14-Night Dolomites Guided Walking Holiday

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Duration: 14 nights
Type: European Centre Based
Walking Grade: 2 & 5
from £2,599pp with flights

The Dolomites in Selva is a mecca for walkers and a must see destination for all. This dramatic landscape and its profusion of flowers will not fail to impress. We meander through this fabulous network of hiking paths walking among magnificent limestone mountains, sculpted by glaciers a paradox against the delightful alpine meadows. We visit traditional mountain huts and stylish mountain cafes along the way.  Selva sits within the dramatic Val Gardena valley located in the western Dolomites in the South Tyrol region of Northern Italy. Here spectacular spires and vast plateaux of pale Dolomitic limestone, the remains of atolls formed millions of years ago in an ancient sea, contrast with the rich wild lower meadows and shady woodlands. One of the nine Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Puez-Odle Nature Park, begins at the edge of Selva. Marmots are common on the mountain slopes, birds such as nutcrackers and alpine chough are frequently seen, and sometimes chamois can be glimpsed in the nearby Vallunga valley. The relative remoteness of these valleys helped to preserve their distinctive mountain culture. Local people still speak Ladin, a language developed alongside the Roman occupation in 15 BC. Since 1948 the province has been officially tri-lingual; this is seen most clearly on the signposts, which show the Ladin, German and Italian name for each destination. From the 17th century, woodcarving has been culturally significant to Val Gardena. Historically it was the primary economic activity of the valley and the tradition continues with local woodcarvers producing everything from religious statues to cutting edge modern artworks.

Holiday Highlights

  • Awe-inspiring mountain scenery and flowers of the Dolomites 
  • Superb network of cable cars, gondola and chair lifts make the mountains accessible to all
  • Enjoy our highly praised family-run hotel

What’s included

  • A full programme of guided walks with 2 options every walking day
  • All transport to and from walks
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays' leaders
  • "With flight" holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
  • 7 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Half Board - continental breakfast and evening meal

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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Welcome to Hotel Somont. Unpack and settle in.


Today we will walk on the north side of the Val Gardena.

Option 1 - Saints along the north side of the Val Gardena

Distance: 8 miles (12km)

Total ascent: 700 feet (210m)

Total descent: 1,900 feet (570m)

In summary: This delightful easier walk explores the beautiful high meadows above Selva on the north side of the Val Gardena visiting three ‘saints’ on this undulating walk down the valley. We visit the towns of St Cristina, St Ulrich (also known as Ortisei) and the oldest church in the valley, St Jakob.

Highlight: Follow the themed 'dialogue path' back to Selva.

 

Option 2 - Ascending the north side of the Val Gardena

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 2,300 feet (690m)

In summary: This is a more energetic and higher circular walk on the north side of the Val Gardena which still gives opportunities to stride through meadows, visit a mountain hut and enjoy great views.

Highlight: A visit to a traditional mountain hut.

 

 


The easier walkers explore high above the start of the valley, while the harder walkers ascend from a mountain pass to a plateau summit.

Val Gardena's fruitful beginnings

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Total ascent: 1,300 feet (390m)

Total descent: 1,800 feet (540m)

In summary: Beginning at Castelrotto, today's walk explores the entrance to the Val Gardena. Following ancient trails, with superb viewpoints, our route loops back to Castelrotto on shady trails.

Highlight: Castelrotto is an historic town with an old town centre.

 


Today the easier walkers visit a delightful ridge above Corvara in a neighbouring valley, and the harder group walks to the local Vallunga ('long valley') and ascends spectacularly to a high mountain hut.

Option 1 - The mighty Ciampinoi lift, city of stones, Passo Sella and Plan

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 500 feet (150m)

Total descent: 2,800 feet (840m)

In summary: At the top of the Ciampinoi lift, we can survey virtually all of the Val Gardena and beyond. Walking through dramatic mountain scenery, including the “City of Stones”, a steady varying descent through meadows and villages brings us back to Selva.

Highlight: Option to reach the Toni Demetz hut using the 'coffin' lift.

Option 2 - All around Sassolungo and Sasso Piatto from Passo Sella

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Total ascent: 2,300 feet (690m)

In summary: This walk begins by following part of the Friedrich August Weg, a well-known high-level route in the Dolomites and goes on to complete a lengthy circuit around both Sassolungo and Sasso Piatto. 

Highlight: Stunning views towards the Val di Fassa and, in good weather, the Marmolada and its permanent glacier.


Each week there is a free day when no guided walks are offered. This is an ideal opportunity to relax around the hotel, walk independently or visit local places of interest. Some options for your free day may include:

Local walks: There is a wealth of walks in the Val Gardena and your leaders will be happy to recommend options if you would like to walk independently on your free day.

Ortisei: The largest of the towns in the Val Gardena, it can easily be reached on foot or by bus from Selva. It has a lively, cobbled pedestrianised centre, with cafes, a museum, churches and an art gallery.

