Escape to the Mountains! 8 Best Multiday Hut to Hut Hikes In The Italian Dolomites

If you really want to experience the Dolomites the best way to do it is to plan a hut-to-hut trek! With the amazing hut network, it would be a sin not to take advantage of it. This is an article that was over 2 years in the making and today I am including my top picks for hut-to-hut trips in the Dolomites all of which I completed myself!  

8 Fantastic Hut-to-Hut Treks in the Dolomites

1. Alta Via 1

Hiker on a mountain top with beautiful layers of mountainous landscape in the background. Alta Via 1

Roughly 140 kilometers long Alta Via 1 is the classic hut-to-hut route of the Dolomites and also the easiest one. With that said it’s not a walk in the park! The total elevation gain on this route (not including the extensions) is 7200 meters. That’s more than 23.5 thousand feet! 

Alta Via 1 can be completed anywhere between 7-12 days, but I’d say 10 is the optimal amount of time if you want to properly enjoy the landscapes. It starts at the famous Lago di Braies and ends near the city of Belluno both well connected with public transport. 

I hiked Alta Via 1 with my dad at the start of the summer season of 2019 and because of it, it will always have a special place in my heart.

I sometimes take my job for granted and seeing my dad being in awe of the views with every step he took reminded me of how lucky I am! Visit my Alta Via 1 guides (Part 1 and Part 2) if you are planning to hike this traverse. 

Fact: There are 6 official Alta Via routes in the Italian Dolomites dating back to World War I. The routes were established for the soldiers to move along the frontlines.

2. Rosengarten Traverse

Best hut to hut treks in the Italian Dolomites

This was the first multiday hut-to-hut trip trek I undertook in the Dolomites and I was instantly hooked! Rosengarten Traverse follows the route across the Schlern-Rosengarten Nature Park, a lesser-known (at least on an international scale) part of the Italian Dolomites.

The route includes a series of beginner and intermediate via ferratas and passes by the beautiful Vajolet Towers

I have a soft spot for this route because it involves an overnight stay in one of my favorite mountain huts – Rifugio Passo Principe built on one of the passes along this traverse. 

It’s also one of the shortest backpacking trips on this list requiring only 3-5 days to complete. A perfect choice for anyone who would like to experience hut-to-hut hiking without sacrificing their whole holiday for it. 

3. Alta Via 2

Hiker on the Alta Via 2 crossing the Pale di San Martino Range - the classic backpacking route in the Italian Dolomites
Me on day 12 of the Alta Via 2 crossing the Pale di San Martino Range

This is the longest route on the list and takes between 10-16 days to complete. Alta Via 2 totals almost 200 kilometers and gains over 10500 meters.

Don’t worry though, it’s also possible to just walk a part of it! I have met plenty of people on Alta Via 2 who first walk only half of it only to return a year or two later to hike the second part. 

Starting near the city of Bressanone (Brixen) in the North Alta Via 2 crosses Puez Odle Nature Park and the moon-like landscapes of the Sella group.  It also passes by the slopes of Marmolada – Dolomite’s highest peak and crosses the rugged Pale di San Martino range. 

What I loved about this route is that it gets progressively quieter. During the last 4 days of the trek, I hardly saw any other people, and the huts were very quiet even though it was the middle of the summer season when I hiked it. 

4. Pale Di San Martino Traverse

The stretch between rifugio Rosetta and rifugio Pradidali on the Pale di San Martino Traverse

Pale di San Martino is one of the ranges crossed on the Alta Via 2 but if you are short on time you can just choose this 2-4 day traverse instead. 

This slightly modified route starts near Passo Rolle – one of the most scenic mountain passes in the Italian Dolomites and traverses through the heart of the group. There are a few beginners via ferratas and summit extensions you can do along this crossing. 

Pale di San Martino lies in the beautiful Trentino region of Italy and it isn’t exactly an obvious choice for overseas travelers, but that’s what makes it great in my eyes! A truly off-the-beaten-path experience. 

5. Alta Via  4

Via ferrata Vandelli - part of the Alta Via 4

This is my favorite Alta Via out of the ones I’ve done. Even though it is the shortest it’s definitely the most challenging!  There is a via ferrata to be tackled on all but the first and last day of the Alta Via 4 but you won’t forget those views for the rest of your life! 

This 6-day traverse begins near San Candido in the North and finishes ca. 100 kilometers later in the little town of Pozzale in the Southern part of the Dolomites.

6. Tre Cime Nature Park Traverse

Hiking towards Buellejochhuette with Croda Dei Toni in the background - Tre Cime National Park Traverse

Tre Cime Nature Park is the most famous park in the Dolomites. Most tourists flocking this way focus on the Tre Cime loop day hike. However beautiful this hike is, it is also extremely busy.

