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Alta Via 1 Dolomites Hiking Guide

The Alta Via 1 is a long-distance hiking trail in the Italian Dolomites in Northern Italy, starting at Lago di Braies (Pragser Wildsee) in South Tyrol and ending at the La Pissa bus stop near Belluno.

This is a very approachable multi-day hike, perfect for people getting acquainted with long-distance trekking and hut to hut hiking in the Dolomites. It’s also said to be the easiest of the Alta Vie, Dolomites high routes.

As wild camping is forbidden along the route, you’ll stay in Rifugios (Rifugi in Italian, Hütten in German) along the way. These mountain shelters range from rustic to luxurious. No matter where you stay the night, you can expect tasty food, excellent company, and a comfortable place to sleep.

Some of our fondest memories of hiking the Alta Via 1 were the conversations and laughs we shared with fellow hikers inside the rifugi.

In this Alta Via 1 hiking guide, you’ll learn  exactly how and when you should book rifugios, what itineraries to consider, how to get to the trailhead, and more.


Alta Via 1 Hiking Trail Facts

Starting Point | Lago di Braies (Pragser Wildsee) in South Tyrol

Ending Point | La Pissa Bus Stop, a 20-minute bus ride to Belluno

Total Distance | 120 km point-to-point

Days Needed | 8 – 10 days. Shorter routes are possible.

Difficulty | Easy

Permit Needed | None

Accommodation | Rifugios (mountain huts)

We wrote this Alta Via 1 trekking guide based on our personal experience. Keep in mind that things can change over time: trail difficulty, accessibility, and routing (due to rock falls) and hut management (reservation system, hospitality, payment, food quality, etc…). Please do your due diligence before tackling this route.

Lago Coldai, Alta Via 1 Hiking Trail, Dolomites

Alta Via 1 Hiking Map

ALTA VIA 1 TREK STAGES

Where to Stay

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

Stage 4

Stage 5

Stage 6

Stage 7

Stages 8 -10

Exit Route to Listolade

Exit Route to Cortina


Alta Via 1 Itinerary


10-Day Alta Via 1 Hiking Route

The 120-km-long Alta Via 1 (Dolomiten Höhenweg) is hiked north to south and generally broken up into the following 10 stages. Many hikers will combine stages 7 and 8.

Book these self-guided treks: Alta Via 1 Self Guided 13-day Relaxed, Alta Via 1 Self Guided 10-day Standard, or Alta Via 1 Self Guided 7-Day Active

Stage 1 | Lago di Braies – Rifugio Biella (or Rifugio Sennes)

Stage 2 | Rifugio Biella – Rifugio Fanes (or Rifugio Lavarella)

Stage 3  |Rifugio Fanes – Rifugio Lagazuoi 

Stage 4 | Rifugio Lagazuoi – Rifugio Nuvolau (or Rifugio Averau)

Stage 5 | Rifugio Nuvolau – Rifugio Città di Fiume

Stage 6 | Città di Fiume – Rifugio A. Sonino Al Coldai

Stage 7 | Rifugio A. Sonino Al Coldai – Rifugio Vazzoler

Stage 8 | Rifugio Vazzoler – Rifugio Carestiato (or Passo Duran)

Stage 9 | Rifugio Carestiato – Rifugio Pramperet (or Rifugio Pian de Fontana)

Stage 10 | Rifugio Pramperet – La Pissa Bus Stop  – Bus to Belluno


Alta Via 1 North Route

Many hikers choose to trek a shorter section of the trail. For example, we met lots of people hiking the 4-stage Alta Via 1 North route (Lago di Braies to Cortina d’Ampezzo), or the 6-stage Alta Via 1 South route (Cortina d’Ampezzo to La Pissa/Belunno).

If you’re planning on ending your AV1 trek in Cortina d’Ampezzo, we recommend hiking stage 5 from Rifugio Lagazuoi to Rifugio Nuvolau, or Rifugio Averau. On day 6, you can continue along the Alta Via 1 to Passo Giau and the Mondeval Plateau.

