Me and my man went for an outdoor hiking week in the Italian Alps, more exactly: the Dolomites. Great name, great place. In all respects. My husband is the big mountain lover, and by taking me here, I got addicted to the mountains too. Hiking high up there, you realise nature is handsome, honorable and vehemently.
For six days we walked from mountain hut to mountain hut. Sometimes just sleeping in bunk beds, and washing with a splash of icecold water. The food was always great though.
Rain and shine. Just dress for it 😃
To where the clouds are.
Mountains, clouds, trees, that’s all you need.
An idyllic pic.
Follow the signs, the colours, the numbers.
Mountain view 💚 in Pozza di Fassa.
Cute cabin below the Contrin Hut.
Carving art along the Sasso Piatto path.
One of my most remarkable path findings, that remained hidden for a while on the bottom of my rucksack, is this pineapple.
Giant thistle (Kratzdistel, Cirsium eriophorum).
Paintings on a shop in the valley Di Fassa of animals you might spot. We certainly saw the marmots! They make a funny whistling noise and live in holes.
Getting up the mountain fast with a little help.
Edelweiss and alp souvenir in the shops at the foot of the Marmolada mountain.
Knauzia flowers in the alp meadows.
Three flatlay pictures of my path findings.
Great weird hot pink flowers spotted in the village Canazei.
The Sasso Lungo is the brother of the Sasso Piatto. Two remarkable mountain massifs with a path leading around, but you can also walk right through the two.
Congratulate me. I made it. Do you see how high I got? Respect! 🙂
Despite some climbs that were challenging me to the max, I had a totally amazing hiking experience up here in the mighty and high Dolomites. Loved every step I took and every sight I saw.
And at the end of the day, a cold beer and a hot pasta or polenta is the best meal ever.
The last alpine hut on our trip is Rifugio Passo Principe. It is impressive, like an eagle nest in a barren stone area.
Video about this trip
On a hiking trip, you meet great people, like the adventurous Kiki Verroen and her mother and brother. She managed to catch the spirit of the hike in a 5 minutes clip.
Information on hiking in the Dolomites
Our route in the Dolomites
We started with a lift in Pozza di Fassa and walked to the Contrin Hut, to the Marmolada (Pian dei Fiacconi hut), and via Pordoi to the Sella and the Sasso Lungo and Piatto, back via the Passo Principe and Rosengarten.
We booked our self guided trip from mountain hut to hut with the small Dutch travel company ID Travel, but there are numerous organizations that organise this. Just Google for ‘hut hiking holiday dolomites’ and you’ll find some hits. Also useful is this summer hiking page on a Dolomites-website.
News on the Dolomites
In the international year of sustainable tourism proclaimed by the United Nations, the #Dolomitesvives project should enhance and protect the territory of the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage site. It is taking place on 9 wednesdays in July and August from 9 am to 4 pm.
For this first experimentation of sustainable mobility, Passo Sella will be reachable, on foot, by bicycle, with the lift facilities, and by public transport. So NO private cars or motorcycles… During these days, Passo Sella will also be the natural showcase of meetings, musical shows, food and wine events in the mountain huts, and guided tours to discover the geology and landscape of the Dolomites.
More info: on this page.
More good reads about this region on this website
- Land art park Respirart is one of the highest in the world.
- Hiking in the Dolomites
- Nature adventures in Trentino
- Trauttmansdorff Castle Garden
- The mysterious forest of the violins