Alta Via di Capra Trek

Duration: 4 days
Trails: T3 trails
Distance: 10 - 15 km per day
Ascent per day: 250 - 500 m ascent per day

>Discover the Cinque Torri and Croda di Lago
>Good alternative to the popular Alta Via 1
> Compiled by the Team

The Alta Via di Capra is a 4-day hut tour that starts in Cortina d'Ampezzo and takes you to the famous Cinque Torri. Looking for a challenge, but don't want to make it too technically difficult? Then this trek is right for you.

Many hikers have hiking the Alta Via 1 on their bucket list, but this hike is selling out earlier and earlier due to its increasing popularity. With the Alta Via di Capra, we take you to 2 highlights of the Alta Via 1 route: Cinque Torri and Croda da Lago! The route is 37 kilometers long in total and suitable for experienced hikers, or beginners who don't mind being challenged quite a bit.



Cortina d’Ampezzo - Rifugio Dibona

Duration: 04:40 h
Distance: 11.1 km
Ascent: 1080 m
Descent: 249 m
Today you will leave Cortina d'Ampezzo, and start this trek at the cable car, Tofana. The first part of today you'll hike mostly under the cable car. You continue on a stretch of asphalt, leading you to Lago Ghedina, a beautiful mountain lake. After about 5 kilometers you pass Vista Lago, a breathtaking lake with a soothing atmosphere. You continue your way under the cable car and pass Rifugio Pomedes. From here it's another kilometer to arrive at Rifugio Dibona, your overnight spot for tonight. From Rifugio Dibona you have beautiful views over the valley of Cortina d'Ampezzo.

Rifugio Dibona

Rifugio Dibona

Rifugio Dibona - Rifugio Cinque Torri

Duration: 02:30 h
Distance: 4.68 km
Ascent: 390 m
Descent: 300 m
Today is scheduled for a relatively short hiking day, which ensures that you can take good time along the way to enjoy all the beauty you encounter. After leaving Rifugio Dibona you will immediately start the descent, then cross the main road SR48. From here you then begin to slowly climb again, and again today you walk a short distance under the cable car. Before you reach Rifugio Cinque Torri, you will take a small detour to get a fantastic view of the mountain range of the same name.

Rifugio Cinque Torri

Rifugio Cinque Torri

Rifugio Cinque Torri - Rifugio Croda da Lago

Duration: 05:40 h
Distance: 11.9 km
Ascent: 560 m
Descent: 640 m
Upon waking up, you already have beautiful views of Cinque Torri. These beautiful views will only get better today. In fact, after about a kilometer of walking you have a fantastic panoramic view of Tofana di Rozes e Castelletto. No matter which way you look here, it is breathtaking. A little further on you pass Forcella Nuvolau, and Rifugio Averau. From here you have wonderful views to the Marmolada, another mountain range. A little further on you have new panoramic views, this time of Ra Gusela, Passo Giau and the surrounding mountains. You continue your way through Passo Giau, one of the highlights you must have been to when in the Dolomites. You pass Forcella Zonia and Forcella Col Piombin. Further on you have beautiful views of Lago di Baste e Monte Mondeval, Crado da Lago, and Lago Federa. At the latter you will find Rifugio Croda da Lago, where you will spend the night.

Rifugio Croda da Lago

Rifugio Croda da Lago
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  • Booking the huts

    We will take care of arranging accommodation on the Alta Via di Capra 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 di Capra, interactive hiking maps, and the most important information applicable to your trek

  • Accommodation

    During your Alta Via di Capra, 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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