Self Guided Hut to Hut in the Italian Dolomites
Spectacular point-to-point hiking in the world’s most beautiful mountains
- Itineraries to suit both high level walkers and intermediate walkers
- Choose from one of our breathtaking 7 night itineraries or a shorter 2, 3 or 4 night route
- Itineraries to suit both high level walkers and intermediate walkers
- Or tag a short Hut to Hut stay on to the start or end of a Collett’s walking holiday
Self Guided Hut to Hut in the Dolomites
Choose from 5 spectacular routes
A Collett’s ‘Hut to Hut’ holiday is a welcome overdose of self-guided walking amidst awe-inspiring mountain scenery mixed with the special experience of overnighting in mountain huts (rifugios) interspersed at high and medium level throughout the Dolomites. Using our comprehensive route notes, you will follow trails that link, climb and traverse the major mountain groups, occasionally descending into the valleys before heading off again into the next massif.
Each day ends at a hospitable mountain hut, an extraordinary vantage point from which you can watch the sunset on Europe’s most majestic peaks. The huts come with well-earned liquid refreshment, the camaraderie of other walkers, an excellent dinner, a good night’s sleep and a generous breakfast to set you on your way again. Using our extensive local knowledge, we have created seven spectacular week-long itineraries, plus some shorter options. Some itineraries are quite challenging, whilst others will suit the more intermediate walker. Choosing which one to do might be the ultimate challenge!
You choose the route – we do the rest
On a Collett’s hut to hut holiday, we take all the hard work out of the planning for you, and leave you to simply enjoy the trek! At the planning stage, we offer a factsheet for each of our routes which give a brief day by day description of what to expect, along with figures indicating height gain and distance covered each day. Once you settle on your preferred route we make the relevant hut reservations and then, nearer the time, we send you a detailed route guide printed on waterproof paper, along with other key information and the relevant 1:25,000 Tobacco map/s. Shortly before your holiday, we will contact you by email offering you the opportunity to ask any final questions about your itinerary. Finally, airport transfers are available from Collett’s (if required) from Venice or Treviso airports.
Five Magnificent Self Guided Walking Tours
Discover the hidden corners of Europe’s most dramatic peaks
Our hut to hut holidays are available between mid/late June and mid September – depending on the itinerary. We especially recommend July, late August and September being the best periods when the huts and walks are generally quieter. The earlier you book, the easier it is for us to guarantee your accommodation and confirm your arrangements.
If you would like us to check availability in the rifugios please contact us to let us know your specific travel dates and the hut to hut itinerary of your choice. We ask you not to book flights until we have confirmed all of the accommodation for your itinerary.
Central Dolomites & Sella Grand Tour
Easier Moderate, Moderate or Hard
We offer three different versions of this classic Dolomites tour which takes in some mind-boggling scenery and includes the Pralongia Plateau, the Val di Fassa, the Rosengarten group, the Alpi de Siusi, the Val Gardena and finally the Puez-Odle Natural Park. We use a mix of huts and village accommodation.
- Factsheet – Central Dolomites and Sella Grand Tour – Easier Moderate Itinerary
- Factsheet – Central Dolomites and Sella Grand Tour – Moderate Itinerary
- Factsheet – Central Dolomites and Sella Grand Tour – Hard High Level Itinerary
Grand Tour of the Alta Badia
A complete and dramatic circuit of the Alta Badia, taking in the peaks and trails of the Puez Odle and Fanes Natural Parks and incorporating the tunnels of Lagazuoi and much more besides.
New for 2019
Pelmo, Civetta and the Southern Dolomites
Picturesque and memorable but altogether quieter than the Central Dolomites, heading south opens
up dramatic walking under the imposing faces of mounts Pelmo and Civetta.
New for 2019
Tre Cime and the Ampezzo Dolomites
This challenging route rewards the walker with awe-inspiring views of some of the Dolomites’ true
classics, foremost among them the staggering north faces of Tre Cime and the iconic Lago Sorapis.
Cortina & the Northern Dolomites
Wild, adventurous and spectacular, this tour takes in Cinque Torre, the Tofana group, a night in Cortina, the Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park, part of the renowned Alta Via and home via the Fanes massif.
2, 3 & 4 Night Hut to Hut Circuits
Easier Moderate, Moderate or Hard
Over the years it has been popular amoungst many of our guests to add a short hut to hut tour to the start or end of a Collett’s walking holiday in the Dolomites. We have now formalised some options which take in some outstanding walks and allow you to experience two, three or four nights in some of our favourite rifugios. These shorter treks have been designed to be tagged on to a night or more with us at either end – for example, a two night trek would become a minimum of a four night trip overall.
For any two, three or four night itineraries, we ask you not to book any travel arrangements until we have confirmed all of the accommodation for your chosen hut to hut itinerary.
