The Dolomites. The mountain range that many mountaineers dream of. Wild and unpredictable, pristine and beautiful, with the eastern Dolomites being a particularly attractive area—especially as they're less well-known than the western range. The Alta via no. 5, which is more difficult and challenging than the high routes 1-4, leads through particularly isolated areas in the Marmarole Group and the Antelao massive. It starts in the wonderful Sextener Dolomites and winds through diverse areas all the way to Pieve di Cadore.
The path, which is more than 50 miles (80 kilometers) long, is fairly demanding. A level of climbing know-how comparable to a three on the UIAA difficulty scale is most definitely required, as well as a ton of endurance. Helmets, via ferrata climbing gear and grödels (short grampones) are also compulsory, although you can skip the grödels if you go in summer and are sure that you'll encounter no snow. On the way, you’ll pass eleven Alpine huts and three bivouacs where you’ll be spending at least two of your nights. And don’t forget to bring plenty of water as well as food as there’ll be stretches where you won’t pass by a spring. Overall, be prepared. If the weather is in a good mood, you can hike the route in about eight days. We recommend planning in a few extra days, however, as you’re going to want to take your time. Your hiking trip in the Dolomites will be over before you know it—and you’ll already start planning your next adventure as you descend to Pieve di Cadore on the last day.
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Last updated: November 18, 2021
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The first stage of your Dolomite adventure starts at the parking lot at the Fischleinboden. There you either park your car or if you arrive by public transport, the bus from Sesto will bring you here. Buses run between 15 June and 30 September.
From here you hike to the head of the valley and up to the…
The short visit to the Sesto Dolomites ends today with a long, sometimes steep descent through the Val Giralba to over 1300 vertical meters deeper Val di Ansai. Such descents always hurt twice (not just the knees), because as you can already imagine, this means an almost as strong ascent to get back…
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Today begins the crossing of the Marmarole Group. This part of the Dolomites is not the best known and therefore less crowded than the famous Sesto Dolomites. The area is no less beautiful, if not much more impressive, as you will soon discover. Up to today's destination, the Rifugio Chigiatto, the alpine…
This stage is one of the most demanding but at least as impressive. Today you will cross every terrain the Dolomites have to offer. From the rifugio you walk back a little way and it goes through the forest on free slopes, over grass and debris on clearly visible paths. Finally, you climb over pure rock…
The fifth stage is an incredibly great transition, but no less demanding than yesterday. On the "Strada Sanmarchi" climbs up to the 2nd degree of difficulty and many rope-mixed passages await you. A great experience of the Dolomites, which will be a great pleasure for skilful adventurers - but only recommended…
High mountains, how beautiful are you! Today is your last day in the Marmarole group. From the bivouac you go back northwards and climb left onto the Doge's Belt. The Cenga del Doge is a wonderfully lufitous rock band that guides you around the mountain. You have to overcome secured climbing sites up…
From the Rifugio San Marco, it is not difficult on good trails to Rifugio Galassi, the Antelao always in view. From the Rifugio Galassi, however, it gets challenging again. Up via hiking trails, old snow remains and glacier smooth sanded plates you hike to the entrance to the via ferrata left of the…
The last day. With a heavy heart but with unbelievable memories, you get ready for the more than 1,000 meters long descent. A small detour to the Col de la Cross is worthwhile and can also be built entangled.
After Pieve it goes over easy trails, through quiet forests and finally over some asphalt. A…
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