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What’s included

  • A local English-speaking leader
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK (flight inclusive option).
  • A single, timed group transfer to/from the airport on arrival and departure
  • All other baggage transfers as per the itinerary
  • 2 nights 3* hotel accommodation in Cortina, d'Ampezzo, twin share
  • 5 nights in mountain rifugio - shared accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners included
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • A free Mountain Kingdoms Water-to-Go bottle or a free Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece
  • The option of joining one of our pre-trip meets in the Cotswolds

Dolomites Circuit Trek

Walking & Trekking

Italy | Walking & Trekking

Dolomites Circuit Trek
Moderate / Vigorous

Moderate: Suitable for anyone who enjoys hill walking.

Vigorous: Suitable for enthusiastic hill/mountain walkers.

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Grade: Moderate / Vigorous ? Moderate / Vigorous
Duration:  8 days from the UK  
On trek: 6 days

Flight inclusive from £1,880,
Land only from £1,665

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A fully supported trek through the heart of the Dolomites, staying in delightful mountain rifugio.

Highlights

  • Explore the heart of the region on this exhilarating seven-day trek, starting at the foot of the Tre Cime
  • Discover more about the local Ladin people and the fascinating World War 1 history of the region
  • Stay in comfortable and welcoming rifugios
  • All your baggage will be transferred for you between mountain huts – walk with just a daypack

Reviews          

The best one week walking trip I have ever been on. Whatever you do add the Dolomites Circuit to your "bucket list". The scenery is stunning, the route well planned and the mountain Refugios all had a bar with ice cold beers to salute the end of the day.
Mr P Schulz, Berkshire

Just back from MK trip trekking in Dolomites - absolutely superb. A simply amazing holiday. I was extremely happy with every aspect of this trip. It was for me, hugely enjoyable.
Ms T, Herefordshire

I do appreciate the level of accommodation that MK provides – it was a great trip.
Ms S, Yorkshire

Holiday was excellent. Excellent route, weather, views, food and great bunch of fellow travellers. And the guides were outstanding.. We chose this holiday over other similar treks because it promised time spent exploring the military history and the trip exceeded our expectations with an alternative descent down a WW1 tunnel network.
Mrs F, Hampshire

I've trekked all over the world - but this is now one of my favourite destinations, I can't wait to go back.
Jude Limburn Turner, Mountain Kingdoms

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Discover the fairytale world of the Dolomites on our exhilarating circuit which starts at the foot of the soaring Tre Cime, perhaps the most famous landmark in the region. Over the next six days we trek between some of the best mountain huts in the Alps, with our luggage transported for us. These rifugio have been carefully selected for their delicious Italian cuisine, welcoming staff and spectacular settings.

The dramatic landscape stretches from wild alpine meadows, through cool woodland to the pillars, pinnacles and colossal rock walls of the towering Dolomitic peaks. The region is home to the unique Ladin culture with its distinct dialect, traditions and specialities. Our circuit takes us through the Fanes- Sennes-Braies National Park, under the Tofane mountains, across the breathtaking Forcella del Lago pass and up the spectacular Lagazuoi massif. This region was a frontline high-level battlefield in WW1 and along the way we can explore some of the many forts, trenches and galleries that are a legacy of the war. There are also several optional peak ascents en route. The circuit concludes on the outskirts of the refined South Tyrolean town of Cortina d’Ampezzo.

You will be walking between 4-7 hours each day, with optional additional ascents, or circuits on the shorter days. You will trek on average 6-10 miles per day on a variety of surfaces, including rugged single-track trails, uneven gravely surfaces and scree slopes and some are very steep. We walk at a comfortable pace and there are ample stops for water and snacks.


At a glance

Grade: Moderate / Vigorous
Moderate / Vigorous

Duration:  8 days from the UK  
On trek: 6 days

Max. Altitude: 2,573m / 8,438ft, Day 6

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 5 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Venice

Accommodation types: Hotels, Mountain Refuges

Meal arrangements: Breakfasts and dinners included; lunches are not included.

