Over­seas Walk: Alta Via 1 an ex­hil­i­rat­ing trail in the Ital­ian Dolomites

Walking New Zealand - - Contents - By Barbz Lowther

Although I had read many ar­ti­cles about the long dis­tance path­way through the Ital­ian Dolomites, I still hadn’t an­tic­i­pated the sheer splen­dour of the dra­matic rock out­crops stretch­ing as far as we could see, in any di­rec­tion.

We planned to fol­low the AV1 from Fal­zorego Pass to La Pissa in the south - a to­tal of seven days.

The jour­ney be­gan with a stun­ning train ride, north from Gori­cia on the Italy/Slove­nia bor­der. For most of the way, we passed aqua coloured lakes, and white rocky out­crops, tinged with pink and gold.

Our first night was spent in a lit­tle Al­berge in ‘Calalzo Pieve de Cadore’. near Cortina, It was a very good choice.

Next morn­ing, a short bus ride took us to a chair lift from the Dolomiti Road, just be­fore ‘Falzarego Pass.’ We sent our packs up on the lift, and walked less than two hours up to Scoiat­toli Refuge - a beau­ti­ful hut with amaz­ing views.

From here, you can walk, bike, go moun­tain climb­ing, or scale sheer rock walls. There is also the op­por­tu­nity to ride up on the chair­lift just to en­joy the views.

We walked on up to Averau Hut, a bit higher, then back to en­joy a ‘pink sun­set’ as we watched rock climbers scale the im­pos­ing Cinque Torri be­side the hut.

Meals at this refuge were su­perb. Break­fast was a ‘Ban­quet‘, and the evening meal served four cour­ses, each a meal in them­selves.

Staff were also very help­ful, and booked ac­com­mo­da­tion at the next two huts for us. Be­cause there are so many huts, it leads to vari­a­tions on this walk, mak­ing each day longer or shorter, as pre­ferred. Of­ten, where you stay, is de­ter­mined by avail­abil­ity of beds, so it is best to book two or three nights ahead.

Above left: Cinque Torri - Dolomites Tow­ers by Scoiat­toli Refuge. Above top right: Staulanza Refuge. Right mid­dle: Giau Pass. Below right: Derek and Barbz at The Pelmo.

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