Best of Alta Via 1: Lago di Braies

Duration: 2 days
Trails: T2 trails
Distance: 0 - 10 km per day
Ascent per day: 250 - 500 m ascent per day
> Visit Lago di Braies (Pragser Wildsee)
> Walk away from the crowds and spend the night in a mountain hut
>Get a taste of one of the best parts of the Alta Via 1

At we offer some of the best (and longest) trekking packages for the Dolomites and the Alps you can find. When researching your options for the Dolomites, you must have come across the Alta Via 1. This route starts at Lago di Braies and ends at the La Pisa bus stop on the Belluno side of the Dolomites. You don’t have time to go trekking for 8 days but you do want have a feeling of what it is like to spend a night in the Dolomites. Hold our beer, because we have exactly what you are looking for. This is the Best of Alta Via 1: Lago di Braies.

During this 2-day trek you stay at Rifugio Biella (Seekofel Hütte) just below Croda del Becco (Seekofel). You hike away from the crowds of Lago di Braies, have the possibility to climb Croda del Becco, see the lake from bird's eye view, and the next you hike your way down to the other side of the mountain. Around the lake, around the Croda del Becco, and one of the best parts of the Alta Via 1. Andiamo!



Lago di Braies - Rifugio Biella (Seekofelhütte)

Duration: 04:30 h
Distance: 6.2 km
Ascent: 870 m
Descent: 40 m
Lowest Point: 2350 m
Highest Point: 1490 m
You start at the lake and take the trail on the West side of the lake towards Croda del Becco (The Seekofel). The first few kilometers will be shared with some pockets of tourists who are hiking around the lake but as soon as you walk away from it, it will become quiet. You will leave the crowds behind you and start hiking uphill. Follow the waymarkers until you leave the gravel road and find yourself hiking up a rocky and zigzagging trail. From here you can look back to Lago di Braies behind you. You will reach a section which is enforced by a cable. No worries, these chains are not qualified as via ferrata. Just an extra help on this rocky section. You will go up and over and start descending to Rifugio Biella, the Seekofelhütte.

Rifugio Biella (Seekofel Hütte)

Rifugio Biella (Seekofel Hütte)

Rifugio Biella (Seekofelhütte) - Lago di Braies

Duration: 04:30 h
Distance: 9 km
Ascent: 120 m
Descent: 930 m
Lowest Point: 1500 m
Highest Point: 2370 m

Good morning! Are you feeling adventurous today? You can attempt to climb the Croda del Becco (Seekofel), the mountain which the mountain hut is named after. This is a 2.5 hour out and back mission with about 420m vertical ascent. This is not an easy hike and includes some exposed sections.

There is no need to push yourself. You will still have a beautiful hike to look forward to as you continue your journey around Croda del Becco. This route gives you a good idea of what it’s like if you keep going on the Alta Via 1. A little bit of everything without doing the full monty. Just before you get back to the banks Lago di Braies, you will come past Malga Foresta on the Grünwaldam. This is an absolute must-stop. Have a drink and celebrate your moment in the Dolomites. Vives!


  • 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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