Winter hiking South Tyrol: 8 days through the white Dolomites

8 Days

Your trip

Discover the Dolomites in their winte splendor!

Your winter hiking tour leads you through the imposing mountain massif of the Sesto Dolomites into the land of the world-famous Three Peaks.

It is not for nothing that the Dolomites have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Experience the idyllic winter landscape of the famous Sesto Valley, the breathtakingly beautiful Braies Valley and the silence and fresh air of the natural high plateau of Prato Piazza.

You hike on varied routes, always with a magnificent panorama of the Dolomites.

If snow conditions allow, the tour can also be done with snowshoes, but not necessarily.

Accommodation

You will stay in hotels of the good 3*** and/or 4**** category, mostly with sauna and/or swimming pool

Attention: tourist tax, if due, to be paid on the spot

Catering

The price of the trip includes half board:

  • Daily breakfast buffet or extended breakfast
  • Dinner

Please inform us of any special meal requests (e.g. vegetarian or gluten-free) when booking.

Requirements

The route is basically doable for both less experienced and more athletic hikers.
You will start your winter adventure in beautiful valley locations, but in the course of the tour you will also reach high alpine summit and ridge terrain. Surefootedness in snow and ice and good physical condition are indispensable requirements for these demanding routes. However, you can shorten, bypass or skip these high altitude tours as needed with relative flexibility.

You will also receive details about the route in your welcome talk at the beginning of the tour.

The trip is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility. Please contact us for detailed information if needed.

Starting point of the trip

Hochpustertal (Villabassa or Dobbiaco)

Arrival

By car

Via the Brenner freeway (A22) to Brixen – exit Franzensfeste / Pustertal – through the Pustertal valley (state road SS49) to Villabassa or Dobbiaco, depending on the hotel you arrive at.

Via the Felbertauern Road to Lienz in East Tyrol and on to Italy in Alta Pusteria (Villabassa or Dobbiaco, depending on the hotel you arrive at).

Parking: Free, unattended parking in a nearby public parking lot for the duration of the trip.

By train

From Innsbruck over the Brenner Pass to Franzensfeste. From here to Alta Pusteria (station Villabassa or Dobbiaco, depending on the arrival hotel).

Timetables and more information can be found on the following websites:
Italian Railways – Trenitalia
Austrian Railways – ÖBB
German Railways – DB

By plane

Nearest airports: Treviso or Venice (Marco Polo). On request we organize transfers from the airport to the starting point of the tour.

Highlights

  • UNESCO Natural Heritage 3 Peaks Dolomites
  • Winter hiking without luggage in magnificent mountain scenery
  • The hospitality of South Tyrol
  • The imposing mountain inn Hohe Gaisl on the winter high alp Plätzwiese

From day to day

Arrival :
Day 1

Individual arrival to the starting hotel in Dobbiaco or Villabassa in Alta Pusteria. You will receive the address of your starting hotel in time before the tour with your travel documents.

You can use a free and unguarded public or private parking lot near the hotel. The hotels all offer ski & drying rooms.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel
Innerfeldtal - Drei Schusterhütte - Sesto, approx. 15 km, ascent: 650 hm :
Day 2

Innerfeldtal – Drei Schusterhütte – Sesto, approx. 15 km, ascent: 650 hm

From Dobbiaco or Villabassa a transfer will take you to Sesto in the Innerfeld Valley.

At the beginning you hike across the wintry larch meadows to the Dreischusterhütte at the foot of the mighty Dolomite peaks. Taste the speciality of the house: warm “Apfelküchlein” and enjoy the view of the Dreischusterspitze as well as the Schwabenalpenkopf before heading to your hotel in Sexten.

5 hours
Circular hike Sesto - Kreuzbergpass - Klammbachalm - Nemesalm, approx. 11 km, ascent 375 hm :
Day 3

Circular hike Sesto – Kreuzbergpass – Klammbachalm – Nemesalm, approx. 11 km, ascent 375 hm

By public transport you go to the Kreuzberg Pass and after the tour back to Sesto.

Immerse yourself in the Sesto Dolomites, in front of you the Zwölferkofel, on the right the Dreischusterspitze. From the Kreuzberg pass you hike comfortably on a rolled path via the Klammbachalm to the Nemes Alm.

After a short rest we return to the Kreuzberg Pass and to your hotel in Sesto.

4 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel
Brückele - Stolla - Plätzwiese, approx. 6 km, ascent: 500 Hm :
Day 4

Brückele – Stolla – Plätzwiese, approx. 6 km, ascent: 500 Hm

In the morning a driver will take you to the starting point of the hike at Gasthof Brückele.

The hiking trail leads you along the Stolla stream through a quiet valley to the hut of the same name. The mighty Hohe Gaisl towers above you.

Soon the valley opens up and you reach the high plateau of Prato Piazza.

3 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel
Circular hike Plätzwiese - Strudelkopf, approx. 10 km, ascent 325 Hm :
Day 5

Circular hike Plätzwiese – Strudelkopf, approx. 10 km, ascent 325 Hm

Starting from the Plätzwiese you get to the Strudelkopf.

Already the ascent is characterized by the breathtaking panorama of the great peaks of the Braies Dolomites, such as the Hohe Gaisl or the Seekofel. The Strudelkopf offers one of the most beautiful panoramic views in the Dolomites of the peaks of the Three Peaks, the Cadini Group, Monte Cristallo to the Tofanen and the Marmolata.

