Spectacular Peaks and Southern Tyrolean Heritage

Trip Level

This trip is Level 4 or 5, depending on the hiking options you choose. During our ten days of hiking, we have two hiking options to choose from on most days, ranging from moderate to challenging by Alps standards. Each day will include anywhere from three to seven hours of hiking, with options that give us time for visiting small villages and other interesting places en route. Most hiking is between 5,000 and 9,000 feet, with the routes featuring a good bit of up-and-down (although some level walks are available). While the Dolomites are not exceptionally high, they are steep and rugged, and this trip, while not difficult, is aimed for those who have at least some experience of mountain hiking. All participants must be in good physical condition. No climbing or mountaineering experience is necessary. Of course, you are always free to skip a day’s hike and travel to the next destination in the support vehicle. The support vehicle transports the group’s luggage, so you only need to carry a daypack for items you need for the day (sweater, camera, water bottle).

We strongly urge you to “train up” for your trip. Your enjoyment of the trip will be very dependent on your level of fitness. The best training for hiking is hiking, especially over hills or rough terrain. Next best are running, swimming, bicycling or other sports exercise. Stair-climbing machines are excellent preparation for hiking uphill. Try to incorporate exercise into your daily schedule at least a couple of months before departure. Your feet should also be well prepared—make sure your hiking boots are sturdy and thoroughly broken-in. Altitude is not a problem on these trips. The itineraries are designed to take you gently to higher altitude, giving you plenty of time to acclimatize. However, some people still find they get a few problems when they first reach high altitude. Slight headache and sleeplessness are the most common problems.

On most days, breakfast will be around 7:30 am. You should bring your packed bag to the hotel lobby when you come down for breakfast on days when we will be changing hotels. We usually leave the hotel at around 8:00 or 8:30 am. The Trip Leader will describe each day’s hiking options including trail conditions, level of challenge, elevation gain or loss, mileage, and duration, so that you can choose the one that fits your wishes best for that day. Lunch will usually be either in a small village, mountain lodge, or a picnic amidst the beauty of the surrounding mountains.

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.

Our accommodations are in comfortable, small hotels with private bathrooms. Our hotels have been chosen as much as possible for their ambience and history and they 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 the two nights at alpine lodges.

For two nights we stay in a fantastic alpine lodge with 4- or 6-person rooms with shared bath and showers. The bedding at the lodges is very clean, consisting of a down comforter, a bottom sheet, and a pillow. There is limited vehicle or cable car access to these alpine lodges, so you will not have to carry your overnight luggage.

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.

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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