Alta Via 1
9 stages . 10 nights . Italian Dolomites
Rifugio Lagazuoi
Alta Via 1 Guided
Alta Via 1 Guided
9 stages . 10 nights

Alta Via 1
Guided walking holiday

Key information

Start: Lago di Braies after night in Dobbiaco
End: La Pissa for night in Belluno
Season dates: 15 July to 15 Sept 2024 and 14 July to 18 September
Length: 9 days' walking, 10 nights accommodation
Typical walk: 12km, 650m ascent
Total distance: 120km or 75 miles
Highest altitude: 2,752m
Grade: Purple 3 (Walking grades)
Group size: 4-8 people

From GBP 2,680 per person

The Alta Via 1 is one of the most famous high-level routes in the Alps, taking you on a journey through the heart of the stunning Italian Dolomites with its extraordinary limestone peaks. Our 10-stage guided walking holiday showcases some of the best walking in the region with picture-perfect views, comfy huts and delicious food throughout.

We take on the full route over 9 stages beginning with a night in Cortina before catching a bus to Lago di Braies and the start of the Alta Via 1 trial. From Lago di Braies the route takes to the high mountains, with nights spent in charming mountain huts. The route passes the dramatic formations of Lagazuoi and Tofane in the North. The route continues to the South and the scenery gets wilder as you approach the more remote sections of the trail around the Civatta and Schiara massifs. There are 8 cosy hut nights on this trip, each offering hearty Italian food, a comfy bed and the opportunity to watch the sun set over the mountains. The trail ends at La Pissa where you will catch a bus to Belluno for your final night and a celebratory meal!

Being a guided trip, you will be accompanied by one of our fantastic International Mountain Leaders (IML). Our IMLs are fully qualified mountain professionals, allowing you to relax and enjoy the walking whilst benefitting from their extensive knowledge of the mountains! Our guides have vast experience in managing groups on the hill which helps facilitate a full and challenging trip for each and every person. Please do ask us for more details of how the trip works.


Alternative trip options
Prefer a different style or length of trip? Why not try one of these:
Self-guided Alta Via 1 - walk the trail under your own steam
Self-guided Alta Via 1 North - 4 stages, 5 nights
Self-guided Alta Via 1 South - 6 stages, 7 nights
2024 Dates
Scheduled trips 2024
The dates of our guided trip in 2024 is as follows:

People at Alpine Exploratory
AVUg2 1 to 11 September 2024
led by Paul McCaffrey

Fully booked

2025 Dates
Scheduled trips 2025
The dates of our guided trips in 2025 are as follows:

People at Alpine Exploratory
AVUg1 16 to 26 August 2025
Mountain Leader to be confirmed

Book (Spaces)

People at Alpine Exploratory
AVUg2 6 to 16 September 2025
Mountain Leader to be confirmed

Book (Spaces)

Scheduled Guided Trips
Our scheduled guided Alta Via 1 trips follow a schedule of 9 stages and 10 nights accommodation. We use our classic mix of accommodation. The maximum group number at any one point will be 8 clients to 1 Alpine Exploratory International Mountain Leader.

Although the walking dates on our scheduled guided trips are fixed, we'd be very happy to book extra nights in Cortina before or nights in Belluno after your trip, for you to explore the area a little more. Please do just ask for more details.

Private Guided
We would be delighted to plan a privately guided trip for your family or group of friends at any time within our walking season. We will find you a guide and book your accommodation on the dates your choose. You will have full flexibility over the length of your trip, your choice of accommodation and your dates. Please see our self guided page for full details of the options available.

Join us any time in our season from: 15 July to 15 Sept 2024 and 14 to 18 September 2025

The view from Rifugio Lavarella
View from Rifugio Lavarella
2024 Prices
Alta Via 1 (Guided)
15 July to 15 Sept 2024
Hutty Classic Comfy
Scheduled guided
9 stages
(10 nights)
Private trips only
GBP 2,680
Singles 190
Main Trip
Private trips only

2025 Prices
Alta Via 1 (Guided)
14 July to 18 Sept 2024
Hutty Classic Comfy
Scheduled guided
9 stages
(10 nights)
Private trips only
GBP 2,880
Singles 190
Main Trip
Private trips only

Where we stay
Our Classic mix of accommodation aims to give a great taste of hut-to-hut walking in the alps and is what we use for our scheduled guided trips. This includes 8 nights at charming Italian mountain huts plus our lovely 3 or 4* hotels in Cortina and Belluno. We book dormitory accommodation as standard at the huts, shared with your fellow walkers. On some nights, we may be able to book small private rooms for the group.

Comfy (Private guided only)
On private guided trips, we are able to offer our Comfy mix of accommodation. Comfy trips stay in the same great hotels as our Classic trips, however the differences come in the huts we book. On our Comfy trips we will swap 2 of the simpler huts for alternatives where private rooms are available. We would also book private rooms as standard on 5 more hut nights giving the possibility for private rooms on a total of 7 nights, leaving just 1 night in dormitory accommodation. If we can't book private rooms on these 7 nights we would reduce the cost of your trip by GBP 10 to GBP 50 per person per night, depending on the hut, to account for dormitory accommodation.

Hutty (Private guided only)
On private guided trips, we are able to offer our Hutty mix of accommodation. This offers a more basic and economical trip option. On our Hutty trips we’ll book dormitory places in the 8 huts and book simpler hotels in Cortina.

