Trekking the Alta Via 2 in the Dolomites. There are several trekking routes in the Dolomites and the Alta Vias are by far the most popular treks. There are 6 Alta Vias in the Dolomites and the Alta Via 1 and 2 are the most renowned ones. Is there a significant difference between the two? Yes, there is. If this is one of your first times hiking and you are not used to multi-day treks, then you should follow the Alta Via 1 trail. The Alta Via 2 is not a walk in the park and we mean it. This trek is for experienced trekkers with surefootedness, experience in the mountains, and a head for heights. The Alta Via 2 includes sharp ridges, Via Ferratas, and steep slopes. Are you brave enough to tackle the Alta Via 2? Below you will find all you need to know about the itinerary, maps, via ferratas, stages, and more!
The Dolomites are a dramatic mountain range located in north-eastern Italy and offer its visitors serrated limestone peaks, sheer cliffs, shimmering alpine lakes, and deep, narrow valleys. These breathtaking mountains offer trekkers one of the most exciting and unique trekking adventures you can experience in Europe. If you want to conquer the famous and challenging Alta Via 2, we are here to help you! With the right preparation, every trek is possible!
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Where Is the Alta via 2?
The Alta Via 2 is a 160 km long trekking route located in the Dolomite mountain range in north-eastern Italy. The trail starts in Bressanone, also known as Brixen, and ends in Croce d’Aune. This popular hiking trail is part of a bigger system of trails. In total, there are 6 Alta Vias in the Dolomites, all with different lengths and difficulty levels.
What Is the Best Season for the Alta Via n. 2 delle Dolomiti?
The season of the Alta Via 2 starts in mid-June and ends in late September. We recommend traveling in September because the school holidays are over, summer storms are less likely, temperatures are not that high and the huts are less crowded.
Depending on your mountaineering experience and snow level, you could do the Alta Via 2 during late spring or early to mid-fall. If you do, bear in mind that the huts will be closed and you will need an ice axe and traction devices. You will also need to carry a tent and food for the trek.
Regardless of the season, the weather in the mountains can be tricky. It is always advisable to have an extra day in case of bad weather and be prepared with the right clothes and equipment.
How Do I Get to the Trailhead of the Alta Via 2 in the Dolomites?
The Alta Via 2 can be hiked in both directions, although most trekkers choose to start from the north and make their way southwards. From the north, the trail starts in Bressanone, also known as Brixen, and ends in Croce d’Aune.
If you are taking a plane to get to your Alta Via 2 adventure, the closest International Airports to Brixen are Venice and Innsbruck. If you live close by, Brixen is on the A22, the main corridor across the Alps in this region, which makes it easily accessible by car. Also,Bressanone can be easily reached by train or bus all year round.
During the summer months, Croce d’Aune can be reached with regular Dolomiti buses to and from Feltre. After mid-September, however, busses are less frequent. The drive from Feltre to Croce d’Aune is quite short. If there are no busses at the time of your visit, you could take a taxi for about EUR 20,-.
If you want to start or end the Alta Via 2 somewhere other than Brixen or Croce d'Aune, that is also possible. There are several points where you can get on and off the trail. It is still advisable to get to Bolzano, Brixen, Feltre or Croce d'Aune first and then taking a bus from there to the starting point that you want. Possible starting or ending points on the Alta Via 2 are most passes and towns along the way, like Passo Gardena, Passo Pordoi, Passo Cereda, or Passo San Pellegrino.
What Is the Difference Between the Alta via 1 and the Alta via 2?
The Alta Via 1 and the Alta Via 2 are quite different trails. Despite being on the same mountain range and not that far away from each other, the difficulty of these trails is quite different. The Alta Via 1 can be completed by any trekker, novel or experienced, without much difficulty. The most important thing to take into account is the significant number of days that you will spend trekking. The Alta Via 2, however, is only advisable for experienced trekkers with surefootedness, experience in the mountains, and a head for heights. The Alta Via 2 includes sharp ridges, Via Ferratas, and steep slopes, which require some previous experience in the mountains.