At Forcella Ambrizolla, descend to Lago Federa and Rifugio Croda da Lago. Take a break at the lake and then continue your descent all the way down to Cortina d’Ampezzo.

Book this self-guided trek: Alta Via 1 North Self Guided 4-Day Itinerary

Stage 1 | Lago di Braies – Rifugio Biella (or Rifugio Sennes)

Stage 2 | Rifugio Biella – Rifugio Fanes (or Rifugio Lavarella)

Stage 3 | Rifugio Fanes – Rifugio Lagazuoi 

Stage 4 | Rifugio Lagazuoi – Cortina d’Ampezzo


Alta Via 1 South Route

Book this self-guided trek: Alta Via 1 South Self Guided 5-day Itinerary

Stage 1 | Cortina d’Ampezzo – Rifugio Nuvolau (or Rifugio Averau)

Stage 2 | Rifugio Nuvolau – Rifugio Città di Fiume

Stage 3 | Rifugio Città di Fiume – Rifugio A. Sonino Al Coldai 

Stage 4 | Rifugio A. Sonino Al Coldai – Rifugio Carestiato (or Passo Duran)

Stage 5 | Rifugio Carestiato  – Rifugio Pramperet (or Rifugio Pian de Fontana)

Stage 6 | Rifugio Pramperet  – La Pissa  – Bus to Belluno


Our Alta Via 1 Route

We hiked the first 7 stages of the Alta Via 1, departing the trail at Rifugio Vazzoler. We opted for a shortened route, because we wanted to spend time in Alta Badia and Val Gardena. Also, we had just hiked the Berlin High Trail and the Rätikon Circuit, so we didn’t want to commit to a 10-day hike.

There are limited bus departures from Listolade to Corvara, Alta Badia.

Stage 1 | Lago di Braies – Rifugio Biella

Stage 2 | Rifugio Biella – Rifugio Fanes

Stage 3 | Rifugio Fanes – Rifugio Lagazuoi

Stage 4 | Rifugio Lagazuoi – Rifugio Nuvolau 

Stage 5 | Rifugio Nuvolau – Rifugio Città di Fiume

Stage 6 | Rifugio Città di Fiume – Rifugio A. Sonino Al Coldai

Stage 7 | Rifugio A. Sonino Al Coldai – Rifugio Vazzoler

Exit Stage | Rifugio Capanna Trieste – Listolade Bus Stop – (Bus to Corvara)

Rifugio Nuvolau Sunrise, Alta Via 1 Hiking Trail, Dolomites

Alta Via 1 Difficulty

Easy (Grade 2). We’ve done a fair amount of hut to hut hiking in the Alps and trekking across Europe, and by comparison, the AV1 is rather easy. Even though the trail wasn’t challenging, we still loved it.

The mountain views were spectacular and the route itself is outstanding. Because the traditional stages are on the short-side, experienced thru-hikers may want to combine some of the stages.

While the trail is easy-to-follow, it’s not always obvious. The Alta Via 1 waymark ( “1” inside a triangle) isn’t consistently marked throughout the trekking route. Don’t rely on Alta Via 1 signage alone to guide you in the right direction. We met other hikers who got lost or took accidental round-about routes to the next rifugio. It can easily happen.

This Cicerone Alta Via 1 Guidebook is an essential companion on your Alta Via 1 trek. You can purchase trail maps in the Rifugi.

As easy as a trail might be, the weather can change everything. Kati and I barely made it to Rifugio Lagazuoi, because we got lost in a snow blizzard. YES, a SNOW BLIZZARD. I wrote about it on Instagram. The lesson we learned is: if it starts snowing, stop gaining elevation.


When Can You Hike the Alta Via 1

July, August, or September.

You must time your trek with the opening times of the rifugios. The Alta Via 1 huts typically open-up around mid-June and stay open until late-September. If you hike the Alta Via 1 in June, you’ll likely encounter snow on the trail.

