NEW: Italian Dolomites Snowshoe
The Dolomites mountain range in the northern Italian Alps is one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, with vertical walls, sheer cliffs and narrow, deep and long valleys. It has eighteen peaks rising to over 3000 metres, many with spectacular rock spires and towers, such as the world famous Tre Cime. It is the exceptional natural beauty of the rock formations and geology that have given the Dolomites, World Heritage status. Be prepared to be impressed!
- Stunning mountain scenery
- Professional International Mountain Leader
- Excellent hotel with Italian hospitality
- Peaks, spires and secluded valleys
- A week of truly beautiful snowshoeing
|Trip||Departure date||End date||Price||Status|
|IDS1 18||Sat 27 January 18||Sat 3 February 18||£1295||Places available | Make a Booking|
|IDS2 18||Sat 24 February 18||Sat 3 March 18||£1295||Places available | Make a Booking|
|IDS3 18||Sat 3 March 18||Sat 10 March 18||£1295||Places available | Make a Booking|
We always aim to complete the itinerary as outlined below, however, the following itinerary will be followed only when conditions and weather make it appropriate, both in terms of safety and enjoyment. Your guide will make a decision on your route based on those conditions.
Day 1 Arrival
Today you travel to the lovely Dolomiti village of Villabassa, also know as Niederdorf. We meet in the bar for a welcome drink when your guide will go over the week ahead, and answer any questions about the trip.
Day 2 Strudelkopf
A short drive from our base at Villabassa takes us to our starting point in the valley below the Strudelkopf, also know as Monte Specie at 2307m. Even the drive is scenic and an introduction to the Dolomites and the stunning rock sculptures of this part of the world. The trail along Val di Stolla follows a forest path in a gorge until it reaches a high alp, which gives the first stunning views of the mountains of the Dolomites and in particular of the red rocks of the Croda Rossa. We leave the meadow and contour round to the Strudelkopf and its view point over the world famous Tre Cime towers. A fabulous first day in the mountains! After a cake stop at Prato Piazza we aim to take the local bus back down to our starting point at Pontechello. 10km Ascent 850 Descent 396
Day 3 Corni de Fana
Today we remain in Val Pusteria and head for the Bonner Hutte below the impressive summit of the Corni de Fana which rises to 2663m. The Corni de Fana sees four distinctive flanks join on the summit, a true meeting of the mountain. We start from the tiny hamlet of Hofer and climb steadily through lovely pine forests until we arrive above the treeline. Here we are treated to views all the way back down to the Val Pusteria. The Bonner Hutte now appears in the meadow above us and is a good enticement for the final climb to the hut with thoughts of hot chocolate, cake and a wood burning stove! 10km Ascent 700m Descent 700m
Day 4 Kalkstein Jöchl
This is a gorgeous snowshoe walk! We set off today for the Valle di Casies which is surrounded by very tempting summits. Our goal is the fabulous pass the Kalkstein Jochl which sits at 2328m and offers excellent views of the range. We park at the hamlet of San Magdalena and we begin, as we often do, with a gentle stroll through the forests, until the trail passes through a lovely alpine hamlet and the treeline thins out. Here we are truly on the open mountain and it is a beautiful and steady climb to the pass. We love this snowshoe walk with its sense of wide open spaces and stunning views. 8km Ascent 800 Descent 800
Day 5 Tre Cime - the Three Peaks
Misurina is a 'beauty spot' by the lakeside en route to Cortina, and is often visited in winter by those en route to the Three Peaks. In winter as in summer it is a lovely location for a village, and easy to see why the original settlers would choose to build there. It is our starting point for our hike today. We have various options for a hike in this area, and we will make a decision based on the snow conditions. Wherever we climb we are treated to a vista of rock towers and jagged spires. A truly spectacular mountain setting! 8-9km Ascent approx 800 depending on route choice.
Day 6 Kreuzberger
A hike today from the Kreuzbergerpass. The pass gives us a good starting point for our trip offering various trails through the forests. Our goal is the lovely Nemes Alm Hutte where hopefully we can enjoy a coffee and cake stop! As always the Dolomites offer up some fantastic views and vistas with impressive peaks and summits. During this week we are literally spoiled for choice when it comes to break-taking mountain scenery. Our aim will be to complete a circuit around the Kreuzberger before heading back to our hotel for another session in the spa! Approx 10km Ascent 700m Descent 750m
Day 7 Lutterkopf and Durakopf
We have a short drive along the valley to Taisten, and then climb to the start of our hike at the Mudlerhof, a mountain inn. We will set off for the Brunnerwiesen Alm which gives us lovely panoramic views of the Dolomites. After a wander up through the pinewoods we cross a saddle to reach the summit cross of the Lutterkopf which sits at 2145m. After the obligatory photo opportunity we continue along the ridgeline to our second summit of the day, the Durakopf which sits at 2275m. Its then down to the saddle and back round to where we started the walk, completing a great circular route. 6km Ascent 685 m Descent 685
Day 8 Departure
Today we leave from our base at Villabassa and head home after a week of snowy peaks and stunning scenery.
This trip will run once we have a minimum of 4 clients. We will take a maximum of 8 guests.
Accommodation on this trip is normally in the very lovely4* Hotel Adler, in Villabassa. The hotel serves excellent food and has a spa facility which is excellent for easing muscles at the end of a day in the winter mountains. Our booking at the Hotel Adler relies on early reservations from our guests. If the hotel is fully booked at the time of your booking we will use one of the other very good hotels in the area. In general we find that the Dolomites offer an excellent standard of accommodation and hospitality.
In mountainous terrain the weather can vary considerably. In winter temperatures can range from +10 degrees celsius, to -15 degrees celsius. Even in winter it is often sunny with lovely blue sky days, but it can snow heavily and you would be prepared for any eventuality.
Includes: The price is based on shared twin room accommodation with half board in a 4* Hotel. This is normally the Hotel Adler. The price includes the professional guiding services of a qualified International Mountain Leader, all snowshoe equipment, including poles, snow shovel, and avalanche probe.
Not included: Lunches are not included. Flights and airport transfers to the resort are not included.
If choosing to travel by air you can fly to Innsbruck, Austria or Venice, Italy. Verona airport, Italy is another possibility.
If flying to Innsbruck you then take a train to Villabassa, also called Niederdorf on train schedules. Be aware that in the Dolomites/Sud Tirol all the towns and village have an Italian name and a German name. If choosing Innsbruck you can take a free shuttle bus, takes 15 mins and leaves every 10 mins, from the airport to Innsbruck central railway station. The train departs hourly, for Brennero/Brenner, change here for Fortezza/Franzensfeste, then on to Villabassa/Niederdorf. The journey takes just approx. 3 hrs, and the changes are every 30 mins at Fortezza and Brennero. If your departure flight is too early for the first local train between Villabassa, and Fortezza then you can book a taxi at the hotel to take you direct to Fortezza. A useful link which gives other options, such as the trains from Venice to Villabassa, is Rome2Rio which gives a map and overall picture. Local trains for Villabassa can be found at www.sad.it. You can also take the train from the UK all the way to Villabassa, you can check times here.