Hut-to-Hut Hiking in the Dolomites

Backroads Regional Manager Jeff Cantarutti in the Dolomites, ItalyBack in 1996, I was tasked with a dream research assignment at Backroads. The mission, which I gladly accepted, was to create an all-new luxury hiking itinerary in Italy's prized Dolomite region. Admittedly, my reports to the home office feigned challenge and fatigue as I tried desperately to hide the fact that I was thoroughly enjoying myself at "work." Stunning mountain peaks, fairy-tale valleys, an abundance of cozy accommodations and, best of all, the comfort of Italian cuisine made me an instant fan of this compact alpine playground. Since then, Backroads has hosted over 3,000 guests to this magical mountain zone on a variety of itineraries that stemmed from my first visit.

Piazza in Fie-Allo-Cciliar, Dolomites, ItalyOn a recent visit to Romantik Hotel Turm (a favorite Backroads hotel) in the Sciliar area, I got wind of a new, exciting trend that was brewing in the Dolomites: the birth of the super huts. Without doubt, the Dolomites have long been a world-class hut-to-hut hiking destination based on scenery and challenge alone. The addition of this new category of hut lodging had me very curious... how much better could it get?

Freshly renovated mountain rifugi (huts) with gourmet dining, white-pine walls, cozy down duvets and private en suite bathrooms? Che cosa?? In the past, the typical rifugio in the Dolomites served a functional role (as a place of refuge!). Times are changing as cushy comfort arrives to the higher, serene reaches of the Dolomites.

New for 2017, we have called on our 20 years of experience to create our first true hut-to-hut hiking trip in the Dolomites. No easy feat, we have managed to access a selection of these small new mountain lodges to create a sturdy circuit that traverses the core of the region from the Sennes-Fanes-Braies Nature Park to the Sella Group, all perfectly picturesque.

Hike by day and relax on the terrace of the lodge, soaking up alpenglow in the afternoon. After the last of the day hikers head down the mountain, savor a frosty Warsteiner beer (or two!) over a hearty polenta dinner... it doesn't get much better. See you there!Hut-to-Hut Hiking in the Dolomites, Italy

4 Responses

  1. Suzanne Randall

    My son and I are considering this trip next summer (2017)..and maybe my daughter..he will be 24 and she will be 18…huge outdoor enthusiasts (my son and I..that is why my daughter MAY not come)…

    We’ve traveled with Backroads in the past..3x I believe and my father grew up in the Dolomites…so would love to revisit (have Fam in Rome and environs).

    Any more info would be fantastic.

    Sue Randall
    Denville NJ

    • Thanks for reaching out, Suzanne! This would be an excellent trip for your family’s mixed interests — daily hiking options range from 3 to 14 miles, so each of you can decide how active you want to be; your daughter could join you for a short morning hike then spend the rest of the day relaxing at the lodge. No matter how active you choose to be, you’ll experience spectacular mountain views, superb Tyrolean-Italian cuisine and idyllic alpine lodging.

      For more information or to have a detailed itinerary sent to you, please call us at 800-462-2848; we’d love to hear from you. You can also visit the trip’s webpage at https://www.backroads.com/trips/WDMQ-9/dolomites-italy-hut-to-hut-hiking-tour.

  2. Rick and Babs Velategui

    My wife and I are searching for a week to 10 day hike in the Dolomites. We are very active bikers, skiers, kayakers and divers, although 68 and 70 years old now. The hut to hut sounds ideal (no tent, stove etch). We plan to be in Europe for a month August 2017 thru early October. We have to be back Oct. 8th for a backpack trip in the Washington State Enchantments. We are doing an 8 day bike trip with Backwoods on the Danube river Sept. 13th thru the 20th.

    • Hi Rick and Babs,

      It’s great to hear about your upcoming adventures and that you’re so active! Many of our guests are in their 60’s and 70’s, and we offer a range of activity options each day so you can go at your own pace and decide how active you’d like to be. In addition to our Hut-to-Hut Hiking trip, we also have another Walking & Hiking trip and a Biking trip (just in case you decide to cycle!) in the Dolomites that you may be interested in. Here are the links to each trip’s website, which have more information including departure dates and trip highlights:

      Hut-to-Hut Hiking: https://www.backroads.com/trips/WDMQ-9/dolomites-italy-hut-to-hut-hiking-tour
      Walking & Hiking: https://www.backroads.com/trips/WDMI/dolomites-italy-hiking-tour
      Biking: https://www.backroads.com/trips/BDMI/dolomites-biking-tour

      There are quite a few date options for each trip that fall in your time frame, but they’re filling up fast, especially for the Hut-to-Hut trip. To see availability, click on the “Dates & Prices” tab for each trip. Or, for more information or to have a detailed itinerary sent to you, please call us at 800-462-2848; we’d love to hear from you!

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