Alta Via 1: Italian Dolomites Traverse

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Join us on the the Alta Via 1 (High Route), the ultimate multi-day trek and the original and flagship high level route through the Dolomites. The Alta Via 1 (AV1), 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 we are 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 we can expect around 6 hours of walking each day and ascents and descents of about 700m. The route has been graded moderate / demanding as we will carry our own clothing for trekking from refuge to refuge, though bedding and food is provided by the refuges, so do not need to be carried.

We will have the chance to explore the fascinating history of the region, and enjoy a well-earned glass of wine on a refuge 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 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.

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