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Alta Via 1 Self Guided Extended Weekend AV1-4

Trail markings on the Alta Via 1
Open green meadows on the AV1
One of the last passes on the Alta Via 1
Views from the AV1
Looking toward Passo Falzarego on the Alta Via 1


  • 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 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.
This 4-day tour covers only a portion of the Alta Via 1, but visits, what we consider to be the highlights. The tour ends in the Cinque Torri region.

Alta Via 1 – 2023 Booking Update
Updated February 10, 2023


We are successfully booking itineraries for the Alta Via 1. Although the accommodations are filling up earlier than normal this year, we are still booking great itineraries.

This standard 4-day itinerary covers the northern section of the Alta Via 1. We are still able to book itineraries for this northern section for travelers with flexible dates and flexibility about using dormitory rooms. We have the most availability in late July and August. For hikes during times with less availability (late June, early July and September), without date flexibility and/or with a strong preference for private rooms, we are still able to book other 4-day sections of the Alta Via 1 route. If you are in agreement with other sections, please indicate this in the comments field when you process your booking.

Due to the tight booking situation this year, we recommend you book as soon as you are ready.

We can book the best itineraries for customers who provide us with a flexible date range (the bigger the better). If private rooms are a priority for you, a flexible date range of 2 to 4 weeks is best. If you are unable to provide such a wide date range, we do have some alternate accommodations we can use that aren’t located directly on the route, but still are not disruptive to your itinerary.

Note: Many books and blogs mention early September as a “less-crowded” time to visit the Alta Via 1. However, for the past two years, the huts have been booked up for September even before they were booked up for July or August. There is currently more availability on the Alta Via 1 in July and August than there is in September. Pushing later into September doesn’t bring any advantages, because the huts at the beginning of the route stay full until mid-September and the huts at the end of the route close around September 20th. We currently recommend July and August for Alta Via 1 tours. We discourage June bookings due to likely snow conditions on the route.

We encourage you to check out our other hiking tours of similar length that have more availability:

Bernese Oberland Traverse – 4-day itinerary
Culinary Delight Hut Hiking Tour – 3-day itinerary

Length        4 days

Season        July through early-September

Airport       Airport: Venice, Italy

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Responsible Travel Score:
11/15 Responsible Traveler
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Only 20% payment due at the time of booking!

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Booking Process

  1. Initiate the booking process by selecting the green button labeled, GO Book the Tour
  2. Complete the fields in the booking process and continue on to process the deposit (usually 20%, sometimes 30%) via Paypal (Paypal account not needed)
  3. We'll start checking availability and working on your bookings. As long as there is availability, we will book the accommodations and send you your eGuidebook within 21 days of the booking (this may take longer for custom tours and last-minute tours). This will include GPS waypoints of the accommodations and will be in a format that can be saved on your smartphone for convenient use on the tour. If any changes need to be made during the tour, there will be a phone number available to you during the tour, although additional charges may apply

If there are any issues with availability, we will contact you and work with you to find an alternative solution. If we are unable to find one, we will refund the deposit in full.

The remaining balance for the tour is due 30 days prior to the first date of the tour.

Group Discount

Only one discount will be applied per tour participant. Discounts are only applicable to tours. Discounts are not applicable to fees or additional services, such as Airport to Airport Packages or bicycle rentals.

Groups of 6 or more: 15% discount for all participants & customize an existing tour without Customization Fees