Dolomites Traverse Guided Trail

Hike through stunning mountain scenery in this exciting traverse


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Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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A magnificent trek through wild landscapes, deep valleys and pretty towns, whilst savouring traditional Italian hospitality. This trail visits the famous towns of Campitello, Corvara and Cortina. We hike through some amazing landscapes and see mountains such as the Catinaccio (Rosengarten), the Marmolada (the highest peak in the Dolomites) and stand at the base of the iconic Tre Cime di Lavaredo.

Holiday Highlights:

  • 3 nights in specially selected Refugio's
  • Views over WWI trenches and a visit to the WWI museum
  • Five cable car rides
  • Hike to famous Lake Misurina

Price includes:

  • 10 nights half board en-suite accommodation (except no dinner or lunch on day 7 in Cortina. Small dorms with shared bathroom facilities for 3 nights in the Refugios)
  • 5 picnic lunches
  • The services of an experienced and qualified International Mountain Leader (IML)
  • All transport and luggage transfers to the hotels
  • With flight’ holidays include transfers to and from Venice Marco Polo airport
  • 5 cable car rides

In pictures...


Here at HF Holidays we aspire to give you the most authentic holiday possible while still enjoying the little luxuries we’re used to. This is why we’ve included three nights in some fantastic, family-run, Italian Refugios for the Dolomites Traverse.

Refugios are unlike our typical hotels, they are modern dormitory style accommodation with fresh linen and serve traditional mountain evening meals.

Bellavista Seiser AlmHotel Bellavista (Day 1)

Hannes Trobinger Scherline O.H.G. Compatsch 50 1-39040 Seiser Alm

Tel:+ 39 047 172 7972 

Hotel Bellavista is situated on Europe’s largest alpine pasture at an altitude of 1,850m – the views are spectacular. All rooms come with private bathroom, safe, hairdryer, telephone and television.                              


Rifugio Alpe di TiresRefugio Alpe di Tires (Day 2)

Via Ratzes 7, 39040 Siusi

Tel: +39 0471 727 958 

The Refugio Alpe di Tires is situated on the saddle of the same name, some 2,440m above sea level. Dorms are basic but comfortable, with space for 3-5 people in each one. There are warm showers available for use for a fee of 3 euros. There is no internet access available.


Hotel medilHotel Medil (Day 3) 

Via Pent de Sera, 16 I-38031 Campitello di Fassa, Dolomites - Trento

Tel: +39 0462 750 088  

Medil Hotel in Campitello di Fassa has a wonderful panoramic view of the Dolomites peaks. The hotel offers well equipped rooms, each having its own private bathroom, Satellite television, radio, minibar and telephone.        


Hotel TableHotel Table (Day 4)

Via Col Alt 8, 39033 Corvar


Tel: +39 0471 836 144  

Hotel Sant’Agata as the name would suggest is situated in the village of Sant’Agata which lies between the gulfs of Naples and Salerno. The hotel prides itself on providing modern services whilst maintain its classical style. All rooms have private bathrooms, free Wi-Fi, telephone and Satellite television. The hotel also benefits from a newly built swimming pool and jacuzzi.


Scotini Dolomites TraverseRefugio Scotoni (Day 5)

Alpe Lagazuoi 2, 39036 San Cassiano BZ, Italy

Tel: +39 0471 847 330                      

Refugion Scotini is a traditional alpine-style chalet with a cosy restaurant and seating area facing the sun. There are hot showers, clean bed linen and towels, and free Wi-Fi in all dorms. Dorms vary in size from 3-5 people.


Menardi Dolomites TraverseHotel Menardi (Days 6 & 7)

Via Majon 110, 32043 Cortina d'Ampezzo, Belluno, Italy

Tel: +39 0436 2400 

Situated in the mountains, the three-star Menardi hotel is a short walk to downtown Cortina and boasts a spacious and sheltered private park. All rooms have a private bathroom, Wi Fi, TV, and telephone


Lavaredo Dolomites TraverseHotel Lavaredo (Day 8)

Via Monte Piana, 11, 32041 - Misurina (BL)

Tel: +39 0435 392 227                                                     

Situated on the shores of Lake Misurina, Hotel Lavaredo offers comfortable accommodation and a quality dining experience. All rooms have a private bathroom, hairdryer, telephone, TV and safety deposit box.


