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Itinerary | Discover the Dolomites - The Alpine Backyard

If Annecy in France is the "balcony" of the Alps, then the Dolomites in Italy are the "back garden" of the Alps, left by God.


Hiking in the Dolomites, travelling through alpine pastures full of sheep and cows under blue skies, with the breeze blowing over the blooming wildflowers, knife-cut steep peaks pointing straight up to the sky, dolomite peaks in a continuous line, and stunning sunsets... Here, it must be the best combination of strength and softness.


Les Dolomites

Dolomites - The Alpine Backyard



When it comes to Italy, I'm sure most people think of Rome with its Colosseum, Milan, the fashion capital, Florence, the capital of the Renaissance, Venice, the city of water, and other such famous cities.



Here there are hundreds of millions of years of precipitation to form the dolomite peaks straight into the sky, white clouds around the top of the mountain; there are green grass, cattle and sheep into flocks; there are alpine lakes like jasper inlaid in the mountains ... ...


There is also a poetic name here: Dolomites, which sounds like a place where mountain elves live.



The Dolomites are home to the Dolomites, a beautiful and rich land that compares favourably with other famous Italian cities.



The Dolomites are located on the edge of the border between the Veneto and Trentino Alto Adige regions of north-east Italy, and are part of the northern Italian Alpine system.



Did you know? This beautiful land was once an ocean.

The Dolomites lay quietly at the bottom of the sea 250 million years ago, and after tens of millions of years of geological change and plate movement, it gradually surfaced, affected by erosion, with jagged ridges, deep valleys, and peaks of different shapes.





But the land wasn't always quiet and peaceful; during the First World War, war broke out between Italy and Austria-Hungary, and it was only at the end of the war that the Dolomites were transferred to Italian territory.



The scars of war have also kept the region multilingual, and the names of towns and villages can still be seen on the walk in three languages: Italian, Latin and German.


It is also this intertwining and clashing of cultures that makes the Dolomites all the more meaningful.



Cime di Lavaredo

三峰山



Cime di Lavaredo,The Three Peaks is one of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the Dolomites and a must for hiking. The film Star Wars was set here, and before 1919 it used to be the border between Italy and Austria.



From east to west are the shortest Cima Piccola (2,857 metres above sea level); in the middle is the tallest Cima Grande (2,999 metres above sea level); and on the westernmost side is Cima Ovest (2,973 metres above sea level).


The three peaks tower over the area in a spectacular and striking way.



Lac de Braies

Braies湖



The beauty of the Dolomites is varied, apart from the handsomeness of the majestic peaks, there is also the softness of the lakes, pristine alpine lakes that look like jasper scattered across the mountains.



Hiking here, strolling by such a lake, reaping the benefits of such scenery, and leaving all the chaos and noise behind is sure to make you feel like you've made a worthwhile trip.


Cortina d'Ampezzo

科尔蒂纳丹佩佐



Cortina d'Ampezzo is an Italian mountain town and the first stop on our Dolomites trek.

The town has only about 6,000 inhabitants, but it has long been known as a centre for winter sports.



It hosted the 1956 Winter Olympics and was booked to host the 1944 Winter Olympics, which were cancelled due to the Second World War.The 2026 Winter Olympics will again be held in the city.



Les Dolomites

Italian Cuisine



Italian food is famous all over the world, and you can't miss out on these dishes when you come to hike in the Dolomites.



The world of pasta is like a kaleidoscope of variations, and the sheer number of varieties and combinations of sauces that can be made into thousands of pasta dishes is a speciality staple in Italy.



Pizza is the soul of Italian cuisine and cheese is the soul of pizzas. Authentic pizzas are usually made with mozzarella, parmesan, romano, cottage cheese or mozzarella. It is very flavourful and tasty.



Come and experience the most authentic Italian cuisine in the Dolomites!



