Tour the north of The Dolomites along High Route 1

  • Duration 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Grade
  • Start / Finish Cortina / Cortina
  • Distance 57 km / 35 miles
  • Trip Style Self Guided
  • Availability
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  • Availability
    July - September
  • Price From $1,536

Overview

Travel the northern half of the popular 'High Way 1'. About 70 km in a week on well-marked roads, shimmering peaks, shady forests and grasslands. The full north-south tour starts in the Italian South Tyrol and ends 140 kms later in Belluno. 

Among the most famous mountains are Tofana to the west, Pomagagnon in the north, Cristallo in the northeast, Faloria and Sorapis to the east, and Becco di Mezzodi, Croda da Lago and Cinque Terre to the south. 

Among the wonders in the north include the stunning Lake Prags, the magnificent views of the Marmolada mountain range, the poignant open-air World War I museum in Lagazuoi, and the expansive views from the Rifugio Nuvolau cliff. 

Finish the northern stage after spending the night at the Rifugio Croda da Lago Palmieri, precisely by the lake, descending to the lower valley to spend the night in Cortina.    

  • Delight in the charm of authentic "rifugios" (Shelters) in your stay at the top of the mountains
  • Walk through picturesque alpine scenery: grasslands, peaks and forests
  • Enjoy a cold beer on the terrace while you watch the golden sunset
  • Stay in traditional mountain huts in spectacular locations
  • The great feeling of conquering the northern section. Next year, it will be the south!

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    Itinerary

    Services

    Included

    • Accommodation in en suite rooms in charming hotels
    • 4 nights accommodation in refugees in a shared room
    • Daily Breakfasts
    • Evening meals on days 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
    • Luggage transfers between accommodations
    • Transfers as specified in the itinerary
    • Information dossier with maps and routes
    • 24-hour telephone support
    • Sustainable travel, we compensate the CO2 emissions of your trip
    • Taxes

    Extras

    • Travel insurance
    • Cancellation insurance
    • Private room in the refuges (subject to availability, dormitories or suites)
    • Baggage transfer service
    • Additional nights during the holiday

    Accomodation

    General information

    The accommodation with which we collaborate is carefully selected by our team to ensure that you have an unforgettable experience throughout your trip.

    For this walking route, we have chosen comfortable hotels for the first and last night to guarantee peace of mind, rest and enjoyment.

    For your other nights, we have selected rifugi' (mountain huts), which will allow you to discover Italian culture and enjoy the hospitality in these traditional lodgings.

    Due to the location and limited capacity of the 'rifugi', we recommend that you confirm your booking with us as soon as possible. We will let you know the name of each accommodation thirty days before the start of your trip.

    Room types

    For the first and last night's accommodation, your booking will be in private rooms with en-suite bathrooms.

    In the 'rifugi', on the other hand, rooms are generally shared and mixed.

    Map

    Travel & Transfers

    To get to Cortina, Marco Polo Airport in Venice is the most convenient, thanks to the operation of several international airlines. From there, it is possible to take the Cortin Express towards Cortina, which departs twice a day, usually in the afternoon. 

    It is also possible to get to Venice's smallest airport, Venice Treviso, and from Treviso Sud, take a bus that departs once a day to Cortina.

    For the return, you can take some of the methods mentioned above.

    FAQs

    Absolutely! Each traveller has included 1 piece of luggage that we will transfer between your accommodations. It's important that this piece of luggage meets the following criterias:

    • Maximum weight of 45 lbs (20 kg).
    • Must be only 1 piece of luggage without any attachments or accessories.
    • Should not contain valuables, fragile items, food or medications.
    • Must be correctly identified (booking reference of your trip and the full name of the trip holder).

    The approximate luggage delivery time will be at 4:00 PM.

    We suggest you make the reservation as soon as possible, as soon as you have decided your travel dates, as this destination is extremely popular and accommodation is sold out quickly, mainly the private rooms. However, we will always try to adjust to your needs.

    This route is rated as moderate to strenuous and requires good physical condition. You must be used to walking in mountains, crossing stony or snowy trails, ascending and descending to make the most of this holiday.

    The best time to travel this route is from July to mid-September. August is the most popular month (for locals too) and that's why the cabins are always busy. It is not uncommon for snow to fall on the highest elevations in summer and some snowflakes are still present in July. 

    For this season, we offer walks from the beginning of July. July and August are the hottest months of the year, which also involves risk of storms; they can be torrential and usually occur in the afternoon. You must be well equipped and prepared for these eventualities.

    Due to how remote the cabins are, it is usually not possible to take any transport between them. Shelter staff will be available to guide you on the best options.  

    In our information pack, we detail the tips and the type of kit that you should have. It includes standard walking equipment such as raincoats, good walking shoes or boots, sunscreen, water bottle and a light backpack with a belt at the waist. 

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