- Factsheet – Grand Tour of the Alta Badia – 2 Night Moderate Itinerary
- Factsheet – Cortina and the Northern Dolomites – 2 Night Hard Itinerary
- Factsheet – Grand Tour of the Alta Badia – 3 Night Moderate/Hard Itinerary
- Factsheet – Cortina and the Northern Dolomites – 3 Night Hard Itinerary
- Factsheet – Central Dolomites and Sella Grand Tour – 4 Night Easier Moderate Itinerary
- Factsheet – Central Dolomites and Sella Grand Tour – 4 Night Hard Itinerary
Accommodation in a Dolomites Rifugio
Good food in mountain huts that range from the basic to the surprisingly comfortable
For the first and last nights of your holiday, you will be accommodated in the Alta Badia.
On the trek itself, you will be accommodated in either mountain rifugios or village guest houses on a half board basis. You should assume that, in the rifugios, you will sleep in dormitory-style accommodation. For a supplement of £15 per person per night you can request a private room, which are subject to availability.
Breakfasts are normally buffet style and vary depending on the rifugio. A normal rifugio breakfast includes cereals, milk, bread, meats, cheeses, jam and honey, yoghurt, juice, tea and coffee. In a remote rifugio, the choices might be more limited. On some days your route may allow you to stop at another hut for lunch. But we suggest you order packed lunches from the rifugio in which you are staying. Evening meals in the rifugios are taken from a set menu, often with two or three choices for each course. But please note – some of the more basic rifugios will offer a fixed menu with no choice. Food tends to be healthy and hearty and is typical local cuisine, ideal for those long days out on the mountain. For vegetarians and other special dietary requirements, meals will have much less choice and variation. There are limited supplies of fresh fruit and vegetables in the rifugios, so vegetarians might feel less heartily fed than non-vegetarians.
Airport Transfers to the Italian Dolomites
From Venice Marco Polo or Venice Treviso Airports
Getting to the Dolomites should be easy but please contact us if you require any help or advice with travel.
Departing from Venice at 1500 on Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays & Thursdays
Most guests use the Collett’s airport transfer service, which is included in the price of our 7 night tours.
For our 2, 3 or 4 night tours, airport transfers are an additional cost at £80 per person return.
Our transfers are available on SATURDAYS, SUNDAYS, TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS.
Dolomites-bound Transfers leave Venice Marco Polo at 1500 (and Venice Treviso at 1530)
Homebound Transfers – on your day of departure, we only drop off for flights that takes off after 1100.
Be prepared for an early start – if someone has a flight home at 1115, all transferees will have to leave the Dolomites at 0615.
Taxis / Car Hire / Public Transport
Taxis can be arranged, starting at approx. €220 for up to 4 people. A taxi might be helpful if you would like to start your holiday on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday when we do not offer transfers – or if you are simply keen to get to the mountains quickly and would prefer not to wait for a transfer.
Car Hire – Click here to hire a car. Most hut to hut routes start and end in the Alta Badia and parking is available.
Public Transport – limited options, but see Cortina Express and rail/bus options via Brunico from Innsbruck & Verona – bahn.com
Venice & Treviso
Of course, some people choose to stay in Venice or Treviso at one end of their holiday.
Being in Venice at the start of your holiday means you can meet a transfer at your leisure.
Staying in Venice after your stay allows you to catch up on sleep if you have had a 6am transfer down from the mountains!
Further information & prices
Mid-June to mid-September
7 night tours – £825 per person (incl. airport transfer)
2, 3 and 4 night tours – from £185 per person (excl. airport transfer)
All itineraries are based on half-board, dormitory-style accommodation in rifugios (huts) and/or half-board accommodation in private rooms in village guest houses or small hotels.
Your first and last night are spent in the Alta Badia on a B&B basis, either in one of our own chalet hotels or in a village guest house.
Private rooms are available on request and at a supplement in certain rifugios – subject to availability.
- Airport transfers to and from Venice & Treviso Airports (7 day itineraries only)
- Reservations & Accommodation
- Detailed Route Cards & Relevant 1:25,000 Maps
- Pre-departure Info including FAQs & Packing Suggestion
What’s Not Included
- Packed Lunches – available to purchase at every rifugio.
- Drinks/snacks and any other purchases in the rifugios
- Chairlifts, cable cars and buses – estimated costs detailed in Route Cards.
At Your Own Risk
Your self guided hut to hut itineraries will be spent entirely at your own risk and it is important that you understand that whilst these routes are accurate at the time of writing, the situation on the ground may change and the itineraries rely on your sound judgement and decision making throughout.
