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Here at Collett’s, our walking holidays in the Dolomites offer a variety of mountain activities for our guests to get stuck into. Day to day our team organise days out in the mountains. The main attraction is walking, but we also offer flower and war history excursions, road cycling and even watercolour painting days. The Dolomites is a perfect setting for all of these activities, not to mention many self-guided activities such as Via Ferrata, high ropes courses, horse riding and even glacier treks with the local mountain guides.

The painting days hold a special place in my heart after taking on the role of the resort artist last summer. Guests of all abilities are invited to join a relaxed day in the outdoors, surrounded by stunning vistas and no shortage of inspiration. Short walk-ins to the locations and usually close proximity to a coffee shop or rifugio make for a relaxed yet productive day whether you’re a keen painter or just looking to rest those legs after a few days of walking.

The Artists Three!

Painting with Collett's in the Dolomites - Rifugio Valporola Painting with Collett's in the Dolomites - Rifugio Valporola
Painting with Collett's in the Dolomites - Rifugio Valporola Painting with Collett's in the Dolomites - Rifugio Valporola
Painting with Collett's in the Dolomites - Lago Valporola Painting with Collett's in the Dolomites - Lago Valporola
Watercolour Painting with Collett's in the Dolomites Watercolour Painting with Collett's in the Dolomites
Painting with Collett's in the Dolomites - Rifugio Valporola and Lake Painting with Collett's in the Dolomites - Rifugio Valporola and Lake
Painting with Collett's in the Dolomites - Santa Croce in the Alta Badia Painting with Collett's in the Dolomites - Santa Croce in the Alta Badia

This year we have a new resort artist, Keith. He will be offering painting days five days a week and free of charge, along with informal tuition for anyone who comes along.

“I’m really looking forward to meeting the painters this season. I’m interested in how they’ll respond to the environment and their ideas that follow,” Keith told me.

As part of the role he will visit many locations all over the Dolomites, so today we took the opportunity to get the paints out and check some of them out.

Joined by another of our previous resort artists, Chris, we artists three set off to explore our favourite painting haunts. With perfect weather in the valley the bright yellow meadows and towering steely cliffs seemed to be showing their best for us. We drove through the Alta Badia visiting Armentarola and Capanna Alpina at the base of the Hidden Valley (A popular ski run in winter). Then we climbed up to the head of the Valparola Pass and settled at the Rifugio Valparola for a coffee and some painting. From here one can find impressive views to the north (towards the Austrian border) and south (for views of Col de Lana and Lagazuoi). We settled with painting the lake and receding mountains as background. As is always the way on any painting day we each had a different way of approaching the composition and enjoyed discussing our different techniques. After a time we all had a finished piece. Three completely different paintings of the same view.

As the wind picked up a little from the south we packed away and jumped back in the van. We dropped in on a few more spots on our way back to Badia, arriving at Haus Valentin happy with the day.

It may have been the biggest collection of resort artists painting in one place at the same time! I certainly enjoyed the three of us being able to paint together and share ideas.
Now the torch can be passed to Keith this summer and we are sure Keith will be a welcome and inspiring addition to our walking holidays in Europe’s most dramatic peaks!

See Painting & Walking Holidays in the Dolomites for more information.

Collett’s blogs are written by our resort diarist, photographer and walker, Beth Lloyd. If you are out on a walk with her you are sure to be included in her photographs in one of her weekly blogs.

Walking in the Dolomites during the low summer season can be one of the most rewarding (and surprising!) ways to enjoy these amazing peaks. Here in the Alta Badia the winter lifts have closed and most of the snow has gone. Flowers are beginning to bloom and the grass has reassumed an intense springtime green. The weather is in its turbulent element scattering a healthy mix of thunder storms and even snow on the highest of peaks, along with welcome sunny spells and sample of the temperatures one would like to expect from the summer ahead. Nature is well and truly at its most active.

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Low Season Walking Holidays in the Dolomites in May and June Low Season Walking Holidays in the Dolomites in May and June

Today I joined our walk organisers as they ventured out for their first walk of the summer season. We took the short drive from our base in Badia, Haus Valentin, to do some walking in Corvara which is nestled at the foot of the Sella Massif.