Itinerary overview
Day Activity
1
(This is the itinerary for our June departure, Detailed itineraries can be downloaded below for both departures). Fly to Venice Marco Polo airport. Group transfer to Cortina D’Ampezzo.
2
Drive to Lago Landro and trek to Rifugio Vallandro.
3
Trek to Rifugio Fodara Vedla – ridge traverse under the Croda Rossa Massif.
4
Morning trek to Rifugio Lavarella. Optional walk to Passo di San Antonio.
5
Trek to Rifugio Lagazuoi - Altiplano di Fanes and Lagazuoi Massif.
6
Trek to Rifugio Giau. Optional ascent of Mount Nuvolau.
7
Trek under Croda da Lago to Cortina d’Ampezzo.
8
Group transfer to Venice Marco Polo Airport. Fly to London.
Leader: Local leader, Dolomites
Local leader, Dolomites

Our holiday in the Dolomites are led by a passionate, experienced mountain enthusiast who will speak good English in addition to at least one of the principal languages of the region – Italian, German or Ladin. They will have a professional outdoor leadership qualification, know the area well and most importantly, be great fun to trek with.  Our leaders are all fully qualified UIAGM/IFMGA guides, all speaking good English.


  1. Day 1 - Fly London to Venice (Marco Polo Airport). Group transfer to hotel.

    On arrival at Marco Polo Airport, Venice, there will be a single group transfer to your hotel in Cortina. This is timed to fit the group flight, please contact us for further information.

    When you arrive in Cortina you will have time to stroll the streets of this elegant resort before dinner.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Beppe Sello Or Similar, Cortina
  2. Day 2 - Drive to Lago Landro. Trek to Rifugio Vallandro, 2,039m/6,691ft - 4-6 hours walking.
    dolomites circuit trek tre cime d bird.

    Today you will be transferred to Lago Landro, 1,409m/4,622ft, close to the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Tre Cime di Lavaredo means the 'three peaks of Lavaredo', also called the Drei Zinnen in German and these three distinctive battlement-like peaks from east to west, are Cima Piccola/Kleine Zinne (little peak), Cima Grande/Große Zinne (big peak) and Cima Ovest/Westliche Zinne (western peak). You begin your hike on Route 34 winding up the trail to a saddle at 2,200m/7,218ft. From here you will ascend Monte Specie, 2,307m/7,569ft, for a fantastic view of the surrounding peaks. You will then return to the saddle and descend to the friendly Rifugio Vallandro for a late lunch, your home for the night. Here you will enjoy fantastic views of the Croda Rossa (Red Wall) massif, 2,818m/9,245ft, and the Cristallo group.

    In the afternoon you can chose to take an excursion to the top of the Pico di Vallandro, 2,838m/9,311ft. This is a straightforward climb, except for the final narrow exposed track which is fitted with a hand-rail cable. On top, with breath-taking 360° views, you will be able to survey most of the northern Dolomites, from the spectacular eastern Sesto formations, south across the famous Cortina mountains and beyond.

    800m/2,624ft ascent, 200m/6,56ft descent.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Rif Vallandro
  3. Day 3 - Traverse beneath the Croda Rossa Massif, crossing the Fanes-Sennes-Braies National Park to Rifugio Fodara Vedla - 6-7 hours walking.

    Today you enjoy a panoramic crossing of the Fanes-Sennes-Braies Park with good wildlife spotting opportunities along the way. Look out for chamois, marmots and ibex. Highlights en route are the spectacular section below the northern face of Croda Rossa Mountain and Prato Piazza, set in an idyllic high-altitude pasture valley.

    The walk will take you through forest, lunar landscape and beautiful high alpine pasture land. There is one section with a 500m cable; this is not an actual via ferrata that you clip in to, but asentiero attrezzato - a handrail for your protection.

    As you descend towards the end of the day's walk, the landscape will increasingly shift from rock-strewn paths to lush meadows and the vistas of the Sennes and Croda Rossa will become increasingly impressive. Croda Rossa is named for its blood red rock, caused by the presence of iron oxide. According to legend though, the mountain blushes in sympathy with Princess Moltina, who as a timid newlywed, was subject to spiteful ridicule when a jealous noblewoman exposed her humble origins as she had been brought up by marmots.

    Distance: 14-16 km/8.5-10 miles. 240m/7,87ft ascent 144-290m/472-951ft descent. (Distance and altitude gain/loss depends on the trail followed).

    Overnight iconOvernight: Rif Fodara Vedla
  4. Day 4 - Trek to Rifugio Lavarella in the morning. Afternoon optional walk - Passo di San Antonio.
    dolomites circuit trek descending from rif fodara.

    Departing Rifugio Fodara after breakfast you trek on path n.7 and continue towards Rifugio Pederü, 1,548m/5,079ft. Your trail takes you downhill on a steep dirt road for 40 minutes (the last part of the road approaching the rifugio is a 20% slope). You then continue hiking on Alta Via n.1 now going uphill.

