Multi Day Hikes In The Italian Dolomites


Hiking the Italia Dolomites
The Italian Dolomites, Alto Via Hiking Route # 1 is a great walk for anyone who loves alpine nature and enjoys backpacking at a moderate altitude without too much danger. It crosses the heart of the Dolomites in its central mountains groups, from Pusteria (in the Bolzano Province of the Trentino Alto Adige Region) to Belluno (in the Belluno Province of the Veneto Region.  The Alto Vie 1 route passes through the Dolomites of Bràies,  Cortina d’Ampezzo, Zoldano, Agordino and Belluno, offering wonderful landscapes and sure to excite.

The northernmost part of this High Route starts from the charming Bràies Lake and goes through the romantic reign of Fanes, as far as the Tofane. Once here, mountain experts will have the opportunity to experience the thrill of safeguarded climbs. Following the easy trail, you will enter the beautiful Zoldo Valley, which pays homage to the regal hugeness of Mt Pelmo. Hiking on the Civetta Group offers the grandest views of all the Dolomites. This fantastic itinerary ends in the green Valbelluna.

Be careful: do not undertake this route before thaw, i.e. before the end of June.


  • Recommended period: from the end of June to the end of September
  • Starting point: Lago di Bràies in Pusterìa
  • Finish point: Town of Belluno
  • Travel days: 12
  • Length of the route: about 125 kilometers
  • Refuges on the main route: 15
  • Bivouacs on the main route: 1
  • Mountain Passes: 6
  • Longest leg: the seventh, 6 hours, from Palafavèra to the Refuge Vazzolèr
  • Shorter stage: the first, 3.30 hours, from Lake Bràies to the Biella Refuge
  • Total Walk Time (excluding variants): 57 hours
  • Difficulty: EE and EEA, short section of A in the Màrmol area
  • Total Elevation Gain: about 7300 meters
  • Total Elevation Decent: about 8400 meters
  • Maximum One Day Elevation Gain: 1070 m, third stage, Fànes-Lagazuòi
  • Maximum altitude decent one day: 1900 m, last stage, Màrmol-Belluno (1570 m up to Case Bortòt)
  • Maximum altitude: Lagazuòi refuge, 2752 meters
  • Minimum altitude: Belluno, 389 m (Case Bortòt, 568 m)
  • Dolomite groups visited: 11
  • Shelter opening period: around 20 June - 20 September
  • Signage: good everywhere
  • Recommended cartography (in order of use): Tobacco Trekking Maps 1: 25,000
    1. n. 031 “Dolomiti di Bràies”, for the stretch from Lake Bràies to the Fànes Refuge;
    2. n. 03 "Cortina d’Ampezzo and the Ampezzo Dolomites" for the stretch from Rifugio Biella to Forcella Ambrizzòla;
    3. n. 015 "Marmolada-Pelmo-Civetta-Moiazza" for the stretch from the Falzàrego Pass to the Carestiato Refuge
    4. n. 025 "Dolomites of Zoldo Cadorine and Agorder" for the stretch from the Forcella Ambrizzòla to the Bivacco del Màrmo
    5. n. 024 "Prealps and Belluno Dolomites", for the stretch from the Bivacco del Màrmol to Belluno

Custom Vacation Planning and Guide


Section 1 - Braies Lake - Rifugio Biella

Three hours and a half walk through an enchanting plateau. From the rifugio you can easily reach the Croda del Becco peak in an hour and a half walk.

Section 2 - Rifugio Biella - Rifugio Fànes

Four - five hours walk. From rifugio Fànes, along the "Via della Pace" ("peace route"), you reach the Croda del Valùn Blanch from where you will have an exceptional view of the Tofane and the Val Travenànzes.

Section 3 - Rifugio Fànes - Rifugio Lagazuòi

Five hours walk. Easy stage which crosses, over the Forcella del Lago, the pass is between Torre del Lago and Cima Scotoni. Once over the peak you work your way downhill to the small Lagazuòi Lake.

Section 4 - Rifugio Lagazuòi - Rifugio Dibona

Three - four hours walk. Today is a great option for individuals equipped to confront a via ferrata, the Vie Ferrata Lipella is an option The Ferreta is a spectacular 6 hour itinerary which crosses the positions of the First World War and goes downhill to Rifugio Giussani (at Forcella Fontananegra, between the Tofane di Ròzes and di Mezzo).
For less experienced walkers,  make sure you are equipped with a flashlight, can explore the old war tunnel, bore by the Alpine soldiers in July 1916, in Castelletto.

Section 5 - Rifugio Dibona - Rifugio Cinque Torri - Rifugio Nuvolau

Five hours walk. Today pass near the Cinque Torri is one of the most beautiful rock formation and well known for rock climbing routes.  A great place to lunch and take a break today is at Rifugio Nuvolau, one of the most charming natural balconies in the Dolomites.

Section 6 - Rifugio Nuvolau - Rifugio Palmieri - Rifugio Città di Fiume

Three hours walk. This itinerary works it way to the foot of Monte Pelmo, one of the first massifs to be climbed at the beginning of the XIX century.

Section 7 - Rifugio Venezia - Rifugio Sonnino al Coldài

Four hours walk. Excellent walk today to reach Rifugio Coldài, this is one of the most suitable place where to enjoy a romantic sunset on the northern walls of the Civetta Mountain Group, one of the most well-known Dolomites peaks.

Section 8 - Rifugio Sonnino - Rifugio Tissi - Rifugio Vazzolèr

Four - five hours walk. From the Rifugio, the via ferrata Alleghesi leads to the Civetta peak, while the via Tissi is reserved to walking with good alpine mountain skills. Today you have an excellent view 1.300 metres below Rifugio Tissi where Lake Alleghe sits.

Section 9 - Rifugio Vazzolèr - Rifugio Carestiano

Four hours and a half walk today.

Section 10 - Rifugio Carestiano - Rifugio Pramperèt

Four - five hours walk.

Section 11 - Rifugio Pramperèt - Rifugio 7° alpini

From ten to twelve hours. This is the longest stage which winds among rocky landscapes and the green mountain pastures in Val Vescovà.

Section 12 - Rifugio 7° alpini – Belluno

Two - three hours walk.  Easy stage which winds along the Val D'Ardo to reach your final destination at Belluno

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