Italy Dolomites Trek

Thru-Hiking Italy's Most Beautiful Mountains. September 2022.

Dolomites Tour 2022

8 Nights ✧ 45+ Miles Hiking ✧ Mountain Lodges ✧ Via Ferrata ✧ TWO Dates

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12 SPOTS PER TRIP

$3,750 per person

WEEK 1: Sep 7-15, 2022 (SOLD OUT!)

WEEK 2: Sep 17-25, 2022 (SOLD OUT!)

$850 Deposit required to hold your spot.

Balance due July 1, 2022.

Please view our Booking Terms here.

Trip Information

Italy Dolomites Trek

Sep 17 - 25, 2022

Sep 7 - 15, 2022

Highlights:
  • Alta Via 1 ("High Route") aka “The Classic”
  • Remote mountain lodges with epic views
  • Kaiserjäger Trail "Open-Air Museum"
  • Optional via ferrata section
  • Luggage transfer most days
  • Warm, cozy, family-run accommodations
  • Outstanding local cuisine, including cheeses, meats, mushrooms, and wine!
OVERVIEW

A thru-hike in the magical atmosphere of the Dolomites, a land of wild open spaces, green alpine meadows and jagged peaks beneath a deep blue sky. From start to finish, we will hike surrounded by glaciers, spires, and massifs, enjoying spellbinding views that make each day unforgettable, while cozying up in gorgeous, comfortable, and delicious remote mountain lodges each night.

We will have luggage transfer most days, as well as the option to challenge our strengths on a historic “open-air museum” via ferrata along the way, as we traverse over 45 miles from Lake Braies to Capanna Trieste in the Northeastern corner of Italy.

“The choices of venues, guides, and activities were excellent and I felt safe throughout the trip. This trip was so well thought out and yet so personal. I felt like I was traveling with good friends. I would recommend this to anyone, and can’t wait to go on another trip with Jackie.” – Miranda

Both Week 1 and Week 2 follow the same itinerary and direction, with only one difference of lodging on Day 3 as described below.

  • Arrive on your own to Dobbiaco, check-in to our group accommodations in the afternoon and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the Dolomites. Take a stroll through the small streets of this charming village, wonderfully located on a plateau surrounded by meadows and pastures with a backdrop of some of the most beautiful peaks of the Dolomites. We will meet as a group for dinner tonight before we start our trek!

    • Dinner included
    • Overnight at Dobbiaco Youth Hostel (Don’t be fooled by the name, we’ll have clean, cozy, double occupancy rooms in this wing of the historic Grand Hotel Dobbiaco.)
  • Our first day of hiking is challenging but extremely rewarding. Along the way we’ll enjoy incredible views of Braies Lake and Rifugio Biella, at the feet of the towering Croda del Becco mountain. Our accommodation for tonight is Fodara Vedla, a mountain lodge immersed in an idyllic setting of meadows and huts, with the peaks of Croda Rossa d’Ampezzo, Crystal, and Fanes mountains for the backdrop.

    • Breakfast and dinner included (see “Lunch” in “Traveler Info” tab)
    • Overnight at Fodara Vedla (4-bed dorm rooms)
    • Hiking: 4 hours / 7 miles
    • Elevation gain: 3635 ft
    • Elevation loss: 1564 ft
    • Min altitude: 4891 ft
    • Max altitude: 7805 ft
  • Today’s itinerary runs through a suggestive, almost lunar landscape: one of the highlights along the way is the Lake Piciodel, with its typical green color. After a long descent to the Pederu hut you start your final ascent to the Fanes plateau: here you will sleep in a mountain hut surrounded by trees and rugged peaks, in the heart of Fanes, Sennes & Braies National Park.

    • Breakfast and dinner included (see “Lunch” in “Traveler Info” tab)
    • Week 1: Overnight at Rifugio Fanes (multi-bunk dormitory)
    • Week 2: Overnight at Rifugio Lavarella (double or triple occupancy)
    • Hiking: 4 hours / 6 miles
    • Elevation gain: 1991 ft
    • Elevation loss: 2221 ft
    • Min altitude: 5098 ft
    • Max altitude: 7024 ft
  • This day is full of highlights! Starting from our hut in Fanes, we’ll walk to Limo Pass and nearby Limo Lake. We continue to the beautiful Mt. Lagazuoi, with the small but enchanting Lake Lagazuoi, a bright blue spot surrounded by jagged peaks. This area is famous for its underground tunnels and trenches built during WWI.

