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Dolomites Alta Via 1
Guided trekking holiday

+ Expert leading on a superb all-round Alpine trek
+ Trekking on mountain paths, with no via ferrata
+ Warm huts, friendly greetings and superb food

Latest news October 2017
Booking is open for 2018! Please ask us any questions; thank you.

The Alta Via Uno is a trek, without via ferrata, from Dobbiaco to Belluno in the Dolomite mountains North of Venice. One of the classic trekking routes across the Dolomites, it offers colourful mountain scenery and a manageable challenge.

The Dolomites are rounded lumps of mountains, rather than pointed, such that traverse paths often have steep drops to one side. The AV1's terrain mixes easy stretches over which you can stride out among high peaks, with tighter paths on steep, loose, rocky ground. Standard Alpine paths are the norm, plus some unavoidable exposed sections and some wild settings. We follow the main Alta Via Uno route, taking variants as the group decides each day.

Trek in the company of our fully qualified International Mountain Leaders (IMLs). We miss out the difficult via ferrata on the Schiara, the mountain at the end of the trek above Belluno. We take the variant to La Stanga, for the local bus to Belluno, thus keeping the whole trek to normal mountain paths and tracks instead of any via ferrata.

Map showing the route of Alpine Exploratory's Alta Via 1 self-guided walking holiday

Where we stay
Your accommodation is based on the splendid huts and auberges in the mountains, plus our super hotels at the start and the end, plus over your rest day. Enjoy the friendly welcomes and superb food of the Italian Alps.

Why Alpine Exploratory for your guided AV1?

We trek the ideal route
Our groups always aim to trek continuously. Nothing is worth cutting out! Occasionally a cable car or bus can be helpful, but the most satisfaction comes from walking from start to finish. Our route is the main AV1 with scenic options that your leader can offer.

Expert knowledge of the route
The same careful research that goes into our self-guided AV1s informs our guided treks too. We place particular emphasis on interpretation of the path's difficulties. Our leaders understand how different trekkers approach different challenges, and how much the group will enjoy each route option.

Flexible, personal planning
As per our general ethos, even on our scheduled guided trips we like to be flexible. Single rooms are no problem on the valley nights. If you'd like extra nights in Dobbiaco or Belluno, or indeed tips on Venice, please just ask us.

Small groups expertly led
Alpine Exploratory follows best practice in the mountains. Our leaders are all International Mountain Leaders and we keep to a maximum group size of 8 clients. The aim is a small, tightly knit group with an engaging leader, completing the AV1 with safety, proficiency and fun.

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Options (for private trips)

If you join us as a private group instead of joining our scheduled treks, then we can adjust your AV1 in various ways.

+ Walk from Dobbiaco to add a pastoral prelude to the hills
+ Shorten the trek to perhaps 8 stages, or add more rest days
+ Take easier variants to give less loose terrain
+ Make it basic or up the comfort with our best hotels

Of course, on a private trip you can come on the dates that suit you. Except for the composition of the group and the dates, everything else is the same as on our scheduled AV1s.

Dolomites Alta Via 1 (Self-guided) - look here for all the options

Key information Summer 2018

£1,680 per person
Add single rooms for £120
Add baggage transfer for £140
Private group? Please contact us

Scheduled dates 2018
Please join our 4 guided trips:

AVUg4 22 July to 3 August 2018
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IMLs at Alpine Exploratory

AVUg6 5 to 17 August 2018
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IMLs at Alpine Exploratory

AVUg8 19 to 31 August 2018
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IMLs at Alpine Exploratory

AVUg10 2 to 14 September 2018
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IMLs at Alpine Exploratory

Rifugio B Carestiato on the AV1
Rifugio Carestiato (Photo gallery)

10 days' trekking, 1 rest day
Italian Alps
 Grade (Explained)
Starting in Dobbiaco
Ending in Belluno
Typical walk 12km, 650m ascent
Highest altitude 2,752m
Group size 4 to 8 people

Research 2017
July 2017 (Joy)

12 nights, staying in:
4-star hotels (2)
3-star hotels (2)
Auberges (1)
Mountain huts (7)

Accommodation and itinerary
Breakfasts and 8 evening meals
Guided trekking with your IML

Season for private groups
15 July to 16 September 2018
15 July to 15 September 2019 (TBC 1 Oct 2018)
Please join us on your ideal dates

Crossing the Ru Formin on the AV1 above Cortina
Above Cortina (Photo gallery)

The UIMLA logo An IML leads your trek

The IML is the award needed to lead treks on the Alta Via Uno in the Dolomites

The IML award

The AV1 in the Alps

Map of the Alta Via 1 within the Alps

How hard is the route?


This trip fits our Red3 grade, plus please note:
+ Steep drops to one or both sides
+ Narrow and loose paths

Find out more

Holiday Notes - our full trip dossier (PDF)
A guide to the trek - our background page
About our walking holidays - general FAQs
Contact us - please ask us any questions

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