(Alta Via 1) The Tofana and Cristallo massifs above Cortina
ALTA VIA 1 (SELF-GUIDED)   10 stages . 12 nights . Italian Dolomites   Booking

Alta Via 1
Self-guided trekking holiday

+ Colourful scenery and cosy mountain huts
+ Trekking on mountain paths, with no via ferrata
+ Expert advice on all the route variants

Latest news February 2019
Please ask us about a trip during our 2019 season. Thank you.

The Alta Via Uno is one of several North-to-South trekking routes in the Italian Dolomites, that famous region of the Alps characterised by bold, glowing limestone formations. The AV1 is a trek, without via ferrata, in 10 stages from Dobbiaco to Belluno.

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; 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. We also miss out the Monte Pelmo circuit, due to its exceptional difficulty and exposure, more than the Walker's Haute Route. (This is a widely underestimated variant).

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


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


Alpine Exploratory
AVUsg Alta Via 1 (Self-guided)
21 July to 15 September 2019
Prices in GBP
per person
Hutty Classic Comfy
Popular schedules
12 stages
1 rest day
(14 nights)
Singles 120
Singles 120
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10 stages
1 rest day
(12 nights)
Singles 120
Singles 120
Our main AVU
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8 stages
(9 nights)

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Singles 60
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Baggage transfer Please ask us

Baggage transfer

Let us move your bags between stops. Please contact us for a price. Because the AV1 stays high up, in huts, our baggage service is only partial. On the hut nights your bag goes ahead to the next hotel.


We can adjust your AV1 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. Unlike the Tour du Mont Blanc, for example, there is not an obvious daily pattern of ascent to a col followed by descent to the next village. Please ask us to suggest an itinerary of between 6 and 9 stages, depending on how far you like to trek each day. Equally, slower treks are very worthwhile, to linger amid this immense scenery.

Meet tougher 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 a vibrant mountain base.

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.

Happy Clients

"Magnificent especially from the Rifugios Nuvolau and Lagazuoi... Very welcoming and comfortable with good food. Fantastic thunderstorm thrown in with the marvellous views. A brilliant experience."

The Astle Family
(Alta Via 1)

Key information Summer 2019

Trip name: Alta Via 1
Guided or self-guided? Self-guided
Trip code: AVUsg
Route: AVU Alta Via 1
(See our background page on the AV1)
(Prefer Guided, North or South?)
Group size: Any, from solo trekkers to groups
Length: 10 days' trekking, 1 rest day
Start: Dobiacco in Italy
End: Belluno in Italy
Typical walk: 12km, 650m ascent
Highest altitude: 2,752m
Grade: Red3 (Walking grades)

Prices Summer 2019

10 stages and 1 rest day, per person:

AVUsg Hutty
GBP 1,110 (singles 120)
Alta Via 1 (self-guided)

AVUsg Classic
GBP 1,190 (singles 120)
Alta Via 1 (self-guided)

Research Summer 2019

Rob Gale at Alpine ExploratoryAlpine Exploratory's 2019 research on the Alta Via 1 will be led by:
Rob Gale in July

Recces 2019

Rifugio Pian de Fontana on the AV1
Rifugio Fontana (Photo gallery)

Alpine Exploratory's service

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

Accommodation and itinerary
Breakfasts and 8 evening meals
Expert and unlimited advice
Routecards AVU1-10 of the Exploratory system
Maps and local information

Season for self-guided treks
21 July to 15 September 2019
19 July to 13 September 2020 (TBC 1 Oct 2019)
Trek on your ideal dates

Environmental sign in the Bellunese Dolomites
National park sign (Photo gallery)

The AV1 in the Alps

Map of the AV1 within the Alps

Our city information included in your info pack:
Venice, Innsbruck, Munich

City breaks after trekking

Find out more

Holiday Notes Read our trip dossier,
    a 2-page PDF which is easy to print

Walking guides Our AVU background page

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