The Dolomites Of Val Badia, Trentino (center-based)

The Dolomites Of Val Badia, Trentino (center-based)

Italy » Self-guided (independent) hiking tours

  • Superb scenery, jagged peaks, flower meadows
  • Culinary specialties, outstanding cheese and wines
  • Cosy, comfortable, family-run accommodations
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Duration (days): 8

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Situated in the most northerly region of Italy on the southern side of the Alpine chain Val Badia shall astonish you with its breathtaking landscapes on this quintessential Dolomite walking tour. Enjoy exhilarating hikes through the awe-inspiring nature of dramatic limestone mountains with snow capped peaks, a magnificent nature reserve, picture-perfect alpine pastures and idyllic meadows. This unique German-speaking part of Italy boasts an exceptional cuisine, a rich variety of wildlife, such as the distinctive marmot and chamois, and deliriously lovely spring flowers which bloom in the thousands, including prized orchids, lilies and monkshoods. Leave your worries behind as you skip to the gentle sound of singing birds. Nourish your bliss, the stage is set.

Day 1: Arrive in La Valle-Wengen
Arrive in the mountainside village of La Valle, or Wengen in German, go for a stroll to soak in your extraordinarily beautiful and peaceful surroundings and marvel at the unique language that you will hear spoken, as La Valle has a vast number of Ladinic speakers. Immerse yourself in the pure essence of the Dolomites.
Day 2: Round walk La Valle – Crusc de Rit – La Valle
Today’s excursion starts and ends in La Valle and passes over the Sas De Crosta (Pares) mountain. A stop at the Crusc de Rit is a must, as for this panoramic point you can look over the Val Badia on the south, and the Valpusteria and Austrian peaks on the north. Proceeding across stretches of forest and wide pastures, you have exceptional views including the majestic rock faces of the Sas Dalesc Desc, the Sas Dales Nu and the Ju de Sant Antone. It is also possible to shorten the itinerary.
(13-16 km; 5-7 hrs; uphill hiking: 850-1100m; downhill hiking: 850-1100m)
Day 3: Round walk Pederoa – Spizan - Pederoa
The walk starts and ends in the village of Pederoa, 2km from La Valle and it is reacheable on foot, by local bus or with a prearrangement private transfer. Initially the route alternates asphalted sections with footprint that climb gradually until you reach forests and wide glades with panoramas on the whole La Valle and its surrounding mountains, as well as on Longiarù and the impressive Monte Putia. A gradual descent on a good dirt road along the Gran Ega stream (the largest in Val Badia) brings you down from the Spizan peak back to Pederoa.
(12 km; 5 hrs; uphill walking: 750m; downhill walking: 750m)
Day 4: Passo Valparola to Corvara
A short included transfer brings you to Passo Valparola here starts an outstanding panoramic trail along the Sett Sass until the wide upland meadow of Pralongià from where you have extraordinary views on the peaks and the valleys of the Val Badia the Marmolada glacier in the backdrop.
(14 km; 6 hrs; uphill hiking: 590m; downhill hiking: 1200m)
Day 5: La Valle to Rifugio Fanes
Today’s route is a gradual climb and then descent on stony footpaths. Along the way you will admire the rock faces of the Sasso delle Nove and a complete view on the Pares ridge and the Austrian peaks. The last uphill hiking section is quite steep till the Ju De Sant Antone where there are ample views on the valley and the Fanes-Senes-Braines Natural Park. Crossing the high pastures you reach Rifugio Lavarella and Rifugio Fanes from where it is worthwhile to deviate for 1km until Lé Vërt lake and Limo lake.
(14 km; 6 hrs; uphill walking: 1275m; downhill walking: 540m)
Day 6: Return from Rifugio Fanes to La Valle
Today’s walking route is a bit steep but fascinating and crosses the larch forest as you climb to the alpine lake Lech Parom where the vast and majestic Fanes upland and prairies gradually turn to sheer vertical rock surfaces surrounded by the typical Dolomiti peak. To avoid the steep climb, it's possible to follow a more gradual hiking trail and it’s possible to descend to Val di Medesc through a narrow stony canal that brings you to La Crusc from where you can admire other massif of Val Badia. In the last stretch to La Valle, you will cross the Armentara with its wide lawns, a peculiarity of this landscape.
(18 km; 8 hrs; uphill hiking: 775m; downhill hiking: 1500m)
Day 7: Round walk Longiarù – Rifugio Genova - Longiarù
The itinerary is quite steep at the beginning until the side of Monte Putia, it's a magnificent peak, particular in its shape and stands out over the others in Val Badia. As you head towards Rifugio Genova, a pleasant hiding place beneath Passo Poma, you cross wide prairies with exceptional views on the peaks of Puez-Odle Natural Park and the Fanes massif. The way back is through the Seres valley characterized by a succession of ancient watermills. It's possible to shorten the trail by about 3 km. Longiarù is reachable by local bus directly from La Valle.
(14-17 km; 6 hrs; uphill walking: 1105m; downhill walking: 1105m)
Day 8: Arrivederci!
Departure day.

Accommodation and luggage transportation:
6 night accommodation on half board basis in a 3* hotel with wellness centre in La Valle (Breakfast + dinner); 1 night in a 3* type mountain hut (shared facilities) on full board basis with packed lunch included (drinks excluded); Luggage transfer is not included in this trip as most of the days you spend on one place. When you walk from La Valle to Fanes hut, take a day pack with an overnight change of clothes. Your luggage remains at the hotel in La Valle.
N.B. Overnight in Fanes/Lavarella hut can be moved to another day depending on availability at the time of booking.

Price: 675 Euro per person in twin/dbl room (for arrival and/or departure in August: 725 Euro)
Single room supplement: 100 Euro

Solo travellers (incl. sgl room supplement): 880 Euro

The price includes: accommodation and meals as mentioned under Itinerary; People transfer from La Valle-Wengen to Passo Valparola (Day 4); 24 hour telephone assistance; detailed roadbook and maps in English.

The price does not include: public transportation, Tourist residence tax “tassa di soggiorno” to be paid locally in cash, travel insurance, transfers from and to the airport, tips, entrance fees, other meals, alcohol drinks, personal expenses. Possible CITY TAX to be paid in cash on the spot (valid for all hotels throughout Italy).

Tips: The trek is available from June until the end of September. Moderate to demanding mountain walks on well-marked paths. Basic experience in mountain walking is recommended as well as an active, healthy general level of fitness and stamina. The paths are well maintained though sometimes stony or steep. Most walks can be extended or shortened. The altitude changes per day are between 500 and 1300 m. Easiest arrival to starting point through Innsbruck or Verona airport and then by train to Brunico. You can either take a taxi directly from Brunico to La Valle, or take a local bus to Pederoa (40 minutes) followed by a taxi to La Valle (2 km). Private cars could be left at the parking area of the hotel in La Valle.