Bolzano: The administrative centre of the South Tyrol region. There is a good bus service from Selva, taking approximately 1½ hours. Some of the town’s interesting historic buildings include the 14th century Franciscan church and the Chiesa dei Domenican monastery, which has 15th century frescoes. Bolzano’s main attraction is the fascinating ‘Ice Man’ museum, which contains the preserved body of a prehistoric man and his artefacts that were found high on an alpine glacier.

Bressanone: An historic town with arcaded streets. The Duomo in the main square dates from the 13th century and its 14th century cloisters are decorated with medieval frescoes. The nearby Bishop’s Palace now houses the Diocesan Museum.

Local information website: For information on Selva please visit www.valgardena.it/


Today, the easier option walks from Corvara, while the harder option walks into the mountains from the hotel.

From Corvara to Col Alt

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (240m)

Total descent: 2,300 feet (690m)

In summary: Corvara is in the next valley and affords a complete change of scenery and even flowers. Our walk uses a gondola to get onto a broad ridge with fantastic views, and welcoming cafés, before gently descending back to Corvara.

Highlight: The wild flowers in this valley are beautiful in early summer.


Today, both options follow the 'Sella View' balcony path


Both options introduce the sourthern side of the Val Gardena.

Option 1 - In the foothills of Sassolungo

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 500 feet (150m)

Total descent: 1,500 feet (450m)

In summary: From the top of the Ciampinoi lift, we ascend in the foothills of the spectacular Sassolungo massif, eventually arriving at a viewpoint at Mont de Sëra. Taking a chairlift down to Monte Pana, we return to Selva on a lower path.

Highlight: This introduction to the amazing scenery the Val Gardena has to offer.

Option 2 - The cliffs of Sassolungo

Distance: 10 miles (17km)

Total ascent: 1,600 feet (480m)

Total descent: 3,500 feet (1,050m)

In summary: Our walk passes below the cliffs of the Sassolungo, and to a true “mountaineers” refuge nestled in stunning scenery. The descent is steady to Monte Pana from where we return to Selva on a lower path.

Highlight: This dramatic introduction to the Val Gardena.


Both groups head to Ortisei, with the easier walkers heading south the Alpe de Siusi and the harder walkers north towards Monte Pic.

Option 1 - Alpe di Siusi promenade

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Total ascent: 1,300 feet (390m)

Total descent: 1,800 feet (540m)

In summary: The Alpe di Siusi is a massive “high meadow” with extensive views and fantastic flowers, particularly in spring and summer. As we promenade around the Alpe, there are plenty of potential café stops.

Highlight: Walk through attractive countryside with fabulous views.

 

Option 2 - Ortisei to Selva

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 3,000 feet (900m)

In summary: This route starts from the Seceda lift middle station, traverses the mountain, then goes up its west ridge and down its north ridge before returning to the Col Raiser gondola for the descent.

Highlight: Reach the summit of Monte Pic at 2,363m.


Today both groups take a hired coach to the neighbouring Val Badia, which involves a scenic drive over the Passo Gardena.

Option 1 - Badia, Ospizio Santa Croce and below Sas dla Crusc

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)

Total descent: 2,400 feet (720m)

In summary: Today we visit Val Badia, which involves a scenic drive over the Passo Gardena. This walk starts from Badia ascending to a mountain church and a traditional refugio. The walk winds its way through pine forests with views of the massive cliff walls above finshing in La Villa.

Highlight: This interesting walk passes a mountain church originally consecrated in 1484.

Option 2 - Ciampani on the Gherdenacia plateau from Val Badia

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Total ascent: 3,000 feet (900m)

In summary: Our walk takes us to a lonely but spectacular summit, Sas Ciampac. This is quite a tough walk in all respects, but the rewards of exploring this naturally beautiful mountainous plateau make the effort worthwhile.

Highlight: Enjoy drinks at a peaceful mountain hut.


Each week there is a free day when no guided walks are offered. This is an ideal opportunity to relax around the hotel, walk independently or visit ocal places of interest. Some options for your free day may include:

Local walks: There is a wealth of walks in the Val Gardena and your leaders will be happy to recommend options if you would like to walk independently on your free day.

Ortisei: The largest of the towns in the Val Gardena, it can easily be reached on foot or by bus from Selva. It has a lively, cobbled pedestrianised centre, with cafes, a museum, churches and an art gallery.

Bolzano: The administrative centre of the South Tyrol region. There is a good bus service from Selva, taking approximately 1½ hours. Some of the town’s interesting historic buildings include the 14th century Franciscan church and the Chiesa dei Domenican monastery, which has 15th century frescoes. Bolzano’s main attraction is the fascinating ‘Ice Man’ museum, which contains the preserved body of a prehistoric man and his artefacts that were found high on an alpine glacier.

