The Dolomites were named after Deodat de Dolomieu, a French geologist who discovered an unusual carbonate rock with foreign properties in 1789. "Dolomite" became the name of both the mineral as well as the mountain range in which he found it. Long known as a paradise for rock climbers, the Dolomites are a great destination for fit hikers as well. The soaring limestone spires of the Dolomites make a stunning backdrop to pretty villages, mountain meadows and a highly developed trail system. Summer is the season to explore these trails, when nature shows itself in full splendour. To fully experience the region a close-knit and varied network of paths are used to traverse the forests, rock faces, rivers, and lakes of the 'Monti Pallidi', or Pale Mountains. The rifugios are atmospheric and cosy with dining rooms serving delicious typical Italian and Tyrolean local cuisine. A guided climb on one day using the Via Ferrate is available for an additional supplement.
DAY 1 Arrive Cortina, meet with our representative for a briefing and distribution of maps DAY 2 Hike around the soaring Tre Cime di Lavaredo peaks (4hrs) DAY 3 Take in the incredible views of endless jagged peaks en route to Rifugio Vallandro (5-6hrs) DAY 4 Traverse around Croda Rossa (6hrs) DAY 5 A challenging hike along the "Alta Via N.1" to Rifugio Lavarella (2060m) (5-6hrs) DAY 6 Hike through valleys then via Lagazuoi Lake to Rifugio Lagazuoi (6-7hrs) DAY 7 Continue on the Alta Via and transfer by bus to Cortina (5hrs) DAY 8 Trip concludes Cortina
Daily departures from 16 Jun to 10 Oct
High season is from 16 Jun to 29 Aug and a supplement applies.
*7 breakfasts, 5 dinners *2 nights in a 3 star hotel on a twin share basis, 5 nights mountain refuge on dormitory share basis (double room possible - supplement applies) *arrival briefing *information pack including route notes and maps *emergency hotline