A Day By Day Guide To Hiking Alta Via 2 In The Italian Dolomites: Part 2

Welcome to the second part of my comprehensive guide to Alta Via 2 where I cover: 

  • Summaries of Days 7 to 13 between Passo San Pellegrino and Feltre including GPS data on distance, elevation gain and the time it takes to complete each stage (not including the breaks)
  • A list of all mountain huts along Alta Via 2 including contact details, information on showers and payment possibilities,
  • My recommendation on which huts to pick if you would like to complete the trip in 11 days instead of 13,
  • Possible late entry or early escape routes on Alta Via 2.

 And as always lots and lots of photos! 

Day 7: Passo San Pellegrino to Rifugio Volpi Al Mulaz

Distance: 15.8 km / 9.8 mi

Walking time: 4h 30min

Elevation gain: 1130 m / 3707 ft

Elevation loss: 520 m / 1706 ft

Alta Via 2 Day 7 5

PATH NUMBERS: 658, 751

The first half of day 7 will take you from Passo San Pellegrino to Passo Valles across ski pistes, sometimes hard to navigate across, due to lack of markings. I remember taking out my GPS a few times to double-check if we were on the right path. 

After hiking for around 1 hour to your left you will observe Lago di Cavia, a small high alpine lake, soon after you will reach Forcella di Pradazzo. A beautiful view of the Pale di San Martino range will stretch ahead of you. 

From here it’s a downhill hike on a wide track down to Passo Valles, where you should take a longer break and make use of the restaurant at rifugio Valles before the harder second half of the day.  

The hike now continues across the road on path 751 all the way to rifugio Mulaz. Albeit difficult, with a few cable-protected sections, this part of Alta Via 2, and the 3 subsequent days are the most spectacular, thanks to the ruggedness of the Pale di San Martino range that you will be crossing. 

Night 7: Rifugio Mulaz

Alta Via 2 Day 8 5

Rifugio Mulaz and its beautiful location near Cima del Focobon and Passo del Mulaz is one of my favourite huts in the Dolomites. We were lucky to be treated to flaming Creme Brules during our stay. It’s not an everyday occurrence to receive such fancy dessert at such a high altitude! 

Day 8: Rifugio Mulaz to Rifugio Rosetta

Distance: 8.8 km / 5.5 mi

Walking time: 4h 30min

Elevation gain: 930 m / 3060 ft

Elevation loss: 918 m / 3010 ft

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PATH NUMBER: 703

If you would like to speed up your AV2 traverse you can connect day 8 with day 9. However, you have probably discovered by now that I am all about the extensions hence I’ve decided to break up the distance into 2 days to tackle a couple of additional routes starting near the two subsequent huts: rifugio Rosetta and rifugio Pradidali 

Similar to day 7, day 8 also involves some scrambling along cable protected sections and ladders, where once again the via ferrata gear, which you have hopefully packed on this trip, will come in handy. 

The highlight of the day is crossing Passo delle Farangole. circa one hour into the day, but it’s also the biggest challenge as it involves hiking and scrambling on loose scree. 

After the descent from Passo delle Farangole, the next couple of hours are spent hiking mostly downhill to the bottom of the Comelle Valley (Val Delle Comelle) and Pian dei Cantoni. 

Soon after you will start the uphill push to rifugio Rosetta and the landscape around you will go from lush green to lunar-like plateau, upon which the hut was built. 

Night 8: Rifugio Rosetta

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Thanks to the easy access guaranteed by the two-tiered gondola starting in San Martino di Castrozza, rifugio Rosetta is a busy one. However, as soon as the gondola stops operating for the day and only the overnight guests remain in the hut, the area becomes really quiet. 

Many personal photographs documenting the mountaineering accomplishments of the hut’s owner adore the walls of the refuge. Notice the hiking shoe hanging outside, ensuring that the door to the hut stays closed at all times. The need is the mother of invention after all. 

