Crossing the Dolomites
Day 1 Chamonix- Tre Cime de Lavaredo
Meeting point at 6 am in Chamonix with our guide for a transfer towards the mythical Dolomites massif. In the middle of the afternoon, we will park near the Auronzo refuge, at the bottom of the Tre Cime of Lavaredo. From there, we gently start walking to join the Locatelli refuge (2405m) through the Lavaredo pass. The path climbs gently and safely through a nice forest, and little by little gives us a first overview of what to expect the next few days. We arrive at the refuge and discover for the first time the interesting gastronomy that the Dolomites offers, with an Italian and Austrian influence mixed together, for a unique final result !
Ascent: around 225m /Descent : around 50m/ Accomodation : Locatelli refuge 2405m
Day 2 The Mont Paterno
From the Sasso di Sesto, we start trekking through the Innerklofer path, where history catches us up between galleries and stairs. When we get to the Mont Paterno (2744m), we will move East, and from cable to cable, turn to de-escalation and trekking on a rocky path, we will reach Forcella Pian di Cengia (2622m). A small and quick descent before joining the Lavaredo refuge in the mountain side. The view from there on the pointy peaks and rocky cliffs is jaw-dropping.
A one-and-a-half-hour transfer will get us to tonight’s shelter: Dibona, nice stone house with red shutters and a yellow roof in a mountain pasture atmosphere, located at the bottom of Tofana de Rozes.
Ascent: around 600 to 800m / Descent : around 600 to 800m / Accomodation : Dibona refuge 2083m
Day 3 Via Ferrata Gianni Lipella
We continue our route with an hour and a half trek this morning before entering the tunnels for around 20 min. The exit into the void is spectacular. From there, the via ferrata goes up and down to circumvent the mountain and ends up with the view of the Giussani refuge. A quick descent will get us back to the bus, and we will hop on for a transfer to Passo di Selle where we will spend the night.
Ascent: around 700 to 1200m /Descent : around 700 to 1200m / Accomodation : Carlo Valentini refuge 2218m
Day 4 Brigata Tridentina
A few minutes drive will get us to the Passo Gardena at the entrance of the Brigata Tridentina via ferrata. The hike until the Masores plateau is aerial on that quite vertical wall. You will escalate the slope, climb up ladders and walk on rocky paths whilst admiring the magnificent view on the mountain range. Then, a nice trekking path leads us to the small shelter of Cavazza, under the Pisciadu peak. At last, the Val Status, also called 666 path, is the right way to get back to the bus. We will go back to Passo Sella to take the Forcella Sassolungo cable car, a few minutes and here we are, at a 2681-meter-high altitude. An easy descent in a closed valley surrounded by high walls and we will reach the small refuge of Vicenza, surrounded by mountains.
Ascent: around 500 to 600m / Descent : around 1000 to 1200m / Accomodation : Vicenza shelter 2256m
Day 5 Oskar Schuster via ferrata
We continue exploring the Sasso massif by climbing, through the Oskar Schuster via ferrata, the 2958-meter high Sassopiatto. Certainly, one of the most beautiful days of this trip, discovering varied landscapes, sometimes mineral and vertiginous, sometimes delicate and green. It starts by an easy walk, then the walls erect, and we will need balance to get to the peak ridge before the summit: the view of the surrounding area from there is breathtaking. The descent goes through screes at first and joins a grass path until the Carlo Valentini refuge where we will spend the night. A magnificent day that makes us feel small, very small…
Ascent: around 800 to 900m / Descent : around 7000 to 800m / Accomodation : Carlo Valentini refuge 2218m
Day 6 Santner path and Vajolet tour
An hour transfer by bus takes us to the Catinaccio refuge, where we start trekking (not much via ferrata today with only a few cables). The exit in Passo Santner offers a fantastic view on the Vajolet towers, highlight of the day. We spend our last night in the Stella Alpina refuge (1972m), enjoying the food and each other’s company.
