Trial run the Dolomites. Alta Via 1
Trial run the Dolomites. Alta Via 1
trail run the Dolomites
Trial run the Dolomites. Alta Via 1
trial run the Dolomites. Alta Via 1
Trail run the Dolomites

Dolomites Trail Run: Alta Via 1


Trail running holiday in the Dolomites

Trail run the Alta Via - the 'best of the best' of the fabulous Italian Dolomites in 6 days! This spectacular mountainous area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. It has eighteen peaks rising to over 3000 metres, many with spectacular rock spires and towers, such as the world famous Tre Cime. Run north to south through exceptional natural beauty of the rock formations and geology that have made the Dolomites famous throughout the world. Be prepared to be impressed as you run through some of the most beautiful mountains in the world.

Highlights

  • Run 110 kilometres (68 miles) of linked trails over 6 days
  • Stunning mountain scenery
  • Fabulous Italian food and hospitality
  • Visit Cortina - the heart of the Dolomites
  • Option to summit the Cime de Zitta
  • Unique cultural experience of the Sud Tirol
  • Refreshments at mountain huts in amazing locations
  • Guided by a professional International Mountain Leader
  • Luggage transfers

If you are going to run a mountain trail only once in your life then you really need to do the 'Dollies'! We think the Dolomites are truly spectacular! This is a very special and interesting part of the world on a number of counts. Unique in terms of it's geology and culture, presenting an interesting mix of Austrian and Italian traditions, food, and folklore. The area is known as the Sud Tyrol in German, and as the Alto Adige in Italian. It can be a little confusing to find that every village has two names, but it all adds to the feeling that you are truly somewhere 'a little different'. The running is truly spectacular!

Our meeting point for this week is Cortina d'Ampezzo a town with a beautiful landscape and within easy reach of the regions most iconic mountains. Enjoy Italian hospitality whilst exploring the regions jaw dropping scenery. Explore trails that negotiate this dramatic mountain environment offering a unique perspective on this magical place.

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.

On this trip you are on holiday, it is not the race, and therefore we spend one week running the route and taking time to enjoy the mountains. Each day we will run/hike between 15-28km kilometres (10-17 miles), with at least one high mountain pass per day. We’re likely to be on our feet for between 5-8 hours per day with lots of ascent and descent on a variety of mountain trails. This trip is suitable for experienced mountain trail runners at an Advanced level.


From booking through to the trip every Tracks and Trails team member has been helpful and friendly, whether responding to my questions about what to pack on the journey or giving advice on running technique. Moreover, Tracks and Trails did an fantastic job of taking care of trip logistics from selecting charming and authentic accommodations to knowing where the best cappuccino or tiramisu can be found. In particular, our guide Julia was amazing; her knowledge of the mountain history, geography, and wildlife is extensive and helped distract me from my immediate fatigue on climbs.

Itinerary

  • airport
  • meet in
  • accommodation
  • peaks
  • bus
  • route
  • transfer
  • Today you arrive in the town of Cortina d' Ampezzo in Italy, known as the jewel of the Dolomites. The beauty of the Ampezzo Valley along with it's 1000 year history attracts visitors all year round. Surrounded by majestic peaks Cortina, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site, can't fail to impress any mountain lover. Our hotel for this trip is within easy walking distance to the bustling pedestrian town centre and numerous musems and galleries. Proud of it's heritage, learn about the local traditions, history and environment at the Ethnograhic Museum or visit the "Rinaldo Zardini" Palaeontological Museum which houses one of the most significant collections of fossils that exists anywhere today.

    Your guide will meet you at the hotel before the evening meal to answer any questions and discuss the days ahead.

  • We start with a short taxi ride to the famous beauty spot of Lago di Braies and true start of the Alta Via trail. The lake is spectacular filled with turquoise waters surrounded by towering cliffs. After running along the lake shore we begin to climb steadily under the striated cliffs of Monte Muro to our first pass at Porta Sora il Forn, at 2388m (7832ft), to be rewarded with immense views, and with the glacier of the Marmolada glittering to the south west. the glacier is the only major ice field in the Dolomites. After taking in the views its a short trot down to the Rifugio Biella for a a morning coffee, or whatever else takes your fancy. We then have a lovely descent through flower meadows and farms, until a final steep jeep road takes us down to our overnight at the Rifugio Pederu.

