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Dolomites Haute Route Trek

9 nights

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Highlights

Explore the highlights of the Dolomites Haute Route through on this self-guided 10-day trek.

Hike past the three majestic pinnacles of Tre Cime di Lavaredo.
Hike along a historic trail from World War I.
Surround yourself with authentic Tyrolean culture and hospitality as you stay in mountain huts along your trek.
Trek through lush valleys, across brilliant green pastures, around stunning mountain lakes, and experience the full diversity of the Dolomite landscape.

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10 days / 9 nights
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This trekking tour follows the Haute Route through the Dolomites, taking in some of the best of the Dolomites.  Explore famous peaks, exquisite valleys and some of the best scenery the Alps have to offer on this 10-day self-guided trekking tour along the Haute Route in the Dolomites.

Starting with the three pinnacles of Tre Cime, each day of this tour offers new wonders to behold and amazing experiences to be had. Hike up to stunning overlooks, down through scenic valleys, and along the shores of quiet alpine lakes. You’ll be amazed at the diversity of the landscape as it continually impresses you on each day of this 10-day self-guided trekking tour.  Trekking along the Haute Route in the Dolomites does not disappoint!

Along the way, encounter the Italian and German cultures of the Tyrolean region of the Alps as you stay in mountain huts and hotels. The warm hospitality and delicious local food complete the overall experience perfectly. This is an unforgettable Dolomite trekking adventure!

Beautiful rock formations on self-guided trekking tour in Dolomites, Italy

Dolomites Haute Route Trek Itinerary

Day 1 Meet in Bressanone

Make your way to Bressanone (Brixen), Italy. When you check in to your hotel, you will receive a travel pack containing all the information you need for your tour.
Overnight Location: 3-Star hotel in Bressanone
Distance: None
Meals: None

Day 2 Trek to Tre Cime and stay at Locatelli Hut

At 9:00 AM, a taxi will meet you at your hotel and take you to Val Camp di Dentro, where you will begin your trek in the Dolomites. The day begins with an easy, pleasant walk to the Dreischusterhütte Hut. From here, you will truly enter the heart of the Dolomite mountains. Your hike continues to the renowned Tre Cime, beneath the legendary Torre di Toblin. A well-known via ferrata from World War I can be found here. Leave your backpack at the Locatelli Hut and feel free to explore this incredible area. Spend the night at Locatelli Hut, which is one of the oldest huts in the Dolomites. Built in 1883 but renovated more recently, this mountain hut is in the perfect location for Tre Cime adventures, such as an optional guided via ferrata climbing tour. Book this tour in advance, either on Paterno or Torre di Toblin.
Overnight Location: Locatelli Hut
Distance: 12 km / 4 hours hiking. 950 m elevation gain, 100 m elevation loss
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 Trek to Prato Piazza Hut

As you leave the Locatelli Hut behind you, take in one final view of the stunning north faces of Tre Cime. Continue your trek westward along an easy path that leads you down through the Val Ribon. Hike to the bottom of this valley, then follow the trail uphill again to the Strudelkopfsattel Pass (2,200 m / 7,218 ft) in the shadow of Monte Specie. Finish the day by hiking down through lovely Dolomite pastures in the Pratopiazza Valley. Spend a cozy night resting at the Prato Piazza Hut.
Overnight Location: Prato Piazza Hut
Distance: 16 km / 6 hours hiking. 800 m elevation gain, 1,200 m elevation loss
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 Trek to Lago di Braies

Cross the lovely Prato Piazza meadow and continue hiking toward Croda Rossa (3,146 m / 10,322 ft), which is also called Hohe Gaisl in German. This exciting trail involves trekking along a via ferrata (chains), though people prone to vertigo should consider bypassing this route via the trail that leads to Ponticello. After this, another pleasant path leads you through beautiful alpine pastures to reach the Cavallo Pass (2,287 m / 7,503 ft). From the pass, hike down to the breathtaking Lake Braies (Lago di Braies) where you will spend the night in this magical location.
Overnight Location: Hotel Lago di Braies
Distance: 12 km / 5.5 hours hiking. 500 m elevation gain, 1,000 m elevation loss
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 Trek to Malga Ra Stua

