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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

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    Kara, August 2022

    I would 100% use this company again.

    Yasmeen, August 2022

    Fantastic guides and extraordinary views!

    Ineke, August 2022

    I absolutely loved this trip! Giovanni is an amazing guide. He really looked out for us and helped us where needed. The nature and the scenery in the Dolomites is absolutely breathtaking. And we barely met other people on our routes, which I think is pure luxury. Unlike other reviews I do think moderate is the correct setting for the trip but everything is relative of course. I would highly recommend if you want a short break to clear your head and feel close to nature.

    Jeannie, August 2022

    It exceeded my expectations in every way

    Eisha, July 2022

    This was the first MBA trip that I've done and it couldn't have been more perfect. Miki did a wonderful job of organising the trek and she planned some of the more local routes which took us to some of the most beautiful parts of the Dolomites. Our guide Paolo was incredible. He is the best mountain guide in the region and that was very clear through his knowledge of the trek and support that he gave us. The group were also lovely people and I enjoyed the few days that we spent together. Thank you again to Miki for giving us a present half way through the trek. She got us pumpkin bread specially made at the bakery which was a much needed treat after all the walking. The huts that we stayed in were very unique and I enjoyed my stay at all of them. Miki did a great job of choosing the best ones. I'd love to do this trek again and thank you to Miki, Paolo and the group for making my first MBA trip amazing!

    Lee, July 2022

    I was rewarded with every step and every glance, It was so peaceful and serene and at times it was like heaven on earth. The descent to Rifugio Bianchet and the ascent to Rifugio Boz through deep valleys and forest's with the additional sound of cowbells greeting you was an enchanting experience. Our host Miki was great, helpful and very accommodating. She met us on the 4th day to give us a packed lunch with some local baked Pumpkin bread 😋. A special mention must go to our guide Paolo, he was so knowledgeable, patient and humorous, what a lovely man!

    Shamima, July 2022

    I had a brilliant week on the Dolomites trip. Our host Miki was very accommodating and friendly. She did everything she could to ensure we had our questions answered swiftly, made us feel very comfortable, gave us all a mid week gift and that for me in particular, ensured my fears of heights was taken into consideration. On this subject, Miki spoke to our guide, Paolo in advance of the trip to ensure he was aware of my fears and even offered me alternatives should I not have been comfortable doing the final day of hiking. However, because of Paolo and his professionalism, kindness and care, I persevered and did the entire trip which I was so proud of. Paolo was the most amazing guide as well, he couldn't have tried harder, ensuring everyone was looked after. He was also extremely knowledgeable and had an enviable love for nature and the mountains. Additionally, I was extremely grateful to have spent a week with such a cool bunch of people. Our group was exceptional and a brilliant bunch to have fun hikes and evenings with. I highly recommend this trip to everyone, even those that might be fairly new to hiking. Although I advise you get your training in beforehand if you're a beginner!

    Andrew, July 2022

    The trip was excellent! Miki (our host) was lovely and full of enthusiasm about the dolomites. The little personal touches she added (I wont ruin it) made the experience even better! Paulo (our guide) was also great, very experienced and safe. Definitely recommend

    Daisy, July 2022

    This was the most amazing experience! The hike through the Dolomites and the different terrains was just stunning! Mikki ensured everyone was comfortable and happy and did everything she could to produce a wonderful holiday. Our Mountain guide Paolo was extremely helpful and welcoming, ensuring everyone was put at ease and his knowledge, experience and calming manner elevated the hike even more. A wonderful experience to remember.

    Malcolm, June 2022

    Really enjoyed the trip. Everyone tried very hard to make it enjoyable. But it is clearly a new trek with teething problems. The itinerary is inaccurate. Many on the trek were inexperienced. There was not enough accurate advise to allow them be prepared. Ie many had huge bags

    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 (approximately 1.5 hrs) - 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 in case of traffic/delays.

    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 Mestre 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 night of the trip, your evening meal will be a three-course set menu in the hotel or a meal at 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 potato gnocchi with smoked cottage cheese or pumpkin, Canederli (balls of bread with speck), and barley soup. For main courses, you’ll often find "pastin" (a regional Belluno dish usually comprising minced pork or beef) and polenta with mushrooms 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 for around €20 each. You should budget around €40 per day in total to cover your lunches, snacks, drinks and showers.

