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Short Alta Via 2 with accommodation before and after the trek

Bookatrekking.com Trips - 6 days

  • Short Alta Via 2 with accommodation before and after the trek
  • 6 days / 5 nights
  • Max. group: 10 Persons
  • Difficulty: Medium
Overview
Route
What's Included
Accommodation
Packing List
FAQ
Safety
COVID-19
How to Book

Overview

> Do a short, 4-day version of Alta Via 2 trek in the Italian Dolomites
> Spend the night in cozy Italian Rifugios
> Accommodation in Brixen and Passo Gardena included

The Alta Via 2 is one of the 6 famous Alta Via treks in the Italian Dolomites. If you are looking for your next challenge, the Alta Via 2 is the perfect match. This trek is full of adrenaline and only suitable 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 face it?

The full Alta Via 2 can be completed in 11 to 14 days. Some trekkers, however, don't have so many days to spend in the mountains. That is why we have prepared a short itinerary for those who are short of time but want to enjoy an Italian adventure. We have prepared a 6-day itinerary in which you will complete the first stages of this trek, from Brixen to Passo Gardena. Before and after the hike you will spend the night in cozy 3-star hotels. During the trek, you will climb through breathtaking Via Ferratas, stay in Italian mountain huts, and enjoy exquisite Italian dishes. Enjoy great views of serrated limestone peaks, sheer cliffs, shimmering alpine lakes, and deep, narrow valleys in this short version of the Alta Via 2!

Why book with us?


You can do the Alta Via 2 fully independent and self-guided. However, stringing an itinerary including all the accommodation together can be a complicated undertaking. Bookatrekking.com has warm contacts with all the huts on the Alta Via 1 and we can take the load of having to book every hut yourself off your shoulders. Let us help you to make your Alta Via 2 memories stressfree and enjoy free hiking advice from our trekking experts while you're at it. 

Important: Availability in the huts is limited in season. Get in touch with our Trekking Experts and inquire about the possibilities. The minimum number of participants for this trek is 2 pax.

Route

What's the plan?

Day 1: Arrival in Brixen

On day 1 you have to make your way to Brixen, Bressanone in Italian, the starting point of the Alta Via 2. Bressanone can be easily reached by train or bus from Bolzano, Venice, or Innsbruck, the closest airports. In Brixen, you will spend the night at a 3-star hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel in Brixen


Day 2, Stage 1: Bressanone - Rifugio Plose

After breakfast, you will have to make your way to the starting point of the trek. 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 
Accommodation: Rifugio Plose

Day 3, 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 
Accommodation: Rifugio Genova (Schlüterhütte)

Day 4, 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 
Accommodation: Rifugio Puez

Day 5, Stage 4: Rifugio Puez - Paso Gardena

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).

Walking time: 4 hours
Ascent: 180 m
Descent: 550 m
Accommodation: Hotel in Passo Gardena

Day 6: End of the trek

After breakfast, your trek and our services will have come to an end. From Passo Gardena, you can take a bus back to Bressanone or Bolzano.

What's Included

Included:

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

√ Accommodation
We will arrange your accommodation on the Alta Via 2 in mountain huts, also know and Rifugios. There are several options to choose from along the trail. We have selected the mountains huts on our trek based on the length of each stage and recommendations from trekkers who have done the Alta Via 2 before us.

√ Half-board
Most huts along the Alta Via 2 include dinner and breakfast. The Plose and Genova Huts include only 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 Rifugios.

 Accommodation before and after the trek
Before the trek, you will spend one night at a 3-star hotel in Brixen getting ready for the trek on the next morning. At the end of the trek, you will spend one last night at a hotel in Passo Gardena. At the hotels, you will enjoy succulent breakfasts with freshly brewed Italian coffee!

Excluded:

× Airfare and Visa
You have to make your way to Brixen. The total amount is exclusive of flights to Italy. 

× Transfers
Once in Italy, you will have to make your way to the trailhead at Brixen. We will provide the instructions and assist you with how to get there. The bus tickets are not included. The transfer back to Brixen at the end of the trek is not included either.

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

× 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.

× Dinner at Plose and Genova Huts
The Plose and Genova Huts include only breakfast. Dinner is à la carte and is not included in the price of this trek.

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

Accommodation

Accommodation

Before the trek, you will spend one night at a 3-star hotel in Brixen getting ready for the trek on the next morning. At the end of the trek, you will spend one last night at a hotel in Passo Gardena. At the hotels, you will enjoy succulent breakfasts with freshly brewed Italian coffee!

During the Alta Via 2, you will spend your nights in mountain huts along the trail. 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.

Rifugio Plose

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.

Rifugio Puez

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.

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!

Packing List

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:

Clothing

- 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. 
- Gloves 
- Sun hat
- Good quality walking boots
- Flip flops for the huts

Equipment

- Walking poles
- Sleeping bag and liner
- Travel towel
- Water bottle
- Dry bag
- First aid kit  
- Sunscreen
- Toiletries
- Phone charger   
- Guide book and maps

Via Ferrata (optional)

- Helmet
- Harness
- Carabiner

FAQ

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. Perfect for your walking holidays in Italy

Best season

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.

How Do I Get to the Trailhead of the Alta Via 2 in the Dolomites?

This short Alta Via 2 starts in Bressanone, also known as Brixen, and ends in Passo Gardena.

Brixen
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.

Passo Gardena
From Passo Gardena, you can take a bus back to Bressanone or Bolzano. The busride from Passo Gardena to Bressanone takes 1 h 40 min (busline 473-350) and to Bolzano takes 2 h 20 min (busline 170).

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 huts are the only authorized accommodation option. Besides, after trekking so many hours a day, a mattress and a warm meal are always welcome. 

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. 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!

Safety

Safety

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!

COVID-19

Alta Via 2 in 2020/2021 and Covid - 19

For the summers of 2020/2021, the Alta Via 2 is a perfect option to avoid having to stay in overcrowded hotels in coastal countries and to socially distance oneself from others. But obviously, you still will have to spend the night at huts where you will certainly not be alone. In order to keep the COVID-19 pandemic under control, the following must be taken into account.:

- Do not visit the Huts if you have symptoms!
- Huts aren't allowed to work at full capacity, so make sure to book your stay in advance
- Bring your own facemask!
- You must bring your own sleeping bag, liner, and pillow cover
- Bring your own travel towel

How to Book

On Bookatrekking.com you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking your match? In that case, you can proceed with your booking. At Bookatrekking.com you make a deposit of 15% of the total amount. In the case of this trek, we will check the availability at the respective accommodations for you. There are two possible outcomes:  

 There is availability 

We ask once again for a deposit of 15% to secure all accommodation for you. The remaining 70% must be paid at least two (2) weeks before the start of the trekking. 

X There is no availability 

If there is no availability, we will look for other starting dates or another trekking in agreement with you. Are there no other options for you? Then your deposit of 15% will be refunded.

Cancellation Policy

If all the accommodations of this trekking are booked and confirmed, you will lose your deposit of 30% at all times. If you cancel within 14 days of your start date, you will lose your full booking amount. 

Is it not quite clear yet or do you have questions? Please contact us via support@bookatrekking.com. We are happy to help you.

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