    • Breakfast and dinner included (see “Lunch” in “Traveler Info” tab)
    • Overnight at Rifugio Lagazuoi (multi-bunk dorm)
    • Hiking: 6 hours / 7.5 miles
    • Elevation gain: 4307 ft
    • Elevation loss: 2175 ft
    • Min altitude: 6768 ft
    • Max altitude: 8953 ft
    • No luggage support tonight – our bags will be collected from Rifugio Fanes/Lavarella and meet us again tomorrow at Rifugio Averau, so we’ll put anything we need for the night in our daypacks to carry today and tomorrow.
  • Today we undertake the Kaiserjäger trail, from Lagazuoi to Passo Falzarego in a descending direction. (See “Via Ferrata Info” in “Traveler Info” tab for more)

    There will be an option to take a trail around if anyone does not feel up to the challenge of the Kaiserjäger Trail, although this via ferrata is rated as “easy” and we will have an expert alpine guide with us the entire way, so this if a fabulous opportunity to try it out. We’ve got this!

    • Breakfast and dinner included (see “Lunch” in “Traveler Info” tab)
    • Overnight at Rifugio Averau (multi-bunk dorms)
    • Hiking: 4 hours / 5 miles
    • Elevation gain: 2486 ft
    • Elevation loss: 3336 ft
    • Min altitude: 6732 ft
    • Max altitude: 8953 ft
  • Today we will walk across Passo Giau the beautiful and wild Val Cernera: the views are incredible, from jagged peaks to peaceful meadows. Along the way, we will pass by the Mesolithic site of Mondeval, where in 1985 a well-preserved skeleton of a Mesolithic age hunter was found. From Monte Pelmo, we will descend to Passo Staulanza for our overnight.

    • Breakfast and dinner included (see “Lunch” in “Traveler Info” tab)
    • Overnight at Rifugio Staulanza (triple or quadruple occupancy)
    • Hiking: 7 hours / 9 miles
    • Elevation gain: 2070 ft
    • Elevation loss: 4042 ft
    • Min altitude: 3841 ft
    • Max altitude: 7742 ft
  • This morning we head out on the road towards a local cheese farm, and then up the mountain on a nice path to Rifugio Coldai – where we can stop for a break before continuing to the beautiful mountain lake Coldai. Today’s destination is the remote Rifugio Tissi, epically located at an elevation of over 7,400′ directly in front of the impressive Civetta wall. From the nearby peak of Col Rean, we can enjoy expansive views of the valley of Alleghe and its surrounding rugged peaks.

    • Breakfast and dinner included (see “Lunch” in “Traveler Info” tab)
    • Overnight at Rifugio Tissi (quadruple+ occupancy)
    • Hiking: 5 hours / 7 miles
    • Elevation gain: 2952 ft
    • Elevation loss: 1312 ft
    • Min altitude: 5357 ft
    • Max altitude: 7680 ft
    • No luggage support tonight – our bags will be collected from Rifugio Staulanza and meet us again tomorrow at the end of our trip in Cortina, so we’ll put anything we need for the night in our daypacks to carry today and tomorrow.
  • On our last day of the hike, we gradually descend through the high Val Civetta and Sella di Pelsa among flower fields, mountain paths, and alpine huts where we can take a nice break overlooking the beautiful Valle Corpassa. From here we descend to Rifugio Capanna Trieste, where a transfer takes us to Cortina d’Ampezzo. We have one more overnight here together before bidding our farewells.

    • Breakfast and dinner included (see “Lunch” in “Traveler Info” tab)
    • Overnight at Hotel Columbia (double occupancy)
    • Hiking: 4 hours / 6 miles
    • Elevation gain: 875 ft
    • Elevation loss: 4553 ft
    • Min altitude: 3723 ft
    • Max altitude: 7408 ft
  • Awww, we hate this part, but as they say, all of the most amazing, epic, life-changing, trips must eventually come to an end. Departure on your own.

    • Breakfast included.

It was so nice to have all the details managed by one of the best travel professionals in the business, and all I had to do was say yes and buy my ticket.

TRIP COST: $3,750 per person

WHAT’S INCLUDED
  • 8 overnights including breakfast
  • 8 dinners (beverage not included)
  • Transfers as per program
  • Luggage transfer between accommodations, except Rifugio Lagazuoi and Rifugio Tissi (Days 4 and 7 – please see “Daily Itinerary”)
  • English-speaking guide provided by our partner S-Cape Travel
  • Alpine guide and via ferrata equipment on Day 5 on the Kaiserjäger Trail
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
  • Flights and public transportation outside of itinerary
  • Travel or medical insurance, immunizations, visas, passports
  • Picnic lunches (please see “LUNCH” in “Traveler Info” section)
  • Single rooms are NOT available on this itinerary due to remote mountain accommodations
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, extra transfers, etc.
  • Beverages at meals
  • Items that have not been specifically mentioned in the program and under the “included” section

Why take the leap? Let’s ask those who’ve done it!

