Dolomites High Routes Guided Walking Holiday
Experience the awe-inspiring mountains of the Dolomites
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Choosing the level of your walks
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.
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 including Piz Boe, Sasso Platto, and Piz Duleda or Puezspitz
- 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 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 hotel has lovely en-suite bedrooms with wooden floors and classic-style furniture as well as balconies that offer mountain, valley and forest views. All the rooms have satellite TV, a fridge, room safe, hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers.
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.
Lunch (payable locally)
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.
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
The Dolomites are a unique rock formation in Europe, with wonderful shapes and unusual colours. Underfoot paths were mostly easy and well maintained. Refreshments at a variety of high lodges and refuges were a feature of several of the walks, and permitted sampling local food and drink, quite different from other parts of Italy. (Mark, London)
One of three resorts in the Val Gardena, there is evidence that humans were present in the Val Gardena area since the Stone Age, although it is believed that they did not settle there until much later due to the cold temperatures in winter.
Bolzano was first settled in ancient times, when it was marshland, by refugees fleeing from the invading Gauls. It was later invaded by the Romans, who built a village in the area. The area was under Austrian rule from the early 17th Century, and after being contested over by both Austria and Italy, it fell under Italian rule from the end of World War II, when it was agreed that the region of South Tyrol would become autonomous. Today, Bolzano is a popular medieval city, in which the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology is, more commonly known as the Ice Man Museum. Bolzano is reachable by the public bus, which runs daily.
A much quieter town, Bressanone is also popular, and has good swimming and sauna facilities, along with attractive cafes and shops. The Cathedral is well worth a visit, it was rebuilt in the 16th Century in a Baroque style. There is also the Pharmacy Museum, which shows the development of the pharmaceutical profession. You can get to Bressanone on regular bus services.
Ortisei is the largest of the villages in the Gardena Valley and is easily reached by bus. Here you could learn more about the traditional local Ladin culture or the thriving local sculpture and art scene 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.
Did you know?
In the South Tyrol, three languages are spoken: German, Italian and Ladin (a romantic language).
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 or connecting flight from Manchester to Innsbruck 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 2 hours to the Hotel Somont.
Please note guests travelling to Mayrhofen, Seefeld and Neustift will also fly in to Innsbruck. Leaders will be available at the airport to direct guests to the correct transfer coach.
‘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 Innsbruck 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 £27.00. Please note guests travelling to Mayrhofen, Seefeld and Neustift will also fly in to Innsbruck. Leaders will be available at the airport to direct guests to the correct transfer coach.
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
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Dates & Prices
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Prices are per person
- Single room: £18 per night
- All transport to walks is included in the price of the holiday
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person