What Is a via Ferrata?
A Via Ferrata or “Iron Road” is a protected climbing path with cables, ladders, and iron rungs that are attached to rock walls. There are several famous Via Ferratas in the world, like the one in Kota Kinabalu, Borneo, which is the highest Via Ferrata in the world! The aim of the Via Ferrata is to aid trekkers on their way up. However, the Via Ferratas on the Alta Via 2 had a different purpose when they were built. During WW1, the Dolomites were the scene of battles between the Italian and Austro Hungarian forces. The Via Ferratas were installed during those years to enable troops quicker access to the front line.
Most trekkers on the Alta Via 2 carry along a harness and a helmet as a security measure. These items are not required, but if it helps you to feel more comfortable on the route, they are always welcome. Safety first!
Mount Marmolada on the Alta via 2, the Highest Peak in the Dolomites
Mount Marmolada is a mountain in north-eastern Italy, just east of Trento, and is the highest mountain in the Dolomites. Its most prominent characteristic is its ridge, which runs from west to east. To the south, it suddenly breaks into steep cliffs and on the north face, there is a comparatively flat glacier, the only large glacier in the Dolomites. If you walk the Alta Via 2, you will come across this impressive massif, since you must cross it to get to Passo San Pellegrino on stage 6.
Can I Camp on the Alta via 2 in the Dolomiti?
Well, technically no. We won't deny that there are trekkers who do camp on the Alta Via 2, but it is not allowed by the park authorities. The mountain hutsare the only authorized accommodation option. Besides, after trekking so many hours a day, a mattress and a warm meal are always welcome.
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What does an Alta Via 2 Itinerary look like?
The Alta Via 2 can be completed in 11-14 days depending on your experience and physical condition. Below we have prepared an 12-day itinerary with stages ranging from 4 to 7 hours on foot per day:
Stage 1:Bressanone - Rifugio Plose
The starting point of the Alta Via 2 is at the station of the cable car in S. Andrea. It goes up to Valcroce and from here, the path n° 7 starts towards the Plose refuge. A variant for the more trained hikers is to walk up to the Plose refuge, starting directly from S. Andrea instead of taking the cable car. The path is quite steep but well maintained and while walking you can enjoy the Dolomites and the flora and fauna of the Puez-Odle nature park. The Plose hut is the first stop on the Alta Via 2 and it is located 2447 m above the city of Bressanone.
Walking time: 4 hours
Ascent: 1500 m
Stage 2: Rifugio Plose - Rifugio Genova (Schlüterhütte)
From rifugio Plose, following path n° 4 and the signs of the Alta Via 2, you walk downhill for about 2 hours to the Rodella pass. From here, after about 30 minutes, you will find yourself in front of the fork of Sass Putia - the most challenging part of this stage of Alta Via 2. The Forcella della Pùtia appears in the background as an immense gateway to the enchanted kingdom of the Dolomites. To reach it you have to overcome an uphill difference in altitude of 500 meters. At first, the path is gentle, but it then follows some steep switchbacks (often with snow, even at the beginning of July) that climb up to the Forcella della Pùtia (Peitlerscharte), at 2357 meters. From the fork, follow path no. 4 southwest, flat and panoramic, to the Poma Pass (Kreuzkofeljoch, 2340 m), from which you can already see the Genova Refuge, at 2297 m, to the southwest (30 minutes from Sass de Putia).
Walking time: 4 hours
Ascent: 500 m
Descent: 700 m
Stage 3:Rifugio Genova - Rifugio Puez
From the Refuge Genova-Schlüterhütte, at 2297 m, take the path n. 3 which, after a stretch to the east, turns to the south along the eastern side of the Bronsoi with a splendid panorama of Odle and Puez. This is an area of great geological and floristic interest.
