Alpine Path of the Dolomites no.1
Panorama (photo M. Dell'Agnola)

The Alta Via no. 1 is about 125 km long and connects Lake Braies in Pusteria (BZ) with Belluno.

Starting from the amazing Lake Braies in Pusteria (BZ), you will go up to the Biella, Sennes, Perderù shelters and then reach the Lavarella and Fanes ones. This leg of the trail runs through a large lunar plateau and offers breathtaking views of Mount Cristallo and Croda Rossa.

From the Fanes refuge to get to Forcella del Lago, you will cross the desert Limo mountain pass and, reached the lake bearing the same name, you will walk through Val di Fanes. The next leg starts from the Lagazuoi shelter and you will reach Tofana di Rozes following the CAI no. 401-402 path until you reach Dibona refuge, continuing then towards Cinque Torri mountain group and to the Nuvolau refuge, on the scenic top of Mount Nuvolau.

From here, go down to Passo Giau and, heading towards Forcella Ambrizzola, you will reach Città di Fiume shelter. Along this stretch you will pass under the north wall of the magnificent Mount Pelmo, one of the most spectacular mountain peaks of the Dolomites.

From the shelter you will go down towards the locality of Pala Favera, and passing by the Coldai and Tissi shelters, there is another great wall of the Dolomites: the north eastern slope of Mount Civetta. Then continue towards Vazzoler shelter and from here, first along a mule track and then along the CAI no. 554 path you will reach Caraestiato sulla Moiazza shelter. You will soon reach Passo Duran and then Pramperet shelter, flanking the entire west side of the San Sebastiano peak.

After the stunning Ampezzo landscapes and the grandiose mounts Pelmo and Civetta, you will now enter into a more wild and rough, but not less fascinating, environment: the territory of the Dolomiti Bellunesi National Parl. From the Pramperet shelter following the CAI 514 path, continue up to the amazing Van di Città plateau and then to the Pian de Fontana shelter. Still along the same signposts, you will reach Forcella di Varetta, in front of the Dolomites wall of Mount Schiara.

Among the Schiara and Pelf mountains, you will go up to Forcella di Marmol, following then the path marked until the shelter bearing the same name and from here, along an equipped trail, you will reach Rifugio 7° Alpini refuge and then down easily to Belluno in about a 4 hour's walk. 

Points of interest or stages

Stage 1 - From Lake Brais (BZ) to Rifugio Biella alla Croda del Becco

  • Total altitude difference: 900 m (uphill), 60 m (downhill)
  • Trail Lenght: about 6 km
  • Crossing Time: 3 hours and 30 minutes
  • Signs: no.1
  • Difficulty: Touristic - Hiking

Stage 2 - From Rifugio Biella to Rifugio Fanes

  • Total altitude difference: 565 m (uphill), 830 m (downhill)
  • Trail Lenght: about 14 km
  • Crossing Time: 4 hours and 30 minutes
  • Signs: no. 6 and 7
  • Difficulty: Touristic

Stage 3 - From Rifugio Fanes to Rifugio Lagazuoi

  • Total altitude difference: 1070 m (uphill), 375 m (downhill)
  • Trail Lenght: about 11 km
  • Crossing Time: 5 hours 
  • Signs: no.10-11, 20b, 20
  • Difficulty: Trekking

Stage 4 – From Rifugio Lagazuoi to Rifugio Nuvolau

  • Total altitude difference: 636 m (uphill), 810 m (downhill)
  • Trail Lenght: about 15 km
  • Crossing Time: 5 hours and 30 minutes
  • Signs: no. 20, 401, 402, 403, 412, 440
  • Difficulty: Trekking

Stage 5 - From Rifugio Nuvolau to Rifugio Città di Fiume

  • Total altitude difference: 260 m (uphill), 915 m (downhill)
  • Trail Lenght: about 11 km
  • Crossing Time: 4 hours and 30 minutes
  • Signs: no. 438, 443, 436, 458, 467
  • Difficulty: Trekking – Equipped Trekking – via ferrata from Rifugio Nuvolau to Passo Giau

