Italy·July 20 - 29 2022
Join us for a 10-day women-led guided hiking adventure in Italy.ENQUIRE
OUR 2022 TRIP SOLD OUT IN 1 DAY! SO WE ARE ALREADY PLANNING FOR 2023, PLEASE USE THE ENQUIRE BUTTON TO LET US KNOW YOU ARE INTERESTED IN A 2023 TRIP! Our 10-day adventure will start and end in Venice, Italy where our local guides will pick us up and whisk us away for 8-days of guided hiking through the stunning landscape of the Dolomite mountains. Days will vary in terrain and distance covering 6-11 miles per day of hiking with a day pack. There will be an optional day off for those that want to explore the local village. The starting point of our hike is the pastoral and lovely Val Gardena. We spend 4 nights in the village of Selva, also called Wolkenstein. We will stay one night mid-trip in the mountains at the Lavarella Hut before heading to the province of Belluno Italy and the village of Cortina d Empezzo, called the “pearl of the Dolomites” for the last 4 nights.
Days are typically 6-8 hours covering 5-1O miles per day through lush valleys and dramatic mountain landscapes. The trails are well kept but rocky in places. The trip is vehicle supported so you are able to enjoy the wonderful scenery with only a light day-packs. The hut is not reachable by car so you need to carry your overnight belongings
Plan to eat our way through Italy! Breakfasts are continental-style buffet with addition of cereals, fruit juices, eggs and meat. Lunches are self made from delicious goodies bought locally. This is carried in your pack and eaten picnic style on the trail. Dinners are three courses at our hotel where we get to taste local cuisine.
The Italian Dolomites represent a unique site in the Alps with distinctive geology and a fascinating blend of cultures. The rock deposit in the form of marine sediments and coral some 230 million years ago, forms the base of the mountains. Much later, about 65 million years ago, the rocks were uplifted by various tectonic events and the Dolomites were born.
The Dolomites are geographically and culturally at a crossroad between Italy to the south and Tyrol to the north. Since after the World War they have been mostly an Italian possession. The culture remains a blend of the Tyrolean and Italian influences. Because the Dolomites were the front line between Austria and Italy during World War I, the region is still scattered with abandoned bunkers and fortifications.
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Meet group around 1:00 pm (exact time TBD) at Venice Marco Polo airport (VCE) to be transferred to Selva di Val Gardena (Wolkenstein is the Ladin name) where you settle in our hotel. Orientation meeting 6:00 pm and welcome dinner at the hotel.
We start with a ride up by cable car to Col Raiser (6950ft) where our trail leads us among green pastures till Summit of Seceda (8300ft). We follow a very scenic balcony trail along the Odle Pics, stop for a cappuccino at the Baïta Pieralongia enjoying along the way flowers, cows, donkeys, and the absolute peacefulness of the mountains. After going down we keep going along a green valley to reach Rifugio Firenze (2037m). From here, hiking down to Selva or cable car down. Approx. 7 hours of hiking.
A short minivan transfer (15mn) takes us to Passo Sella (7405ft). Our path, called the Friedrich August trail, leads to the Refugio Sasso Piatto (7649ft). This is a fairly level path for a while that allows us to enjoy the marvelous views around. All along the day, going up and down, we will be switching from forest to alpine meadows to pale white and pink rocky areas. Approx. 7 hours of hiking.
After a 30mn transfer to Passo Pordoi, we discover the enormous bulk of the Sella massif! The cable car takes us to Forcella Pordoi. This alpine hiking tour crosses the stunning plateau of Sella (highest summit, Mt Piz Boe at 3,152 m.). We hike down to Forcella Pordoi to start the loop crossing a bizarre moon-like landscape. As we get closer to the bottom of Piz Boe, this panoramic trail takes us to Rifugio Boe, crossing this stunning plateau back to the cable car. Approx. 5 hours of hiking.
OPTIONAL ADD ON: Requires a high mountain guide. Some of the group (up to 6) can plan to do the summit of Piz Boe. While we get closer to the bottom of Piz Boe another trail reaches the summit (there is a hut at the top). From here the hike is steeply upwards. The guide will lead you along the most difficult sections which are secured by cable or steps. From the summit, you discover a wonderful 360° stunning view of the surrounding famous Dolomite peaks. Approx. an additional 5 hours of hiking.
We transfer to Capanna Alpina (5696ft) where the trail starts in the forest then along a gushing torrent under the orange walls of the Cunturines. A steep zigzag ascent takes us to Col Loccia (6828ft) after a short descent we find ourselves in gently undulating terrain, passing a small lake, to reach the comfortable Rifugio Lavarella. Note: we need to carry our overnight personal belongings. Approx. 5 hours of hiking.
In these remote alpine valleys, local communities have maintained a strong cultural identity. We can still hear people speaking Ladin, a language born from Latin and German origins. While we are getting ready for our hike, marmots have long been playing in the alpine lawn around the hut, ready to pause for a picture! We follow our trail to Pedéru and then hike up to an accessible route thanks to an old military road, dug and carved into the mountain lunch near the Rifugio Fodara (6,500ft). It is a beautiful hike across fields, alpine prairies and sedimentary rock. Then our trail goes down into the Valsalata following a WW1 mule trail and back toward the road. Small transfer to our hotel at Cortina d’Ampezzo. Approx. 6 hours of hiking.
