Traverse the picturesque Five Lakes route, immersing in the early morning serenity of the Dolomites
Marvel at the cascading beauty of the Vallesinella Waterfalls in a lush, vibrant setting
Ascend from Lake Tovel through pine forests to the striking red rock vistas of Northern Brenta
Encounter serene alpine lakes like Lago delle Malghette, nestled amidst tranquil pine forests
Discover diverse alpine flora and fauna, adding a touch of wilderness to every step
Step into the heart of the Italian Alps and feel the pulse of nature with every step on this unforgettable trail
Your journey begins in the hidden gem of Val di Sole. You’ll hitch a gondola ride from the valley into the Presanella mountain group, where your hiking adventure truly kicks off. The path weaves through and out of a pleasant pine forest, passing picturesque mountain lakes and offering stunning views of the valley below and the Brenta group across. After passing Lago delle Malghette and Lago Scuro, you’ll have the option to ascend to Tre Laghi or continue your way past Rifugio Viviani toward Rifugio Lago Nambino, where you’ll spend the night on the shores of this turquoise lake.
Rifugio Lago Nambino
12.2 km and 700 m of elevation gain / 960 m of elevation loss
Today brings about even more lakes. There’s nothing strange about that, as you’ll be hiking along the Five Lakes hiking route. If you’re early enough, you might avoid the busiest hours as the route is quite popular. First, you’ll ascend past Lago Nero to Lago Serodoli and Lago Gelato before finally starting your descent past Lago Lambi to Madonna di Campiglio. If lucky, you might run into some chamois hopping above through the rhododendrons and gentians surrounding the lakes in the early morning hours.
Hotel or B&B in Madonna di Campiglio
13.7 km and 730 m of elevation gain / 1000 m of elevation loss
After a night in Madonna di Campiglio, it’s time to get back into the higher mountains. The first part of today’s path, though, takes you along the valley floor to the stunning Vallesinella Waterfalls. Following a series of wooden bridges, you’ll cross the stream multiple times before finally laying your eyes on the magical water’s play. Beyond the waterfalls, you’ll start climbing again, emerging from the forest and entering the central Brenta. You’ll spend the night at Rifugio Graffer below Mt. Pietra Grande.
9.2 km and 860 m of elevation gain / 110 m of elevation loss
The 4th day begins with an ascent of 200 vertical meters towards Passo Grostè. Here, you’ll start descending to Lake Tovel through the meadows of Val Flavona. The path is pleasant and not too steep while offering some incredibly picture-worthy views. You’ll find your hotel for the night on the shores of Lake Tovel, surrounded by dense pine forests and the towering peaks of the Brenta Dolomites. Here, you can relax and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere and admire its red color.
Hotel near Lake Tovel
12.8 km and 240 m of elevation gain / 1300 m of elevation loss
You’ll venture into a less visited part of the Brenta Dolomites today. The path steeply ascends from Lake Tovel, climbing through a pine forest to the red rock mountains of the Northern Brenta. The second half of this journey is less strenuous as it crosses a plateau with green meadows, even passing a traditional dairy farm. You’re welcome to stop and try their tasty homemade cheese before undertaking the last mile to the rifugio, where there’s a good chance of spotting some marmots if you keep your eyes poised.
12.6 km and 1220 m of elevation gain / 430 m of elevation loss
For your last day, there’s nothing left to do but come back down to the valley. You’re in no rush as the hike is not particularly long, and the path only runs downwards. You’ll descend to the other side of the Brenta massif, to the valley of Cles, where you’ll catch a train to Trento, from where you can travel to the airport.
13.3 km and 45 m of elevation gain / 1370 m of elevation loss
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Escape into the heart of the Italian Alps at the Adamello-Brenta Nature Park, where the majestic beauty of the Dolomites comes alive. Begin your journey into a world where nature’s grandeur and tranquility converge, creating an experience that will stay with you forever.
Nestled in the central Trentino, this park is a canvas of awe-inspiring landscapes. From the verdant valleys of Val di Sole to the serene lakes in the Presanella mountains mirroring the alpine sky, every corner of the park is a testament to nature’s artistry.
As you wander this pristine wilderness, immerse yourself in the vibrant biodiversity. The park is a sanctuary for an array of flora and fauna, echoing the harmony of life at different altitudes. Witness the majestic Brenta Dolomites, stand in awe of the vast Adamello glacier, and let the tranquility of the turquoise Lago Tovel soothe your soul.
But the allure of the Adamello-Brenta Nature Park Hut-to-Hut Hiking Tour goes beyond its natural beauty. It offers a hassle-free experience, ensuring that your adventure is as comfortable as it is exhilarating.
From taking care of all rifugio bookings to meticulous itineraries crafted for your convenience, every aspect of your journey is thoughtfully arranged. With our 24/7 support, GPS navigation, and a detailed travel booklet, there’s absolutely nothing to occupy your mind besides the surrounding landscape.