Extension: Monte Rosetta

Rifugio Rosetta at dusk from the summit of Mount Rosetta. Monte Civetta can be seen in the distance
Rifugio Rosetta at dusk from the summit of Mount Rosetta. Monte Civetta can be seen in the distance

A 40-minute uphill burst from the Rosetta hut will take you to the summit of Monte Rosetta. A great addition to the day which I recommend doing at sunset!

Not only you will most likely have the summit all to yourself, but you will also get an uninterrupted view of some of the Dolomite’s most famous peaks: Antelao, Civetta, Sorapiss, Cristallo, and even Tre Cime!  I highly recommend downloading the Peak Finder app and using it at the summit to be able to locate them all! 

Day 9: Rifugio Rosetta to Rifugio Pradidali

Distance: 6.5 km / 4 mi

Walking time: 2h

Elevation gain: 217 m / 712 ft

Elevation loss: 362 m / 1188 ft

Day 9 of Alta Via 2. Crossing the Pale di San Martino range and hiking towards Passo di Ball
My favourite view on day 9 of Alta Via 2. Hiking towards Passo di Ball

PATH NUMBERS: 702, 715

A very short day which could be considered as a rest day on this long journey, or as another opportunity to tackle an awesome Alta Via 2 extension!  As mentioned previously, If you don’t plan on hiking the extensions, simply connect day 8 with 9. 

Alta Via 2 from rifugio Rosetta now progresses southward on path no. 702 tantalizingly losing elevation via a series of switchbacks on the western slopes of Crodi di Roda. When the path forks, you’ll leave path 702 and retain your elevation on path 715.

Once you reach a very photogenic grassy plateau (pictured above) it means you’re very close to the cabled section of this hike. Though pretty straightforward it certainly requires more attention than a normal hiking path. If you’re surefooted and experienced on rocky terrain, putting on your via ferrata equipment isn’t necessary, but it can’t hurt!  

Eventually, you’ll have worked your way up to Passo di Ball, the highest point between rifugio Rosetta and rifugio Pradidali. From here it’s a short 20-minute descent to the Pradidali hut on an easy trail.

Night 9: Rifugio Pradidali

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Rifiugio Pradidali is a cosy hut with a beautiful terrace view overlooking Primero Valley. Make sure to order a nice cup of hot chocolate and watch the sunset from the hut!

Extension: Via Ferrata Porton And Sentiero Nico Gusela

This excellent 3-4 hour Alta Via 2 extension starts and ends at rifugio Pradidali and takes you in a circle connecting two via ferratas: Porton and Sentiero Nico Gusela. The total distance and elevation gain of the loop is 10 km (6.2 mi) and 674 meters (2200 feet). 

Because of the initial approach on a loose scree slope on path no. 739A leaving from rifugio Pradidali, it’s safer to do the loop clockwise.

The highlight of this route is the summit of Cima di Val Roda with extensive views of the Pale di San Martino group and down into Val Cismon. 

Day 10: Rifugio Pradidali to Rifugio Treviso

Distance: 12.5 km / 7.8 mi

Walking time: 4h

Elevation gain: 650 m / 2132 ft

Elevation loss: 1250 m / 4100 ft

Bivacco Carlo Minazio in the Pale di San Martino Range in the Italian Dolomites
Bivacco Carlo Minazio

PATH NUMBERS: 709, 711, 711A

After leaving Rifugio Pradidali, the trail immediately ascends northward into the heart of the Pale di San Martino group on path 709.

Although an easier alternative is possible, through Val Pradidali, the true route of Alta Via 2 now gains 400m of elevation up to Passo delle Lede on path 711.

There are several sections of cables up to the pass which is much more complicated than the protected sections earlier on in the day and although they might slow you down, should pose no real difficulty. At a decent pace, it’s just over an hour to the pass. 

After the pass, you’ll now lose a knee-busting, quad-trembling 1300m of elevation down the steep slopes of Vallon delle Lede.

The scenic Bivacco C. Minazio marks the halfway point of the descent and is a great place for a sandwich break or to hide for a bit from the sun. The route then relentlessly carries on downhill on path 711A until you reach the banks of the river Canali.

