Great crossing of the Dolomites
A sportive discovery amongst the Dolomites by crossing from East to West.
Day 1 Falcade – Forca Rossa pass – Malga Ciapela – Marmolada Summit – Rifugio Castiglioni (2044m)
We meet with the guide at Passo San Pellegrino early in the morning : briefing, material check and picnic distribution.
We then slowly start on a wooded valley in direction of Forca Rossa pass (2490m). We discover local habitat and wooden chalets. Once we reach the pass, we can admire the Tofane massif far away as well as the Martinetti massif. The Marmolada overlooks above us with its magnificent rocky side. Superb descent in a clear valley before entering the forest joining the cable car (Malga Ciapela : 1467m) and allow us to reach the top of Marmolada (3250m).
From there, 1200m of descent on a splendid glacier are waiting for us, with a view of the Sella massif in the background.
It is finally time for a beer or mulled wine at the castiglioni refuge, also called Marmolada refuge, because it is located at the glacier's feet.
Positive difference in altitude : Around 700m | Negative difference in altitude : Around 2250m | Altitude Max : 3250m | Accommodation : refuge
Day 2 Rifugio Castiglioni – Porta Vescovo (2478m) – Télésiège de Pont de Vauz ( 1839m) – Telepherique de Pordoi (2950m) – Rif Boe ( 28
We will have 2000m of negative difference in altitude today for only 450m positive change in altitude, but in an incomparable environment.
After rejoining the Porta Vescovo through a magnificent valley, we join the chairlift of Pont de Vauz, allowing us to pursue our ascent with the Pordoi cable car, opening us the doors to the Sella massif. Incredible rocky fortress, bordered by giant cliffs.
On a beautiful crossing, we reach the top of Val de Mesdi, hot spot of the Sella massif, and we dive into an extraordinary mineral decor. This is where we realize we are really in the Dolomites !
We arrive in Corvara and we then take a taxi to join the Falzarego pass. We climb to the Lagazuoi refuge. here we are, arrived in a magical place where different massifs of the Dolomites unfolds to us. Breathtaking view !
Positive difference in altitude : Around 450m | Negative difference in altitude : Around 2000m | Altitude Max : 2950m | Accommodation : Refuge
Day 3 Rifugio Lagazuoi ( 2752m) – Forcla di Lech ( 2486m) – Le Gran Plan – Val de Fanes – Fiames – Transfer to Misurina – Chalet Lago
Long but varied step today with 300m climb and 1800m descent !
We take a very nice off-road path relatively technical. Depending on participants level, we will either go through the Lech pass (technical climb with crampons and skis on our back) or by the Locia pass (2069m) on a great itinerary via the high route of the Dolomites.
From the Lech pass, superb descent in an extraordinary valley allowing us to join this immense plateau : Le Gran Plan. Here, we have the impression to be at the heart of the Greenland mountains : white hugeness and dizzying peaks...
Long descent with difficulties to join the De Fiames lodge not far from Cortina d'Ampezzo, from where we take a taxi taking us to the Tre Cime massif (Misurina).
Positive difference in altitude : Around 300m | Negative difference in altitude : Around 1800m | Altitude Max : 2752m | Accommodation : Lodge
Day 4 Chalet Lago Antorno – Cadin Di San Lucano summit (2800m) – Chalet Lago Antorno
It's starting from the lodge that we can admire the Tre Cime Di Lavaredo. Tiday's hike allows us to admire them from far away. This postcard view is exceptional. This is why we are staying two days in this magical place, and, cherry on the cake, we will do the complete tour of the Tre Cime.
It is our first day without any cable cars, and we leave for 1000m positive and negative change in altitude. from the chalet, we head up through woods before reaching the feet of the Rinbianco pass (2207m). We walk not far from the Fonda Savio refuge. The Cadin ascent finishes by a magnificent valley relatively steep.
C’est la première journée sans remontées mécaniques et nous partons pour 1000 m de dénivelé positive à la montée ainsi qu’à la descente. Du chalet nous montons à travers bois sur 200m de dénivelé puis débouchons en lisière de forêt, au pied du col de Rinbianco (2207m). Nous passons non loin du refuge Fonda Savio. L’ascension de la Cadin se termine par un magnifique vallon relativement soutenu.
Positive difference in altitude : Around 1000m | Negative difference in altitude : Around 1000m | Altitude Max : 2800m | Accommodation : Chalet
Day 5 Chalet Lago Antorno – Tre Cime towers – Return to Misurina
We start our day on ski touring pistes to join the forest and its magical ambiance. We climb to the Auronzo refuge (2320m) followed by the Lavaredo pas (2454m). From there, we will do this beautiful complete tour of the Tre Cime. The terrain is fairly easy. Today is mostly about our sight pleasure and the view on the Tre Cime is breathtaking. This is why we will linger...
We return by the Medo pass (2254m) and gently descend to the Lago Antorno chalet where the taxi is waiting for us : 2h transfer to Passo San Pellegrino where we left our cars. This is where we say goodbya fter this wonderful and unforgettable week !
Positive difference in altitude : Around 600m | Negative difference in altitude : Around 600m | Altitude Max : 2454m
Dates & prices
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Trip code: SRDOL
- A deposit of 30% of the trip’s price will be needed during the booking, the whole price must be paid at least 30 days before departure.
