Italy

Trekking in the Italian Dolomites
– the most beautiful mountains in the world”

“The most beautiful mountains in the world” is how Reinhold Messner described the Dolomites when he supported their successful UNESCO World Heritage bid. Here at trekMountains we agree with him because of:

  • the variety – every turn you take in the Dolomites offers a new view
  • the adaptability – the Dolomite mountains offer walking for everyone – whether you are looking for a gentle stroll, a family walk, a mountain experience or a challenging via ferrata
  • the hospitality in the excellent network of mountain rifugi and hotels in the area is exceptional – you can always be assured of a warm welcome in the Dolomites
  • the incredible diversity of flora and fauna. 
  • the Dolomites are simply stunning in every season

We think that all these factors combine to make the mountain trekking in the Dolomites the very best hiking anywhere in the world.

Our treks can be done either as guided or self-guided walking holidays.

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We tailor the route and accommodation to suit your needs for all our Italian walking holidays. Our Italian Dolomites treks are shown below:

Alta Via 1 – Dolomites

Sunset from Rifugio Lagazuoi Alta Via 1 Dolomites (c) Charles Masters
  • the AV1 – our most popular trek
  • constantly changing views
  • clearly marked paths
  • quality mountain accommodation
  • WW1 tunnels and trenches
  • flexible route…6, 8, 10 or 12 days
  • June – Sept on your dates
  • guided or self-guided
  • suitable for regular walkers
  • adaptable for families.
  • details…

UNESCO Geotrail – Dolomites

  • a fascinating journey through time
  • walk through ancient coral reefs, volcanic rock landscapes, alpine meadows and beautiful Italian villages
  • 1 or 2 weeks
  • July – Sept on your dates
  • guided or self-guided
  • suitable for regular walkers
  • details…

Tre Cime Circuit – Dolomites

  • the iconic 3 peaks of the Dolomites
  • explore WW1 tunnels and trenches
  • flexible route…6 or 8 days
  • July – Sept on your dates
  • guided or self-guided
  • our easiest Dolomites walking holiday
  • suitable for regular walkers
  • adaptable for families
  • details…

Alta Via 2 – Dolomites

Alta Via 2 Dolomites Italy trekMountains
  • our most technically challenging Dolomites trek
  • includes some cabled via ferrata
  • explore the wild terrain of the ibex
  • our AV2 summits Piz Boe 3152m
  • July – Sept on your dates
  • self-guided
  • suitable for experienced trekkers
  • details…

If you’re not sure where to start looking for your next walking holiday, we would recommend that you look at the Alta Via 1 – the Dolomite’s flagship high level route. Our flexible itinerary makes it easy for us to fit some of Italy’s best hiking into whatever length of holiday you have.

Picture yourself walking in Italy’s warm summer mountain temperatures, blue skies, sunshine, looking for edelweiss, watching ibex, chamois and marmot and enjoying a well-earned drink of Italian wine on the balcony of a quality mountain rifugio high in the mountains away from every day life while watching the sun turn the Dolomite mountains their famous pink colour. Those are the reasons why we love hiking the mountains of Italy – why would you choose anywhere else for your next walking holiday?

The Dolomites are most easily accessed via the culturally-unique city of Venice, and a stay there makes a great addition to the start or end of your trek.