The sight, sound, and smell of the river are very refreshing after the long descent battle. After crossing the river the path quickly begins to switch back the last 25 minutes up to Rifugio Treviso. 

Night 10: Rifugio Treviso

Tucked away in a forest, rifugio Treviso is a very welcomed sight after the downhill battle from Passo delle Lede. Whilst it wasn’t my favourite refuge along the way, there isn’t an alternative that doesn’t involve descending further down from the path, only to go back the same way the next day.

Day 11: Rifugio Treviso to Rifugio Passo Cereda

Distance: 11.5 km / 7.15 mi

Walking time: 4h

Elevation gain: 790 / 2592 ft

Elevation loss: 1050 / 3445 ft

Hiking beneath Cima D'Oltro. The last day of crossing the Pale di San Martino range on Alta Via 2 in the Italian Dolomites
Hiking beneath Cima D’Oltro. The last day of crossing the Pale di San Martino range

PATH NUMBER: 718

Much like the previous day the route starts due south from the refuge, this time on path 718 through a scenic sparse forest for around 45 minutes before a left turn quickly turns the trail into a series of switchbacks in an exposed wide gully.

Thankfully it’s west-facing so you won’t be blasted by the morning sun on your ascent. After around 2 hours you’ll reach the highest point of the day, Forcella d’Oltro at almost 2100m and circa 500m higher than Rifugio Treviso.

From here it’s a short steep downhill before the path heads south southwestward undulating over a mixture of grassy and rocky terrain amongst spectacular rocky outcrops.

After roughly maintaining your elevation for around an hour, the route then begins to switch back downhill and you’ll enter the tree line.

This part of the route is tough due to the amount of deadfall that has occurred in recent years. Route finding is at times very difficult and sometimes stressful but always achievable.

Remember heading downhill, on a path or not, will eventually bring you out onto a private road where a right turn will take you down to Passo Cereda and the refuge of the same name. 

Rifugio Passo Cereda

Rifugio Passo Cereda is actually more of a hotel than a refuge. Run by an Italian family, it offers great service and food at very affordable prices. Because Passo Cereda can be reached by car, the crowd at the refuge is not limited to hikers only.

Day 12: Rifugio Passo Cereda to Rifugio Boz

Distance: 17.5 km / 10.87 mi

Walking time: 5h

Elevation gain: 1300 m / 4265 ft

Elevation loss: 980 m / 3215 ft

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PATH NUMBER: 801

After crossing the Pale di San Martino Range, the end of the Alta Via 2 journey is now in sight! If you made it this far you can make it till the end! 

Today you will enter the rugged Dolomiti Bellunesi Park and come face to face with the Cimónega group. Path wise there is only one number left to remember – 801. This is the path you will now follow until the finish line at Passo Croce D’Aune. 

The most challenging part of today’s hike will be the ascent to Forcella Comedon, which according to the guidebook I followed, should only be embarked upon during good weather as heavy rain could cause landslides. Around 3/4 of the way up, there is a great rocky outcrop with a jaw-dropping vista of the Sarzana valley (photo above). 

After reaching the Comedon saddle a sharp drop takes you into Val Canzoi, home to the high alpine Bivouac – Feltre Bodo and a great place for a stop and rest. 

You will then circle around the southeastern flanks of Sass de Mur and head towards Passo de Mura, from where you will get the first glimpse of Rifugio Boz. 

Night 12: Rifugio Boz

Even though it was the start of August, the busiest time of the year in the Dolomites, rifugio Boz was really quiet and we were one of a very few overnight guests. That meant no snorers in our room and a very good rest before our last day of Alta Via 2! 