It was to imagine that just days before the Giro d’Italia had passed through this way, filling the streets with cyclists and spectators from around the world. Instead we were greeted by quiet roads and a sleepy village from which to start the walk.

The Gardena Pass is one of the four passes that make up the ‘Sellaronda’ – a popular route with both cyclists in summer and skiers in the winter. From Corvara the journey to the head of the pass can be made along an impressive switchback road (a favourite with cyclists and classic car drivers), or a network of idyllic footpaths that follow the base of the cliffs. We of course chose the paths and climbed towards the well-known waterfalls just outside the village of Colfosco. What were ice falls a few months ago are now raging waterfalls, unrelentingly plummeting over the Dolomiti cliffs. Similarly the rivers are running high, tinged with a cloudy glacial blue from all of the snow melt.

The local wildlife is also in abundance. The quieter roads and footpaths increase the chance of Marmotte and Chamois sightings and it’s not unusual to hear the valleys full of happy whistling and chirping. Many of the surrounding peaks had an extra dusting of snow a few nights ago which makes them even more distinctive against the lower green valleys. It makes for a stunning contrast. The higher paths can also still hold snow from the winter bringing another element to walking in the low season.

I peeled away from the group before reaching the snowline to take some time at the falls. They ricochet between high rock walls, creating clouds of spray that caught the rainbow light. At the very base of the falls Crocuses in there hundreds are just about to flower. Give it a week and the valley will be even more colourful.

I enjoyed my time there without interruption and then made my way back through the trees, without seeing a single soul. The Dolomites are waiting for the summer crowds to arrive, but in the meantime they’re certainly not pulling any punches. Walking in the Alps doesn’t get much better than here in north east Italy.

See Walking Holidays in the Dolomites for more information.

Collett’s blogs are written by our resort diarist, photographer and walker, Beth Lloyd. If you are out on a walk with her you are sure to be included in her photographs in one of her weekly blogs.

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The Marmolada – 3343m – Queen of the Dolomites

  • Guided Via Ferrata to summit of Marmolada (3343m) – every Friday
  • Glacier Trek – on the Marmolada – every Wednesday

Overview

Guided Glacier Treks and Summit Ascents in the Dolomites

The Marmolada (3343m) is the highest peak in the Dolomites. Its brilliant white glacier dominates many a beautiful panorama and is much admired by walkers from near and distant trails. Every Wednesday we offer a professionally guided trek across the glacier of what is known locally as the Queen of the Dolomites and every Friday we offer a guided ascent of the main summit and the West Ridge Via Ferrata. See the following tabs for detailed information concerning both trips

Marmolada Summit Ascent
Guided Via Ferrata to summit of Marmolada (3343m) with Collett's Mountain Holidays

Guided Via Ferrata to summit of Marmolada (3343m)

Every Friday – £95 per person – please pre-book

£95 per person (Every Friday – minimum 4 people in the group) The summit ascent begins with a trek across the glacier to a ridge at the western end of the majestic and vast south wall, (800m high & 3km wide) before using one of the area’s most famous and exposed Via Ferrata to reach the summit (Grade 4C). You return by descending a wall just below the summit and down the glacier. Whilst the Summit Trek is not technically difficult; its length, exposure and altitude (along with the descent of the summit wall and glacier) demand some alpine experience, a head for heights and a good level of fitness. Please scroll down for information on kit, transport, food and notes concerning this day out.

Our summit treks are popular and should be booked in the UK before your holiday. Simply contact us on 01799 513331 or email admin@colletts.co.uk On booking, we will send you more details on how we operate these excursions. All necessary equipment is provided. Prices do not include lifts or lunch but a small snack pack is provided. If bad weather causes cancellation before you have embarked on the trek, your money is refunded.

