Dolomites + Venice
Join MAD on the Alta Via N.1, the classic high route of the Dolomites and help support our education programs.
You’ll revel in 6 days of hiking through some of the most breathtaking scenery in the incredible Italian Alps. Enjoy a guided walking tour and boat tour while in Venice and spend a day in Cortina d’Ampezzo.
The hike begins with Lago di Braies to Sennes, a beautiful alpine lake set amidst forest and soaring Dolomite peaks, this is a thrilling opening to Alta Via N.1. At Rifugio Pederù, you hike uphill in the direction of Lago di Limo. When you reach Lake Lé Piciodel you’ll hike through a charming landscape studded with little lakes and rounded mountain-tops along the Ru d’Al Plan River. Cime di Fanis & Lagazuoi Massif is a lovely hike through the Altopiano di Fanes to the Lagazuoi Massif. Your last hike is a memorable traverse below the awesome Tofana di Rozes.
Trip Dates: June 25, 2020 - July 2, 2020
Early Bird Special: Register and pay for your trip by May 1, 2020 and pay $250 less than the regular price (more information below under Expedition Cost.
Please read the following information on what to expect from your expedition.
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Day 1 Arrive on own with an overnight in Venice (4-star hotel included).
Day 2 Guided walking tour (2 hours) and boat tour (1 hour) of Venice. (4-star hotel included).
Day 3 Cortina d’Ampezzo, Dolomites - Transfer t0 Cortina d’Ampezzo (1,224m / 4,016′) and check into your 4-star hotel. Cortina d’Ampezzo is a charming alpine resort town surrounded by stunning peaks. Host to the 1956 Winter Olympics, Cortina enjoys a reputation for great skiing in winter, and in the summer attracts hikers and climbers who challenge the rocky faces of the nearby mountains. This chic Venetian town also caters to the high society crowd, offering many year-round social activities, shopping, and fine dining.
Day 4 From Lago di Braies to Sennes - Starting at a beautiful alpine lake set amidst forest and soaring Dolomite peaks, this is a thrilling opening to Alta Via N.1. It entails a straightforward steady climb to a high altitude plateau with wide reaching vistas. Take a private 50 minutes transfer to Lago di Braies (1,494m / 4,901′) and start a 800m / 2,625′ climb on a well-trodden path following a scree river colonized by dwarf mountain pines. Marvelous views open over Val Foresta and its peaks. Enter the Natural Park of Dolomiti d’Ampezzo: the panorama is vast and breathtaking. Reach your home for tonight.There is an optional additional hike to the top of the Col di Lasta (2,997m / 7,536′). (~5 hours hiking, 13.3km / 8.3 miles, 1,179m / 3,871′ ascent, 718m / 2,358′ descent. Additional hike 2km / 1.2 miles, 210m / 689′ ascent, 33m / 108′ descent one way.) Breakfast and dinner in Rifugio.
Day 5 Altopiano di Fanes - Departing for Rifugio this morning, you’ll hike downhill towards Rifugio Pederù (1,548m / 5,079′). The trail travels on a steep dirt road for 40 minutes (the last part of the road approaching the rifugio is a 20% slope). From Rifugio Pederù, hike uphill in the direction of Lago di Limo. When you reach Lake Lé Piciodel you’ll hike through a charming landscape studded with little lakes and rounded mountain-tops along the Ru d’Al Plan River. At the fork, continue toward your Rifugio for tonight. Located just beneath the Limo Pass, you’ll have a splendid view of the Tofane Mountains. (~4 hours hiking 7.4km / 4.6 miles, 700m / 2,298′ ascent, 599m / 1,966′ descent.) Breakfast and dinner in Rifugio.
Day 6 Cime di Fanis & Lagazuoi Massif - Today is a lovely hike through the Altopiano di Fanes to the Lagazuoi Massif. You’ll enjoy beautiful panoramas of the Western Dolomites and the Marmolada Massif, the “Queen of the Dolomites.” From your rifugio, Alta Via N.1 continues through the beautiful high meadow and karst formations, climbing to the Forcella del Lago, a narrow and dramatic gap in the mountain with a trail descent through steep talus on the south side. At the base of the slope is the lake called Lago di Lagazuoi whose green waters are framed by pines with a backdrop of the sheer walls of the Cima del Lago and the Cima Scotoni. Breakfast and dinner in Rifugio.
