The Dolomites High Routes Guided Walking Holiday

View of rocky landscape from the hiking path.
Duration: 7 nights
Type: High Routes & Hutting
Walking Grade: 6
from £1,549pp with flights

The craggy limestone peaks of Italy’s Dolomite Mountains provide a wonderful natural adventure playground for those with enough fitness and stamina to reach their highest points. This guided walking holiday offers exhilarating high-level walks which venture to balcony paths, through high passes and on to lofty summits and cols. Efforts are rewarded with dizzying, panoramic mountain views which stretch as far as the eye can see. The local network of lifts will take you to walk start points and from there it’s time to dig deep for some sustained ascents and descents to reach summits including Puez Spitze (2,918m), Piz Duleda (2,909m) and Piz Boe (3,152m).

Holiday Highlights

  • High mountain walks each day
  • Dramatic peaks including Piz Boe, Sasso Piatto, and Piz Duleda or Puezspitz
  • Challenge and adventure a plenty

What’s included

  • 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

Trip Notes

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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.


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 metre wellness centre offers a pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and various treatments.  

Rooms

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
  • Hairdryer
  • Bathrobes
  • Slippers

Facilities

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

Breakfast

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.

Evening meal

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.

Your Evenings

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.

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What to Bring

Essential Equipment

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.

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Camera.
  • Gaiters.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £20 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.

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2021
18 Jul - 25 Jul
7 Dolomites High Routes Guided Walking £1,549 Available Trip Notes Book Now
Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2021
18 Jul - 25 Jul
7 Dolomites High Routes Guided Walking £1,279 Available Trip Notes Book Now

Important Information

  • Double room for sole occupancy: £50 per night.
  • Travel: Flight supplement from Manchester £70pp.
  • Travel: Flights included from London Gatwck Aerport.
  • Independent travellers can join our transfer from Verona Airport: £33pp one way.
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
High Routes & Hutting
Walking Grade:
6

7 nights from £1,549pp with flights

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