The Route

Having met the guide early in the morning, your day will begin with a drive to the foot of the Marmolada. This is a stunning drive and it will take about 50 minutes from Corvara and an hour from Badia. Once parked up, you will use the ‘yoghurt pot’ lifts to reach the snout of the glacier, from where you will begin the walk. (Bear in mind that if you are staying in low season, this lift might not be open, in which case you will have an earlier start and an extra 600m of ascent and descent by foot).This excursion normally uses the West Ridge Via Ferrata (grade 4), which generally sees guests leaving the resort at around 7.00am, returning at about 4.00pm. Occasionally, however, the West Ridge Via Ferrata route is not in a suitable condition to be used. If the guide determines the route to be unsafe, then the summit excursion will follow the normal route (grade 2), which reaches the summit via a shorter route. This route is the same as the usual descent route, but still requires climbing skills and a good head for heights. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the weather, we are not able to guarantee which route the guides will use. Starting in the same way as the Glacier Trek, this route takes off towards the bottom of the West Ridge immediately after exiting the ‘yoghurt pot’ lift.

Walk Pace

The guides will tend to walk at a continuous, steady pace, in order to keep some momentum going throughout the day. It is worth having some food close at hand that you can eat whilst walking. Whilst the Marmolada isn’t the longest route it in the area, the guides will look to be off the glacier by mid-afternoon, to minimise any exposure to sudden changes in the weather.

Glacier Trek
Trek the glacier of the Marmolada (3343m)  with Collett's Mountain Holidays

Trek the glacier of the Marmolada (3343m)

Every Wednesday – £75 per person – please pre-book

£75 per person (Every Wednesday – minimum 6 people in the group) Each Wednesday you can trek across the glacier, traversing crevasses and touching snow and blue ice. To start the trek we go to the snout of the glacier via the ‘yoghurt pot’ lifts. See positions taken up by soldiers in the Great War and make your way to the Marmolada’s second summit, Punta Rocca. An exciting way of reaching this fabulous summit on the Marmolada, without the need for any climbing experience. A sound level of fitness is required for this trek but alpine experience is not necessary. Please scroll down for information on kit, transport, food and notes concerning this day out.

Our glacier treks are popular and should be booked in the UK before your holiday. Simply contact us on 01799 513331 or email admin@colletts.co.uk On booking, we will send you more details on how we operate these excursions. All necessary equipment is provided. Prices do not include lifts or lunch but a small snack pack is provided. If bad weather causes cancellation before you have embarked on the trek, your money is refunded.

The Route

Having met the guide early in the morning, your day will begin with a drive to the foot of the Marmolada. This is a stunning drive and it will take about 50 minutes from Corvara and an hour from Badia. Once parked up, you will use the ‘yoghurt pot’ lifts to reach the snout of the glacier, from where you will begin the walk. (Bear in mind that if you are staying in low season, this lift might not be open, in which case you will have an earlier start and an extra 600m of ascent and descent by foot). The route usually takes a meandering line up the glacier, though on days with inclement weather, you may take a more direct route. This eventually brings you to Punta Rocca (3250m), the second summit of the Marmolada, from where you can take in the fantastic panoramas of the Dolomites. The route down takes a more direct line down the glacier towards the top of the lift. In total, the route involves about 625m of ascent and whilst it is not particularly long, it is situated at higher altitude than other Collett’s walks and you should bear this in mind when considering booking.

Walk Pace

The guides will tend to walk at a continuous, steady pace, in order to keep some momentum going throughout the day. It is worth having some food close at hand that you can eat whilst walking. Whilst the Marmolada isn’t the longest route it in the area, the guides will look to be off the glacier by mid-afternoon, to minimise any exposure to sudden changes in the weather.

Kit List, Weather, Transport & Other Notes

Kit List

  • Strong, comfortable walking boots with ankle support (low cut footwear is not suitable)
  • Rucksack of at least 30 litres capacity
  • Walking trousers (not shorts), gaiters (if you have them), hat and gloves, lots of layers, waterproof jacket
  • Water (at least 2 litres) and additional food
  • Suncream and sunglasses – essential, as the glare from the snow can cause sunburn even in cloudy condition

The guide provides ice axes and crampons, and can also supply a harness (plus helmet and VF tails for Summit Ascent) on request – you will be roped together on the glacier, so will need a harness. Please discuss this with a member of staff if you are unsure. The crampons are fully adjustable and should fit the majority of walking boots – you do not need crampon specific boots.

