AV1-13 Alta Via 1 Self-guided

13-day Relaxed Itinerary

GO cross the iconic Dolomites by foot

GO experience the Alps · GO live your bucket list · GO where your colleagues can't find you


  • GO hike hut to hut across the Italian Dolomites, which are cherished for their unique beauty and war history

  • GO back in time and immerse yourself in World War I history

  • GO take alternate routings to enjoy comfortable trails that avoid exposure  that is typical on trails throughout the Dolomites and the Alps

The Alta Via 1 trek is Italy's highlight long-distance hiking trail and leads awe-struck hikers through the Dolomites from north to south. This route is famous, and for very good reason. Along the way are a multitude of comfortable mountain huts. What makes this tour truly stand out is the World War I history, as it passes by former battlefields, fortification remnants, and other clues that this serene environment was not always so peaceful. We recommend doing some reading on World War I history in the Dolomites before the tour, to make it that much more interesting.

There are multiple variations to the Alta Via 1, and we have chosen primarily routes that are comfortable for most hikers, meaning minimum exposure. A via ferrata lies at the very end of the Alta Via I, but this itinerary exits beforehand. If you are interested in the via ferrata, please check out our Alta Via 1 with Via Ferratas itinerary.

Although this tour is feasible from mid-June to mid-September, it is likely to encounter problematic snowfields in late-June, and snowstorms in early September.


13 days


mid-June to



Venice, Italy

Physical Condition

Technical Difficulty

Skills & Experience Required

-General hiking and navigation skills

-It is possible to encounter snowfields on this route

Responsible Travel Score

12/15 Responsible Travel Leader

Responsible Travel Scorecard

Only 20% payment due

at the time of booking!

Alta Via 1
Alta Via Dolomites
Dolomites trekking
Alta Via 1 Self-guided
Dolomites Hike

Alta Via 1

Map and Elevation Profile

Exact elevation gain per day will vary according to availability

AV1 Map and Elevation Profile

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Choose your own dates

Choose your own pace

Choose your own hiking buddies

Alta Via 1 Self-guided

13-day Itinerary

This itinerary is likely to vary based on the availability of the accommodations

*Estimated time is based on a pace of 4.2 km. per hour and 400 m. elevation gain per hour.

Time for stops is not included. Actual hiking times will vary. 

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Included in all packages

  • Exclusive access to tours in a navigation app, even when offline

  • Personalized eGuidebook containing maps, daily itinerary, accommodation information and more

  • GPX File

  • Carbon offsetting for your tour (1 metric ton per customer)

  • Optional Airport to Airport full service booking

  • Booking and logistics assistance during your tour

  • Unlimited time spent answering your questions

  • Peace of mind by leaving the planning and booking to local experts

  • More time for the important things in life 

*Last-minute booking fees apply when booked less than two months in advance:

Within 2 months of tour start date: 50€ per person

Within 1 month of tour start date: 100€ per person

**The term "room" at a mountain hut varies greatly from hut to hut. These are often shared rooms that are smaller than the dormitories. Rooms book quickly at the huts. When there is no availability, you may end up in the dormitory.


Airport to Airport Package from Venice Public

+1 day


  • 1 night in a simple hotel near Lago di Braies

  • Transportation between Venice and Cortina d'Ampezzo, as well as Belluno and Venice (public transportation)

  • Note: there are 3 required bus transfers that must be paid in cash on site. We will provide timetables for these

Airport to Airport Package from Venice Private

+1 day


  • 1 night in a 4-star hotel at Lago di Braies (based on availability)

  • Transportation between Venice and Lago di Braies; the end of the tour at La Pissa and Belluno;  as well as Belluno and Venice (private transportation)

This add-on lowers the Responsible Travel Score from 12 to 9 points

Luggage Transportation from

Cortina d'Ampezzo to Belluno

(up to 3 25 kg. bags)


  • this requires a stay in Cortina d'Ampezzo rather than at Lago di Braies the night before the tour

This add-on lowers the Responsible Travel Score from 12 to 10 points

For this add-on, luggage is driven approximately 60 km. by taxi. Thanks to the huts, you can easily carry the items you need in a backpack and avoid this option. Check out our Packing Resources on our Staying in Mountain Huts Page, and check to see if we have an upcoming Free Webcast on Packing for more information.

Luggage Transportation from

Lago di Braies to 3 refuges and Belluno

(up to 3 25 kg. bags)


This add-on lowers the Responsible Travel Score from 12 to points

For this add-on, luggage is driven approximately 160 km. around the tour in a taxi. Thanks to the huts, you can easily carry the items you need in a backpack and avoid this option. Check out our Packing Resources on our Staying in Mountain Huts Page, and check to see if we have an upcoming Free Webcast on Packing for more information.

All prices are per person

*Private transportation packages require a minimum of double occupancy

Not included

  • Paper map

  • Emergency response and rescue

  • Flights

  • Beverages

  • Any meals not specified

  • Sheets at mountain huts (a sleeping bag liner or travel sheet is required: read more)

  • Fees for any additional transportation used during the hiking tour, such as lifts, gondolas, and buses

  • Some accommodations charge tourist or city taxes that must be paid on site. These rarely exceed 2€ per person per night  


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