Walking in the Dolomites
25 multi-day routes in Italy's Dolomites
Guidebook to 25 multi day walks in the Dolomites mountains of northeast of Italy. The walks are mostly circular and 2 to 4 days long, and take in the Marmarole, Marmolada, Civet, Sella and Cortina Dolomites among others. Includes notes on accommodation, wildlife, transport, equipment, a glossary and other practical information.
SeasonsMid-June to late September, when the majority of the refuges are open. Peak Italian holiday time is August, especially around 15th August.
CentresMain centres for the Dolomites include Cortina, Belluno, Selva di Cadore, Arabba, La Villa, Selva, Bressanone, Dobbiaco, Canazei.
DifficultyModerate and challenging routes, including some mountain traverses involving scrambles and exposure.
Must SeeSpotting your first chamois, marmot or Ibex. The majestic Marmolada and Pelmo, the towering Civetta, and the Cinque Torre (now only four of them!).
This guidebook describes 25 hut-to-hut treks in the Dolomites of northern Italy, covering 15 regions including Cortina, Sella, Sesto, Marmolada and Latemar. Ranging from 11.3km to 40.8km and from two to four days, the graded routes are suitable for walkers with a reasonable level of fitness and experience of mountain terrain, and some feature exposed sections which demand a good head for heights. They take advantage of the region's network of mountain refuges and efficient public transport system, with the majority of routes accessible by public bus.
Detailed route description is presented alongside mapping and stunning colour photography and the guide also suggests alternative access and exit routes, and options for linking routes to create a longer trek. There is plenty of helpful advice to help make the most of a trip as well as background information on the region's geology, plants and wildlife and local cuisine.
The Dolomites – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – are characterised by striking volcanic and sedimentary rock formations. Walking is an ideal way to discover this breathtaking landscape of angular peaks, towering pinnacles and jagged ridges, and the carefully chosen routes in this guide will exhilarate, challenge and inspire.
Plants and flowers
When to go
Food and drink
What to take
Waymarking and maps
Dos and don’ts
Using this guide
Walk 1 Anello delle Dolomiti Friulane
Walk 2 Along the Marmarole
Dolomiti di Sesto
Walk 3 Vallon Popera
Walk 4 Tre Cime tour
Walk 5 Tre Scarperi tour
Walk 6 Croda Rossa tour
Walk 7 Sasso della Croce–Cunturines
Walk 8 Tofane–Lagazuoi
Walk 9 Nuvolau–Cinque Torri
Walk 10 Croda da Lago–Pelmo
Walk 11 Civetta tour
Walk 12 Cime de Zita traverse
Walk 13 Alpi Feltrine
Pale di San Martino
Walk 14 Palarondatrek
Walk 15 Over the Pale di San Martino
Walk 16 Behind the Marmolada
Walk 17 Sella traverse
Walk 18 Around the Puez–Odle Altopiano
Walk 19 Odle di Eores
Walk 20 Sassopiatto–Sassolungo tour
Sciliar and Catinaccio
Walk 21 Sciliar–Antermoia traverse
Walk 22 Catinaccio loop
Walk 23 Latemar traverse
Dolomiti di Brenta
Walk 24 Western Brenta
Walk 25 Eastern Brenta
Appendix A Route summary table
Appendix B Tourist offices
Appendix C Italian–English glossary
Appendix D Further reading
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Visitors to the Dolomites in summer 2019 need to be aware of possible problems regarding paths. The best advice is to check locally with Tourist Offices and refuges, be versatile and don't take any risks.
Storm Damage in the Dolomites:
Six months ago, in October 2018, the Italian Dolomites were hit by a devastating hurricane - Tempesta Vaia. Winds up to 200km/hr caused widespread damage to villages, houses and roads, and there were several deaths. Millions and millions of trees were toppled. Forestry workers and sawmills are struggling to deal with the massive amount of timber that needs removing and storing.
Naturally, hundreds of kilometres of paths in the Dolomites have been affected by landslides, rockfalls and fallen trees. Despite the snowy winter season plenty has already been done to improve the situation - the authorities as well as volunteers have been hard at work clearing timber, rerouting, and affixing new signs where possible. (Though priority has obviously been given to essential services for villages). The Italian Alpine Club, CAI, as well as SAT, the Trento branch, are involved.
