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. 

from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Hiking trail · Kronplatz
Rifugio Sennes to Rifugio Fanes
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 Ltd
Hiking trail · 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 ...

from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Hiking trail · Kronplatz
Rifugio Fanes to Rifugio Scotoni
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 this ...

from Sarah Stone,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Hiking trail · 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 ...

from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Hiking trail · 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 this ...

from Sarah Stone,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Hiking trail · 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 Ltd
Hiking trail · 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 Ltd
Hiking trail · Dolomiti d'Ampezzo, Dolomiti Bellunesi
Rifugio Croda di Lago Palmieri to Rifugio Coldai
recommended route Difficulty difficult
Distance 15 km
Duration 5:30 h
Ascent 1,034 m
Descent 955 m

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

from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Hiking trail · Belluno
Rifugio Coldai to Rifugio Vazzoler
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 Ltd
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 Ltd
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 Ltd
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 Ltd