    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 a 3-star hotel or guesthouse in the Forno di Zoldo region in the heart of the Dolomites. The hotel used may vary by departure date but will typically be either Hotel Zoldana, located 300m from the town centre, or Villa Chele, located in Pralongo, 2km from the centre of Forno di Zoldo.

    Mountain Refuges

    You'll spend 4 nights at different refuges within the Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park, namely Pramperet Refuge (or either nearby Malga Pramper Refuge, or Pian di Fontana Refuge), Refuge Bianchet, Boz Refuge, Refuge Dal Piaz, and stay in mixed dorm-style bunk rooms.

    The refuges are basic mountain lodgings - simple and rustic but offering welcome shelter to trekkers. They 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 a simple 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 for a small charge (typically EUR5 for a 3-minute shower). Please be aware that sometimes there is only one shower per refuge, and it's not uncommon for there to be water shortages so please don't count on being able to have a shower every day.

    Day 1

    Arrival

    Driving

    1.5 hrs

    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, chat through the trek with your host and later, do any repacking required so you can head straight off in the morning. You needn't pack too much in your hiking backpack as you'll have a chance to access your main luggage again during the transfer on Day 4.

    Day 2

    The trek begins

    Hiking

    5hrs · 11km · 1300m up · 760m 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 your 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. Depending on whether you stay at Pramparet, Malga Pramper, or Pian di Fontana Refuge tonight, you may walk an hour less, or an hour more today.

    Day 3

    Deeper into the Dolomites

    Hiking

    7hrs · 10.5km · 900m up · 1400m 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 Tibetan Bridge

    Hiking

    Morning: 2.5hrs · 5.5km · 980m up · 1200m down

    Driving

    1.5hrs

    Hiking

    Afternoon: 4hrs · 9.5km · 590m up · 590m down

    Descend along the Val Vescovà to La Stanga in the morning and then transfer to the charming Rifugio Caltena in Val Noana, a little-explored corner of the southern part of the Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park. Your host will bring your excess luggage along in the transfer vehicle so that you can swamp out your dirty clothes for clean ones if you wish. Have a quick 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. 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.

    Day 5

    The southern end of Dolomiti Bellunesi

    Hiking

    8hrs · 13km · 990m up · 750m down

    Strap on your boots for your last full-day hike. Spectacular grassy ridges and ledges give way to the wide glacial valleys of the Vette Feltrine, home to some of the rarest botanical species. Skirt around the southern face of Sasso Scàrnia before climbing uphill to the saddle of Mount Ramézza (2250m). Continue to reach the Pietena Pass overlooking the Belluno Dolomites Reserve. There's an exciting two-hour section today, where you'll walk through four narrow, exposed ledge sections each measuring roughly 50m long (in wet weather an alternative trail will be followed for safety). 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.

    Day 6

    The final stretch before heading home

    Hiking

    3hrs · 8km · 950m up · 400m down

    Rise early for your final hike along a panoramic balcony to Croce d'Aune. Your Dolomites adventure comes to an end in the mid-morning (10:30/11:00), 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 (around 40-litres max.)
    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
    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 such as Compeed)
    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 1-litre reusable water bottle

    OPTIONAL
    Earplugs
    Energy bars and snacks
    Trekking poles (highly recommended)

    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 and is ideal for steady-footed, keen hikers with a head for heights (there are some narrow exposed sections on Day 5). You'll be carrying your main pack during the walks so we recommend putting in some training with a weighted backpack beforehand (please see the FAQ regarding luggage too). Similarly, if you are not used to multi-day treks then putting in some long weekend hiking trips and physical preparation in advance wouldn't go amiss. You must be capable of hiking for approximately five to seven hours a day up paths of moderate difficulty with steep, loose sections. You'll walk between six and fifteen kilometres a day and although these distances are not too great, the amount of ascent and descent is often in the region of 1000m per day. 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 to 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 30°C (86 °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.

    Your host can store any excess luggage that you don't need on the trek for you free of charge. You don't need to trek with a big backpack as you'll have access to your excess luggage during the transfer to the southern Dolomiti Bellunesi on Day 4 (your host will bring it in the vehicle for you at your request). We therefore recommend that you hike carrying only enough clothes for the first three days, and during the transfer on Day 4 you can then quickly swap out your dirty clothes for clean ones ready for the remaining days. We recommend hiking with a pack of no more than 40 litres.

    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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