    Ascent: 1045m (3427ft) Descent: 1020m (3345ft) Distance: 18km (11.3 miles) Duration: 4h00-5h00

  • This morning we take the wild and rocky Vallone di Rudo to Lago Piciodil to reach Rifugio Fanes and a potential coffee stop! The Rifugio, which was built in 1928 has a long history and tradition and is a great spot for a rest. Stunning views en route to Passo di Limo, at 2172m (7124ft), and its lake of the same name. High peaks surround this pastoral amphitheatre strewn with cows and its curious limestone slabs. We then traverse a rugged mountainside and a final climb to arrive at the Forcetta del Lago an impressive notch on the skyline sitting at 2486m (8154ft). You will probably think it looks like an impossible descent down the other side, but the path does exist and you have stunning views all the way down towards Lago di Lagazuoi at 2182m (7156ft). There is a 200m (656ft) climb to finish the day to our Rifugio as we hike along what was a front line in WW1, and where you can explore the gun emplacements and tunnels carved in the ridgeline. The Rifugio Lagazuoi is in a truly amazing location perched high in the mountains, and there is even a wood fired sauna where you can ease your muscles. It’s a day with a big climb, but the descent is minimal and our knees will appreciate that! In the afternoon there will be time to explore the Lagazuoi museum then climb a little higher to the stunning view point of the Piccolo Lagazoui for a sunset to remember.

    Ascent: 1685m (5526ft) Descent: 450m (1476ft) Distance: 22km (13.7 miles) Duration: 6h00-7h00

  • Today we go from WW1 galleries hewn into the Lagazuoi and Casteletto mountains, to a close up of the wonderful summits of Le Tofana. We begin by dropping down to a pass and then over the Forcella Travenanzes at 2507m (8222ft) before descending past a WW1 memorial. This is a sobering reminder of the bitter fighting which took place during this period of history. Then it's over the Forcella Col dei Bos while enjoying fabulous views to Cinque Torri, the Five Towers. A beautiful traversing trail brings us to the rustic Rifugio Dibona were we can enjoy a cappucino on the terrace, then it's a steep descent through the larch forests before climbing all the way back up the other side. On route there will be time to explore the 'sentiere de trenci' the open air WW1 trench museum around the base of the towers before setting off on our final short climb of the day to the pass at Averau. However, there is the reward of lunch at the top at another lovely Italian Rifugio. You will notice a theme developing - run, coffee, run, cake, run, lunch! We end this rather unique day with a rocky traversing trail under impressive cliffs that takes us to the pass and our accommodation at the famous pass of Passo Giau, at 2236m (7334ft) and the 3* Berg Hotel where we spend the night. The pass offer superbs sunsets with impressive views north towards Cortina and south further into Veneto. We are now well on our way along the fabulous Alta Via 1 trail.

    Ascent: 900m (2052ft) Descent: 1000m (3280ft) Distance: 18km (11 miles) Duration: 5h30-7h00

  • Leaving Passo Giau, we begin the crossing of 3 passes where we notice a distinct change of trail as we link leave the hash rocky paths for lush green meadows. Our route climbs up and down through flower meadows where we descend into the next valley. This really is a gorgeous start to our day which often takes us past the herds of horses, donkeys and cattle grazing on the mountainside. After descending into the next valley we climb back up to the next mountain pass as we follow Monte Formin’s impressive south cliffs leading to the Forcella Ambrizzola at 2277m (7468ft) and our third pass of the day. From here we have views of the mighty Civetta mountain range and a neolitic site. A gentle descent over pastures and through dairy herds brings us to the Rifugio Citta de Fiume where we can enjoy a lunch break. Our final stretch for today is another traversing trail under the impressive peaks and spires of the wild and rugged Monte Pelmo, one of the famous landmark mountains of the Dolomites. Finally, it's down through the larch forests and if there's time to spare we can detour off in search of some dinosaur foot prints in the foot hills of the mighty Pelmo. A bit further down the mountain side brings us to another Rifugio Staulanza where we spend the night.

