Trekking Along the Alta Via in Cortina d’Ampezzo

The beauty of Cortina d’Ampezzo relies on its incredible surroundings: the Dolomites, World Heritage by UNESCO and considered the most beautiful mountains in the world, and the Natural Park of the Dolomites of Ampezzo.

In the second half of the XVIII century these mountains got their name from the French naturalist Deodat de Dolomieu who was the first to study the special kind of rock predominant in the region and named it “Dolomia”.
At sunrise, but especially at sunset, Dolomia takes on a color ranging from rosy to fire red: this phenomenon is called Enrosadira and is visible especially during the summer evenings. The variations in its hues depends on the different position of the sun during the year as well as on atmospheric conditions.

To let you get in close contact with these mountains Dolomiti SkiRock offers a beautiful trekking, always keeping the same altitude, and staying overnight in comfortable and welcoming lodges offering excellent cuisine. The daily excursions vary from a walk along mountain trails to medium difficulty level via ferratas reaching the mountain top.

Program for the Trekking on the Alta Via in Cortina

Day 1
We leave from the Rucurto parking lot along an easy trail reaching the lodge at Croda da Lago, an enchanted place with a beautiful lake. We continue towards Forcella Ambrizzola, crossing the Mondeval plateau where years ago the skeleton of a prehistoric man over 7000 years old was found: now it is on exhibit at the museum at Selva di Cadore. All the way along an easy trail we reach Forcella Giau, then Passo Giau, where we spend the night at the lodge. Climbing a small hill facing the lodge on a clear evening, the opportunity to photograph the sunset on the Dolomites is not to be missed.

Total Time for the excursion: 5 to 6 hours
Total elevation gain: 650 meters

Day 2
Along an easy via ferrata we reach Rifugio Nuvolau, nestled on the top of the mountain at 2575 meters, a magnificent panoramic spot. We continue towards Passo Falzarego following along the historic WWI Trail called Kaserjager/ reaching the Rifugio Lagazuoi at 2750 meters. At this lodge we can admire unique and spectacular sunrises and sunsets as the view opens on the whole arch of the Dolomites.

Total Time for the excursion: about 5 to 6 hours
Total elevation gain: 1150 meters

Day 3
From the lodge we walk down toward the Col dei Bos Pass and we enter the tunnel carved by the Italian army during the 1914-18 War. We continue to via ferrata of medium level of difficulty called Lipella, reaching the summit of the Tofana di Rozes at 3225 meters. On a clear and serene day we are able to see the glaciers in Italian and Austrian Alps and all the tallest peaks forming the Dolomitic Range. We spend the night at Rifugio Giussani at 2600.

Total time for the excursion: 6 to 7 hours
Total Elevation Gain: 950 meters

Day 4
We walk down along the beautiful Val Travenanzes, where the clear and pure waters of the Travenanzes brook run. When we are about to reach the bottom of the valley it is possible to take a spectacular detour passing behind a great waterfall over 90 meter high. Then we return to Cortina.

Total Time for the excursion: 5 to 6 hours
Elevation loss: 1200 meters


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