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Deep into the mountain’s creases: hut-hopping

All inclusive

The Dolomites host many mountain huts. It’s not just their number but especially their quality they are renowned for. An alpine hut here is generally accessed by hiking or sometimes by car, for example the ones located right on the mountain passes. The offer is simple but cosy and complete: hot meals, of a quality often comparable with a good restaurant, well heated common areas and comfortable bedrooms. Sometimes private bedrooms are available. Showers can be available too, depending on the hut and local conditions, for example the availability of a water spring.

The whole hut experience is fairly total: the nature is immersive; sunrise and sunset are the most eagerly awaited moments of the day. Being surrounded by huge rocky walls as ones gets out bright and early makes mountaineering a naturally beautiful endeavour. Getting back in the evening, sitting around a fire and chatting away the day will make of these serene moments an unforgettable, vivid memory.

 

 

focus

mountain hut stay

type of activity

Alpine climb

Level

From medium to expert

when

summer

customised programme

see below

Info
Duration
WHERE TO STAY
CUSTOMISED PLAN
ROUTE LEVEL
EQUIPMENT
BEST-DAYS OFFER
ALL-INCLUSIVE DEAL
YOUR MOUNTAIN GUIDE
PALE DI SAN MARTINO searching for the best rock

ARRIVAL IN THE DOLOMITES

you arrange your own transport (by taxi or public transport) to Val Canali. Hotel accommodation in Cant del Gal or other hotels.

DAY 1

we will start off bright and early to tackle the 1000 metres ascent leading us to Pradidali mountain hut, a hike of around 3 hours. Once here, by the time we empty our rucksacks and take a break to fill-up it will be around 12 o’clock. However, with favorable weather conditions, we can make our way to nearby Torre Pradidali.

TORRE PRADIDALI, Franceschini-Fusai route, grade V, 150 metres. We will reach the base of this majestic isolated tower in around 25 minutes. A short climb on excellent rock, perfect for a day like this. After its ascent and descent, we will be at the hut again around 5 hours later, ready to enjoy our dinner.

DAY 2

CIMA WILMA, Castiglioni/Detassis route, grade V+, 300 metres. After a hearty breakfast, we’ll be ready to take on a new adventure. The approach to the base of this excellent route will take around 40 minutes. It runs partially over slabs, something very unusual at the time of the route opening. It will take around 4 hours to reach the top, after which we will start a complicated descent, taking us back to Pradidali hut in around 2 and a half hours.

Back down to the valley or…

DAY 3

CIMA CANALI, Buhl route, grade VI-, 430 + 250 metres. Today will be about the gem of this area and the main purpose of our trip: Buhl route, on beautiful and demanding Canali’s peak. Its line, right below the vertical falling from the peak, is an exposed vertigo dance on excellent rock. The route will demand around 6 hours and, after a well-deserved break on the top, we will start the descent and we will be back at the hut about 9 hours after the day started. It’s evening now and a hearty dinner will calm our stomachs and our souls.
Back down the valley or…

Back down to the valley or…

 

DAY 4

VELO DELLA MADONNA hut, Porton and Velo via ferratas. After yesterday’s efforts, a relatively relaxing day is in order: a late breakfast (7.30), a goodbye at the hut and another coffee and we will be ready to leave rifugio Pradidali at around 10.00. Today the plan is to move to rifugio Velo della Madonna along the Porton via ferrata, which will take us to the new hut in around 4 hours. Here the hosts are a nice young couple and they will make us feel at home in no time.

Back down to the valley or…

DAY 5

CIMA DELLA MADONNA, Via Spigolo del Velo (Veil’s Edge route), grade V, 400 metres. This route is so famous to be considered THE classic in the entire Pale di San Martino mountain group. It really does deserve its fame, as the entire route is on absolutely perfect rock. The summit is very scenic and the descent, pretty exciting and never trivial, will take us back to the hut in around 2 hours. After a break we will start the long hike down to get back to the car and end our tour.

FALZAREGO PASS: just a few steps away from the summits.

ARRIVAL IN THE DOLOMITES

you arrange your own transport (by taxi or public transport) to Falzarego Pass.

This suggestion is markedly different from the previous one due to the easy access to our mountain hut, just next to the pass, by the national road leading from Cortina d’Ampezzo to Val Badia or val Fiorentina. We are trading a little seclusion for greater convenience: Col Gallina mountain hut is more akin to a little hotel than a hut and, rather than hike up burdened by heavy rucksacks, we can use their handy trolley service!
Once settled in, we just need to have dinner and start planning our first route of this tour.

