Italy: The Dolomites Walking in Nature Grade: Low Moderate Plus


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7 nights
Event Category:
Walking Holiday
Group size:
Minimum 6 Maximum 12
Holiday Dates
25 June - 2 July, Tues - Tues
Vigo di Fassa, Italy
Walk Grade
Low Moderate Plus - please read full description below
Deposit Required
10% deposit within 7 days of booking / balance 12 weeks in advance


The Dolomites are mountains on a grand scale with dramatic limestone peaks soaring skywards at every turn. Our walks amongst these towering monoliths take in the abundant pastures which interlink these peaks at lower levels. The area is truly stunning and the holiday memorable for the views, flora and fauna and Italian hospitality.

We will explore the abundance of Alpine flowers, hope to hear the calls of the marmot (and hopefully see them pop up too) and generally enjoy all that nature has to offer in this wonderful region of Italy. There are meadows, forests, turqouise lakes and cols all offering a chacne to see flowers, birds and wild animals.

We stay at the lovely Rifugio Negritellla, set on a high plateau with extensive views across the mountains and valley below. Primarily a winter destination, there is an air of tranquility and peace in the summer months – the perfect spot to escape the everyday.

There is one ‘free’ day on the holiday when you can visit the ‘Iceman’ in Bolzano, go shopping in the local village or relax at the refuge.

Itinerary: (subject to change)

Day 1 Arrival
Arrive in Venice and transfer to accommodation by private minibus. Holiday briefing followed by evening meal.

Day 2 Passo Costalunga via the Col de Ciampac
We head out along the Alta Via di Fassa, slowly walking through alpine woods and meadow towards the Col de Ciampac. After a fairly steep ascent to the col, we stop for refreshments and enjoy panoramic views. We then head down towards Passo Costalunga, stopping to appreciate alpine choughs and flowers as well as, if we’re lucky, one or two marmots. The descent is fairly long and walking poles are recommended if you suffer from sore knees.
Distance: up to 5 miles Ascent: 290 metres Descent: 530 metres

Day 3 Lago di Carezza to Passo Costalunga
We start our walk at the enchanting Lago di Carezzo and walk on forest paths, ascending right up to the scree-based mountains of Latemar, listening out for nutcrackers enroute. From here we contour the base of the Latemar range and then down through alpine meadows back to Passo Costalunga.
Distance: 6 miles Ascent: 430 metres Descent: 205 metres

Day 4 Val de Vailoet
We start from R. Negritella, traversing a forested mountain path into the Val de Vailoet, finally reaching a beautiful mountain stream. This gorgeous mountain valley has an array of unusual alpine flowers such as marsh saxifrage, round-leaved wintergreen, alpine toadflax and various orchids. We slowly make our way to Refugio Gardecia to have some well-earned refreshments before making our way back to base.
Distance: 6 miles Ascent: 485 metres Descent: 485 metres

Day 5 Free Day
Today is a rest day when you can visit the ‘Iceman’ in Bolzano, go shopping in the local village, go for a local mountain stroll or just relax at the refuge and enjoy the panoramic mountain views.

Day 6 R. Roda di Vael
Today we take a relatively high mountain path that contours part of the nearby Catinaccio mountains. Along this mountain path we’ll be spotting alpine highlights such as arnica, black vanilla orchid, edelweiss as well as alpine choughs, black redstarts and, if we’re lucky, marmots and chamois. Enroute we’ll stop at R. Roda di Vael for refreshments. Occasional parts of the ascent are along relatively narrow sections with steep (but not vertical) drop-offs along one edge. This walk is not recommended if you suffer from vertigo.
Distance: 5 miles Ascent: 360 metres Descent: 360 metres

Day 7 Passo Costalunga to Lago Carezzo
This is a lovely valley walk along the majestic meadows and forests between Passo Costalunga and Lago di Carezzo with optional extensions to go further down the valley to Adler or back up the valley to the base of the Alpenrose chairlift.
Distance: 4 – 5 miles Ascent: 90 metres Descent: 310 metres (450 metres with optional extension)

Please read the grade description below in full before booking.

£1245 in a single occupancy ensuite £200 discount per person if you share a twin ensuite Price Includes: 7 nights' full board accommodation; Airport transfer from / to Venice Marco Polo at certain times; Transport to walks; Cable car pass; Services of an expert natural history walking guide Not Included: Travel to Venice; Personal expenses; Travel insurance
The walks are graded as Low Moderate Plus. In terms of Her on a Hill grades,this means that your fitness level needs to be Low Moderate to Moderate rather than Leisurely to Low Moderate. Specifically, two walks include descents and/or ascents of 530m and 485m respectively, which is  more than might be expected at Low Moderate level. All walks are also at a higher altitude, being in the mountains, and there are a couple of short ledges which may be an issue if you suffer from vertigo. The terrain is often on narrow mountain paths which are uneven and you will also need to step over rocky outcrops on some paths. However, the pace will be slow with lots of pauses to take in any special flowers, birds or animals we may come across, so perfect for our natural history walks.  Walks are around 5 to 6 miles.
Madeline Holloway is a natural history expert and freelance ecologist with a hugely impressive knowledge of birds and nature. She has been a walking guide for over 10 years and her enthusiasm for her subject is infectious. Be prepared to end up on your hands and knees magnifying glass in hand!
We stay at the lovely Rifugio Negritella, set high in the mountains. The refuge has been in the same family for generations and offers a welcoming space to return to each evening. All rooms are en-suite with great views.
There will be a single transfer by private minibus meeting certain flights arriving at Venice Marco Polo. We will aim to select flights from at least London and Manchester which arrive as close together as possible. The journey time to Vigo di Fassa is approximately 2.5 plus a refreshment stop en route.

Feedback from a previous trip: My first holiday to the Dolomites with Her on a Hill was amazing and exceeded my expectations. We stayed at a family run Rifugio, located at the top of a cable car station on a beautiful plateau. The accommodation was comfortable and run by a friendly team who were always happy to go the extra mile. But this holiday is for getting out and exploring the local habitats. Our experienced guide Madeline is enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The days were full and varied as we explored fabulous trails, identifying birds (The Nutcracker was a highlight) and plants (especially the rare Slipper Orchid) on our travels. Our walks took in the alpine terrain and were taken at a steady pace so there was plenty of time to stop and appreciate the wildlife. A fantastic Her on a Hill holiday that I would have no hesitation in recommending.” Debbie



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