Bressanone: An historic town with arcaded streets. The Duomo in the main square dates from the 13th century and its 14th century cloisters are decorated with medieval frescoes. The nearby Bishop’s Palace now houses the Diocesan Museum.

Local information website: For information on Selva please visit www.valgardena.it/


The easier walk follows a pleasant route in the Rasciesa meadows, while the harder group follows a lofty route through the high mountains.

Option 1 - The Rasciesa funicular

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 1,200 feet (360m)

Total descent: 2,300 feet (700m)

In summary: Using the funicular railway we reach the Rasciesa meadows high above Ortisei. Following a circuit we take in the Chapel of St Croce, an easy summit with views to the Austrian and Swiss borders before descending through woodland.

Highlight: The chapel of Sante Croce, a small mountain shrine originally built in 1755.

Option 2 - In the high mountains

Distance: 10 miles (17km)

Total ascent: 2,500 feet (750m)

Total descent: 4,800 feet (1,450m)

In summary: Our walk takes us to a lonely but spectacular summit, Sas Ciampac. This is quite a tough walk in all respects, but the rewards of exploring this naturally beautiful mountainous plateau make the effort worthwhile.

Highlight: A challenging walk in the high mountains with stunning views.


Today, the easier walk begins in Ortisei, while the harder walk ascends the Stevia Massif.

Option 1 - The Pieralongia Alm in the Natural Park

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 500 feet (150m)

Total descent: 3,500 feet (1,050m)

In summary: After an impressive ride on a duo of lifts we arrive high on the mountainside with views to match. Soon we enter the Puez Odles Natural Park, frequented by marmots and with meadows covered in flowersAfter an impressive ride on a duo of lifts we arrive high on the mountainside with views to match. Soon we enter the Puez Odles Natural Park, frequented by marmots and with meadows covered in flowers.

Highlight: Rifugio Firenze, one of the oldest mountaineering huts in the area.

Option 2 - Forces de Sieles, Rifugio Firenze, La Piza and Stevia

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 2,400 feet (720m) 

Total descent: 4,800 feet (1,460m)

In summary: Using lifts to access the beautiful Puez Odles Natural Park we continue the day by taking a steep rocky path to the Stevia plateau. A mountain hut teetering above the Vallunga greets us, followed by a spectacular descent and a walk back to the hotel.

Highlight: Reach the peak of La Piza at 2,555m


We hope to see you again soon.


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Hotel Somont - The Dolomites

The 4-star Hotel Somont is in the village of Wolkenstein, and part of the Val del Gardena region. It's ideally located close to shops and facilities, yet in a quiet position, backed by sloping meadows and forest. The Rudiferia Family cleverly combines a traditionally Alpine chalet-style hotel with modern comfort and spacious rooms. The 300 square meter wellness centre offers a pool, sauna, jacuzzi and various treatments.  

Rooms

The hotel has lovely en-suite bedrooms with:

  • wooden floors
  • classic-style furniture
  • balconies that offer mountain, valley and  forest views
  • satellite TV,
  • a fridge,
  • room safe,
  • hairdryer,
  • bathrobes
  • slippers.

Facilities

A small reception is next to a large lounge area, bar and comfortable seating. There is a smaller seating area around an attractive fireplace. The restaurant has a central area with smaller dining rooms off.  Relax in the hotel's modern wellness centre  which comes complete with an indoor heated pool as well as a Jaccuzzi pool, sauna and Turkish steam room.

Food & Drink

Breakfast

There is a breakfast buffet with a selection of breads, fruits, cheeses and cold meat, as well as tea, coffee and fruit juices.

Lunch (payable locally)

Lunch items can be purchased from local shops in the town.  It may be possible on some days to eat in one of the local mountain huts. Your leaders will advise you of these possibilities each evening.

Evening meal

A 3-course evening meal is prepared from fresh locally sourced ingredients from the South Tyrol region. The hotel has a good wine cellar to compliment your meal.

Your Evenings

The friendly atmosphere of our holiday continues into the evening. 

Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer before hearing the next day's activities. Your evening meal is the main focus of the evening but you may like to join your group and leader for a stroll into town or there may be some local events nearby. Alternatively, you can relax in the comfortable lounge with a good book or chat to your fellow guests.

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What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents.
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares).
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended.
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers.
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra.
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks.
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner.
  • Thermos flask for hot drink.
  • Water bottle (at least 2 litre).
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch.
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Sun cream.

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Camera.

Guest Reviews

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Non-member associate fee: £10 per person.

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Important Information

  • Double room for sole occupancy: £28 per night
  • With flight holidays include flights from Gatwick.
  • UK connecting flights to meet our Gatwick British Airways flight available from Glasgow, Edinburgh or Inverness.   £139
  • Independent travellers can join our transfer from Verona Airport: £27 single
Duration:
14 nights
Type:
European Centre Based
Walking Grade:
2

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