Day 13: Rifugio Boz to Croce D’Aune

Distance: 24 km / 15 mi

Walking time: 7h

Elevation gain: 940 m / 3084 ft

Elevation loss: 1700 m / 5577 ft

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Stormy clouds on the last day just after crossing Passo di Finestra

PATH NUMBERS: 801

After hiking for almost 6 weeks straight including the last two weeks on Alta Via 2 I finally made it to my last day only to run out of luck with the weather. An hour and a half into the hike after leaving rifugio Boz, we were engulfed in clouds, and soon after a storm and pouring rain. 

I guess it had to happen eventually and I shouldn’t really complain, I had a pretty amazing weather streak after all, but deep down I wish I didn’t miss out on the views.  

Today’s stretch takes you first up to Passo di Finestra, reached ca. 40 minutes after leaving the hut, then follows precarious ledges, steep zig-zag paths, and boulder fields under Monte Zoccare Alto and along the Sasso di Scarnia ridgeline.  Alta Via 2 remains relentless until the very last day!

Those are the toughest sections of today’s stage, and a few cable-aided passages are coming your way, where it might be a good idea to gear up. 

Once you reach the path under Monte Ramezza the route easies and for the next couple of hours follows a grassy crest, green slopes, and high alpine pastures. Two more passes are coming your way: Passo Pietana and Passo delle Vette Grandi. 

As we were nearing Passo delle Vette the signs became unclear, then we spotted an old farm a couple of hundred meters down from the path, which in heavy rain we mistook for the hut. Rifugio Dal Piaz only comes in view after you cross Passo delle Vette! Don’t make the same mistake as we did. 

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Rifugio Dal Piaz

Rifugio Dal Piaz is the last refuge along Alta Via 2 and only 1,5 hours of a downhill hike away from Passo Croce D’Aune. Longing for a proper bed, shower, and a meal that didn’t consist of pasta or polenta we decided to push on, after drying off a bit in the refuge and getting some lunch. 

Lucky for us the skies cleared, the sun came up and suddenly it became very warm. 

From rifugio Dal Piaz the last 90 minutes follow an old military road all the way to Passo Croce D’Aune. From here you can catch the local bus to Feltre, where you can celebrate the completion of Alta Via 2! 

A list of all mountain huts along Alta Via 2

If you are planning to hike Alta Via 2 this list of all mountain huts along the route will come in really handy. 

If this will be your first time staying in an Italian rifugio make sure to check out my other article about everything you need to know before staying in a mountain hut in the Dolomites. It includes information about alpine club memberships, how to make reservations, the meaning of ‘half-board’, and much more.  

Mountain hutE-mail/reservation pageDistance from the last hutPhone NumberCAI/SAT MemberShowersCredit/Debit cardsaccepted
Rifugio Citta di Bressanonne info@plosehuette.com 5 km/3.1 mi+39 0472 521 222  Yes Yes 
Rifugio Genova info@schlueterhuette.com16.4 km/10.2 mi+39 347 266 7694 Yes Yes  No
Rifugio Puez info@rifugiopuez.it 12.7 km/7.9 mi+39 0474 646 427Yes   No
Rifugio Piscadiu info@rifugiopisciadu.it 14.8 km/9.2 mi+39 0471 836 292 Yes Yes  
 Rifugio Boèrifugio@rifugioboe.it 5.2 km/3.2 mi+39 0471 847 303 Yes   No
 Rifugio Castiglioniinfo@rifugiomarmolada.it  17.3 km/10.75 mi+39 0462 601 117 No Yes 
 Passo San PellegrinoHotel Costabella 24.5 km/15.2 mi+39 0462 573 326 No  Yes  Yes
Rifugio Mulaz rifugiomulaz@gmail.com 15.8 km/9.8 mi+39 047 599 420 Yes  Yes  
Rifugio Rosetta  info@rifugiorosetta.it 8.8 km/5.5 mi+39 0439 68 308 Yes Yes 
Rifugio Pradidalipradidali@libero.it6.5 km/4 mi+39 0439 64 180Yes  
Rifugio Trevisorifugiotreviso@gmail.com12.5 km/7.8 mi+39 0439 62 311Yes No
Rifugio Passo Ceredarifugiocereda@gmail.com11.5 km/7.2 mi+39 0439 65 118 or 030 Yes Yes
Rifugio Bozrifugioboz@gmail.com17.5 km/10.9 mi+39 0439 64 448Yes  
Rifugio Dal Piazinfo@rifugiodalpiaz.com17.5 km/10.9 mi+ 39 329 364 74 28Yes  
The end: Passo Croce D’Aune 6.5 km/4 mi    

