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Dolomites Winter Walking

Overview for Dolomites Winter Walking

There is truly nothing quite like the Dolomites in winter and we offer you a week-long adventure, exploring the highlights of the region at your own pace. During this winter walking holiday in the Dolomites, you will walk in the snow-covered mountains of the Dolomites of Sesto and the iconic UNESCO-listed Three Peaks, the pearls of the Dolomites. The Dolomites winter walking trip is going to take you through the valleys of Sesto and Braies, known for their amazing wild nature and located at more than 2,000 metres above sea level. The tour goes through well-established ans safe routes and is suitable for both less experienced walkers and fit hikers.

Highlights

  • The Dolomites of Sesto
  • The world famous Drei Zinnen (Three Peaks)
  • Plätzwiese: pasture, high plateau and cross country skiing paradise located at 2,000 metres above sea level
  • Innerfeldtal Valley
  • Breath-taking views from the Bonner hut terrace

Itinerary for Dolomites Winter Walking

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Day 1: Arrival in Dobbiaco/Villabassa

You arrive at the hotel in Dobbiaco/Villabassa on your own. Free, unguarded public car park near the hotel.

Day 2: Drei Schuster hut – Innerfeldtal / Campo di Dentro

In the morning a transfer takes you to the Innerfeldtal in Sesto. In the beginning you will walk through snow-covered larch meadows until you get to the Drei Schuster hut at the feet of the mighty Dolomites peaks where you can taste the local specialty – warm “Apfelküchlein” and enjoy the view of the Dreischusterspitze, as well as the Schwabenalpenkopf before getting to Sexten.

Day 3: Sexten/Sesto –Klammbachalm – Nemesalm – Sexten/Sesto

Today you enter into the Dolomites of Sesto: the Zwölferkofel in front of you and the Dreischuster peak on your right. From Passo Monte Croce you walk to the Alpine pasture Klammbachalm (hut) onto the Nemesalm (mountain pasture). After a short break you walk back to the Passo Monte Croce and your hotel in Sesto.

Day 4: Brückele/Ponticello – Stolla – Plätzwiese/Prato Piazza

You start your winter hike today at Gasthof Brückele. The trail leads you along the Stolla stream through a quiet valley to the hut of the same name. The mighty Hohe Gaisl towers above you. Soon the valley opens up and you reach the plateau of the Plätzwiese.

Day 5: Plätzwiese/Prato Piazza – Strudelkopf/Monte Specie – Plätzwiese/Prato Piazza

Starting from the Plätzwiese, you hike to the Strudelkopf. The ascent itself is marked by a breath-taking panorama of the great peaks of the Pragser Dolomites, such as the Hohe Gaisl or the Seekofel. The Strudelkopf offers one of the most beautiful panoramic views in the Dolomites to the peaks of the Drei Zinnen, the Cadini group, Monte Cristallo, the Tofana and the Marmolada.

Day 6: Bonner hut

Escape mass tourism and experience the silence and tranquillity of the winter landscape! The amazing Alps panorama and deep snow-covered woods will award the consistently ascending path to the hut.

Day 7: Misurina – Auronzo hut

A transfer will take you to Misurina in the morning. Surrounded by mountains you start the hike. Soon you will reach Lake Antorno. The path leads you along the snow-covered mountain road to the Auronzo hut, on the south-western side of the world-famous Drei Zinnen (Three Peaks). From the terrace enjoy the stunning panorama of the Dolomites!

Day 8: Departure

Individual departure or possibility to extend your stay.

Hotels for Dolomites Winter Walking

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Five nights in 3-star and 4-star category (mostly with sauna and/or indoor pool) and two nights in mountain huts: Bonner Hut and Auronzo hut. All accommodations have en suite private double/twin rooms. We have carefully hand-picked all places and regularly monitor their quality. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.

Meals

Breakfast and dinner served at the accommodation. Picnic lunches can be bought in each hotel.

Travel for Dolomites Winter Walking

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By car:

By car on the motorway Brenner/Brennero (A22) to Brixen/Bressanone – take the exit Vahrn/Varna, then along the valley Pustertal/Valle Pusteria (SS49) to Niederdorf/Villabassa or Toblach/Dobbiaco, depending on the location of your hotel

or

Drive along the Felbertauernstraße to Lienz in Eastern Tyrol (Austria) and then further into Italy through the valley Pustertal/Valle Pusteria to Toblach/Dobbiaco or Niederdorf/Villabassa, depending on the location of your hotel.

By train:

Take the train from Innsbruck over the Brenner/Brennero to Franzensfeste/Fortezza. Change trains for the Pustertal/Valle Pusteria – Lienz and get off either at Niederdorf/Villabassa or Toblach/Dobbiaco depending on the location of your hotel.

