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Bike & hike in the Dolomites – MTB hut Tour with summit hikes

Holger S.

Bike & hike in the Dolomites – MTB hut Tour with summit hikes

Mountain Biking Collection by Holger S.

9

Tours

27:03 h

98.7 mi

20,875 ft

Once you’ve had a taste for Alpine crossings, you can’t get enough. Riding hut to hut with minimal luggage is probably the most original and adventurous way to experience the Alps by bike. The feeling of being on the road for several days with just your bike and your rucksack, feeling close to nature, and sharing the relaxed atmosphere with like-minded people, is terrific. You experience adventures during the day whilst in the evening, you can share stories, enjoy the lively hut atmosphere and tuck into delicious regional delicacies.

Longing for the Dolomites

An alpine crossing does not always have to go in the direction of north-south. If you already have some experience with transalpine Tours, you can pick out the regions that impressed you the most. The Dolomites in the Fanes-Sennes-Prags Nature Park are one of these regions in the Alps that give you a sense of longing. When I'm there, I feel torn inside – should I bike or hike? So why not combine the two?

Bike & hike

Hike-a-bike is classically understood as a mountain bike Tour where you casually fling your bike over your shoulder and haul it to the summit. You can do that to a certain extent on this Tour too, but the downhills require advanced biking skills. Harald Phillipp, a pro rider, can show you how impressive these can be.

However, this Collection should be understood as an alpine MTB multi-day hut to hut Tour which includes easy summit ascents on foot (without your bike) that are relatively easy in comparison. If you are considering taking your bike to the summit, you will find information about the respective approaches in the comments for each stage.

Your adventure

This Collection is aimed at experienced mountain bikers who like to put on their trail running or hiking shoes. The bike routes are designed in such a way that you have the opportunity to climb a peak either in the morning or in the evening without having to push yourself to your physical limit. My clear recommendation – get up early and use the early hours for the ascent. The feeling of watching the sunrise and set over the pale mountain peaks of the Dolomites is sublime. The impressive play of colours reflected by the craggy giants is nowhere more impressive than at the summit cross of a mountain. Upon returning to your hut, you’ll be served a leisurely breakfast. It's best to discuss your sunrise plans with the hut host the night before and ask for options for a late breakfast or a snack pack in case it takes longer.

Of course, you can also divide this multi-day Tour so you have a day to bike and a day to hike, staying at each hut for two nights. This Collection leaves you plenty of room for flexible planning.

On the last day on Kronplatz peak, you can choose between a challenging enduro descent or a seemingly endless trail that brings you back to the starting point of the Tour. There’s no suggested summit Tour this morning as you’re practically already at the summit. Just a few minutes from the hut, you can find the best spots to watch the final sunrise of your circular route – either at the Skyscraper, a huge swing on the summit plateau, or from the Peace Bell.

On the recommended Tours, you mainly follow unpaved roads and side roads with little traffic. The single tracks require you to have a solid mountain bike riding technique. Some of the climbs can be very steep. This is the rule rather than the exception in the Dolomites. On some sections, you will probably have to push your bike. The summit Tours require surefootedness and a head for heights. Experience in rocky alpine terrain is an advantage.

The best time to take on this adventure is in summer when the terrain is free of snow. Most huts are open between mid-June and mid-September.

The region
The 25,453-hectare Fanes-Sennes-Braies Nature Park is located in South Tyrol between the extensive Pustertal Valley in the north, the Sesto Dolomites in the east, the Badia Valley in the west and the border with Belluno and the Ampezzo Dolomites around Cortina d'Ampezzo in the south. It is part of the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage Site. The region is characterised by the culture and language of the Ladin population. In the nature park, you regularly find yourself in places that are settings for the myths and legends of the Ladins. Many geographical names originate from the Ladin national epic ‘Empire of Fanes’. The most famous highlights of the region are the picturesque Braies Lake, as well as the karstic plateaus and alpine pastures of Prato Piazza, Senna and Fanes, which are enclosed by rugged peaks and rock faces.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    04:06
    20.1 mi
    4.9 mph
    3,775 ft
    525 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    From Pustertal to Plätzwiese - the Strudelkopf summit experience

    

    

    On the first day you will get from Pustertal to Plätzwiese. The plateau, which is characterized by alpine pastures, is bordered by rock massifs. That is really big landscape cinema. Today's destination is the Dürrensteinhütte. From here

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  • Difficult
    02:01
    2.91 mi
    1.4 mph
    825 ft
    800 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The three peaks in the sunset

    

    If there is still time after the sumptuous dinner at Evi's, then I recommend this tour as a digestive walk in the evening.

    

    The sunset at the Strudelkopf is a dream, even if the fireball disappears quite early behind the massive walls of the Hohen Gaisl (3,146 m). The play

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  • Difficult
    04:32
    6.11 mi
    1.3 mph
    2,450 ft
    2,450 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Serpentine after serpentine to the best panoramic view of the Braies Dolomites

    

    On the second day you have to get up early. After sneaking out of the hut respectfully and calmly, about two hours of ascent await you.

    

    Ascent and descent are identical. From the Dürrensteinhütte you first cross slightly uphill

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  • Difficult
    03:58
    19.3 mi
    4.9 mph
    4,100 ft
    3,100 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    On old military trails through the Fanes-Senes-Braies Nature Park

    

    From the Dürrensteinhütte you first get to the old railway line between Toblach and Cortina d’Ampezzo. The descent from the Plätzwiese into the valley to Schluderbach via the old military road is clear and easy to find. As a technically

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  • Difficult
    02:18
    2.12 mi
    0.9 mph
    1,375 ft
    1,375 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Unique view of the Braies Lake

    

    This is vacation. Either you sleep in or you make the most of the day. As a friend of the second interpretation of a perfectly designed active holiday, the alarm clock will of course ring again well before sunrise.

    

    The summit experience on the striking Seekofel (2,810 m

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  • Difficult
    02:43
    15.3 mi
    5.6 mph
    2,800 ft
    3,700 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    In a detour through the fabulous realm of Fanes

    

    

    Of course, there are much faster ways to get from the Seekofelhütte to the Fanesalm, as you will see when you first look at the map. The shortest leads over the Pederü hut and should only be used in really bad weather.

    

    

    My suggestion first leads you back to

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  • Intermediate
    03:00
    3.73 mi
    1.2 mph
    1,775 ft
    1,775 ft
    Intermediate mountaineering route. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Little-used panoramic mountain with the best view of the famous neighbors

    

    The alpine hiking trail climbs directly from the Lavarella hut. In the weak light of the blue hour, the landscape is reflected in the clear water of the idyllic Grünsee, which lies between the huts of the Fanesalm. Above the "Parliament

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  • Difficult
    03:07
    18.6 mi
    6.0 mph
    3,000 ft
    2,900 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Ladin culture and single trails

    

    If you followed my advice and climbed the Piz de Sant Antone in the morning, you will now be happy about the next good news of today. From the Lavarella hut it goes downhill for 17 kilometers. Not only that - you leave the fabulous Fanes area from the Pederü hut on an endlessly

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  • Intermediate
    01:18
    10.5 mi
    8.1 mph
    750 ft
    4,200 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The Freeride Trail Gassl as a flowy alternative to the Herrnsteig

    

    Sunrise or sleep in? Or first sunrise and then go back to sleep? The paths are relatively short between Kronplatz and Graziani Hut. Why not start cycling to the summit in the morning and then take the Furcia Trail back to the hut? The trail

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    9
  • Distance
    98.7 mi
  • Duration
    27:03 h
  • Elevation
    20,875 ft

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