Our self-guided hut to hut itineraries are put together on a basis of goodwill so that you might enjoy a route you may not otherwise have discovered having organised the itinerary yourself. It represents nothing more than the opportunity to go out on a beautiful walk in a part of this wonderful walking area, with the support of knowing that many of the logistics have been arranged for you.
It is a fact that mountains, mountainous areas and activities undertaken in them are associated with personal injury and death. By coming to such areas, you are exposing yourself and your party to the possibility of personal injury or even death. In such an event, Collett’s Mountain Holidays will not be held responsible for your interest in mountainous areas and your involvement in mountain pursuits, which can occasionally have tragic consequences.
It is important that you understand that these routes are put together using our extensive knowledge of the area, to provide a route which we believe will be enjoyable and realistic for people who decide that they have the appropriate level of fitness and ability in order to complete the itinerary safely. The information provided uses only marked paths which are in use at the time of writing, however, it is your responsibility to continually assess the suitability and safety of the route throughout the walk and to undertake any action necessary to avoid any terrain which each or any member of the group is not comfortable with. The route choice also assumes an ability to read maps and navigate competently.
It is the responsibility of each individual in the group to make an assessment of the information provided, and to make an informed decision about whether the itinerary is suitable for them.
Finally, during your holiday with Collett’s Mountain Holidays you act at your own risk on any ideas, information and opinions you might acquire from our walk organisers or from material prepared by us to help you get the most from the area.
In pictures – Self Guided Hut to Hut in the Dolomites with Collett's
Guest Reviews - Hut to Hut Hiking
My husband and I recently did the Northern Dolomites hut to hut self guided trip. We had no issues for any logistics during our vacation. The staff at Collett's was super responsive and well organized. We provided feedback on some “finer points” that we felt could be improved but they are minor and only icing on the cake...we would definitel(...)
We did the Grand Tour of the Alta Badia. All the organisation from Collett's was perfect - From the initial conversation a few months ago, to the info pack sent out a couple of weeks before the trip, to the actual bookings and rifugios themselves. It couldn't have gone more smoothly. The dolomites are such a special area. You sure do work for (...)
From the moment I reached out about planning a trip, to the last round of farewell beers at Valentin House in Badia, Collett's friendly, knowledgeable and efficient team delivered an amazing experience. Office staff was always quick to get back to us--whether my question was about potential dates, upcoming weather, appropriate footwear or cell(...)
We had a wonderful hut to hut hike in the Dolomites thanks to Collett's. They were always quick to respond to any questions/concerns as we made our plans... and I asked a lot of questions! At the first chalet in Badia we had time with staff to answer any questions about the daily hikes they had mapped out for us... then they served us a lovely(...)
We completed a 6 day tour of the Alta Badia and the route was spectacular every day. After speaking with other hikers in the huts I was so glad that Colletts had made our arrangements,others had difficulty booking for themselves.
Certainly worth paying the extra for private rooms as opposed to dorms.
Overall we had an excellent experience, (...)
We enjoyed our Hut to Hut self guided 7 nights Central Dolomites and Sella Grand Tour in August 2018. From the time we arrived at Corvara we had excellent service and all the young staff were friendly and very helpful. Beth was extremely helpful with guiding us through our walk. Even during our walk we called Beth and she was very helpful a(...)
Thank you for helping organising an epic hut to hut adventure in the Dolomites. The maps and information were detailed and the staff were amazing. Great food and drink at the chalet too!
Great few days on hut to hut in Erhwald. Hotel Alpin was a lovely stop at either end of the walk. Hostess very friendly and welcoming.
We really enjoyed the huts- two very different in character. Wolfrathausen friendly, quiet and great food. Coburger bustling, good hearty food, fantastic setting and we really appreciated having our own ro(...)
We had a lovely holiday and were very impressed by Collett's. Thank you very much and we thought the staff at Chalet Angelo were great, plus all the Rifugio bookings and taxi bookings you did for us were really efficient and lovely.
Had been to Pyrenees with you a few years ago. Chose Collett's then because we knew Spanish mapping wasn't great so wanted to walk with people with local knowledge. Dolomites highly recommended by other guests in Pyrenees and we had never been there. Hut to hut was attractive option.
We had a great holiday and may well return to do a differ(...)
We have been to Corvara in 2015 and 2016 with you.
We also did a bespoke hut to hut which your team organised and explained to us very well.
What stands out about Collett's is the quality of the host team in Corvara, who were great (again). They were unfailingly helpful, interested, friendly and great company. Our thanks to them, again.
Extremely welcoming and friendly staff. We did a self guided 4 day hiking in Alta Badia and your route choice was outstanding! Your website was easy to follow and the photos were excellent. When I inquired about a self guided trip the response was prompt, clear and helpful. Your pricing is also reasonable.
