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Trail Run the Dolomites: Alta Via 1

Run sections of the Lavaredo Ultra Trail!

Run the 'best of the best' of the fabulous Italian Dolomites! This spectacular mountainous area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. 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 made the Dolomites famous throughout the world. Be prepared to be impressed as you run through some of the most beautiful mountains in the world.

  • Amazing high level running trails
  • Stunning mountain scenery
  • Fabulous Italian food and hospitality
  • Unique cultural experience in Sud Tirol
  • High mountain huts in amazing locations
  • Professional International Mountain Leader
  • NEW: Your luggage transferred for you


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If you are going to run a mountain trail only once in your life then you really need to do the 'Dollies'! We think the Dolomites are truly spectacular! This is a very special and interesting part of the world on a number of counts. It is unique in terms of it's geology, and in it's culture, presenting an interesting mix of Austrian and Italian traditions, food, and folklore. The area is know as the Sud Tirol in German, and as the Alto Adige in Italian. It can be a little confusing to find that every village has two names, but it all adds to the feeling that you are truly somewhere 'a little different'. The running is spectacular!


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. NEW: access to luggage is now possible at ALL of our accommodation.

Day 1 Arrival

Today you arrive in Dobbiaco, Italy, also know as Toblach. The Sud Tirol is predominantly German speaking, with Italian the second language. If arriving by bus/train be sure to check both names, Dobbiaco/Toblach. The village is very small and our hotel, which is normally the 3* Hotel Tschurtschenthaler, is within easy walking distance as it is only a few hundred metres from the train station. Your hotel will be confirmed when you receive your Joining Information one month before the trip start date.

Day 2 Lago di Braies to Rifugio Pederu

We start with a short bus ride to the famous beauty spot of Lago di Braies. The lake is spectacular, turquoise waters, surrounded by towering cliffs. We climb steadily under the striated cliffs of Monte Muro to our first pass at Porta Sora il Forn, at 2388m, to be rewarded with immense views, with the glacier of the Marmolada glittering to the south west. Then its down to the Rifugio Biella for a bowl of minestrone, or whatever else takes your fancy. After lunch we have a lovely descent through flower meadows and farms, until a final steep jeep road takes us down to our overnight at the Rifugio Pederu. Ascent 1045m. Descent 1020m. 18km. 5-6 hrs. Access to luggage.

Day 3 Rifugio Pederu to Rifugio Lagazuoi

This morning we take the wild and rocky Vallone di Rudo to Lago Piciodil to reach Rifugio Fanes and a coffee stop! Stunning views en route to Passo di Limo, at 2172m, and its lake of the same name. High peaks surround this pastoral amphitheatre with its curious limestone slabs. We then traverse a rugged mountainside to arrive at the Forcetta del Lago an impressive notch, at 2486m. You will probably think it looks like an impossible descent down the otherside, but the path does exist and you have stunning views all the way down towards Lago di Lagazuoi at 2182m. A 200m climb to finish the day to our Rifugio as we walk along what was a front line in WW1, and where you can explore the gun emplacements and tunnels carved in the ridgeline. The Rifugio Lagazuoi is in a truly amazing location perched high in the mountains, and there is even a wood fired sauna where you can ease any muscles. It’s a day with a big climb, but the descent is minimal and our knees will appreciate that! Ascent 1685m. Descent 450m. 22km. 6-7 hrs. Access to luggage. NB: Sauna available!

Day 4 Rifugio Lagazuoi to Passo Giau

Today we go from WW1 galleries hewn into the Lagazuoi and Casteletto mountains, to a close up of the wonderful summits of Le Tofane. We begin by heading over the Forcella Travenanzes, at 2507m before descending past a WW1 memorial. This is a sobering reminder of the bitter fighting which took place during this period of history. Then it's over the Forcella Col dei Bos and fabulous views to Cinque Torri. A morning cofee at the Rifugio Dibona then a steep climb through the larch forests, but there is the reward of lunch under the Cinque Torri at yet another lovely Italian Rifugio. You will notice a theme developing - walk, coffee, walk, cake, walk, lunch! Then it's a steady but fairly short climb to the pass at Averau, before a final descent to a traversing trail that takes us to the pass and our accommodation at Passo Giau which sits as 2236m. Ascent 1055m. Descent 1400m. 19km. 6-7 hrs. Access to luggage.