    When you reach Lake Lé Piciodel (before you reach Lago di Limo), to the south of the trail (on your left), you'll be hiking through a landscape studded with little lakes and rounded mountain tops along the Ru d'Al Plan River (path n.7/Alta Via n.1). At the fork, you continue to follow the trail toward the right until you arrive at Rifugio Lavarella, 2,060m/6,759ft, your night stop. This rifugio offers splendid views of the Tofane Mountains.

    Trek distance: 7.4km/4,6 miles, 700m /2,298ft ascent, 599m /1,966ft descent.

    Once you arrive at the rifugio there are opportunities for some additional beautiful walks, right from the hut, including an excursion to Passo di San Antonio, 2,466m/8,090ft.

    Optional walk: Passo di San Antonio - 3-4 hours
    From Rifugio Lavarella you head north on path n.7/13. About 1-2 km later, you come to a trail junction - path n.7 veers west (left), while path n.13 continues north. Continue to follow path n. 13. You walk through an incredible landscape of moonlike rocks on the Pian Dies Sarens for 3km/2 miles, before reaching Passo di San Antonio, 2,466m/8,091ft. From the pass you'll have incredible vistas of the Alta Badia Valley. You return on the same path.

    Walk distance: 9km/5.5 miles round trip, 426m/1,398ft ascent and descent.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Rifugio Lavarella
  5. Day 5 - Trek to Rifugio Lagazuoi, 2,752m/9,029ft– Altiplano di Fanes and Lagazuoi Massif - 6 hours.

    Today you have a lovely trek through the Altopiano di Fanes to the Lagazuoi Massif. You'll enjoy beautiful panoramas of the western Dolomites and the Marmolada Massif, the "Queen of the Dolomites." Departing from Rifugio Lavarella, you trek south on gentle curves out of a steep valley (or on steeper shorcuts) on path n.10 /11 / Alta Via n.1, to Passo di Limo, 2,172m/7,126ft. Once you are out of the valley, you will find the beautiful Lago di Limo on your left (to the east). The waters here are all but suffocated by gentians, buttercups and globe flowers in summer. Past an old military building and wooden cross, you trek down for Malga Fanes Grande, 2,104m/6,903ft, a cheery converted farm offering light meals and basic accommodation. The route continues through the beautiful high meadow and karst formations, climbing to the Forcella del Lago, a narrow and dramatic gap in the mountain with a descent through steep talus on the south side. At the base of the slope is the lake called Lago di Lagazuoi whose green waters are framed by pines with a backdrop of the sheer walls of the Cima del Lago and the Cima Scotoni. From the lake, the path begins the long, steady climb to the Rifugio Lagazuoi, entering open, rocky terrain where you'll come across ruins from the First World War. You arrive at the Forcella Lagazuoi, a pass that separates Lagazuoi Piccolo from Lagazuoi Grande, to reach Rifugio Lagazuoi, your stop for tonight.

    Trek distance: 11,5km/7,2 miles, ascent: 1,121m/3,679ft, descent: 515m/1,690ft.

    Rifugio Lagazuoi, 2,752m/9,029ft, one of the highest rifugio in all the Dolomites, is situated at the top of a massive mountain promontory. The 360° panorama is unforgettable with range upon range of mountains laid out before you with incredible views including the peaks of Pelmo, Civetta, Marmolada and Croda da Lago.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Rif Lagazuoi
  6. Day 6 - Trek to Rifugio Giau – Cinque Torri area -6 hours. Optional ascent of Mount Nuvolau.
    dolomites circuit trek trail to rif passo giau.

    This day stage is of great interest both for the spectacular mountains around and the abundance of reminders of the terrible years of WWI, due to the vicinity of the former border between the long-dismantled Hapsburg Empire and Italy. You will hike a memorable traverse below the awesome Tofana di Rozes, ascending Forcella Lagazuoi, 2,573m/8,442ft, Forcella Travenanzes, 2,507m/8,225ft, and Forcella Col dei Bos, 2,331m/7,648ft, and gradually descend along the line of trenches. You reach the main road that goes from Cortina to Passo Falzarego (to main road: 4 hours trekking, 10.9km/6.8 miles, 664m/2,179ft ascent, 1,343m/4,408ft descent., which you cross and climb through forests to the fascinating, renowned Cinque Torri area and Rifugio Scoiattoli. From Rifugio Scoiattoli trek up to Rifugio Averau, a great place to have lunch. Trek distance: 7.8km, 324m ascent, 725m descent.

    From Rifugio Averau you descend to the south on path n. 452 to Passo Giau to reach Rifugio Passo Giau, 2,236m/7,336ft, your night stop. Trek distance: 3,2km / 1,9 miles, 200m/656ft ascent, 390m/1,279ft descent.