- The technical organization of the stay
- Mountaineering with high-mountain guides
- Collective equipment provided (ropes)
- Half-board accommodation in refuges, cottages and lodges
- Lunch picnics
- Safety equipment : avalanche transceiver (batteries non provided), probe, shovel
- Minibus transfers
- Individual equipment : harness, crampons, ice axe, helmet
- Ski-touring equipment : shoes, skis, skins, knifes, poles
- Batteries for the avalanche transceiver (4 batteries LR03 AAA)
- Drinks and personal expenses
- Snacks (cereal bars, dried fruits, chocolate bars, etc...) at your own convenience
- Transfers to the meeting and dispersion points
- Insurance / assistance : research fees and helicopter rescue, hospitalisation and repatriation mandatory
- Registration fees
Terms and conditions
- More than 30 days before departure, you will be charged for the amount of 50€
- From 30 to 21 days before departure, you will be charged for the amount of the deposit (30% of the trip’s price)
- From 20 to 14 days before departure, you will be charged for 50% of the trip’s price
- From 13 to 7 days before departure, you will be charged for 75% of the trip’s priceLess than 7 days before departure, you will be charged for the whole trip’s price
- Airline fixed costs: plane tickets are bought in advance to avoid too high airline prices, however they are non refundable in case of cancellation or plan changes. In that case, the charges above apply to the price of your trip without the plane ticket’s price
- Ground fixed costs: you will be charged for the fees that were paid early
- Insurance fees: Insurance fees will not be refunded if you have subscribed to a multi-risk or cancellation insurance. The specific conditions will be written on your subscription confirmationIf you have no choice but to cancel your trip before departure, you must inform Montagne Expeditions and your insurance provider with a written statement as soon as possible, you will get a receipt.
Changes to travel contract
- Lunch picnics
- Diners : meals prepared by shelter keepers
- Take some race food according to your own tastes (cereals bars, chocolate bars, dry fruits,…).
- Water is not for free in refuges (from 5 to 8 euros one bottle). We advise you to bring some water purification tablets (Aquatabs or Micropur) in order to drink tap water.
- Personal drinks are not included in the trip's price
- Bring cash for coffees, fruit juices, coke or beers during breaks… Shelters usually don’t accept bank card payments and Euros.
Budget & exchange
- The group equipment (ropes, carabineers) is provided
- Slippers and blankets are available at the lodges and refuges : plan to bring your own bed sheet
- Individual safety equipment (beacon, probe and shovel) : thank you for letting us know if you have your own
- 1 pair of ski touring skis, light and with adapted fixations as well as a break or safety strips, and sharpened
- 1 pair of ski touring shoes with VIBRAM soles
- 1 pair of adhesive seals skin adapted to your skis
- Knifes adapted to fixations
- Poles with large disks
- Safety equipment : beacon, probe and shovel
- crampons with "Antibott" system
- Ice axe
- Harness and carabineers
- Survival blanket
- 1 headlamp with extra batteries and bulb
- Pocket knife
- Windstopper bonnet
- Hat or cap
- Neck scarf
- Sunscreen (high protection) for skin and lips
- Sunglasses for glacier category 4 + ski goggles
- 2 technical breathable long sleeve underwear type "Carline" (no coton which dries too slowly)
- 1 technical and breathable shirt to put under your jumper
- 1 thick fleece jacket
- 1 fuzz jacket
- 1 wind stopper and waterproof jacket type Goretex
- 1 pair of wind stopper mittens (fleece or wool)
- 1 pair of undergloves
- 1 technical and breathable pair of tights type "Carline"
- 1 pair of comfortable mountain trousers
- 1 pair of wind stopper and waterproof trousers type Goretex
- 2 pairs of socks : 1 thin and 1 thick
- 1 bed sheet for refuges
- 1 small toiletry bag with 1 fast drying towel
- Cream for sunburns (Biafine)
- Biodegradable toilet paper
- 1 or 2 100L plastic bags and an overbag to protect your belongings and your bag
- 1 waterproof pouch in which you will put your identity paper, your phone, your money and your insurance/assistance contract with all of your emergency numbers
- A comfortable 40L backpack with ski straps
- Personal medicine
- Pain reliever (preferably paracetamol)
- Double skin
- Local disinfectant
- Intestinal antiseptic
- Light sleeping pills
- Broad spectrum antibiotic
- Vitamins C
- Up to 90 days visit : citizens from most countries do not need a visa to visit France and Italy.
- Over 90 days visit : non-EU or non-EFTA citizens must have a visa to visit France and Italy over 90 days.
Health information & recommendations
- Most of our accommodations are run by locals, thus ensuring that the largest part of the revenue generated through your trip will stay within the region.
- France is known for its exquisite cuisine. The art of cooking and the joy of eating are part of everyday life. Each region has its particular foods and flavors which we would like you to explore and appreciate.
- Water is a precious and rare good. Our team and those travelling with us are thus advised to use it with consideration and avoid excessive water use where possible.
- Please try to recycle your waste whenever possible, even though recycling may not be a well-known concept in all areas.
- Be cautious and respectful when hiking. Make sure to wear suitable footwear and avoid picking flowers, moving stones or lighting fires.