Those who dug for information a bit deeper might have heard of the via ferratas Innerkofler or Torre di Toblin. Two classics via ferrata routes within the park, both starting at the picture-perfect rifugio Locatelli. 

If you want to experience Tre Cime NP away from the crowds but still see a lot of its highlights (including the ones I mentioned above) consider this 4 day backpacking trip starting with the hike through Val Fiscalina – one of the most impressive valleys in the Dolomites and ending with via ferrata Merlone.   

7. Dolomiti Brenta Circuit

The last day of the Dolomiti Brenta Circuit - Via ferrata Bocchette Alte

A winter ski trip to this region brought an idea to my head to return in the summer season with a self-planned multiday route exploring this range. 

The Adamello Brenta Dolomites just like the Pale di San Martino group lie in the Trentino region of Northern Italy. This was by far the most exciting traverse I have done. With 8 via ferratas spread across 5 days, there was enough adrenaline to keep us going. 

And the views! With the barren-moon-like landscapes, a few small glacier crossings, and many hours spent on ledges traversing underneath 3000-meter-high peaks, the Dolomiti Brenta circuit is hard to compete with! 

8. Monte Popera Circuit

Via Ferrata Severino Casara 6

Another traverse in the famous Tre Cime Nature Park. The Monte Popera circuit is one of many hut-to-hut treks I completed in the Dolomites and I must say it was also one of the toughest.

With that said if you you come well prepared, have done some via ferratas before, and have enough stamina to be on the move for 8-9 hours per day then you will love this circuit.

The Monte Popera Circuit tackles 6 via ferratas, from beginner to advanced level, across 4 days. This is a great off-the-beaten path route for true adventurers.

What’s the best time of the year for backpacking in the Dolomites?

As with most mountain ranges around the World, the hiking season is very short and the Italian Dolomites are no exception. If you were planning to do any of these trips during your spring break then I can tell you now that the only thing you can plan for is a ski trip! 

The official hiking season lasts from the third week of June until the end of September, that’s also when the mountain huts stay open. The snow often remains on the northern slopes well into July, sometimes it doesn’t disappear completely. 

If you are looking for late-season hiking, some huts in the Rosengarten group tend to stay open until mid-October, but snowfall isn’t uncommon at this time of the year.

If you have never stayed in an Italian mountain hut before, here is everything you need to know before you book your first night.  

Have you done any of these trips? Do you have any questions? Make sure to post them in the comments below! I answer all of them personally. Make sure to check out my Italian Dolomites Guide for stress-free trip planning to this corner of the World. 

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Marta

Hi! I am 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.

59 Comments

  1. Hi Marta,

    I gave just discovered your site and it looks fabulous. We will be in the Dolomites some time between 16-25 June this year. We have completed 1 multiday hike so far in Australia with our 12yr old son and loved it. (Roughly 45km). We are hoping to do a multiday hike like the Alta Via 1 or 4 or at least part of either of these (thinking 5 days max) and wondering if it would be possible to wild camp as well as stay in a rifugio at this time of the year to cut down on costs and also because we aren’t a fan of crowds. If this s possible what trail would you suggest?

    We have never experienced via ferrata but do either of the via alta mentioned above have the option for these (without the need for our own gear) or is there another hike you would suggest? What would be our best bet for a hike we can swim/bathe in a lake and can we collect water along the trail or will we need to purchase or bring our own water?

    We would love to be able to see beautiful mountains, lakes, experience history, etc.

    Would you have recommendations for a town we could base ourselves in at the end at the end of our hike where would could camp and experience food, culture and history of of the area for a few days before flying home?

    Note we are arriving and departing Italy via Milan Malpensa. Wondering if we should hire a car or use public transport to access the dolomites and is there anywhere special we should stop enroute to the Dolomites from Milan to break up the trip?

    I have Sicilian heritage but was born in Australia so we have spent a lot of time in southern Italy but this will be our first time exploring the North and we are so excited.

    Thanks in advance for your reply 🙏
    Dani

    • Hi Dani. Thanks for visiting. No, unfortunately camping with Nature Parks boundraies is not allowed in the Dolomites (or all of Alps). If you want to do a via ferrata you need gear. AV2 would be an alternative to AV1 but it does have some VF sections in it so you would need to rent or bring your own gear. I wouldn’t recommend drinking water straight from streams because you have quite a lot of livestock on the slopes. I usually just fill up my water at the huts. Speaking off you should check out this post which will answer many of your questions. If you need any more advice I do offer Trip Planning Advice services and I can answer any questions you may have or help you with planning.

