Southern Alta Via 1

Duration: 5 days
Trails: T3 trails
Distance: 10 - 15 km per day
Ascent per day: 500 - 1000 m ascent per day

> Hike the Southern side of the Alta Via 1, from Cortina to Agordo
> Spend the night in cozy Italian Rifugios
> arranges all the huts along the way

The Alta Via 1, also known as the Dolomite High Route 1, is one of Italy's most famous trekking trails and is the easiest and most popular of the high routes that go through the Dolomites. The Dolomites are located in northeastern Italy and stretch throughout the provinces of Belluno, South Tyrol, and Trentino.

During this 5-day adventure, you will hike the Southern side of the Alta Via 1, from Cortina d'Ampezzo to Agorda. Along the way, you'll spend the entire day exploring the breathtaking Dolomites. This section includes the world-famous Cinque Torri, one of the most marvelous rock formations in the Nuvolau Group. You will spend the night in atmospheric and hospitable mountain huts, also called rifugios. Here you can enjoy delicious Italian dishes and meet many other hikers. makes sure that your huts are booked including dinner and breakfast. The only thing left for you to do is to enjoy the beautiful trails on the Alta Via 1.



Cortina d'Ampezzo - Rifugio Averau

Duration: 06:00 h
Distance: 11 km
Ascent: 1180 m
Descent: 540 m
The Dolomites are calling. From Cortina d'Ampezzo you have two options. Either you cover half of the distance with cable cars or public transport, or you take the steep but rewarding hiking towards Passo Falzarego, below Lagazuoi. On the way you will come past a number of rifugios like Duca D'Aosta, Pomedes and Dibona, allowing some opportunities for a cable car. Your goal is Cinque Torre, the centre for rock climbing, and well worth a detour to explore the "five-rock towers". You'll spend the night at Rifugio Averau but you'll want to experience the sunset at the adjacent Rifugio Nuvolau, the newly renovated rifugio built on a spire and offering a 360-degree panorama.

Rifugio Averau

Rifugio Averau

Rifugio Averau - Rifugio Passo Staulanza

Duration: 06:15 h
Distance: 15.7 km
Ascent: 420 m
Descent: 1150 m
The stage begins with the most technically challenging and exposed part of the entire route, a series of Via Ferrata or routes with cables and ladders stretches to descend from Nuvolau into the valley. This part of the trail is exciting, but short. Then you descend the rest of the way to a mountain pass near the valley where you begin to climb again, to the pass of Forcella Ambrizzola. As you cross this pass, the impressive Monte Pelmo looms in the background. Here you descend through stretches of forest until Monte Pelmo, also known as the Throne of the Gods, suddenly becomes incredibly close. You walk along Rifugio Città di Fume further to the Staulanza pass where you will find the pleasant Rifugio Passo Staulanza.

Rifugio Passo Staulanza

Rifugio Passo Staulanza

Rifugio Passo Staulanza - Rifugio Vazzoler

Duration: 05:25 h
Distance: 16.3 km
Ascent: 900 m
Descent: 970 m
Today you will make a long steep ascent past Rifugio Coldai where you will enter the surroundings of Monte Civetta. Along the way you will enjoy some of the best views of the magnificent massive Pelmo that towers high above the valley from Refugio Coldai. Continue on to the beautiful Lago Coldai. You can take a break at Rifugio Tissi, a popular rifugio on the Alta Via 1, but the goal for today is Rifugio Vazzoler, on the south side of Punta de Gasperi.

Rifugio Vazzoler

Rifugio Vazzoler
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  • Booking the huts

    We will take care of arranging accommodation on the Alta Via 1 for you. We will also provide you with a detailed itinerary for every stage and instructions on how to get to the trailhead.

  • Full travel guide

    We will send you on your way with a digital travel guide that includes a route description for the Alta Via 1, interactive hiking maps, and the most important information applicable to your trek

  • Accommodation

    During your Alta Via 1, you will spend your nights in mountain huts. In the mountain huts we normally only book dormitories, but we can look into private rooms on request. If the private rooms are fully booked or not available in the hut, we automatically book a bed in dormitories for you. Please note that private rooms are more expensive and there will be an additional charge for this.

  • Half-board

    Accommodation at the huts includes dinner and breakfast. We will arrange this for you as well. This allows you to travel lighter and have one less thing to worry about. Bear in mind that lunch is not included, but it can be purchased at the huts. Here you can also buy an array of snacks and bottled water.


  • Traveling to and from

    You have to make your own way to the starting point. The total amount does not include personal transport.

  • Transfers

    Should you need any form of (public) transport on location, this is not part of the trekking package. This includes the use of taxi, bus, cable cars, gondolas etc.

  • Lunch

    Half-board is included in the price of this trek. Lunch, however, is not. You can get something to eat at the mountain huts along the way.

  • Travel Insurance

    Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.

  • Personal expenses

    Personal expenses on such as souvenirs, drinks, and other similar expenses are for your own account.


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