Rifugio Pian di Cengia Dolomites TraverseRefugio Pian di Cengia (Day 9) 

Via del Tennis 4, Büllelejochhütte - 39030 Sesto (BZ)

Tel: +39 337 451 517  

Refugio Pian di Cengia is a little more basic than the previous to Refugios on our journey. Here there can be up to 13 people in one dorm.


Toblacherhof Dolomites TraverseHotel Toblacherhof (Day 10)

Via Pusteria, 8, 39034 Dobbiaco (BZ)

Tel: +39 0474 972 217 

Surrounded by the Dolomites, Hotel Toblacherhof offers comfortable accommodation with all rooms having a private bathroom, hairdryer, WiFi, television and telephone.


On occasion we may need to change the accommodation. If this happens, your replacement accommodation will be of the equivalent standard or higher. In the rare instance this is not possible, we will contact you in advance.


Download the Dolomites Traverse Trip Notes 2019

Day 1: Arrival at Seiser Alm

Transfer from Venice Marco Polo Airport to our hotel in Seiser Alm which takes approx. 4 hours.

Day 2: Seiser Alm to Rifugio Alpe di Tires 

The Seismer Alm Alps, visited on our Dolomites Traverse Guided TrailToday we head south through the Alpine meadows, with views of the magnificent limestone peaks of the Catinaccio (Rosengarten) mountain range. We then make a steep ascent which brings us to 2,500m with panoramic views looking south and east.

9 miles (14km), with 3600 feet (1,100m) of ascent, and 1640 feet (500m) of descent.

Day 3: Rifugio Alpe di Tires - Campitello

The magnificent RosengartengruppeFrom the refuge we quickly gain height using some easy fixed equipment and then head south through magnificent scenery to the Pas de Antermoia (2,770m) located deep in the Grouppo del Catinaccio (Rosengarten). We then turn east, past the Lake Antermoia, and through open country stopping at a refuge for a well-earned apple strudel. We then descend to the town of Campitello (1,450m) with a few bars and restaurants.  

9.5 miles (15km), with 2600 feet (800m) of ascent, and 5900 feet (1,800m) of descent

Day 4: Campitello to Corvara

The vast Piz Boe, DolomitesToday we make good use of the lift system which means we gain altitude quickly and can climb an Alpine summit.

A short bus ride to Canzei followed by a bubble lift brings us to Pecol (1,930m). We then trek to Passo Pordoi (2,239m) and then take the fabulous cable car to Sas de Pordoi (2,952m). From here the views are outstanding with a moon-like landscape and the surrounding mountain ranges.

We hike for approximately 90 minutes crossing some rough ground and using some handy, well-placed fixed equipment to reach the summit of Piz Boe (3,152m). From the summit we have 360o degree views and can see the famous Marmolada – the highest peak in the Dolomites and known as the ‘Queen of the Dolomites’.

We descend on similar terrain to 2,200m and then take a lift down to Corvara (1,568m).

9 miles (14km), with 2460 feet (750m) of ascent, and 3780 feet (1,150m) of descent.

Day 5: Corvara to Utia Scotoni 

The atmospheric Passo Valparola on the Dolomites Traverse TrailWe take a short lift up to 2,000m and then hike along a beautiful undulating ridge for 7km to Passo di Valparola (2,192m). There is an interesting war museum here.

From here we hike up a steep path to 2,260m and then descend to the refuge (1,985m) nestled beneath some huge cliffs. This is a very special place and the area feels wild and remote.

10 miles (18km), with 3000 feet (920m) of ascent, and 2900 feet (880m) of descent.

Day 6: Utia Scotoni to Cortina

The Lagazoui Tofane e FanesWe make a short, steep ascent beneath vast limestone cliffs. During the First World War this region witnessed the first vertical war in history. There are interesting remnants from the War and you can see the galleries and trenches cut out of the limestone cliffs. 

We then head along the Val Travenanzes, a remote and tranquil valley, flanked by high-sided peaks. This is a long but rewarding day with outstanding scenery. At the road we take a short bus ride into Cotina d’Ampezzo (1,200m)

13 miles (21km), with 2600 feet (800m) of ascent, and 4920 feet (1,500m) of descent.