    Ascent: 550m (1804ft) Descent: 800m (2624ft) Distance: 15km (9.5miles) Duration: 5h00-6h00

  • An early start today as we commence the start of two longer days on the trail. A steady climb this morning as we leave the larch trees. We climb up a well graded mule track to the shoulder of Cima Coldai, an outlier of the Civetta, until we arrive at the Rifugio Sonino Al Coldai for refreshments then it's west to the turquoise waters of Lago Coldai. This really is a very beautiful situation, and is to be enjoyed as we drop to the lake and over the Forcella Col Negro at 2203m (7225ft) before losing height and entering Val Civetta. With its slabs, peaks and pinnacles the 7km (4 miles) long west face of Monte Civetta towers 1200m (3936ft) overhead. A hanging icefield, the Cristallo, is suspended below the highest top. This face is known as the ‘wall of walls’ and is unique in the Alps for it's rock climbing routes. We now head over the Forcella di Col Rean, to reach the Rifugio Vazzoler for a well earned lunch surrounded by an amphitheatre of the rock spires including the Torre Trieste, at 2458m (8062ft), and Cima della Busazza, at 2894m (9492ft). In the afternoon in the shade of the trees we traverse around the mountain side to gain the steep little pass of Forcella Col Dell’Orso at 1823m (5979ft). Then it's a short section with a few chains as a handrail along a flowered rock face. The remainder of our Alta Via is through woodland where we cross an ancient Austrian-Hungarian border then meadows to reach idyllic setting of Rifugio Carestiato where we can stop for resfeshments. A final quick descent brings us down to the Passo Duran and our accommodation at Rifugio Sebastiano by mid afternoon.

    Ascent: 1550m (5085ft) Descent: 1600m (5249ft) Distance: 28km (17.5 miles) Duration: 8h00-9h00

  • Another prompt start to complete our final day on the Alta Via trail. Today we enter the Parco Nazionale delle Dolomiti Bellunesi, the wildest of the national parks on the Alta Via 1 trail and where there is a good chance of spotting chamois and marmots. From the Passo Duran our trail first leads us around the southern slopes of the Tamer Grande. Immediately we experience the wildness of this mountainside with its cliff faces and towering summits. After passing through the forest we have another climb to the remains of Moschesin garrison to reach the Forcella del Moschesin at 1940m (6364ft). The trail continues on and down slighty to a point near the Rifugio Pramparet which sits in a wonderful remote setting with views along the Costa dei Nass valley where we can break for refreshments. Our path continues on and up to reach the Portela dei Pezedei where the terrain becomes more open and rockier under foot. As we reach the western slopes of the Cima de Zita the trail then narrows to a ridge path, which can feel exposed for a very short section, to reach the day’s highest pass at 2451m (8041ft). It's here if time and the weather allows we can reach the summit. Enjoy glimpses of the Venetian plain as we descend sharply down the grassy mountainside where edelweiss are to be found growing by the trail to Rifugio Pian de Fontana perched on a shelf at 1632m (5354ft) where we will stop for our lunch. Leaving the peace and tranquil location of the Rifugio Fontana our path soon descends  into the pine forests to pick up the 'Alta Via Bellunesi' trail which we follow down to the road head where we meet a private taxi to take us back to Cortina d'Ampezzo. The drive is approximately 2 hours. There will be time in the afternoon for a spa and aperos before a celebratory final group meal.

    Ascent: 1500m (4921ft) Descent: 1580m (5183ft) Distance: 28km (17 miles) Duration: 8h00- 9h00

  • Today is your departure day from Cortina d'Ampezza and the package finishes after breakfast.