We hiked the Alta Via 1 during the first week of September. We experienced rain, snow, and sunny conditions.

Learn More: Best Time to Visit the Dolomites for Hiking

Rifugio Nuvolau, Alta Via 1 mountain hut, Dolomites

How to Book the Alta Via 1 Trek

Each rifugio along the Alta Via 1 needs to be booked individually. Some huts can be booked by email, other huts can be booked with an online form.

Because the rifugios along the Alta Via 1 route are very popular, most require deposits. Typically, you’ll pay a deposit of 15 to 20 EUR per person to secure your reservation.

When you make reservations, you’ll usually have to specify whether you want half board (breakfast and dinner), or bed and breakfast. If you choose the B&B option, you can order dinner from the hut’s a la carte menu.

If booking multiple mountain huts sounds like a huge hassle, or you simply don’t have the time, you can also book your hiking tour via a self-guided hiking company. These companies make reservations on your behalf and provide other resources to make your trip seamless.

We recommend the self-guided company: Alpenventures UNGUIDED. Check out their AV1 tours:

Alta Via 1 Self Guided – 13-Day Relaxed – Alta Via 1 trekking route divided into 13 stages (slow paced)

Alta Via 1 Self Guided – 10-Day Standard – Alta Via 1 hiking route divided into 10 stages (moderately paced) 

Alta Via 1 Self Guided – 7-Day Active – Alta Via 1 tour route divided into 7 stages (fast paced)

Alta Via 1 North Self Guided – 4-Day Itinerary – The Northern AV1 route from Lago di Braies to the Cinque Torri Region, divided into 4 stages. 


When to Book Alta Via 1 Rifugios

The Alta Via 1 Dolomites trail is getting increasingly popular. People start booking AV1 huts as early as December and January, months before the trekking season.

If you’re starting the booking process later (e.g. spring, or even early summer), it may be very difficult to secure hut reservations independently. We recommend booking a self-guided tour AV1-10 Alta Via 1 Self Guided to save time.

Also, if the Alta Via 1 trek is fully booked, this 9-day Best of the Dolomites Trek is a great alternative. It runs west to east, connecting Seceda with Tre Cime di Lavaredo. You can opt for the 12-Day Best of the Dolomites Trek, or the 7-Day Best of the Dolomites Trek.


Alta Via 1 Rifugio Reservations

Rifugio Biella | We made our reservation by email: info@rifugiobiella.com. They asked us to re-confirm our reservation one week before our arrival. Rifugio Biella didn’t request a deposit.

Rifugio Fanes | We submitted this reservation request form online. Rifugio Fanes replied to our request by email, confirming availability for the date we specified. To complete the reservation, we had to pay a 40 EUR deposit for 2 people. In the email, there’s a link to the payment gateway, where you can pay the deposit using a Visa, Mastercard, or a Maestro. 

Rifugio Lagazuoi | We booked our stay on rifugiolagazuoi.com. Simply enter your desired dates and number of people, and you’ll automatically see if there’s availability. If there is, you can choose which room you want (dormitory, double room, triple room), and complete your booking. The last step requires you to enter your credit card details (Visa, Mastercard, Amex, or Diners Club) to pay your deposit (20 EUR per person). We paid a 40 EUR deposit for 2 people.

If Rifugio Lagazuoi is fully booked, you have several other options. You can stay at Rifugio Scotoni, or Camping Sass Dlacia (guesthouse).

Rifugio Nuvolau | Rifugio Nuvolau accepts bookings on the Rifugio Nuvolau website. They open up bookings for the summer hiking season in February. When we booked this hut, we had to transfer a 50 EUR deposit. 

Rifugio Città di Fiume | You can send booking requests using the online form on the Rifugio Città di Fiume website. They open up bookings for the summer hiking season in March. This hut also required a deposit (20 EUR/person when we hiked the AV1). 

