Trekking guidebook for walking Alta Via routes 1 and 2 across the Italian Dolomites. The 120km AV1 is described over 11 day stages and is ideal for beginners to Alpine long-distance walking, whereas the AV2 covers 160km in 13 days and is more strenuous and technical. The more demanding AV3-6 routes are described in outline.
Northern Italy's famous Alta Via long-distance walking routes are spread across the Dolomites, running roughly north to south and reaching as far as the Austrian border. There are six of these routes, and they increase in difficulty: Alta Via 1 has few exposed sections and is suitable for novice alpine trekkers; AV2 is much more challenging, only suitable for experienced alpine trekkers with a good head for heights, while AVs 3-6 have extended via ferrata sections and considerable exposure.
Both AV 1 and 2 are described in detail in this guidebook, with the demanding AV3-6 routes described in outline. The 120km AV1 is described over 11 day stages; AV2 covers 160km in 13 days and is more strenuous and technical. Overnight stops are either at mountain huts or at guesthouses. The book is written by an expert in Italian trekking, with information on the fascinating wartime history of the region, plants and wildlife. With advice on practical considerations such as the best time to go, what to take and hut protocol, this guide offers trekkers all the information they need to enjoy the mountains to the full.
Now a World Heritage Site, the Italian Dolomites make a first-rate trekking destination. There is an excellent network of paths dotted with welcoming 'rifugi' (mountain huts) in stunning locations, and efficient public transport serving key trekking points.
For nearly 50 years Cicerone have been producing guidebooks on recognised treks, regions, areas and general tips for hikers.
We have used them countless times and they've always provided excellent insight and knowledge that you only get through experience, giving you the edge to make your trip a success and more enjoyable too.
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SeasonsMid-June to late September, when the majority of the refuges are open: the peak Italian holiday season is August, especially around 15th August
CentresMain centres for the Dolomites include Cortina, Belluno, Selva di Cadore, Arabba, La Villa, Selva, Bressanone, Dobbiaco and Canazei
DifficultyThese multi-day mountain traverses involve some scrambles and aided sections and exposure. Alta Via 1 has few exposed sections, however AV2 is considerably more challenging, and only suitable for experienced alpine trekkers with a good head for heights. AVs 3-6 are more challenging, with extended via ferrata sections and considerable exposure
Must SeeSpotting your first chamois, marmot or ibex the majestic Marmolada and Pelmo, the towering Civetta, and the Cinque Torre (now there are only four of them!) includes the little known (and little-walked) Alta Via 3, 4, 5 & 6
The Alta Via routes
Plants and flowers
When to go
Food and drink
What to take
Dos and don’ts
Using this guidebook
Alta Via 1
Stage 1 Lago di Braies to Rifugio Biella
Stage 2 Rifugio Biella to Rifugio Fanes
Stage 3 Rifugio Fanes to Rifugio Lagazuoi
Stage 4 Rifugio Lagazuoi to Rifugio Nuvolau
Stage 5 Rifugio Nuvolau to Rifugio Città di Fiume
Stage 6 Rifugio Città di Fiume to Rifugio Coldai
Stage 7 Rifugio Coldai to Rifugio Vazzoler
Stage 8 Rifugio Vazzoler to Rifugio Carestiato
Stage 9 Rifugio Carestiato to Rifugio Pramperet
Stage 10 Rifugio Pramperet to Rifugio Pian de Fontana
Stage 11 Rifugio Pian de Fontana to La Pissa bus stop
ALTA VIA 2
Stage 1 Bressanone to Rifugio Città di Bressanone
Stage 2 Rifugio Città di Bressanone to Rifugio Genova
Stage 3 Rifugio Genova to Rifugio Puez
Stage 4 Rifugio Puez to Rifugio Pisciadù
Stage 5 Rifugio Pisciadù to Rifugio Castiglioni
Stage 6 Rifugio Castiglioni to Passo San Pellegrino
Stage 7 Passo San Pellegrino to Rifugio Mulaz
Stage 8 Rifugio Mulaz to Rifugio Rosetta
Stage 9 Rifugio Rosetta to Rifugio Treviso
Stage 10 Rifugio Treviso to Passo Cereda
Stage 11 Passo Cereda to Rifugio Boz
Stage 12 Rifugio Boz to Rifugio Dal Piaz
Stage 13 Rifugio Dal Piaz to Croce d’Aune
ALTE VIE 3–6
Alta Via 3
Alta Via 4
Alta Via 5
Alta Via 6
Appendix A Glossary
Appendix B Route summary tables