Rifugio Tisi, Alta Via 1 Hiking the Dolomites Dolomites Hut Hike Apres hiking, Alta Via 1 Hiking the Dolomites Dolomites Cow Lunch in the Dolomites Dolomites Hikers

Hut-to-Hut Hiking in the Dolomites

Hiking Italy's Alta Via 1

Trip Details

Location Northern Italy
Length 9 days
Grades Strenuous, Strenuous Plus
Accommodations Hotel, Mountain Hut
Group size 5-12
Dates We will be scheduling dates for this trip soon. Please check back.
Land Cost $3,395.00
Single Supp Cost $175.00

Hiking Trip Summary

We think this is one of the most dramatic, exciting, and wonderful hiking areas in the Alps. Strikingly different from the French and Swiss Alps, the limestone Dolomites of northern Italy rise dramatically from alpine valleys to form startling spire-like peaks and towering canyonesque rock faces.

Beginning in the Italian Sud Tirol, our 9-day Hut-to-Hut Hiking in the Dolomites trip will take us south along the famed high route, the Alta Via 1, through the Pragser, Tofana, and Civetta mountain groups. The impressiveness of the scenery and the variety of terrain along this route are matched only by the warmth and hospitality of the rifugio and hotels. The unusual contrasts in landscapes and curious mix of Italian and Austrian influences can only mean fantastic hiking and plenty of pasta! 

In 20 years of experience in offering hut-to-hut hiking in the Dolomites along the Alta Via 1, our enthusiasm for this route has only grown, and we invite you to join us for this exciting hut-to-hut guided trek through the Italian Alps. 



Show itinerary


Additional Information


If you wish to have your own room in the hotels (Cortina, Staulanza and Forni di Zoldo only), there is a single supplement charge. If you are traveling alone and would like to share a room, we will match you with a roommate. If a roommate is not available we will not charge extra for this “forced single.”


  • All accommodations
  • All breakfasts (some are continental-style)
  • All dinners
  • Cable car lift and transfers as per itinerary
  • Group transfer to the airport on the last morning
  • Guide/s
  • Lots of great hiking and memories!


Airfare, lunches, travel to the hotel in Cortina (the starting point), optional/individual transfers or excursions, items not on set dinner menu, beverages, tips to guides, insurance, items of a personal nature.


There is one luggage transfer: our extra luggage will be transferred from Cortina to Staulanza, where you will be able to swap out items. Once we depart Staulanza, our extra luggage be transferred to our hotel in Forno di Zoldo. This exchange or resupply allows packs to be lighter. Other than this one transfer, hikers will need to carry their personal items with them. (See our sample packing list.) With advances in synthetic clothing and other travel gear, it’s possible to keep your pack weight to about 15 lbs., including lunch and water.


Hotels: We stay at wonderful family-run hotels in Cortina, Staulanza ( a small inn), and Forno di Zoldo. All rooms with private baths.

Rifugios (mountain huts): A rifugio is a mountain “lodge” that offers simple overnight accommodations for hikers. The rifugios can vary greatly depending on where they are located, however, they all are situated in amazing places.

• Rifugios Fordara, Scotoni, Cinque Torri are more like simple mountain inns and have reasonably spacious and quite nice bunks rooms (top and bottom beds). They have very nice bathrooms, complete with hot showers. Blankets, pillows and a small bath towel are provided at each of these rifugios.

• Rifugios Tissi and Carestiato are rustic, basic, and simple. They have larger bunk rooms (up to 8). There are blankets and pillows on each bunk. Towels are not provided. There are basic bathrooms with showers. Tissi is the most basic rifugio; the setting is nothing short of amazing!

Breakfasts and dinners are served at the hotels or rifugios and lunches are picnic style along the trail.


Cortina is easy to access from several airports, but we recommend flying to Venice (Marco Polo) as a first choice. Once in Venice, you can take a bus to Cortina. The buses depart roughly every two hours from the Venice Airport and travel to Cortina; travel time is about 2 1/2 - 3 hours. The buses arrive at the main bus station Cortina, from where it's a short walk to the hotel. We'll provide very detailed travel information about getting to Cortina.


Our Hut-to-hut Hiking in the Dolomites trip is perfect for those strong hikers looking for a challenging and varied hiking experience along one of Italy's classic long-distance routes.  It's a great trip for those who are intrigued by the idea of hiking from one mountain hut to the next and the cultural experience of staying at Italian rifugios. This hiking area is strikingly different from the French or Swiss Alps. The red, yellow, and orange rock faces of the Dolomites towering limestone peaks are nothing short of dazzling. For every avid mountain hiker,  the Alta Via 1 is a route not to miss! 


We will meet on Day 1 at 6:30 pm at the hotel in Cortina. Please contact us for detailed travel information regarding travel to Cortina.


The trip will end with a group transfer to Venice Airport. Departure time from the hotel in Forno di Zoldo is 7:00 am. Travel time is about 1 1/2 - 2 hours. Please allow for travel time when making plans.


If you would like to register, or would like to receive more information, including a detailed itinerary (including elevation gains, loss, and distance), please contact us. We're also happy to supply a list of past participants willing to share their honest insights into this guided Hut-to-Hut Hiking in the Dolomites experience.

Reserving This Trip

A deposit of $500 along with your completed registration forms will reserve a space on your requested trip. We accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express card as well as personal checks. To make a deposit, you may either follow one of the “Reserve a Trip” links below, give us a call at 1-888-845-5781, or include your payment information in the area provided when completing your registration forms.

The balance is due 75 days prior to departure for most of our trips. When applying less than 75 days prior to departure, full payment is due. For final payments, we accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express, as well as personal checks.

As confirmation of receipt of your deposit, we will send you a comprehensive packet of information pertaining to your trip, an invoice for final payment and additional information including release agreement form, medical information form, travel information, and packing list. Upon receipt of final payment and no later than 30 days prior to your trip start, you will receive trip rendezvous information and a list of accommodations. Returning trip participants will receive a 5% discount on most trips.

Receipt of all forms will finalize your registration.

Related Trips

Tour du Mont Blanc
Hike a more sustainable, authentic Tour du Mont Blanc
Tour of the Vanoise
Hut-to-hut hiking at its best and most authentic
Hiking Slovenia's Julian Alps
Follow the Via Alpina through Triglav National Park
Hiking the Haute Route
The walker's Haute Route - Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn
Iceland Behind the Mountains
A hiking trip through Iceland's volcanic and mystic Landscapes


Distant Journeys rocks! You have all the details covered. Very creative and well planned itinerary. Very professional.

Julia Alaimo, Rochester NY