Adventures / Wild Hikes

Trek Hut to Hut in the Dolomites

Hike through the deep valleys and dramatic spires of Italy’s Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park

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Adventures / Wild Hikes

Trek Hut to Hut in the Dolomites

Hike through the deep valleys and dramatic spires of Italy’s Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park

DURATION

5 nights

LOCATION

Italy

ANNUAL LEAVE

4 days off work

SEASON

Jun-Sep

GROUP SIZE

Up to 12 people

MEETING POINT

Venice Marco Polo Airport, Venice

ACCOMMODATION

Guesthouse · Mountain hut

DIFFICULTY

Moderate

A steady hike with some big ascents and descents, so you'll need good fitness and a head for heights

Follow a wild route through the towering pinnacles and lunar landscapes of this UNESCO World Heritage Site

Hike the Moschesin Pass beneath the peaks of Mt Pramper (2409m), Mt Schiara (2,565m) and Mt Pelmo (3,168m)

Bed down in high Alpine refuges deep in the Dolomites and fuel up on delicious Italian food

This trip is brand new

We’re still waiting to collect any reviews from other travellers on this trip. However, all our hosts go through an extensive vetting process to ensure that your adventure is awesome.

Included

Guides

Expert, English speaking, mountain guides

Accommodation

4 nights in mountain refuges and 1 night in a guesthouse

Meals

5 breakfasts and 5 dinners

Transfers

Airport transfers and everything in between

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Tips for your guides

Some meals as described

Personal expenses

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Venice Marco Polo Airport

16:00 on Day 1

Ends

Venice Marco Polo Airport

13:00 on Day 6

Transfers

Your host will meet you at Venice Marco Polo Airport on Day 1 and transfer you to Val di Zoldo - your starting point for the trek in the Dolomiti Bellunesi. On the final day (Day 6), your host will transfer you from Croce d'Aune in the Belluno Region back to Venice Marco Polo Airport, arriving at around 13:00 (depending on traffic), therefore please don't book a flight departing before 16:00.

Travel options

Venice Marco Polo Airport is accessible via various direct flights from the UK and mainland Europe. Flights from the US generally connect through Madrid, London or Frankfurt.

For those who wish to avoid flying, Venezia Santa Lucia is well connected with high-speed trains from London via Paris. The journey will take an average of 21 hours and usually involve 2 changes.

Day 1

Guesthouse · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 4

Mountain hut · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 5

Mountain hut · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 6

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

On the first of the trip, your evening meal will be local dishes in a restaurant selected by your guide. Some of the region's highlights include cheese, milk and butter, once the main source of protein for the inhabitants of the Dolomite valleys. You may also enjoy Casunziei (ravioli stuffed with pumpkin or spinach), potato gnocchi with smoked cottage cheese or pumpkin, Canederli (balls of bread with speck), and barley soup. For main courses, you’ll often find game and polenta featuring on the menu.

In the mountain huts, you'll keep fuelled up with pasta, lentils, chickpeas, soups and meat-based dishes. Lunches are not included, you can buy your own each morning before the day's trekking, you should budget around €10-15 per day for your lunches and any snacks.

Vegetarians, vegans and other dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for - please just request on your passenger info form.

What is the accommodation like?

La Tana de l'Ors Inn

Your first night will be spent at the Tana de l’Ors Inn (or similar), the perfect spot for discovering the Dolomites. The inn has been recently renovated and includes comfortable and spacious rooms, that are both modern and functional.

Mountain Refuges

You'll spend 4 nights at different refuges within the Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park, namely Pramperet Refuge, Refuge Bianchet, Boz Refuge, Refuge Dal Piaz, and stay in mixed dorm-style bunk rooms.

The refuges provide bedding and pillows, but you'll need to bring a sleeping bag liner, pillowcase and a towel from home. You'll be served an evening meal and breakfast, and you'll also be able to buy your lunch each day before setting off. There are shared toilet facilities and showers available to use.

Day 1

Arrival

Your host will meet you on arrival at Venice Airport and transfer you the hour and a half to Forno di Zoldo, a town surrounded by the lofty peaks of the Dolomites. Meet up with your group for dinner and chat through the trek with your guide before treating yourself to an ice cream, a speciality sent all over the world by the valley's master ice cream makers.

Day 2

The trek begins

Hiking

4hrs · 8km · 850m up · 175m down

Kickstart your adventure with a hike through the Moschesin Pass, surrounded by views of the valley and the mountains that wrap around it. You'll head towards the Pramperet Refuge, with glimpses of the Belluno Dolomites, Moschesin Castle, Cima Pramper and the majestic Pelmo to the north. Enjoy the sunset in front of the Pale di San Martino before dinner and bunking down in the refuge.

Day 3

Deeper into the Dolomites

Hiking

7hrs · 10.5km · 900m up · 300m down

The trek today will take you along Van de Zita with its high altitude valleys, rock spires, and groups of chamois for company. You’ll pass under the north wall of the magnificent Monte Schiara (2,565m), the highest peak in the Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park. On a clear day, you might even see the curve of the coast of the Adriatic Sea. Arrive at the Refuge Bianchet in the late afternoon where a beer and well-earned mountain refuge meal awaits.

