National Parks hiking tour
breathtaking scenery: idyllic mountain lakes, lush pastures, green
forests and of course the legendary rocky Dolomites. This walking tour will take
you through three national parks and you will undoubtedly appreciate why
the Dolomites are declared a Natural World Heritage Site. As a preamble
to the hike, we will introduce you to the splendours of Sesto (Sexten), the
valley of mountain climbers and mountain guides. Naturally, an excursion
to the Tre Cime (Drei Zinnen) cannot be missed and the encompassing hike around
the celebrated 'Trident' promises impressive views of the Sesto
Dolomites. Those who believe that nothing more can top this experience
can rest assured that high above Cortina, the pearl of the Dolomites,
you can survey some of the most striking summits, all wrestling for
attention: the 'Cristallo' peaks, the pinnacles of the massif Tofane and the
summits of the Fanes can all be admired from here. Finally,
you are greeted by Lake, lago di Braies (Pragser Wildsee), in whose crystal clear
waters the white walls of the mount Croda del Becco (Seekofel) are mirrored.
Dolomites: Unesco Natural world Heritage site
parks: Fanes/Sennes/Prags, Dolomite Ampezzaner and Dolomites di
Sesto national park
lakes: Lago di Braies (Pragser Wildsee) and lago di Misurina
pastures at high altitudes: Prato Piazza (Plätzwiese) and
d'Ampezzo, the pearl of the Dolomites
features: Tre Cime (Drei Zinnen / Three Peaks)
in the Alta Pusteria Dobbiaco
(Toblach) / Villabassa (Niederdorf)
arrival at the hotel in Villabassa (Niederdorf). Private car park near your
hotel (included in the price).
Alta Pusteria – Prags
Valley - Plätzwiese/Prato Piazza
Your hiking holiday starts with a short transfer to
the idyllic "Pragser Wildsee", which fascinate the
sightseer with the crystal clear turquoise waters of the lake.
The valley will fascinate you with its dark-needled coniferous
forests, the white rock walls of the mountains and the crystal
clear turquoise waters of the Lake. Through the alpine pasture
"Rossalm" you reach the high plateau of the "Plätzwiese",
considered the most treasured walking areas in the country, over
which the mountains "Dürrenstein" and "Hohe
Gaisl" sit in state majestically. Beside calm and nature
you encounter here also a panoramic view: In the vastness you
can see the mountains "Cristallo", "Tofana"
and the world-famous "Three Peaks". The charismatic
magnetism of the unusual flora and natural lakes has an
enthralling charm on even the most discerning visitor.
Leisurely walkers have the possibility to choose a
shorter variant for the first stage, at which they are taken to
the guesthouse "Tuscherhof" and start their walk from
there. Following the river "Stolla" they pass the
guesthouse "Brückele", the homonymous hut "Stolla"
and "rock paintings" (cases of erosion, which are
produced by the constant influence of water and the different
composition of the rock) to reach the "Plätzwiese".
walking time 4 hrs / ascent - descent: +
800m - 0m;
walking time 5-6 hrs / ascent - descent: + 800m -800m
Plätzwiese – Strudelkopf or Dürrenstein
Starting point of today’s stage is the alpine
pasture "Plätzwiese", which together with the
mountains "Hohe Gaisl" and "Kreuzkofelgruppe"
are very attractive for walkers; the charismatic magnetism of
the unusual flora and natural lakes, have an enthralling charm
on the discerning visitor. The bizarre and fascinating fables
according to legends of the ancient tribes of Fanes Empire are
In the Nature Park "Fanes Sennes Prags",
the largest nature park in the Dolomites, you can make your
choice between two options. Starting at the "Plätzwiese"
depending on the variant you reach either the "Strudelkopf"
(short variant) or the "Dürrenstein" (longer
variant). Both options offer you a spectacular view on the
"Hohe Gaisl", the "Three Peaks", the "Tofana"
and the "Monte Cristallo".
walking time 3-4 hrs / ascent - descent: + 350m -
350m; walking time 4-5 hrs / ascent - descent: + 800m - 800m
Plätzwiese – Knappenfuss Valley – Gemärk/
You hike through the "Plätzwiese" and
descend through the Knappenfuss Valley to the "Gemärk/Cimabanche"
– the frontier between South Tyrol and Belluno. Here are two
possibilities to continue: either the direct path to Cortina d’Ampezzo
or the longer variant to the hut "Ra Stua" and under
the "Col Rosa" to Cortina d’Ampezzo. Your today’s
destination, the former Olympic city, impresses with its unique
location in the middle of famous Dolomite peaks. Enjoy the
unique position of the town, surrounded by well-known summits.