Rifugio A. Sonino Al Coldai | We made a reservation by email: infocoldai@gmail.com. They replied confirming availability plus directions on submitting our deposit. To secure our spots, we had to transfer 30 EUR (15 EUR per person) to their account using the bank details (IBAN / SWIFT) they provided in the email. It’s important to include your reservation name and dates of stay on the transfer. They also said it’s possible to pay with Visa or Mastercard: you just have to let them know if that’s your preference. Learn more: Rifugio Coldai website

Rifugio Vazzoler | rifugiovazzoler.com

Rifugio Carestiato | Find the hut’s updated contact info at caiveneto.it

Passo Duran | There are two mountain huts at the Duran mountain pass: Rifugio San Sebastiano and Rifugio Passo Duran C. Tomè

Rifugio Pramperet | Email: info@rifugiosommarivaalpramperet.it

Rifugio Pian de Fontana | Email: piandefontana@livecom.it


Rifugio Cancellation Policy

Each Rifugio has a different cancellation policy. Make sure to note these policies as you make your reservations. Some huts offer a 100% refund if you cancel up to 30 days before your arrival date. Other deposits are non-refundable.

Trekking Alta Via 1 in the Dolomites

Alta Via 1 Pricing

You should budget 80-90 EUR per person per day if you’re sleeping in dormitory rooms. If you’re opting for private rooms, budget an additional 30-40 EUR per person per day. Note: not all rifugios offer private rooms.

In some rifugios, you’ll pay for everything separately. For example, in Rifugio Biella, we each paid 15 EUR for our dormitory bed, 9 EUR for breakfast, and about 15 EUR for dinner and drinks, which we ordered from an à la carte menu. In other rifugios, you’ll have the option to pay a single half board sum, which includes your bed, breakfast, and dinner. Drinks are not included.

Prices may also vary depending on the season, as some huts differentiate between summer low season and summer high season.


When to Pay

Typically, you’ll pay for your room and board when you arrive in the hut, or in the evening before you go to bed. The rifugios have a record of your deposit, so you’ll just pay the difference.


Payment Options

Traditionally, mountain huts are cash-only establishments. However, a few rifugios along the Alta Via 1 accept credit cards. When you make your reservation, you can find out what your payment options are.


Alpine Club Membership Discount

Many Alta Via 1 rifugios are privately owned and not owned and managed by an alpine club. When a rifugio is affiliated with an alpine club, you can present your alpine club membership card, and you’ll receive a discount on your lodging. Learn more about alpine clubs in our guide to hiking in the Alps.

During our trek, Rifugio Nuvolau, Rifugio Città di Fiume and Rifugio A. Sonino Al Coldai were the only huts that administered an Alpine Club Membership discount.

Lake Prags, Lake Braies, Dolomites

Arrival Day in Lago di Braies, the Alta Via 1 Trailhead

Read How to Get to the Dolomites to learn how to reach the Dolomites from the closest airports, train stations, and bus terminals.


If You Arrive at the Venice Marco Polo Airport

One of the closest airports to the Dolomites is Venice Marco Polo Airport.

Most overseas AV1 hikers fly to Venice and then take a direct bus to Cortina d’Ampezzo. The direct Cortina Express takes 2 hours.

Either stay in Cortina d’Ampezzo, or continue your journey to Dobbiaco/Toblach in Alta Pusteria (Hochpustertal in German, Upper Puster Valley).

Take SAD Bus 445 (40 minutes) from Cortina d’Ampezzo to Dobbiaco/Toblach. Bus line 445 departs Cortina d’Ampezzo six times a day. Use the suedtirolmobil.info journey planner to find the best connection.

From the Dobbiaco/Toblach bus station (Toblach Busbahnhof), take SAD Bus 442 to Lago di Braies (Pragser Wildsee in German). The bus ride takes 30 minutes.

