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. During the First World War the Dolomites formed the frontline between Italy and Austria. A railway, now a footpath and cycleway, was constructed by Russian prisoners of war and ran up the valley to supply the troops. Another legacy of this brutal period was the “Via Ferrata"-literally "Iron ways”- networks of metal ladders and cables built high in the mountains to al
- High mountain walks each day
- Dramatic peaks including Piz Boe, Sasso Piatto, 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 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
Welcome to Hotel Somont. Unpack and settle in.
Distance: 7½ miles (12km)
Total ascent: 2,100 feet (650m)
Total descent: 3,900 feet (1,200m)
In summary: Today, our walk takes us to the peak of Forcella Sassolungo, with superb views of the surrounding mountains. We will stop at two huts along the way, the Vincenza hut and the Toni Demetz hut.
Highlight: Passing through the spectacular high pass enclosed in sheer rock walls.
Distance: 11 miles (17½km)
Total ascent: 3,100 feet (950m)
Total descent: 4,800 feet (1,500m)
In summary: An exhilarating journey across the karst landscape of the Puez Odles Natural park. High above the remote Puez Hut the peak of Puez Spitze is usually approached by crossing the extensive limestone plateau area to its south and east.
Highlight: Reach the summit of Puez Spitze at 2,918m
Distance: 12 miles (19km)
Total ascent: 4,700 feet (1,400m)
Total descent: 4,300 feet (1,300m)
In summary: Starting from Passo Sella, the walk 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.
Highlight: Superb views from the summit and a different landscape of flora.
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/
Distance: 11 miles (17½km)
Total ascent: 2,700 feet (825m)
Total descent: 5,300 feet (1,600m)
In summary: A striking mountain to climb, Piz Duleda is quite remote so we tackle this peak from the delightful Puez-Odles Natural Park. Our route passes through a stark hidden valley, along a narrow ridge and a superb balcony path.
Highlight: Reaching the peak of Piz Duleda at 2,909m.
Distance: 8 miles (13km)
Total ascent: 4,300 feet (1,300m)
Total descent: 3,800 feet (1,150m)
In summary: Today's walk climbs the iconic Piz Boe. An exciting high route, with sections of fixed equipment. This route completes a traverse of the Sella Massif.
Highlight: Reaching the peak of Piz Boe, 3,152m
We hope to see you again soon.
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.
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,
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
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.
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.
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.
What to Bring
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.
- 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.
- Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents.
- Insect repellent.
All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-Member fee: £10 per person.
These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.
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- 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
7 nights from £1,459pp with flights
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