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The Alpine Guides' High Route

From hut to hut through the varied landscapes of Alta Badia and Veneto

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Alta Badia - Dolomites,is starting point for the Alpine Guides’ High Route. The itinerary was designed for those wishing to see some of the most suggestive Dolomites peaks over a short period of time.

The varied landscape reveals worlds within a world, all markedly distinctive. The uniqueness of the Bastionata of Sas dla Crusc contrasts with the primeval calm of Alpe di Fanes, the trenches of Lagazuoi prepare the entrance to the wonderful kingdom of the Tofane and the resting place at Civetta reminds us of how small and insignificant man is compared to nature. The route is not extremely demanding and can be tried by recent converts to trekking with, however, good walking experience.

The convenient and welcome mountain huts mean you can move with a light rucksack.
While trekking from one refuge to another, crossing the Dolomite valleys we enjoy sunrises and sunsets from the most captivating points of observation: The high mountain alpine lodges. In them you can enjoy of half-board service and overnight stay.

The route combines the beauty of the Dolomites region with its cultural and historical highlights. We will be passing through the areas in where you’ll find remnants of the First World War, like canons and galleries built inside the mountains.

Due to its low altitude difference (maximum 800/900 meters in altitude in one day) and to the low degree of difficulty, the hike is ideal also for not trained hikers.

The Alpine Guides' High Route - Basic information

  • Lenght: 65 km
  • Total height difference (ascent): ca. 3,500 m
  • Total height difference (descent): ca. 4,000 m
  • Average duration: 6 days
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Recommended period: from mid June to end of September

PROPOSED STAGES

Stages

Day From - to Walking time in hours Description
1 San Cassiano - Sas dla Crusc/Santa Croce 2 From San Cassiano we follow path no. 15, in light ascent, to the foot of the Sas Dla Crusc. San Cassiano can be reached from all towns in Alta Badia on various hiking trails.
2 Sas dla Crusc/Santa Croce - Fanes hut 4 - 5 The karst plateau, with its limestone rocks, is among the most interesting and fascinating scenery of the Dolomites. The Fanes plateau is also the scene of some of the most beautiful legends of the Dolomites.
3 Fanes hut - Fanes plateau - Lagazuoi hut 5 - 6 This stage winds along the former line of the Austro-Hungarian and Italian front. In addition to the stunning panoramic views of the Dolomites this hike of medium difficulty offers the opportunity to visit various places of the First World War.
4 Lagazuoi hut - Nuvolao hut 4 Stage in direct contact with some of the most impressive rock walls of the Alps! An unforgettable experience.
5 Nuvolao hut– Città di Fiume hut 5 - 6 Pleasant trek with view on Mt. Pelmo, passing the huts Scoiattoli and Cinque Torri. Mt. Pelmo is one of the first Dolomite massifs to be climbed, at the end of '800.
6 Città di Fiume hut – Tissi hut/Alleghe 6,5 The last stage passes to the base of the Civetta massif and leads to Alleghe, where the tour ends. We return to Alta Badia by bus.