Today’s hike takes you along the opposite side of this clear, alpine lake and along the western side of Croda del Becco. When you reach the Forcella di Riciogogn (2,331 m / 7,648 ft), you will enter an “altitude rock desert”. Continue until you reach a small, traditional mountain hut called Biella, which is an excellent place to stop and eat lunch. After lunch, your trail descends into the valley and pass the lovely Gran de Foses Lake. Hike to the valley bottom and find your charming accommodations for the night: the Malga Ra Stua mountain hut.
Overnight Location: Malga Ra Stua Hut
Distance: 14 km / 6 hours hiking. 1,000 m elevation gain, 800 m elevation loss
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 Trek to Fanes

Hike along a historic trail that was built by Austrians during the first World War until you reach the Fodara Vedla Hut. Your trail then continues on to Pederu and Alta Via Dolomiti #1. End the day with a trek through the Fanes Valley until you come to the renowned open pastures of Fanes. Here, you’ll spend the night in the Üćia de Fanes mountain hut, and enjoy their warm hospitality and wonderful local cuisine.
Overnight Location: Fanes Hut
Distance: 11 km / 4 hours hiking. 850 m elevation gain, 500 m elevation loss
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 Trek to Gardenaccia Hut

During today’s unusual hike across the Fanes high plateau (altipiano), try to imagine how it looked thousands of years ago when this tableland was an island surrounded by a lagoon. As you cross the plateau, keep your eyes open for fossils from this era. When you have reached Medesc Pass, the trail takes a downward turn toward Alta Badia. Initially, the trail has a very steep grade, but it becomes gentler as it meanders through the forest. A final push on this long day will bring you to the Gardenaccia Hut (2,050 m / 6,726 ft) where you will enjoy a comfortable night’s rest and fantastic views of the Fanes high plateau and Marmolada mountain. Marmolada, at 3,343 m (10,968 ft), is the tallest peak in the Dolomites. This is a long day, and the final stretch up to Gardenaccia Hut can be shortened by taking a chairlift.
Overnight Location: Gardenaccia Hut
Distance: 14.5 km / 7 hours hiking. 1,200 m elevation gain, 1,200 m elevation loss
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 Trek over Passo Sella to Friedrich August Hut

Begin with a short trek up to the Gardenaccia Pass (2,543 m / 8,343 ft). Then follow a pleasant trail to the Puez Hut, where you will find fantastic views of Marmolada and the surrounding peaks. Leaving the hut, the path winds steeply down into the San Silvestro Valley, where peaceful, lovely alpine pastures await you.  Follow the trail through this serene valley until you reach Wolkenstein Village and the San Silvestro Church. From here, a bus will take you to the renowned Passo Sella. Spend the night in the nearby Friedrich August Hut.
Overnight Location: Friedrich August Hut
Distance: 15 km / 5.5 hours hiking. 650 m elevation gain, 1,000 m elevation loss
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 Trek over Passo di Fassa to Alpe Di Tires Hut

Follow the Friedrich August Trail along a long stretch of balcony to the Passo di Fassa, then continue west, climbing up to the Val Duron Valley. At the beginning of the famous Rosengarten Range, you will find your accommodations for the night: the Alpe Di Tires Hut.
Overnight Location: Alpe di Tires Hut
Distance: 12 km / 4 hours hiking. 700 m elevation gain, 500 m elevation loss
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 Trek to Nova Levante and transfer to Bolzano

End your trekking tour today with another incredible hike in the Dolomites.  You will start from the Alpe Di Tires Hut and hike through the Rosengarten Range. This amazing “Rose garden” massif gets its name from the pink tint in the rock, caused by the mineral dolomite. Hike to the Passo Principe Hut, a fantastic sight as it is built into the rock. Continue along the trail on a gentle descent to the Vajolet Hut. From here you have a choice. You can either take a shorter but much more challenging trail which leads to the Coronelle Pass, where there is also a hut. Alternatively, a longer, easier trail will take you to Paolina Hut. However you conclude your trek, ride a lift down to the Nova Levante Valley, where you can find a bus transfer to Bolzano.
Overnight Location: N/A
Distance: 9-13 km / 5.5 hours hiking. 1,000 m elevation gain, 1,100 m elevation loss
Meals: Breakfast

Self-Guided Dolomites Trekking Tour

Pricing for this self-guided Dolomites trekking Tour, staying in hotels and mountain huts, depends on the number of guests in your group.

Prices for Self-Guided Dolomites Haute Route Trek

Enjoy a private, self-guided tour for just your group, prices below are per person:

  • Self-guided group of 2 or 3: €1,750 EUR per person
  • Self-guided groups of 4 or 5: €1,495 EUR per person
  • Self-guided groups of 6 or 7: €1,395 EUR per person
  • Self-guided groups of 8+: €1,295 EUR per person

Prices for Private Guided Dolomites Haute Route Trek

Private, guided tours can be arranged. Please contact us with dates and group information.