Day 7: Free day

Visit the Cortina d'Ampezzo, ItalyToday is a rest day. Cortina is the premier ski resort in Italy often frequented by Europe’s jet-set crowd. It is a pretty town located in a valley surrounded by mountains with the Boite River running through it. You are free to explore the shops, cafés and restaurants of this upmarket town.

Day 8: Cortina to Lake Misurina

Beautiful lakes in ItalyWe continue our journey by first taking a cable car to 2,123m and traversing under vast cliffs with a few small, easy sections of fixed equipment. On our way, we pass by Lago di Sorapis - a beautiful turquoise lake. We then continue into a forest and make our way to the spectacularly located Lake Misurina (1,754m), with a back drop of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo in the distance.

12.5 miles (20km), with 3100 feet (950m) of ascent, and 4760 feet (1,450m) of descent.

Day 9: Lake Misurina to Pian di Cengia

Visit Tre Cime Di LavaredoFrom the lake shore we head towards the Tre Cime passing by the famous Refugio Auronzo (2,320m). We head clockwise around the Tre Cime and are finally able to see the imposing north faces: still regarded as some of the toughest mountaineering routes in Europe. We then continue through the spectacular scenery to the Pian di Cengia (2,522m).

You will not have access to your luggage tonight, so you need to pack appropriately.     9.5 miles (15km), with 4200 feet (1,280m) of ascent, and 1640 feet (500m) of descent.

Day 10: Trek to Dobbiaco

View of Italian mountain village DobbiacoOur final day’s trek allows us to savour the magnificent surroundings of this unique mountain range. We make our way through the high cliffs and peaks to the road-head at Moso. Today’s walk is a fitting end to our journey. We take a short ride to Dobbiaco (1,210m) for our final night.

9 miles (14km), with 650 feet (200m) of ascent, and 3600 feet (1,100m) of descent.

Day 11: Transfer to Venice Marco Polo Airport

Transfer to the airport after breakfast which takes approx. 3hrs.

The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the leader with regard to the weather and other external factors 


A group transfer from Venice Marco Polo Airport is included for both those who have booked a flight with us and for independent travellers. Independent travellers need to time their own arrangements to meet with the transfer time stated.

Arrival: We will provide your transfer to the Hotel Bellavista in Seiser Alm. Meet the Trip Leader in the Arrivals Hall at Venice Marco Polo Airport. He/she will be standing near the Travel Agency & VIP service desk by the front exit.

Departure: A coach transfer to Venice Marco Polo Airport will be arranged to connect with the HF Holiday’s flight.

Please note these transfers will be timed to connect with the HF Holidays’ flights. We cannot make separate arrangements for guests arriving/departing at different times.


Luke Emms

Luke is a qualified International Mountain Leader with 10 years' experience leading groups around the world, including the Alps, North Africa, South America, Asia and the Middle East. With a background in Outdoor Education and Development Training, he enjoys teaching people about the natural environment and helping them to achieve their goals in the outdoors. Besides trekking, Luke enjoys any other adventures that can be had in the mountains. He is a keen trail and mountain runner and is always training for the next big race.

Dolomites Traverse - Luke is leading our 23rd June departure in 2019

Simon Munnings

Simon has lived in the French Alps for over 15 years, spending most of that time exploring, walking, climbing and guiding.  He works all year round guiding treks and snow-shoeing.  Simon is an accredited guide for the Reserves and Espaces Naturelles of the Mont Blanc region. During winter he is an Avalanche Safety instructor for the French avalanche research association and during his spare time a trainer for the local ski race club.

Tour du Mont Blanc - Simon is leading our 7th August and 28th August departures in 2019

Dolomites Traverse - Simon is leading our 8th September departure in 2019

Dates & Prices

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What's included

  • 10 nights half board en-suite accommodation (except no dinner or lunch on day 7 in Cortina. Small dorms with shared bathroom facilities for 3 nights in the Refugios)
  • 5 picnic lunches
  • The services of an experienced and qualified International Mountain Leader (IML)
  • All transport and luggage transfers to the hotels
  • With flight’ holidays include transfers to and from Venice Marco Polo airport
  • 5 cable car rides

Prices are per person


  • 3 nights in a Refugio, dormitory accommodation
  • Double room for sole occupancy: Contact us for details

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