Join us in this extraordinary adventure and discover the essence of the Alps. Explore, experience, and be enchanted. The Adamello-Brenta Nature Park awaits.
Hiking in the Alps is typically possible from mid-June to late September, depending on the snow conditions at high elevations. Many hiking routes cross mountain passes that are located above 2000 meters, so it is important to check the current conditions if you plan to visit in early summer.
Keep in mind that the huts along these routes close for the season outside of this time frame, so it is not possible to plan multi-day tours outside of these months.
Read more about the hiking season on the Alta Via 1.
We have rated our tours on a difficulty scale from 1 to 5, with 1 being the easiest and 5 being the most challenging. The difficulty level of a tour indicates how fit you need to be and how much hiking is required. All of our Alta Via 1 tours are suitable for people who are regularly active and can hike for about six to eight hours per day.
In addition to the physical demands of the hike, there is also a technical difficulty level to consider. This refers to the skill level required to navigate the path. A level 1 trail is smooth and wide, like a gravel road, while a level 5 trail is uneven and exposed, requiring the use of your hands for balance. Essentially, the higher the technical difficulty level, the more surefooted and skilled in scrambling you need to be.
We recommend booking your tour as soon as possible to secure a spot, as accommodations along the trail tend to fill up quickly. This will help you ensure that you have a place to stay during your trip.
In the event of an injury, it is best to call local emergency services. While you may be in a remote area and unable to continue without further exacerbating your injury, it is important to remember that you will be hiking along popular trails and will not be completely stranded.
However, if you are feeling too tired to continue hiking, you can choose to reroute towards the nearest town along the trail and find public transportation there. Although Alta Via 1 does not pass directly through any large towns, it does pass close to some of them.
Most of the huts along our hut-to-hut hikes are equipped with showers, but their availability may depend on recent rainfall. Keep in mind that mountain huts are not luxurious hotels, so don’t expect the same level of amenities. However, they do offer a comfortable and convenient place to rest after a day of hiking.
Read more about the mountain huts in the Dolomites.
No. The huts provide blankets and pillows for comfort, but it is a good idea to bring your own sleeping liner to reduce the need for the huts to wash their bed linens every day. If you don’t, you might need to buy one on the spot.
Cell phone reception in the mountains can be unreliable. You may be able to get a signal if you can see a town or if you are near a mountain hut. Even if you cannot get a signal inside the hut, you may be able to get one by stepping outside. Wi-fi is not widely available in the mountains, and is only offered at select lodges.
If you dress appropriately, you can typically complete most stages of the hike even in light rain. However, if a storm is forecasted, it is important to not hike and to wait until the storm passes, even if that means spending an additional day at the hut. This is for your own safety.
Most accommodations offer vegetarian meal options, although vegan options may be more difficult to find in huts. However, we will let you know in advance if there are any vegan options available so that you can plan accordingly.
In addition to the essential items such as hiking shoes, a backpack, and sports clothes, there are several other important items you should pack for your hut-to-hut hiking tour.
Check out our comprehensive list of recommended equipment.
While we do not require you to have insurance before booking, we strongly recommend that you do. Look into joining the Italian Alpine Club, which might provide coverage in the event of any unexpected incidents during your hike.
Mountain huts may not be luxurious, but they are cozy and comfortable, offering warm beds, delicious meals, and toilets. You can choose between private rooms and dormitories, but it is important to book in advance if you want to avoid sharing a room with other people. Keep in mind that huts are popular and can fill up quickly, so it is best to plan ahead to secure your preferred accommodation.
You can read all about the comfort of rifugios here.
As long as children are physically prepared for long hiking days and are sure-footed, they should not have any problems participating in the tour. We recommend that children be at least eight years old in order to ensure their safety and enjoyment of the experience.
None of the stages offer any shortcuts if you want to get to the end of your hike. If you get too tired, you can conclude your hike sooner at one of the road-equipped mountain passes or head for the nearest town.
There are several ways to get to the Dolomites. If you are flying to Europe, you can then combine your flight with a bus, train, or car ride.
You can read more about it on our subpage.
Those who like a good adventure and limitless flexibility should go on a self-guided tour. We prepare the itinerary and book your accommodations while you enjoy the journey without our guide, being fully in charge of all the daily decisions. While you’ll have the full support of our team in case of any emergencies or concerns, a certain level of self-reliance is required.
Experience the great outdoors on a private guided tour tailored just for you. The tour is for those who want a hastle-free adventure and enjoy the flexibility of a small private group and not stress about the details of everyday planning. The guide will be fully at your disposal to make this experience as personalized as possible, maximizing the enjoyment during and after the tour.
For solo hikers or hikers who wish to meet other like-minded souls, don’t want to stress about tour-planning and other annoying details. We’re going to find you a group of like-minded outdoor enthusiasts and take care of all the other details. The tour will be led by our guide, who’ll make sure everything runs smoothly, ensuring maximum hiking enjoyment.
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