DAY 1

TORRE GRANDE di FALZAREGO (Falzaregos’ Great Tower), Dibona route, route V-V+, 300 metres. For the sake of settling in and getting acquainted, the first day’s choice will be a great classic on this pass: Falzarego’s towers. A wide spectrum of routes will lead us some spiky peaks. Dibona route is a splendid one, on some nice slabs and with two very interesting final pitches. It will take us around 5 hours to feel the satisfaction of having reached the top, another hour will take us back to our “home”.

End of the tour or…

DAY 2

MONTE AVERAU, Alverà route, grade IV-IV+, 200 metres. The first half of the day is a great imposing peak over val Costeana to the north and val Fiorentina to the south. Alverà route is a classic and fairly well known itinerary on excellent rock, never too difficult but somehow more demanding in its second half, thus leading to a greater sense of achievement as we pass the summit cross, 3 hours since we started our climb. Around 1 and a half hours will take us back to the Col Gallina hut.

End of the tour or…

DAY3

TOFANA DI ROZES’ FIRST EDGE, grade V-V+, 430 metres. We’ll set the alarm clock pretty early for today. Just after a brief car journey we’ll park by Dibona hut. The Tofana di Rozes looks like a medieval fortress on top of some huge towers: the pillars. No wonder it’s the rockstar among Cortina’s rocky walls. We will set on for the approach hike and, in 50 minutes, we’ll be at the base of an edge that will take 4 hours to surmount. After 1 hour and 20 minutes of descent, we can enjoy a well deserved beer at the Dibona hut.

End of the tour or…

DAY 4

BEST-DAYS OFFER: Why not take advantage of it? Arms and legs will plead for mercy after 3 days of solid climbing! It’s the right time to enjoy a relaxing day, perhaps a stroll to a farm and have a nice lunch or a day shopping in Cortina. We will meet the Freedolomites guide again the day after, ready for another climb together.

 

DAY 5

NORTH LAGAZUOI, Drago route, grade V+, 280 metres. Today starts by taking the famous cable car taking us on top of ‘Little Lagazuoi’. This peak was the scene of strenuous fighting and colossal explosions during the 1916-1918 war. We can see its signs all around us during the brief hike taking us to the start of the route. This route manages to push through a smooth and almost “rejecting” wall by taking advantage of its weakest points. Rock is excellent, and we’ll be on the top in 5 hours.

End of the tour or…

DAY 6

CIMA DEL LAGO, Oglio dihedral route, grade IV-IV+, 350 + 50 metres. Another brief car journey will take us to Val Badia, a change of landscape, nevertheless incredibly beautiful.
The route we are going to tackle is another great classic on great rock. The only downside is the approach: an uphill hike lasting 1 hour 40 minutes. This effort is compensated by discovering the little charming alpine lake just by the start of the route.

End of the tour or…

DAY 7

COL BOCCIA, Ghedina route, grade V, 200 metres: a not very well known climb in a spectacular environment. The approach takes us about an hour, the climb will take us between 3 and 4 hours. The summit is great and very scenic, definitely the best place with which to end this intense week. Now we are full of good vibs, it’s time to spend the last night in a confortable hotel and perhaps relaxing in a Sauna.

End of the tour.

Prices

2 days/3 nights2 giorni/3 notti3 days/4 nights3 giorni/4 notti4 days/5 nights4 giorni/5 notti5 days/6 nights5 giorni/6 notti6 days/7 nights6 giorni/7 notti7 days/8 nights7 giorni/8 notti8 days/9 nights8 giorni/9 notti
1 personpersona970 € 1325 € 1870 € 2325 € 2780 € 3220 € 3670 €
2 peoplepersone660 € 930 €1215 €1475 €1770 €2045 €2300 €
+second guideseconda guida
3 peoplepersone705 €1010 €1320 €1625 €1930 €2235 €2545 €
4peoplepersone610 €860 €1115 €1375 €1630 €1880 €2135 €
+third guideterza guida
5 peoplepersone650 €930 €1200 €1480 €1760 €2035 €2300 €
6peoplepersone595 €840 €1085 €1335 €1585 €1830 €2075 €

Prices are intended per person depending on the actual number of days involved in the activity. The guide/customer ratio is one guide every two participants.

The all-inclusive pricing is approximate, it is based on medium-grade routes (up to grade VI and 350 metres length). Prices could change if harder routes are requested.
(look at classic1, classic2, multipitch, regular route)

 

INCLUDED IN THE ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICE:

  • mountain guide, UIAGM/IFMGA certified
  • customised plan
  • technical equipment
  • Transfer from/ to hotel
  • half-board hotel accommodation during the activity
  • bed and breakfast accommodation the night previous to the start of the activity.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • drinks or lunches
  • any transport involving chairlifts, cable cars or taxis.