ALTA VIA 2 HIKING TOUR | ITALIAN DOLOMITES

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The Dolomites “Alta Via” n.2, leads from the Eisack Valley to the ancient town of Feltre. Through the centuries, Feltre became the core of Venetian culture on the border of the alpine mountains. The mountain ranges crossed by the “Alta Via 2” are some of the most famous in the Dolomites. Some peaks appear soft and inviting while others are dignified, haughty and as sharp as the turrets of old medieval castles.  The Plose, Peiterkofel, Púez, Sella, Marmolada Geisler mountain groups are good examples of the former while the Pale di San and the Alpi Feltrine are typical of the latter, with their arching peaks.

This route is divided into 13 stages offering a variety of different landscapes and geological features. The scenery alternates between mountains made of Dolomite rock such as the Peiterkofel, the Geisler, Sella, Pale and Cimònega to limestone mountains such as the Marmolada. Some regions, like the Plose, Púez, Padon, Bocche and Vette are made of a completely different type of rock and have therefore a completely different appearance, offering a strong and picturesque contrast to the Dolomite mountains.

However, it is the large plateaus make this route so special and unique. These plateaus lie between 2000m and 2500m above sea level and the Pale di San Martino measures around 50 km. The plateaus of the Sella, Púez, Zingari and the Vette Feltrine are smaller.

HIKING THE ALTA VIA 2 ROUTE NOTES

STAGE 1: From Bressanone to Rifugio Città di Bressanone-PlöseHütte

  • ELEVATION: gain 1900 m da Bressanone, 435 m da Valcroce, 150 dalla Seggiovia
  • LENGTH: 27 km departing from Bressanone
  • WALK TIME: 6,30 hours by foot from Bressanone
  • TRAILS: 4, 5 and 17
  • DIFFICULTY: E

STAGE 2: From Rifugio Città di Bressanone (Plöse Hütte) to Rifugio Genova (Schlüterhütte)

  • ELEVATION: 500 meters gain; 650 meters descent
  • LENGHT: 15 km
  • WALK TIME: ore 5
  • TRAILS: 4
  • DIFFICULTY: E, short section of fixed trail

STAGE 3: From Rifugio Genova-Schlüterhütte to Rifugio PùezPuezhütte

  • ELEVATION: 850 meters gain; 670 meters descent
  • LENGTH: 15 km
  • WALK TIME: 6 hours
  • TRAILS: 3 and 2
  • DIFFICULTY: EE, short section of fixed trail

STAGE 4: From Rifugio Pùez to Rifugio “Franco Cavazza” al Pisciadù

  • ELEVATION: 570 meters gain; 460 meters descent
  • LENGTH: 10 km
  • WALK TIME: 5 hours
  • TRAILS: 2 and 666
  • DIFFICULTY: EE, short section of fixed trail

STAGE 4: From Rifugio Pisciadù to Rifugio Castiglioni alla Marmolada

  • DIFFICULTY: 750 meters gain; 1280 meters descent
  • LENGTH: 19 km
  • WALK TIME: 6,30 to 7 hours
  • TRAILS: 666, 647, 627, 601
  • DIFFICULTY: EE, section of fixed trail

STAGE 5: From Rifugio Castiglioni alla Marmolada to Passo San Pellegrino

  • ELEVATION: 1100 meters gain; 1200 meters descent
  • LENGTH: 16 km
  • WALK TIME: 7 hours
  • TRAILS: Paved road and trails 610, 689, 694, 670, 607
  • DIFFICULTY: T e E

STAGE 6: From Passo San Pellegrino to Rifugio “Volpi” al Mulàz

  • ELEVATION: 1100 meters gain; 500 meters descent
  • LENGHT: 14 km
  • WALK TIME: 7 hours
  • TRAILS: 658 and 751
  • DIFFICULTY: EE, short section of fixed trail