At the altitude of 2421 m, the path turns to the southwest, passes above Munt de Medalges in the Natural Park Pùez-Odle, and reaches the Fùrcia de Medalges (Kreuzjoch), at 2293 meters. Path no. 3 then runs east of the Campillerturm and Sass da l'Ega (Sasso dell'Acqua-Wasserkofele) and then crosses the long Longiarù ridge. Go over the ridge, cross it up to a junction at an altitude of 2389 meters. Then climb up to reach the Fùrcia dla Róa (Forcella della Rova-Roascharte), at 2617 meters. This saddle divides the Odle Group in the west from the Pùez Group in the east. Attention: at the beginning of the season it is possible to find hard snow in the gully and an ice axe or at least half crampons would be useful.
Continuing along the route you descend southwards to a junction at an altitude of about 2500 m in a large debris basin. Here you leave path n. 3, which descends to the right (south-west) and join path n. 2. Path n. 2 will take you east to Fórces de Siëles, at 2505 meters.
After crossing the fork, you will find yourself in front of thin pastures. The Sassonghér appears in the distance, to the east. Now, path no. 2 turns to the north-east and becomes a thin path carved into the rock. The trail is not difficult and there are some metal ropes to help you. Then, after a flat stretch, the path descends eastwards through the wide grassy plain of Munt de Pùez, makes a wide Z, and heads eastwards once more up to the nearby Pùez Hut, at 2475 meters.
Walking time: 6 hours
Ascent: 850 m
Descent: 670 m
Stage 4:Rifugio Puez - Rifugio Franco Cavazza al Pisciadù
From Rifugio Pùez (Puezhütte, 2475 m), follow path n° 2 southeast and cross the vast plateau of the Pùez where, in case of fog, you must look out for the signs. After the crossroads at an altitude of 2104 m, continue southwards to reach the Forcella de Ciampëi (or Somafùrcia, 2366 m). From here to Passo Gardena, path no. 2 will always go in a southwest direction. From the fork, you go up a little bit, until you reach Lech de Crespëina (Lake Crespèina-Crespeina See). From the small lake, with a steep ascent, you reach the Forcella de Crespëina, at 2528 meters. You then descend steeply and finally make a final climb through loose rock to the Forcella Cir (or Dantes les Pizes-Cirjoch, 2469 m).
From here on it's all a succession of gentle ups and downs, forks, boulders, small towers, and pastures until you reach the wide Dolomite saddle of Passo Gardena (Grödner Joch, 2121 m). It is best to leave the traffic and noise at Passo Gardena and trek on to the peaceful Pisciadù Refuge. From the pass, follow path no. 666. After a while, path n. 666 climbs a narrow and rocky valley until it widens. Here you take the left and climb up through debris and loose rock. There may be some snow in this section of the trail (section equipped with fixed ropes). The trail then turns to the south-east and after a short descent, you reach the "Franco Cavazza" Refuge at Pisciadù, 2585 meters.
Walking time: 5 hours
Ascent: 570 m
Descent: 470 m
Stage 5:Rifugio Pisciadù -Rifugio Castiglioni Marmolada
From Pisciadù Hut take path n. 666 southwards, along the eastern shore of the lake. Above the Val de Tita, there are two possibilities: an easier path, or a section equipped with fixed ropes. The path then continues on gravel and sometimes on patches of snow up to a saddle. The trail then goes up to Dante's Altipiano del Sella where, in case of fog, you must follow the signs very carefully. You then turn southwards, cross the plateau, and descend to Forcella d'Antersass, at 2861 m, where path n. 666 ends. You now start walking on path no. 647.
Continue south to the top of the Antersass (Zwischenkofel, 2907 m). You can circumvent the summit through the path on the right, but if the weather is nice it is worth taking a look from the top. You will then descend to Boè Hut (Bambergerhütte, 2871 m). From Boè Refuge take path n. 627 up to Forcella Pordòi Refuge (2829 m) from where you can enjoy a splendid panorama.
At the refuge, a wide and steep scree slope begins; you can follow the numerous switchbacks, or let yourself "slide" on the soft gravel. Finally, the path leads down to Passo Pordòi, at 2239 meters. From Passo Pordòi, take path 601 southwards, towards a chapel. Following the eastern slope of Sass Beccè, the trail leads to Refuge Baita Fredarola, 2370 m.