Day 5 Passo Giau to Rifugio Palafavera

We begin with a lovely traversing trail through flower meadows before reaching our first grassy pass where we descend into the next valley. This really is a gorgeous start to our day with a great running route. After descending into the next valley we climb back up the mountain as we follow Monte Formin’s impressive south cliffs leading to the Forcella Ambrizzola at 2277m. As we make our way to our third pass of the day we have views of Civetta and then a gentle descent over pasture through dairy herds to the Rifugio Citta de Fiume where we can enjoy a break. Our final stretch for today is a traversing trail under the impressive peaks and spires of the wild and rugged Monte Pelmo, one of the famous landmark mountains of the Dolomites. Finally, it's down through the larch forests to another lovely rifugio where we spend the night at Palafavera. Ascent 550. Descent 810m. 17km. 5-6 hrs. Access to luggage.

Day 6 Rifugio Palafavera to Passo Duran

A steady climb this morning as we leave this rural scene of cow and goat herds and their tinkling bells. We climb up a well graded mule track to the shoulder of Cima Coldai, an outlier of the Civetta, until we arrive at the Rifugio Sonino Al Coldai. Then it's west to the turquoise waters of Lago Coldai. This really is a very beautiful situation, and is to be enjoyed as we drop to the lake and over the Forcella Col Negro, at 2203m before losing height and entering Val Civetta. With its slabs, peaks and pinnacles the 7km long west face of Monte Civetta towers 1200m overhead. A hanging icefield the Cristallo is suspended below the highest top. This face is known as the ‘wall of walls’ and is unique in the Alps. We now head over the Forcella di Col Rean, towards the Rifugio Vazzoler enjoying stunning views of the spires of the Torre Trieste, at 2458m, and Cima della Busazza, at 2894m. We gain the steep little pass of Forcella Col Dell’Orso at 1823m, then it's a short section with chains along a flowered rock face. The remainder of our Alta Via is through pasture and meadows down to the Passo Duran. Here we can enjoy a celebratory drink before we are collected by taxi and taken back to Dobbiaco to our hotel and a well earned spa! This is a drive of approximately 2 hours. Ascent 1285m. Descent 1600m. 28km. 8-9 hrs. Access to luggage.

Day 7 Departure

Today is your departure day from Dobbiaco.



The services of a fully qualified International Mountain Leader, who is an experienced Trail Running guide. All accommodation on a half board basis during the trip. Two nights in a 3* hotel in Dobbiaco, this is normally the 3*Hotel Tschurtschenthaler. Accommodation is based on twin rooms in the hotels. Four nights in very comfortable mountain Rifugios, all with showers, and some with en suite facilities. In the Rifugios we try to secure twin bedrooms where possible, but this relies on early booking. Otherwise you will be in small bedrooms or dormitory accommodation in the Rifugios. It will include transport to the start of the route at Lago di Braies, and a taxi transfer back to Dobbiaco from Passo Duran. Transfer of luggage between all rifugios.

Not included:

Lunches, and any beverages, alcoholic drinks. Transfers to and from Dobbiaco/Toblach at the beginning and end of your trip.

Minimum numbers

This trip requires a minimum of 4 clients to run. We take a maximum of 10 clients.


Accommodation will be in a twin room in a hotel in Dobbiaco, although a single room may be available for a supplement. This is normally the, 3* Hotel Tschurtschenthaler, which has a spa. This does require early booking, and if the Hotel Tschurtschenthaler is not available we will be in similar accommodation in the village. The Dolomite Rifugios are definitely a 'cut above" normal mountain huts, and our guests have said they are more like hotels than huts! We usually manage to secure bedrooms, or small dormitory style rooms of between 2 - 4 people which allows same gender in one room, rather than mixed. On some occasions it may be necessary for mixed gender. It is worth pointing out that in other mountainous hiking areas 'mixed' would be the only option! In Dobbiaco single rooms may be available on request for a supplementary payment. However, these are limited in number and we recommend that you book early if you wish to be sure of a single room. Please contact us for details.


In mountainous terrain the weather can vary considerably. Temperatures can reach over 30°c in the height of the summer (July/August), but can be as low as 5°c on the passes. It is often sunny with good clear days, but it can rain and snow (even in July or August) so you should be prepared for any eventuality. The average temperatures range from 15-25°c in the valleys and 5-15°c on the passes.

Getting there

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 Dobbiaco, also called Toblach 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 Dobbiaco/Toblach. 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 Dobbiaco, and Fortezza then you can book a taxi at the hotel to take you direct to Fortezza.You can also fly to Venice either Marco Polo or Treviso airports, and then take the Cortina Express bus to Cortina, and then change for the local bus to Dobbiaco. Our guests have said that either route works well, and the journey is enjoyable.

A useful link which gives other options, such as the trains from Venice to Dobbiaco, is Rome2Rio which gives a map and overall picture. Local trains for Dobbiaco can be found at You can also take the train from the UK all the way to Dobbiaco, you can check times here.

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