  2. Hi Marta,
    Thank you so much for sharing all this information! My friend and I are planning an AV1 trip for the end of July. These are the reservations we have/haven’t been able to make. We’ll try for citta di fueme in March when it opens, but we’re very much struggling to find any accommodation near lagazoui. We started emailing back in January and have hit a wall. Hoping you may be able to offer some advice. We’ve tried Lagazuoi, Col Gallina, Scotoni, Val Parola, and Cinque Torri, all do not have any availability for the night that we need. Sass Dlacia has a campsite spot available but we weren’t planning on carrying a tent….If you were us, what would you do? Do you think we should still try to go without that one night confirmed and hope for the best? Alternatively, should we look into AV4? Would we have more luck on that one?

    We really appreciate any advice you can offer!!

    ref1: sonino al coldai (Confirmed)
    ref2: citta di fueme (NOT CONFIRMED, reservations begin March 2024)
    ref3: averau (CONFIRMED)
    Ref4:lagazuoi (cant find any availability at any place near lagazuoi)
    Ref5:lavarella (CONFIRMED)

    • Hi Isabel. Sounds like you are doing the route from South to North? My advice would be if you can’t book anything around Passo Falzarego to walk from Averau to Lavarella in one day. You can do it by hiking from Averau down to Passo Falzarego (ca. 1.5 hour) then take the cable car up to Lagazuoi and continue walking to Lavarella. This can easily be done in a day.
      Second option is to hike from Averau to Passo Falzarego and then catch a bus down to Cortina, stay the night in town then take the bus back the next day to Passo Falzarego and continue with AV1 as normal. AV4 will be even more busy because the first part of it crossed Tre Cime NAture PArk and Lake Sorapiss. Two very famous day hiking routes (many people stay in the nearby huts overnight).
      I hope that helps!

  3. Hi Marta!

    I used your guides 2 years ago to do my first hut to hut hike. I did a 5 day section of AV1 from Rifugio Lagazoui to Rifugio Coldai, it was spectacular and largely in thanks to all your knowledge! I followed this up with a 5-6 day TMB the next year which was also wonderful. Thank you so much for the time and effort you put into them.

    I’m now planning another 5(ish) day hut-to-hut hike for the Dolomites with my partner (first time hut-to-hut hiker but fit) and trying to decide on a few possible options. Would love your thoughts.

    I’m wondering should we do a section of AV1 (it would mean repeating some sections for me) or try a section of AV2. My hesitation with AV2 is that it seems to be more of a ‘moon-like, rocky’ landscape from what I’ve read. And one thing I really loved about AV1 is that there were those moments were the mountains broke up into really green beautiful valleys or forest areas. We also are both open to doing some via ferrata, neither of us have done it before so we’re looking for mostly beginner ferrata tacks. Not a must but could be a nice new challenge.

    Would you have a suggestion of a 5(ish) day track of AV2 that would match those breath mountain taking views + beautiful green valleys / forest landscape?

    Or would you go for AV1 again? (Or maybe something completely different in the dolomites?)

    Cheers!

    • Hi EJ. welcome back to my site. I am glad to hear you keep coming back for more tips. AV2 has plenty of lovely meadow sections, so no worries there. I am not sure which part of AV1 you did already, but if you did the first half then now you could easily jump onto the second. AV2 is also a great option but you do need via ferrata gear for some sections. With that said, all the ferratas on the AV2 are beginner level. You could start the AV2 in Bressanone and finish after 6 days near Passo Fedaia. I do have late entry/early escape options described in my detailed article about av2 (part 2) so do visit and study that one. I hope that helps!

  4. Hello Marta – Thank you so much! Your website has helped save so much time and provided exceptional detailed information. We are really appreciative and will definitely buy you coffees via your website but are not finding the links to do so – we are using our phone so perhaps we need to use our computers? I have an advanced osteoarthritis and need to keep as much weight off my hips as possible – water is heavy and I drink a lot of water. One thing we cannot figure out is how frequently water is available along the hiking routes. We are happy to pay for water but are wondering if there are opportunities to get more water outside the huts/lodges. If hits and lodges or water purchasing opportunities exist every couple of hours it would be helpful to know. We are planning to hike the first half of the Alta Via 1. Also is there other lodging between the huts listed as end points for each day? Thanks so much.

    • Hey Catherine. Thanks for visiting my site and for your lovely feedback. Now for your question. In general there is always a hut in between where you can get water, drinks, but not every day. For example on day 1 between the start and rifugio Biella there is no hut (some streams along the way are there though). On day two you have rifugio Sanes and Pederu where you can get drinks before you get to Fanes. On Day 3 no hut between Fanes and Lagazuoi but streams for the first half of the way. Day 4 you can get drinks at Passo Falzarego (between Lagazuoi and Averau hut). Day 5 possibility to stop for a drink at Passo Giau. Day 6 Rifugio Staulanza and then another hut further down to get drinks. I hope that helps!
      P.S. Yes the “buy me a coffee” widget is in the sidebar. The sidebar is only visible on the desktop computer.

