The highest point reached by the standard route is 2,752m (9,029ft) and the height gain on the route is around 6,665m (21,833ft). Trekkers typically take 10 days to complete the hike, give or take a day or two.
Where does the Alta Via start?
The Alta Via 1 is a long-distance hiking trail in the Italian Dolomites in Northern Italy, starting at Lago di Braies (Pragser Wildsee) in South Tyrol and ending at the La Pissa bus stop near Belluno.
Can you participate in Alta Via 1?
Technically you can hike the Alta Via 1 in either direction (although that is still no reason to call it the Via Alta 1) but the vast majority go from north to south as this direction involves less elevation gain (but more loss).
Which Alta Via is the best?
If you’re new to multi-day hiking, or have less time, consider the Alta Via 1; if you want a tougher and even more exciting experience do Alta Via 2. Both give magnificent walking among the awe-inspiring rock formations and alpine meadows of the Dolomites, and Italian mountain huts are pretty good too.
Can you camp Alta Via?
Wild or dispersed camping is not allowed along the Alta Via 1. Instead, hikers are required to stay in mountain rifugios. These rifugios are often set in the most idyllic locations: impossibly perched upon a mountaintop, nestled in a valley, or set against the backdrop of undulating hills that stretch to the horizon.
What does Alta Via mean in Italian?
Well, to start with, Alta Via simply means ‘High Route‘ or ‘High Way’ in Italian. The term is usually applied to long distance routes that take many days to complete and which go through high mountain terrain.
Can you climb the Dolomites?
In the Dolomites there is a rich tradition of Alpine climbing. Many of the great routes of the Alps are to be found here and the area continues to be the home of some very strong and talented climbers. In fact, the Dolomites are a climber’s paradise.
How long is the Alta Via 2?
The total length of Alta Via 2 is 192.5 kilometres or 120 miles*, excluding the extensions, The total elevation gain on the route is 10547 meters (34600 feet), The total elevation loss is 11450 meters (37565 feet). *
How hard is Alta Via 4?
The Alta Via 4 presents a great number of challenging and exposed sections throughout the trail, as well as a challenghing Via Ferrata on day 5. It is only recommended to experienced mountaineers with strong abilities to navigate on high, exposed, challenging trails and previous experience on difficult Via Ferrata.
Are the Dolomites hard to climb?
Rock Climbing in the Dolomites. The Dolomites are a challenging and beautiful range of steep limestone peaks situated south of the Austrian/Italian border. Many of the peaks are over 3,000m+ high, giving long and demanding big wall routes up to 800m long.
Is via ferrata climbing?
A via ferrata is a climbing route that employs steel cables, rungs or ladders, fixed to the rock to which the climbers affix a harness with two leashes, which allows the climbers to secure themselves to the metal fixture and limit any fall.
When can you hike the Dolomites?
The best time to hike and trek the Italian Dolomites is when the European Alps summer hiking season officially starts, which is in the second weekend of June and ends on the second last weekend in September. The Italian Dolomite mountains offer some of the best weather in all of the Alps.