“I wasn’t sure what to expect when joining this, my first trip with Jackie, but if her other trips are anything like this one, be ready to have your expectations exceeded. In fact, just tuck your expectations away in some tidy place and let yourself simply BE in the experience. You’ll be coming away from it with some cherished lifetime memories.” – Dennis (Patagonia 2019)

“UNREAL trip!! Everything was taken care of, the excursions were absolutely incredible and I met the most wonderful people! None of this would have been possible without Jackie and her travel expertise. I cannot wait to travel with her again!!” – Sarah (Patagonia 2019)

“The perfect trip for my first solo journey! As a listener of Jump podcast, I was almost guaranteed to find commonality with my fellow travelers, and I did. Jackie’s groups are varied in ages and backgrounds, but everyone is ready for adventure and fun. The accommodations were comfortable, the food was plentiful and delicious, and everything was perfectly organized. Thank you, Jackie, for putting together a great experience!” – Rachel (Croatia 2021)

“Words cannot describe this trip. By far one of the best trips I have ever been on. Jackie you did an incredible job and would 100% book another trip in the near future. I didn’t have to think about a thing other than making sure I showed up at the right time to get on the boat. Each day I felt like I was living in a dream and knew I was on a truly relaxing vacation when biking one day I had no clue what day it was. Thank you for an adventure filled week in the most magical place!” – Shyla (Croatia 2021)

“We laughed, danced, swam, climbed hillsides, drank, ate, and JUMPed during what I imagine will be remembered as a beautiful week in each of our lives -especially as one of the first group trips many of us have been able to do since 2020. When people ask me how my time was in Croatia all I have to say is, ‘honestly, kinda life changing’.” – Kyle (Croatia 2021)

“The itinerary and pace of the trip was great. I enjoyed every person in our group and would love to travel with Jackie again!” – Becky (Patagonia 2019)

“My expectations were set pretty high and the trip STILL exceed them. I expected to meet others who enjoyed the outdoors, I didn’t expect to have a real connection with every single one of them and truly marvel together at the places we were seeing! I can’t say enough about how amazing this trip was!” – Annie (Patagonia 2019)

“I would do any trip that Jackie was leading, I had just the best time!” – Chuck (Patagonia 2019)

“I am used to planning my own trips, but it was lovely to just let go and trust that Jackie had everything handled. And she really did! Jackie was able to give us an experience through Patagonia that you would not have if you went on your own. – Carley (4-time participant)

“I would travel with Jackie again because of the community she creates. She attracts open minded, adventurous badasses, and the conversations will leave you with new friends and mindsets. She also chooses amazing locations, with great itineraries, so I’ll keep showing up!” – Brittany (4-time participant)

“Jackie is so personable and knowledgeable. She definitely gears her trip to be not only awesome and fun, but meaningful. I think that’s the trifecta.” – Jackie P (Patagonia 2016)

“Thank you Jackie for sharing “your church” and passion with me. I will be forever changed!” – Brittany (Patagonia 2016)

“The experiences she planned were unique, once-in-a-lifetime-level! With her trips, Jackie has thought about all the details so you don’t have to.”

“[Her] genuine interest in getting to know all of us and making sure we were doing okay and enjoying, that is what made this trip so much more special than what I imagine traveling with a large tour company would be like. I would absolutely join her again. Her passion for travel and the areas she chooses to guide to makes it exciting and fun. And every outside organization (local guides, planned restaurants, our wonderful photographer) was outstanding as well. Jackie is a wonderful guide and a great person to travel with!”

“Jackie is an inspiration to any female solo traveler. The trip was a trip of a lifetime and I 100% plan to travel with Jackie again. I highly recommend traveling with her for your next trip! You won’t regret it :)” – Kristin (Patagonia 2017)

“I’d follow Jackie anywhere!” – Jenn (also Amanda) (Patagonia 2017)

“My trip with Jackie surpassed all my expectations, not only was it perfectly planned but Jackie is just great to be around. Now it’s not only a question of will I travel with Jackie again, but instead when?” – Virginia (Patagonia 2017)

“Go for it! Definitely get some good training hikes in. Learn some Spanish. Go if you have the chance. Because Patagonia is special, and different for everyone, and you have to experience it for yourself. And having a leader that is so passionate about the place makes it so much better.” – Alana (Patagonia 2017)

“My overall highlight of this trip was 110% the group of people who shared this adventure with me. Thank you, Jackie, for being authentically yourself and drawing amazing humans into your orbit.” – Carley (Patagonia 2018)

FUN FACTS:

  • Over 30% of travelers on JUMP Adventures are repeat participants (don’t say we didn’t warn you).
  • Sometimes we throw in surprise free gear for our participants like Osprey packs or Oboz shoes. You never know what Jackie has up her sleeve.
  • 90% of JUMP participants say the PEOPLE are the best part – that means we can’t do it without YOU.

