Hut-to-Hut Walking Holiday Taster – Dolomites

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22 June 2024 – 14 September 2024
Experience a Hut-to-Hut holiday. A 7 night trip in the heart of the Italian Dolomites
including two nights in local mountain 'rifugios'
7 Nights
Centre Based +
Enjoy all of the comfort of a centre-based holiday with
the added adventure of two nights staying in local mountain rifugios

This is a 7 night holiday, based in Corvara – the beating heart of the Alta Badia. You will experience the majesty of the world’s most beautiful mountains and the alpine charm they tower over – in an enchanting valley of fabulous scenery. The access to walking from Corvara is unrivalled and presents a wonderful base for walking from the door.

Add to this the opportunity to spend two nights ‘in the mountains’, staying at Rifugio Santa Croce and the more remote Rifugio Lavarella – two wonderfully located mountain ‘huts’ or lodges where fantastic hospitality and even better views await. Wake up to watch sunrise over the mountains with empty trails all around and after breakfast carry on where you left off as you embark on another voyage of mountain discovery.

At a glance


22 June to 14 September 2024
(Saturdays & Wednesdays only)




Expect to walk for 4 – 5 hours per day, with between 769m to 1435m of ascent and 630m to 1390m of descent each day

What’s included

7 nights half board (breakfast and dinner included) comprised of –
5 nights at Ciasa Roch (B&B) with 4 course dinners at 3* Hotel Christian nearby   
1 night at Rifugio Santa Croce 
1 night at Rifugio Lavarella
Return Airport Transfers from Venice Marco Polo
Holiday Pack with comprehensive route notes, maps & more
Excess baggage storage in Corvara

Please note that packed lunches and use of rifugio showers (which cost €3-6) are not included.


This holiday is based in Corvara so we recommend flying into and out of Venice Marco Polo. A Collett’s airport transfer is included but your flight must land before 2.30pm to join this. Getting home, our transfers leave Corvara early in the morning and your flight home must depart after 11am.



Day 1 - Arrive

Make your own way to Venice Marco Polo and join a Collett’s transfer (your flight must land before 2.30pm). Arrive and settle in at Ciasa Roch – your main base for the week. Unpack your luggage safe in the knowledge that you can keep the same room throughout your stay – you will not need to check out when you embark on your hut to hut taster experience when you stay two nights in local mountain rifugio/huts.

Accommodation: Ciasa Roch, Corvara (half board)


Day 2 - Pralongia Plateau

Route Statistics – 10km, 4-5hrs. walking, 250m ascent, 650m descent

A wonderful first day to get your bearings. This undulating plateau walk through upland flower pastures provides magnificent views of the entire Alta Badia and many major Dolomite peaks too. Welcoming mountain lodges, known as Rifugios or Utia, are interspersed along the way offering plentiful coffee or lunch spots.

Accommodation: Ciasa Roch, Corvara (half board)


Day 3 - The Alta Badia and Santa Croce

Route Statistics – 13.9km, 1001m ascent, 399m descent

Your hut to adventure starts here – with a charming walk along a river track and through the peaceful meadows which link the villages of Corvara, La Villa and San Cassiano. This is followed by a picturesque woodland path which ascends steadily towards Rifugio Santa Croce. The walking throughout is well waymarked and is on good tracks and paths, giving beautiful views of the Alta Badia and with numerous opportunities to stop for coffee or lunch along the way. Though the walking is mostly uphill, the gradient is such that the walking, and the scenery, can always be enjoyed.

Accommodation – Rifugio Santa Croce (half board)


Day 4 - Ascending to the Fanes Massif

Route Statistics – 12km, 1188m ascent, 1150m descent

Leave Rifugio Santa Croce, on day 2 of your hut to hut taster, and follow a meandering path which takes in unspoilt meadows and tranquil forests before ascending to a high col, from where the whole of the Fanes Massif opens out before you. From here, a steady descent leads down to the small, sheltered meadows of Munt de Pices Fanes which have long been used for grazing cattle and are now home to Rifugio Lavarella. The walk involves some quite steep and airy sections of path on loose, rocky terrain on approach to the col and in descent down the far side, however, no scrambling is required.

Accommodation – Rifugio Lavarella (half board)


Day 5 - The Fanes Massif and the Alta Via

Route Statistics – 8.8km, 227m ascent, 632m descent

The final day of your hut to hut experience is a superb day of walking surrounded by the 3000m peaks of the Fanes Massif and the Tofana group – following the route of the renowned Alta Via 1, which tracks a course straight across the high plateau with ever changing views of the Dolomites. The route gives around 3 hours of walking to reach the picturesque Rifugio Capanna Alpina which serves as a good place for a late lunch before either catching a bus back to Corvara, or walking back along the river track. It is also possible to extend the day by continuing from here to the iconic Rifugio Lagazuoi, which adds around 6km and 1100m ascent.

Accommodation: Ciasa Roch, Corvara (half board)


Day 6 - Nuvolau Summit

Route Statistics: 9.5 km, 4 – 5 hours walking, 620m ascent, 620m descent

High above Cortina, this is a hike of unbeatable 360° panoramas, especially from Rifugio Nuvolau, the oldest lodge in the area. On the return leg, explore the remains of WW1 trenches at Cinque Torri and experience the rocky drama of the Tofana massif.

Accommodation: Ciasa Roch, Corvara (half board)


Day 7 - The Pinnacles

Route Statistics:  7.25 km, 640m ascent, 800m descent

Ascend through meadows rich in flora and fauna to the unique fortress‐like rock structures we call the Pinnacles. You are rewarded at the top with stunning views north over the Alta Badia and south to three Dolomite giants: Marmolada, Pelmo & Civetta. Descend passed Lago Boe, a great spot for a picnic lunch before continuing, through the woodland back to the village of Corvara.

Accommodation: Ciasa Roch, Corvara (half board)


Day 8 - Depart

Expect an early start! Our transfers back to Venice Marco Polo (included) leave at 6am (your flight home must depart after 11am). If you would like a more relaxed departure time, or to reduce your waiting time at the airport please ask us about a private transfer – which are available at a supplement. Alternatively, why not extend your stay and add a few extra nights in Corvara ?

Need to Knows

Itinerary – due to room availability at mountain rifugios being limited, the exact nights you will spend in the local mountain huts is subject to change, and will be confirmed when you book. This will always be two consecutive nights between Day 2 and Day 6, and it will never be the first or last nights of your stay. We then just shuffle the remaining three day walks around our routes to, between and from your rifugio nights, which are fixed.

Terrain – walks on this holiday only use way-marked and signposted routes. Trails vary from well-trodden woodland paths to steeper paths on looser, rocky terrain. Certain sections of the route may be considered exposed, and in the high mountains a certain level of experience, sure-footedness, and fitness are essential. In early season on higher terrain, you might have to cross patches of snow.

Breakfast & Dinner in Rifugios – Breakfasts are generous and usually buffet-style; dinner is ordered from a set menu, usually with at least 2 choices for each course. The cuisine is hearty and favours local dishes – providing ideal fuel for days out on the mountain.

Sleeping Bag Liners & Towels – Sleeping liners are required if sleeping in dormitories in the mountain huts.

Booking Conditions – be sure to read our full terms and conditions here before booking.

At Your Own Risk – please read the important notes here.

Travel Advice – check your government’s travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination. For UK citizens, check the latest Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office advice here.

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