Possible late entry or early escape routes on Alta Via 2

Similar to Alta Via 1, there are plenty of possibilities to hike only a part of Alta Via  2. You can either enter the route later or exit earlier at any of these locations. Please note that this isn’t an exhausted list, but for the purpose of this blog, I decided to only include a few most convenient options. I have also included links to accommodation choices in each town. 

Day 3: Passo Gardena

buses run frequently from Passo Gardena to either Corvara in Val Badia or Ortisei in Gardena Valley

Day 5: Passo Pordoi

Buses run frequently to Canazei or Campitello in Fassa Valley or Arabba in Fodom Valley

Day 6: Passo Fedaia

Similar to the previous day, you can catch a local bus to Canazei or Campitello di Fassa.

Day 6 (afternoon) or day 7 (morning) Passo San Pellegrino

Since this is a really long stage you may want to consider staying overnight at a hotel on Passo San Pellegrino before catching a bus to San Martino di Castrozza, Agordino, or Predazzo the next morning. 

Day 7: Passo Rolle

Upon reaching Passo Valles instead of continuing to rifugio Mulaz you can veer off path 751 onto 749 and hike through the spectacular Val Venegia, pass Baita.G.Segantini to Passo Rolle. From here catch a local bus to San Martino di Castrozza. 

Day 8: San Martino Di Castrozza

Once you reach rifugio Rosetta on day 8 take the gondola down to San Martino di Castrozza.

Day 10: Fiera Di Primero

Instead of hiking through Passo delle Lede, when leaving rifugio Pradidali take path no 709 all the way down to Val Canali. Local bus to Fiera di Primiero leaves from La Ritonda refuge. 

Day 11: Passo Cereda

Catch a bus to Fiera di Primiero. The town has frequent buses to Feltre, where you can travel onwards by train to any city or airport in Italy. 

Do you plan on hiking Alta Via 2 and have questions regarding the route? Post your questions in the comments below! I have walked it myself and am happy to share my experience and help you out with planning! The only thing I ask of you is that you read the guide in full first!  

Visit my independent Italian Dolomites Guide where you will find over 60 articles on hiking, backpacking, via ferratas and photography locations in this area! 

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Marta Kulesza

I am Marta Kulesza - the photographer and creator of www.inafarawayland.com. I come from Poland, but I've been living, travelling and working around the globe since I turned 18. A few years ago, during one of my trips to Scotland, I bought my first DSLR and my adventure with photography began. When I am not stuck to my computer editing photos, you can find me hiking somewhere in the mountains.

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  1. This is great! Thanks for all the information, we are planning the AV 2 with family(two teenagers) this June and will be using your guide and information. I can’t seem to find your map though. Thanks anyways!!!!

    • Hi Kevin! Thanks for your feedback. I have recently migrated my site so some pics and maps are still missing but I will be reuploading them this week so stay tuned! In the meantime I am happy to answer any questions you may have! AV2 is awesome. Just make sure you don’t start earlier than the 3rd week of June!

      • Thanks so much for this very detailed post. It is by far the best AV info I’ve seen. I’m wondering what you, or anyone else reading this, knows about covid protocol for huts/hotels for summer 2022. We had planned to hike the AV 2 in 2020 ,but had to cancel and now are hoping to do a somewhat abbreviated version for 2022. Thanks for any thoughts on this.