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

You can be assured we spend a lot of time and effort researching the best accommodation available for the standard of your trip. Where possible we use family run establishments with a reputation for hospitality and food. Your booking is based on two people sharing a bedroom. On some trips a single room may be available on request for a supplementary fee. However, single rooms can be limited in number so do contact us as soon as possible to discuss this. 

Accommodation will be in a twin room in a hotel in Cortina, although a single room may be available for a supplement. This is normally at the Hotel Menardi which has a spa. This does require early booking, and if the Hotel Menardi is not available we will be in similar accommodation in the town.

The Dolomite Rifugios are definitely a 'cut above" normal mountain huts, and our guests have said they are more like hotels than huts! We usually manage to secure bedrooms, or small dormitory style rooms of between 2 - 4 people which allows same gender in one room, rather than mixed. On some occasions it may be necessary for mixed gender. It is worth pointing out that in other mountainous hiking areas 'mixed' would be the only option! In Cortina single rooms may be available on request for a supplementary payment. However, these are limited in number and we recommend that you book early if you wish to be sure of a single room. Please contact us for details.

Park Hotel Victoria, Cortina d'Ampezzo

The Park Hotel Victoria is an historic 4* hotel situated in the heart of Cortina d'Ampezzo, which is known as the jewel of the Dolomites. The hotel is tastefully decorated in traditional Italian style and offers a traditional 3 course evening menu. You can enjoy the magnificent views from the panoramic terrace and from most of the guest rooms. We have booked their Comfort rooms all of which are ensuite. Deluxe and single occupancy rooms are available at an additional fee, please advice us if you would like this option. There is a spa which offers a sauna, jacuzzi, Turkish bath and an emotional shower! Massages are available upon request.

Hotel Menardi, Cortina d'Ampezzo

Hotel

The Hotel Menardi is a 3* hotel situated just a short distance from the heart of Cortina d'Ampezzo which is known as the jewel of the Dolomites. Expect a warm welcome from Antonio and Josephine. The 49 rooms are divided between the main property and the new annex. The hotel has substantial garden grounds ideal for relaxing in this stunning location. The hotel is tastefully decorated in traditional Italian style.

All bedrooms are en suite. There is a spa adjacent to the hotel, in the new annex, which includes a sauna, jacuzzi and Turkish bath with an entry fee of 25 Euros. It is open from 1500hrs until 2100hrs each day. It is also possible to book a massage, as well as some beauty treatments. It makes a great base for the beginning and end of our Alta Via trek.

Rifugio Pederu

Refuge

The Rifugio Pederu is a lovely overnight stop. It is very comfortable, and has open meadows around the building. It is more 'guest house' than rifugio, and our accommodation may be in bedrooms rather than dorms, though we cannot make any promises as it depends on early booking. The bedrooms are en suite, and there are also showers available on the floors for the dorms. Dinner is usually very good with great local dishes. 

Rifugio Lagazuoi

Refuge

Situated in the heart of the Dolomites at 2752m (9026ft), the Rifugio offers a magnificent and cosy place to reward our efforts. The rifugio is famed for its stunning views of the mountains. It is perched on the edge of a cliff and the evening and dawn views are worth watching! It has cosy rooms decorated in traditional style with wood featuring extensively. 

It has a wood fired sauna which is outside the main building and there is something quite wonderful about taking a sauna while gazing at the Dolomites. The rooms are generally bedrooms for between 2 and 4 people, and there are showers on the floor. Dinner is usually very Italian featuring pastas and sauces.

Berg Hotel, Passo Giau

The Berg Hotel, 'berg' means mountain in German, is in a stunning location beneath the towering spires. It sits at 2236 metres (7330ft) on the Passo Giau which has featured in the famous Giro d'Italia road bike race. It has 10 bedrooms and is one of the highest and remotest hotels in the Dolomites. There are wonderful views of the valley of Cortina d'Ampezzo and the peaks of the Tofane, Croda Rossa, Cristallo and Croda da Lago. A wonderful overnight location.

