Call us: +44(0)1453 844400Email us: info@mountainkingdoms.com

Worldwide Small Group and Tailor Made Adventure Travel

What’s included

  • A local leader
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK (flight inclusive option). If you are travelling land only, check with our office for joining time at the airport
  • International airport transfers - one group transfer
  • All other baggage transfers as per the itinerary
  • Good standard accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners included
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • A free high-quality 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.

Find out more...

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

Flight inclusive from £1,910,
Land only from £1,665

Book now or call 01453 844400

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 rifugio
  • 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

I've trekked all over the world - but this is now one of my favourite destinations, I can't wait to go back.
J Limburn Turner, MK Product & Design

View All

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 seven 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: 2,571m / 8,435ft – 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

Hotels:

Example Refugio:

The family run Rifugio Fodara Vedla sits at the heart of the Fanes-Senes-Braies Natural Park, in a vast, green basin used as mountain pasture in the summer, surrounded by the soaring Dolomites. The cooking at the Fodara Vedla is outstanding with delicious Ladin dishes, served in the comfortable wooden stuben - traditionally the room in a farmhouse where the stove was located and cooking took place.

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

Itinerary overview
DayActivity
1
(This is the itinerary for our September departure, please download the detailed itinerary for our June departure which varies slightly). Meet group in Venice Marco Polo airport for group transfer to Cortina D’Ampezzo.
2
Trek to Rigugio Vallandro with an optional afternoon hike to the top of Picco di Vallandro.
3
Trek to Rifugio Fodara Vedla - a stunning ridge traverse beneath the Croda Rossa Massif.
4
Morning trek to Rifugio Muntagnoles. Optional afternoon ascent of the Col Bechei, or a circuit on Fanes Alpe.
5
Trek to Rifugio Pralongia.
6
Trek to Rifugio Passo Giau
7
Trek beneath Croda da Lago to Cortina d’Ampezzo.
8
Transfer to Venice Marco Polo Airport. (The journey to the airport takes around 2½ hours, but is traffic dependent). There will be a single group transfer.
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)

    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 check with us if you require further information.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Trieste or Similar
  2. Day 2 - DRIVE TO LANDRO AND TREK TO RIFUGIO VALLANDRO. (2,039m/6,691ft) -4 -6 hours walking.
    dolomites circuit trek tre cime d bird.

    This itinerary is for our September departure, please download the detailed itinerary for our June departure which varies slightly.

    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 This is the itinerary for out September departure, please download the detailed itinerary for our June departure which varies slightly).

    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 HIKING 14-16 KM/8.5-10 MILES

    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. (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 - ALTOPIANO DI FANES 4 -5 HOURS WALKING 7KM / 4 MILES
    dolomites circuit trek descending from rif fodara.

    Departing Rifugio Fodara Vedla this morning, you descend on a steep dirt road, tarmacked in parts. The valley bottom will take about 40 minutes (the last part of the road approaching the valley bottom has a 1:5 slope. If you prefer not to walk this steep downhill section, it may be possible to take a transfer instead. When you arrive at Rifugio Fodara Vedla, ask your guide to arrange this with Arthur, the owner. You will need to pay for this locally.

    From Rifugio Pederù, it is a steep climb back up again in the direction of Lago di Limo. When you reach Lake Lé Piciodel, the landscape softens with little lakes and rounded mountain tops along the Ru d'Al Plan River, finally opening out below Rifugio Muntagnoles (2,060m/6,759ft), your home for tonight. Rifugio Muntagnoles sits just beneath the Limo Pass (2,172m/7,126ft), offering a splendid view of the Tofane Mountains. Once you arrive at the rifugio, there is ample opportunity to enjoy additional walks from the hut and we recommend an ascent of Col Bechei, or a circuit on Fanes Alpe. (417m/1,368ft ascent, 512m/1,680ft descent).

    Overnight iconOvernight: Rif Mutagnoles - Dolomites Circuit - B D
  5. Day 5 - CIME DI FANES AND FORCELLA DA LAGO (1,985M /6,512FT); 4 - 5 HOURS WALKING 9- 10KM/5.5 – 6 MILES

    Leaving your rifugio you head south above the Rifugio either on steady switch-back bends, or alternatively on steeper shortcuts between the main trail to reach 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. The waters crowded with gentians, buttercups and globe flowers in summer. You have entered a fairy tale valley with green pastures. Passing an old military building and wooden cross, you descend to Malga Fanes Grande (2,104m/6,903ft), a cheery converted farm offering light meals and basic accommodation. Here the trail levels off and you continue south on path n.11, a wooden bridge crosses a stream and the track makes its way across gently undulating high pastureland used now for grazing both horses and cows, but once the venue of strategic Austrian technical, medical and supply positions during the First World War. On either side are incredible contorted rock strata formations that resemble waves and eventually the soaring Fanes peaks come into view straight ahead, along with distant Marmolada.

    After around 3 hours of walking you will arrive at Col de Locia (2,069m / 6,788ft). From here there is a steep descend of around 40 minutes to reach Capanna Alpina (1,726m / 5,663ft), a restaurant built just at the edge of the Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park, in an incredible setting. Continuing on you cross the main road and look for path n.24B. The first part of the trail climbs gently across grassy hillsides, followed by a steady ascent through the forest. At the end of this, a fantastic panorama will open and the path will meet n.24. The terrain is now easier and the views breathtaking and soon you reach the Pralongiá Rifugio (2.157m / 7076'), your home for tonight.