Update: If you’re planning on taking a bus to Lago di Braies between July 10 – September 10, advance online booking and prepayment are required. You can book your bus ticket here: prags.bz/en/


Where to Stay in Cortina d’Ampezzo

If you’re arriving in Italy after a long international flight, you may want to recover from your jet lag in Cortina d’Ampezzo.

Budget | Hotel Meuble Oasi is a delightful alpine hotel, located close to the Cortina d’Ampezzo Bus Station, walking distance to Cortina’s pedestrian zone.

Midrange | Hotel Regina is a friendly, family-run hotel located directly in the town center. A delicious breakfast is included in the rate.

Midrange-Luxury | Ambra Cortina Luxury&Fashion Hotel is a lovely boutique hotel with 24 thematic rooms and a bar in the very center of Cortina. Guests are treated to an excellent breakfast.

Luxury | Hotel de Len is a sparkling new luxury hotel in the heart of Cortina. Fresh-faced interiors blend alpine design, modern lines, and natural and sustainable materials. The hotel restaurant, open 12 pm – 10 pm,  showcases mountain products and local Ampezzo flavors in new and exciting ways. Breakfast is included in the room rate. Rooftop spa access is an extra charge. Read our Hotel de Len review

Look for accommodation in Cortina.


Where to Stay in Dobbiaco / Toblach

Budget | Guesthouse – Cultural Center Gustav Mahler is a friendly and clean B&B, situated conveniently close to the Dobbiaco/Toblach train station.

Look for accommodation in Dobbiaco.


Where to Stay around Lago di Braies

If you want to spend the night directly at Lago di Braies, before embarking on your Alta Via 1 trek, you have one option: Hotel Lago Di Braies.


How to Get to Karersee/Carezza

There’s a direct bus (line 180) from Bolzano (Bozen) to Carezza (Karersee) in Val d’Ega (Eggental).

The bus is operated by Südtirol Mobil and takes 55 minutes. It costs around 5 EUR per person.

Alta Via 1 Hiking Trail, Dolomites

Alta Via 1 Packing List

Here’s our complete hut to hut hiking packing list.

It’s always tempting to bring a big pack, but you don’t need anything larger than the Osprey Kyte 36 (for women) and Osprey Kestrel 38 (for men) for this trek. If you have a 45 L backpack, that’ll work too.

Rifugios provide sheets, blankets, and pillows, but you need to bring a sleeping bag liner for hygienic purposes. We use this Sea to Summit Silk-Cotton Blend Travel liner. More options: Cocoon Cotton TravelSheet and Sea to Summit Premium Silk Sleeping Bag Liner.

No special equipment is needed. However, if you hike in June, it’s probably a good idea to bring microspikes like these CAMP Snowline Chainsen Lightweight Microspikes. There are some trail variations along the Alta Via 1 which follow Via Ferrata assisted climbing routes. If you choose to do those, you’ll need a via ferrata kit.


Alta Via 1 Guidebook

Cicerone’s Alta Via 1 Trekking Guide – every English speaker hiking this trail will have a copy of this guidebook.


Alta Via 1 Trail Maps

You can purchase trail maps in the Rifugios.

Lago di Braies, Dolomites

Alta Via 1 Stage 1: Lago di Braies – Rifugio Biella


Stage 1 Trail Stats

Trailhead | Lago di Braies/Pragser Wildsee

Distance | 6.5 km

Time Needed | 3:30 hours

Elevation Gain | 870 meters

Elevation Loss | 60 meters

Difficulty | Moderate

Route | Lago di Braies – Rifugio Biella

Lunch Option | There are places to eat at the trailhead


Stay in Rifugio Biella

Rifugio Biella is a well-run, economical mountain hut. However, Rifugio Sennes is probably the better option, in terms of comfort and food. From Biella, it’s a 50-minute walk to Rifugio Sennes – a suitable option for stage 1.

