VF4 Alta Via 1 with Via Ferratas

11-days Self-guided

GO do self-guided via ferratas in the Dolomites

Alta Via 1 via ferrata self guided
Dolomites trekking
Alta Via 1 Self-guided
Via ferrata dolomites hut to hut
Alta Via Dolomites

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 challenge yourself mentally and physically on the via ferrata aided climbing routes of the Dolomites

  • GO eat heaps and heaps of delicious Italian food

The Italian Dolomites are famous for via ferratas. 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. Accommodation is in a multitude of comfortable mountain huts. Along the way are several of the most famous via ferratas in the Dolomites. The via ferratas are a great way to spice up the hike and most are optional. 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.

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.


Learn more about via ferratas on our All About Via Ferratas page.


11 days


July to mid-September


Venice, Italy

Physical Condition

Technical Difficulty

Skills & Experience Required

-General hiking and navigation skills

-Alpine hiking experience

-Via Ferrata difficult C (Schall Scale)

-Comfort with exposure

-It is possible to encounter snowfields on this route

Responsible Travel Score

12/15 Responsible Travel Leader

Responsible Travel Scorecard

Safety Briefing

Only 20% payment due

at the time of booking!

Alta Via 1

Map and Elevation Profile

Exact elevation gain per day will vary according to availability

Alta Via 1 elevation profile

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Choose your own dates

Choose your own pace

Choose your own hiking buddies

Alta Via 1 Via Ferrata Self-guided

11-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.

Learn more about via ferrata difficult ratings 

Alta Via 1 Cinema

Via Ferrata Cinema


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

Alternate Route Monte Civetta 3,220 m. Summit

+ 0 days


​This is a committing route to one of the classic via ferrata summits in the Dolomites, Monte Civetta on Via Ferrata Alleghesi (C/D difficulty rating). It is an alternate route for Day 8. The summit can be avoided in bad weather, but even the detour to the hut is exposed and secured with cables (A difficulty rating) and can be very slippery in wet conditions.

This alternate routing needs to be selected at the time of booking, as it requires a different hut than the standard route.

Alternate Route Via Ferrata Constantini (D/E)

+1 day


​For experienced climbers only. Add a day (after Day 8) to take on an 8 to 10 hour long via ferrata with a technical difficulty rating of D/E (on the Schall Scale). This option makes the tour 12 days in total.

Rest Day

+1 day


​Spend an extra night at any of the huts already included in your itinerary.

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.

Via Ferrata Set Rental 


Plus the cost of return shipping

Luggage Transportation from

Lago di Braies to 2 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 150 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.

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