Timetablea available on:
www.deutschebahn.de
www.oebb.at
www.trenitalia.com

By plane:

Low cost flights are available to Innsbruck airport, Sant’ Angelo – Antonio Canova airport in Treviso and/or to the Marco Polo airport in Venice.

Note that flight information can change rapidly, and not all flights run daily. Please do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner before finalising any booking with us. Please do not book your flights before we have confirmed your booking.

Parking:

Free unattended parking facilities for the duration of the hiking tour at a nearby public parking area.

Baggage Transfers

Baggage transfer on walking days is included and your bags will be transferred by your current hotel (or by private transfer) to your next hotel.

Country Info

Language: Italian. In big cities and resorts many people speak English, but in remote areas, this might not be the case. However, most of the hotel personnel where we stay speak English and are ready to help you. Many people also speak German. You can always call our 24/7 helpline if there are any problems.

Electric supply and plugs: 220V, 50hZ, two-pin round plugs.

Currency: We strongly advise taking sufficient cash for your daily requirements. Banks and ATMs are available, and credit/debit card payments are widely accepted in towns and cities and big petrol station chains but might be limited at some of the villages we visit.

Up-to-date travel advice on Italy is available here.

Detailed travel information and hints will be provided in your holiday information pack.

Trip Info for Dolomites Winter Walking

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Difficulty Grade: Easy to Moderate

The tour is suitable for both less experienced walkers and fit hikers. Average distances per day: 5-10km and elevation: approx. 300-600 m (ascent)

Route Navigation

During the briefing before the tour you will be provided with detailed information, route description and detailed documents (route maps, sightseeing, important telephone numbers). We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our local 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime.

When to Go

The tour can start every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 6 January (first possible arrival day) until 3 March (last possible arrival day).

What to Bring

We recommend that you travel as light as possible – airlines might charge you an extra fee, and during ground transfers, place might be limited. Ideally, you should bring one piece of luggage weighing not more than 25 kg (to be checked in) and a daily pack (15 – 20 l rucksack) for your everyday essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc). Below is our recommendation list of what you should bring. In case the conditions require snowshoes and poles you can rent them at the spot. If you need further advice, please contact a reputable outdoor retailer or us.

  • A mobile phone – useful in case of unexpected problems and the network is fairly reliable in the borth of the massif.
  • A power bank
  • A 20 – 40L backpack with a belly-band to carry your personal belongings during the day.
  • Another bag that will be carried: a backpack or travel bag (not too big nor not too heavy) 10kg maximum!
  • Hiking clothes, loose-fitting, comfortable and warm, comfortable trousers (Gore-Tex), please avoid jeans!
  • A wool sweater or a fleece jacket
  • A Gore-Tex jacket or a waterproof windstopper
  • A pair of mittens and a pair of gloves.
  • A hat
  • Alpine skiing mask (recommended in case of bad weather).
  • Gaiters
  • Acrylic tights (LIFA)
  • Several pairs of woollen socks
  • Shoes: a good pair of hiking shoes, not too flexible but warm and comfortable
  • We advise you to buy telescopic poles that can be used in winter for snowshoeing and for hiking in summer
  • Mountain sunglasses (4 or more)
  • Sunscreen (skin and lips), SPF 15 minimum
  • Tupperware, + fork, spoon and knife
  • 1,5L flask (optional). Beware of the dehydration on the snow.
  • Camera + cover (for the cold). Do not forget to bring some batteries.
  • A pair of sneakers for the evening
  • Spare clothes
  • Towels, Kleenex, toilet paper
  • A small toiletry bag
  • A small first aid kit

Included for Dolomites Winter Walking

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  • Accommodation in 3 and 4-star hotels (most of them with sauna and/or indoor pool)
  • Breakfast buffet or continental breakfast
  • Dinners
  • Briefing before tour start
  • Luggage transfers on wall walking days
  • Transfers according to the programme
  • Route descriptions
  • Detailed documents (route maps, sightseeing, important telephone numbers)
  • 24/7 phone assistance by our local representative

Options and Extras

  • Extra nights in Villabassa/Dobbiaco; 3* or 4* hotel

Single Room & Solo Traveller Supplements

  •  Where solo travellers or individual members of a group require a single room, a single room supplement is applicable as costs are not shared.
  • This trip is NOT available for solo travellers.

Please click the CHECK AVAILABILITY button above to see the price of the holiday and the different options, extras and supplements for your desired dates

Excluded

  • Flights and airport transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunches
  • Personal expenses such as snacks, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned as ‘included’ in the programme

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