Things are definitely looking up - and even Rifugio Venezia on the Pelmo will hopefully open for the summer season despite having had its roof torn off, the top floor with beds and mattresses ruined by rain and snow, and its jeep access track blocked by rockfalls and landslips. Another refuge with supply problems is Rifugio Pordenone in the Dolomiti Friulane. Thankfully the building was not damaged but its access road all but washed away. But they plan on 'business as usual' this year too.
The following web site lists all the paths by number in the Belluno province (central-southern Dolomites) with notes about what's open and possible problems. It's updated regularly. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1L4qPpNhGaGyyMUkKfqRaeeNV0K2TN3mboDPM_R_OHic/edit#gid=1788649809 'Non percorribile' means 'not walkable' ie closed.
As regards the Trentino area (south-western Dolomites), see this web site: https://sentieri.sat.tn.it/wp/?p=2444. Moreover as of May 20 an App will be downloadable on www.visittrentino.info with up-to-date path info for the Trentino.
There's been an increase in cases of TBE (tick-borne encephalitis) across Europe, Italy included. Walkers should be aware that they may pick up ticks while walking through grass and woodland up to approx 1500 metres altitude. Not all ticks carry the disease but better safe than sorry. Simple precautions and plenty of useful information is available on the website: https://ecdc.europa.eu/en/tick-borne-encephalitis. Vaccination is also an option.
page 218 :Private car traffic is finally being limited through one of the key Dolomites road passes (Passo Sella) http://dolomitesvives.com/en/. More buses have been put on to allow visitors to reach the pass.
p55 Walk 2: Access: Pozzale no longer has a summer bus service but can be reached by taxi (tel 328 7536842, 0435 30725) from Pieve di Cadore.
p57 the walk start should now read:
Starting out from the village square in Pozzale (1054m) follow the signposting for Rifugio Antelao due N uphill on Via Centrale. Once out of the village, where n.520 goes straight ahead, fork L for a minor sealed road climbing in bends. This becomes a 4WD track making its relaxing way up the southern flank of Monte Tranego.
p118 Rifugio Averau tel 0436 4660 open June to Sept, credit cards accepted https://rifugioaverau.wixsite.com/averau.
p193 Rifugio Pisciadù www.rifugiopisciadu.it
p241 Rifugio Catinaccio has closed
p244 Stage 2 box: ascent 850m, descent 1120m
p278 Tourist Office Braies tel 0474 748660 www.valledibraies.info
Walk 22, Stage 2: Ascent should be 850m and descent 1120m
(Thanks to Estelle)
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We were on our first real hiking holiday and used Gillian Price's Dolomites guides. We'd selected walks based on her descriptions, which were so inspiring it was difficult to choose! Instead, we selected by a process of elimination, based on difficulty and length, rather than attractiveness. Most guide books are a rather dreary recipe of start here, turn left at creek, go up hill 200m, walk along spine. Gillian Price completely understands that the best walks are a story with a rhythm and narrative: a beginning, a middle, a climax, and an end, and her writing reflects this. She conveys the mood and tone of a walk, not just its facts. As a plant enthusiast, I appreciated her highlighting special vegetation or flowering alpines. Two years later, we returned to the Dolomites and did multi-day treks there, and her descriptions were once again a true reflection of every one of them. Gillian Price is a true gem amongst guide book writers!
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Everything you need to take on some truly fantastic walks.
If you've ever flicked through a Cicerone guide before you will know exactly what they are about: practical information presented in a clear manner to provide you with everything you need to take on some truly fantastic walks. And that's exactly what we have here with Walking in the Dolomites.
Inside, Gillian Price outlines 25 multi-day routes in Italy's Dolomites giving you the means to explore the breathtaking alpine scenery that the area has become so famous for. The routes mainly consist of two and three day itineraries and take in the Likes of the Brenta Dolomites and Sella Massif traverses. Expect pristine lakes, rugged ridges and those exhilarating scree slopes.
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Gillian Price has trekked throughout Asia and the Himalayas, but now lives in Venice and is exploring the mountains and flatter bits of Italy. Starting in the Italian Dolomites, Gillian has written outstanding Cicerone guides to walking all over Italy as well as Corsica and Corfu. An adamant promoter of public transport to minimise environmental impact, Gillian belongs to Mountain Wilderness and is an active member of the Venice branch of CAI, the Italian Alpine Club.View Articles and Books by Gillian Price