High Routes at Selva
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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 use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
Relish the challenge of exhilarating high level walks that venture to high summits and cols that are normally ‘off-limits’ on our Guided Walking holidays. Using cable-cars and then rough and steep paths, that may be exposed or have fixed ropes, we’ll aim for some of the area’s best summits. Most holidays have opportunities to bag some 3,000m (10,000ft) peaks; a memorable achievement that you’ll want to savour.
- High mountain walks each day
- Dramatic peaks of Piz Boe, Sassonger and Stevia
- Challenge and adventure a plenty
- A full programme of guided walks
- All transport to and from walks
- The services of an experienced HF Holidays' leader
- ‘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
The 3-star Hotel Malleier has been consistently rated as one of our very best hotels by our guests. Elmar Torggler and his friendly staff offer a warm welcome, efficient service and excellent meals. The hotel is situated in a quiet location on the outskirts of Selva and benefits from stunning views, direct access for many of the walks, and is just 5 minutes' walk from the centre of the village.
HF Holidays Europe Partner Hotel Awards 2016
Gold Award for Overall Hotel and Breakfast.
Silver Award for Great Hotel Staff and Dining.
|Hotel Waldheim has 20 immaculate bedrooms.
Twin beds are, as is normal in Austria, arranged as a large frame with separate mattresses and bedding.
All bedrooms at Hotel Waldheim have en-suite bathrooms with shower or bath, cable television, clock-radio, telephone, safe and bath-robes and hair dryer.
|Hotel Malleier has a comfortable lounge on the ground floor and a bar area with additional seating. In front of the hotel you can relax in a pleasant garden.
In the basement there is a very modern and luxurious spa suite, complete with Turkish and Finnish sauna, solarium, spa pool and fitness room. An additional charge is made for these facilities.
Our holidays at Hotel Malleier are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and evening meal.
The hotel offers an extensive continental breakfast including cereals, fruit, bread and pastries, cheeses and ham. Tea and coffee is also available.
Hotel Malleier provides an excellent 4 course set menu each evening and offers a selection of hot vegetables and a well stocked salad bar. All the meals are prepared at the hotel using fresh produce.
The hotel has a well-stocked bar serving beer, wine and spirits.
Lunch (payable locally)
Lunch can be purchased for the next day from the hotel (ordered the night before). Alternatively ingredients can be bought from local shops, or you may choose to eat at a mountain hut - your leaders will advise you of the options.
The focus of your evening will be a leisurely meal.
Your leader will also be checking out for any local events going on nearby, or you may like to relax in a local bar with a drink and chat with your fellow guests.
High Routes: 8 to 13 miles (13-21km) with some rough, exposed, scrambly passages, scree sections, steep descents and up to 4,500ft (1,350m) of ascent in a day.
Our High Routes holidays offer challenging high-level walks. We aim to reach high summits and ridges that are usually out of reach on our Guided Walking holidays; these may be exposed or have sections of fixed ropes or ladders. Whilst a high level of fitness and stamina are required, the rewards will be a bird’s eye mountain panoramas and an immense sense of achievement.
These High Routes holidays run alongside a regular Guided Walking week and you are free to choose one of these walks if you prefer something a little easier.
Some of the possible walks include:
Starting from Passo Sella, the walk then takes the Friedrich August Weg traversing path high up on the south side of Sassolungo before striking up the amazing flat plate ramp to Sasso Piatto summit, with a short exposed scramble at the end. We return on the north side of the extensive massif to the Ciampinoi gondola to ride back down to Selva.
Piz Duleda via three passes
A relatively simple but striking mountain to climb, Piz Duleda is quite remote so we tackle this peak from the delightful Puez-Odles Natural Park, but have to negotiate three remote mountainous passes to achieve our objective. Interesting stretches of fixed ladders and narrow ridges add to the excitement.
Sassongher and the Puez Plateau
From Colfosco we take a new gondola to the Edelweiss valley and onto Sassongher. This involves a lot of scree walking and narrow paths to Forcella Sassongher and then continues on ever more exposed paths, with ropes for security, to reach the airy summit cross, with its wonderful all round view. We return on a marvellous remote route on the Puez plateau to the hotel.