Single Room Supplement
If you would like to stay in single rooms rather than sharing a double, twin or triple room in the hotels, we add our single room supplement. This covers the additional cost of booking single occupancy rooms on a per person basis. The single supplement is only applied to the 4 hotel nights where single rooms are available and is not applied to nights spent in huts, which do not offer single rooms.
Rifugio Lagazuoi
Rifugio Lagazuoi
Ascent of the Cime di Zita
Steep ascent of the Cime di Zita on the penultimate stage to Pian de Fontana

Our approach to the Alta Via 1
Our guided Alta Via 1 walking holiday gives a complete journey on foot from Lago di Braies to La Pissa. The AV1 is a well-defined route with a number of variants. Where variants exist, your Leader will discuss them with the group.

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Latest research on the Alta Via 1 by Alpine Exploratory's Diane.

Every year we recce the route and notify our guides of any changes to the trail which sometimes occur over the winter months. This ensures you and your guide will have the most up to date details on the route and trail conditions.

The Terrain
The terrain on the Alta Via 1 provides an exciting mix of solid trails, over which you can stride out among the high peaks, combined with narrower zig-zagging hillside paths on steep, loose and sometimes exposed terrain.

In some places the paths are particularly steep and loose, for example on the final approaches to mountain passes and in loose descents such as the descent from Forcella di Lech (stage 3) as well as the ascent to Col dell Orso (stage 7), and ascent to the Cita Zima ridge (stage 8). These sections require steady balance and a head for heights.

There are also sections of handrail used as aids to walking on the narrower, more exposed paths, such as those on the ascent from Lago di Braies (stage 1), on the alternative descent from Lagazuoi through the First World War tunnels (stage 4), and on the descent to Rif Pian de Fontana (stage 8). Please ask us for further details and photo of these sections.

Is it for me?
The Alta Via 1 has a wonderful mix of high mountain passes and pretty valley paths. The fine walking is complemented by comfortable huts, delicious food and outstanding views making for a great 2-week walking holiday. The Alta Via 1 should be manageable for fit mountain walkers, who are happy to walk for up to 8 hours a day over rocky and sometimes exposed ground. If you are fit and active in your day-to-day life, then the guided AVU can also be suitable for those new to multi-day trekking. With the International Mountain Leader guiding the trek there’s no need to have navigation experience.

A level of self-sufficiency on the AV1 is necessary as transfer bags (an optional extra) can only be transferred to Cortina, Passo Duran and Belluno. On all other nights you’ll need to carry with you everything you need for daily life.

The Alta Via 1 is first and foremost a walk and we grade it as a Purple 3. There are no glacier crossings, via ferrata or rock climbing. There are however a few sections of steep and rocky ground which require steady foot placement, and, at times, an ability to cope with walking along some narrow and possibly exposed paths.

We miss out the difficult via ferrata on the Schiara, the mountain at the end of the trek above Belluno instead opting for a variant to La Pissa, for the local bus to Belluno. We also miss out the Monte Pelmo circuit (this is a widely underestimated variant) due to its exceptional difficulty and exposure, more than that of the Walker's Haute Route.

Your guide will of course be on hand to help and provide advice and assistance at all times.

Alta Via 1 Walking Guide - more about the route itself
The making of our Alta Via 1 - our story

How to get there
Aeroplane wing over the Alps on route to Venice
Flying over the Alps on the way to Venice
Your holiday starts in the in the Sud Tirol village of Dobbiaco and ends in the large town of Belluno. The most convenient airport is Venice with several transfer options available by coach or by train plus bus; we recommend getting one of the regular coaches from Venice to Cortina, and then a connecting bus to Dobbiaco. Venice is also easily reached from Belluno for your journey home; Treviso is a good option.

Travel to and from the trip is not included in the holiday price. We take care to give the most useful notes possible about all the travel options. We supply these both on booking and in your info pack, and we offer personalised tips at any point. The aim is that our walkers arrange their travel by the simplest and most scenic means as suits their plan.

Please do ask us if you have any questions about getting to the route; we'd be delighted to advise.
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast every morning
  • Dinner at the huts (on 8 nights for our main trip)
  • Baggage transfers (1 bag per person as standard, to Passo Staulaza, Passo Duran and Belluno)
  • An Alpine Exploratory International Mountain leader
  • Transfers to and from the hotels and the trail by taxi or bus
  • 2 topographical overview maps of the route
  • Expert advice and local information
  • Full support during your trip from the Alpine Exploratory team (9am until 9pm in the Alps)
Not included
  • Travel to and from your trip
  • Local transport whilst on the trip unless specified
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunches, snacks, drinks and evening meals in the towns (this would be 4 nights on our main trip)

Baggage transfer

We include a partial baggage transfer service on our Alta Via 1 guided holiday. It is important to be aware that due to the AV1 route staying high up in huts, bags can only be transferred from Dobbiaco to Cortina, Passo Duran and Belluno. Unfortunately, we are not able get your bags to you at the other huts, so on these nights your transfer bags will travel on ahead to the next available stopping point and be waiting for you there. Please do contact us for more information on baggage transfer.
Got questions about our Guided Alta Via 1?
Feel free to ask us any questions you have about any aspects of your planning and preparations! Lucy, Steph, Nicky, Rob, Evie, Ben and Amy will reply with expert advice. We spend a lot of time walking our routes and more broadly exploring ski and hiking trails around the world so do feel free to ask anything at all.

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  Walking towards Monte Pelmo on Stage 6    Photos from the Alta Via 1

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