Ascent: around 1100m / Descent : 1100m / Accomodation : Stella Alpina refuge 1972m
Day 7 Going back to Chamonix
Sadly, our fabulous week comes to an end. We leave early to go back to Chamonix by bus.
Period & budget
When to travel?
The best period for travelling is during the following months:
The budget is an indication of the price per person, subject to availability. Your local agent will send you a customized quote with the exact price. The price can vary according to availability, level of services, period of travel, number of participants, booking time frame and other items.
- Technical organisation of the trip
- Half board accommodation in refuges
- Lunch picnics
- Cable cars needed for the good process of the trip
- Stagexpe bus during the time of your travel
- High-altitude mountain guide supervision
- Equipment needed for safety
- Rented material : helmet, harness, via ferrata rope, absorber
- Individual provisions: cereal, chocolate bars, dry fruits,…
- Drinks (water, tea, coffee, beer, coke) in the shelters, and personal expenses
- Application fees (18€ per person)
- Everything which is not included in the « included » item
Terms and conditions
- More than 30 days before departure, you will be charged for the amount of 50€
- From 30 to 21 days before departure, you will be charged for the amount of the deposit (30% of the trip’s price)
- From 20 to 14 days before departure, you will be charged for 50% of the trip’s price
- From 13 to 7 days before departure, you will be charged for 75% of the trip’s price
- Less than 7 days before departure, you will be charged for the whole trip’s price
- Airline fixed costs : plane tickets are bought in advance to avoid too high airline prices, however they are non refundable in case of cancellation or plane changes. In that case, the charges above apply to the price of your trip without the plane ticket’s price
- Ground fixed costs : you will be charged for the fees that were paid early
- Insurance fees : Insurance fees will not be refunded if you subscribed to a multi-risk or cancellation insurance. The specific conditions will be written on your subscription confirmation
Changes to travel contract
Lunchs and diners :
- Lunch picnics are made of mixed salads, fresh meat, cheese and fruits. They are made by the accompanist at night for the day after : don’t worry if he is leaving you for one or two hours during the evening, he is certainly making you great food for tomorrow..
- At night, diners are taken in the different accommodations
- Please take provisions according to your own tastes before leaving : cereal, chocolate bars, dry fruits... And feel free to bring some specialties from your regions for aperitifs.
Budget & exchange
- Technical equipment is provided : special via ferrata ropes, helmet and harness
- Sleepers will be available in the refuges
- Great trekking shoes
- Harness and helmet + via ferrata material (if you have your own equipment, please inform us during the subscription)
- A pair of telescopic poles
- A sleeping bag (blankets are provided in refuges)
- Small toilet bag
- Solar cream (face and lips)
- Headlamp with replacement battery and bubbles
- 1.5 litter flask or Camel-back
- Clasp knife
- Toilet paper and lighter
- Two or three plastic bags (100L) to protect your backpack and your belongings if it starts raining
- 1 flask or thermos
- Hat (or cap)/ scarf
- Sunglasses (index 4 category)
- 1 pair of shorts
- 1 pair of polar or warm wool gloves for cold and cables + 1 pair of under-gloves
- Breathable technic underclothing
- Polar coat
- 1 windproof and waterproof Goretex-type coat
- 1 pair of confortable trekking pants
- 2 pair of socks (one thin, one thick)
- Up to 90 days visit in Italy : citizens from most countries do not need a visa to visit Italy.
- Over 90 days visit in Italy : non-EU citizens must have a visa to visit Italy over 90 days.
Health information & recommendations
- Most of our accommodations are run by locals, thus ensuring that the largest part of the revenue generated through your trip will stay within the region.
- France is known for its exquisite cuisine. The art of cooking and the joy of eating are part of everyday life. Each region has its particular foods and flavors which we would like you to explore and appreciate.
- Water is a precious and rare good. Our team and those travelling with us are thus advised to use it with consideration and avoid excessive water use where possible.
- Please try to recycle your waste whenever possible, even though recycling may not be a well-known concept in all areas.
- Be cautious and respectful when hiking. Make sure to wear suitable footwear and avoid picking flowers, moving stones or lighting fires.