The routes were superb, the staff was very helpful and welcoming, the scenery magnificent, the hotels excellent, the food great, and the directions very precise. There were only a couple of times in our five days that we had any doubt about the route to follow. We were absolutely delighted with the trip.
I would say that this was the trip of a lifetime, except that we plan to return. We hiked "hut to hut", or more accurately chalet to chalet. The routes were well planned, the scenery was incredible, the accommodations were great, the food was wonderful, the directions were meticulous, and I am running out of superlatives. We did the five-da(...)
Friend recommended & you seem to provide a competitive comprehensive service which suited our needs. We did 6 day high route hut to hut so spent night in angelo arrival & verena at end. very impressed with all staff & facilities.
I have previously done hut to hut trekking in the Dolomites and my wife has always been keen to do this. I looked at trying organise this myself but after looking at Collett's and they did everything but the walking it was an obvious choice.
First time we have travelled with Collett's and it won't be our last. Organisation was excellent fro(...)
My holiday was a Hut-to-Hut Walk in the Dolomites, to which I added some Via Ferratas. Having booked all my accommodation for the eight days, the pack of information you sent me was very comprehensive. Consequently, everything went like clockwork.
I wanted to amend my Hut-to-Hut itinerary slightly, to spend 2 days on Via Ferratas, and you w(...)
Many thanks for an excellent hut to hut holiday. The trip notes provided were thorough and it all went without a hitch but best of all are your chalet staff who were all extremely helpful and a credit to Collett's.
The trip itself was demanding but well worth it with some of the best scenery that I have ever seen.
No doubt I will holiday(...)
We had an excellent week of walking, despite unexpected snow in August! The route was well thought out and at a good level for our children (the youngest being nine). The scenery was stunning, the accommodation and food along the way were great. A fantastic week and one that we'd love to do again.
Collett's were one of the few that organizes short (3-4 days) self guided hikes in the Italian Dolomites (as far as we could find on the internet).
Value for money?: Yes, the planning of the routes, booking the rifugios and the information we got on arrival were well worth it.
I thought the three staff members I met in the reorder and during my hut to hut tour were absolutely first class, friendly helpful and I enjoyed meeting them as they happened to be doing some visiting of the rifugi. They were Beth, max and Alison.
They are also really loyal to Collett's and spoke so warmly of the company.
The so-called huts are 3* chalets with great food and each day begin with a chair lift to get right up close and personal with alpine fields of wild flowers and amazing rocks formations. This part of northern Italy was part of Austria before WWl which explains the Italian Tyrol which still looks, feels and sounds more like Austria. La Marmola(...)
Chris was very knowledgeable & thorough with the self guided routes &maps plus additional info such as bus times. He put all my concerns to rest.
The hut to Hut routes & plans were excellent. The hut to Hut tour was right in the area I wanted to explore & it was the perfect level for my first solo trek. Good support, but plenty of independ(...)
The professional image of the website determined our decision to go with Collett's for our holiday.
It would have been nice to receive the hard copy of the itinerary, guest handbook, maps and route prior to our departure for us to vet. We live in Australia, and were told on the 15th June that these would be posted to us, however, we had al(...)
We were a grownup family of 6, each person thought the hut to hut holiday was one of the best they had enjoyed. The "huts" were very welcoming and standards were high for that type of accommodation . Thank you.
The reception hosts at the Haus Valentin where outstanding friendly and informative with attention to detail, I was impressed that even though I was a late arrival and missed any talks, the Hut to Hut people made a clear point of seeking me out to chat about my routes starting the next morning.
When I return I would with out doubt look at s(...)
We were a grownup family of 6, each person thought the holiday was one of the best they had enjoyed. The "huts" were very welcoming and standards were high for that type of accommodation . Thank you.
Chalet was great.
We walked largely from hut to hut where the food was very good. The first night was in the Hotel Panorama where the food was excellent.
We spent in total 3 off 11 nights in the Chalet Angelo. We were a self guided group using an outline of a route supplied by Colletes. This worked very well. The routes were excellent and ju(...)
We were recommended you by friends who stayed with you last year. We chose Collett's because it offered assistance in booking the hut to hut walk and we liked the idea of getting help with planning our own itineraries for day walks. We also very much enjoyed the organized walks. Kelly was extremely helpful and friendly in going over our hut to(...)
We did the hut-to-hut tour and all the hotels and one hut we stayed in were excellent apart from the hotel in Ortisei which felt a little tired. Really well organised holiday and all the staff were really helpful. The hotel Panorama in Corvara was excellent.
2 years ago I was searching for a Dolomites wildflower guide and stumbled across you online. We had a few days open before a hut-to-hut hike starting from Bolzano, and I'd always wanted to try Via Ferrata. After those days in the Dolomites, my husband promised me we could return. So we did this year - and will again, I hope. And what price cou(...)