Arrival in Cortina
To start your hiking trip in Los Dolomites, a mountain range that stretches across five provinces and three regions of northern Italy, we suggest you get to Venice as your first stop and, from there, take a bus that takes you to Cortina.
Once at your starting point, we always recommend taking a walk to get to know the area where you will travel through during the next few days: the Dolomites mountain range, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2009.
Overnight: Pontechiesa Hotel - Cortina
From Lago di Braies to Sennes Refuge
On your first morning hike, you should first take a bus that will take you from Cortina to Lake di Braies, one of the most well-known and visited lakes in the Dolomites due to its beauty and its easy access and ample parking.
Starting your walk, with a little good weather you can see the monoliths of Tre Cime (Three Peaks, in English), which will leave you impressed with their immensity. They are named as the Large, Small and West Peaks.
You will then have a steep climb that will take you to a crucial point during your route. You have the option to complete an additional route and, on the other hand, if your body already tells you to rest, continue the path to your refuge today, enjoying the panoramic views.
Length: 10 km. | 942 m. of ascent; 299 m. of descent
Overnight: Sennes Refuge
Hiking to the Fanes Refuge
Today, a tour through a path that during the First World War was used as a strategic route will be waiting for you.
You will then descend to the Pederü Refuge, and then continue through the Rudo Valley and Make an ascent again that will take you to your destination today, Fanes Refuge, within the Fannes-Senes-Braies Natural Park.
Length: 10 km. | 568 m. of ascent; 639 m. of descent
Overnight: Fanes Refuge
Hike to the Lagazuoi Refuge
Today you're heading for the Lagazuoi Shelter. At the beginning of the day you will pass by the Lago di Limo as you climb towards the slopes of the Fanes.
From there, you'll be fortunate enough to see the highest mountain in the Dolomites, called Marmolada, on whose north face has a glacier. As a curious fact, we would tell you that this is a regular stage for cyclists during the Giro d'Italia.
You will then arrive at Passo Tágeda, from where you will have a moderate descent towards Lake Lagazuoi. Along the way, you'll find some remnants of what was the firing line during the First World War between Austria and Italy.
Length: 12 km. | 1056 m. of ascent; 412 m. of descent
Overnight: Lagazuoi Refuge
Hiking to Nuvolau Refuge
At the beginning of your day, you will be able to enjoy the sunrise offered at the Lagazuoi Refuge, which has the best panoramas of Los Dolomites. Continue your trek again between trenches and World War I walls that will impress you.
Afterwards, you will go along a narrow path parallel to the Tofana di Rozes path towards the Dibona Refuge, where we recommend you are very attentive to the signage.
You will follow a path of pine forests, which will allow you the small mountain complex Cinque Torri, to the Averau Refuge (to which you must return tomorrow, so keep it in mind) from where you have the last ascent to your destination today: Refuge Nuvolau awaits you.
Today’s detail is that your refuge for today is the oldest that exists in Los Dolomites.
Length: 15 km. | 1033 m. of ascent; 1144 m. of descent
Overnight: Nuvolau Refuge
Hike to the Citta di Fiume Refuge
On this day you will have to return to Refuge Averau, where you will find the best option to start your walk. From there, you'll start walking until you reach Passo Giau Refuge, a mountain pass known for being a stretch of the Giro d'Italia, and then advance across meadows and flower trails that you will fall in love with on your route today.
You will continue to advance through extensive fields and terraces of crops that you will see as you pass over the rocks that surround you.
Continue until you meet the white, colourful house that welcomes you as your refuge today, surrounded by green meadows and, a little further away, large pine forests.
Length: 12 km. | 538 m. of ascent; 1155 m. of descent
Overnight: Citta di Fiume Refuge
Hike to Coldai Refuge
Today you will find yourself walking surrounded by large meadows and some stone trails until you reach, first of all, the Passo Staulanza Refuge. From there, you can see one of the most imposing mountains of the Dolomites: Mount Pelmo.
To reach your refuge today you will advance along a path with little difficulty and a lot of beauty, which will make the end of your seventh day much more pleasant.
Length: 10 km. | 624 m. of ascent; 402 m. of descent
Overnight: Passo Staulanza
Hiking to Passo Duran Refuge
On this journey you will walk along Lake Coldai until you reach the first mountain pass of several that you will find on your route to your destination today, the Passo Duran Refuge.
You will also pass through a valley that will allow you to see Lake Alleghe, which surrounds the village of Allegue, located at the base of Mount Civeta and considered one of the most beautiful villages in Dolomites.
You'll have to follow the mountain road until you reach your finishing point. However, since this route is a little more extensive than the others, you can ask us to spend a night at the Vazzoler Refuge and divide this stage in two if you prefer.
Length: 20 km. | 1296 m. of ascent; 1829 m. of descent
Overnight: Passo Duran San Sebastiano Refuge
Hiking to the Pian de Fontana Refuge
Today's stage also is considerably extensive, so we also offer you the option to shorten it by asking us that you stay at the Pramperet Refuge.
When you start your walk, you will go on narrow trails, always with stunning views of the Alps, until at one point on the route you will start to ascend between rocks to the Dolomites National Park, whose variety of fauna ranges from mammals like marmots or weasels, even birds like the golden eagle and amphibians like the alpine newt.
In some sections you'll likely encounter somewhat steep climbs, but the views of the plain from above will make up for it. Then you will descend very steeply towards the Pian de Fontana Refuge.
Length: 16 km. | 1099 m. of ascent; 1031 m. of descent
Overnight: Pian de Fontana Refuge
Hiking to La Muda and return to Belluno
Today you will start your final day by descending a mountain track through a rocky forest that will eventually take you to a road, to La Muda. Once there, you have the option to take a bus to Belluno, your destination for today.
Also, if you are an experienced climber, we suggest you find a way back by descending the slopes of La Schiara, the highest mountain in the Dolomites range.
Once in Belluno, enjoy a walk through its historic centre and treat yourself to a good typical Italian dish as a reward for your long walking days.
Length: 12 km. | 480 m. of ascent; 1672 m. of descent
Overnight: Albergo Capello e Cadore - Belluno
Return from Belluno
Today you will have to take a transfer from Belluno to Venice, from where you can take your flight back to your home city.*
*Remember that when you book your circuit you can ask us to book additional hotel nights for the days after the end of your circuit to extend your stay in one of the places along the hiking trail in the Dolomites.
End of our services.