Your day can be rounded off by strolling along the 'Corso
Italia' with its exclusive shops, bars, restaurants and grand
walking time 2 hrs / ascent - descent: + 0m -
walking time 8 hrs / ascent - descent: + 650m - 1425m
Circular track starting from Cortina d’Ampezzo
The panorama of the starting point of this stage is
quite simple and stunning. The panorama has an understated
elegance and is simply incredible. The colossal rocks of the
Ampezzaner Dolomites push high into the sky. The Cristallo,
Tofane and Fanes mountain groups are the principal features in
this spectacular scene.
Today you can choose between two routes:
the longer route leads you towards the forcella Faloria
and the shorter one is following the new Dolomieu Panoramic
Trail. Both of them are heading towards the Passo tre Croce. The
descent to Cortina is the same for both routes. Let yourself be enchanted by the
natural beauty of the fascinating nature of the Dolomite peaks.
walking time 3-4 hrs /
cable car Faloria +75 ascent - 975 descent: walking time 5 hrs / ascent - descent: +75m -
Cortina d'Ampezzo –
Lake Landro/Dürrensee – Three Peaks
– Rifugio Auronzo Toblach/Niederdorf
A transfer will take you
from Cortina to lake Landro/Dürrensee and from here your walk
through the Rienz Valley to the world-famous Three Peaks (Tre Cime
/Drei Zinnen), the best-known rock formation of the Dolomites. During
this walking tour you will have the opportunity to admire these
rock towers from all sides. This was a region where terrible
battles took place during the First World War Then an easy hike
will bring you to the
mountain hut "Auronzo. A transfer by bus will bring you
back to the starting hotel in Niederdorf/Toblach.
walking time 3-4 hrs / ascent - descent: +
350m - 350m; walking time 4-5 hrs / ascent - descent: + 1000m -
Ring Walk Toblach/Niederdorf – Sexten/Sesto –
The last day of this walking holiday takes you to
one of the most beautiful valleys of the Pustertal, to Sexten (Sesto),
renowned for producing numerous mountain
climbing dynasties such as the Innerkofler family. A
cable car will take you up the Elmo, the mountain overlooking
Sesto. From here you
can enjoy an exclusive view of the Dolomites, including the
famed meridian of Sesto (Sonnenuhr), a group of peaks forming an
almost perfect sundial. You pass
inviting mountain huts such as "Hahnspiel", "Sillian",
"Klammbach" and "Alpe Nemes". The route
takes you to Kreuzbergpass / Passo Monte Croce and return to Toblach/Niederdorf
by bus/train to conclude your hiking holiday.
walking time 5 hrs / ascent - descent: +
575m - 975m
breakfast end of this tour
overnight stays in good quality *** star hotels with buffet breakfast
or full breakfast.
you have booked for half board: 5 x 3 course evening meal ( In
Cortina only breakfast)
back-up service hotline (German, Italian and English speaking)
for transfers according to the program (cable-car, bus and trains)
notes (in English, Italian or German) and maps.
from 09/06/2018 till 16/09/2018. Arrival in the period from 09/09 there
will be a variant on day 5 because the cable car Faloria will be closed
in that period. High Season from 30/06/2018
till 08/09/2018 (incl.).
For walkers with some experience. Routes middle/high landscapes with
some steep climbs. Day distances between 10-20 km with an average of 3 km an
hour. Walking over footpaths, mountain tracks, forest trails and little road
walking. Well marked trails.
2 (traveller alone on request)
Prices p.p. 2018
In double room with breakfast
Single supplement € 149,00
High season supplement € 65,00
Half board supplement ( 5 dinners- In
Cortina only breakfast) € 105,00
Extra night possible- prices on request