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The Dolomites, Northern Italy, Mon 10 - Sat 15 September 2018
Yo u r
Day 1 (Mon) - You will be picked up from Venice airport and driven two
hours north through the Dolomite mountains. This is a lovely drive through
small Italian villages and our destination is our base camp at Camping
Olympia outside Cortina D’Ampezzo. This is a friendly and quiet campsite
surrounded by cool forests. We will put up tents and cook a meal together.
Day 2 (Tue) - Today is a shorter day to start our journey. We will begin by the
beautiful Lake Misurina (1750m) and walk up for coffee at the Rifugio Col de
Varda (2115m), or if you like you can take the chair lift. We will then have a 2
hour walk/scramble to end our day at Rifugio Fonda Savio (2367m).
The Dolomites in Northern Italy are a UNESCO World
Heritage Site and have a unique beauty, and charm, that
soaks into you like the warm evening sunshine. The
landscape combines rolling alpine valleys surrounded by
the cathedral like towers of the Dolomite mountains.
This journey will be a 4 day adventure around Cortina in
the North West of the Dolomites. From our base camp
location outside Cortina we will trek for 4 days and will
include two classic Via Ferrata ascents - Monte Paterno/
Paternkofel (2744m) and Tofana de Rozes (3225m). We
will also make a circuit around the world famous Tre
Cime/Drei Zinnen. This will be an adventure journey of
some long mountain scrambles, Italian hospitality and
legendary Dolomite summits.
Physical Challenge (Effort) - Moderate
Walking up to 3225m altitude, up to 7 hours/day
with a 6-10 kg backpack, 1200m ascent on day 5.
Adventure Challenge (Excitement) - High
Moderate level scrambling, steep or exposed in
places, but protected by Via Ferrata steel cables.
Day 3 (Wed) - We will continue through the high mountains
following paths and rough roads to ascend Monte Paterno/
Paternkofel at 2744m. This is an easy scramble on Via Ferrata
cables and takes us over the Austrian/Italian front line from the
First World War. We descend the far side to overnight at the
famous Drei Zinnen Hutte at 2405m, where we have a beautiful
view of the three towers.
Day 4 (Thu)) - This will also be an easier day. We begin by walking around the Drei
Zinnen peaks before descending back down to Lake Misurina. We will drive for about 30
minutes to the west side of Cortina before walking up the trail to the Rifugio Dibona at
Day 5 (Fri) - This will be a more challenging adventure day. with a long 1200m ascent of
Tofana de Rozes (3225m) following the Via Ferrata Giovanni Lipella, so we will start early
This is a spectacular scramble and mountain journey. It is rated a grade 4 Via Ferrata so
you will need to be comfortable with steep and exposed ground. However, it is never too
difficult, just long, and you will be safely connected to protective steel cables. We
descend the far side and return to our base camp in Cortina for showers and dinner.
Day 6 (Sat) - We will pack up our base camp and have a return drive south through the
mountains arriving at Venice airport around 13.30.
There are only 6 places available on this journey. The cost
per person is £575 or €650. This includes all guiding, Via
Ferrata and camping equipment, two nights in a tented
base camp including meals, and transport in country.
In addition to this you will also need to pay separately for
mountain huts and meals during the four day trek. We
will provide you with a large snack pack to take on your
journey but plan on approximately €50/night for half
board in a hut for the three nights on the trek.
The daytime temperatures in mid September in the valleys
will typically be in the low 20’sC. The evenings, as well as
the mountains, will be cooler. Alpine weather, however, is
changeable. So you will need to be prepared for hot dry
days as well as the possibility of wet, cold weather on the
mountain as well. We will be walking along rough trails
and paths as in the photographs.
Yo u r G u i d e
Ben Clayton-Jolly has 30 years experience of
leading expeditions and climbing in mountains
around the world. He is also a experienced
executive and life coach, and has a MA in
You will need walking boots, clothing for both hot and wet/
cool weather, waterproof clothing and a 30-40 litre day sac.
You will also need a sleeping bag for the base camp.
You will also need to ensure that you have travel insurance
for guided treks and European travel.
D a t e s A n d Tr a v e l
If you would like to book a place or if you have any
questions about this wilderness adventure then please
contact Ben at email@example.com.
You will be met by Land Rover at Venice airport, at 16.00
on Mon 10 Sep. We will return you to Venice airport for
13.30 on Sat 15 Sep.
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Our base camp will be our usual setup of shared tents,
camp beds and communal cooking. Showers and toilets
are close by on the campsite. The accommodation during
the trek will be in dormitory accommodation in mountain
huts. These provide shelter from bad weather as well as a
simple bed of blanket and pillow, and good food. Water is
limited so there will typically be no showers and limited
washing facilities in the huts