Weather Conditions

The weather can be tough to predict in the Dolomites at any time of the year, particularly high up on the Marmolada. Whilst we can advise you on what to take, you need to have enough kit with you to cope with anything from hot and sunny conditions, to cold, blustery and potentially wet. Each evening, our chalets will display an up-to-date weather forecast, which tend to be quite accurate for the following day. Please make sure you have seen the forecast and have suitable clothing and equipment for the conditions.

Transport

Transport is available for a limited number of participants, but unfortunately we cannot guarantee that all guests can be transported. Any guests with their own vehicles should take their car to the meeting point in Corvara, in case additional transport is required. Guests staying in Badia will need to make their way to Corvara to meet the guide. Any cars which are then not needed can be parked outside our Chalet Verena. Please ask a member of staff if you are unsure about whether to take your vehicle.

Food

The cost of the excursion includes a snack pack (snack bar, fruit and drink). If you would like a full packed lunch, please ask your chalet hosts at breakfast on the day before your excursion. There is a rifugio on the route, although it is not in the ideal place to stop for food, being right at the start of the day. Also, it may be closed during early and late season. The guides will tend to walk at a continuous, steady pace, in order to keep some momentum going throughout the day. It is worth having some food close at hand that you can eat whilst walking. Whilst the Marmolada isn’t the longest route it in the area, the guides will look to be off the glacier by mid-afternoon, to minimise any exposure to sudden changes in the weather. In any event, an extra bar or two of chocolate (or similar) is never a bad idea.

The Weather and Cancellation

If the guides deem it necessary to postpone your excursion, due to the weather for example, we will endeavour to rearrange it for another day during your holiday. Should this not be possible, for example, if you are leaving the next day, the cost of the excursion will be refunded. If you wish to voluntarily cancel your place on the excursion, please note any monies paid are completely none refundable, as guides will have been booked and paid for in preparation. We have a minimum group size for this excursion, which we need to reach in order for it to go ahead – if we are unable to run the excursion due to group sizes, we will refund the cost of the excursion.

Booking & Group Sizes

Please pre-book and pay for the guided excursion of your choice as soon as possible by contacting us on 01799 513331 or admin@colletts.co.uk The guides will take a maximum of four on the summit ascent and a maximum of 6 on the glacier trek. The guiding rates for such excursions are not cheap. So it is our aim to create group sizes of 4 for the summit ascent and 6 for the glacier trek, so that it is not necessary to seek a supplement in the event of a shortfall. In other words, if we fail to achieve these group sizes, then the cost of the day can become prohibitive. If guests are happy to pay the required supplement in the event of a shortfall in numbers, then the excursion can proceed. However, if any guests within a group are unwilling to pay such a supplement, then the excursion will be cancelled and monies will be refunded. For the record, such is the interest in these days out, there will usually be two or three groups on each given day. In any event, as soon as bookings allow us to put together a group of the the right size (i.e. 4 or 6) we will confirm that group. We work right up to the last few days before the excursion to get the group sizes to where they should be, often completing a group at Office Hour in resort a day or two before the excursion. To this extent, you might be part of an unconfirmed group right up to the last minute. naturally, we regret the disappointment caused by cancellations that have to be made because of a shortfall in numbers. It happens but our success rate is generally high.

Notes on the status of Collett’s Ltd. in respect of Guided Glacier Treks & Summit Ascents

We are happy to inform you of (and book) activities supplied by third parties but it is important that you understand that: these excursions and activities are neither run nor controlled by Collett’s (even if advertised by us); that we only act as your agent; and that your contract for these services is with the third party supplier in question and not Collett’s Limited. Consequently, we are not responsible/liable for the provision of any such third party excursions or activities or for anything that happens during the course of its provision by the supplier. This applies to all activities advertised by Collett’s in our brochure, on our website and in resort and includes Glacier and Summit Treks.

