Dolomites Hiking Area
Stunning views and picturesque alpine evnironment everywhere
Dolomites are stunning. Many consider them the most beautiful mountains in the world.
No matter where you go, they will hit you somehow. There is a reason if everyone know
their name, they are simply beautiful. And Dolomites are very dramatic, in the sense that
they will alway move something inside your belly. Dolomites look like limestone cathedrals
designed by the best architects in the world. The best feature of Dolomites is that while
walking they keep changing shape, every angle has its own charm, and even a half day hike
can be an awesome experience, and you will fill your eyes (and cameras) with thousands of
unforgettable pictures. Dolomites are also known by the name of Monti Pallidi, due to the light color of their rocks, different from all the other mountains. At dawn and dusk, especially in the summertime, in the Dolomites you can observe enrosadira. It’s an optical phenomenon whereby the color of their rocks (dolomite in particular, rocks formed around 200 million years ago in a
tropical marine environment) becomes increasingly warmer, going from pink/orange to red
and then to purple, offering absolutely unique and unforgettable views and emotions.
There are numerous outdoor activities that can be practiced, from hiking to
mountaineering, from off-road cycling to canyoning, from snowshoeing to skiing in the
wintertime. But for sure hiking and trekking are the best ways to experience the Dolomites
world, with an immense offer of itineraries, for all levels and tastes. There are also some
Alta Via of Dolomites, high routes that make it possible to stay as high as possible for many
days, hiking from hut to hut.
As in the rest of the areas, the hikes can be very different and can be organized tailor-made.
Of course, there are many huts and lodges but it is better to book a bit in advance here. In
summer the area can be very crowded with travelers from all over the world, and on
weekends Italians are also spending one night out. In winter only the lower huts remain
opened, so there is much less choice.
The place to meet can be agreed together: we can meet directly at the hiking spot or we
can arrange a shuttle from Venice (the main airport in the area) to reach the Dolomites. It’s
even possible to meet somewhere on the way between Venice and the hiking spot, like in
Dolomites Mountain Area
Near Place to visit and Special Features
Tre Cime di Lavaredo
Geography of the Dolomites
Renowned throughout the world on a naturalistic-environmental and tourist level, they are
home to one National Park (Dolomiti Bellunesi) and nine natural parks.
According to the season and your preferences, you can choose to visit one or more of the
many different areas. In any case, most of them are surrounded by an anthropized
environment, that means that we can drive through beautiful mountain scenery and start
our hike from very close to the path.
Dolomites are crumbling, more than any other mountain on the Alps. The beautiful
limestone is more fragile than any other rock. That’s why first of all the average altitude is
much lower than the Western part of the Alps. For the same reason, they are also very
vertical and steep mountains, so very often it’s almost impossible to reach the very top of
the peaks, because you would need real climbing gear. Most of the hiking trough the
Dolomites would include a very scenic balcony with the best views on the landscape, plus
some challenging mountain passes where you can actually touch the Dolomite.
Thanks to the network of parks and protected areas, a rich flora and fauna can be observed
in the Dolomites. From the broad-leaved and coniferous woods of the medium-low
altitudes, as you go up you pass to the sparse larch and pine woods, to meet even higher up
the shrubby bands and finally the high altitude prairies and pastures, beyond just the rocks.
The types of flowers that make up the Dolomite alpine flora are innumerable at all
altitudes. The humid places are also amazing, in particular the torrents, with their
waterfalls, and the alpine lakes, small but enchanting environments.
Special mention goes to the brown bear, that can be found only in one of the nine area of
Dolomites (Brenta area), but of course it is not common to be spotted. In recent years, the
wolf has also returned to inhabit the woods and valleys of the Dolomites, favored by
abundant game. Then there are five different species of hoofed animals, from the very
common roe deer to the red deer and muflon, and at higher altitude from the ibex to the
chamois. Starting from the undergrowth, you can find small animals such as reptiles,
amphibians, squirrels, hares, martens, weasels, badgers, foxes all watching up in the sky
trying to escape on of their predators, the golden eagles who share the sky with alpine
chough, woodpeckers, mountain swallows and night owls.
Accommodation in the Dolomites
Dolomites offer a great network of alpine huts (refuges). Bivuacs are less frequent, and
usually quite high and harder to reach, while on the other side there are many villages up in
the valleys we walk near. So it is definitely possible to organize stay at hotel and bed and
breakfasts. Generally speaking this part of Italy is more expensive than others, so also the
night stay and meals are not so cheap. As for all Trekking Alps hikes there is full flexibility so
contact us and we will organize the best hike for you in the Dolomites according to your
need and will.