This walking holiday takes you through three nature reserves in the regions of South Tyrol and Belluno, which are some of the most beautiful areas of the Dolomites with the former Olympic city of Cortina d'Ampezzo in the center. The Dolomites have not without reason become a UNESCO World Heritage site. The mountains that surround you, reach heights above 3,000 meters (9,842ft).
Along the way you will see mountain lakes, high peaks, green fields with grazing cows and goats and mountain huts in traditional style.
The trip is an individual self-guided walking tour, where it is possible to choose between a shorter and a longer day walk. Depending on your fitness level maybe some days you will choose the long harder route and other days the shorter and easier variant. Your luggage is transported from hotel to hotel, so you only have to carry your daypack.
Arrival at the hotel
- either in Niederdorf/Villabassa
- or Dobbiaco/Toblach in the Pusteria Valley.
Short trip: about 3 hours + 700m / -35m (+2,296ft / -144ft ).
Long trip: about 5 hours +1,100m / - 650m (+3,609ft / - 2,132ft).
Your walking holiday starts with a short transfer to the mountain lake Lago di Braies or Pragser Wildsee that will fascinate you with its turquoise water. Here you get the first impression of Prague Valley with dark coniferous forests against the white cliffs.
You continue to pastures of Rossalm and reach the plateau Pratopiazza / Plätzwiese where the mountains Dürrenstein and Hohe Gaisl rise. From here there are magnificent views. In the distance you will see the mountains Cristallo, Tofana and the world famous Three Peaks of Lavaredo.
If you do not wish to walk that far, you can choose a shorter route, which starts at the Tuscherhof Inn. You will follow the river Stolla and pass small mountain hotels and rock formations shaped by wind and water before you reach the grassy areas of Pratopiazza / Plätzwiese, for your overnight stay.
Short trip: about 3 hours +/- 350 (+/-1,148ft ).
Long trip: about 4 hours +/- 800m( +/-2,624ft).
Today you can decide, whether you wish to walk the long or the short route. You can hike to the top of either Strudelkopf at 2,307m / 7,568ft (short) or Dürrenstein 2,839m / 9,314ft (long). Both are located in the Dolomites' largest nature reserve, Fanes Sennes Braies.
You start from Pratopiazza / Plätzwiese that, together with the mountains Croda Rossa / Hohe Gaisl and Kreuzkofelgruppe, is a lovely nature- and hiking area in the Dolomites. Along the way on both routes there are beautiful views of the Hohe Gaisl, Three Peaks of Lavaredos, Tofana and Monte Cristallo.
Short trip: about 4 hours -600m (-1968ft.)
Long trip: about 7 hours +600m / -1000m (+1,968ft / -3,280ft)
The hike continues over Pratopiazza / Plätzwiese and down through Knappenfuss Valley (Valle dei canopi) to the saddle Cimabanche / Gemark, which forms the border between South Tyrol and Belluno.
From here you can go directly to Cortina d'Ampezzo, or choose a longer route past the mountain hut Ra Stua and around the foot of the mountain Col Rosa, before you reach Cortina, located at the bottom of the valley between the mountains.
You will spend two nights in Cortina and can stroll around the streets, where little shops lie side by side with cozy cafes and restaurants.
Short trip: about 3-4 hours +/-300m (+/- 984ft.)
Long trip: about 5-6 hours +/-600m (+/-1968ft.)
The view from starting point of your walk is quite nice. The high peaks stretching high into the sky. The mountains Cristallo, Tofane, Fanes and Sorapiss play a significant role in this magnificent view.
The programme of the day includes a tour of the deep valley surrounded by these high mountains. Again, there are two choices between a shorter and a longer and higher walk.
Walking time: Short trip: ca. 4 hours +350m / -350m ( +1,148ft / -1,148ft).
Long trip: ca. 4-5 hours +950m / -50m (+3,116ft / -164ft).
On this day you will have a transfer to the nearby Lake Landro. Here the walking path takes you throught the Rienz valley, and leads you to the famous three peaks - Tre Cime, the most known rock formations of the Dolomites.
During the First World War there were fierce battles in this area between Italy and Austria-Hungary, and there are still historical traces of the past.
You will continue the walk to Rifugio Auronzo, from where you will grab a bus back to Dobbiaco/Niederdorf (the bus ticket is not included in the price and costs around 6-7 euros).
You can also get the morning transfer all the way to the Auronzo Rifugio, and from here walk around the Tre Cime, before catching the bus to Dobbiaco/Niederdorf.
Short trip: ca. 5 hours +540m / -1,250m (+1,771ft / -4,494ft).
Long trip: ca. 6-7 hours +670 / - 1,370 (+2,198ft / -4,494ft).
The last stage of your hiking vacation brings you to a beautiful side valley of Pusteria Valley. From Versciaco / Vierschach take the cable car up to Monte Elmo / Helm Berg, from where you can enjoy the beautiful view of Sesto / Sexten mountains.
Hahnspiel, Sillian, Klammbach and Helmhang are some of the cabins you pass on the way before you end your walk in Sesto / Sexten. From here you will return to Dobbiaco / Toblach for the last overnight stay.
The slightly longer hiking trail also includes a walk past the cottages Hahnspiel, Sillian, Klammbach and Alpe Nemes before arriving at Kreuzbergpass/ Passo Monte Croce. From here you can get back by bus or train.
Your walking holiday is coming to an end and it is time to find your way home.
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