Les Dolomites

Route Details


If you can't hold back your excitement and want to see the beauty of the Dolomites with your own eyes, our customised 9-day in-depth trekking itinerary in the Italian Dolomites will take you on a walk through "God's Backyard".



DAY 1 MXP - Cortina


Arrive in Milan, Chinese speaking leader will meet you at the airport and transfer to Cortina.


Check in at the hotel and then free time to wander around the town and get ready for the next day's hike.


DAY 2  Cortina - Lavaredo


Breakfast at the hotel, guide briefing on the trekking route and precautions, warm up training and then trekking to the famous Three Peaks of Italy.

Hiking time: 4h00

Elevation gain/loss: +500m -500m


DAY 3  Lavaredo - Prato Piazza


Starting towards the northern peak of the Three Peaks, we descend all the way to the Landro Valley. After passing the Strudelkopf and the mountain passes you descend to the alpine pastures of Prato.


Selected according to the physical condition and intention of the team members at that time:

Hiking time: 6h00 / Elevation gain/loss: +600m; -1100m

Hiking time: 6h30 / Elevation gain/loss: +800m; -1100m


DAY 4 Prato Piazza - Plateau de Sennes


Walking on the plateau below the foothills, then following the path through the karst plateau, the Cerne plateau is a veritable alpine garden, pleasantly filled with the fragrance of wildflowers in the breeze.

Finally to the pass at the foot of Croda del Beco (2810 metres). Overnight in an alpine chalet at 2,327 metres to watch the sunset over the Donomites.


Hiking time: 6h00 / Elevation gain/loss: +850m; -200m


DAY 5  Sennes - Fanes


After breakfast you can voluntarily climb the Croda del Beco at an altitude of 2,810 metres (+-450m), return and set off for the alpine pastures of Cerne, cross the pastures from the shepherd's path, see the herds of sheep and cows, follow the historic wagon track in the descent from the valley of the Tamesc, and finally arrive at the beautiful plateau of Fanes, with its glacial moraines and dolomitic mountains in full view.


Hiking time: 5h30 Elevation gain/loss: +700m; -970m


DAY 6 Fanes - Scotoni


Crossing the huge Fanes karst plateau and climbing up to the Lech Pass at 2,486 metres above sea level, the route passes between two spectacular peaks in a narrow passage. This is followed by a stunning descent to a grassy lakeside, an absolutely impressive and unforgettable journey.


Hiking time: 4h30 / Elevation gain/loss: +490m -570m

Medesc: Hiking time: 6h00 / Elevation gain/loss: +900m -980m


DAY 7  Scotoni - Tofane

Depart for Tofane, one of the main battlefields of the First World War, with traces of the past. The Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Kingdom of Italy fought on the snow line, also known as the "White War". Hiking along the trails, on narrow roads with picturesque landscapes, is like being in a dreamy film.


Hiking time: 6h00 Elevation gain/loss: +1200m -600m


DAY 8  Tofane - Cortina


After breakfast there is the option to climb Tre Tita at 2694 metres, an expedition with spectacular panoramic views of the Dolomites! Return to your accommodation for a coffee break and then head through the forest to Cortina, welcome back to civilisation once again!


Hiking time: 1h30 Elevation gain/loss: +120m -120m


DAY 9  科尔蒂纳 Cortina - 米兰 Milan


After breakfast, transfer to Milan, free time in Milan


Transfer to the airport according to the time arrangement


Note: The itinerary of this route may be adjusted based on the actual weather and other irresistible factors; all contents are subject to the actual booking situation.


Difficulty of hiking

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Elevation gain/loss: average of 650 to 730 metres per day;

Duration of the trek: 4 to 6 hours per day, which can vary according to the actual situation;

The difficulty of the trek is moderate, the route can be adjusted by the French guide according to the physical ability of the client, this route is also possible for children over 9 years old if they are in good physical condition and accompanied by a guardian.


To enhance your experience of coming to the Tour du Mont Blanc, it is recommended to do physical training three months before the trip; jogging 5-10 kilometres three times a week or cycling to increase your cardiorespiratory fitness and better enjoy the beautiful scenery of nature in the great outdoors.



