Alta Via 1: Italian Dolomites Traverse

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The Alta Via 1 (AV1) is the ultimate multi-day hut-to-hut trek and the original and flagship high level route through the Dolomites. The Alta Via 1, described in the outdoor press as “one of the world’s premier treks”, is a north-south traverse of Italy’s spectacular Dolomites.

This diverse route encompasses flower-filled alpine meadows underneath towering Dolomite peaks, crashing waterfalls, clear turquoise lakes, World War 1 heritage sites, and wild, remote sections. The highest point of the trek is 2750m at Rifugio Lagzazuoi. Staying high in the mountains in the excellent network of mountain refuges means you will be in the very best place to enjoy the spectacular sunrises and sunset of the Dolomites.

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The route is not technical and is accessible to regular walkers. Typically you can expect around 6 hours of walking each day and ascents and descents of about 700m. Bedding and food are provided by the mountain huts along the way, so you just need to carry the things you would normally take with you for a day’s walking, a few basic toiletries, a change of clothes and a sheet sleeping bag liner.

You will have the chance to explore the fascinating history of the region and enjoy a well-earned glass of wine on a mountain hut balcony while watching the sunset turn the Dolomites to their famous pink colour. Why not make the most of Italy’s late summer sunshine and a cheap flight?

Self-guided or guided?
We offer this trip both guided and self-guided. Self-guided trips can be run for 1 person or more.

Trip length: 8, 10 or 12 days
For those with just a week to spare, the Alta Via 1 trek can be split into 2 halves – the northern section and the southern section. We recommend that you do the northern section first. Each trip is 8 days including travel days allowing you to fly in and out of Italy on the same day of the week, eg Saturday to Saturday flights for example.
If you have a little longer, you can do a 10-day trip including travel days from Lago di Braies to Passo Duran.
For the purists amongst you, the whole trek from Lago di Braies to Belluno takes 12 days including travel days
For more details see the itinerary

The trek can be run between the dates of 20 June – 20 September on dates to suit you.

Although many of our trips are tailor-made to suit your requirements, we are very competitive on price.
To give you an idea, our 2019 prices are:
Alta Via 1: 8 days from: £785, €855 self-guided
Alta Via 1: 10 days from: £985, €1035 self-guided
Alta Via 1: 12 days from: £1095, €1145 self-guided

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