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Accommodation on the Dolomites Haute Route Trekking Tour

Accommodations on this tour are primarily in mountain huts and occasionally hotels. Mountain huts typically offer dormitory style rooms. You will stay in the best and smallest rooms available, but expect to share rooms with several people. Facilities such as showers and toilets are also shared and are typically outside of the room.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement of €250 EUR to have a private room in hotels as a solo travelers. In mountain huts you will share a room. In some cases, there may be other solo travelers, and if desired we can try to match you with participants of the same sex.

Night 1

3-Star Hotel in Bressanone ★★★

Relax in Bressanone in a 3-star hotel.

Locatelli Hut

Wake up to majestic views of Tre Cime out the window of this popular mountain refuge. The Locatelli Hut offers a cozy atmosphere and incredible food, but in the end, it’s all about that view.

Prato Piazza Hut

Breathtaking mountain views and excellent cuisine await you at this popular mountain hut. Its proximity to the Austrian border lends it a more German flavor, which is reflected in the architecture, food, language, and culture of the Prato Piazza.

Hotel Lago di Braies

The only hotel located directly on the shores of the stunning alpine lake Lago di Braies, this hotel offers unforgettable views of the Dolomites, reflected in one of the most beautiful lakes in the Alps.

Malga Ra Stua Hut

The Malga Ra Stua Hut welcomes you to a comfortable stay in this little corner of paradise. It is popular with locals and travelers alike, and with good reason.

Fanes Hut

Fanes Hut (Refugio Fanes) offers guests traditional Tyrolean architecture in a beautiful location with a higher standard than most mountain huts.

Gardenaccia Hut

Historic but comfortably renovated, guests of the Gardenaccia Hut describe their stay as magical. It is surrounded by pastures and forests with majestic mountain views.

Friedrich August Hut

The Friedrich August Hut offers a comfortable night’s rest and great food in a cozy atmosphere, but what really makes this hut special is the location. Breathtaking views await you here!

Alpe di Tires Hut

This comfortable and friendly mountain hut has spectacular views, especially from the dining room where guests can expect generous portions and delicious meals.

What’s included in the Dolomites Haute Route Trek Tour?

Meals

9 breakfasts and 8 dinners. Dinner in Bressanone on day 1 is not included. Lunches can be purchased at your own expense from grocery stores or mountain huts to be eaten along the trail.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 9 nights included as described above.

Baggage Transfers

Your bags will be transported between accommodations by vehicle, so that while hiking you need only carry what you need during the day. Note that this service is not available on days 2 and 7 as these accommodations (Locatelli and Gardenaccia) cannot be reached by car.

Also Included

  • The Roadbook, as well as maps and reservation vouchers, for a 4-person group.
  • Access to a mobile app that includes GPS guidance
  • 24/7 Emergency Hotline

Not included

  • Transportation to Bressanone to start the trip and from Bolzano at the end of the trip.
  • Showers at mountain huts that charge extra for this.
  • Drinks, tips, and other personal expenses
  • Travel insurance for trip cancellation or interruption, lost or stolen baggage, or other assistance.
  • Tickets to any attractions
  • Public transportation and chairlifts during the tour:
    • Optional Via Ferrata climb up “Paterno” or “Torre di Toblin” (day 2): price per person €95+ EUR (depending on how many people are in the group) includes English-speaking guide and technical gear.
    • Optional chairlift to Gardenaccia Hut (day 7): €6.50 EUR per person
    • Shuttle bus (25 min) from Wolkenstein to Passo Sella (day 8): €3 EUR per person
    • Shuttle bus (20-40 min) from Nova Levante to Bolzano (day 10): €6-10 EUR

Optional extras

  • Daily packed lunch (days 3-9): €135 EUR per person
  • Via Ferrata climb (day 2): Climb up “Paterno” or “Torre di Toblin” including English-speaking guide and technical gear. Price per person:
    • Group of 2: €220 EUR per person
    • Group of 3: €150 EUR per person
    • Group of 4: €120 EUR per person

Frequently Asked Questions about Dolomites Haute Route Trek

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Dolomites Haute Route Trek Map

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour as a 4 / 5.  Be prepared to hike about 6-7 hours each day, covering about 15-18km along mountain trails. Expect 700-1,000 m of elevation gain or loss each day.

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