Payment | Cash only

Showers | None

Drinking Water | No potable water

Half Board or à la carte | à la carte only

Rooms | Rooms with 4 beds

Rifugio Fanes, Alta Via 1 Hiking Trail, Dolomites

Alta Via 1 Stage 2: Rifugio Biella – Rifugio Fanes


Stage 2 Trail Stats

Distance | 13.5 km

Time Needed | 4:30 hours

Elevation Gain | 630 meters

Elevation Loss | 870 meters

Difficulty | Easy

Route | Rifugio Biella – Ücia Pederü – Rifugio Fanes

Lunch Option | You can grab a bite to eat at Pederü.


Stay in Rifugio Fanes

Tonight, you can also stay in Rifugio Lavarella, which is a 5-minute walk away from Rifugio Fanes.

Payment | Cash, or Credit Cards

Showers | Yes

Drinking Water | Tap water is safe to drink.

Half Board or à la carte | Both available. The food and wine menus are very extensive.

Rooms | Dormitory and private rooms available

Rifugio Lagazuoi, Dolomites, Italy

Alta Via 1 Stage 3: Rifugio Fanes – Rifugio Lagazuoi


Stage 3 Trail Stats

Distance | 12 km

Time Needed | 5:30 hours

Elevation Gain | 1150 meters

Elevation Loss | 450 meters

Difficulty | Moderate

Route | Rifugio Fanes -Rifugio Lagazuoi

Lunch Option | None


Stay in Rifugio Lagazuoi

Rifugio Lagazuoi is an iconic mountain hut in the Dolomites. Because of its close proximity to a cable car, many people visit and overnight in this hut, without actually hiking here. So, that changes the atmosphere, naturally.

We arrived in Rifugio Lagazuoi in a snow blizzard. We were wet, frozen, and exhausted. Luckily, we could warm up in the hut’s tiny sauna, which fits 4 people. Sauna access costs 20 EUR per person and comes with a towel, bathrobe and a shower token.

Our only complaint about this hut was the dry room. It was way too small, and there wasn’t enough room for everyone’s shoes and clothing. So, we hiked in wet shoes the next day.

Payment | Cash, or Credit Cards

Showers | 3.50 EUR for 3 minutes

Drinking Water | No potable water

Half Board or à la carte | Both options available

Rooms | Private and dormitory rooms available

Cinque Torri and Tofana di Rozes, Alta Via 1 Hiking Trail, Dolomites

Alta Via 1 Stage 4: Rifugio Lagazuoi – Rifugio Nuvolau


Stage 4 Trail Stats

Distance | 13 km

Time Needed | 5:15 hours

Elevation Gain | 957 meters

Elevation Loss | 1139 meters

Difficulty | Moderate

Route | Rifugio Lagazuoi – Forcella Travenanzes – Forcella Col dei Bos – Rifugio Dibona – Rifugio Cinque Torri – Rifugio Nuvolau

Lunch Option | Rifugio Dibona, or Rifugio Cinque Torri

There are a few different ways to hike from Rifugio Lagazuoi to Rifugio Nuvolau. The Cicerone trail guide does a great job outlining your options. One route takes you to Rifugio Dibona via Forcella Col dei Bos and then up to Cinque Torri, before ascending to Rifugio Nuvolau.

You can also descend to Passo Falzarego via the cable car, or hiking trail, and hike up past Lago di Limides to Forcella Averau, and then up to Nuvolau.

The first route is probably more gratifying. We opted for the second, because of the heavy snow conditions along the route to Forcella Col dei Bos, from the snow storm the day before.


Stay in Rifugio Nuvolau

Rifugio Nuvolau was the only hut along the AV1 that asked to see our passports.

Tonight, you can also stay at Rifugio Averau, Rifugio Scoiattoli, or Rifugio Cinque Torri.

Payment | Credit cards (minimum: 25 EUR), or Cash

Showers | None

Drinking Water | Tap water isn’t drinkable.

Half Board or à la carte | When you check-in, they ask you to order dinner between 5:30 pm and 6 pm.

