Alta Via 1 Planning Guide
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The Alta Via 1 (AV1) is the most famous hiking trail in the Dolomites, and it lives up to its promise. Although it doesn't travel through villages like the Tour du Mont Blanc does, the rifugios (mountain huts) you stay at along the way offer up loads of Italian charm and heaps of Italian food. You'll experience brilliant green meadows, rugged monoliths towering overhead, and plenty of World War I history as you pass by former battlefields and fortification remnants.
There are multiple variations to the AV1. There are a couple exposed and sketchy sections along this route (most can be avoided). A via ferrata lies at the very end of the Alta Via I, but our route exits beforehand, as few hikers complete this via ferrata, and it requires carrying via ferrata gear the entire length of the tour. Depending on the exact routing, the AV1 covers 106 kilometers (66 miles) with 6,890 meters (22,605 feet) of ascent. Most hikers take 7 to 13 days to complete the trek, depending on fitness level and preferences.
The Alta Via 1 is a challenging undertaking. It is beautiful and charming, but with over 800 serviced mountain huts in the Alps, it is not the only hut hiking option. We recommend thoroughly reading the information below to determine if this tour is the best pick for your Alps adventure.
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Alta Via 1 Planning Tips
Is the Alta Via 1 right for me?
You have 7 to 10 days (depending on your fitness level) to commit to hiking hut to hut
You are fit enough for a daily average elevation gain of 800+ m. (2,600+ ft.) per day for 7 to 10 consecutive days
You love to eat Italian food in large quantities
You can do the tour between mid-July and the end of August
- You like having plenty of other hikers around while on the trail
You are interested in staying in remote mountain huts and do not need to travel through a village along the way
You have less than 7 days to commit
You are looking for a tour before mid-June or after mid-September
You are NOT fit enough for a daily average elevation gain of 800+ m. (2,600+ ft.) per day for 7 to 10 consecutive days
You want lonely trails
You would like to have your luggage transported or want to stay in private rooms the entire tour
From Belluno, you can return to Venice Mestre Train Station by train. Tickets can be booked at https://www.trenitalia.com/, but we recommend booking these on site at the train station when you are ready to depart, as they are only valid for the exact time you purchase them for. From the Mestre Train Station there are regular buses to Marco Polo Airport. These can be paid for in cash upon boarding.
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