Hiking Alta Via Highlights
Hiking Alta Via Highlights

Hiking Alta Via Highlights

7 days

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Explore the beautiful Dolomites by foot on this hiking adventure on the Alta Via

The Hiking Alta Via Highlights tour is a 7-day self-guided walking holiday that explores the spectacular mountain route from Hochpustertal to Cortina d’Ampezzo.

This fascinating area is so close to the Austrian and Italian border that most towns have names in two languages. If Italian and German aren’t enough, you’ll also discover the third language of Ladin being spoken in Fanes. As you walk through the region you’ll discover culture unlike anywhere else alongside the incredible mountain scenery.

Hike past forests, meadows, and gorgeous mountain lakes all surrounded by the iconic peaks of the Dolomites. You’ll also visit the remains of an ancient settlement and take scenic cable car rides. This weeklong hiking adventure is the perfect way to explore the Dolomites of northern Italy!

Highlights of the Hiking Alta Via Highlights

Hike in one of the largest protected areas in South Tyrol at the Fanes-Sennes-Prags nature park.
Walkthrough the spectacular peaks and valleys of the Dolomites.
Visit an open-air museum of a historic mountain settlement.
Discover the unique mountain culture by staying in different local hotels along your route.

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From $795USD
7 days
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Self-Guided
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Hiking Alta Via Highlights Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Hochpustertal

Arrive anytime in Hochpustertal and check into your hotel. If you’ve driven, there is a free car park nearby.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Hochpustertal
Distance: None
Meals: None

Day 2 Explore Fanes-Sennes-Prags Nature Park

You’ll begin your hiking tour at Lake Pragser Wildsee, also known as Lago di Braies. From this mountain lake, you’ll explore the beautiful Fanes-Sennes-Prag nature park and then hike to the alpine meadows of Fojedöra.

Finish your day in picturesque San Vigilio.
Overnight Location: Hotel in San Vigilio
Distance: 16km, 900m of ascent, 1100m of descent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Cable Car and Walking Ritjoch

Start your day with a scenic cable car ride from San Vigilo. Your hike will be through gorgeous meadows and trees to Piz de Corn. Then you’ll climb on across the saddle of Ritjoch to the village of La Val. You’ll enjoy spectacular mountain views as you reach Heiligkreuz and take another cable car down to Badia.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Badia
Distance: 17km, 925m of ascent, 525m of descent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Hike to San Cassiano

From Badia, the route initially leads you just above the valley floor towards La Villa without any major climbs. After the village, you hike on increasingly steep trails through the forest to above the timberline. You reach Piz Sorega via panoramic alpine meadows with numerous opportunities to stop for refreshments and local specialities. you reach the Piz Sorega. There you begin the descent to St. Kassian, which can also be shortened with the cable car (ticket not included in the price).
Overnight Location: Hotel in San Cassiano
Distance: 5-6 hours, 850m of ascent, 650m of descent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Hike to Cortina d´Ampezzo

At first, the trail runs comfortably along the valley floor to the Capanna Alpina. In the shadow of the majestic Fanes and Conturines peaks, you hike to the Scottoni refuge and on to the crystal-clear Lagazuoi lake at the foot of the Scottoni peak, in whose waters the bizarre peaks of the Fanes Dolomites are reflected.
Via the Dolomites High Trail you hike to Lagazuoi, which was turned into a veritable fortress with tunnels and trenches by soldiers during the First World War. The descent is via the Forcella Travenanzes to the Falzarego Pass. It is possible to take the cable car directly from the summit to the pass. to the pass. From the Falzarego Pass you finally drive to the stage destination Cortina d‘Ampezzo.
Overnight Location: Guesthouse in Cortina d´Ampezzo
Distance: 5-6hours, 1050m of ascent, 625m of descent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 Cortina d´Ampezzo - Son Forca - Ospitale - Hochpustertal

The last day of hiking starts in the centre of Cortina d‘Ampezzo. Through woodland and meadows, the route is initially relatively to the Rifugio Mietres, from where you can take a last look at Cortina. once more. Afterwards, the trail becomes steeper and steeper and leads to the Forcella Zumèles. A fantastic panorama at the highest point will soon make you forget the efforts of the ascent.
Afterwards, it is almost all downhill through the idyllic idyllic Val Padeon to the end of the stage in Ospitale. You then continue by public bus to the Alta Pusteria.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Hochpustertal
Distance: 4-5hours, 900m of ascent, 650m of descent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 Tour Concludes

Check out of your hotel after breakfast and begin your journey home or onwards to your next destination.
Overnight Location: None
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

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Hiking Alta Via Highlights Price and Dates

This self-guided hiking tour in Italy is run as a custom tour for your group and the price per person is fixed.

Prices below are per person.

Low season (from June 12th to July 24th):

  • Price per person staying in a single room (min 2 travellers): $950 USD per person
  • Price per person staying in a double room (min 2 travellers): $795 USD per person

High season (from August 21st to September 25th):

  • Price per person staying in a single room: $1,025 USD per person
  • Price per person staying in a double room (min 2 travellers): $850 USD per person
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Accommodation on the Hiking Alta Via Highlights Tour

This tour is based in hotels and a mountain guesthouse. The accommodations on this trip are 3 and 4-star with comfortable rooms and welcoming local hospitality. You’ll enjoy spending your day exploring the mountains and then arriving at your nights' accommodations to find your luggage waiting for you.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
Rooms are double occupancy. You can pay a supplement of $175 USD to have a private room in a hotel where possible.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Night 1

Hotel in Hochpustertal

Stay in this breathtaking town tucked in the Alps in the Puster Valley. Enjoy a comfortable room and wake up to the soft sounds of nature.

Night 2

Hotel in San Vigilio

San Vigilio doesn’t disappoint! Cozy up after hiking at a local hotel.

Night 3

Hotel in Badia

Your home base in Badia will be a private room with ensuite bathrooms and basic amenities.

Night 4

Hotel in San Cassiano

Relax after your adventures in a well-equipped hotel in San Cassiano.

Night 5

Hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo

Known as the Pearl of the Dolomites, enjoy a night in this town in the centre of it all. Nearby attractions include the Drei Zinnen (Three Peaks) and other great massifs.

Night 6

Hotel in Hochpustertal

Stay in this breathtaking town tucked in the Alps in the Puster Valley. Enjoy a comfortable room and wake up to the soft sounds of nature.

What’s Included in the Hiking Alta Via Highlights Tour?

Meals

6 breakfasts are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 6 nights are included. Accommodations before and after the tour in Hochpustertal are not included but can be added as a supplement.

Transportation during the Tour

Transportation for you and your luggage are included throughout the tour as outlined. Airport transfers are not included. Cable car and bus tickets are included too.

Also Included

  • Pre-planned hiking route
  • Detailed documents, guides and trail maps
  • Emergency telephone support hotline for the duration of the tour
  • Luggage transfer between hotels

Not included

  • Flights to and from Hochpustertal
  • Meals, drinks, or snacks not previously mentioned
  • Tourist hotel tax, payable each night at hotel
  • Gratuities for drivers, servers, or other staff if desired
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance

Optional Extras

  • Additional nights before or after the tour in Hochpustertal
  • Single occupancy upgrades
  • Optional activities or excursions

Frequently Asked Questions about Hiking Alta Via Highlights

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour as a 4/5. You will hike up to 7 hours each day for several days in a row. While the routes don’t require technical skill, you should be comfortable navigating mountainous terrain. Active hikers will be able to get the most out of this tour.

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