 

Rifugio Staulanza

Auberge

The Staulanza is definitely more 'hotel' than rifugio. It is run by Marco Sala a respected Italian mountaineer and the walls are adorned with his photographs taken during some impressive expeditions to the Himalaya, and other famous mountain ranges. The accommodation sits right on the high pass of Staulanza, and has a lovely terrace for enjoying a well-earned drink. 

The bar area is very cosy, and the bedrooms are generally all en suite. Dinner is very Italian and features local dishes. 

Rifugio San Sebastiano, Passo Duran

Refuge

The Rifugio San Sebastiano is perched on the high pass of Passo Duran with stunning rocky peaks as a backdrop. In the summer months you can put your feet up on the terrace and enjoy a cool drink. The perfect place to reflect on your day of hiking. It is run by Benjamin who is our very friendly and helpful host. He has managed the rifugio for more years than he can actually remember!  

Benjamin is a real 'character' who speaks German and Italian. He serves really excellent local food, and you can be sure you will get a taste of the 'Dolomites'. Tonight you will have access to your luggage, before we begin our final few days in the mountains. The accommodation is small dormitories, although some twin rooms are available, but these would require very early booking and a supplementary fee. Do let us know if you wish us to request twin rooms. 


  • Cortina has excellent train and bus links. Rome2Rio is a useful site which gives a map and overall picture of how the local public transport network links up and who to book with. Local trains and buses to reach Cortina can be found at www.sad.it and trains from the UK to Dobbiaco can be sourced here.

    The closest airports are Venice in Italy and Innsbruck in Austria.

    Venice: Venice has two airports. The main airport is Venice Marco Polo but some airlines such as Ryanair fly to Venice ‘Treviso'. There is a 15 minute drive between these two airports. To transfer from Venice to Cortina choose either the Cortina Express or Flixbus the journey time is between 2h-2h30. We recommend buying tickets in advance which can be done easily and in English. Check the timetables carefully as they vary with stops and times. If arriving into Treviso airport you will need to take an airport bus into Treviso town to pick up the Cortina bus. The bus tickets vary in price depending on how far in advance you book, from 5€ - 20€ one way.

    Innsbruck: From Innsbruck the journey time about 4 hours. From the airport you can take a free shuttle bus, it takes 15 mins and leaves every 10 mins, to reach Innsbruck central railway station. From the central rail way travel by train to Brennero (also known as Brenner) then to Fortezza (also known as Franzensfeste) then to Dobbiaco (also called Toblach) and then the local Sud Tirol no. 445 bus to Cortina.

    If you would like to arrange a private transfer from Innsbruck or Venice or any other destination then we can recommend the services of www.taxicortinasci.it

    Upon arrival at the bus station in Cortina you can take the local bus to your hotel. Bus No1 departs at 30 minutes past the hour, eg 1630hrs, 1730hrs and bus No2 departs on the hour eg 1300hrs, 1400hrs. It costs approximately 1.20€. 

    If you choose to walk from Cortina bus station it will take 15 minutes. The route is called the 'Lunga Via delle Dolomiti' and is the long distance cycle path to Dobbiaco. It is mostly flat, is covered in tarmac, has a smooth surface and is a very pleasant walk. When you get off the bus you will see 'yellow' dashed lines painted on the tarmac and you follow these through the car park onto the cycle way. After approximately 1km you will pass under a road bridge, you will then see a sign for Hotel Menardi on a tree on your left, and you follow the tiny tarmac path through the hotel garden. 

    There are also taxis at the bus station which will cost between 10-13€.  

  • It is a condition of booking that you have appropriate insurance for your chosen activity, including emergency helicopter rescue, repatriation, medical costs, as well as trip cancellation/curtailment insurance in the event of you being unable to join/complete the trip. 

    Please read the relevant clauses which are numbered 10, 11, 11a, 12, and 22 and are set out in our Terms and Conditions.