“Take a chance, ignore that voice in your head that fills you with doubt and let this new experience change you. The experiences you will have, friends you will make, food you will eat, laughs you will share, and challenges you will overcome far outweigh any negative thoughts or self doubt you had before you left.” – Carly N (Patagonia 2017)

  • GETTING THERE & AWAY

    We start in Dobbiaco and end in Cortina. Transportation to and from Dobbiaco and Cortina (outside of our itinerary) is not included.

    The closest airports you could fly into are Innsbruck, Verona, or Venice.

    To and from Innsbruck (Austria), you can take a bus or a train to reach the central train station and then get a train to Dobbiaco (to check timetables please visit www.trenitalia.com). Or you could opt for a shuttle from the airport.

    To and from Verona (Italy) airport you can take a shuttle that runs every 20 minutes or you could choose a train. When you are in Verona Porta Nuova railway station, take a train to Dobbiaco (please check visit www.trenitalia.com).

    To and from Venice (Italy) airport there are bus options to Cortina and Dobbiaco, and you can also take a train. Remember that “Venice” is “Venezia” when you are searching for trains on Trenitalia.com, and “Tutte le stazione” will show you “all stations.”

    You can also arrange a private transfer, we can help upon request.

  • Each participant is highly encouraged to have travel insurance coverage, both to protect your own travel investment as well as personal luggage and medical coverage. Click here to read more about travel insurance and get quotes. I highly recommend CFAR (Cancel For Any Reason insurance). I currently use SafetyWing insurance (it does not include CFAR, but includes great medical coverage including Covid-related expenses).

  • This is a multi-day hiking trip. We will spend hours each day hiking with daypacks at altitudes of up to and around 7,000 – 9,000 ft, with significant elevation gain and loss. A proficient level of physical fitness and ability is necessary for this trip, both to keep the group together with a good pace, and, more importantly, so that YOU feel your absolute best every day!

    We recommend actively training for this hike at least for the two months before departure, if not more. That way, you will have more energy to enjoy the views, take photos, and explore the sights in your spare time, rather than just make it to the next destination. The best training is hiking – the activity that we will actually be doing – with cross-training as a bonus to feel your best. Training should be stepped up as you get closer to departure, to an amount you feel is appropriate (you don’t want to cause yourself injury!). Using your gear before departure (boots, daypack, clothing, etc.) is also essential, as it gives familiarity and comfort with what you’ll be wearing on the trail. Adopt a philosophy of “getting fit to go thru-hiking,” rather than “going thru-hiking to get fit,” to avoid problems.

    I specifically recommend (and use) nuun tablets for electrolyte replacement and hydration, compression socks for blood flow and fast recovery each night, and emergen-C packets to start each day with a boost of energy. These are in addition to physical fitness, they do NOT replace your training! Let’s DO this!

    If you are interested in a personal training program to prepare for this trip, we can help you, please just ask!

  • Everyone will have the opportunity to select and purchase their own picnic lunches every day of this hike. We’re specifically opting for this to allow you to choose your own amount of food and what you’re in the mood for that day, OR to bring your own food if you have dietary restrictions (without paying extra every day for food you can’t eat).

    We suggest budgeting about 10-15 euros for lunch each day if you plan to purchase from the lodges.

    Most lodges’ picnic lunch options will include any combination of the following:

    • Sandwiches (usually speck/salami and cheese), fruit, snacks, and drink
    • Vegetarians and Gluten-Free: Most lodges can cater to vegetarian or gluten-free items as long as we inform them in advance (please list any dietary restrictions when you book, and plan accordingly).
    • Vegans: About half of the lodges can cater to vegan options as well, as long as we inform them in advance (please list any dietary restrictions when you book, and plan accordingly for the days that picnic lunches will not be available).

    Carrying your own lunch food: Keep in mind, we do have luggage support (most days), so you will be able to carry your own food and restock each day from your main pack without carrying a ton of extra weight (except Days 4 and 7 as described in itinerary).

    Water: There will be tap water or fountains available to refill water bottles at most of the lodges – bring that reusable bottle – let’s avoid single-use plastic at all costs.