Learn about the ‘White War’ with local Historian Isabelle Johnson
Dedicated WWI historical walks from 3-31 August 2020 with John Scanlon

WWI – The ‘White War’ in the Dolomites
World War I Historical Walks - Dolomites - The White War

Some high level areas will fascinate those interested in World War I. Fighting broke out here between Italy and Austria in 1915, as the border between the two countries ran through these mountains. Committed to the Russian front, Austria abandoned political boundaries and retreated to defendable mountain tops and passes. In snow and freezing temperatures, a tragic and inconclusive conflict ensued, as both sides pushed for high positions in the massifs, ingeniously building fortifications, trenches, look-out posts and miles of tunnels. Much of it is still here.

Such was the proximity of the two sides, hand-to-hand combat was common and troops slept within earshot of the enemy. On one occasion the Italians constructed some 1100 metres of tunnels to explode a mine beneath Austrian positions. The Austrians heard them and retreated in time. Winter 1916 was bitter and 10,000 men died in avalanches, one alone killing 4000 on the Marmolada. Neither side won and with little recognition of the actual events, the region’s destiny was determined far from the battle zone in Paris in 1919.

Today there is an open-air WWI museum at Monte Lagazuoi and Cinque Torri. It is a popular location for walkers and several high level routes converge on the area, featuring remnants of the fighting. Fitter walkers will enjoy the high level trails leading to this historical outdoor arena. However, access is also provided by a dramatic cable car that takes you to a spectacular 360° panorama at Rifugio Lagazuoi. From the cable car, you will see Lagazuoi’s face with its ledges and observation posts, each one an off-shoot from the labyrinth of tunnels that exist in the mountain, which are safe and open for you to explore. A single pass will give you access to the cable car, the chairlift ascent to Cinque Torri just down the road and the nearby indoor museum at the Tre Sassi Fort.

Organised WWI Walks (3-31 August 2020)

Join Dr John Scanlon on dedicated WWI Walks in the Dolomites

John Scanlon is a semi-retired GP with a big personality and a profound interest in World War I history. He has been visiting the Dolomites with Collett’s for many years to explore the terrain that characterised a unique military struggle that unfolded here between 1915 and 1918 between the Austrians and the Italians.

This terrain happens to be at the heart of some of the most spectacular mountain scenery you will find anywhere in the world. So you can combine a fascinating historical subject with breathtaking moderate and high level walks, punctuated by trenches, tunnels, protected paths (formerly troop paths) and other poignant remnants of a tragic conflict.

For several years we have talked with John about the possibility of offering dedicated WWI walks to our guests over and above those offered by Isabelle Johnson each Wednesday through much of our summer season.

John is now semi-retired and so he has been able to put together a programme of walks and evening presentations, which he will be offering free of charge to guests who holiday with us this summer from 3-31 August 2020, John will bring together all the knowledge he has acquired during his previous visits. We guarantee that guests who choose to join him are sure to be fascinated by these days out, which will be as rich in WWI history as they are rich in stunning alpine scenery.

John’s walks will be based on a weekly programme that will effectively repeat itself during his month with us in the Dolomites. Each week he will offer you the chance to explore different features of the area, much of which is effectively an open-air WWI museum. You might choose to attend one of John’s presentations in the evening. We can assure you these will be as entertaining as they are interesting, such is John’s ability to engage with people. Either way, the presentations will give you a chance to gain some in-depth knowledge of a truly amazing military chapter, which featured incredible hardships for those that fought here.

In addition to John’s walks he offers two or three informal presentations in the evenings after dinner, which anyone can choose to attend.

The Marmolada – 3343m – Queen of the Dolomites

  • Guided Via Ferrata to summit of Marmolada (3343m) – every Friday
  • Glacier Trek – on the Marmolada – every Wednesday

Overview

Guided Glacier Treks and Summit Ascents in the Dolomites

The Marmolada (3343m) is the highest peak in the Dolomites. Its brilliant white glacier dominates many a beautiful panorama and is much admired by walkers from near and distant trails. From mid-June to the end of August every Wednesday we offer a professionally guided trek across the glacier of what is known locally as the Queen of the Dolomites and every Friday we offer a guided ascent of the main summit and the West Ridge Via Ferrata. See the following tabs for detailed information concerning both trips