Day 4

The southern end of Dolomiti Bellunesi

Hiking

5hrs · 7.5km · 980m up · 1200m down

Descend along the Val Vescovà in the morning and then transfer (for approximately an hour) to the charming Rifugio Caltena in Val Noana, a little-explored corner of the southern part of the Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park. Perhaps have a bite for lunch (at your own expense) before making your way past steep rock faces of the northern slopes of the Vette Feltrine to reach the Boz Refuge at 1,718m where you'll hunker down for the night.

Day 5

The Tibetan bridge

Hiking

7.5hrs · 13km · 990m up · 750m down

Strap on your boots for your last full-day hike. One of today's highlights will be crossing the 30m high Tibetan suspension bridge, spanning 70m over the steep-sided Val de Riva. Suspended above the Rio Giasinozza, you'll get a bird's eye view of Lake Noana and a sense of the expansive centuries-old woodland. Skirt around the southern face of Sasso Scàrnia before climbing uphill to the saddle of Mount Ramézza (2250m). Pass through a protected nature reserve, the "Piaza del Diaol" and keep an eye out for chamois and mouflon. Leaving the reserve, join a military dirt track which leads to Refuge Dal Piaz (take care on the final 300m as it's quite exposed). Don't forget to try the refuge's highly acclaimed speciality focaccia!

Day 6

The final stretch before heading home

Hiking

3-4hrs · 9km · 1200m up · 400m down

Rise early for your final hike to the Lake of Stua, a beautiful turquoise lake flanked by mountains and pine forest, and located in the heart of the Feltre Valley. If you're feeling brave you can take a dip before bidding farewell to the Dolomites. Your Dolomites adventure comes to an end in the mid-morning, as your host drives you the two hours or so back to Venice Airport in time for your onward flight home.

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What's provided?

Sleeping bags, blankets, and pillows are provided at the refuges

What do I need to bring?

BAGS
Rucksack for your kit
Waterproof liner for rucksack/drybags

CLOTHES
Lightweight waterproof and windproof jacket
Breathable wicking layers
Fleece jacket or similar
Buff or neck scarf
Lightweight trousers/shorts/skirts for hiking
T-shirts
Underwear & socks
Swimwear for lakes
Sunglasses
Sunhat
Gloves
Something to sleep in
Hiking boots (worn-in)
Lightweight shoes for refuges

SLEEPING
Sleeping bag liner Pillowcase

OTHER
Quick-dry towel Universal travel plug adapter
Power bank or solar charger
Passports (and visas)
Travel Insurance documents
Suncream
Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
Toilet kit (toilet paper, biodegradable bags to carry paper out to dispose of)
Alcohol hand-gel
Face mask
Headtorch or torch
2 x reusable water bottle (x1 litre)

OPTIONAL
Earplugs
Energy bars and snacks
Trekking poles

No optional extras are available for this trip.

We've crunched the numbers to work out the total carbon footprint of this trip, and plant enough trees to suck 2x as much back out the atmosphere.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 127kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal for 2022 to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
  • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. For every person booked with us since 2016 we’re planting enough trees to suck at least 2x more carbon out the atmosphere than is emitted by their trips. All native trees, as part of amazing projects that are re-foresting degraded land, tackling the biodiversity crisis and supporting local communities at the same time. We go further than that too, also funding re-wilding projects worldwide to help protect important keystone species from extinction. See the reforestation and re-wilding schemes we support. See our carbon action plan.

Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

This trek requires a good level of fitness but should be within reach of anyone with an active lifestyle. You'll be carrying your main pack during the walks so we recommend putting in some training with a weighted backpack beforehand. You must be capable of hiking for approximately four to six hours a day up paths of moderate difficulty with steep, loose sections. You'll cover between six and eleven kilometres a day on foot and tackle ascents and descents in the region of 800m per day on average. The walking is relatively straightforward, but the loose footing and long climbs will make the going quite difficult in parts. The views along the way make the journey more than worthwhile.

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Tips are not included in the trip cost. These are entirely at your discretion and are non-compulsory on this trip. Of course, if you feel that your guides provided an exceptional experience then you are welcome to tip as much as you feel is appropriate. You should factor in tipping 10% on top of the bill in any bars and restaurants during the trip.

The water in the Dolomites is safe to drink and you are able to fill up freely at each of the refuges and hotels that you stay at. Make sure to bring a couple of 1-litre reusable drinking bottles or a bladder.

The Dolomite Mountains offer some of the best weather in all of the Alps. The summer months (mid-July through September) have warm temperatures and plenty of sun. It is also not unheard of for snow to fall on higher ground during the summer, and patches of snow may still be present into July. While the average maximum temperature may reach some 25°C (80 °F) on the valley floor, it might get a little fresh in the wind or in the shade. July and August are the hottest months and carry the greatest risk of thunderstorms, which can be torrential and usually occur in the afternoon. Being well-prepared and equipped for all these eventualities is essential.

There is no opportunity to store luggage at the first night's accommodation however your guide can arrange for you to send on a bag to Belluno for the last day if you like. This can be arranged upon arrival for an additional cost.

For current advice about travelling in Italy, have a read of the UK Foreign Office pages here.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our adventures. Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure.

Your insurance policy should also include specific Covid-19 cover, including cancellation and curtailment cover if you, your travel companion or a close relative are diagnosed with Covid-19.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

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