From Fredarola Refuge, the path bends eastwards to enter the Vièl dal Pan (Path of Bread), an ancient path between the Val di Fassa and the Agordino. The path is wide and panoramic, especially on the Marmolada that stands out gigantic in front of it. At about halfway along the path there is the Refuge Vièl dal Pan, 2432 m. From Refuge Viel Dal Pan follow the path up to the junction with path n. 698. Follow path n. 601 to the south, then turn west along the steep meadows, until you reach the nearby Refuge "Ettore Castiglioni" at Marmolada (2044 m).
Walking time: 7 hours
Ascent: 750 m
Descent: 1280 m
Stage 6:Rifugio Castiglioni Marmolada -Rifugio Fuciade
From the Castiglioni Marmolada Refuge, you go down to Pian Trevisan (1681m) along the "Via Neva" (path 605), an old mule track used in the past by tourists and porters to reach the Marmolada. Continue through the woods to the village of Penia (1554m) and immediately after the village on the left, go up to Val Contrin (path 602) passing through "Locia de Contrin" (1736m) to the homonymous refuge (2016m).
Behind the Contrin refuge, at 2.016 m, take path n. 607 on the right. After passing a stream, cross the Lasté de Contrin until you reach a plateau. Here you go left, going up to a back of mountain rocks that divides two small valleys. Follow the trail until you reach a large sign that marks the fork with path n. 612. Continue along the steps that take you to the Cime Ciadine. Finally, you reach the saddle of the Cirelle Pass at 2,682 m. Descend the opposite slope towards Val da la Tas-cia. On the military road, cross the plateau of the Busc da la Tas-cia and then descend through switchbacks towards the valley where you will find Rifugio Fuciade, at 1,972 m.
Walking time: 7 hours
Ascent: 1100 m
Descent: 1200 m
Stage 7: Rifugio Fuciade - Rifugio Volpi al Mulaz
From Rifugio Fuciade, a dirt road leads along the Fuciade valley. After 20 minutes you will reach the main road, which will lead you to Passo San Pellegrino. From San Pellegrino Pass, take path n. 658 in front of the ski lifts of Cima Uomo. Continuing the climb southeast through grassy ground, you will reach a ski slope and then you will see, at about 2300 m, the thin pastures of the High Gypsies (locally Zìnghen). Be careful not to lose track in case of fog!
From the saddle at an altitude of about 2300 m, you descend to the south with a fantastic view of the Civetta, the Pelmo, the Tofàne, and the Pale di San Martino. Follow the path up to Forcella Pradazzo, at 2220 meters. Still on path no. 658, you will reach Pradazzo Hut and then the nearby Vallès Pass, at 2031 meters. From Valles Pass (2.032m.), the path 751 climbs on a narrow but well-marked track up to the Veneggia pass (2.217m).
From Forcella Veneggia, continue left on a ridge and then on grassy slopes until you reach a small lake. Then follow the path to Veneggiotta Pass (2303 m) and continue until you arrive at the Fochet del Focobon pass (2,291m). When the path splits up, follow the one on the right. The path now becomes very steep, with several passages equipped with fixed ropes to facilitate the ascent of the rock blocks. Follow the trail up to Passo Arduni, at 2582m, and after a plain, you will reach the Refuge G.Volpi al Mulaz (2571m.).
Walking time: 7 hours
Ascent: 1100 m
Descent: 500 m
Stage 8:Rifugio Volpi al Mulaz - Rifugio Pedrotti alla Rosetta
From Rifugio Mulàz, go briefly up to the west along the steep scree slope that descends from the Mulàz Pass and, at the junction, take path n. 703 that leads to Forcella Margherita, at 2655 m. Follow the trek southwards to Passo delle Faràngole, 2932 m, the highest point of this route. After climbing over the fork you descend steeply towards Col de la Burèla. Continue southwards on the western side of Val delle Comelle. From Val delle Galline the path descends through very steep meadows with the help of some metal ropes and leads to Pian dei Cantoni where, near a boulder, the beautiful Sentiero delle Comelle coming from Garès converges from the left. Follow the path until you reach the Refuge "Giovanni Pedrotti" at Rosetta, 2581 meters.
