tourism and events. Cortina is surrounded by the world-famous Dolomite mountain groups like Monte Cristallo (Mount Crystal), the Cinque Torri (the Five Towers) and the Tofane. On Corso Italia, the main street of Cortina, where culture and entertainment come together, you can admire historic buildings, and high-end boutiques and drink a cup of coffee in one of the many elegant cafés in the evening before the trek. Today we will meet and greet.

Day 2: Cortina to Tre Cime

The most famous is the classic hike to the Tre Cime, called Drei Zinnen in German. It’s not going to be a remote walk – the Tre Cime are like the Matterhorn to the Dolomites – well photographed and admired the world over. You’ve probably seen them on posters and calendars around the Dolomites, and they are very handsome. Three sheer towers standing side-by-side that top out at 2999 meters.

This hike starts and finishes with a longish bus, so there is some travel time to account for and return schedules to keep an eye on. But this is a classic walk, a beautiful, striking mountain, and a nice way to spend a day around Cortina.

We will stop for lunch at Rifugio Locatelli at the halfway point. or at Langalm just past that, Return to the hotel in Cortina.

Ascent 525 m

Decent 534

Highest point 2532

Hours 5 Hike.

Day 3: Lake Sorapis

Our Journey starts from the Hotel and is a short drive to the starting point Tre Corci Pass, and then we start the walk. This walk to Lake Sorapis is one of the most beautiful excursions in the Dolomites. The lake is famous for its intense colour, in hues ranging from light blue to turquoise. The colour is created by the fine rock dust brought down from the like-named glacier whose spring and summer meltwater gives rise to the lake. Starting from the Tre Croci Pass, take track n° 215. This is a varied, panoramic track, with uphill and downhill sections but only a small overall vertical distance. It runs through a beautiful forest, with views onto the mountain groups Cristallo, Popena, Cadini di Misurina and Tre Cime di Lavaredo. After an initial flat part, it becomes more difficult, with several metal ladders and some exposed sections along a flat ledge, equipped with metal cables.

After these short equipped sections, you will soon reach the mountain lodge Rifugio Vandelli, an amenable, authentic lodge in a breath-taking position at the centre of a gigantic natural amphitheatre on the north slopes of Mount Sorapis, almost on the edge of the pedestal from which the waterfall emerges and plunges downwards. From the lodge, originally built in 1890, you can see the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Misurina and its lake to the north, and, closer, the superb Alpine lake that is like a gemstone set into the mountains, with the pinnacle “Dito di Dio” (“God’s Finger”, 2,603 m) above. The lake was formed directly in the rock, and it has no surface outflowing sources. Its water reaches the large rock slab of the glacial floor underground and finally emerges at the waterfall named “el Piss”. The name of the mountain group “Sora el Piss” is derived from this etymology, meaning “above the Piss waterfall”. During the winter season, the many cascades freeze, providing ice-climbing opportunities for alpinists. Return to Hotel In Cortina.

Ascent 425 m

Decent 434

Highest point 2603

Hike 5+ Hours

 

Day 3: Hike to Refugio Giussani

We start our hike from our hotel in Cortina after breakfast, with the option also to drive almost halfway. Rifugio Giussani rises in the middle of Forcella Fontananegra at 2561 mt, a wide pass between Tofana di Rozes and Tofana di Mezzo, among huge boulders and WWI firing points. The entire area offers the chance to discover a part of the Dolomites, where a very sad page of Italian history during World War One was written.
All around this side of the mountain, it is possible to visit old war buildings and surpluses. The suffering, hardship, and death those very young soldiers endured become painfully clear. We have a few different options to reach this begins at our normal start from Fiames and hikes up the scenographic Val Travenanzes and the Majariè of Tofana. It is a path of medium difficulty level. Night stay in Refugio Giussani.
Ascent time: 4,30 hr– 5 hrs.

Day 5:  Rifugio Giussani (2580 m) to Passo Valparola (2180 m)

This stage traverses one of the “hearts” of the eagle’s war: Lagazuoi, Castelletto, and Tofane. Without forgetting the other mountains, we think these have remained in the collective imagination as the “Mountain War” par excellence, just as Adamello for the “White War.” A very beautiful and fascinating route on trails, galleries, and equipped sections with continuously changing panoramas. This trail is coming with many other trails so getting confused sometimes is normal here, this is also a very time-consuming trail as there are so many memorials to learn about WW. Tonight we are staying in one of the cosy Rifugio Valparola. Duration: 6 hours and 30 minutes

Distance: 13.3 km

Elevation gain: ascent 1998 m, descent 1573 m

 

Day 6: Refugio Valparola to carda da lago

This loop trail does not present any specific technical difficulties and crosses the typical Dolomites environment. On the way, you will be able to admire Lake Valparola, and once you reach Cima Settsass, you can enjoy a 360° panorama of the mountain groups of the Dolomites, from Sass Pordoi to Sorapiss. If you are lucky, it is also possible to meet the marmots that populate the slopes crossed by the trail.

Distance 19 Km

Elevation gain: 750m

Time 6 hrs

Day 7: Carda La lago to Cortina

Another day multi-stage trek starts from Rifugio Croda da Lago, walking downhill on track n° 432 towards Malga Federa. Once you have reached the Malga, take the spectacular new Gores de Federa track which runs through gullies, canyons and past waterfalls, then rejoin track n° 432. Continue on track n° 432 until you meet track n° 406 on the left. Take this path until you reach the intersection with track n° 431, and then go right and continue until you reach Lake d’Ajal.From the mountain lodge Rifugio Lago d’Ajal, carry on downhill on track n° 430 until you reach Lake Pianozes, and continue walking to the traditional Ladin village of Campo di Sopra. We continue to hike from her for another 1 hour to Cortina to our hotel for a hot shower and group dinner. Today is the End of our Multi-day Hike in Dolomite.

Day 8: Departure from Cortina d’Ampezzo

Your Dolomites hiking trip has come to an end. After you have checked out of the hotel it will be time to leave the Dolomites.

We can extend this trip for 2 more days which includes Arrival In Venice and also spending Night in Venice before departing Home.

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Price includes

  • Accommodation in mountain huts:  depending on the itinerary, shared room
  • Accommodation in 3-star base camp hotels: first and final nights of the trip
  • Breakfast and dinner in the mountain huts.
  • Breakfast in the hotels.
  • Pack lunch Sandwich.
  • Airport transfer by bus.
  • 24-hour on-call support.
  • Local English-speaking mountain guide.
  • Transport of luggage between the base camp hotels.
  • Transportation from the base camp hotel to the trailhead.
  • Transportation to the base camp hotel after the trek.

Price excludes

  • Travel Insurance.
  • Drinks at dinner.
  • Use of hot shower in the mountain huts: € 3 – 5.
  • Hot lunch( pack sandwich provided).
  • Optional lifts on the route.
  • Tourist tax in the lodging establishments where applicable.
  • Flights from Dublin and Return.
  • Phone or laundry services.
Complimentary services 

Storage of luggage in the base camp hotel during the trek – for the route options with a finish in Cortina.

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