There are great differences between the Himalayas, the Rocky Mountains and the Alps. It is yet not easy to tell them apart, by just giving a quick glance at a picture of the ranges. Generally speaking, mountains have common features, such as rocky summits, trees growing on hill sides, snow remaining in shady couloirs… The Dolomites though show very specific aspects and are impossible to mistake for other massifs. Not only they were made from coral, but their history, flora and fauna make them really unique. Mountain lovers find the views offered by spectacular landscapes very striking. Follow us for a trek in the Cortina d’Ampezzo region.
Group transfers, luggage transportation and lunch preparation are taken care of by the mountain leader team. Bring just the hiking necessary and fully enjoy the hike!
Day 1 : Cortina d'Ampezzo
Meet your group at the hotel Villa Argentina in Pocol, situated above Cortina, at 6.00 pm. Briefing. Evening meal and night at the hotel.
Day 2 : Refuge Palmieri - Mondeval - Passo Giau
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. One day, 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. Nature seems lush, water and grass bountiful, hence providing a grazing paradise for cattle herds and horses. After hiking to Forcella Giau, we meet our minivan at Passo Giau. Night in Pocol.
Elevation gain: 920m Elevation drop: 400m
Day 3 : Tre Cime di Lavaredo
From Cortina, a short 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, so famous for their rock climbing routes. We begin with a gentle hike around the Tre Cime. The landscape is breathtaking. We come across many relics from World War One. A loop around the range takes us back to the start of the hike. We transfer to our hotel in Pocol by minivan.
Elevation gain: 350m Elevation drop: 350m
Day 4 : Refuge Lavarella
After a short transfer to the Falzarego road pass, we use the tram to reach Lagazuoi peak and enjoy the unbelievable mountain view ! Here the past has left many evidences of courageous enterprises from the Italian and Austrian soldiers. One can still see war bunkers and visit galleries to measure the craziness of past battles in the area. The Dolomites have seen the first Via Ferratas, suspended cable ways, originally built and used for military strategy to access the top of the mountain. In spite of their exposure and the physical aspect of the exercise, via ferratas are nowadays very popular sport circuits, and they attract more and more challenge seekers each year. Out route follows the Alta Via Dolomiti trail and its beautiful landscapes until Forcletta del Lago pass. The trail continues through a wide alpine valley that leads to Lavarella hut.
Elevation gain: 400m Elevation drop: 1000m
Day 5 : Refuge de Fodara
In these remote alpine valleys local communities have maintained a strong cultural identity. We can still hear people speaking Ladin, a language born form 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 the Fodara hut, accessible thanks to an old military road, dug and carved into the mountain. We can also continue on and reach the summit of Cime Lavinores to admire the incredible panorama from the top.
Elevation gain: 500m Elevation drop: 580m
Day 6 : Croda Rossa
We follow a dirt road that cuts across the alpine prairie. It is a beautiful hike to the altiplano across fields and sedimentary rock. We stop at Refuge Biella for a short while, just enough to consider hiking to the summit of Croda Rossa and back. Then our trail goes down into the Scuro alpine bowl, and takes us to our minivan and hotel Argentina where we stop for the night.
Elevation gain: 750m Elevation drop: 1300m
Day 7 : Passo Giau - Refuge Averau - Col Falzarego
We reach Giau road pass and continue our great traverse across the Dolomites. We will reach the summit of Nuvolau and stop at the eponymous hut for a rewarding, and contemplative break. On the way down we hike past many remains from the Great War. At the foot of Cinque Torri, the old war galleries were restored and are accessible to visit. We meet our driver and minivan again at passo Falzarego. We return to Chamonix later on that day.
Elevation gain: 350m Elevation drop: 470m
The guide may have to adapt the route to weather conditions and/or to group physical and/or technical ability.
This hiking tour is accessible only on private booking. No collective group.
Private guiding is the historic relationship between a guide and their clients. It allows you to be alone or in a group with your trekking guide where the guide organizes your outing to suit your specific needs. It is undoubtedly the ideal formula with which you can realize your projects and you are guaranteed a maximum of comfort. You are free to choose your departure date (depending on availabilities in the accommodation).
Dates 2020 : on demand.
Private rices 2020 : on demand.