Walking time: 5 hours
Ascent: 760 m
Descent: 750 m
Stage 9: Rifugio Rosetta - Rifugio Treviso
From Rifugio Rosetta, follow path no. 702 which descends into the wide Val di Roda surrounded on the left by the Cime di Roda, Pala di San Martino, and Immink, and on the right by the Cima Val di Roda with its numerous pinnacles. The path the descend to Col delle Fede. From here you reach the junction with path no. 715, which you will follow with the help of ladders and ropes up to the base of the saddle of Passo di Ball. Once you reach the saddle, the path descends towards Val Pradidali and the homonymous refuge.
From Rifugio Pradidali, take path num. 709 to the north-east up to the fork with path num. 711, which you will follow on the right. Shortly after the fork, the ascent with fixed ropes requires the use of via Ferrata equipment. The path then continues on some rocky slopes to Passo delle Lede. From the pass, a steep descent takes you to Valon delle Lede. From the bivouac, continue the descent towards the bottom of Canali valley (at the crossroads it is better to take the left branch), and then follow a series of switchbacks on path 707 until refuge Canali- Treviso.
Walking time: 7 hours
Ascent: 720 m
Descent: 1600 m
Stage 10: Rifugio Treviso - Passo Cereda
From Rifugio Treviso (1631 m), follow path 718 to a grassy clearing called Campigol del Oltro. From here the path bends to the left (South-East) and begins to climb up the valley up to Forcella d'Oltro, at 2094 meters. From Forcella d'Oltro you descend through slopes and valleys to Cereda Refuge (m.1361).
Walking time: 4 hours
Ascent: 1150 m
Descent: 900 m
Stage 11: Passo Cereda - Rifugio Bruno Boz
From the Ceréda Pass, 1361 m, go east along the state road 347 for about one kilometer to the village of Padreterno, 1302 m, where a small road branches off to the south and then turns east to the small village of Matiùz, at 1201 meters. A sign in Matiùz indicates to the south the continuation of the Alta Via delle Dolomiti n. 2. Once you reach the camping area, go uphill towards the southeast following the signs on the huts. After crossing the little white road, continue towards the south and enter a gorge. At the end of the climb, you will reach the Comedón Pass, 2067 m. After the pass, you enter the Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park.
Now you descend to the west, past a saddle, until you reach Piano della Regina. After crossing the green oasis, you trek uphill and reach the Feltre Bivouac "Walter Bodo", at 1930 m. From the bivouac you continue south on path 801, soon meeting the junction with path n° 806. Remain on path no. 801. Follow the path to Col dei Béchi, at 1960 meters.
Here begins the Trói dei Caserìn (trói=narrow path) that goes west under the walls of Sass de Mura. At an altitude of about 1830 m, the path takes to the south-west, passes through the pastures of Casèrin, and reaches the Pass de Mura, 1867 m. Following the signs to the southwest, you soon reach the Refuge "Bruno Boz", at 1718 meters.
Walking time: 4 hours
Ascent: 1200 m
Descent: 600 m
Stage 12: Rifugio Boz - Rifugio Dal Piaz - Croce d’Aune
From the Refuge continue along path n.801 until Passo Finestra, which will lead to Croce D'Aune. Continue to the left where you will meet the most exposed stretch of the entire route up to Sasso di Scarnia. Cross the Piazza del Diavolo (Devil's Square) until you reach Pass Busa di Pietena. Follow the path and cross Busa delle Meraveie above the malga delle Vette Grandi, then cross the pass to reach the Rif. G. Dal Piaz.
The Refuge Dal Piaz is the last refuge of the Alta Via 2. It is located at 1993 m of altitude and is located in the National Park of the Belluno Dolomites. The last stage of the AV2 starts from the Rifugio Dal Piaz with the path number 801 that goes down to Passo Croce D'Aune. The route is easy and gives the possibility to enjoy the views of the Feltre valley.