Fee Includes

  • Alpine chalet or speciality lodges, breakfast included

  • Uniform airport pick-up and drop-off service by private car

  • A certified mountain guide to accompany you throughout the trek.

  • Luggage transport during the trek

  • Public transport as mentioned in the itinerary and private car transfers during the trek.

  • Chinese and English logistic support throughout the trek


Costs do not include

  • International air ticket from China to Milan

  • Lunch on the first day of arrival and lunch on the ninth day of free time, meals during free time

  • Drinks and beverages for personal consumption

  • Visa and insurance fees

  • Tickets or expenses for sightseeing during the free time period

  • Tips for guides and drivers (60 euros to thank the guide at the end of the activity if you are satisfied with the service, 10-15 euros for the driver in case of discomfort during the trek and the use of the luggage trolley).


Catering

  • Breakfast: Usually continental breakfast with juice; coffee; bread; jams, milk etc.

  • Lunch: Road meal, mainly based on local Alpine specialities, local hams and sausages; vegetable salads, Alpine speciality cheeses, fruits, etc.; we are also equipped with Chinese pasta with chilli sauce, etc.

  • Dinner: mainly based on local specialities, French-Italian-Swiss respectively, similar to Swiss cheeses, or equipped with local specialities such as meats, spaghetti, veal, cheeses, also adapted to vegan trekkers (communicated in advance to the guides)


Accommodation and Logistics

  • Comfortable hotels/alpine chalets/speciality lodges (for details, please enquire about single room rate difference and book according to your needs)

  • Equipped with luggage transport, use foldable camelbak for easy handling in the chalet, trolley bags will be stored in the hotel at the starting point of the trek when they are empty.


Terms of sale

1. 60 days before free cancellation of booking, deposit fully refunded.

2. 31-60 days cancellation, full 70% refund.

3. 21-30 days cancellation, full 30% refund.

4. 20 days cancellation, no refund.

5. 20 days or more before the departure date of the visa refused and issued a valid certificate of refusal, a full refund.

6. The final payment is due 30 days before departure.

6. After the start of the activity, if you are unable to complete the activity due to your own reasons and choose to withdraw, the full payment will not be refunded.

7. If the activity cannot be completed due to weather or other force majeure after the start of the activity, the full amount will not be refunded.

8. Please confirm with customer service before purchasing the air ticket.



List of items

  • Sun hat or duck hat; sunglasses; bandana;

  • Sunscreen

  • T-shirt (quick-drying); fine woollen jumper;

  • Light down jacket;

  • Punching jacket (Gore-Tex) or rain jacket;

  • Windproof and quick-drying trousers (there is a big difference in temperature between day and night in the mountains); short socks (made of wool, heat and moisture wicking, and of good material);

  • Hiking shoes (portable, high-topped, non-slip, good grip);

  • Knee pads; gloves; trousers (adjustable length, bring a few pairs for changing);

  • Slippers, trainers; personal necessities (earplugs and light sheets are recommended);

  • Light toiletries; headlamp (with spare batteries);

  • Hiking poles; 1.5L water bottle or 2L water bag;

  • Sunscreen; Camera (optional).

  • A small personalised bag for documents and valuables and a mountaineering bag.

  • Small denomination euro

  • Mobile phone charger/European power adapter plug

  • Camelbak for luggage transport


Environmental Protection


The ecosystem of the Alpine environment is very fragile, and with the increase in the number of hikers, the survival of the flora and fauna is threatened, so try to follow the guide's footsteps to avoid stepping on the vegetation during the hike. Dispose of household waste according to the waste classification.


More and more Chinese hikers represent the world influence of Chinese people, try to avoid loud noise in public places, stay friendly to different hiking friends from all over the world, take care of the environment, follow the precautions of the alpine huts, etc. and avoid wasting food.




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