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Alta Via 2 - Trekking in the Dolomites

Includes 1:25,000 map booklet. With Alta Vie 3-6 in outline

Guidebook to the Alta Via 2 through the Italian Dolomites. Suitable for experienced hikers with a head for heights, the challenging but hugely rewarding hut-to-hut trail covers 160km in 13 days and involves steep and technical terrain and exposed sections. The more demanding AV3-6 routes are described in outline. Includes 1:25K map booklet for AV2.


Alpine summer (mid-June to late September) is the time to go as that's when the rifugi huts are open - essential for overnight accommodation and meals. Moreover that's when the snow will have melted off the high-level paths and the colourful alpine wildflowers will be at their brilliant best.


Bressanone, Passo Gardena, Passo Pordoi, Malga Ciapela, Passo San Pellegrino, San Martino di Castrozza, Fiera di Primiero, Feltre


A challenging 13-stage trek that entails a number of aided and exposed sections (though these do not rate as full-blooded vie ferrate; several can be detoured). A head for heights is essential, and a short rope and karabiner clips are helpful though not compulsory. Alte Vie 3-6 are more demanding, with remote terrain and prolonged and more technical aided sections.

Must See

The Plose, Puez-Odle, Sella, Pale di San Martino and Alpi Feltrine groups, each distinctive and exciting; key mountain passes such as Passo Gardena and Passo Pordoi; optional detours to peaks such as Sass de Putia and Rosetta as well as the glaciated Marmolada with its high-altitude World War 1 fortifications and poignant museum
1 Jun 2022
18 Mar 2024
17.20 x 11.60 x .90cm

A guidebook to walking the Alta Via 2 (AV2) between Bressanone and Feltre. Covering 174km (108 miles), this long-distance trail through the western Dolomites in northeastern Italy takes about 2 weeks and is suitable for experienced trekkers with a good level of fitness.

The route is described from north to south in 13 stages, each between 8 and 22km (5–14 miles) in length. Overview maps and route descriptions for Alta Via 3, 4, 5 and 6, four harder and more remote north–south routes in the central and eastern Dolomites, are also included. Advice on 3- or 6-day sections of the route for walkers who prefer not to walk AV2 in its entirety is also given.

  • Includes a separate map booklet containing 1:25,000 Kompass mapping and route line
  • 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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