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Dolomites Winter Walking

Dolomites Winter Walking

Overview

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 and safe routes and is suitable for both less experienced walkers and fit hikers.

  • 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

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Dobbiaco/Villabassa

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

  • Overnight in Dobbiaco/Toblach or Villabassa/Niederdorf

Day 2: Drei Schuster hut – Innerfeldtal / Campo di Dentro | 15 km

In the morning, a transfer takes you to the valley Campo di Dentro 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 speciality – warm “Apfelküchlein” and enjoy the view of the Dreischusterspitze, as well as the Schwabenalpenkopf before getting to Sesto by public bus.

  • Walking for the day: 15 km ↑650 m
  • Overnight in Sesto/Sexten

Day 3: Sexten/Sesto – Klammbachalm – Nemesalm – Sexten/Sesto | 11 km

Today you enter 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.

  • Walking for the day: 11 km ↑375 m ↓375 m
  • Overnight in Sesto/Sexten

Day 4: Brückele/Ponticello – Stolla – Plätzwiese/Prato Piazza | 6 km

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.

  • Walking for the day: 6 km ↑500 m ↓230 m
  • Overnight in Prags

Day 5: Plätzwiese/Prato Piazza – Strudelkopf/Monte Specie – Plätzwiese/Prato Piazza | 10 km

Starting from the Plätzwiese, you hike to the Strudelkopf/Monte Specie. The ascent itself is marked by a breathtaking 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.

  • Walking for the day: 10 km ↑325 m ↓325m
  • Overnight in Prags

Day 6: Prato Piazza – Santa Maria – Monte Rota – Villabassa/Dobbiaco | 12 km

After the transfer to the starting point of the hiking tour, below the small village of Santa Maria with its Gothic pilgrimage church, the path leads to Monte Rota and further through snow-covered spruce forests to Valle San Silvestro. The mixture of a magnificent Alpine panorama in the first part and the silence and tranquillity of the second part make this stage very varied

  • Walking for the day: 12 km ↑625 m ↓325m
  • Overnight in Dobbiaco/Toblach or Villabassa/Niederdorf

Day 7: Misurina – Auronzo hut | 14 km

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 southwestern side of the world-famous Drei Zinnen (Three Peaks). From the terrace, enjoy the stunning panorama of the Dolomites! A transfer then takes you back to the hotel.

  • Walking for the day: 14 km ↑675 m ↓675m
  • Overnight in Dobbiaco/Toblach or Villabassa/Niederdorf

Day 8: Departure

Individual departure or possibility to extend your stay.

What to Expect

Accommodation

Accommodation is in 3-star hotels (some with sauna and/or indoor pool). 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 are served at the accommodation. Picnic lunches can be bought in each hotel.

Difficulty & terrain

The tour is suitable for both less experienced walkers and fit hikers. Average distances per day: 5-10 km and elevation: approx. 300-600 m (ascent) (read more about difficulty grades). 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 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime.

When to go

The tour can start every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 8 January (the first possible arrival day) until 5 March (the last possible arrival day).

Getting there

FCO up-to-date travel advice

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By plane

Our recommended airports for this tour are Innsbruck airport, Sant’ Angelo – Antonio Canova Airport in Treviso and Marco Polo airport in Venice.

By train or bus
  • 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.
  • Timetables available on: DBÖBBTrenitalia. You can also use the Omio planner above.
  • Parking: Free unattended parking facilities for the duration of the hiking tour at a nearby public parking area.

Inclusions

Included

  • Accommodation in 3-star hotels (some of them with sauna and/or indoor pool)
  • Breakfast buffet or continental breakfast
  • Dinners
  • 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 office/representative

Excluded

  • Airfare and connecting land transfers
  • Lunches, drinks and snacks
  • Travel insurance (required – get a quote online)
  • Personal expenses
  • Local tourist taxes and entry fees (payable on-site)
  • Any items not explicitly listed as included

Options, extras & supplements

  • A supplement applies to members of a group who require a single room
  • This trip is NOT available for solo travellers
  • Extra nights in Villabassa/Dobbiaco

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