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Cortina Dolomiti Ultra Trekking

The most iconic locations of the Unesco Dolomites, in a unique multi-stage trek.
“Cortina Dolomiti Ultra Trekking” is a trek of about seven days with six nights in mountain lodges and traditional malga mountain huts, where you can enjoy the many local culinary specialities in the company of mountain lovers. It covers a total distance of about 132 km with a total ascent and descent of over 6,700 m.
The trek was designed with the objective of revealing the enchanted locations that are hidden in Cortina and its surroundings, making it possible to experience the Dolomites by hiking from one mountain lodge to the next, walking amongst forests, rivers, malga mountain huts, traditional Ladin villages, lakes and peaks that are part of the Unesco World Heritage List: an experience that will remain in your heart for a lifetime.
The tour is guarantee with a minimum number of 4 people:
prices:
group of 4 persons: 1150 euro per person
group of 5 persons:  990 euro per person
group of 6 persons: 900 euro per person
group of 7 persons: 830 euro per person
group of 8 persons: 780 euro per person
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Description

FIRST STAGE: from Cortina d’Ampezzo to Rifugio Son Forca

Start early in the morning from Piazza Angelo Dibona, at the foot of the Cortina bell tower, and follow Via del Castello – which begins at the end of the pedestrian precinct – until you reach the intersection with the road leading to the hamlet Cadin, on the left of the state road. After crossing the state road, go uphill towards Cadin, and after passing the village’s attractive little church, you will reach the last houses of the hamlet Cadin di Sopra, where you take the CAI track n° 410 which leads to Lake Ghedina. From here on, there will be no more possibilities of refreshments for 3-4 hours, and so it is a good idea to take some water with you.

Then take track n° 409 until you reach the Posporcora Pass; then go downhill on track n° 408 until you reach the intersection with track n° 417 to Pian de Ra Spines. Here, carry on until you reach the Sant’Uberto car park, where you take the path leading to the cycle path which brings you to Rifugio Ospitale, a welcoming venue that once hosted the pilgrims on the way to Santiago de Compostela (the lodge is closed for summer 2020). Then continue for about 7 km, with a total ascent of 700 m, on track n° 203, along the Padeon valley. Spend the night at the mountain lodge Rifugio Son Forca, on mount Cristallo.

Approximate hiking times:

From the centre of Cortina (1,224 m) to  Lago Ghedina Restaurant (1,457 m), about 2 hours

From Lago Ghedina Restaurant (1,457 m) to Rifugio Ospitale (1,470 m), about 4 hours

From Rifugio Ospitale (1,470 m) to Rifugio Son Forca (2,215 m), about 3 hours

SECOND STAGE: From Rifugio Son Forca to Rifugio Città di Carpi

The second day starts at the mountain lodge Rifugio Son Forca: follow track n° 203 to the Tre Croci Pass. When you are close to the state road on the pass, cross it and follow track n° 215 until you reach the magnificent Lake Sorapis and the mountain lodge Rifugio Vandelli. In this section there is a short equipped route that is slightly exposed in places, requiring care. When you reach Lake Sorapis, you can choose whether to spend the night at the mountain lodge Rifugio Vandelli or carry on towards Federavecchia on track n° 217, which runs through the enchanting Somadida forest. Once you have reached Federavecchia, cross the road and take track n° 120, following it until you reach the mountain lodge Rifugio Città di Carpi, where you can stay for the second night.

Approximate hiking times:

From Rifugio Son Forca (2,215 m) to Rifugio Vandelli (1,928 m), about 3 h 30 minutes

From Rifugio Vandelli (1,928 m) to Rifugio Città di Carpi (2,130 m), about 3 h 45

THIRD STAGE: from Rifugio Città di Carpi to Rifugio Lavaredo

On the third day, start from the mountain lodge Rifugio Città di Carpi, and follow track n° 120 downhill until you reach the enchanting Lake Misurina. Following the shores of the lake towards Tre Cime di Lavaredo and continuing on the road, you reach the intersection with the CAI (Italian Alpine Club) track that leads to the peaks Tre Cime di Lavaredo, passing the mountain lodges Rifugio Auronzo and Rifugio Lavaredo, where you can stay the night if you wish. During this part of the walk there are several venues at which you can stay: various hotels in Misurina, the mountain lodges Rifugio Lago Antorno, Rifugio Auronzo, Rifugio Lavaredo and Rifugio Locatelli, or Hotel Tre Cime which requires another 3 hours’ walk.