Marmolada Summit Ascent
Guided Via Ferrata to summit of Marmolada (3343m) with Collett's Mountain Holidays

Guided Via Ferrata to summit of Marmolada (3343m)

Every Friday – £95 per person – please pre-book

£95 per person (Every Friday from mid-June to the end of August – minimum 4 people in the group) The summit ascent begins with a trek across the glacier to a ridge at the western end of the majestic and vast south wall, (800m high & 3km wide) before using one of the area’s most famous and exposed Via Ferrata to reach the summit (Grade 4C). You return by descending a wall just below the summit and down the glacier. Whilst the Summit Trek is not technically difficult; its length, exposure and altitude (along with the descent of the summit wall and glacier) demand some alpine experience, a head for heights and a good level of fitness. Please scroll down for information on kit, transport, food and notes concerning this day out.

Our summit treks are popular and should be booked in the UK before your holiday. Simply contact us on 01799 513331 or email admin@colletts.co.uk On booking, we will send you more details on how we operate these excursions. All necessary equipment is provided. Prices do not include lifts or lunch but a small snack pack is provided. If bad weather causes cancellation before you have embarked on the trek, your money is refunded.

The Route

Having met the guide early in the morning, your day will begin with a drive to the foot of the Marmolada. This is a stunning drive and it will take about 50 minutes from Corvara and an hour from Badia. Once parked up, you will use the ‘yoghurt pot’ lifts to reach the snout of the glacier, from where you will begin the walk. (Bear in mind that if you are staying in low season, this lift might not be open, in which case you will have an earlier start and an extra 600m of ascent and descent by foot).This excursion normally uses the West Ridge Via Ferrata (grade 4), which generally sees guests leaving the resort at around 7.00am, returning at about 4.00pm. Occasionally, however, the West Ridge Via Ferrata route is not in a suitable condition to be used. If the guide determines the route to be unsafe, then the summit excursion will follow the normal route (grade 2), which reaches the summit via a shorter route. This route is the same as the usual descent route, but still requires climbing skills and a good head for heights. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the weather, we are not able to guarantee which route the guides will use. Starting in the same way as the Glacier Trek, this route takes off towards the bottom of the West Ridge immediately after exiting the ‘yoghurt pot’ lift.

Walk Pace

The guides will tend to walk at a continuous, steady pace, in order to keep some momentum going throughout the day. It is worth having some food close at hand that you can eat whilst walking. Whilst the Marmolada isn’t the longest route it in the area, the guides will look to be off the glacier by mid-afternoon, to minimise any exposure to sudden changes in the weather.

Glacier Trek
Trek the glacier of the Marmolada (3343m)  with Collett's Mountain Holidays

Trek the glacier of the Marmolada (3343m)

Every Wednesday – £75 per person – please pre-book

£75 per person (Every Wednesday from mid-June to the end of August – minimum 6 people in the group) Each Wednesday you can trek across the glacier, traversing crevasses and touching snow and blue ice. To start the trek we go to the snout of the glacier via the ‘yoghurt pot’ lifts. See positions taken up by soldiers in the Great War and make your way to the Marmolada’s second summit, Punta Rocca. An exciting way of reaching this fabulous summit on the Marmolada, without the need for any climbing experience. A sound level of fitness is required for this trek but alpine experience is not necessary. Please scroll down for information on kit, transport, food and notes concerning this day out.

Our glacier treks are popular and should be booked in the UK before your holiday. Simply contact us on 01799 513331 or email admin@colletts.co.uk On booking, we will send you more details on how we operate these excursions. All necessary equipment is provided. Prices do not include lifts or lunch but a small snack pack is provided. If bad weather causes cancellation before you have embarked on the trek, your money is refunded.

