As we only have six days for our hiking trip, I’ve tried to compress the original route to get a bit more of the Alta Via in.
Day 1: Lago di Braies (1494m) – rifugio Pederu (1548m), 5hr 30min
The usual day 1 ends at rifugio Biella (2300m) after some 3 hrs of walking. We are going to press on for another 2hr 30min and descend to rifugio Pederu.
Rifugio Pederu (tel: 0039 0474 501 086) – book online
Day 2: rifugio Pederu (1548m) – rifugio Scotoni (1985m), 6 hr
Day 2 will be a hard day mostly spent walking up hill to Forcella del Lago (2486m). From there on we’ll descend to Lago di Lagazuoi and then to rifugio Scotoni (1985m), which lies slightly off the main Alta Via route.
Rifugio Scotoni (tel: 0039 0471 847 330) – email email@example.com to book
Day 3: rifugio Scotoni (1985m) – rifugio Cinque Torri (2137m), 5hr 20min
From rifugio Scotoni, we’ll start uphill again to Forcella Lagazuoi (2573m). Depending on whether we choose to go via an aided stretch at Nuvolau or not, this could be the highest point of the trek. After Forcella Lagazuoi we’ll descend all the way to 1724m at Cianzope and will then start on the last push up to Cinque Torri (2137m).
Rifugio Cinque Torri (tel: 0039 0436 2902) – call to book
Day 4: rifugio Cinque Torri (2137m) – rifugio Citta di Fiume (1917m), 6hr 10mins/ 5hr
Before we set off on day 4 we will have to decide whether to tackle the aided stretch at Nuvolau. The Cicerone guide I have been using doesn’t state whether equipment is needed. Local knowledge at Cinque Torri will decide.
Once we get going, it will be either up to Nuvolau (2575m) and down the aided stretch to Passo Giau (2236m), or directly to Passo Giau via a path forking off the main AV route at rifugio Scoiattoli.
Update: the aided stretch at Nuvolau is a via ferrata and requires a via ferrata set.
See also: What is a via ferrata aka Klettersteig?
However we get there, from Passo Giau it will be relatively level until we descend a little bit to rifugio Citta di Fiume (1917m).
Rifugio Citta di Fiume (tel: 0039 0437 720 268) – book online
Day 5: rifugio Citta di Fiume (1917m) – rifugio Coldai (2132m), 7hr/ 3hr 40min
Day 5 will be either the longest or the shortest day of the trek. Depending on the weather and the state of our legs, our options here are either to take the Sentiero Flaibani around the Pelmo massif via rifugio Venezia or walk directly to rifugio Coldai. The route via rifugio Venezia scrambles up Forcella Val d’Arcia (2476m) to great views of the Marmolada, Sella, Antelao and Spalti di Torro. However, it shouldn’t be attempted in bad weather.
See also: How scary really is Sentiero Flaibani?
If we end up taking the short route, there is also an option to press on past rifugio Coldai to rifugio Tissi (2hr) and provided accommodation is available there to potentially cover off a bit more of the Alta Via 1 the next day.
Rifugio Coldai (tel: 0039 0437 789 160) – call to book
Day 6: rifugio Coldai (2132m) – Listolade (701m), 5hr 45min
Day 6 should see us walk along the Civetta to rifugio Vazzoler (1715m). Past Vazzoler we will then turn down into the valley and walk to Listolade to catch a bus to Belluno.
If we take the direct route to rifugio Coldai on day 5 and manage to overnight at Tissi, we could attempt to walk all the way to rifugio Carestiato and then descend into the valley to Agordo. The whole day would then be 7hr 30min, which could well be a bit too much, though.
Dolomiti buses run from both Listolade and Agordo to Cortina or Belluno.
If you want to know how it all went, check out the trip report that I wrote when we got back from the 6 day trip: A Forcella a day keeps the doctor away.
The rest of the Alta Via 1
That will be it for us. However, the usual Alta Via 1 goes on from rifugio Vazzoler:
Day 7: rifugio Vazzoler (1714m) – rifugio Carestiato (1839m), 3hr 20min
Day 8: rifugio Carestiato (1839m) – rifugio Pramperet (1857m), 4hr 2min
Day 9: rifugio Pramperet (1857m) – rifugio Pian de Fontana (1632m), 3hr
Day 10: rifugio Pian de Fontana (1632m) – La Pissa bus stop (448m), 3hr 45min
The last thing, aside from packing, that we’ll have to sort out before leaving will be maps. The following Tobacco 1 : 25,000 maps should do the trick:
- 031 ‘Dolomiti di Braies’
- 03 ‘Cortina d’Ampezzo e Dolomiti Ampezzane’
- 025 ‘Dolomiti di Zoldo, Cadorine e Agordine’
- AV1 trip report: A Forcella a day keeps the doctor away
- This year’s trek: Alta Via 1
- What to pack for the Alta Via 1
- How scary really is Sentiero Flaibani?
- The Alta Via 1 revisited: more trip reports
- Alta Via 1: Six day solo hike [guest post]
It’s your turn now. Are you planning a trek along the Alta Via 1, what’s your route going to be?