Approximate hiking times:

From Rifugio Città di Carpi (2,130 m) to Lake Misurina (1,754 m), about 1 h 30

From Lake Misurina (1,754 m) to Rifugio Auronzo (2,320 m), about 2 h 30

From Rifugio Auronzo (2,320 m) to Rifugio Lavaredo (2,344 m), about 30 minutes

From Rifugio Lavaredo (2,344 m) to Rifugio Locatelli (2,300 m), about 1 h

From Rifugio Locatelli (2,300 m) to Hotel Tre Cime (1,406 m), about 3 h

FOURTH STAGE: from Rifugio Lavaredo to Malga Ra Stua

On the fourth day, after having stayed at the mountain lodge Rifugio Lavaredo, take track n° 102 which brings you to Lake Landro in about 3 hours, and continue along the cycle path towards Cortina. After crossing the Cimabanche Pass, you reach Lake Bianco. To complete the day’s hike, cross the road and take track n° 8, and you will reach Malga Ra Stua, where you can stay for the fourth night, in about 2 hours. By now you have covered about 80 km of the total distance.

Approximate hiking times:

From Rifugio Lavaredo (2,344 m) to Rifugio Locatelli (2,300 m), about 1 h

From Rifugio Locatelli (2,300 m) to Hotel Tre Cime (1,406 m), about 3 h

From Hotel Tre Cime (1,406 m) to Malga Ra Stua (1,668 m), about 3h 30

FIFTH STAGE: From Malga ra Stua to Rifugio Col Gallina

On the fifth day, starting from Malga Ra Stua, take track n° 6 until you reach the Sant’Uberto car park. Take track n° 10 and then n° 401 which crosses the rugged Travenanzes valley. When you have reached the gully Forcella Col dei Bos, go downhill on track n° 402 towards the Falzarego Pass until you reach the mountain lodge Rifugio Col Gallina, where you can stay the night.

Approximate hiking times:

From Malga Ra Stua (1,668 m) to the gully Forcella Col dei Bos (2,331 m), about 7 h

From gully Forcella Col dei Bos (2,331 m) to Rifugio Col Gallina (2,054 m), about 1 h

SIXTH STAGE: From Rifugio Col Gallina to Rifugio Croda da Lago

On the sixth day, start from Rifugio Col Gallina and take track n° 419 towards Rifugio Averau, walking along the lovely alpine Lake Lìmedes. When you have reached Rifugio Averau, continue along track n° 452 to the Giau Pass. At the pass, cross the road and take track n° 436 until you reach the gully Forcella Ambrizzola. From here, take track n° 434 which brings you to the mountain lodge Rifugio Croda da Lago where you can spend the last night. Alternatively, continue on track n° 432 until you reach Malga Federa mountain hut and stay there for the night. By now you have walked for a total of 110 km.

Approximate hiking times:

From Rifugio Col Gallina (2,034 m) to Rifugio Averau (2,413 m), about 40 minutes

From Rifugio Averau (2,413 m) to Berghotel Passo Giau (2,236 m), about 1 h 30

From Berghotel Passo Giau (2,236 m) to Rifugio Croda da Lago (2,046 m), about 3 h

From Rifugio Croda da Lago (2,046 m) to Malga Federa (1,861 m), about 30 minutes

SEVENTH STAGE: From Rifugio Croda da Lago to Cortina city center

The final day of our multi-stage trek starts from Rifugio Croda da Lago, walking downhill on track n° 432 towards Malga Federa. Once you have reached the Malga, take the spectacular new Gores de Federa track which runs through gullies, canyons and past waterfalls, then rejoining track n° 432. Continue on track n° 432 until you meet track n° 406 on the left. Take this path until you reach the intersection with track n° 431, and then go right and continue until you reach Lake d’Ajal.

From the mountain lodge Rifugio Lago d’Ajal, carry on downhill on track n° 430 until you reach Lake Pianozes, and continue walking to the traditional Ladin village of Campo di Sopra. The rough “ex polveriera” track, named after what used to be the gunpowder magazine, takes you to the Revis car park where you catch your first glimpses of Cortina’s bell tower. Once you have reached the centre of Cortina, you will have completed the trek, after a circular route of about 130 km with approximately 6,700 m total ascent, walking amongst Ladin villages, and some of the most beautiful mountains, lakes and rivers in the world.

 

Approximate hiking times:

From Rifugio Croda da Lago (2,046 m) to Malga Federa (1,816 m), about 40 minutes

From Malga Federa (1,816 m) to the centre of Cortina (1,211 m), about 3 h

ORGANIZATION

It is possible to organize this trekking for small groups up to 8 people. Ask for a quotation info@guidecortina.com

Next dates for group excoursions:
Monday 28th June
Monday 12th July
Monday  2nd August
Monday 6th September

Mountain Guide’s tips

A charming trekking for long distances walking lovers. It traverses wild areas as well as more known ones. It is essential to have a good training and be flexible to walk an all terrains. The mountain huts along the trails will welcome you at their best.

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