    We also recommend your insurance covers you for baggage loss/damage. Tracks and Trails Ltd are unable to accept responsibility for the loss or damage to any client equipment or luggage.

    If you are booking on behalf of other people it is important that you ensure that insurance has been arranged by all others included in your Booking Form.

    You should bring all insurance documentation with you at the time of the activity. If you fail to provide proof of insurance we reserve the right to ask you to leave the trip. 

    If you are joining a trip in the UK helicopter/mountain rescue insurance is not required as this is a free service.

    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. 

  • When packing for a trip in the mountains it is important to have appropriate equipment and clothing. This kit list features items we believe are necessary for the weather you might encounter and accommodation you will be staying in. If you have any questions with regards to what to bring, do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

    Equipment 

    • Trail Running shoes - for a variety of trails
    • Running poles - highly recommended for long climbs/mixed terrain 
    • Running pack/vest maximum 20 litres, ideally with a chest and waist strap. Test your pack for comfort once full
    • Rucksack liner/cover - to keep contents dry
    • Water container 1-1.5 litres, or 2 x 'soft' flasks
    • Survival blanket - 1.40m x 2m minimum

    Clothing

    You must be able to cover yourself with 3 full layers on your upper body and 2 full layers on your legs

    • Waterproof jacket with hood - waterproof and breathable membrane designed for mountain use
    • Waterproof over trousers 
    • Mid-length tights and longs socks or long running tights to cover the legs completely
    • Thermal top – long sleeves 
    • Thin fleece/lightweight down jacket
    • Running shorts/skort
    • Breathable t-shirt/vest 
    • Warm hat
    • Ear/headband
    • Baseball cap/sun hat 
    • Gloves x 2 - 1 thick and 1 thin pair
    • Running socks 
    • Recovery socks/compression socks - optional
    • Scarf/buff for neck
    • Fleece/ wind stopper waistcoat - optional

    Comfort

    • Lip salve
    • Sunscreen
    • Sunglasses – essential
    • Toilet/tissue paper - we recommend biodegradable bags to dispose of rubbish
    • Snacks for running - bars/gels /energy drinks/trail mix/recovery drinks etc

    Personal First Aid 

    • Personal medication – if required 
    • Blister Plasters 
    • Normal Bandaids
    • Blister tape - eg Strappal
    • Pain relief/anti-inflammatories
    • Glucose tablets 
    • 2 x Re-hydration sachets
    • A few throat lozenges
    • Anti-chaffing cream/Vaseline
    • Antiseptic cream/spray 
    • Bandage/Knee support

    Documentation

    • Cash – Euros
    • Credit card 
    • Passport 
    • Waterproof bag for documents 
    • Mountain Rescue Insurance - compulsory

    Additional Items

    • Camera 
    • Phone that will function in the countries that you are visiting
    • Clothing for use in hotels 
    • Swimwear for pool/hot tubs if available 
    • Ear plugs – recommended if sharing a room
    • Head torch - also useful when sharing a room
    • Maps can be bought locally - optional
    • Heart rate monitor – optional
    • GPS watch/phone - to track your route, optional
    • Toiletries - soap/shower gel as not all accommodations supply this
    • Padlock - for luggage being transferred
    • 1 Medium sized - kitbag/holdall/suitcase

    Your luggage will be moved each day by a taxi driver. Please restrict yourself to one bag of approximately 15kg (33lbs) per person. Not all hotels have 'lifts' and you must be able to carry your luggage upstairs. There may be a charge imposed by the taxi company if you have more than 1 bag, and we would ask you to cover this. 

    **Supplementary snacks if you follow a gluten free or coeliac diet**

    Leaders are all first aid trained and will carry their own first aid kit

  • 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 and safety of the group.

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

    If you are booking a trip in winter there will be a few additional safety items. These will be distributed 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.

  • For each of our trips there is a minimum number of guests required to book before we can 'guarantee' your trip will run. It depends on the particular trip in question, but it is normally 4. The maximum number of guests on your trip is displayed in the 'At a Glance' box on the righthand side of the trip page. 