STAGE 8: From Rifugio “Volpi” to Mulàz al Rifugio “Pedrotti” alla Rosetta

  • ELEVATION: 760 meters gain; 750 meters descent
  • LENGTH: 8 km
  • WALK TIME: 5 hours
  • TRAILS: 703
  • DIFFICULTY: EE e EEA on Sentiero delle Faràngole

STAGE 9: From Rifugio Rosetta to Rifugio Pradidàli and Rifugio Treviso

  • ELEVEATION: 720 meters gain; 1600 meters descent
  • LENGTH: 14 km
  • WALK TIME: 7 hours
  • TRAILS: 702, 715, 709, 711, 707
  • DIFFICULTY: EE with short section of EEA

STAGE 10: From Rifugio Treviso to Passo Ceréda

  • ELEVATION:  1150 meters gain; 900 meters descent
  • LENGTH: 10 km
  • WALK TIME: 4,30 hours
  • TRAILS: 718
  • DIFFICULTY: EE

STAGE 11: From Passo Ceréda to Bivacco Feltre “Walter Bodo”  or Rifugio “Bruno Boz”

  • ELEVATION: 1200 meters gain; 600 meters descent
  • LENGHT: 14 km
  • WALK TIME: 6,30 hours
  • TRAILS: 801
  • DIFFICULTY: EE, short section of fixed trail

STAGE 12: From Bivacco Feltre to Rifugio Dal Piaz

  • ELEVATION: 900 meters gain; 650 meters descent
  • LENGHT: 15 km
  • WALK TIME: 7 hours
  • TRAILS: 801
  • DIFFICULTY: EE, short section of fixed trail

STAGE 13: From Rifugio Dal Piaz to Croce d’Àune the down to Feltre

  • LENGTH: 980 meters descent to Croce d’Àune, 1670 meters descent to Feltre
  • LENGTH: 19 km
  • WALK TIME: 6 hours
  • TRAILS: 801 and paved road
  • DIFFICULTY: E e T

ITALIAN DOLOMITES ALTO VIA 2 HIKING TRAIL MAP

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ALTA VIa HIKING TOURS IN THE ITALIAN DOLOMITES

Hiking the Alta Vie Trails of the Dolomites of Italy

There's no greater thrill, then to challenge yourself by hiking from one mountain valley to another crossing spectacular summits, or starting at one seashore and biking or walking to another. Hiking the Alte vie (high routes) in the Italian Dolomites is an unforgettable and lifetime experience that is unmatched by walks in any other mountain range.

Hiking the Alte Vie in the Italian Dolomites is much different then walking Appalachian Trail,Sierra Nevada trails, or the great Alps traverse. Many other walks can be done with very little support other than your, backpack, map, and understanding of where the mountain huts are located. Hiking the upper trails in the Dolomites will also allow you to explore the diverse heritage of the mountain valleys, unique geological history, and food and drink of the region.

Within the Italian Dolomites there are 10 Alta Via routes that are well signposted and maintained. Routes can vary in degree of difficulty and cross different mountain groups where you are exposed to different environments. You can hike the entire route or just do a few days along the route.

Alta Vie Hiking Trails Italian Dolomites

Alta Via 1 - 150 km, 12 Days· This is the classic and easiest route that runs from Lago di Braies, in the Trentino Alto Adige Region, and takes you down to Belluno, in the Veneto Region, you will across the heart of the Italian Dolomites from north to south.

Alta Via 2 - 185 km, 14 Days: Also one of the older classic routes the Alta Via 2 is a bit longer and more difficult then the Alta Via 1. Starting in Bressanone, BZ and running south to Feltre, BL the route is almost all within the Trentino-Alto Adige region.· The route passes over the Putia, Odie-Puez Mountain Group, Sella Mountain Group, Marmolada Mountain Group, Pale di San Martino Mountain Group, and Feltrine Mountain Group of the Italian Dolomites.

Alta Via 3 - 120 km, 10 Days: Also known as Alta Via dei Camosci, route starts in Dobbiaco, Bolzano province and ends in Longarone, Belluno Province. The route passes through the Dolomiti di Braies, Cristallo Mountain Group, Sorapiss Mountain Group, Marmarole Mountain Group, Pelmo Mountain Group and Bosconero mountain group of the Italian Prealps. The route is one of the more difficult.

