Hike in the Dolomites

Northern Italy Italy: (ZZ-HKITFA01)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/hiking_italy_dolomites_nature_park.aspx

Northern Italy Italy

Experiencing nature – idyllic Mountain lakes, lush Mountain pastures, green forests and the legendary Dolomites will guide you through three Nature Parks during your hike. Not without reason, were the Dolomites declared a Natural World heritage site. As a preamble to the hike, you are greeted by lake Pragser Wildsee, in whose crystal-clear waters the whitewashed walls of the Seekofel, are mirrored. All those who believe that nothing more can top this experience, be well advised that high above Cortina, the pearl of the Dolomites you can view and glance over some of the most striking summits. The Cristallo Group of Mountain peaks; the Pinnacle on Mount Tofane and the summits around the Fanes Mountains, all wrestle for the attention of the observer. Naturally, an excursion to the Drei Zinnen (Three Peaks) cannot be left out, the encompassing hike around the celebrated trident promises fascinating impressions of the Sesto Mountains ranges of the Dolomites. Finally, we will introduce you to the splendors of Sesto, the valley of the mountain climbers and mountain guides.

Highlights and places of interest along the route:
✓ The Dolomites – UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site
✓ Fanes-Sennes-Prags Nature Park
✓ Dolomite Ampezzaner Nature Park
✓ Sesto Dolomites Nature Park
✓ Mountain Lakes: lake Pragser Wildsee, lake Misurina
✓ Mountain Pastures at high altitudes: Plätzwiese, Nemesalm
✓ Cortina d’Ampezzo, the pearl of the Dolomites
✓ Massif Rock Features: Drei Zinnen (Three Peaks)

Accommodation in good quality hotels of a 3***, sometimes 4**** category
Breakfasts included. Dinners can be booked at an additional cost (except in Cortina)

Characteristics of the route
This is an easy and accessible hiking tour through well-marked trails. It is suitable for anyone in good basic physical condition and climbing experiences are not necessary.
The tour is suitable for children from the age of 12.


Day 1: Arrival in Niederdorf/Villabassa or Toblach/Dobbiaco
Individual arrival at the hotel in Hochpustertal. Free, unguarded public car park near the hotel.

Day 2: Villabassa/Dobbiaco – Pragser Tal/Valle di Braies – Plätzwiese
Your hiking holiday starts with a short transfer to the idyllic lake Pragser Wildsee, which fascinates the sightseer with the crystal clear turquoise waters of the lake. Here you get a first impression of the Pragser Tal; with its dark-needled coniferous forests and the whitewashed walls of the mountain rocks, it counts to the pearls of the Dolomites. The way leads you to the alpine pasture Rossalm and down to Brückele. By public transport you reach the high plateau of Plätzwiese, over which the mountains Dürrenstein and Hohe Gaisl sit majestically.
Beside calm and nature you encounter here also a panoramic view: In the vastness you can see the mountains Cristallo, Tofana and the world-famous Drei Zinnen (Three Peaks). Leisurely walkers have the possibility to choose a shorter variant for the first stage, at which they are taken to the guesthouse Tuscherhof and start their walk from there. Following the river Stolla they pass the guesthouse Brückele, the homonymous hut Stolla and rock paintings (cases of erosion, which are produced by the constant influence of water and the different composition of the rock) to get to the Plätzwiese.
Ascent: approx. 800 m in altitude / descent: approx. 0 m in altitude / approx. 4 hours or ascent: approx. 800 m in altitude / descent: approx. 800 m in altitude / approx. 5 - 6 hours

Day 3: Plätzwiese – Strudelkopf or Dürrenstein

Starting point of today’s stage is the alpine pasture Plätzwiese, which together with the mountains Hohe Gaisl and Kreuzkofelgruppe counts as the most treasured and revered hiking areas in the country; the charismatic magnetism of the unusual flora and natural lakes, have an enthralling charm on the discerning visitor. The bizarre and fascinating fables according to legends of the ancient tribes of Fanes Empire are relevant here. In the Nature Park Fanes Sennes Prags, the largest nature park in the Dolomites, you can make your choice between two options. Starting at the Plätzwiese depending on the variant you reach either the Strudelkopf (short variant) or the Dürrenstein (longer variant). Both options offer you a spectacular view on the Hohe Gaisl, the Drei Zinnen (Three Peaks), the Tofana and the Monte Cristallo.
Ascent: approx. 350 m in altitude / descent: approx. 350 m in altitude / approx. 3 - 4 hours or ascent: approx. 800 m in altitude / descent: approx. 800 m in altitude / approx. 4 – 5 hours

