Hiking route through the Dolomites

Le Corbusier

The famous architect was not exaggerating when astonished by the magnificence of the mountain range that runs through the north of Italy, I exclaim this phrase that sums up the thought of one of the best architects of the 20th century, who if he had dreamed of designing mountains, would undoubtedly have taken the Dolomites as a model.

UNESCO World Heritage, the hills, valleys, forests, and fields of the Dolomites are also recognized by tourists who take as a reference the alpine massifs to enjoy their holidays, whether in winter with their ski slopes or during the rest of the year with hiking itineraries that abound everywhere.

In fact today we are going to show you one of the circuits that we have carried out with our partner, an expert travel agency in routes through the Dolomites, covering one of the most important points, the massif of Marmolada. The trip has as complements the visit of two wonderful cities at hand from the Dolomites, the city of gondolas, Venice, and Innsbruck the capital of Austrian Tyrol.

For twelve days it is possible to immerse yourself in nature, savoring the solitude of the mountains and end up full of life in Venice, where sometimes not even a pin can fit. The journey begins with arrival at Venice airport from where a bus takes us after a reception to the hotel located in the town of Passo Campolongo. The welcome includes dinner and accommodation to wake up full of enthusiasm and focus on the first day of alpine trekking through the Dolomites.

The route of the first day is simple and starts from the Pordoi pass to which we arrive from the village of Arabba. This first stretch of trekking carries out the Viel del Pan march, simple and circular walking thirteen kilometers but already showing the essence of Dolomites with the Marmolada as the main peak that we will observe in the route before returning to sleep at Passo Campolongo.

The next day after the energy breakfast we leave by bus to Paso Falzarego, where the second stage (8km) begins, following the Sottsass mountain range to reach the Pralongia plateau, a spectacular panoramic point of the Dolomites. After a stop in the refuge of Pralongia, we will descend again until Passo Campolongo (those who want to go down in cable car can do it from Passo Incis).

For the fourth day of our trip, we carry out a route that goes from Passo Giau (where it is possible to dare to make a couple of ferratas) to the refuge of Averau, following a path that does not imply difficulty and yet provides us with other equally fantastic faces of the Dolomites mountains. In Average, we ascend to the Nuvolau refuge, known to be the oldest built. On the way back we head to Passo Falzarego, where our bus is waiting for us to return to our accommodation.

The fifth day!! Especially attractive for those who already know the peak Sella Ronda, to which they will take us by bus to make march until ending in the Lake BoƩ. The most animated and replete can continue climbing to the Kostner refuge (Two hours of crossing). On the way back, we decide to go on foot or with the cable car that from Bec de Roces or Crepe de Mont takes us directly to Passo Campolongo.

For the sixth day of the tour is planned the visit to the Marmolada glacier and an optional tour through the village of Corvara, although those who wish to rest can stay at the hotel.

The next day we return to the mountain rhythm with a visit to Passo Falzarego, where the remains of the Bunkers from the First World War remind us of a more warlike past. From here we ascend to the Lagazuoi refuge to go around the mountain and go down again.

On the eighth day, the last day of trekking we will go along the route of the Three Cimas de Lavaredo, which crosses the refuges of Lavaredo and Locatelli, enjoying the three summits that crown the alpine sky of Dolomites. Upon arrival at the bus, we leave for Innsbruck.

After sleeping, we will get up to visit Innsbruck, a Tyrolean city par excellence, sheltered by the mountains, where we will spend the night. Once crossed the new day leads us to the waterfalls of Kimmel, the most famous of the eastern part of the Alps, with 350 meters of fall. That afternoon the bus takes us to Bolzano where we sleep and can visit it in the afternoon.

Early in the morning, we leave for Venice to walk along its dikes, approach St. Mark’s Square and have free time for everyone to choose what attracts them most. At nightfall, the transfer leaves us in a hotel next to the airport, from which we will depart for Spain the next day.

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