Alta Via 4 - 90 km, 8 DaysAlta Via di Grohman starts in San Cadido, BZ and ends in Pieve di Cadore, BL in the Veneto.· The route passes through the mountain groups of Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Cadidni di Misurina, Sorapiss Mountain Group, Marmarole Mountain Group, and the Antelao Mountain Group. The route is challenging and has some fixed lines on some sections.

Alta Via 5 - 100 km, 9 Days:· Alta Via di Tiziano connects Sesto, BZ with Pieve di Cadore BL and crosses the Sesto Mountain Group, Marmarole Mountian Group, Sorapiss Mountain Group and Antelao Mountian Group.

Alta Via 6 - 190 km, 14 Days: Also called the Alta Via dei Silenzi this route starts in Sappada, BL and ends in Vittorio Veneto, TV and traverses the d'Oltre Piave Dolomiti and the Carniche of the Italian Prealps.· The mountains are not as rugged as other routes, but there are long sections that are isolated and not very frequented.

Alta Via 7 - 35 + 75 km, 9 Days: This route is divided into two sections that traverse the Col Nudo and Calallo Mountains of the Italian Prealps and sections of the Oltre Piave Dolomites and then over to the Col Visentin Mountains down to the Veneto Plain. The first section is very remote.

Alta Via 8 - 160 km, 13 Day: This route was developed to showcase the western Italian Dolomites and starts in Bessanone, BZ and ending in Salorno, TO.  This is an easy route that passes through the Putia-Odle Mountain Group, Sciliar Mountian Group, Catinaccio Mountain Group, Latemar Mountain Group and hills in the d'Ega valley.

Alta Via 9 - 90 km, 12 Days: This is the only alta via that runs west to east, rather than north to south. The route starts in Bolzano, BZ and ends in Santo Stefano di Cadore, BL crossing the Sciliar Mountain Group, Catinaccio Mountain Group, Sella Mountain Group, Tofane Mountain Group, Cristallo Mountain Group and Sesto Mountain Group.

Alta Via 10 - 115 km, 16 Days: This is the only alta via on the western side of the Adige valley and runs from Bolzano, BZ to Gardone Riviera, BG, on Lake Garda. The route passes through the Mandola, Mountains, The Brenta Mountain Group, and the Cadria and Caploner mountains of the Italian Prealps. This route includes the famous fixed cable route, vie ferrata della Bocchette of the Brenta Mountain Group, the fixed line route can be bypassed.

ALTA VIa 1 HIKING TRAIL ITALIAN DOLOMITES

Hiking the Italia Dolomites
The Italian Dolomites, Alto Via Hiking Route # 1 is a great walk for anyone who loves alpine nature and enjoys backpacking at a moderate altitude without too much danger. It crosses the heart of the Dolomites in its central mountains groups, from Pusteria (in the Bolzano Province of the Trentino Alto Adige Region) to Belluno (in the Belluno Province of the Veneto Region.  The Alto Vie 1 route passes through the Dolomites of Bràies,  Cortina d’Ampezzo, Zoldano, Agordino and Belluno, offering wonderful landscapes and sure to excite.

The northernmost part of this High Route starts from the charming Bràies Lake and goes through the romantic reign of Fanes, as far as the Tofane. Once here, mountain experts will have the opportunity to experience the thrill of safeguarded climbs. Following the easy trail, you will enter the beautiful Zoldo Valley, which pays homage to the regal hugeness of Mt Pelmo.
 Hiking on the Civetta Group offers the grandest views of all the Dolomites. This fantastic itinerary ends in the green Valbelluna.

Be careful: do not undertake this route before thaw, i.e. before the end of June.