The Sella Group and Piz Boe
This huge fortress massif, bounded by four road passes, appears to be reserved for mountaineers. However, several valleys slice deep into the block so competent walkers can reach its high level plateau, using the extensive ladders, ropes and rungs to help us on our way. The plateau is barren, often with stretches of snow to negotiate. If you are lucky you may spot shy herds of chamois. Our route traverses the entire Sella Group taking in Piz Boe its highest summit – complete with café on the summit.
Please note that the itinerary outlined above is provisional and could be subject to change. A finalised itinerary will be available at the resort and your leader will brief you every evening about the next day’s walks.
Each week there is a free day where you may want to visit the 'Ice Man' museum in Bolzano, or relax in one of the valley villages. For other options see Local Area tab
An introduction to the area
The Val Gardena or Grödental, as it is called in German, lies at the heart of the Ladin region in the South Tyrol. The Dolomitic scenery in this area is unique, with its sheer limestone cliffs towering above green valleys. The local culture is still strongly influenced by the Ladin traditions; about 80% of the population are of Ladin descent, and you may hear this old local language spoken. Today the Val Gardena is popular with tourists but peace still reigns in the high mountain pastures
Selva (Wolkenstein is the German name) is situated at an altitude of 1,560m at the head of the Val Gardena. Until the 1970s it was a very small village, but since then it has developed into an extensive winter and summer resort. However the modern buildings have been sympathetically designed with the majority in a traditional chalet appearance. Towering above are the mountains of Stevia, Pizes da Cier, Sella and Sassolungo and the magnificent Dantercëpies and Ciampinoi forests.
Local walks - there are a wealth of walks in the Gardena Valley and your leaders will be happy to recommend options if you would like to walk independently on your free day.
Ortisei - Ortisei is the largest of the villages in the Gardena Valley and is easily reached by bus. Here you could wander around the historic centre and perhaps enjoy lunch in one of the pavement cafés. Alternatively Ortisei is also the starting point for a number of lifts which will take you high into the mountains, perhaps exploring an area not visited during your walks.
Bolzano - an interesting town that is the administrative centre of the South Tyrol region. There is a good bus service from Selva, with the journey 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 frescoes of 15th century life painted on the walls. 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. There are frequently long queues to enter the museum, but our previous guests have highly recommended a visit.
Bressanone - another interesting 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.
Coach Tour - A Coach tour of the Dolomites is another popular option with our guests. The tour is organised by the local tourist office – you’ll need to book your place on the first few days of the holiday. The coach will take you through the dramatic scenery to the east of Selva, allowing you to view the Marmolada Massif at close quarters.
Entertainment - There is a programme of summer events in the village, and most weeks in high season there is a good selection of concerts, slide shows and folklore events.
Shops & facilities
Although Selva is quite modest in size, you will find a good selection of shops including two small supermarkets, a bakery, chemist and local craft shops. Mini-golf, pitch and putt, squash and tennis courts, nine-pin bowling, ice skating and cycle hire are all available in Selva.
Further Information - www.val-gardena.com
Regular buses (every half hour in high season) connect Selva with the other valley villages of Ortisei and St Cristina, with most continuing to either Bressanone or the city of Bolzano. In the other direction there are a handful of buses that head over the passes at the head of the valley towards Corvara.
We recognise that everyone’s travel arrangements are unique, so all our holidays to Europe can be booked ‘with flight’ or ‘without flight’, giving you more flexibility and choice.
‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle-free option
Book your holiday ‘with flight’ from Gatwick to Verona airport. For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.
If you choose this option we automatically include return transfers between the airport and the hotel. The coach transfer takes approx 3 hours to the Hotel Malleier.
‘Without flight’ holidays – the flexible travel option
Alternatively, tailor your journey to suit you by booking your holiday ‘without flight’ allowing you the freedom to book your own flights from your local airport.
If you choose this option, transfers are not included in the price. However, we can book you a seat on the HF Holidays’ transfer coach from Verona airport. This is timed to meet the HF Holidays’ flights* (provisional flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or you can call us on 020 8732 1220 for more information). Cost per single journey is £26.00.
Transfers must be pre-booked. Please call 020 8732 1220 for more details
* Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach
Dates & Prices
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Prices are per person
- Single room: £15.50 per night
- All transport to walks is included in the price of the holiday
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person