    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.

  • 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. This trip has a single supplement of £200. 

  • We go to great lengths to work with first class guides and instructors who are passionate about their work. They are all fully qualified, 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 hiking trips your guide will be an International Mountain Leader and on our running trips your guide will be an International Mountain Leader who it also an experienced mountain 'trail runner'.

    For our snowshoeing trips your guide will be a fully qualified and experienced International Mountain Leader and for cross country ski trips you will be with a fully qualified professional BASI Nordic Ski Instructor or equivalent. BASI is the British Association of Snowsport Instructors.

  • On this point-to-point trip you will have luggage support which means your bags are transferred each day to the next accommodation and you only need to carry a small/medium sized 'rucksack' for items you might need during the course of the day. Please refer to the kit list for this trip for guidance on the size of rucksack required.

    As your luggage will be 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 of bags simply because they have to unload and reload the vehicle many times each day. If you take more than one bag you may be asked to pay a supplement. Also with regard to weight be aware that you may have to carry your luggage to your bedroom, which may involve climbing several flights of stairs as not all hotels have elevators. Luggage on wheels is a good idea.

    If your trip begins and ends at the same hotel it is normally possible to leave any unwanted luggage at the hotel for your return.

  • 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 before you depart, and not on the morning of your last day when there may be a queue.

  • 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.

  • Food

    On our trips we encourage you to experience local tastes and dishes that reflect the culture of the country 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. Our accommodation will try to cater for those with vegan diets but in remote refuges in the mountains this is more difficult. If you would like to discuss the suitability of a trip for a vegan diet please contact us. Gluten-free diets will be possible with regard to the evening meals, but we would advise that you 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 apologise, but 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 which 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. 

  • Before booking consider whether you expect to be in the appropriate physical condition on the date of your  departure to allow you to fully participate in and enjoy your holiday. If you have any doubts because of an illness or injury it would be advisable to check with your doctor.

    For UK residents travelling to an EU country you should obtain and bring with you a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This entitles you to state provided medical treatment in certain European countries, but is not a substitute for medical travel insurance. Also note that if/when the UK leaves the European Union that the EHIC card may no longer be valid. Please check this before departing. We advise that you always carry your insurance documents with details of the Emergency Medical telephone number for your insurance provider, and your policy number. 

  • 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. 


Prices may vary depending on date.

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What's Included

  • The services of a fully qualified International Mountain Leader, who is also an experienced Trail Running guide
  • All accommodation on a half board basis
  • Two nights in a 3* hotel in Cortina - normally the Hotel Menardi based on twin rooms 
  • Five nights in very comfortable mountain 'rifugios', all with showers, and some with en suite facilities. In the rifugios we try to secure twin bedrooms where possible, but this relies on early booking. Otherwise in the rifugios you will be in small bedrooms or small dormitory style accommodation
  • Showers and bedding in all of the rifugios
  • Transport to the start of the route at Lago di Braies, and a taxi transfer back to Cortina from the trail end
  • Transfer of luggage between all rifugios
  • Luggage transfer by cable car to Rifugio Lagaziou
  • Helmet and head torch to explore the World War 1 Lagazoui tunnels

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Lunches
  • Drinks
  • Hotel spa entry (25€ - 2019 prices)
  • Transfers to and from Cortina at the beginning and end of your trip

From booking through to the trip every Tracks and Trails team member has been helpful and friendly, whether responding to my questions about what to pack on the journey or giving advice on running technique. Moreover, Tracks and Trails did an fantastic job of taking care of trip logistics from selecting charming and authentic accommodations to knowing where the best cappuccino or tiramisu can be found. In particular, our guide Julia was amazing; her knowledge of the mountain history, geography, and wildlife is extensive and helped distract me from my immediate fatigue on climbs.

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From Price £1495
Holiday Type Trail Running
Duration 8 Days
Group Size 10
Minimum Age 18
Maximum Altitude 2507m (8222ft)
Countries Visited Italy
Meet In Cortina, Italy
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