Experience Europe’s Most Dramatic mountains

Trip Level

This trip is rated a Level 4 or 5 (Moderately Strenuous or Strenuous) depending on what hiking options you select. We have two hiking options to choose from on most of our 6 hiking days.

Average Hiking Day
• 4-7 hours
• 6-8 miles
• 1,500-2,500 feet gain/loss
• Altitudes range from 5,000-9,100 feet

Challenge Days
Day 5: 11.5 miles and 4,700 feet loss; alternative available of 5 miles and 2,500 feet loss.

How Tough is This Trip?
You need good balance and to be able to hike on uneven surfaces, occasionally going downhill over loose scree. You must feel comfortable and confident being on your feet for 4-7 hours a day, with recent experience hiking 8+ miles in a day.

The daily pacing is flexible and may be adjusted by the Trip Leader. Trail conditions, weather and the group’s level of fitness can affect hiking times.

Terrain

While the Dolomites are not exceptionally high, they are steep and rugged, and this trip, while not technically difficult, is aimed for those who have at least some experience mountain hiking. Trails can be uneven, with large rocks or loose scree, so participants must have good balance and be confident on their feet. Hiking poles are highly recommended. No climbing or mountaineering experience is necessary.

Weather

Temperatures are likely to reach the 60s and 70s during the day, with cooling breezes and occasional rain. At night the temperature will drop quite a bit, depending on the altitude. The months we run these trips are the optimal ones, but the weather can be fickle and it can range from blue skies to cloudy, wet, and cold conditions, making rain gear and warm garments necessary items to carry with you on every hike.

Accommodations

Our accommodations are in comfortable, small hotels with private bathrooms. They have been chosen as much as possible for their ambience and history and are delightful for the local color and dining that they offer. These rustic and well-located hotels are clean and comfortable, but rooms are not always of uniform size or amenities. Our Trip Leaders try to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole. Single rooms are offered when possible, but those who pay the Single Supplement may have to share a room for one night at Rifugio Lagazuoi.

On this night at Rifugio Lagazuoi, we stay in 4- or 6-person rooms with shared bath and showers. The bedding at the lodge is very clean, consisting of a down comforter, a bottom sheet, and a pillow. There is no vehicle access to this alpine lodge, so you will need to take your overnight items and a change of clothes with you on the cable car to the rifugio, while your main luggage will be stored in Cortina for the night. A small plastic bag will provided for you to transport your overnight belongings.

Cuisine

Most evening meals will be taken at our hotels and will be hearty, nourishing mountain fare, often with the cuisine the region is noted for. Please note that in Europe, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often, the evening meal will be at 7:30 pm.

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

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