Route: from Braies Lake (in Val Pusteria) to Belluno passing through many of the most spectacular parts of the Dolomite Mountains.
Stages: 12 (can be reduced to 8/9 by skipping some stretches)

Length: 150 km
Days needed to walk: 13 days

Difficulty: Easy

ALTA VIA 1 HIKING TOUR ROUE NOTES

Section 1 - Braies Lake - Rifugio Biella


Three hours and a half walk through an enchanting plateau.
From the rifugio you can easily reach the Croda del Becco peak in an hour and a half walk.

Section 2 - Rifugio Biella - Rifugio Fànes


Four - five hours walk.
From rifugio Fànes, along the "Via della Pace" ("peace route"), you reach the Croda del Valùn Blanch from where you will have an exceptional view of the Tofane and the Val Travenànzes.

Section 3 - Rifugio Fànes - Rifugio Lagazuòi


Five hours walk.
Easy stage which crosses, over the Forcella del Lago, the pass is between Torre del Lago and Cima Scotoni. Once over the peak you work your way downhill to the small Lagazuòi Lake.

Section 4 - Rifugio Lagazuòi - Rifugio Dibona


Three - four hours walk.
Today is a great option for individuals equipped to confront a via ferrata, the Vie Ferrata Lipella is an option The Ferreta is a spectacular 6 hour itinerary which crosses the positions of the First World War and goes downhill to Rifugio Giussani (at Forcella Fontananegra, between the Tofane di Ròzes and di Mezzo).
For less experienced walkers,  make sure you are equipped with a flashlight, can explore the old war tunnel, bore by the Alpine soldiers in July 1916, in Castelletto.

Section 5 - Rifugio Dibona - Rifugio Cinque Torri - Rifugio Nuvolau


Five hours walk.
Today pass near the Cinque Torri is one of the most beautiful rock formation and well known for rock climbing routes.  A great place to lunch and take a break today is at Rifugio Nuvolau, one of the most charming natural balconies in the Dolomites.

Section 6 - Rifugio Nuvolau - Rifugio Palmieri - Rifugio Città di Fiume


Three hours walk.
This itinerary works it way to the foot of Monte Pelmo, one of the first massifs to be climbed at the beginning of the XIX century.

Section 7 - Rifugio Venezia - Rifugio Sonnino al Coldài


Four hours walk.
Excellent walk today to reach Rifugio Coldài, this is one of the most suitable place where to enjoy a romantic sunset on the northern walls of the Civetta Mountain Group, one of the most well-known Dolomites peaks.

Section 8 - Rifugio Sonnino - Rifugio Tissi - Rifugio Vazzolèr


Four - five hours walk.
From the Rifugio, the via ferrata Alleghesi leads to the Civetta peak, while the via Tissi is reserved to walking with good alpine mountain skills. Today you have an excellent view 1.300 metres below Rifugio Tissi where Lake Alleghe sits.


Section 9 - Rifugio Vazzolèr - Rifugio Carestiano


Four hours and a half walk today.

Section 10 - Rifugio Carestiano - Rifugio Pramperèt


Four - five hours walk.

Section 11 - Rifugio Pramperèt - Rifugio 7° alpini


From ten to twelve hours.
This is the longest stage which winds among rocky landscapes and the green mountain pastures in Val Vescovà.

Section 12 - Rifugio 7° alpini – Belluno


Two - three hours walk. 
Easy stage which winds along the Val D'Ardo to reach your final destination at Belluno

ALTA VIA 5 HIKING TOUR ITALIAN DOLOMITES

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Alta Via n. 5 hiking trail is dedicated to the artist Titian, who used images of the Marmarole mountain, that is a sub section of the Antelao Mountain Group. to enrich the background of his pictures.  A good portion of this trail crosses the Marmarole Mountain, therefore it is a fitting name.