  • WHAT IS A VIA FERRATA?

    “Via ferrata” means “iron way” in Italian. It is essentially a climbing trail with permanently-fixed iron rungs, ladders, and cables. Learn about them here.

    THE KAISERJÄGER TRAIL

    “The Kaiserjägersteig (Italian: Sentiero dei Kaserjäger) is a via ferrata along the summit of Lagazuoi Piccolo. The route is graded “A” (Austrian gradation) or “K1” (German gradation) and therefore best described as “easy”. The route is a combination of a hiking trail and a “true” via ferrata. The most famous asset of the route is the large wooden hanging bridge along the route that enables climbers to cross a large ravine. The route takes about 2 to 3 hours to complete.”

    Read more here (NOTE that we’ll do the trail in reverse – in a descending direction).

    We will have an alpine guide and equipment (harnesses and helmets) for this portion of our hike, it should be absolutely gorgeous and unforgettable!

  • WHAT DOES LUGGAGE TRANSFER MEAN?

    It means we’ll have access to our luggage without having to haul it on our backs every day! Yippee! We will carry day packs with the essentials each day, while our luggage will be transported for us to our accommodations each night.

    This service will be provided most days, with the exception of Day 4 and Day 7 due to the remoteness of our mountain lodges on these nights (which vehicles cannot access). This means for Day 4 and Day 7, we will also carry any essential overnight gear, and we will meet back up with our luggage on the night of Day 5 and the final night of Day 8 (in Cortina). The rest of the days, we will travel super light with only what we need on the trail during the day.

  • We are closely monitoring the situation in our destination and will be in communication with all registered participants as all-things-COVID continue to unfold. We appreciate your patience and participation!

    Please refer to our Booking Terms & Conditions for all questions and concerns regarding cancellations. Deposits are non-refundable, which is why we highly recommend purchasing CFAR travel insurance as soon as you book your trip.

    • Mountain Lodges/Beds & Occupancy: Due to the remoteness of the Dolomites and limited accommodations, single occupancy is not possible at any point along this itinerary except the last night in Cortina (limited availability and extra charge – you may select this when you book). One of the best experiences of this itinerary is the cozy mountain lodge environment – where there will be dorms! Be prepared to sleep in anywhere from double to multiple-bed occupancy.
    • WiFi/Cell Service: WiFi is provided at most accommodations, and there is also cell service in most places. (There is always at least one or the other, if not both). Cell service may not be optimal in all places, but the lodges also have phones in case of emergency. Alternatively, turn your phones to airplane mode and enjoy one week connected only to the mighty presence of the Dolomites.
    • Outlets: Italy uses rounded two-pronged outlets (Type C and F). A travel adapter will be necessary to charge your electronics (leave your electric razors and hair dryers at home). I always recommend bringing a mobile power bank to easily charge your phone when electricity is limited.
    • Water: There will be tap water or fountains available to refill water bottles at most of the lodges – bring that reusable bottle. I’m a proud pledge of Travelers Against Plastic, and you are invited to help give the planet a break by bringing a reusable water bottle to avoid using single-use plastic bottles at all costs.
    • Saunas: “Excuse me, did I see a photo of a SAUNA IN THE MOUNTAINS??” Why yes, yes you did! Three of our mountain lodges offer a sauna for an extra charge (~10-25 euros per person). Some of these we must reserve in advance – you’ll have a chance to express your interest when you book, and I’ll do my best to reserve us some sauna time!
    • Tipping your guides: Tipping is a personal appreciation of thanks and is very much appreciated by tour guides as a sign of recognition of their hard work and effort to make your holiday dreams come true. While the guides we work with earn fair wages and tipping is not obligatory, we recommend 10-20 euros per day, per traveler, per guide (i.e. anywhere between 100-200 euros for a 10-day trip per person for the main guide). We will have one main guide the entire trip, plus an alpine guide for the Kaiserjäger Trail on Day 5.
    • Trail Safety: Rescues are difficult in the mountains. Take your time, with steady steps, and take care of each other out there! Trekking poles are encouraged.
    • Our Tour Partner in Italy: We are creating this dream trip with a dream partner: S-Cape Travel, whose fearless Italian leader Tullia has been a friend of Jackie’s in the travel industry for 7 years. It’s about time this partnership comes to life! Jackie traveled through the Amalfi Coast with S-Cape Travel in November 2021 on a self-guided, luggage-supported hiking adventure (listen to episode 158 for the recap!) and is excited to finally be offering a S-Cape trip for the JUMP community.
  • Please note that deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.

    Click here to read our Booking Terms & Conditions.

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