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Alta Via 1 - Trekking in the Dolomites

Includes 1:25,000 map booklet

Guidebook describing the 115km Alta Via 1, a hut-to-hut long-distance trail through the magnificent Italian Dolomites. Easier than the other AV trails, the route extends from Lago di Braies to La Pissa and is described in 11 stages. It offers majestic mountain vistas, including views of the Marmolada, Pelmo and Civetta. Includes 1:25K map booklet.


Alpine summer - mid-June to late September - is the time to go, so that the huts are all open for accommodation and meals and the paths mostly free of snow. Midsummer is the perfect time to enjoy the myriad wildflowers that brighten the rocky slopes and meadows and to be entertained by the frolicking marmots who are by then out of hibernation.


Lago di Braies, Cortina d'Ampezzo, Agordo, Belluno


Alta Via 1 is a perfect introductory trek to the Dolomites and while the paths are not a seaside stroll, they are not overly difficult. No special equipment is necessary. Easier path variants are detailed where useful. Overall AV1 rates as Grade 2, suitable for fit walkers with some experience of alpine terrain and conditions.

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Breathtaking views of an estimated 80% of the Dolomites, including the Tofane, Pelmo and Civetta, as well as the glaciated Marmolada; memorable stays in comfortable high-altitude alpine huts
25 Mar 2022
13 Mar 2023
17.20 x 11.60 x .70cm

A guidebook containing all the information you need to walk the Alta Via 1 between Lago di Braies and La Pissa. Covering 115km (72 miles), this hut-to-hut long-distance hiking trail through the heart of the Dolomites in northeastern Italy takes about 2 weeks and is suitable for both first-time and experienced trekkers.

The route is described from north to south in 11 stages, each between 6 and 14km (4–9 miles) in length. Easier path variants, exit routes to reach public transport and side routes to explore nearby summits and points of interest are detailed. Advice on 4- or 5-day sections of the route for walkers who prefer not to walk AV1 in its entirety is also given.

  • Includes a separate map booklet containing 1:25,000 Kompass mapping
  • 1:75,000 maps included in the main book for each stage
  • GPX files available to download
  • Detailed information about mountain huts and facilities along the route
  • Advice on planning and preparation

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By Gillian Price

Gillian Price has trekked throughout Asia and the Himalayas, but now lives in Venice. Gillian has steadily explored the mountain ranges of Italy, and Corsica, and brought them to life for visitors in a series of outstanding guides for Cicerone. She is an active member of the Italian Alpine Club (CAI) and Mountain Wilderness.

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