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The Dolomite traverse

All inclusive

The Dolomites are a unique mountain range with a special shape: the peaks are often inaccessible to skiing, while an intricate network of valleys and narrow accesses surround the famous rock towers and spires, making this terrain a fascinating white labyrinth. In our opinion, it is therefore the ski traverse that is the most spectacular way to appreciate the Dolomites in winter.

With this 7-day ski-touring crossing, we want to take you on an original and exciting exploration of this vast area. Starting from Passo Rolle in Trentino, we will cross three regions and end up in South Tyrol. This crossing will be characterised by unique landscapes, beautiful skiing, cosy managed refuges where you can sleep and will end only after crossing, on skis, the famous Braies lake, completely frozen of course!

type of activity

Ski-touring traverse “intermediate”

features

All-inclusive 7 days/8 nights, hotels plus mountain lodge.

Where

From Rolle pass to Braies

customised programme

see below

Info
Duration
CUSTOMISED PLAN
All-inclusive
EQUIPMENT
your mountain guide
When
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Dolomite traverse day by day

DAY 1: SAN MARTINO DI CASTROZZA – PASSO ROLLE

On the first day, we set off from Passo Rolle, with fresh energy we tackle the long tour that will take us up to Passo del Mulaz. From here the ones who are more daring, can continue and reach the 2906 metres of the summit of Mount Mulaz. Now a long and wonderful descent awaits us, crossing the Val di Focobon until we reach the Falcade ski lifts. With a few lifts and a nice descent we will arrive at the San Pellegrino Pass, here thanks to the snowmobile of the refuge we will comfortably arrive at the Fuciade refuge, one of the most welcoming refuges in the Dolomites where an excellent dinner awaits us.

DIFFICULTY: BS, S2-S3

GAP: ascent 650/950 metres, descent 1700 metres.

DAY 2: FUCIADE REFUGE – PRINCE PASS

We reluctantly leave the enchanting Fuciade refuge and climb the sunny slopes above until we reach the Selle Pass. At this point a new spectacular descent awaits us, which will only end at the Pozza di Fassa lifts. Here a new lift will bring us back up to altitude from where we will then climb, surrounded by a solitary environment of rare beauty, to the Rifugio Principe. The refuge is located at the homonymous pass in the heart of the Catinaccio, perhaps one of the most famous places in the Dolomites, very popular in summer but lonely in winter.

DIFFICULTY: MSA, S2

GAP: ascent 950 metres, descent 1100 metres.

DAY 3: PRINCE’S PASS REFUGE – SELLA PASS

Today the crossing of the Catinaccio group awaits us, passing through the Forcella Antermoia. A short but demanding ascent takes us to a small panoramic pass surrounded by high vertical walls; here we can make a small diversions to add another beautiful peak to our list; otherwise, we descend directly to the frozen Antermoia lake and the refuge of the same name. Once we have put on our skins again we will soon reach a new pass from which a long and exciting descent will take us to Campitello di Fassa. Now all that remains is to take a lift and climb up to Passo Sella where a new, enchanting refuge awaits us.

DIFFICULTY: BS, S2-S3

GAP: ascent 400 metres, descent 1100 metres.

DAY 4: VALENTINI REFUGE – COL RAISER

The Sassolungo is the symbolic mountain of Val Gardena: today we will enter this labyrinth of spires and towers and cross the entire group. From our refuge a beautiful sunny ascent takes us to the Demez pass, from here we will follow a beautiful descent leaving the Vicenza refuge behind us and continue to the village of Santa Cristina. Now we go up again to reach Col Raiser, another privileged panoramic point.

DIFFICULTY: BS, S2

GAP: ascent 450 metres, descent 1050 metres.

DAY 5: COL RAISER – LA VALLE

The Dolomite group that we will cross today is the Puez: these peaks separate Val Gardena from Val Badia, from our refuge we begin a climb in a sunny and majestic environment that will take us to the small Roa pass, thanks to which we can look out over the northern slopes that descend on the opposite side. The snow here is almost always of excellent quality, so much so that once we reach the end we already want to return to the top! Instead from Longiarù we take a taxi to the small village of La Valle where we sleep in a hotel.

DIFFICULTY: BSA, S2-S3

GAP: Ascent 650 metres, descent 1300 metres.

DAY 6: CIURNADU – SENNES

Today we will cross the Fanes valley, about this valley many legends have been handed down for centuries, in fact it is a fame more than deserved given the mysterious beauty of these landscapes. The valley is enclosed by high and very wild mountains, we will pass by the Lavarella refuge, open also in winter it is very pleasant to stop for a hot meal. We continue our descent and then climb up to the small Sennes Refuge, immersed in the white of the snow.

DIFFICULTY: MS, S2

GAP: ascent 900 metres, descent 950 metres.

DAY 7: SENNES – BRAIES

The last day is certainly a spectacular one: today too we will climb to a pass that marks the watershed between two very different areas, leaving Val Badia to end our tour in Val Pusteria. For those who still have energy to spare, it is possible to combine the short ascent to the fork with a summit of great satisfaction but also of high commitment. From the pass we enjoy a varied and non-trivial descent. The descent finally ends at the frozen lake of Braies, now very famous and perhaps too busy in the summer. Fortunately, it is winter and the memory of the lake with the freshly skied mountains behind it will remain indelibly in our memory.

We take a taxi to our hotel in Val Badia for some well-deserved refreshments and a sauna.

DIFFICULTY: BS, S2-S3

GAP: Ascent 400 metres, descent 1200 metres.

Prices

all inclusive price

4 days/5 nights4 giorni/5 notti5 days/6 nights5 giorni/6 notti6 days/7 nights6 giorni/7 notti7 days/8 nights7 giorni/8 notti
2 peoplepersone1285 €1590 €1895 €2200 €
3 peoplepersone1050 €1293 €1536 €1780 €
4 peoplepersone940 €1155 €1385 €1670 €
5 peoplepersone900 €1100 €1340 €1610 €
6 peoplepersone866 €1069 €1300 €1570 €

Prices are intended per person and per spent activity day. 

A guide is needed for every 6 participants for plans which involve low difficulties. The ratio moves to 1:5 or 1:6 for higher difficulties plans.

 

INCLUDED IN THE ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICE:

  • Local English speaker, professional Mountain/ski guide UIAGM/IFMGA certified.
  • Customised plan.
  • Trip briefing
  • 2 nights: the night previous and the last night of the tour, bed  and breakfast accommodation in 3-star hotel (breakfast included).
  • Half-board accommodation during the journey, in 3-star hotel in private rooms (double or triple), single room available on request, or mountain hut common room or private room if possible.
  • Safety equipment rental (backpack with transmitter, probe, shovel).
  • Accident Insurance.
  • Local tourist tax.
  • Italian VAT tax.

 

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • 2 dinners: the one before the one of last day.
  • drinks or lunches.
  • Transfer from/ to airport (available on request).
  • Ski rental (available on request).
  • lifts
  • taxi transfer

Calculate approximately 150 € extra per person for taxi and lifts on a 7 days dolomite traverse.