      • Wow! What amazing knowledge you have of these routes! Thank you so much for the level of detail you have provided for each day of the route! So helpful and reassuring 🙂 I am using my phone again but will find the widget online this weekend to express our gratitude- thanks again! You are amazing!

        • Hi Catherine. Thanks for the amazing feedback. I hope you will find a trek that suits you! Let me know if you have any questions! Happy hiking.

  5. Hi Marta, I’m really enjoying going through all your articles on the Dolomites as I plan my trip.

    I wanted to ask – I’m thinking of going on a multi day hut to hut hike in the Dolomites, but my date range is from roughly the 25th of September to the 5th of October. Are these dates too late in the season? Would any of these routes be viable to do at this time in some capacity?

    Would love to hear any suggestions you have.

    Thanks from Australia!

    • Hi Sammy. Thanks for visiting. I would recommend that you check out the Rosengarten traverse. The huts there remain open until the first week of October.

      • Thanks for all this content Marta – very thorough and helpful!

        From all the research I’ve done, I haven’t had luck in finding a Refugio (in the Dolomites or the general Alps region) open the week of Oct 15-21. If you’re aware of any regions/Refugio’s more likely to have openings at this time, I’d love to hear it!

        • Hi Kris. Yes most of them unfortunately already close in the third week of September. Rosengarten tends to keep their huts open until mid October. The only hut that stays open until the start of November is rifugio Palmieri along the Croda Da Lago Circuit. I stayed there at the end of October.

  6. Hi Marta! I love your blog, and it has been great for me to start planning my trip to the Dolomites! I am planning on coming with my partner and we would like to do a 4/5 day hut to hut trek. We have not done via ferrata before, and are not sure if we would like it. I think that the last section of the AV1 would be the best option as it has no via ferrata – would you agree?

    However, are there any routes that have via ferrata that we would be able to bypass if we don’t like the look of them, but if we are feeling adventurous we could try?

    • Hi Robbie. Thanks for visiting and your lovely comment. Either the first or second half of AV1 would be great for you. AV2 is great and only has beginner via ferratas which anyone who isn’t scared of heights can do. Rosengarten is a good option as it can be designed in a way that you skip the via ferrata.

      • Thanks for the reply Marta! We have decided to do the second half of the AV1, and have managed to book our huts, where our first night will be in Rifugio Coldai. Are there any optional via Ferrata sections along the second half of the AV1?

        • Hi Robbie. Thanks for visiting. Yes there are optional via ferratas on the second half. Via ferrata Degli Alleghesi from rifugio Coldai (I am talking about this extension in my AV1 guide) and near rifugio Carestatio you have via ferrata Moiazza. I haven’t done the latter yet. Both will require an extra night stay in the either of the huts.

  7. Hi Marta,
    what a fab website this is!I have looked everywhere for guidances with regards to the Dolomites and yours is Bang On!!!
    I am asking a very silly question – while I know the tourist season starts from June, my daughter ( 12 year old) and me love hiking and since her vacation is on we plan on going hiking to the dolomites. which route would you suggest we take if it is mid may?? do you suggest it at all? also do you think I should check with the mountain huts if they may have already started operating.
    do guide me for the same. thank you.
    much love,
    purvi

    • Hi Purvi. Thanks for visiting. Hut-to-hut hiking is not possible yet. Huts start opening in June, but most do not until the third week of June. There is still A LOT of snow in the mountains. I was in the Dolomites in May last year and did the following hikes: Col De Locia, Lago di Sorapiss (that one still had lots of snow at the end so proceed with caution), Panorama Trail, Val Venegia, Vallunga. Day hikes would be ok, but low elevation hikes and South facing hikes, where the snow disappears quicket. You can find them all in my post about the best day hikes in the Dolomites. Make sure to check it out.

  8. Hi Marta,
    I am hoping to hike the Alta Badia over 6 days but am having trouble booking accommodation because a few of the huts only have phone numbers and don’t answer them. Do you know any travel agents who can help with this or have any tips for me? Thank you!!

    • Hi Rebecca. Thanks for visiting. Normally all the huts have e-mail addresses on their website but I will be honest with you, sometimes it takes weeks to receive an answer, A lot of the huts also only start taking bookings shortly before they open for the summer season. They are often family-run establishments without proper sales management service. It can be very frustrating to secure reservations. I have a whole post about everything to know before staying in mountain huts in the Dolomites which you might find useful. My tip is to keep trying and be patient with receiving e-mail responses.

