Dolomites of Val Badia

8 days self guided walking tour

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Dolomites of Val Badia

8 days self guided walking tour

Moderate to demanding mountain walks on well-marked paths. Basic experience in mountain walking is recommended as well as an active, healthy general level of fitness and stamina. The paths are well maintained though sometimes stony or steep. Most walks can be extended or shortened. The altitude changes per day are between 500 and 1300 m. The Val Badia will astonish you with its breathtaking landscapes on this quintessential Dolomite walking tour. Enjoy exhilarating hikes through the awe-inspiring nature of dramatic limestone mountains with snow capped peaks, a magnificent nature reserve, picture-perfect alpine pastures and idyllic meadows. This unique German-speaking part of Italy boasts exceptional cuisine, a rich variety of wildlife, such as the distinctive marmot and chamois and incredibly colorful wild flowers which bloom by the thousands, including prized orchids, lilies and monkshoods. Leave your worries behind as you walk to the gentle sound of mountain brooks and singing birds

Itinerary

Day 1:    Arrive in La Valle-Wengen
Arrive in the mountainside village of La Valle, or Wengen in German, go for a stroll to soak in the extraordinarily beautiful and peaceful surroundings and marvel at the unique language that you will hear spoken, as La Valle has a vast number of Ladinic speakers. Immerse yourself in the pure essence of the Dolomites
Day 2:    Round walk La Valle – Crusc de Rit – La Valle (17.3/ 12.7 km)
Today’s excursion starts and ends in La Valle and passes over the Sas De Crosta(Pares) mountain. A stop at the Crusc de Rit is a must, as from this panoramic point you overlook the Val Badia on the south, and the Valpusteria and Austrian peaks in the north. Proceeding across stretches of forest and wide pastures, you will have exceptional views including the majestic rock faces of the Sas Dalesc Desc, the Sas Dales Nu and the Ju de Sant Antone. If desired there is an option to shorten the itinerary.Challenge: 5/ 7 hours, 17.3/ 12.3 km, 921/745m climb, 921/745m descent
Day 3:    Round walk Pederoa – Spizan – Pederoa (13 km)
The walk starts and ends in the village of Pederoa, 2km from La Valle and it is reachable on foot, by local bus or with a prearrangement private transfer. Initially the route alternates asphalted sections with footprint that climb gradually until you reach wide glades with panoramas on the whole La Valle, as well as on Longiarù and the impressive Monte Putia. A gradual descent on a good dirt road along the Gran Ega stream (the largest in Val Badia) brings you down from the Spizan peak back to Pederoa. Challenge: 5 hours, 13 km, 772m climb, 773m descent
Day 4:    Passo Valparola to Corvara (15 km)
A short included transfer brings you to Passo Valparola here starts an outstanding panoramic trail along the Sett Sass until the wide upland meadow of Pralongià from where you have extraordinary views on the peaks and the valleys of the Val Badia the Marmolada glacier in the backdrop. Challenge: 6 hours, 14.9 km, 572m climb, 1181m descent
Day 5:    La Valle to Rifugio Fanes (13.8 km)
Today’s route is a gradual climb and then descent on stony footpaths. Along the way you will admire the rock faces of the Sasso delle Nove and a complete view on the Pares ridge and the Austrian peaks. The last uphill section is quite steep till the Ju De Sant Antone where there are ample views on the valley and the Fanes-Senes-Braines Natural Park. Crossing the high pastures you reach Rifugio Lavarella and Rifugio Fanes from where it is worthwhile to deviate for 1km until Lé Vërt lake and Limo lake. Challenge: 6 hours, 13.8km, 1278m climb, 563m descent 
Day 6:    Return from Rifugio Fanes to La Valle (20 km)
Today’s route is a bit steep but fascinating and crosses the larch forest as you climb to the alpine lake Lech Parom where the vast and majestic Fanes upland and prairies gradually turn to sheer vertical rock surfaces surrounded by the typical Dolomiti peak. To avoid the steep climb, it’s possible to follow a more gradual trail and it’s possible to descend to Val di Medesc through a narrow stony canal that brings you to La Crusc from where you can admire other massif of Val Badia. In the last stretch to La Valle, you will cross the Armentara with its wide lawns, a peculiarity of this landscape. Challenge: 8 hours, 20 km, 790m climb, 1511m descent
Day 7:    Round walk Longiarù – Rifugio Genova – Longiarù (17/ 13.4 km)
The itinerary is quite steep at the beginning until the side of Monte Putia, it’s a magnificent peak, particular in its shape and stands out over the others in Val Badia. As you head towards Rifugio Genova, a pleasant hiding place beneath Passo Poma, you cross wide prairies with exceptional views on the peaks of Puez-Odle Natural Parkand the Fanes massif. The way back is through the Seres valley characterized by a succession of ancient watermills. It’s possible to shorten the trail by about 3km. Longiarù is reachable by local bus directly from La Valle. Challenge: 6/5 hours 17/13.4 km, 1110/950m climb,  1108/950m descent
Day 8:    Arrivederci La Valle
The trip and our services end after breakfast. You can depart towards your ongoing journey. Inquiry with us about the various options available.
Hightlights and Technical Information
Highlights
  • Feeling you are on top of the world
  • Spellbinding views, wild open spaces, mountain lakes, jagged peaks, precious flower meadows
  • Cozy, comfortable, family-run accommodatiion
  • Superb culinary specialties, including delicious cheese, carne Salada, polenta, mushrooms, speck and outstanding wines
  • Gorgeous flora and fanua
  • Warm friendly locals
Technical information:

Moderate day walks are interspersed with more strenuous excursions, 4-6 hours per day (excluding breaks) on hilly to mountainous areas using well kept, sometimes stony paths.

Luggage transfer: Luggage transfer is included and is provided by the accommodation itself or a local taxi company.

A note on our self guided adventures and Fitness preparation:

Self guided walking or cycling requires individuals to use problem solving skills, be adaptable and have a keen eye. It is recommended that you are comfortable map reading, referring to route notes and that you have a good sense of direction (or are willing to work on improving this!) Sometimes route finding, losing your way, finding it again and asking the locals for help is all part of the adventure. If you’ve never been on a self guided trip, after the first couple of days you will get the hang of if as the vast majority of our first time travellers attest. Please be assured that our written material issued to you for route finding is updated regularly and we provide a 7 day service hotline in the event of any problems. There is a certain level of the unknown that comes with self guided trips; however with a methodical approach potential problems will be averted. The freedom of a self guided trip is something that, once experienced, is sought time and time again.
Fitness preparation: The concept behind most of our trips is active holidays and the fitter you are the more easily you will adjust and enjoy yourself. We expect participants to take responsibility for their fitness and preparations on a consistent basis prior to departure, and INCREASE the regular weekly training schedule in the two months leading up to departure. That way, when you start walking, you will feel relaxed and comfortable and strong, having done more than sufficient preparation for the trip. You will also have more energy to enjoy the views, take photos and explore the sights in your spare time, rather than just make it to the next hotel. During the day is when the most interesting features of interest will be found, and being fit allows you to optimize every situation you encounter. As a minimum, we recommend 40 minutes of aerobic type exercise; running, swimming, biking, hill walking, or gym work two to three times a week for two to six months leading up to your walk. Note the best training is the activity that you are actually going to be doing; walking up and down hill, and cross-country. Practice this as much as possible. Training should be stepped up as you get closer to departure, to an amount you feel appropriate (you don’t want to cause yourself an injury!). Using your gear before departure (boots, day pack, clothing, etc.) gives familiarity and comfort whilst on the walk. It makes sense to know that all your gear ‘works for you’ BEFORE departure, rather than discovering how things work or fit (or don’t!) on the trip you have invested so much in. Use the philosophy of ‘getting fit to go walking’, rather than ‘going on a walk to get fit’, to avoid problems.

Dates, Inclusions, Cost , Supplements

Departure dates: Every day from 01 June to 08 Ocober 2020  (ref IT070)

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

Price per person (min 2 people twin share): A$1300

What is included:
  • 7 Nights in double rooms in hotels on HB basis (except in Fanes Hut)
  • Packet lunch on Day 5
  • People transfer La Valle-Passo Valparola
  • Maps and detailed description of the itinerary
  • 24h phone assistance
Not included:
  • Flights
  • Arrival and Departure transfers
  • Meals and drinks
  • Hotel tourist taxes
  • Insurance and everything not listed as “Included”
Additional Supplements:

Cost per person

  • single room supplement on application
  • solo traveler supplement on application
  • arrival and departure transfers on request ( private and shared)
  • extra nights with breakfast on request
Accommodation and Meals

Accommodation and Meals:
This tour offers accommodation in pretty B&B and 3* hotels. All rooms are en-suited.

Hotel Pider (La Valle)
Hotel Pider is located in La Valle. It offers comfortable and well-furnished rooms with free Wifi, private bathroom, TV, soundproofing and balcony. It has a SPA too where you can relax. Breakfast is good and various. The hotel has a restaurant that proposes traditional Ladin dishes, South Tyrolean delicacies and Mediterranean cuisine. Staff is kind and helpful.

Fanes Hut (San Vigilio di Marebbe)
Fanes Hut is located on the Dolomites above the town of San Vigilio di Marebbe. Rooms are made by wood, well-furnished and comfortable. The cuisine offers traditional dishes Ladin, but international too. Owners are helpful and welcoming.

Price from: A$1300

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