Alpine Path of the Dolomites no.1


Degree EEA = experienced hikers with climbing equipment


125 km



The Alpine Path of the Dolomites no.1, known as the "classical", is developed along a 12-stage route of about 125 km that connects Lake Braies with Belluno. Crossing the heart of the Dolomites, in their central part, from Pusteria (in the Province of Bolzano) to the thresholds of the Veneto plain, passing between the Dolomites of Braies, Cortina d'Ampezzo, Val di Zoldo, Agordino and Belluno, this hiking itinerary offers wonderful landscapes and strong emotions. Well marked, the Alta Via takes place on routes that are not particularly demanding, always equipped in the most difficult sections.

The northernmost part of this Alpine Path of the Dolomites no.1 starts from the charming Bràies Lake and goes through the romantic reign of Fanes, as far as the Tofane. Once here, mountain experts will have the opportunity to experience the thrill of safeguarded climbs. Following the easy trail, you will enter the beautiful Zoldo Valley, which pays homage to the regal hugeness of Mt Pelmo.
Hiking on the Civetta Group offers the grandest views of all the Dolomites. This fantastic itinerary ends in the green Valbelluna.

Technical data

Start Location: Lago di Bràies, Pusterìa (BZ)
End Location: Belluno
Crossing time: 12 days
Trail Length: about 125 km
Shelters on the main route: 15
Bivouacs on the main route: 1
Restoration areas on the road: 6
Longest leg: from Pala Favèra to Rifugio Lagazuòi - 7th leg, crossing time – 6 hours
Shortest leg: from Lake Bràies to Rifugio Biella - 1st leg, crossing time – 3 hours and 30 minutes
Total crossing time : almost 57 hours
Difficulty: medium and high
Total altitude difference uphill: about 7300 m
Total altitude difference downhill: about 8400 m
Maximum altitude difference uphill: 1070 m, Fanes - Lagazuoi - 3rd leg
Maximum altitude difference downhill: 1900 m, Marmol - Belluno – last leg
Maximum trail altitude: Rifugio Lagazuoi, 2752 m
Minimum trail altitude: Belluno, 389 m (locality Case Bortot, 568 m)
Dolomite groups along the way: 11
Opening period of the shelters: from June to September
Signs: adequate everywhere
Recommended period: from the end of June to the end of September


Stage 1 - From Lake Brais (BZ) to Rifugio Biella alla Croda del Becco
Total altitude difference: 900 m (uphill), 60 m (downhill)
Trail Lenght: about 6 km
Crossing Time: 3 hours and 30 minutes
Signs: no.1
Difficulty: Touristic - Hiking

Stage 2 - From Rifugio Biella to Rifugio Fanes
Total altitude difference: 565 m (uphill), 830 m (downhill)
Trail Lenght: about 14 km
Crossing Time: 4 hours and 30 minutes
Signs: no. 6 and 7
Difficulty: Touristic

Stage 3 - From Rifugio Fanes to Rifugio Lagazuoi
Total altitude difference: 1070 m (uphill), 375 m (downhill)
Trail Lenght: about 11 km
Crossing Time: 5 hours
Signs: no.10-11, 20b, 20
Difficulty: Trekking

Stage 4 – From Rifugio Lagazuoi to Rifugio Nuvolau
Total altitude difference: 636 m (uphill), 810 m (downhill)
Trail Lenght: about 15 km
Crossing Time: 5 hours and 30 minutes
Signs: no. 20, 401, 402, 403, 412, 440
Difficulty: Trekking

Stage 5 - From Rifugio Nuvolau to Rifugio Città di Fiume
Total altitude difference: 260 m (uphill), 915 m (downhill)
Trail Lenght: about 11 km
Crossing Time: 4 hours and 30 minutes
Signs: no. 438, 443, 436, 458, 467
Difficulty: Trekking – Equipped Trekking – via ferrata from Rifugio Nuvolau to Passo Giau

Stage 6 – From Rifugio Città di Fiume to Rifugio Venezia and Pala Favera
Total altitude difference: 580 m (uphill), 990 m (downhill)
Trail Lenght: about 12 km
Crossing Time: 5 hours and 30 minutes
Signs: no. 480, 472, 474
Difficulty: Hiking – Equipped Trekking with via ferrata along the Gino Flaibani path

Stage 7 – From Palafavera to Rifugio Coldai, Rifugio Tissi and Rifugio Vazzoler
Total altitude difference: 850 m (uphill), 650 m (downhill)
Trail Lenght: about 14 km
Crossing Time: 6 hours
Signs: no. 564, 556, 560 (563)
Difficulty: Hiking

Stage 8 – From Rifugio Vazzoler to Rifugio Carestiato
Total altitude difference: 550 m (uphill), 430 m (downhill)
Trail Lenght: about 8 km
Crossing Time: 4 hours
Signs: no. 555, 554
Difficulty: Hiking