After a short shuttle by minivan, we hike to the Palmieri mountain hut, located at the foot of the imposing Croda da Lago. We can admire the Mondeval alpine pastures from the Forcella Ambrizola. For many centuries, this alpine grazing area was known for the abundance and quality of its grass. Tools and human relics dating back to the Neolithic ages were found here. Hiking across this extraordinary landscape makes it easy to understand the reason for human presence here and why it is a paradise for cattle herds and horses. After hiking to Forcella Giau, we meet our van at Passo Giau. Approx. 6 hours of hiking.
A short transfer close to the Falzarego pass is the starting point of our Cinque Torri hike. Emblematic mountains of the Dolomites, the ascent in the forest of old larches, then through a mineral universe leading us to the Scoiattolo refuge. Famous old war galleries restored are accessible to visit! Some trenches have even been reconstructed to show us a piece of history. Approx. 5 hours of hiking.
From Cortina, a 30mn van ride takes us past Lake Misurina to the start of our hike. We are at the foot of the vertical rock needles Tre Cime di Lavaredo, summiting at almost 9900 ft, famous for their rock climbing routes. We begin with a gentle hike around the Tre Cime. This is one of the most impressive cliff faces in the Dolomites. The landscape is breathtaking. A loop around the range takes us back to the start of the hike. We transfer to our hotel in Cortina by minivan. Approx. 6 hours of hiking.
After a good breakfast, we will say goodbye. Transfer to Venice (VCE).
8 days of women-led guided hiking with 2 local guides and 2 AdventurUs Women trip leaders
9 nights double occupancy lodging (night in mountain hut is dorm style)
All transportation including transfers from Venice to Selva di Val Gardena and back from Cortina to Venice, daily transfers to/from trailheads, cable car tickets.
1 on 1 planning call and check-ins prior to trip to help prepare for your adventure
3 monthly group calls leading up to the trip
All meals, except one dinner in Cortina
Trip insurance with medical & repatriation coverage (required). Cancellation insurance recommended.
1 dinner in Cortina
1 day high mountain guide if interested in summit of Mt. Piz Boe
The Dolomites, also known as the Dolomite Mountains, Dolomite Alps or Dolomitic Alps, are a mountain range located in northeastern Italy. They form part of the Southern Limestone Alps and extend from the River Adige in the west to the Piave Valley (Pieve di Cadore) in the east. The northern and southern borders are defined by the Puster Valley and the Sugana Valley (Italian: Valsugana). The Dolomites are located in the regions of Veneto, Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol and Friuli Venezia Giulia, covering an area shared between the provinces of Belluno, Vicenza, Verona, Trentino, South Tyrol, Udine and Pordenone. Source: Wikipedia
Trip insurance with medical and repatriation coverage is required by our local guides. Cancellation insurance is recommended. You can find links in our FAQ page to some travel insurance options.
Venice is a magical place to spend a few extra days exploring and eating before or after our trip!
We will be enjoying our days of hiking, eating and taking a million pictures and will not be rushed. We will work with each participant to make sure they have a training plan to make sure the trip is enjoyable!
Hotel Antares embodies Italian hospitality in charming Val Gardena.Hospitality, warmth and natural beauty. These are the secret ingredients of 4-star Hotel Antares, set at the heart of Selva di Val Gardena. The rooms are your own haven in the mountains, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
The Lavarella mountain lodge in San Vigilio di Marebbe lies at the heart of the Fanes Sennes Braies natural park, one of the most astonishing natural paradises of the Dolomites. We will enjoy authentic Tyrolean dishes and the comfort of a mountain lodge in the Dolomites The restaurant and the kitchen are felt as the heart of the service at the Lavarella mountain hut. Tasty and healthy dishes are of major importance for every mountain lover coming to visit.
Hotel Olimpia, your hotel in the heart of the Queen of the Dolomites! Thanks to its location, the relaxing atmosphere and the warm welcome, Hotel Olimpia is a perfect place to end our trip. The hotel’s rooms – most of which have recently been renovated – combine traditional local style with modern convenience, and are practical and comfortable. At the end of our days, before going out to savour the “dolce vita” Cortina offers, why not try a regenerating experience in the hotel’s small wellness centre with jacuzzi, Finnish sauna and relaxation area with herbal teas.
All participants must show proof of vaccination and should be prepared to follow all government travel requirements. Current info can be found here.
Face coverings required when physical distancing cannot be maintained, if traveling in shared vehicles, and in any location where use is mandated.
We will be meeting at Venice Marco Polo International Airport on July 20 leaving around 1pm. Some of us will be arriving in Venice a day or two early to adjust to the time difference. We will share lodging recommendations with confirmed participants.
Please check that your passport does NOT expire within 6 months of our trip dates. Their is a funny story behind how we know this that may be shared over a glass of wine!
Insurance is mandatory in France which is where our guiding partner is based. Therefore this trip requires that we all have trip insurance that includes medical evacuation and repatriation insurance which covers medical cost and the cost to get home if needed. Here are some resources/options to get started. Full disclosure we have not used these yet.
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If the Participant cancels 61 or more days before the Activity, they shall receive a full refund minus a cancellation fee of 15% of the full trip amount; Within 36-60 days before the Activity, a 50% refund will be given; Within 35 days of the Activity, there are no refunds given, no exceptions.
To ensure your experience is unforgettable much of our planning is finalized in the months leading up to the trip. Scheduling of guides, permits, accommodations, food planning, goodie bags, and all the little things that make our events great get finalized manually. Cancellations within the 60-day window incur costs that we cannot recoup. Last minute cancellations within 35 days are even harder as we often cannot fill the vacated spot on short notice. Our cancellation policy ensures the best possible experience for everyone.
We strongly recommend purchasing "cancel for any reason" trip insurance.