High Routes at Selva

Dolomites, Italy

Code: SELTL

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Activity types:

  • Comfort
  • Flora
  • High Mountains

Level

  • Challenger
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Difficulty indicator

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.

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From £948.00 - 7 nights

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Holiday overview

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.

Holiday highlights

  • High mountain walks each day
  • Dramatic peaks of Piz Boe, Sassonger and Stevia
  • Challenge and adventure a plenty

Price includes

  • A full programme of guided walks
  • NEW for 2016 - 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



Accommodation

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.

This accommodation is branded 'Character and Comfort' as the hotel is considered to offer a warm welcome at the small friendly family-run hotel which offers a more personal and friendly service.

Bedrooms

Hotel Malleier has 35 immaculate and spacious bedrooms, all located in the main building. Most rooms have a balcony and enjoy superb views of the surrounding mountains.

All bedrooms have en-suite bathroom with shower or bath, TV, telephone, safe deposit box, hairdryer.

 

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Facilities

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.

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Food

Our holidays at Hotel Malleier are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and evening meal.

Breakfast

The hotel offers an extensive continental breakfast including cereals, fruit, bread and pastries, cheeses and ham. Tea and coffee is also available.

Evening meal

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.

Picnic lunch

You can buy a picnic lunch 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.

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Evening

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. 

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Itinerary

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: 

Sasso Piatto

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.

Free day

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

Local area

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 highlights

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

Transport

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.

Travel

‘With flight’ holidays

For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.

We offer flights from Gatwick and Manchester (regional flight supplement £100) to Verona.

If you book a ‘with flight’ holiday with us, we automatically include transfers between the airport and the hotel. The coach transfer to Selva takes 3 hours.

Independent travellers

All our overseas holidays can also be booked without a flight. This is ideal if you are travelling from overseas, or prefer to make your own arrangements from your local airport. If you choose this option the transfer to the hotel is not included.

HF Holidays can help you to reach the hotel by joining our transfer coach from Verona airport. These are timed to meet the HF Holidays’ flights (provisional HF Holidays’ flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or call 020 8732 1220). Cost per single journey is £24. Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach under any circumstance.

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9 Aug 2016, 11:25 a.m.

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Never had a poor holiday with HF
30 Sep 2015, 9:16 a.m.

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Generally well organised

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Brilliant place and walking
26 Aug 2015, 7:49 p.m.

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Would like to have put "ok". Website and on-line booking needs improvement.

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Excellent leader, hotel, food and walks. Weather lovely too.
17 Aug 2015, 7:22 p.m.

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Overall very smooth. Might suggest earlier mail-out of materials (we are overseas): one set of materials only arrived the day before we left.

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Experienced and very impressive guides. Good hotel. Wonderful routes!
15 Aug 2015, 5:54 p.m.

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The online booking system is rubbish and incorrectly booked me on Guided Walking rather than High Routes

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Fantastic hotel and fantastic leader
Thank you for your feedback. We will follow up your query with the online booking as we have not been aware of a problem like this before. Changes are planned this winter to the website and the online booking process which should improve matters. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

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14 Aug 2015, 2:36 p.m.

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Good organisational skills. No hassle holiday.

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Very demanding walking which was what I wanted. Excellent Leader.

Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Buy today for Book
22 Jul 2017 SELTL - High Routes Selva
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 22 Jul 2017, 8:10 a.m.
  • Arrive: 22 Jul 2017, 11:15 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Verona Villafranca

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 29 Jul 2017, noon
  • Arrive: 29 Jul 2017, 1 p.m.
  • Depart from: Verona Villafranca
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £1,149.00 £1,148.00 Prices held till 30 September 2016 (pre Brexit prices) Book Now
22 Jul 2017 SELTL - High Routes Selva
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

MONARCH AIRLINES

  • Depart: 22 Jul 2017, 6:50 a.m.
  • Arrive: 22 Jul 2017, 10:10 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Verona Villafranca

Flight - Return

MONARCH AIRLINES

  • Depart: 29 Jul 2017, 11 a.m.
  • Arrive: 29 Jul 2017, 12:20 p.m.
  • Depart from: Verona Villafranca
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,149.00 £1,148.00 Prices held till 30 September 2016 (pre Brexit prices) Book Now
22 Jul 2017 SELTL - High Routes Selva 7 £949.00 £948.00 Prices held till 30 September 2016 (pre Brexit prices) Book Now
29 Jul 2017 SELTL - High Routes Selva
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

MONARCH AIRLINES

  • Depart: 29 Jul 2017, 6:50 a.m.
  • Arrive: 29 Jul 2017, 10:10 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Verona Villafranca

Flight - Return

MONARCH AIRLINES

  • Depart: 5 Aug 2017, 11 a.m.
  • Arrive: 5 Aug 2017, 12:20 p.m.
  • Depart from: Verona Villafranca
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,149.00 £1,148.00 Prices held till 30 September 2016 (pre Brexit prices) Book Now
29 Jul 2017 SELTL - High Routes Selva
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 29 Jul 2017, 8:10 a.m.
  • Arrive: 29 Jul 2017, 11:15 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Verona Villafranca

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 5 Aug 2017, noon
  • Arrive: 5 Aug 2017, 1 p.m.
  • Depart from: Verona Villafranca
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £1,149.00 £1,148.00 Prices held till 30 September 2016 (pre Brexit prices) Book Now
29 Jul 2017 SELTL - High Routes Selva 7 £949.00 £948.00 Prices held till 30 September 2016 (pre Brexit prices) Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Single room: £14 per night (2016), £15.50 per night (2017)
  • All transport to walks is included in the price of the holiday
  • Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person

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