Dolomites Alta Via 1 Complete (Extended)

A well-paced 2 week trip along the iconic Italian ‘High Route 1’ through the best of the Dolomiti mountains, with a mid-walk rest day to recharge and explore the region’s ‘hiking capital’ of Cortina. Follow the full Alta Via 1 from north to south on some 140 km of well way-marked trails. Enjoy the greatest summits and vistas of the Dolomites, including Lake Braies at the start of the trail; the imposing Sennes and Fanes massifs and natural parks; Monte Lagazuoi with its sky-scraping rifugio; the Tofana range with its WWI battlefields, Croda da Lago with its lakeside Rifugio and further numerous enchanting mountain passes.
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Viewing format
recommended route Difficulty difficult
Distance 9.7 km
Duration 4:00 h
Ascent 942 m
Descent 299 m

Walk from Lago di Braies (Pragser Wildsee) to Rifugio Sennes via Rifugio Biella on the Alta Via 1. 

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from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure
recommended route Difficulty difficult
Distance 9.9 km
Duration 4:00 h
Ascent 568 m
Descent 639 m

Hike from Rifugio Sennes to Rifugio Fanes via Refugio Pederu admiring excellent views of the Sennes and Fanes massifs.

from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · Kronplatz
Rifugio Fanes to Rifugio Lagazuoi
recommended route Difficulty difficult
Distance 12 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 1,056 m
Descent 412 m

Walk from Rifugio Fanes to Refugio Lagazuoi via Passo Tadega and Forcella del Lago - an undulating day with spectacular views ending at the ‘Museo ...

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from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · Kronplatz
Rifugio Fanes to Rifugio Scotoni
recommended route Difficulty difficult
Distance 9.7 km
Duration 4:00 h
Ascent 535 m
Descent 609 m

If there is no availability in Rifugio Lagazuoi you may be staying in Rifugio Scotoni instead. Your Destination Specialist will have discussed ...

from Sarah Stone,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · Dolomiti d'Ampezzo, Dolomiti Bellunesi
Rifugio Lagazuoi to Cortina
recommended route Difficulty difficult
Distance 13.3 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 412 m
Descent 1,845 m

From Rifugio Lagazuoi walk out across rocky slopes dotted with the remains of WWI gun ramparts, trenches and officers’ quarters - a poignant place ...

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from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · Dolomites
Rifugio Scotoni to Cortina
Difficulty difficult
Distance 17.5 km
Duration 6:30 h
Ascent 941 m
Descent 1,722 m

If there is no availability in Rifugio Lagazuoi you may be staying in Rifugio Scotoni instead. Your Destination Specialist will have discussed ...

from Sarah Stone,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · Dolomiti d'Ampezzo, Dolomiti Bellunesi
Cortina to Rifugio Nuvolau
recommended route Difficulty difficult
Distance 12.6 km
Duration 5:15 h
Ascent 1,339 m
Descent 16 m

Pass through rhododendron forests to be greeted by views of Cinque Torri's peaks on the way to Rifugio Nuvolau.

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from Callum Broad,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · Dolomiti d'Ampezzo, Dolomiti Bellunesi
Rifugio Nuvolau to Rifugio Croda da Lago Palmieri
recommended route Difficulty difficult
Distance 8.3 km
Duration 3:00 h
Ascent 399 m
Descent 894 m

Walk from Rifugio Nuvolau to Rifugio Croda da Lago Palmieri via the Cinque Torri and it's hidden historic relics. 

from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · Dolomiti d'Ampezzo, Dolomiti Bellunesi
Rifugio Croda di Lago Palmieri to Rifugio Coldai
recommended route Difficulty difficult
Distance 16.6 km
Duration 5:30 h
Ascent 939 m
Descent 861 m

Walk from Rifugio Croda di Lago Palmieri to Rifugio Coldai on scree slopes and through green pastures.  

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from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 8.5 km
Duration 3:00 h
Ascent 331 m
Descent 750 m

Walk from Rifugio Coldai to Rifugio Vazzoler with fantastic views of Lago di Alleghe. 

from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure
recommended route Difficulty difficult
Distance 11 km
Duration 4:45 h
Ascent 1,039 m
Descent 1,167 m

Walk from Rifugio Vazzoler to Rifugio Passo Duran through the Parco Nazionale delle Dolomiti Bellunesi. 

from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · Zoldo Alto
Rifugio Passo Duran to Rifugio Fontana
recommended route Difficulty difficult
Distance 16.1 km
Duration 6:30 h
Ascent 1,099 m
Descent 1,031 m

Walk from Rifugio Passo Duran to Rifugio Fontana with ever-impressive alpine vistas. 

from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · Longarone
Rifugio Fontana to La Pissa Bus Stop
recommended route Difficulty difficult
Distance 11.6 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 480 m
Descent 1,672 m

Embark on the final stage of the Alta Via 1, walking from Rifugio Fontana to La Pissa bus stop.

from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure
Map / Hike to Pralongo  (alternative to Pian de Fontana)
Difficulty
Distance 18.8 km
Duration 6:45 h
Ascent 808 m
Descent 1,457 m

Alternative walk if you are NOT staying at the Pian de Fontana hut, descent to Pralongo and transfer to Belluno 

from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure
Map / Walk Pont dei Ros Val del Grisol to Pian de Fontana
Difficulty
Distance 3.9 km
Duration 1:55 h
Ascent 722 m
Descent 0 m

If overnighting in Belluno, transfer to Pont dei Ros Val del Grisol to walk back to the Alta Via

from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure