Dolomites High Route: Alta Via 1
Dolomites high Route: Alta Via 2
Dolomites High Route: Alta Via 2
Dolomites High Route: Alta Via 2
Dolomites High Route: Alta Via 2
Dolomites High Route: Alta Via 2

Dolomites High Route: Alta Via 2


Hiking holiday in the Italian Dolomites

This stunning hike takes in the highlights of the Alta Via 2, big sister of the Alta Via 1 in the Italian Dolomites. Our itinerary links the very best sections of this challenging route to make it accessible to seasoned walkers. We trek through one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world: A UNESCO World Heritage Site with spectacular rock formations and geology.

Highlights

  • Stunning mountain scenery in a World Heritage Site
  • Challenging hiking on great trails in the Dolomites
  • High mountain rifugios in truly amazing locations
  • A unique culture mixing Austrian and Italian traditions
  • Services of a professional International Mountain Leader

The exceptional geological beauty of the Dolomites is world famous, along with its Austrian-Italian distinctiveness. The area is known as the Sud Tirol in German, and as the Alto Adige in Italian, and presents an eclectic fusion of Austrian and Italian tradition, cuisine and folklore. 

Try Via Ferrata?

A via ferrata, which in Italian means the 'iron way', is a mountain route with fixed ‘protection’ such as metal ladders, handles and chain that you remain attached to using a climbing harness. This allows access to isolated trail systems, rocky cliff lines and summits normally reserved for climbers. The technique was initially developed by soldiers in the First World War, but has become an established, safe and popular sport. If you would like to try this activity before or after your trip then please ask us for more details. NB: Please note, we only use qualified IFMGA Guides for this activity and it is in addition to the proposed itinerary.


Would highly recommend this trip if you are looking for that next challenge, great walking routes each day with some stunning views across the Dolomites. Lindsay was superb and made sure that we all stayed safe in the challenging weather conditions. Another very memorable week in the Dolomites with Tracks and Trails.

Itinerary

  • base
  • airport
  • This evening you will meet your guide in Brixen, in Italy, which is also known as Bressanone, in Italian. The Sud Tirol is predominantly German speaking, with Italian the second language. If arriving by bus/train check both names, Brixen and Bressanone. Brixen is easily accessible by train and bus from Munich, Verona or Innsbruck airport. It’s a beautiful city, and well worth arriving early to allow time to explore the cobbled streets. 

  • Our walking trip on the stunning Alta Via 2 begins with a bus ride to San Andreas above Brixen and then we take a cable car ride up to the high pastures of Valcroce. It is wonderful to start a hike high-up, but we are about to get even higher as we head for coffee and cake at the Rifugio Plose, the official AV2 starting point. Leaving the Rifugio we remain mostly in open mountainside with views to the Austrian Tyrol, and to the south-east the dramatic rock spires of the Puez-Odle ridge line. Lunch is usually in the lovely private Schätzerhütte. Today is a reasonably gentle introduction to the beauty of the Dolomites, with our high point at 2357m (7730ft) when we cross our first high pass at Forcella di Putia. We will spend the night at the Rifugio Genova: a lively and popular hut with good facilities, including showers. As with many of the refuges on this trip it will have a German and Italian name, it can get rather confusing, but all adds to the feeling we are somewhere 'different'.

    Ascent: 1024m (3358ft) Descent: 747m (2450ft) Distance 20km (12.4 miles) Duration: 6h00-7h00 

  • A short walk takes us back up to the Passo Poma through the wild flower meadows. Then it’s a rising traverse across steep, stony hillsides on a balcony path, which rewards with a view of the impressive rock towers and snow streaked screes of Punte del Puez. We then head for the conspicuous notch on the skyline, the Forcella della Roa at 2617m (8585ft)), from where we tackle rocky ridge terrain before dropping into the valley above our destination. The isolated Rifugio Puez situated at an altitude of 2475m (8118ft) is right in the heart of the extraordinary Puez group of mountains, a vast limestone wilderness. It is a clean and efficient rifugio with delicious apple strudel. The evening views down the stunning gorge to the valley below are well worth the effort of getting here. We love it!

    Ascent: 600m (1968ft) Descent: 800m (2624ft) Distance: 10km (6.3 miles) Duration: 05h30 

  • We head into the wild rocky Puez range this morning, sometimes described as a ‘desolate and primitive landscape’ with fossil remains visible in the rock pavements. Our path takes us over the Forcella di Ciampac at 2366m (7760ft), and then climbs gently south-west over a vast stony plateau down to the vivid green waters of the Lago di Crespeina. At Passo Crespeina at 2528m (8291ft) the 'Sella' massif dominates with its high buttresses and snowfields. We eventually pass below the Pizzes da Cir cliffs and down to the fabulous restaurant known as 'Jimmy's' for lunch (the food is too good to pass!) It's then down to the famous Passo Gardena with its stunning mountain road with its many tight bends, used in many a 'road movie'. From here we climb into the wild Sella mountains: a stunning landscape of rocky spires, vertical cliffs and gorges. We have a climb of over two hours to our overnight at the Rifugio Pisciadu. Our hike ends with a rocky scramble, aided by a solid cable and spikes. There is some exposure on this final climb, but it should not be any problem for those used to the high mountains.

    Ascent: 862m (2827ft) Descent 765m (2509ft) Distance: 12km (7.5 miles) Duration: 5h00-6h00

  • This is a spectacular day as we head around Lago di Pisciadu. Rugged mountainside trails wind over rock and scree, with cables assisting the first rocky, but easy section. A steeper climb follows up to the Altopiano del Meisules: a barren lunar landscape rich in ammonite fossils. Our next goal is to cross the l’Antersass before a descent over rough, stony ground guided by cairns and poles until we arrive at the Rifugio Boe where we can enjoy an Italian coffee! We continue across the rocky mountainside before a gentle climb to the conspicuous Rifugio Maria. There is sometimes a pig wandering around the Rifugio! Yes, a pig! We then take the cable car to Passo Pordoi which allows more time for a leisurely lunch and saves our knees on what can be a punishing descent. Passo Pordoi has bars, restaurants and various other facilities if you wish to pick up any snacks etc. We wont be resting here too long, because we are about to enter the Marmolada group and the volcanic Padon chain. Leaving the Passo we take the celebrated 'Viel dal Pan', this footpath was once used by flour merchants from the Belluno area as a route to the valley. Flour, an essential ingredient, represented an excellent bargaining product and was bartered in the Ladin valleys for handcrafted goods, as well as for other products. We contour grassy hillsides below volcanic formations akin to Easter Island statues, to reach the stunningly situated Rifugio Viel dal Pan where we will spend the night enjoying views of the Marmolada, the highest mountain in the Dolomites at 3334m (10,965ft).

    Ascent: 1108m (3634ft) Descent: 1298m (4257ft) Distance: 13km (8 miles) Duration: 7h00

  • After seeing the stunning sunrise over the Marmolada, we head down to the lovely Lago di Fedaia for a quick coffee stop. The mighty Marmolada, a landmark of the Dolomites, is a major presence during today’s trek. Steep, 1000m (3280ft) cliffs along the 5km (3 miles) of its south face are capped by the largest glacier in the Eastern Alps. The Marmolada summit was first attempted in 1830 by Italian climbers, with the first ascent to Punta Penia, the highest point, in 1864 by Austrian, Paul Grohmann with Italian guides. During spring of 1916, and again in summer 1917 the Marmolada witnessed fierce hand-to-hand fighting between Austrian and Italian troops. To escape enemy fire, the Austrians excavated a complex of galleries some 12km (7.5 miles) in total within the glacier itself, dubbed the ‘City of Ice’. This is our longest day in terms of distance and by the time we climb our final pass at Forca Rossa at 2490m (8167ft) we are already anticipating our lovely hotel at the pass.

    Ascent: 1200m (3936ft) Descent: 1760m (5772ft) Distance 32km (20 miles) Duration: 10h00

  • We set of this morning up the mountain as we being our hike to the Passo di Valles which is at 2031m (6661ft) and the Rifugio Passa Valles, a privately run refuge where no doubt a morning coffee will be required. Our first pass will be the Forcella Venegia at 2217m (7271ft), with views to the red-sandstone striated cliffs of Cima Caladora. We follow the panoramic crest with an impressive line up ahead of Monte Mulaz, Cima di Val Grande, and the majestic Cimon della Pala at 3038m (9964ft). The Cimon is known as the Matterhorn of the Dolomites! We then cross the north-east slopes of Monte Mulaz to the small Passo dei Fochette di Focobon amid stunning rock spires and breathtaking scenery. Our final section before the rifugio involves a straightforward scramble with cables up rock ledges and slabs, but with no major difficulties. We spend the night at the stunningly located Rifugio Mulaz, named after the Venetian entrepreneur who launched the city’s mainland industrial development in the 1920’s. The sunsets from the terrace can be truly stunning, framing the peaks and spires of the Dolomites.

    Ascent: 1176m (3857ft) Descent: 548m (1797ft) Distance: 11km (6.8 miles) Duration: 7h00 

  • We leave the Rifugio Mulaz to climb steeply over the nearby pass named after the rifugio. This is a wild barren landscape, and a lovely start to our final day of hiking. Once over the pass we return to a greener landscape as we traverse down the mountain side, making our way to the Castellaz: a spectacular rocky plateau. We aim to complete the loop up to the summit cross of Cristo Pensante and enjoy our final views of the Dolomites before heading down to our pick-up point near Passo Rolle, at the Rifugio Capanna Cervino. The rifugio is a great place to enjoy a coffee and cake to celebrate our journey. Here we meet our taxi transfer back to your hotel in Brixen. The drive will be approximately 2h00 back to our hotel. This allows easy return travel from Brixen/Bressanone to your airport on your departure day.

    Ascent: 400m (1312ft) Descent: 851m (2791ft) Distance: 8km (5 miles) Duration: 5h00  

  • Today is your departure day from Brixen/Bressanone.

It is always our aim to complete the proposed itinerary outlined above, however, it may be necessary for our guides/instructors to adjust the daily itinerary based on the weather conditions, group safety and enjoyment.

Accommodation

We always aim to accommodate our guests in well-situated, clean, characterful, family run accommodation. In many cases we have known the management for years, and it’s like visiting friends. Our suggested accommodation, listed below, is subject to availability at the time of booking. We have given details of our favoured venues and those we intend to use. If unavailable we will book alternative accommodation of a similar standard.

On this trip accommodation will be in a twin room in a hotel in Brixen/Bressanone. You will also have a twin room in the hotel at Passo San Pellegrino. The Dolomite Rifugios are definitely a 'cut above' normal mountain huts, and offer very comfortable accommodation. As stated in What's included, early booking means we can try to obtain dormitories for our group's sole use. We also try and secure small dorms or bedrooms to keep friends and couples together, but this is not guaranteed. If you are prepared to hike the Alta Via 2 then we assume you are of an adventurous nature and used to sharing 'space' in high mountain rifugios when necessary. It can be a great way to make new friends!

Single rooms may be available in Brixen/Bressanone and at Passo San Pellegrino for a supplementary fee. These are normally limited in number and require early booking. Please contact us for details.

Hotel Krone, Brixen/Bressanone

Hotel

The Hotel Krone in Brixen/Bressanone is in a great location for our base in this lovely city. It is right in the centre of the old town with its cobbled streets, yet only a 10 minute walk to the bus station. The hotel provides high quality Tyrolean accommodation and facilities. The hotel also has a great restaurant serving tasty local dishes made from local products. 

 

Patrizio is very welcoming, and is a great source of local information. There is a lovely terrace where you can enjoy an evening drink. There is also a roof-top spa for easing any aching muscles when we return from our epic journey on the Alta Via 2. 

Rifugio Genova

Refuge

The rifugio sits at the junction of several trails in the Dolomites, including the major European path from Munich to Venice. It has a comfortable restaurant serving traditional meals with great views down to the valley. The rifugio which is also know as the Schlüterhütte was built in 1898.

 

The rifugio has accommodation mostly in dormitories. There are showers and toilets on each floor.

Rifugio Puez

Refuge

For over 70 years the Costa family has welcomed climbers, hikers, families and groups to their Rifugio in the heart of the Puez-Odle Nature Park. There is a dining room with bar, a sunny terrace to enjoy the panoramic views and delicious food. Dormitories are the norm here, but sometimes there are bedrooms free. Showers are available.

Rifugio Pisciadu

Refuge

The Rifugio Pisciadu is in a spectacular location high in the mountains with rock faces towering above. The rifugio, to give it its full title, is actually the Rifugio Franco Cavazza al Pisciadù! The club is owned by the Alpine Club of Bologna. It has simple accommodation in dormitories, a cosy bar and restaurant serving with traditional Ladin cuisine. There are showers available.

Rifugio Viel dal Pan

Refuge

The Rifugio Viel dal Pan takes its name from the 'Viel dal Pan' Route used buy the flour merchants, and literally means the 'bread way'. The Rifugio is perched high above the valley with a spectacular view of the Marmalade, the highest summit in the Dolomites.  The dorms are furnished in Tyrolean style, with double, triple and four-person bedrooms available. There are also showers. 

Hotel Costabella, Passo San Pellegrino

Hotel

The Hotel Costabella has been operating since 1945 and is currently run by Patrizio Prandi, a descendant of the hotel’s original owner, Patrizio Deville. Our hotel provides a bit of true comfort after our nights in the high mountain rifugios. The food is excellent, and there is a lovely spa area to enjoy. Accommodation tonight will be twin bedrooms. A single room may be possible on request, but will incur a supplementary fee. 

The name Costabella is a tribute to the legendary Costabella peak, which towers behind the hotel and provides spectacular panoramas, particularly in the winter season. 

Rifugio Mulaz

Refuge

This is a stunning location to spend the night and the sunsets can be outstanding! The rifugio lies on the Dolomite limestone rocks at 2571m (8432ft), the rifugio offers a warm welcome and cosy accommodation. It is a traditional alpine hut, with a stove in the dining area to keep us warm. There is a terrace on which to enjoy an evening drink. 


  • The Italian Dolomites are easily reached from European and Worldwide destinations by road, rail, coach or plane. If choosing to travel by air, the closest airports are Munich in Germany, Innsbruck in Austria or Verona and Venice in Italy. Upon arrival we then suggest taking the bus or train to reach Brixen/Bressanone.

    Innsbruck: From Innsbruck airport use the airport free shuttle bus from the airport to Innsbruck central railway station: it takes 15 mins and leaves every 10 minutes. Then take the train to Brixen/Bressanone, taking about 1h35. The train from Innsbruck departs hourly, in the direction of Brennero/Brenner: change here for a train in the direction of Merano.

    The best website for train/bus links across the Sud Tirol/Dolomites region is the SudTirol Mobil website. Searching: Innsbruck, Hauptbahnhof to Bressanone, Stazione. It also provides 'Google' maps of the exact station location.

    Munich: From Munich airport to Brixen/Bressanone there is the Alto Adige Dolomites Airport Shuttle. This is run by Sudtirol Bus. The bus picks up at Terminals 1 and 2 at Munich Airport, but also at Innsbruck Airport.

    Other bus options are Deutsche Bahn and OEBB. You can try both Munich Airport to/from Bressanone and Munich Hauptbahnhof to/from Bressanone. Using Hauptbahnhof often results in a far cheaper price and it is easy to connect to/from the train at Munich Ost. Buy a ticket from/to the airport at a machine - line 1 or 8, and remember to stamp the ticket before getting on the train.

    Trenitalia - it is also worth checking the Italian train network for Brixen/Bressanone to Innsbruck (or vice versa) and then the cost of Innsbruck to/from Munich Flughafen or Munich Hauptbahnhof on Deutsche Bahn & OEBB.

    You can also take the train from the UK all the way to Brixen/Bressanone, you can check times here this website is also helpful for finding other train times from Munich airport (3h20), Verona (2h15) or Venice (3h50).

    A useful link which gives other options, such as the buses from Verona or Venice is Rome2Rio which gives a map and overall picture taking 3h30-5h50 respectively. Please contact us if you need further advice on your specific travel requirements.

  • You must have the appropriate insurance for your chosen activity, including helicopter rescue, repatriation and medical costs. We also advise you take out Trip Cancellation/Curtailment Insurance in the event of you being unable to join the trip. The insurance referred to should only be purchased AFTER we have confirmed your trip is guaranteed to run. 

    The insurance clause set out in our 'Terms and Conditions' is below:

    Insurance: It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical expenses, injury, illness, death, cost of repatriation, and personal accident risks. This must include cover for the activities to be undertaken during the trip. For tours taking place outside the United Kingdom you must ensure that your insurance covers rescue from the mountains, including helicopter rescue. It is the right of the leader to make a decision to call for helicopter rescue if such assistance is needed. Costs incurred by you, the client, due to an evacuation, rescue or other emergency shall be your responsibility. Any subsequent costs incurred for expenses, not limited to but including such costs as hotels, food, transport etc, shall be borne by you, the client. You are responsible for ensuring insurance cover is adequate for the particular needs of your chosen activity. You must be fully aware of the implications involved in arranging your own travel insurance and understand the limitations and exclusions of the policy. By agreeing to our Terms and Conditions you are authorising Tracks and Trails Ltd, or the person employed to lead the trip for Tracks and Trails Ltd, to instigate rescue and/or helicopter evacuation procedures without previously obtaining the permission of the company issuing your insurance policy. We reserve the right to cancel your booking at any time if we are not satisfied you have the necessary insurance policy covering your activity. Please ensure that your insurance covers you to the maximum altitude given on your trip itinerary. If you are unsure or are joining a bespoke trip then please contact us for specific details. Most of our trips have a maximum altitude of 3,000 metres (9840ft), except the Tour de Monte Rosa which reaches 3316m (10,877ft). You must bring all insurance documentation with you at the time of the activity. We also recommend your insurance covers you for trip cancellation and baggage loss/damage. Tracks and Trails Ltd are unable to accept responsibility for the loss or damage to any client equipment or luggage.

    For further details, please read the Insurance section on our website.

  • Summer mountain weather in the European Alps can vary considerably, and in this respect it is no different to any mountain environment where the terrain influences the weather and it can change from valley to valley. 

    However, in the summer months it is generally good in the Alps, but it can deliver everything from glorious sunshine, to rain, fog, high winds and even snow. Temperatures can reach over 30°Celsius (86°F) in July and August, but can drop to 5°Celsius (41°F) on the high passes, or 'Cols' as they are known in the Alps. Essentially, as with all mountain journeys, you should be prepared for any eventuality. The average temperatures range from 15-25°Celsius (59-77°F) in the valleys and 5-15°Celsius (41-59°F) on the passes.

    Even in mid-summer we can be faced with overnight snow especially when we have spent the night in a mountain refuge/rifugio/hut at higher altitude. 

  • For each of our trips there is a minimum number of guests required to book before we can 'guarantee' your trip will run. This is normally 4, and on some occasions 5. 

    In the 'Dates and Prices' section you can hover over the 'Status' button to see how many more bookings are required for your trip to be confirmed. 

    The maximum number of guests that we take on any given trip is indicated in the 'At a Glance' box on the right hand side of the trip page. 

    We will, on occasion, run trips that have not reached the minimum number because our guests have agreed to pay a supplement to allow the trip to go ahead, enabling them to book their travel. If the trip then reaches its minimum number we refund the difference. Do contact us if you wish to discuss this option. 

    We strongly advise you do not book travel until we have confirmed your trip is 'guaranteed' to run. If you book travel before we have confirmed it is 'guaranteed' we cannot be held responsible for any financial loss if the trip does not go ahead.

  • After we have processed your booking we will send you a comprehensive clothing and equipment list that is appropriate to your trip and activity. There will be some items on this list that we strongly recommend and others which are suggested. Our list is based on our experience of what is needed for any particular trip, but it is not the definitive article! If you have items you like to use then do bring them, but be aware of over-loading your 'day' rucksack with items that are heavy and therefore making the trip more challenging.

    Please contact us if in any doubt about what to bring.

  • When booking a holiday as a solo traveller a twin bedded room comprising of two single beds, is booked as standard. This will be with someone of the same gender unless you request to pay extra for your own room. Single rooms are often limited in supply so if you would like to pay a supplement for a single room we urge you to get in touch as soon as possible. As many of the overnights on this trip are in rifugios a single room will only be possible on certain nights. This trip has a single supplement of £230. 

  • On many of our trips there will be an element of 'group kit' which will be shared amongst our guests. As mountain people you will be used to team work and working together to the mutual benefit of the group.

    The 'group kit' will be minimal and simply a case of sharing out a few lightweight 'survival shelters'. On a week-long trip you may carry a small shelter for just one day before passing it on to the next person. 

    On many of our cross country ski trips to remote areas there will also be a few additional items to share such as the grip waxes/klisters, spare pole, and snow shovel. These items are shared in such a way that no one is over burdened. 

    Other group items necessary for safety and comfort will be carried by your guide/instructor.

  • We go to great lengths to work with first class guides and instructors who are passionate about their work. They are all fully qualified, and insured, and hold the correct documentation.

    Please note your guide/instructor has complete discretion to make a daily decision on whether or not to take the advertised route based on the weather and the ability of the members of the group. They have our authority to make any route changes they believe are necessary in the interests of safety and enjoyment. 

    For our walking, family, and snowshoeing trips your guide will be a fully qualified and experienced International Mountain Leader. For our running trips your guide will be an International Mountain Leader, and an experienced mountain 'trail runner'.

    If you have booked on a cross country ski trip you will be with a fully qualified professional BASI Nordic Ski Instructor or equivalent. BASI is the British Association of Snowsport Instructors. 

  • This is a general statement with regard to luggage and is not specific to your trip. Please read on.

    Point to Point

    The majority of our point-to-point trips have luggage support which means your bags are transferred each day to the next accommodation and you only need to wear a small/medium sized 'rucksack' for items you might need during the course of the day. 

    On some trips which feature a night in a refuge/rifugio/hut your main luggage may not be available that evening due to lack of vehicle access. Your rucksack should be of sufficient capacity to carry a few extra items required for this overnight. Your trip itinerary will indicate on which nights you do not have access to your main luggage. If in any doubt please contact us

    Centre Based

    For our centre based trips, in other words where you are staying in the same accommodation all week, you are welcome to bring whatever luggage you require. However, do refer to the note below with regard to 'size' and the lack of elevators in some hotels. 

    Size of Luggage

    Please note that many hotels do not have elevators. This means you may need to carry your luggage to your bedroom. 

    On our point-to-point trips where your luggage is moved along the route by taxi we ask that you keep the weight to a maximum of 15kgs (33lbs), and ONE bag per person. Many of the taxi companies who move your bags impose a 15kg (33lbs) limit and restrict the number because they have to unload and reload the vehicle each day. If you take more than one bag you may be asked to pay a supplement. 

    Luggage on wheels is a good idea, and as stated you need to be able to carry your luggage to your bedroom which may involve climbing several flights of stairs.  

  • We do not include lunches in your trip fee for various reasons. We have found our guests have particular tastes and requirements for 'trail' or 'hill' food and it is better you choose and buy what you require. Buying supplies and trying local specialities is a great way to inter-act with the local people and to practise your language skills. 

    Lunches on our trips are 'picnic' style lunches, in other words you take a packed lunch with sufficient snacks, food and fluid to sustain you throughout your day of activity. If there is the possibility of lunch being taken at a restaurant/farm/cafe beside the trail, your guide/instructor will advise you of this. 

    Each evening you can choose to order a picnic or a sandwich from the hotel, or your guide/instructor will advise you of other options such as a local shop or market and whether you need to purchase items in the evening or if the shop/market is open early enough the next morning not to delay your start. In all cases we would always ask you to settle any 'bill' for lunch or drinks in the evening and not in the morning when there may be a queue. 

    Norway and Sweden

    Norway and Sweden are the exception to this rule and these trips include a packed lunch in your trip fee. You can also bring a thermos flask and have it filled with a hot drink. The reason for this is the remoteness of the accommodation and the scarcity of shops. It is the tradition is to create your packed lunch from the breakfast buffet and the choice is usually substantial with something for all tastes. Please note that in every other country making your lunch from the breakfast is NOT considered acceptable.

  • On your itinerary you will find an indication of the amount of ascent and descent you can expect each day. This offers a guideline to how much effort might be expended each day and allows you to decide, based on previous experience, if your fitness and stamina are correct for the trip. 

    We make every attempt to ensure these statistics are as accurate as possible, but ask you to note that the most modern of technology used to record these details can show considerable variations in terms of ascent, descent, and in particular distance. In other words no two people using GPS devices on the same route will have exactly the same details recorded at the end of the day. 

    The statistics given should be used as a 'general' indication of the effort required. 

  • It is useful to arrive at your destination with some cash in the local currency, however, on most occasions it is relatively easy to visit a 'cash machine' after arrival and withdraw money on a credit or debit card. Some of our locations are an exception to this in particular Norway, where the accommodation will often have no facilities for withdrawing cash, but they will take a credit card. 

    On many of our trips we will visit remote cafes/farms where it is wonderful to enjoy a drink and a cake, at places such as these they will only accept payment in the local currency in cash. 

    On our walking and running trips which take in the route of the 'Tour du Mont Blanc' you will find that Euros will also be accepted in Switzerland as we are never far from the frontier, but the exchange rate will be poor.

    Below is a list of the currency and the currency symbol for each of the countries where we run trips:

    Italy = Euro/€

    Germany = Euro/€

    Sweden = Krona/SEK

    Norway = Kroner/NOK

    Bulgaria = Lev/BGN

    Switzerland = Swiss Franc/CHF

    Finland, including Lapland = Euro/€

    Spain, including Mallorca = Euro/€

    France, including Corsica = Euro/€ 

    Poland = Zloty/PLN = Euros will be accepted, but some local currency is advisable

    Czech Republic = Koruna/CZK - Euros will be accepted, but some local currency is advisable

  • Food

    On all our trips we prefer if you can experience local tastes and dishes that reflect the culture of the country we are visiting and for this reason many of our accommodation options will be family run with a reputation for the traditional food of the region. 

    If you have a 'special' diet because of an allergy or intolerance to a certain food type which will make you ill the accommodation will cater for this as best they can, eg gluten free, nut free, lactose free. 

    If you are vegetarian then this is not a problem as the hotels/refuges are used to being asked for vegetarian meals. This trip is not suitable for those who follow a vegan diet or those with other more specific dietary requirements. Gluten-free diets will be possible with regard to the evening meals, but you would need to bring along some gluten-free snacks for your breakfasts and lunches.

    If you have a 'special' diet which is NOT because of an allergy or intolerance, and is not 'veggie' then we cannot cater for this. The accommodation on the popular routes will be catering for many people each evening, in some cases up to 70/80 meals per night, 7 days a week, and realistically they cannot produce many different meal options unless the food will result in illness. 

    Water

    The countries we visit all have tap water that is drinkable. If for any reason a particular hotel is having a problem with a remote mountain water supply they will normally post a sign over the tap indicating that you must not drink the water. At all times you are welcome to ask your guide/instructor if the water can be drunk. We would ask, for environmental reasons, that you avoid using single-use plastic bottles, and bring a water bottle that can be used repeatedly. 

  • A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required for visits to countries outside the EU, such as Norway. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice.  

  • We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

    http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

    Note that if your trip involves staying in a mountain refuge/rifugio/hut that electric sockets may be in short supply and for that night you may not be able to charge any items. Although the accommodation will have electricity this will often be supplied by solar panels or a generator and limited to use by the staff. For this reason we advise that carrying a small slimline and lightweight 'battery pack' can be very useful for recharging phones which many of you will also use as your camera. 

  • A via ferret, which in Italian means the 'iron way', is a mountain route with fixed ‘protection’ such as metal ladders, handles and chain that you remain attached to using a climbing harness. This allows access to isolated trail systems, rocky cliff lines and summits normally reserved for skilled rock climbers. The technique was initially developed by soldiers in the First World War, but has now become an established, safe and popular sport. If you would like to try this activity before or after your trip then please ask us for more details.

    Please note, we only use qualified IFMGA Guides for this activity and it is in addition to the proposed itinerary.

    A via ferrata, which in Italian means the 'iron way', is a mountain route with fixed ‘protection’ such as metal ladders, handles and chain that you remain attached to using a climbing harness. This allows access to isolated trail systems, rocky cliff lines and summits normally reserved for climbers. The technique was initially developed by soldiers in the First World War, but has become an established, safe and popular sport. If you would like to try this activity before or after your trip then please ask us for more details. NB: Please note, we only use qualified IFMGA Guides for this activity and it is in addition to the proposed itinerary.

  • We feel strongly about protecting the environment and do not encourage the use of single-use plastic items. We would ask that you arrive with a ‘water bottle’ or ‘hydration system’ that can be used repeatedly. We would point out that we operate a ‘zero tolerance’ for rubbish, and would ask you to remove all your rubbish items from the mountain even those you consider to be bio-degradable. In particular we ask that you remove any toilet tissue.

    You can read our full policy here.

  • Working across international boundaries, and with various currencies means that the price of our trips can change overnight. We have, however, undertaken to guarantee that once you have paid your deposit the price of your trip is fixed. In this respect we urge you to book early to ensure that you receive the price advertised on our website. The website price may increase due to currency fluctuations, but we guarantee that the price advertised on the date of your booking will be maintained in your individual case. 

  • Due to the specialised nature of our holidays, we co-sell a number of trips with 'partner' companies. These are carefully selected to ensure they reflect our ethos and standards in terms of the service we offer our guests. By encouraging other companies to sell our trips it means that your chosen holiday may reach its 'minimum' number earlier, allowing us to guarantee the trip and to give you the go-ahead to book your travel arrangements.

    There may be occasions when our partners have helped book your accommodation and organise the logistics for your trip. On these occasions your hotel may have recorded your room reservation in the name of one of our partners. 

    We guarantee that companies with whom we work will offer the same package as Tracks and Trails Ltd. The price will be the same, though occasionally they may be operating in a different currency. Your itinerary and the items that are included, or not included in your trip fee, will also be the same. 

    We believe in team work, and enjoy working with other small high quality companies. If you have any questions about this policy please contact us and we will be happy to discuss it with you. 


Prices may vary depending on date.

2019

Sat 13 Jul - Sun 21 Jul
Code: AVH1 19
Price: £1495 Spaces available Book
Sat 20 Jul - Sun 28 Jul
Code: AVH2 19
Price: £1495 Spaces available Book
Sat 31 Aug - Sun 08 Sep
Code: AVH3 19
Price: £1495 Spaces available Book
Sat 07 Sep - Sun 15 Sep
Code: AVH4 19
Price: £1495 Spaces available Book
Sat 14 Sep - Sun 22 Sep
Code: AVH5 19
Price: £1495 Spaces available Book

What's Included

  • Half board accommodation; breakfast, and dinner. Three nights in hotels in Brixen/Bressanone and at Passo San Pellegrino in twin rooms. Five nights in rifugios in either bedrooms or small dormitories. Where possible we secure bedrooms, or we book dormitories for our group’s private use. None of this is guaranteed, and relies on early booking
  • Services of a fully qualified International Mountain Leader
  • Transfer at the end of the trip back to your hotel in Brixen/Bressanone
  • Bus and chairlift to reach San Andreas and Valcroce
  • Cable car down to Passo Crespeina
  • Showers in the rifugios
  • Tracks and Trails memento - a gift to take home!

What's Not Included

  • Lunches
  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Transfers on your arrival or departure day

Would highly recommend this trip if you are looking for that next challenge, great walking routes each day with some stunning views across the Dolomites. Lindsay was superb and made sure that we all stayed safe in the challenging weather conditions. Another very memorable week in the Dolomites with Tracks and Trails.

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Grade: Challenging

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At a Glance

From Price £1495
Holiday Type Walking
Duration 9 Days
Group Size 10
Minimum Age 18
Maximum Altitude 2932m (9616ft)
Countries Visited Italy
Meet In Brixen/Bressanone, Italy
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