Walking time: 7:30 hours
Ascent: 980 m
Descent: 1670 m
Refugios on the Alta Via 2: What is the accommodation like?
During the Alta Via 2, you will spend your nights in mountain huts along the trail. There are also some hotels in towns along the way where you can spend your nights as well, but the typical itinerary is in mountain huts. The huts or Rifugios on the Alta Via 2 offer dormitory accommodation, that is, in a shared room. Most huts also include half-board in their price. The huts on the Alta Via 2 are very well equipped and comfortable. Despite varying in size and accommodation options, all huts all offer a hit shower, a good night's sleep, and tasty local dishes.
At an altitude of 2447 meters above sea level, you can spend a wonderful vacation in a mountain hut in South Tyrol. Surrounded by an alpine landscape and the beautiful Isarco Valley below you will find the Rifugio Plose. This hut welcomes groups, families, and outdoor sports enthusiasts. Every season, this hut is the perfect base from which to set off on fantastic trekking adventures!
Rifugio Genova (Schlüterhütte)
The Schlüterhütte was built in 1898 and it lies in the middle of the alpine pastures in 2306 m high, between the Dolomites and ,,Peitler Kofl”. The hut is located in the Puez Geisler Nature Park and has a cozy restaurant with traditional meals. This hut offers overnight accommodation with bedrooms, showers, and toilets on each floor, or dormitories.
The Puez hut is located at 2475 meters above sea level and is surrounded by the most impressive summits of South Tyrol. The refuge offers an inviting dining room with a bar, which can accommodate up to 100 people, and a sunny terrace, which offers guests the opportunity to enjoy the panoramic views and the delicious food. Dormitories or beds for up to 85 people make the Puez Hut a great adventure for all ages.
Rifugio Franco Cavazza al Pisciadù
The Alpine hut Franco Cavazza al Pisciadù is located at 2587 m a.s.l. on theSella Group and welcomes trekkers to their rocky paradise. This hut, belonging to the Italian Alpine Club of Bologna, is located in Alta Badia, close to the border with Val Gardena. The Alpine hut Franco Cavazza al Pisciadù offers accommodation, a bar, and a restaurant with traditional Ladin cuisine. The hut is open from late June to the end of September.
Rifugio Castiglioni Marmolada
TheRifugio Castiglioni Marmolada can be found at an altitude of 2057 m at Lago Fedaia. Protected by its solid stone walls, with its warm wooden furnishings, it is open almost all year round and is managed directly by the owners, the Soraruf family, who has been living in Marmolada for several generations.Built at the beginning of the 20th century in a strategic spot from which you can take the Alta Via No. 2 and other alternative trails, this hut offers various types of rooms with bunk beds and communal services, with hot showers.
Surrounded by the Costabella chain and with a breathtaking view of the Pale di San Martino and Col Margherita, the Rifugio Fuciade is the ideal place for excursions of all kinds, from the easiest to the most daring. Breakfast at the hut includes a rich buffet of local products and pastries to fill you with energy for a day discovering their wonderful mountains!
Rifugio Volpi al Mulaz
After a long day on the Alta Via 2, the Rifugio Volpi al Mulaz welcomes you with cozy beds and good food. Located at the top of Val Focobón, just below the Mulàz Pass, this hut stands in a splendid panoramic position. At the Rifugio Volpi al Mulaz, you will find yourself surrounded by some of the most breathtaking views of the Italian Dolomites and very friendly and attentive staff!
Rifugio Pedrotti alla Rosetta
The Refuge Rosetta was built by the SAT at 2.581 meters above sea level on the western edge of the Plateau Pale, above the village of San Martino di Castrozza, in one of the most scenic areas of the Pale group. The Refuge Rosetta offers a bar and restaurant service and is open in the summer period from the 17th of June to the 20th of September.The hut has 80 beds in shared rooms with 4/6/8 beds equipped with comfortable duvets. Hot showers are available during summer.