Rooms | Dormitory only

Mondeval Plateau, Alta Via 1 Hiking Trail, Dolomites

Alta Via 1 Stage 5: Rifugio Nuvloau –  Rifugio Città di Fiume


Stage 5 Trail Stats

Distance | 12 km

Time Needed | 5:30 – 6 hours

Elevation Gain |  400 meters

Elevation Loss | 1050 meters

Difficulty | Moderate

Route | Rifugio Nuvloau – Passo Giau – Forcella Giau – Forcella Ambrizzola – Rifugio Città di Fiume

Lunch Option | Giau Pass Rifugio


Stay in Rifugio Città di Fiume

Payment | Credit cards, or cash

Showers | 3.50 EUR for 4 minutes

Drinking Water | Tap water isn’t potable.

Half Board or à la carte | Both available. You can choose when you arrive.

Rooms | Dormitory rooms only

Mount Pelmo, Rifugio Città di Fiume, Alta Via 1 Hiking Trail, Dolomites

Alta Via 1 Stage 6: Rifugio Città di Fiume – Rifugio A. Sonino Al Coldai


Stage 6 Trail Stats

Distance | 9.3 km

Time Needed | 4 hours

Elevation Gain | 520 meters

Elevation Loss | 300 meters

Difficulty | Easy

Route | Rifugio Città di Fiume – Rifugio Passo Staulanza – Rifugio A. Sonino Al Coldai

Lunch Option | Rifugio Passo Staulanza


Stay in Rifugio A. Sonino Al Coldai

Before you settle in, make sure to hike up to Lago Coldai. The lake is gorgeous in the late afternoon. We checked in, dropped off our bags in our room, and walked up to the lake before dinner.

Payment | Cash only

Showers |  5 EUR for 6 minutes

Drinking Water | Tap water isn’t potable.

Half Board or à la carte | Both available. You can decide when you order dinner at 6:30 pm.

Rooms | Dormitory, and private rooms available. It only costs 2 EUR extra (per person) for a small room (2 beds).

Alta Via 1 Hiking Trail, Lago Coldai, Dolomites

Alta Via 1 Stage 7: Rifugio A. Sonino Al Coldai – Capanna Trieste

On day 7, we hiked from Rifugio A. Sonino Al Coldai to Rifugio Vazzoler, and then descended to Rifugio Capanna Trieste. We spent the night at Rifugio Capanna Trieste so that we could easily reach the bus stop at Listolade the next morning. We took the Dolomiti Bus to Corvara in Alta Badia.


Stage 7 Trail Stats

Distance | 13.2 km

Time Needed | 4:30 hours

Elevation Gain | 325 meters

Elevation Loss | 1315 meters

Difficulty | Easy

Route | Rifugio A. Sonino Al Coldai – Rifugio Vazzoler – Capanna Trieste

Lunch Option | Rifugio Attilio Tissi, or Rifugio Vazzoler


Stay in Capanna Triest (Only If You’re Exiting the AV1 Route)

Payment | Cash only

Showers | Yes

Drinking Water | Tap water is drinkable

Half Board or à la carte | half board only

Rooms | Dormitory rooms only.


Alta Via 1 Exit Stage: Capanna Trieste – Listolade

Distance | 4 km

Time Needed | 1 hour

Elevation Gain | 1 meter

Elevation Loss | 459 meters

Difficulty | Easy


Alta Via Stages 8 – 9

For those of you continuing the trail, we recommend pushing on to Rifugio Carestiato on day 7. 

On Day 8, continue to Rifugio Pramperet. 

And On Day 9, you can finish the trek. AV1 hikers will catch the bus at La Pissa bus stop to Belluno.

Stay in Belluno: Dolomiti Suite (budget) or Suite Hotel Astor (midrange). Look for accommodation in Belluno.

It’s a 2:30-3 hour bus ride from Belluno to Venice Marco Polo Airport.



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