Included in the package:
- The organization and supervision of each tour by a state qualified trekking guide/s
- Half-board accommodation in mountain hut and hotel (double shared room / quadruple /dormitory)
- The first night in Cortina, before starting the trek
- Picnic lunches
- Lift Passes
- Transfers throughout the trek
- Luggage transportation throughout the trek
- Drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…)
- Repatriation insurance (mandatory).
For any further information, please contact Anaïs :
Tel : +33 4 50 53 92 78 or Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting point : at 6.00 pm at Hotel Argentina in Cortina d'Ampezzo on Day 1.
Ability level : 3/5 - Dolomites of Cortina d'Ampezzo Light Pack hiking trip is a moderate trek. A minimum of 700m (2350ft) vertical gain and about 5 to 7 hours of hiking daily. Hiking on generally well-maintained mountain trails, sometimes including easy out-of-trail sections. For active people who do not mind training to prepare for the hike. A great multiday hike for people with trekking experience.
Guiding policy : by a state qualified trekking guide with a maximum of 12 people in the group. The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix's guiding policy is one of the strictest in the mountain guiding business. It guarantees the most balanced groups as possible as well as high-quality personalised advice.
4 nights in a hotel (double shared room), and 2 nights in a mountain hut (4-bed room or/and dormitory).
- Participants must have an insurance with repatriation cover. Cancellation insurance is highly recommended. You can take out insurance offering both of these types of cover when you sign up.
- Participants must also take valid ID with them.
- Ankle supporting boots with notched technical rubber sole (i.e. VIBRAM).
- We strongly recommend wearing new boots (several days and preferably hiking) to break them in before the hike.
- To avoid blisters, try rubbing baby talc on dry feet before using boots (sprinkling talc inside boot works too)
- Minimum size recommended 40 L (bigger is better than too small).
- Take out lunch should fit AFTER packing all your personal belongings.
- Bad weather precaution: pack covers are great to protect pack from rain or snow. We also recommend packing your belongings in a large and solid plastic bag (i.e. garbage bag) for a better protection in case of heavy rainfall.
Avoid using cotton underwear. Compared to technical synthetic material, it is heavier and it dries slowly. Wool is also getting popular amongst sportswear brands. Synthetic and wool are warmer; they dry fast, and allow you to pack light (you can easily wash a piece of underwear in the sink as you arrive at the mountain inn/hut. It’ll be dry before you finish your first beer!)
Taking enough time to pack is essential, as you are going to carry every item for several days in a row. Avoiding extra weight can easily be done by packing your clothes tightly, placing heavy items at the bottom of the pack, and avoiding empty spaces. As a result weight is better spread throughout your back and weight impression diminished. Your back pack should not exceed 19 pounds (9kg).
- 1 long-sleeve shirt + 1 Tshirt (both synthetic)
- 1 polar fleece + 1 light down jacket (or a second fleece)
- 1 pair of shorts + 1 pair of hiking pants
- 1 pair of synthetic hiking socks
- 1 Goretex jacket (waterproof windbreaker)
- 1 poncho (large rain cover that fits over your pack) or 1 pack cover
- 1 pair of rain pants (although light Gore-tex pants are expensive, other types of light rain pants work too)
- 1 water bottle (1.5 quart, to 2 quarts minimum) 1 pocket knife + 1 « spork »
- Sun hat or ball cap, sunscreen, sun glasses, lip protection
- 1 warm hat and a pair of gloves
- 1 pair of telescopic poles
FOR THE ENTIRE HIKE
- 2 changes of clothes: (T-shirt, underwear and socks) prefer synthetic to cotton
- 1 pair of long underwear (synthetic recommended)
- 1 pair of ultra-light shoes (i.e. flip flops, slippers)
- 1 pocket light or head-lamp
- Personal first aid kit **
- 1 one-person sleep-sheet (silk is the most comfortable and remains the lightest)
- Ultra-light shower kit (feel free to customize ...) + synthetic « dry fast » towel
- ID card or valid passport + small change/ bills for personal expenses
- A small amount of laundry detergent
- Optional : low gaiters ( early season trekking), camera, binoculars, umbrella, etc …
** Elastoplast (stretchable strapping tape), band-aids, second skin, medicine for common aches and pains (diarrhea, headaches, sore throat…) Don’t forget to bring your personal prescription treatment if you have one. Mountain leaders also carry a complete first aid kit. Remember that packing light is essential.
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