Stage 6 – From Rifugio Città di Fiume to Rifugio Venezia and Pala Favera

  • Total altitude difference: 580 m (uphill), 990 m (downhill)
  • Trail Lenght: about 12 km
  • Crossing Time: 5 hours and 30 minutes
  • Signs: no. 480, 472, 474
  • Difficulty: Hiking – Equipped Trekking with via ferrata along the Gino Flaibani path

Stage 7 – From Palafavera to Rifugio Coldai, Rifugio Tissi and Rifugio Vazzoler

  • Total altitude difference: 850 m (uphill), 650 m (downhill)
  • Trail Lenght: about 14 km
  • Crossing Time: 6 hours
  • Signs: no. 564, 556, 560 (563)
  • Difficulty: Hiking

Stage 8 – From Rifugio Vazzoler to Rifugio Carestiato

  • Total altitude difference: 550 m (uphill), 430 m (downhill)
  • Trail Lenght: about 8 km
  • Crossing Time: 4 hours
  • Signs: no. 555, 554
  • Difficulty: Hiking

Stage 9 - From Rifugio Carestiato to Rifugio Sommariva al Pramperét

  • Total altitude difference: 450 m (uphill), 430 m (downhill)
  • Trail Lenght: about 13 km
  • Crossing Time: 5 hours
  • Signs: no. 549, (SS 347), 543
  • Difficulty: Hiking

Stage 10 – From Rifugio Sommariva to Rifugio Pian de Fontana

  • Total altitude difference: 540 m (uphill), 760 m (downhill)
  • Trail Lenght: about 6 km
  • Crossing Time: 3 hours
  • Signs: no. 514
  • Difficulty: Trekking

Stage 11 – From Rifugio Pian de Fontana to Bivacco del Marmol

  • Total altitude difference: 830 m (uphill), 195 m (downhill)
  • Trail Lenght: about 6 km
  • Crossing Time: 4 hours
  • Signs: no. 514
  • Difficulty: Trekking– Equipped Trekking with via ferrata along Marmol ( I and II grade)

Stage 12 - From Bivacco del Marmol to Rifugio 7° Alpini, towards Belluno crossing the locality of Case Bortot

  • Total altitude difference: 100 m (uphill), 1570 m (downhill to Casa Bortot), 1770 m (downhill to Bolzano Bellunese), 1900 m (downhill to Belluno)
  • Trail Lenght: about 9 km
  • Crossing Time: 5 hours to the locality of Casa Bortot, 7 hours to Belluno
  • Signs: no. 514, 503, 501
  • Difficulty: Trekking – Equipped Trekking with via ferrata along Marmol

Technical details

Alpine path of the Dolomites no.1

  • Start Location: Lago di Bràies, Pusterìa (BZ)
  • End Location: Belluno
  • Crossing time: 12 days
  • Trail Length: about 125 km
  • Shelters on the main route: 15
  • Bivouacs on the main route: 1
  • Restoration areas on the road: 6
  • Longest leg: from Pala Favèra to Rifugio Lagazuòi - 7th leg, crossing time – 6 hours
  • Shortest leg: from Lake Bràies to Rifugio Biella - 1st leg, crossing time – 3 hours and 30 minutes
  • Total crossing time : almost 57 hours
  • Difficulty: medium and high
  • Total altitude difference uphill: about 7300 m
  • Total altitude difference downhill: about 8400 m
  • Maximum altitude difference uphill: 1070 m, Fanes - Lagazuoi - 3rd leg
  • Maximum altitude difference downhill: 1900 m, Marmol - Belluno – last leg
  • Maximum trail altitude: Rifugio Lagazuoi, 2752 m
  • Minimum trail altitude: Belluno, 389 m (locality Case Bortot, 568 m)
  • Dolomite groups along the way: 11
  • Opening period of the shelters: from June to September
  • Signs: adequate everywhere
  • Recommended period: from the end of June to the end of September

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Opening days and accessibility

From June to September

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