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Dolomites Alta Via 1 North
Self-guided trekking holiday

+ A week on trek to complete half of the AV1
+ Fun Alpine paths without any via ferrata
+ Expert advice and detailed routecards

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

The Alta Via Uno is one of several North-to-South trekking routes in the Dolomites. The whole AV1 is a trek of about 10 days, without via ferrata, and this trip covers the Northern half in one week.

Life on the AV1 falls into a relaxing pattern. The huts are welcoming and the food excellent. The terrain mixes easy stretches over which you can stride out among high peaks, with tighter paths on steep, loose and rocky ground.

The Dolomites are rounded lumps of mountains, rather than pointed, such that traverse paths often have steep drops to one side. Our routecards follow the main Alta Via Uno route as far as the Passo Falzarego area above Cortina, at which point we drop down into Cortina. We also describe all of the common variants, so that on most days you have some choices of path. Importantly, the difficulty of your AV1 trek depends heavily on the variants you choose. We explain the relative difficulties in your routecards. By choosing the easiest options throughout, the trek has only short sections of these loose, exposed paths; on the other hand, taking the harder variants makes for a trek with much harder terrain than the Tour du Mont Blanc.

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.

Where we stay
Your accommodation is based on the splendid huts along the AV1, plus our super hotels at start and end. The villages are bright and colourful; the huts are atmospheric and civilised. And the food...!

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

North or South?

Our North and South weeks on the AV1 are designed to be excellent treks in their own right, and to let the whole AV1 be completed over two separate trips to Italy. But how do the two halves differ?

Very generally, the Northern half is less challenging; it's the Southern half that holds the bigger sweeps of hillside and the more remote locations. The difference is marginal, however, and there is no reason to overlook any part of the AV1 on grounds of remoteness. Because we have configured our two halves to be split in Cortina, the Northern half also gives us more flexibility to add rest days or to space things out within one week. Our Southern week has a greater feeling of steady movement through the landscape.

Both halves are superb treks, both give the true flavour of the AV1.. and both can be done the following year!


We can adjust your AV1 North in various ways, as follows:

Faster treks
The AV1 can be broken up in several different ways, thanks to a fine spacing of huts along the route. Please ask us to suggest an itinerary of between 3 and 6 stages to Cortina, depending on how long you like to be out each day. The AV1 allows many combinations of huts.

Stick to the easiest terrain
The AV1 sits close to the Tour du Mont Blanc in its difficulty, as per our normal AV1 route, but some choices of route variants will give tougher terrain than the TMB. Experienced walkers might enjoy some of the variants to the route. Most of the variants are possible within the normal pattern, unaffected by the accommodation that we book for you.

Start from Cortina
The AV1 starts near Dobbiaco in the North, but a first night can be spent in Cortina instead. This gives an easier journey, and the ability to leave luggage at your hotel.

The AV1 is a trek among huts, passing few villages between the start and end. However, we can adjust the mix of hotels and huts from our normal schedule. While dormitories are difficult to avoid entirely, we can reduce their number. Please ask about these and other adjustments to your accommodation.

Key information Summer 2018


Classic mix (Hotels, auberges & huts)
£640pp (£60 single supplement)
Alta Via 1 (self-guided)

We take 4 stages as the norm; please ask us for a shorter or longer trip

4 days' trekking
Italian Alps
 Grade (Explained)
Starting in Dobbiaco
Ending in Cortina
Typical walk 11km, 650m ascent
Highest altitude 2,752m

Research 2017
July 2017 (Joy)

Cortina, destination of our AV1 North trek
Cortina (Photo gallery)

5 nights, staying in:
4-star hotels (2)
Mountain huts (3)

Accommodation and itinerary
Breakfasts and 3 evening meals
Expert and unlimited advice
Routecards, maps, local info
Emergency card, language card

Season for self-guided treks
15 July to 16 September 2018
15 July to 15 September 2019 (TBC 1 Oct 2018)
Trek on your ideal dates

The forests of the Dolomites
Dolomites forests (Photo gallery)

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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