The Route

Having met the guide early in the morning, your day will begin with a drive to the foot of the Marmolada. This is a stunning drive and it will take about 50 minutes from Corvara and an hour from Badia. Once parked up, you will use the ‘yoghurt pot’ lifts to reach the snout of the glacier, from where you will begin the walk. (Bear in mind that if you are staying in low season, this lift might not be open, in which case you will have an earlier start and an extra 600m of ascent and descent by foot). The route usually takes a meandering line up the glacier, though on days with inclement weather, you may take a more direct route. This eventually brings you to Punta Rocca (3250m), the second summit of the Marmolada, from where you can take in the fantastic panoramas of the Dolomites. The route down takes a more direct line down the glacier towards the top of the lift. In total, the route involves about 625m of ascent and whilst it is not particularly long, it is situated at higher altitude than other Collett’s walks and you should bear this in mind when considering booking.

Walk Pace

The guides will tend to walk at a continuous, steady pace, in order to keep some momentum going throughout the day. It is worth having some food close at hand that you can eat whilst walking. Whilst the Marmolada isn’t the longest route it in the area, the guides will look to be off the glacier by mid-afternoon, to minimise any exposure to sudden changes in the weather.

Kit List, Weather, Transport & Other Notes

Kit List

  • Strong, comfortable walking boots with ankle support (low cut footwear is not suitable)
  • Rucksack of at least 30 litres capacity
  • Walking trousers (not shorts), gaiters (if you have them), hat and gloves, lots of layers, waterproof jacket
  • Water (at least 2 litres) and additional food
  • Suncream and sunglasses – essential, as the glare from the snow can cause sunburn even in cloudy condition

The guide provides ice axes and crampons, and can also supply a harness (plus helmet and VF tails for Summit Ascent) on request – you will be roped together on the glacier, so will need a harness. Please discuss this with a member of staff if you are unsure. The crampons are fully adjustable and should fit the majority of walking boots – you do not need crampon specific boots.

Weather Conditions

The weather can be tough to predict in the Dolomites at any time of the year, particularly high up on the Marmolada. Whilst we can advise you on what to take, you need to have enough kit with you to cope with anything from hot and sunny conditions, to cold, blustery and potentially wet. Each evening, our chalets will display an up-to-date weather forecast, which tend to be quite accurate for the following day. Please make sure you have seen the forecast and have suitable clothing and equipment for the conditions.

Transport

Transport is available for a limited number of participants, but unfortunately we cannot guarantee that all guests can be transported. Any guests with their own vehicles should take their car to the meeting point in Corvara, in case additional transport is required. Guests staying in Badia will need to make their way to Corvara to meet the guide. Any cars which are then not needed can be parked outside our Chalet Verena. Please ask a member of staff if you are unsure about whether to take your vehicle.

Food

The cost of the excursion includes a snack pack (snack bar, fruit and drink). If you would like a full packed lunch, please ask your chalet hosts at breakfast on the day before your excursion. There is a rifugio on the route, although it is not in the ideal place to stop for food, being right at the start of the day. Also, it may be closed during early and late season. The guides will tend to walk at a continuous, steady pace, in order to keep some momentum going throughout the day. It is worth having some food close at hand that you can eat whilst walking. Whilst the Marmolada isn’t the longest route it in the area, the guides will look to be off the glacier by mid-afternoon, to minimise any exposure to sudden changes in the weather. In any event, an extra bar or two of chocolate (or similar) is never a bad idea.

The Weather and Cancellation

If the guides deem it necessary to postpone your excursion, due to the weather for example, we will endeavour to rearrange it for another day during your holiday. Should this not be possible, for example, if you are leaving the next day, the cost of the excursion will be refunded. If you wish to voluntarily cancel your place on the excursion, please bear in mind that any monies paid are non refundable, as the guide will have been booked and any other people booked on to the same excursion will be relying upon groups being filled. We have a minimum group size for this excursion, which we need to reach in order for it to go ahead – if we are unable to run the excursion due to not enough people signing up, we will refund the cost of the excursion.