        • Hi there! Thanks for stopping by and your great feedback. During COVID times the huts usually required that people bring their own sleeping bags. Normally it was just sleeping a sleeping bag liner, but since the huts aren’t able to wash the sheets after each guest hence that was the requirement. I stayed in the huts in Austria last year and the requirement was also to have a COVID vaccination certificate, so I would carry that with you just in case. Also wearing a mask in common areas was a requirement. Then again a lot of the rules are established on a hut to hut basis so there isn’t one protocol that fits all. I hope that helps!

  2. Hi Marta, great post! Very thorough!!!! In your opinion was it pretty easy booking the huts through the contacts you listed for each hut? Did you pay in advance or when you arrived? Lastly, it looks like you did the trip in 13 days with option for 11 days…..Do you have any recommendations for huts to stay at for completing it in 8 or 9 days? Any info would be greatly appreciated! Keep up the great posts!!!

    • Hi Murray. Some huts required a deposit payment (usually non-refundable) others none at all. It really depends on a hut to hut basis and how close to your arrival date you are booking. The rest was paid either in the evening prior to check out day or in the morning on the check out day. Yes I did the trip in 13 days. You can connect some days to shorten it for example day 1: rifugio Genova, Day 2 rifugio Jimmy, Day 3 stay on Passo Pordoi, Day 4 Passo Fedaia, Day 5 Passo Dan Pelegrino, Day 6 Rifugio Mulaz, Day 7 Rifugio Pedrotti, Day 8 Rifugio Passo Cereda (that would be a tough day) then from Passo Cereda catch the bus to Fiera di Primero and skip the last two sections. I can’t imagine walking the whole distance in 8 days or 9 days. Take a look at the list of the huts I have at the end of part 2 including elevation gain and loss and consider what’s doable for you.

  3. Hi Marta,

    Thank you for sharing this information–it’s very helpful. My wife and I are considering hiking a section of one of the alte vie. We hope to visit the area in September and will probably only be able to do one multiday rifugio-to-rifugio hike, somewhere between 3-5 days. We are fairly experienced hikers, and in good shape. We would like to do some via ferrata and are planning on carrying the necessary safety gear.

    With the amount of time that we have, is there a certain section of an alta via that you especially love or would recommend for us? We are still trying to get a sense for the place, so anything you can share would be appreciated. Thanks!

      • Hi Marta,

        Thanks for your reply. We’re not set on AV2 at all–still very much trying to figure out where to go and how to spend our time in Sudtirol/Dolomiti generally (there are so many things to see and do in the region that interest us).

        To that end, the information and opinions you’ve shared are very helpful and very appreciated. I will take a closer look at your suggested routes. I hope you won’t mind if I might have more questions in the future. Thanks again!

        • No worries! please do ask away. Always happy to help. Good luck with the planning. If there is one tip I can give you is not to obsess about the ‘highlights’ like Tre Cime, Seceda or Lake Sorapiss. They can become unpleasantly busy.

  4. Hi!!! Love your site, so much great information and photos, thank you. I did the AV1 before the pandemic began and have been waiting ever since to return to the imposing and mystical Dolomites! My friend and I are considering doing the AV2 probably end of August into the beginning of Sept. Do you think we need to book all of our rifugios ahead? We did on the AV1 since it is so popular, but we are concerned that we may have to be more spontaneous on the AV2 considering things like weather and exhaustion! Will one rifugio call ahead to the next? Thank you again for providing your insights and useful details on this amazing site!!!

    • Hi Judy. Thanks for stopping by and your lovely feedback. I wouldn’t dare to go to the Dolomites without reservations in August. That’s the busiest month, however, in September things do quiet down a bit so you might be able to do this in September. Particularly the second half of AV2 after Passo Fedaia is when the hiker’s traffic slows down a lot. The last 3 nights we spent on AV2 were extremely quiet and the huts were almost empty at night. I hiked the AV2 in the second half of July 2019. The other issue is that those treks have become increasingly more popular in the last few years as people search for alternative ways to travel during pandemic times. I am sorry I can’t give you a straight-up answer. If it were for me I would prebook the huts for the first half and then wing it on the second half of AV2. Let me know if I can help any further!