    Optional walk: Mount Nuvolau
    From Rifugio Averau, you walk along the popular and well-marked path n.439 that leads southeast, straight up the bare broad rock crest of Monte Nuvolau with ever-improving views in all directions. It's a mere 150m/492ft ascent to the marvellous Rifugio Nuvolau, 2,575m/8,448ft. The first building is dated back to the late 1800s and was the property of the Alpine Club of Cortina, which was part of Austria in those days. On the days when the mountain shakes off its name ("nuvola" means "cloud" in Italian), the views include the graceful shape of Averau, the Tofane Massif, Cristallo to the east over Cortina d'Ampezzo, and as far west as the snow-capped Ortles and the Austrian Alps. Walk distance: 3.6 km, 290m elevation change.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Rif Passo Giau - Dolomites Circuit
  7. Day 7 - Trek to Croda da Lago and Malga Federa – 4-5 hours walking. Drive to Cortina.

    Today, for your last walk, you leave the rifugio and trek to Rifugio Cinque Torri, looking for path n.443 to descend to Passo Giau, 2,236m/7,335ft. From Rifugio Passo Giau, you trek uphill to the rear of grassy Col Piombin, which takes its name from past mining activity. The trail leads over the Forcella Giau, 2,360m/7,742ft, with plenty of ups and downs; here the views of the Tofana and Monte Cavallo are inspiring, as well as the mountains you can see to the south: Monte Fromin, Cernera, Pelmo and the upswept flank of Monte Mondeval. The path drops to cross streams, and then gains the earthy saddle of Forcella Ambrizzola, 2,277m/7,470ft. From here you trek to Rifugio Croda da Lago Palmieri, 2,042m/6,699ft, and continue walking to Malga Federa. From Malga, you continue walking on a dirt road until it reaches a crossroads where asphalt starts: here you will find your driver waiting to take you back to Cortina d'Ampezzo.

    Host to the 1956 Winter Olympics, Cortina enjoys a reputation for great skiing in Winter and is a destination for the international society set all year round with tremendous shopping, dining and nightlife.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Beppe Sello Or Similar, Cortina
  8. Day 8 - Group transfer to Venice Marco Polo Airport. Fly to London.

    After breakfast, there will be a group transfer to Venice Marco Polo airport which is timed to fit the group flight. Please check with the office for details.

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What’s included

  • A local English-speaking leader
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK (flight inclusive option).
  • A single, timed group transfer to/from the airport on arrival and departure
  • All other baggage transfers as per the itinerary
  • 2 nights 3* hotel accommodation in Cortina, d'Ampezzo, twin share
  • 5 nights in mountain rifugio - shared accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners included
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • A free Mountain Kingdoms Water-to-Go bottle or a free Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece
  • The option of joining one of our pre-trip meets in the Cotswolds

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Optional cable car ascents / descents
  • Lunches and drinks
  • Locally paid bar bills and laundry
  • Optional trips
  • Tips


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Reviews

Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

Overall score:           (Based on 9 reviews)

Dolomites Circuit Trek          

Holiday was excellent. Excellent route, weather, views, food and great bunch of fellow travellers. And the guides were outstanding.. We chose this holiday over other similar treks because it promised time spent exploring the military history and the trip exceeded our expectations with an alternative descent down a WW1 tunnel network.

The trekking holiday was excellent          

We were with a mixed group of people who were of mixed ability and age and everyone enjoyed it and felt good about the challenges and their own personal achievements. The area was breathtakingly beautiful the whole way around and we would do the whole thing again.

Accurately reflects holiday          

Trek greatly exceeded my expectations, the mountains although not particularly high are incredibly dramatic and the scenery changes at almost every turn. Excellent route. At this time of year the spring flowers are stunning. The Rifugio's are superb, food and accommodation was exactly right for a week in the mountains, very comfortable and the staff exceedingly friendly. The trek guides were exceptional and made the week very interesting and fun, they did everything possible to look after us so well. A marvellous week in an exceptional area with a lovely client group.

Great routes and great guides          

The 'mechanics' and organisation was up to MK's usual high standard. The Trek itself was probably the most enjoyable weeks walking I have ever done. The scenery was stunning and the guide was excellent. My 8th trip with MK and the as a complete week the best I have been on. I would recommend this ever changing landscape to anyone.

Dolomites Trek          

The best one week walking trip I have ever been on. Whatever you do add the Dolomites Circuit to your "bucket list". The scenery is stunning, the route well planned and the mountain Refugios all had a bar with ice cold beers to salute the end of the day.


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