Self Guided Hut to Hut in the Italian Dolomites & South Tyrol
Spectacular hiking in the world’s most beautiful mountains
- 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 add it on to a larger walking itinerary at our bases in the Austrian Alps or Dolomites
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. We provide airport transfers to the Dolomites and the opportunity to chat with a dedicated ‘Hut to Hut’ host before you set off. Using our extensive knowledge of these mountains we have created five 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!
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 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 reservations for the rifugios and then, nearer the time, we send you a detailed route guide printed on waterproof paper for you to use on your chosen itinerary. We also supply all of the relevant 1:25,000 Tobacco maps. On your first evening in the Dolomites, we will arrange a meeting with one of our Hut to Hut Hosts, who will take time to run through the route in detail with you, answering any last minute queries and supplying any further fine details.
Three Magnificent Self Guided Walking Tours
Discover the hidden corners of Europe’s most dramatic peaks
Our hut to hut holidays are available between late June and mid September (excluding 9th to 23rd August) – 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.
For more detailed information about each tour click on the bullet point headings beneath each tour overview…
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. We also use some lifts, as it vastly increases the scope and extent of the views and terrain.
- 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.
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 2 night trek would become a minimum of 4 night trip overall.
For any 2, 3 or 4 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.
For more detailed information about each shorter tour click on the bullet point headings below…
- 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 Badia or Corvara, either in Collett’s own chalet hotel accommodation or in a hotel or guesthouse offering accommodation of a similar standard. Your last night is booked on a B&B basis to give you the opportunity to head out for dinner at a local pizzeria or restaurant.
In between you will be accommodated in either mountain rifugios or village hotels (or guest houses) on a half board basis – unless otherwise specified in the individual trip notes. You should assume that, in the rifugios, you will sleep in dormitory-style accommodation. For a supplement of about £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. Even so, you can also 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
Airport transfers are included in the price of our 7 night tours. For our 2, 3 or 4 night tours, airport transfers are not included and cost an additional £80 per person return.
If you need any help or advice or have any questions regarding how our Airport Transfer System works please call us on 01799 513331.
Our transfer service is not a personal taxi service and waiting can be unavoidable, so please do not book a transfer unless you are relaxed about the possibility of having to kill time either in Venice or Treviso (if time permits) or at the airport. We can arrange car hire or taxi transport (expensive) for you if you would prefer to eliminate the possibility of waiting.
In short, we send one vehicle down to the airport to drop off all our departees for their flights home, whilst the same vehicle will collect all our arrivals to take them up to the mountains. The transfer vehicle will drop off and collect from both Venice Marco Polo and Venice Treviso airports, which are about 25 minutes from each other. Thankfully, Treviso Airport is just off the motorway that takes you from Venice Marco Polo Airport to the Dolomites, so dropping in at Treviso is only a short detour.
– We will contact you about 2 weeks before your holiday with the times of your transfers. These are determined by the flight times of everyone we collect on that day but 5pm is the deadline for a transfer, as this allows us to get everyone up to the mountains in time for dinner. We try to keep waiting to a minimum but we can make no guarantees. For example, if your flight lands at 11am and we have other arrivals landing at 4.30pm, the transfer is likely to set off at 5pm. On the other hand, you might be our only arrivals on that day, in which case we will meet you from your flight and take you straight to your destination.
Your flight should arrive before 5pm and leave after 11am on the day of your departure. Make sure you understand how our transfer system works by reading this page in full – Thank you.
Journey Time to Corvara and Badia – 3hrs
– on your day of departure, be prepared for an early start. If someone has a flight home at 11.00am, we have to leave the mountains at about 6am – 11.00am is the earliest we allow guests to book a return flight. Again, departure times are dictated by the flight times of all our transferees.
Venice & Treviso Hotels
– many people choose to tag on a short stay in Venice or Treviso at one end of their holiday. Being in Venice already at the start of your holiday means you can make your way to meet a transfer at your leisure. Booking into Venice at the end of your stay means you can relax at your hotel in Venice and catch up on a few hours sleep in the event of you having to get out of bed for a 6am transfer down from the mountains. Click
for details of our Venice Hotels.
Further information & prices
Mid-June to Mid-September, subject to availability.
7 night tours – £750 per person with airport transfer included.
2, 3 and 4 night tours – from £170 per person.
All itineraries are based on Half Board, dormitory style accommodation in rifugios and Half Board accommodation in private rooms in the hotels/pensiones. Your first and last night are spent either in one of our own chalet hotels, or in a village guesthouse or hotel of a similar standard. Your last night is booked on a B&B basis to give you the opportunity to head out to a local pizzeria or restaurant.
Private rooms are available at a supplement in some rifugios.
A small number of guesthouses only take B&B bookings and dinners must be paid for locally in these situations. In this situation, the cost of your trip would be discounted accordingly.
Airport transfers to and from Venice & Treviso Airports (7 day itineraries only) –
please make sure you understand how our airport transfer system works
- All Accommodation with first and last nights in Badia or Corvara (7 day itineraries only)
- A meet and greet with one of our own walkers based in the Dolomites
- Route laminates & maps
- Pre-departure information including packing suggestions
What’s Not Included
- Packed Lunches (These are available to purchase at every rifugio)
- Drinks/snacks and any other purchases in the rifugios – some rifugios do not have drinkable tap water
- Lifts/cable cars and buses – see routes notes for details and estimated costs
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.
Click and drag on the photos below to view the 360° Panoramas
Rifugio & Monte Lagazuoi – Grand Tour of the Alta Badia
Rifugio Lagazuoi – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA
Above Rifugio Lavarella – Grand Tour of the Alta Badia
Post from RICOH THETA. – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA
In pictures – Self Guided Hut to Hut in the Dolomites with Collett's
Guest Reviews - Hut to Hut Hiking
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(...)