  9. Marta,

    This is a wonderful trove of information. I’m planning a solo Dolomite hike in June ’24 for 6 days /5 nights followed by a trip to Asiago and the altiplano. I want to spend every night in a Refugio, do an occasional easy via ferrata, experience some WW1 archeology, and stay away from the crowds. What route would you suggest (given the early season dates) after arriving using public transport from Mestre and then departing via public transport to Asiago?
    Asiago?

    • Hi Bruce. Thanks for visiting. World War 1 history is prevalent all over the Dolomites. The Most popular spots to see the remnants of WWI are Passo Falzarego and the Lagazuoi Tunnels as well as Cinque Torri, all of which are on Alta Via 1. You could do a part of Alta Via 1 starting at Passo Falzarego and finishing 5 days later. At the end of my AV1 guide, I have a section that describes late entry or early escape routes, as well as via ferrata extensions which you could do along the way. I personally walked AV1 from June 18th until the end of June. There was still snow remaining in some sections but all routes were passable. Public transport is generally good in the Dolomites, but you will definitely have to switch buses a few times. Moveitapp or Sued Tirol Mobil are great places to check for connections. Let me know if I can help further.

  10. Marta, what a lovely and super helpful guide you’ve created, thank you!
    I have a question on the Tre Cime 4 day with R.Carducci option. Our group of friends has a reservation at R. Carducci, as you suggested for the first night. I am unsure of where the hike would start and then figuring out parking/public transport, if you have any advice on that? Thank you!

    • Hi Anna, thanks for visiting. You can go to rifugio Carducci by hiking from Hotel Dolomiten hof across Val Fiscalina. Once you make it to rifugio Zsigmundy you veer off from the Croda Fiscalina Circuit and go to Carducci. As for public transport, buses travel to the bus stop near Hotel Dolomitenhof. Moovit app or simple google directions (and choosing public transport option) will help you figure it out, just don’t check today because plans for the summer probably won’t be out yet. Check the connections close to your date of departure. Let me know if that helps and if you have more questions. I also recommend that you all invest in a Tabacco map no. 10 (I’ve linked to it in the Croda Fiscalina post).

  11. Thank you for your amazing website and advice! We will be in the Dolomites in mid-July with our boys, ages 9 and 11, and we’re deciding if a multi-night backpacking trip will be feasible. They’re strong hikers but multiple consecutive days of 9+ miles with significant vertical gain would be too much. (I’m also hesitant to take rest days at the huts as they’d probably be too restless.) Can you give some guidance on possible “easier” routes of 3 or 4 nights? Specific concerns/questions:
    -Open to any area of the Dolomites/ any home base
    -Non-technical (if mandatory via ferrata, would want beginner level)
    -We have plenty of time/flexibility and will have a car
    -Would like relatively easy options for car storage and transportation to/from trailheads at beginning/end
    -MAYBE able to do 2 separate hut excursions (e.g., one of 3 nights, then a couple nights in a town/hotel, then another excursion of 1-2 nights)
    -Is it difficult to arrange rooms in the huts for 2 adults and 2 children? Is there a typical combination of rooms for this family grouping?

    If it’s helpful, my husband I spent time in Cortina and near Alpe di Siusi in 2007 and did 2 separate one-night stays in huts in those areas…so we already have a general sense of the workings of the huts. (I don’t remember any specific routes or hut names though!) Again, thank you for everything you do to facilitate travel in this area – much appreciated!

    • Hi Lindsay. Thanks for your visit! Before I give you some tips I just wanted to say that you shouldn’t be scared to take a rest day in a hut, because at every hut there are more hiking possibilities than just the traverse, so for example on a rest day you could do a shorter half-day hike.

      Regarding the car, sounds like it would be easier for you to do some kind of loop rather than a relocation hike so you could start and finish in the same spot.

      What I would recommend is that you check out the Tre Cime Traverse, but I would modify it so it would look like this: Day 1 start with a hike through Val Fiscalina to rifugio Zsigmundy or Pian Di Cengia. stay the night at either. There as possible extensions to this hike for example from Pian Di Cengia you can do up to the nearby summit of Mitti Di Mezzo.
      The next day you could hike from Pian di Ciengia past rifugio Locatelli. Spend some time in the area of Locatelli discovering the World war 1 tunnels or if you would be up for it do the via ferrata Innerkofler which is a beginner level (gear set up required) and then finish the day at Rifugio Lavaredo (Alternatively you could stay at rifugio Auronzo). On Day 3 you could hike to the viewpoint of Cadini di Misurina then to rifugio Auronzo and around Tre Cime again passing rifugio Locatelli before descending down through Sassovechio valley to your car. That would give you 3 days and 2 nights.