Day 4: Plätzwiese – Knappenfußtal – Gemärk/Cimabanche – Cortina d‘Ampezzo
You hike through the high plateau of the Plätzwiese and descend through the Knappenfußtal to Cimabanche – the frontier between South Tyrol and Belluno. Here are two possibilities to continue: either the direct path to Cortina d’Ampezzo or the longer variant to the hut Ra Stua and under the Col Rosa to Cortina d’Ampezzo. Your today’s destination, the former Olympic city, impresses with its unique location in the middle of famous Dolomite peaks.
Ascent: approx. 0 m in altitude / descent approx. 475 m in altitude / approx. 2 hours or ascent: 650 m in altitude/ descent: approx. 1,425 m in altitude / approx. 8 hours

Day 5: circular track; cablecar Faloria
The panorama of the starting point of this stage is quite simple and stunning. The giant rocks of the Ampezzo Dolomites reach into heaven; the Monte Cristallo and the Cristallogruppe, the Tofana and the Fanesgruppe are the leading actors of this spectacle.
There are two options for the day: the longer one leads you towards Forcella Faloria and the shorter one is following the new Dolomieu Panoramic Trail. Both of them are heading towards Passo Tre Croci. The descent to Cortina is equal for both routes.
Let yourself be enchanted by the natural beauty of the fascinating environment of the impressive Dolomite peaks.
Longer variant: ascent: approx. 300 m in altitude / descent approx. 1.175 m in altitude / approx. 5 hours
Shorter variant: ascent: approx. 75 m in altitude / descent approx. 975 m in altitude / approx. 3-4 hours

Day 6: Cortina d’Ampezzo – Lake Dürrensee – Drei Zinnen (Three Peaks) – Rifugio Auronzo (hut)
A transfer will take you from Cortina to lake Dürrensee. From here you will hike through the Rienztal to the world famous Drei Zinnen (Three Peaks). The mountains are probably the most known rock formations in the Dolomites. They were an important war scenery during World War I between Italy and Austria-Hungary. An easy hike takes you further on to Rifugio Auronzo hut and by bus you go back to your hotel in Dobbiaco/Villabassa.
For who prefers to take it easy that day, there is the possibility to take a direct bus to Rifugio Auronzo hut (ticket approx. Euro 6.50- ticket not included). From there you can make the round tour of the Drei Zinnen (Three Peaks) and take the bus back to your hotel in Dobbiaco/Villabassa.
Ascent: approx. 1,000 m in altitude / descent: approx. 100 m in altitude / approx. 4-5 hours or ascent: approx. 350 m in altitude / descent: approx. 350 m in altitude / approx. 3 – 4 hours

Day 7: Villabassa or Dobbiaco – Sexten/Sesto – Villabassa or Dobbiaco
The last stage of your hiking holiday takes you to one of the most beautiful side valleys of the Pustertal, to Sesto. Before that, you arrive to Versciaco, where the cable car takes you to the mountain Helm. From here you can enjoy a beautiful view to the Sextner Dolomiten. The huts Hahnspiel, Sillian, Klammbach and Alpe Nemes are further stops before you hike to the Kreuzbergpass. You will get back to Villabassa/Dobbiaco by bus/train and enjoy you last night of your tour in the Dolomites.
Ascent: approx. 575 m in altitude / descent: 975 m in altitude / approx. 6 hours

Day 8: Departure
Individual departure or extension of your stay.

Rates and Dates for Hike in the Dolomites

Rates include:

Accommodations in 3* hotels, breakfast and optional 3 course dinners, luggage transfer from hotel to hotel, tickets for transfers, detailed tour info with maps, route description. Phone hotline. Free parking in Pusteria Valley

Packages and Options

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:

2012 Trip starts in Niederdorf or Toblach - arrival best by train

Dates Note: Additional dates are possible for groups of 5+

Rates do not include:

Drinks, entrance fees, gratuities, insurance, items not listed

Other Info
Meeting: Niederdorf or Toblach
Airport: Treviso or Venice


What To Bring:

Equipment list

• Validpassport or ID card
• Money, Cheques and/or credit card
• International travel health insurance certificate

Hiking equipment
• Backpack
• Small backpack pharmacy
• Hiking poles (depending on taste)
• Pocket knife, picnic dish, cup/mug
• Water bottle(s) 1 – 2 litres per person
• Food (eg bread, salami, cheese, chocolate, dried fruit, nuts)
• Handkerchiefs
• Camera or Digital Camera (film, batteries /do not forget memory card)
• Mobile phone and charger
• Sunglasses

• Hiking shoes
• Functional sports underwear
• T-Shirts
• Scarf (if required)
• Hat or cap – Sun protection is important!
• Jacket (Windstopper)
• Shorts
• Hiking socks
• Raincover
• Warm clothing
• Towel
• Toiletry