This summit tour takes you through high alpine terrain. Surefootedness and good physical condition in impassable snow and ice terrain are indispensable. You can always shorten the tour before the summit in case of uncertainty or bad weather conditions.

4 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel
Prato Piazza - Ratsberg - Aufkirchen - Dobbiaco, approx. 12 km, ascent 625 hm :
Day 6

Panoramic hike Alta Pusteria: Prato Piazza – Dobbiaco – Councillor Mountain – Aufkirchen – Villabassa/Toblach, approx. 12 km, ascent 625 hm

After the transfer to the starting point of the tour in Dobbiaco, you hike to Stelvio and then on through deeply snow-covered spruce forests to the Ratsberg.

The path leads you to the small village Aufkirchen with its gothic
Pilgrimage church and then back to Tobach. The mixture of silence and tranquility of the first and the magnificent alpine panorama on the second part make this stage very varied.

5 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel
Misurina - Auronzo hut, approx. 14 km, ascent 675 hm :
Day 7

Misurina – Auronzo hut, approx. 14 km, ascent 675 hm

A transfer will take you to Misurina in the morning.

Surrounded by mountains you start the hike. Soon you will reach Lake Antorno. The path leads you sunny side over the snowy mountain road to the Aronzo Hut, located on the southwestern side of the world-famous Three Peaks.

From the terrace you can enjoy a stunning panorama of the Ampezzo Dolomites. By transfer you will return to the hotel, where you can review the entire hiking tour.

This demanding day tour takes you through high alpine terrain. Surefootedness and good physical condition in impassable snow and ice terrain are indispensable.

5 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel
Day of farewell - or not yet ... :
Day 8

Day of farewell – or not yet …

We wish you a safe journey home! If you want to relax another day in Dobbiaco – let us know when booking. We will see if we can reserve another night for you.

Breakfast

Services

included in your travel package:

  • Accommodation in hotels of good 3*** and / or 4**** category
  • Breakfast buffet or extended breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Information meeting for winter hiking week
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
  • Transfers according to program
  • Best worked out route guidance
  • Detailed travel documents (route maps, route description, sights, important telephone numbers)
  • Telephone service hotline for the duration of the winter hiking tour

not included:

  • Tourist tax (to be paid on the spot)
  • Drinks
  • Lunch
  • Entries not mentioned
  • Travel insurance

Dates and prices

Arrival 2024: every Wed, Sat, Sun in …
Season 1 07.01. – 31.01. and 01.03. – 03.03.
Season 2 01.02. – 29.02.
The day of arrival determines the season.
All prices per person. The prices in the booking form or shopping cart apply.
Travel package Season 1 Season 2
Double room with breakfast / pers 1.050 € 1.150 €
Single room w. breakfast 1.120 € 1.220 €
Additional nights and options
Starting point Dobbiaco: Double room with breakfast / pers 100 € 100 €
Single room w. breakfast 130 € 130 €
Destination Dobbiaco: Double room with breakfast / pers 100 € 100 €
Destination Dobbiaco: Single room with breakfast 130 € 130 €
Snowshoe rental
Snowshoes, poles per travel package 85 € 85 €
Snowshoes, poles per additional day 10 € 10 €
What are the requirements of the tour?

You start with technically easy valley hikes and work your way up to challenging, high alpine terrain. You should bring surefootedness in winter snow and ice terrain. You are on the way on signposted and proven hiking trails. Please do not leave them either, as you will be in the nature park throughout. Conditionally you should bring joy and endurance for mountain hikes of several hours. They are up to 20 km in the snow and possibly on icy roads. Walking times are up to 6 hours per day. ATTENTION: The summit tour from Prato Piazza to Strudelkopf on day 5 and the tour to Auronzo Hut on day 7 will lead you through high alpine terrain. Surefootedness and good physical condition in impassable snow and ice terrain are indispensable.
The trip is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility. Please contact us for detailed information if needed.

What is the best way to travel?

This tour is ideal for arriving by train to Dobbiaco (or to Dobbiaco Villabassa, depending on the hotel). Locally, with your visitor’s tax, you will receive a public transport ticket for bus and train at any time during your trip in the entire region. Therefore, you do not need a car on site. If you come by car, please park directly at the hotel. If you are coming by plane and you need a transfer from Treviso or Venice, please let us know when booking.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT?

PUBLIC TRANSPORT! With the registration and payment of your tourist tax on site you will receive a Familiy-Card. This allows you to travel free of charge on all trains and buses in the entire touring area.

Can I park on site?

Please park at the hotel. Alternatively, please use one of the unguarded and free for vacationers. public parking for the duration of the trip.
Please do not park for long periods of time at the Nordic Arena. Mostly you can start directly from the hotel on feeder trails. For this reason, this tour is also ideal to arrive by train. A free public transport ticket for the entire period is paid with the tourist tax.

You can view the map of the tours interactively at komoot.de, download it to your mobile device and even use it for navigation on the road. If you like, install the free outdoor app from komoot. On komoot.de you can find the tours if you search for 'Winter hiking South Tyrol - 8 days through the white Dolomites'. Alternatively, follow the link: https://www.komoot.de/collection/1872381. Please note: The routes are suggestions. Depending on snow and weather, you will receive different recommendations on site. It is also possible that routes are exchanged or changed for logistical reasons. You will be informed on site in a timely and comprehensive manner. You are welcome to shorten the tours almost as you wish or to travel part of the way by bus and train. Public transport accompanies your routes almost throughout. With the Family Card included in the tourist tax you have free travel. You can take skis with you.

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