Day 7 Cinque Torri - This stage is of great interest for both the spectacular mountains around and the abundance of reminders of the terrible years of WWI, due to the vicinity of the former border between the long-dismantled Hapsburg Empire and Italy. Hike a memorable traverse below the awesome Tofana di Rozes, ascending Forcella Lagazuoi (2,573m / 8,442′), Forcella Travenanzes (2,507m / 8,225′) and Forcella Col dei Bos (2,331m / 7,648′) and gradually descend along the line of trenches. Reach the main road that goes from Cortina to Passo Falzarego, cross it and climb through forests to the fascinating, renowned Cinque Torri area and its rifugios. From here the incredible vistas around, including the Pale di San Martino, Civetta, Monti del Sole and the Marmolada with its shrinking glacier. Take some time to relax, and in the afternoon descend to the south to Passo Giau (2,236m / 7,336′) from where you will have a private transfer back to Cortina. (~6-7 hours hiking 17.7km / 10.9 miles, 1,103m / 3,621′ ascent, 1,541m / 5,058′ descent, option for a shorter hike, using the Lagazuoi cable car, not included.) Breakfast at hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo (4-Star).
Day 8 Depart Breakfast and departure on your own (private transfer on request).
To ensure that your time with MAD is enjoyable and free from worries, MAD has made travel insurance compulsory for all programs and events. This must be purchased on your own. Without limitation, MAD is not responsible for any injury, damage, loss of property or delays during your stay. Dates and fundraising minimums are subject to change. Please confirm with us before you purchase your flight. *Travel Insurance is mandatory
Early Bird Special: Register and pay for your trip by May 1, 2020 and pay $1,975(Euro) or $2,300(US)/person $250 less than the regular price (price contingent on 8 or more people and are subject to change). Use promo code: DOLO when you register and pay deposit to receive discount.
Regualr Price: Register and pay after May 1, 2020 and cost is $2,550 (US)/person (price contingent on 8 or more people and are subject to change).
*Fundraising is REQUIRED (see Fundraising)
These prices include:
- 2 overnights in 4-Star hotel in Venice
- Guided tour of the city (2 hours walking + 1 hour by boat)
- Private group water transfer from the hotel in Venice to Piazzale Roma
- Private group transfer by van from Piazzale Roma to Cortina d’Ampezzo
- Trip briefing
- Logistics and maps of the area
- 2 overnights in 4-Star hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo
- 3 overnights in charming rifugios (shared dormitories)
- All breakfasts and dinners
- Local English speaking professional UIAGM/IFMGA mountain guide for 4 days
- Private transfer from Cortina to the start point of the hike
- Private transfer from the end point of the hike to Cortina
- Private group transfer from Cortina to the airport of Venice
- Tourist tax
- Italian VAT tax
- Single supplement: 470€ per person (for the 4 hotel nights). The 4-Star hotels in Venice just have double rooms single use and they ask the full payment of the room, that’s why the single supplement is expensive. It would be better to share the room with somebody (just for the 2 nights in Venice).
- Private room supplement (recommended by the last group) for the rifugios: 15€ per person and per night (if available at the moment of booking).
- Duffel bag transfer to the 3 rifugios: 550€ for the whole group (regardless of the number of the participants)
- Private transfer from the airport to the hotel in Venice isn’t included, as participants will arrive on different flights. Transfers can be arranged on request.
Find out if you’re eligible for a Charity Climb Rewards discount.
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- In addition to the cost of the trip, you will be required to raise a minimum of $1000 for our education endowment by April 1st.
- All money raised will be used to support the vulnerable children MAD helps
- There are numerous ways to fundraise for your trip. To learn more, visit our fundraising page.
Register and pay your initial fundraising deposit of $250.
Your fundraising deposit is refundable up to 24 hours. This money goes directly to Make A Difference to support the children we help.
Reserve your spot by paying your $400 trip deposit.
This deposit goes toward your total trip cost and ensures your reservation is held for you. This payment is due right after you finish Step 1.
Pay your remaining balances. You will need to enter two separate payments using the button below. One is the remaining balance owed for your trip and the other is your fundraising balance. Both are due 60 days before your trip.
Attach your matching documents when you pay.
Dates and fundraising minimums are subject to change. Please confirm with us before you purchase your flight.