This September Lauralee hiked the Alta Via 1 solo along a route very similar to my 2011 route. Here is her guest post with her impressions from the trip. Enjoy the read and many thanks to Lauralee for sharing! ^marketa
Where did you hike?
I did a six day solo hike along the Alta Via 1 from Lago di Braies to Rifugio Tissi and then down to Listolade.
When was your trip and how was the weather?
The weather in the second week of September 2015 was great! It rained on two or three nights but not during the day. It was often below freezing at night and only about 10 degrees Celsius during the day, but this was just fine for hiking. There was frost and/or a very light layer of snow on the ground some mornings. It rained a couple of times but only in the evenings and overnight.
What was the best thing about your trip?
Being surrounded by such beautiful mountains and meeting other hikers!
Is there anything others should know before setting off on the trek?
It might be helpful for others to know that it’s definitely possible to hike it alone!
As a solo female traveler I wasn’t sure how I would make out but it turned out perfectly fine. If you’re an experienced hiker, there’s no greater danger on this route than many other hikes. I avoided some parts of the route that were rated higher difficulty or not well-marked but there were always other options.
While I sometimes walked with others, I spent most of my days alone (walking at my own pace was pretty nice!) and then met people at the rifugios every evening. There were lots of other people on the trails (of course I still went long stretches without seeing any other hikers) but there were enough to never feel dangerously isolated.
- Day 1: Lago di Braies – rifugio Fodara
- Day 2: rifugio Fodara – rifugio Scotoni
- Day 3: rifugio Scotoni – rifugio Scoiattoli
- Day 4: rifugio Scoiattoli – rifugio Citta di Fiume
- Day 5: rifugio Citta di Fiume – rifugio Tissi
- Day 6: rifugio Tissi – Listolade
- Along the Alta Via 1 in six days: the route
- The Alta Via 1 revisited: more trip reports
- Hiking in the Dolomites