Take the bus to the start of your walk, the Alta Via 1 starts with a pleasant walk around Lake Braies, before tackling a steep ascent into the mountains and to Rifugio Biella (2327 m) from where you can take an optional hike to the summit of Croda del Becco (2812 m). Alternatively, continue on the mountain track (route 6) down to Rifugio Sennes, located at 2126 m with panoramic views over Croda Rossa (3246 m), Cristallo (3221 m), Sorapis (3205 m), and Tofana (3243 m).
This is a tough day if you are re-adjusting to long distance trails, but it is ultimately very rewarding.
Tip van de auteur
It’s a good idea to double-check the bus station in Cortina before you set off again, to check the latest timetables locally, so you are prepared
The first part of the trail is extremely rocky, dry, and without any shade, make sure you have plenty of water with you.
RustplaatsenMunt de Sennes Hütte
Today you may be walking past a few different areas where cows graze. Although generally very docile and used to walkers, keep your distance and never turn your back on a cow that is behaving strangely or aggressive. Be particularly vigilant around cows with calves.
Watch the short term local weather forecasts. Avoid high altitude hiking when the weather is bad. There are plenty of trails in the valleys, that allow you to reach a village quickly if bad weather sets in.
Tips en hints
Your day starts with a bus ride (Cortina Express) from Cortina (via Dobbiaco) to Lago di Braies. You can check the latest timetables at the bus station in Cortina (they are on display, or you can check at the ticket office).
You can buy your ticket to Dobbiaco at the ticket office in Cortina (go to counter 4, or you can buy your ticket on the bus itself). The journey is approx. 45 mins (timetable: Cortina – Alta Pusteria www.cortinaexpress.it/index.php/linee-autobus-cortina/?lang=en )
Get off at Dobbiaco bus station; the bus connects with the onward bus to Lago di Braies (departs Dobbiaco Autostazione – line 442 – for timetables see www.sii.bz.it/. You’ll need to take bus number 442 ‘Pragser Wildsee & Lago di Braies’ to Lago di Braies, duration approx. 25 mins. Pay on boarding the bus.
The bus will drop you off at the end of the lake, where there is a small souvenir shop and toilets. This is your last chance to buy provisions for the day as there are no other places to stop until you reach Rifugio Biella, at the end of a steep climb.
Such is the way of Alpine hiking that you need to be prepared for all seasons and weathers; sturdy hiking boots, warm clothes and a waterproof/wind-break layer are all required, as is plenty of sun cream and a healthy respect for the sun.
Walking poles will be a big advantage on some of these ascents and descents.
Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike it might be beneficial to bring a power bank.
This walk is isolated with few opportunities to buy food or water so be sure to bring enough with you.
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