      I would then either recommend that you check out my Pale Di San Martino Traverse for the second excursion or the Rosengarten traverse. Rosengarten has lots of via ferratas in it, but they can be skipped. You could park your car down in the valley in Vigo Di Fassa then start by hiking to rifugio Vajolet on day 1, then on day 2 hike to rifugio Alpe Di Tires and on day 3 hike back down to Vigo Di Fassa past rifugio Antermoia. This would for a nice loop. That would also be 3 days and 2 nights. In between you can stay a couple of nights in Corvara or any village in Val Di Fassa.

      I would recommend that you get some maps to visualize the route: Tabacco Map no. 10 (Dolomiti di Sesto) for the Tre Cime traverse, Map no. if you decide to do Pale di San Martino traverse then map no 22. If you decide to check out the Rosengarten group then you will need map no. 29.

      Let me know if you have more questions!

  12. Hi Marta,

    Thanks so much for such wonderful insight into the possibilities in the Dolomites! Great blog 🙂

    My partner and I have 3 nights/4 days to spend hiking at the end of July, and I’m wondering which of the above options you think would give us the most mind-blowing-views? My boyfriend says he ‘wants his jaw to drop off his face’, lol!!

    We’re experienced hikers and are looking forward to getting into the Via Ferrata – although haven’t done it before (but have done a fair amount of bouldering/climbing).

    Thanks again!

    • Hi Isabelle. Thanks for visiting my site. I think you ought to go for the Tre Cime traverse and start with the via ferrata Strada Degli Alpini (the alternative start I describe in the post). Not only you will have A LOT of fun doing this traverse but you will also get some of the best views. Check out my post about Tre Cime traverse as well as the posts about Via ferrata Strada degli Alpini, Via Ferrata Torre Di Toblin, Via Ferrata Innerkofler and Via ferrata Merlone. All 4 are included in the traverse and I link to them from the post. Let me know if that helps and if you have any more questions!

  13. Hi Marta!
    I’m hoping to do a 6-7 day hut to hut hike in July ‘23 with no via ferratas. Do you have a recommendation for this amount of time, and do you think I’m planning this too late? Also, I was wondering if for a couple the sleeping bag liners are still needed, or what those accommodations are like? We are beginner to intermediate level hikers. Cheers and many thanks in advance!!!

    • Hi Tory. Thanks for visiting. I recommend that you go for AV1. It doesn’t involve any via ferratas (only if you decide to do them as extensions). No, you are still good and on time with planning. I have a detailed guide for AV1 which is linked to this article. At the very end of the second part of AV1 guide, you will find a section that explains how to exit the AV1 earlier to turn it into a shorter excursion. I don’t exactly understand your question about the sleeping bag liner. Everyone needs to have one. Let me know if you have any more questions.

  14. Hi Marta – Thank you for this amazing website! I’ve been reading through some of the hikes and they are spectacular. The problem is that I’m scared of heights so via ferratas and cliff edges are not possible for me – could you recommend any routes that might work for me for an early summer hike?

    Thanks so much for your help!

    • Hi Victoria! Thanks for your great feedback. I highly recommend either Alta Via 1 (or a section of it, I explain the late entry/early exit routes on in the second part of my Alta Via 1 guide). Alternatively you could go for the Rosengarten Traverse and skip the VF sections. How long do you plan your hike to be? How many days?

  15. Hi Marta. Thank you so much for creating such a valuable source of information to inspire so many people.
    My wife and I are planning an adventure and wanted to ask if you always need to book huts in advance? We are considering the Brenta and Rosengarten areas in July/August 2023. The weather can be a problem, so wondered if it might be best to keep adaptable and possibly book each hut the day before to avoid being committedto bad weather days and loosing deposits or payments. What do you do as a rule? Are we likely to find alternatives if one is fully booked? Are they definitely going to get fully booked if we don’t commit?
    Thanks very much.

    • Hi Phill.

      Thanks for visiting. If you were going in September I would have said you can book on day to day basis, but in July and especially August when a lot of Europe is on holiday including, what seems like every single Italian too, I would say book ahead. You might be lucky and be able to book day to day basis, especially in Brenta as it is quieter there, but I can’t guarantee that for you. I can’t say it’s definite. I know that tourism in the Dolomites exploded after the pandemic (as it has everywhere else). As for bad weather days. Generally, the weather pattern in the Dolomites is the same throughout the summer. Early mornings until midday is amazing, then afternoon you can expect storms, that’s why I always repeat to my readers that they should always leave right after breakfast and plan to be at the next hut by lunchtime. All-day hiking until the late afternoon isn’t advisable. Let me know if I can help you any further.

