Day 6 - view from the Rifugio Citta di Carpi (Alastair Chalmers)
Day 6 - view from the Rifugio Citta di Carpi (Alastair Chalmers) 
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£715.00 (2017)
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6 nights,
6 B&B, 1 evening meal, luggage transfers (except refuge night). Price quoted for July/late August/September holidays.
Medium - Hard
4-6 hours per day
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Dolomites (Italy)
From the South Tyrol to Cortina
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A self-guided hike through the Dolomites from San Candido/Innichen to Cortina.  Walk the Pusteria and Campo di Dentro valleys, to Misurina and the iconic Tre Cime.


Grade: Medium-hard or medium


From remote South Tyrol to sophisticated Cortina

This self-guided mountain holiday combines two of the most attractive areas in the Italian Alps. The South Tyrol (Süd-Tirol) is a German-speaking enclave in Italy, a landscape of bucolic meadows and beer gardens. Start in the pretty town of San Candido (Innichen), and limber up on the first day with a circular walk which takes in the wide sweep of the valley of the incipient River Drava. The real walking begins on day 3, first to a remote refuge, and then, cresting the Passo Rondoi at over 2200m, into the Italian Dolomites at lakeside Misurina. The culture is now Italian, the wine from the Veneto. The final day takes you through breathtaking scenery to the smart resort of Cortina, famed for skiing but best seen in its panoramic bowl in the summer. You'll end your holiday fitter, but supremely satisfied. Walked by On Foot staff: Simon, helped by Mark, and Mary


Have a look at Carolyn Wilkins' 2015 trip photos here!


NB: Night 3 is in a mountain refuge and you'll need to carry your overnight things with you while your luggage will go on to Misurina, your next overnight stop. As the transfer times from the nearest airports are quite long, we suggest you add a night in the town nearest your arrival/departure airport. Contact us for advice. 


Shorter options:

5 nights (mandatory in early and late season - check dates with us): miss Refuge night (night 3), "Day 3" walk and half "Day 4" walk. 

Alternative 5 nights (any season): miss night one and the "Day 2" walk.



Self-Guiding introduction by Isabelle (subject to her availability) - accompanying you on your first one or two walking days, or guiding services for whole walking route.  See "Prices".

  • The dreaming meadows of the South Tyrol
  • A night in a mountain refuge (until 15th September)
  • Cresting the Passo Rondoi at 2250m
  • The Lake at Misurina (1700m)
  • The high Tre Cime and the flower-strewn walk back to Misurina
  • Fresh milk from mountain herds
  • Lunch at the Malga Larieto
  • Sophisticated Cortina

WE RECOMMEND: Combining this walk with a trip to Salzburg, Verona or Venice. Staying an extra night in Cortina at the end, or by the lake at Misurina. You can even arrange a day of via ferrata, weather permitting and subject to availability.


EATING AND DRINKING: Watch out for the distinctions between the German-Alpine (Tyrolean) cooking at the start, and the Italian-Alpine at the end. From dumplings to pasta in a week. The food is always good and sometimes exceptional.

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Isabelle Basso

Isabelle has lived and walked in the Cortina area for more than ten years. She works as a walking guide and translator and has a special interest in the First World War Austrian/Italian Dolomite front.