Booking & Group Sizes

Please pre-book and pay for the guided excursion of your choice as soon as possible by contacting us on 01799 513331 or admin@colletts.co.uk The guides will take a maximum of four on the summit ascent and a maximum of 6 on the glacier trek. The guiding rates for such excursions are not cheap. So it is our aim to create group sizes of 4 for the summit ascent and 6 for the glacier trek, so that it is not necessary to seek a supplement in the event of a shortfall. In other words, if we fail to achieve these group sizes, then the cost of the day can become prohibitive. If guests are happy to pay the required supplement in the event of a shortfall in numbers, then the excursion can proceed. However, if any guests within a group are unwilling to pay such a supplement, then the excursion will be cancelled and monies will be refunded. For the record, such is the interest in these days out, there will usually be two or three groups on each given day. In any event, as soon as bookings allow us to put together a group of the the right size (i.e. 4 or 6) we will confirm that group. We work right up to the last few days before the excursion to get the group sizes to where they should be, often completing a group at Office Hour in resort a day or two before the excursion. To this extent, you might be part of an unconfirmed group right up to the last minute. naturally, we regret the disappointment caused by cancellations that have to be made because of a shortfall in numbers. It happens but our success rate is generally high.

Notes on the status of Collett’s Ltd. in respect of Guided Glacier Treks & Summit Ascents

We are happy to inform you of (and book) activities supplied by third parties but it is important that you understand that: these excursions and activities are neither run nor controlled by Collett’s (even if advertised by us); that we only act as your agent; and that your contract for these services is with the third party supplier in question and not Collett’s Limited. Consequently, we are not responsible/liable for the provision of any such third party excursions or activities or for anything that happens during the course of its provision by the supplier. This applies to all activities advertised by Collett’s in our brochure, on our website and in resort and includes Glacier and Summit Treks.

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A wonderful alpine chalet in the Dolomites

  • Stunning views from a spectacular location
  • Attractive en suite bedrooms, excellent food and sociable dinners
  • The intimate local knowledge of hospitable and welcoming hosts

Chalet Angelo – Corvara
Chalet Angelo, Corvara, Italy

Chalet Angelo is in a magnificent location perched just above Corvara in a tranquil hamlet just 10 or 15 minutes from the village by foot or 60 seconds by car.

You can walk from the door down into Corvara and or up onto the Pralongià Plateau where moderate and low level walkers thrive. The Pralongià Plateau is a labyrinth of gentle walks interspersed with quaint and hospitable mountain huts, each with sensational views and excellent food which is refreshingly cheaply priced.

  • Halfboard or B&B
  • Excellent 3 course evening meals
  • Complimentary wine with dinner
  • Continental breakfast
  • En suite bedrooms, Terrace
  • Bar & Dining Room
  • Sauna and steam room
  • WIFI Internet
  • Arrive and depart anyday

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Chalet Angelo – Corvara

Superb Views

The views from the chalet are breathtaking all year round. You have a bird’s eye view over the villages of Corvara and Colfosco right up to the Gardena Pass with the vast flanks of the Sella Massif to the left (south) and the equally impressive Puez-Odle Group to the right (north). The south eastern turret of the latter (Sassongher, 2,625m) is Corvara’s signature peak and it dominates the village in a sensational way. Few properties in Corvara allow you to enjoy this spectacular panorama in a better way than Chalet Angelo.

Comfortable bedrooms and a relaxing spa

Bedrooms here are comfortable and all have en suite bathrooms. Each afternoon (not Wednesday) you can make use of the sauna and steam room to help rest weary muscles after a day in the mountains. Or you might simply relax in the chalet’s large living area with a cup of tea and a piece of cake, or something stronger from the bar.

Evenings in Chalet Angelo – Office Hour & Dinner

We hold Office Hour in the bar at Chalet Angelo, every evening (not Wednesday) between 6 and 7pm. Here you can chat with our hosts about organised itineraries for the following day, or pore over piste maps to create your own self guided itineraries… or simply enjoy a sociable drink in the company of other like-minded guests.

At dinner, the atmosphere around the table is informal and it is easy to unwind: people with largely common interests (and inspired by a beautiful day in the mountains) talk and laugh over good food and drink until well after coffee has been served. Over the years we have regularly been overwhelmed by the heartwarming and friendly atmosphere that prevails in our chalets. Frankly, it is a delight to witness the friendships that are built on these chalet holidays. Goodbyes amongst guests and hosts are often quite emotional!

You can stay in Chalet Angelo on a halfboard basis.