    From here you have further views of the Marmolada (3,343m / 10,964ft), the Queen of the Dolomites, with its glacier dating back to the last ice age. Behind you, you will see the towering beauty of Sass de la Crusc and La Varella. Time to relax on the terrace, enjoy the views and sip on a well-earned cool drink whilst breathing in the fresh mountain air.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Rif Pralongia - Dolomites Circuit - B D
  6. Day 6 - MOUNT LAGAZUOI TO RIFUGIO PASSO GIAU. 6- 7 HOURS WALKING 16 KM / 9 MILES
    dolomites circuit trek trail to rif passo giau.

    This morning you will depart from Rifugio Pralongià and retrace your steps to the junction with path n.24. which you then take. Within one kilometer, there is a spur to your right where you can hike to the top of Setsass (2,571m / 8,435ft, an additional 3km / 2 miles hiking, approx 250m / 820ft ascent and descent). Continuing on path n.24, you will pass Setsass to the south (on your right) and continue past Monte Castello and Piz Ciampai, until you reach path n.23. Here you descend to the Valparola Pass and continue to Passo Falzarego (2,105m / 6,906ft), passing by the Museo Storico. Having reached Passo Falzarego you cross over the roadway and follow path n.441 to the southeast. The first part of the trail climbs gently across grassy hillsides and then as you climb the terrain becomes rockier, with the occasional grass and wildflower patch of gentians and pretty pink thrift.

    During the day you will cross several broad debris-filled gullies, the first of which will provide a view of the diminutive Lago de Limedes below. At a clearing where the summit route for Punta Gallina forks off (cima, for peak, is painted on a rock), you keep left for a brief climb. From here, you'll continue on a level path and come out shortly at Forcella Averau (Averau Pass, 2,435m / 7,989ft), providing exceptionally fine views back across Passo Falzarego to Lagazuoi and Tofana, and southwest to the grassy slopes of the Livinallongo Valley.

    When you're ready to depart from the pass you continue to follow path n.441 which takes you on a mostly level, if somewhat narrow, path that cuts across scree just below the crumbling southern wall of Monte Averau. You continue walking to Rifugio Averau (2,416m / 7,927ft) and from here, descend on path n. 452 to Passo Giau to reach Rifugio Passo Giau (2,236m / 7,336ft), your home for tonight.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Rif Passo Giau - Dolomites Circuit - B D
  7. Day 7 - TREK UNDER THE CRODA DA LAGO MASSIF TO CORTINA D’AMPEZZO. 5-6 HOURS WALKING -13 KM/8 MILES

    The final day of the circuit is a superb hike under the Lastoni di Formin and Croda da Lago massifs.
    Leaving Passo Giau (2,236m/7,336ft) you walk to Passo Giau and then ascend up to grassy Col Piombin, named for its historical 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, not to mention the mountains on display to the south: Monte Fromin, Cernera, Pelmo and the upswept flank of Monte Mondeval. The path from here drops to cross streams, and then gains the earthy saddle Forcella Ambrizzola (2,277m/7,470ft, continuing to Rifugio Croda da Lago (2,042m/6,699ft), and then on path no. 432 to Malga Federa. After Malga the final stretch of your circuit is along a dirt track. Your transfer back to Cortina d'Ampezzo will be waiting where the dirt track becomes tarmac. (845m/2,772ft ascent, 1,455m/4,774ft descent).

    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 Concordia Parc or Similar
  8. Day 8 - TRANSFER TO VENICE MARCO POLO AIRPORT FOR YOUR FLIGHT TO LONDON

    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.

Map

Map Key

  • AirportAirport
  • General point of interestPoint of interest
  • Mountain RangeMountain Peak
  • TrekDay walk in this area
  • FlightsFlights
  • Internal TransfersInternal Transfers
  • Trek routeTrek

2018

DatesAvailabilityLand OnlyFlight Inclusive from
Sun 24 Jun - Sun 1 Jul 2018Available£1665 Book£1960 Book
Sun 2 Sep - Sun 9 Sep 2018Available£1665 Book£1910 Book

Hold your place

Not quite ready to book? Why not call us on 0044 (0)1453 844400 to hold a no obligation place while you make up your mind?

 
Optional supplements
  • Single room hotels
    From £60
Insurance
No Surcharge Guarantee

No surcharges will be applied to your holiday after you book. Prices on this website are updated regularly. The Flight Inclusive holiday price, or Land Only holiday price, will be confirmed to you at the time you make your booking. There will be no surcharges after your booking has been confirmed.

Flight inclusive holidays

The 'flight inclusive' holiday prices shown on this website are based upon our preferred airlines and the best priced economy class fares we are able to secure at the time of publication.

We will be able to advise on fares with alternative airlines, upgrades to Business Class, and the options for flights from regional UK airports, please contact us for more details.

What’s included

  • A local leader
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK (flight inclusive option). If you are travelling land only, check with our office for joining time at the airport
  • International airport transfers - one group transfer
  • All other baggage transfers as per the itinerary
  • Good standard accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners included
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • A free high-quality 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


Review your holiday

Reviews

Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

Overall score:           (Based on 6 reviews)

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.

Memorable          

It was a most enjoyable trip, made, as is often the case, by the people on the trek. Certainly our little group gelled very well and I think we all enjoyed the chat and companionship as much as the walking. Alberto our guide was excellent with a good appreciation of British humour and customs.

Hugely enjoyable          

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.

Great trip          

I do appreciate the level of accommodation that MK provides Ð it was a great trip.


Extend your holiday

There are many ways you can extend your holiday with Mountain Kingdoms: book extra hotel nights, relax at a beautiful beach resort, take a warm-up trek, arrange a personal sightseeing tour or enjoy specialist activities such as rafting, birdwatching or a safari.

We're happy to suggest ideas, provide quotes and make all the arrangements. We can also assist with flight and hotel upgrades. Just call us on +44 (0)1453 844400 or email info@mountainkingdoms.com and we will be pleased to help.

Back to top link