  • Start Point (North): Sesto di Pusteria
  • Finish Point (South): Pieve di Cadore
  • N. Stages: 7 
Lenght: 100 km 

  • Average Time To Walk: 10 days

  • Difficulty Level: PD/medium

ALTA VIA 5 HIKING TOUR ROUTE NOTES

"Titian’s High Route", from Sesto in Pusteria to Pieve di Cadore, can be divided into 3 parts, which corresponds to the main mountain groups you cross; Croda dei Tòni and the Popèra; second, the Marmaròle; third, the Antelao. On the Croda dei Toni and on the Antelao the route follows trails that are not particularly difficult for a trained hiker and that are always well equipped in case of dangerous passages.
Instead, however extraordinary and unique, the Marmarole present greater difficulty given by isolation, a great difference in height and fog.

KEY CHECKPOINTS AND RIFUGI OF THE ALTA VIA 5 ROUTE

Rifugio Zsigmondy Comici - Rifugio Giosuè Carducci
Three hours and a half walk.
From Sesto (1316 mt) reach by car, (towards San Giuseppe di Moso), Campo Fiscallino (Dolomitenhof - 1454 m). Leave the car and enter the dirt road to Capanna di Fondovalle (Talschlusshütte - 1548m) and, (following the path n. 103), reach Rifugio Zsigmondy Comici (2224 m), at the foot of the northern wall of the Croda dei Toni (Zwölferkofel) and the eastern slope of the Cima Undici (Elferkofel).

Walk along the Lago Ghiacciato, through the scree of the Croda dei Toni, and reach the Rifugio Giosuè Carducci where, in summer it is possible to overnight (34 beds - booking recommended)

For those who desire to stay in on of the two rifugio of this stage, the excursions to Croda dei Tòni Tour (height hours and a half, starting point and arrival Rifugo Zsigmondy Comici) and the Pòpera Tour (13 hours, with overnight possibility at Rifugio al Popèra-Antonio Berti -booking recommended- or at Rifugio Selvapiana-Italo Lunelli; starting point and arrival at Rifugo Zsigmondy Comici or Rifugio Giosuè Carducci)

Rifugio Giosuè Carducci - Ponte da Rin in Val Ansièi
Three hours walk. If you want to reach Rifugio Ciareìdo it will take eight hours and a half.
This easy stretch allows to visit the nice town of Auronzo di Cadore. Here several structures can offers many overnight possibilities.
  More trained hikers can link the second o the third stage and reach Rifugio Ciarèido or Rifugio Baiòn-Boni (eight hours and a half from Rifugio Carducci).

Ponte da Rin in Val Ansièi - Rifugio Ciarèido o Rifugio Baion-Boni
Five hours and a half walk.
Majestic panorama on the eastern Dolomites and on those beyond Val d'Ansièi.
Interesting excursions to the Rifugi per il Monte Agùdo.

Rifugio Ciarèido o Rifugio Baion-Boni - Bivacco Rifugio Tiziano
Six hours and a half walk.
In this stage the ferrata "Sentiero degli Alpini" is included (excellently restored ex-novo by the Alpine guides in 1989), and made by a series of metal ropes which lead the excursionist, without any particular difficulties to forcella Giau de la Tana (2650 m). Majestic panorama on the Popèra, Cadìni and the Tre Cime di Lavaredo.
Also in this stage, expert Alpine guides can suggest many interesting excursions.

Bivacco Rifugio Tiziano - Bivacco Musatti - Bivacco Voltolìna
This stage takes nine hours walk and is proposed in only one stage. However, excursionists can divide it as they like it, considering the bivouacs availability too.

Bivacco Voltolìna - Rifugio San Marco - Rifugio Galassi
Four hours and a half walk.
This stage sees an increasing exposure, but the path is good and well equipped in the most binding stretches. Metal ropes and short equipped stretches (often covered with snow) requires a minimum mountaineering experience.
Alpine guides, very often give changes which allow to reach the rifugio San Marco and Galassi skipping the Cèngia del Doge. 
From Rifugio Galassi it is then possible to reach, through a not difficult but long route, the Antelao peak (3264 m). The climb is recommended, but it takes a whole day.

Rifugio Galassi - Rifugio Antelao - Pieve di Cadore
Seven hours and a half walk.
Interesting and not tiring excursion which allow to plunge in the heart of the Dolomites.

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