The Treviso refuge, located in a picturesque position surrounded by large larch and fir trees on the eastern side of Val Canali, was built by the Dresden Section of the DÖAV in 1897. The refuge has 35 beds and is the ideal base for all the ascents of Val Canali and a good stop on the Alta Via 2. Officially open from June 20th to September 30th, this hut is managed with great care and professionalism by the guide Tullio Simoni, his wife Mara, and his son Igor.
Rifugio Passo Cereda
Immersed in nature, at 1369 meters above sea level on the Cereda Pass, you will find the Rifugio Cereda. Bruno, Anna, and their children welcome you with typical products of the Trentino cuisine. Freedom, simplicity, and nature are the main features of this unspoiled pass. A stage of the Alta Via n. 2 of the Dolomites, the Rifugio Cereda welcomes you with its 17 rooms, all with private bathrooms, 2 dormitories with bathroom on the same floor, and the typical restaurant run by the Lagher family.
Rifugio Bruno Boz
From the Rifugio Bruno Boz, there are many views to enjoy climbing up from the refuge, no matter which path you follow. This warm and cozy hut is located below the Sass de Mura and is open from June 20th to September 20th. This hut offers 36 beds, hot showers, and exquisite typical dishes of the region.
Most rifugios usually offer private rooms as well as shared dormitories. They are not super fancy, don't forget you are in the middle of the mountains, but they are well equipped and offer their guests comfortable beds, a friendly atmosphere, and great Italian food!
Is the Alta via 2 Safe?
Yes, the Alta Via 2, as well as all the other Alta Via trails on the Dolomites are safe. The Alta Via 2, though, requires some previous experience and some extra equipment, but the trail itself is clearly marked and signposted. The route is marked with red and whites paint splashes, cairns, and the occasional triangle symbol with a “2” inside it, the logo of the Alta Via 2. As explained above, the Alta Via 2 has some Via Ferratas or Iron Roads along the way. Although there are no special requirements when it comes to equipment, we do recommend carrying along a helmet, harness, and carabiners on the Alta Via 2. Having these items, despite not being required, will help you to feel more comfortable on the route and to prevent silly accidents which may force you to end your adventure before reaching the finish line. Safety first!
Alta Via 2 Map
The Alta Via 2 starts in Brixen (Bressanone)and ends in Croce d'Aune, next to Feltre. Below you will find a map detailing the Alta Via 2 from start to end:
Having a map is key during self-guided treks. An itinerary description is not enough. A compass is also a good idea. Most trekkers buy the Tabacco maps for the Alta Via 2, which have a clear and detailed description of the trail. You can buy the Tabacco maps online and even download them to your phone. You can also use Komoot, an app that allows you to create your own map. You can download our Komoot map for the Alta Via 2 on GPX format here.
Alta Via 2, Packing list
Packing is key, always. For the Alta Via 1 and 2, you will need pretty much the same equipment, except for the Via Ferrata sections on the Alta Via 2 where you might want to add some extra safety items to your bag. Here are our suggestions:
- Convertible lightweight, quick-drying trousers.
- Lightweight, quick-drying t-shirts
- Good walking socks
- Lightweight fleece layer
- Waterproof jacket
- Thermal jacket
- Cotton leggings and t-shirt to wear in the huts in the evenings.
- Sun hat
- Good quality walking boots
- Flip flops for the huts
- Walking poles
- Sleeping bag and liner
- Travel towel
- Water bottle
- Dry bag
- First aid kit
- Phone charger
- Guide book and maps
Via Ferrata (optional)
Alta via 2, Guided or Self-Guided?
Actually, both options are possible. If you don't feel sure about doing the trek on your own, you can hire a guide or join a group. If you have done this type of trekking routes before and you are confident about your trekking experience, then you can go on your own, it is up to you. As explained above, the trail is well signposted and hundreds of trekkers complete the route every year without any assistance, so a self-guided trek is definitely possible.
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Yes, you can! We have curated the most complete offers for the Alta Via 2 including accommodation, half pension, and clear route directions. Check out all our offers for the Alta Via 2 here!
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