  16. Hi Marta!
    Thank you so much for your very informative blogs, such an awesome help!
    Me and husband want to do a hut to hut trip. Which Alta Via would you say offers diverse and beautiful views equals to challenge ratio? We are intermediate-advanced hikers. We have done our fair share of rock scrambling, but no via ferrata experience.
    Thank you!!
    Cherry

    • Hi Cherry. Thanks for stopping by. I reckon Alta Via 2 is awesome, especially if you don’t have VF experience. The via ferratas along AV2 are beginner level and it’s a great way to practice. AV4 is my favourite Alta Via but definitely the toughest one. Views-wise, both are absolutely amazing and diverse.

  17. Hi Marta, thanks for your information. This is the best website on the dolomites I can find. We love the idea of staying in a combination of refuges and hotels. How hard is it to navigate yourself?

    Also what route would you recommend to do this over 7 or 8 days? We are planning on July 2023.

    Thank you

    Debbie

    Debbie

    • Hi Debbie! Thanks for stopping by. Alta Via 1 has the most options and probably the most luxurious huts along the route plus no via ferratas along the route. If you book early enough you can secure private rooms in most of the huts and they will feel like staying in a hotel. You could also use the escape routes and get back to towns for a night or two along the route. For example after day 3 and staying in rifugio Lagazuoi you could take the gondola down to Passo Falzarego and then catch a bus to Cortina to stay in a hotel for the night before rejoining the route. You could do this along the route. After staying for the night at rifugio Citta di Fiume you hike to the gondola which takes you to Alleghe where you can stay the night. Plenty of options. All of them are listed at the end of the second part of my AV1 guide. Let me know if that helps and if you have more questions.

  18. Hello,
    Love the information on this page. I have a family of 6 and we would love to do a 3/4 nights in hut hike.
    Do you know if all huts are already booked for this summer. Around July 10th would be our timeframe. We do not need hotels for before and after just looking to do the hikes.

    Thanks,
    Angela

    • Hi Angela! Thanks for stopping by. There is no way for me to know if the huts are booked out or not. I am sorry. If you go to individual posts about the multiday hikes, in each of them you will get info about what huts to stay at and how to book them. Please message the huts directly to check for availability. You might want to aim for the second half of AV1 or a part of AV2 that doesn’t involve any via ferratas, for example from Passo Fedaia to Passo Valez. It’s quieter in these stages than in the first half of AV1 Let me know if I can help further!

  19. Hello Marta,

    We would love your advice about a good route to hike over 5/6 days. We’ve not done via ferrata before, but we are climbers and so feel we could learn it before heading to the Dolomites. We’re keen to experience a couple of the more traditional/ smaller rifugios, and it would be great to be on a route that wasn’t super touristy. However, we also want to be safe and not bite off more than we can chew!

    Is there anything you’d recommend?

    PS we will be getting to the start of the hike by public transport.

    Thanks
    Charanpreet

    • Hi Charanpreet! Thanks for stopping by. I really recommend Alta Via 4 or Dolomiti Brenta Traverse. They will be perfect for you since you are already climbers and both will tick off the boxes for you. The first half of AV4 is more touristy and goes through some highlights of the Dolomites, but the second half becomes really quiet. Brenta Traverse is absolutely amazing, my favourite for sure and whilst it is the hardest one on the list I am sure you will be able to tackle it, especially since you already climb. I hope that helps!

      • Thanks so much for the advice Marta! Do you think we would be ok with the challenge of those routes, even without experience of via ferrata?

        Brenta Traverse does look amazing – but also quite barren and almost moon-like! Part of me wonders if Alta Via 4 would have more varied landscape, including alpine sections? Essentially, it would be amazing to have a mixture of that high-altitude feeling, greenery and mountain lakes. The more variety the better! Does that sound like Alta Via 4 would fit the bill do you think?

        And final question (sorry to be a pain!) – do you think it’d be possible to skip the final hut on the Alta via 4 to make the journey 5 days rather than 6?

        Thanks so much for your invaluable knowledge!

        • Hi Charanpeet. If you are climbers then for sure, but as you can probably imagine I cannot give you a straight answer because I simply have never met you, have no idea what your skills are and if you know how to use the via ferrata lanyard etc. I can only put things into perspective for you. I have done AV4 with a friend of mine who has never done a via ferrata in her life, but I just showed her how to use the gear and how to stay safe, we practiced on the first day and after that she was doing great. I was taught the same way by my then partner.

          As for the Brenta Traverse, yes the landscape is quite rugged and different, but I loved the challenge and the interesting ferratas, however if you would like a mix then AV4 is definitely a better fit!

          Yes, you can skip the last hut and just do the last 7 km adding to the last day. I even talk about it in the text ;). People I have met on AV4 did that. It will be a long day, but after taking a break at rifugio Antelao it’s an easy 7km walk down to the village.

          Let me know if I can help further!

  20. Hi Marta, big fan of your blog. Me and my friends are planning a trip based on one of your itineraries for mid-June but we’re split between doing the middle section of the Alta Via 2 (Passo Gardena to Mis including Tridenta, Trincee, Bolver Lugli ferratas) or the Brenta National Park loop. We like that the loop has a ferrata everyday but realise the scenery will probably be more varied day-to-day on the Alta Via 2. We’re young and fit so we want whichever one is the most exhilarating and has more exposure on the ferratas. What would you recommend?

    • Hi Cal. Thanks for stopping by, I see you posted your comment multiple times so I deleted the other two. They have to be approved first before they show up on the site. Sorry for the inconvenience. If you are after more varied scenery then the section of AV2 will definitely hit the nail for you. You can also add via ferrata Eterna Brigata Cadore which leads to Punta Serauta, one of the peaks on Marmolada. I haven’t done it yet, but it’s very high on my list. Another one is via Ferrata Piazzetta which leads to the summit of Piz Boe but starts on Passo Pordoi. It will mean backtracking a bit, but it’s an advanced ferrata that will add a lot of excitement to your route. With via Ferrata Bolver Lugli you will have to skip on staying at rifugio Mulaz and instead head from Passo San pellegrino to San Martino Di Castrozza to start the ferrata there the next day. Brenta Loop is amazing if you are after more solitude, but the landscapes are very moon-like. As for the challenge, I think both will provide enough of a challenge! Let me know if that helps and if you have more questions!

  21. Good day!!

    We are looking to do a 2 day hut to hut hike. I am not sure if those are possible? The itch the get back out and hike has taken over, but because I am just recovering from an ACL reconstruction and recent spine surgery both in the last year, don’t want to push a 3-4 day trip quite yet. Any advice?

    • Hi Morgan. Thanks for stopping by. Yes, it’s absolutely possible. For example, you can do the first 3 days of Alta Via 1. Or day 3-6. Please browse through my Alta Via 1 article, especially the second part, where at the end of it you can find early entry and escape routes from Alta Via 1. It’s absolutely possible to just do parts of it. Rosengarten trek is another good one and you can skip all the via Ferrata parts. In doing that you will save lots of time and can easily hike it with a 1-2 night stay. I hope that helps. let me know if I can help any further. I wish you a speedy recovery!

  22. Can you do the Rosengarten Traverse without doing the via ferratas, or just doing one or two of them, and still stay in all the huts?

    • Hi Jennifer. Thanks for stopping by. Yes, it is, and You can probably just do it, with only 1 overnight stay at rifugio Passo Principe, because you will be cutting out a lot out of the itinerary. Go directly to my Rosengarten Traverse article and check the section “What to do if you have a group of climbers and non-climbers” at the end of the article. I highly recommend that you purchase a map of the Rosengarten before. Let me know if you have any more questions.

  23. Hi there, I’m hoping to do a trek in June! We’ll be in Italy for a wedding and are free for a hike between June 5 and 10. Are there any hikes that would be do-able that early without sacrificing views? We are from Colorado so no strangers to snow but want to make sure huts and/or public transportation would be open at that time.

    Thanks for your help! Your posts are so helpful!

    • Hey Haley! Thanks for stopping by. I am afraid most of the huts are still closed at this point in the season. They start to reopen in Mid June, and by the third week most of them are open. You might have more luck around places like Lake Garda, where the elevation is lower and the snow melts a lot sooner, but I am not too familiar with this area. I also know that the huts in the Rosengarten group (the Alpe Di Tires hut in particular) opens already at the end of May, so you could stay one night in there and do day hikes or via ferratas (weather depending). I am afraid though that a hut to hut trek is not possible to do at this time of the year.

  24. Hi Marta,
    Thank you for such a beautiful and informative website. I am looking to plan a hut-to-hut trip for my family this summer. I was wondering if you are aware of any 4-5 day trips in the Dolomites that do not include a via ferrata? My son is 9 years old and I don’t think we are quite ready for that yet. We have done a trek through the Swiss Alps and live in the US West where we spend many nights backpacking as a family, so we are experienced hikers. However, the via ferratas are completely another game.

    Thank you in advance for your thoughts and feedback.
    Kindly,
    Lisa

    • Hi Lisa. Thanks for stopping by! I would recommend that you look into AV1 as there is no via ferratas along the way (unless you want to do them as extensions) You can do a section of AV1. In the second part of my AV1 guide I have early entry/escape route possibilities on AV1. No need to walk the whole trek. Let me know if that helps and if you have more questions!

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