Alta Via 1 is a 150-kilometre-long high-level public footpath which runs through the eastern Dolomites in Italy. It is also known as the Dolomite High Route 1. It passes through some of the finest scenery in the Dolomites.
Another holiday from Garry, this time in the Italian Dolomites. Joining a group of 8 walkers Garry found himself to be the third youngest, giving "hope to us all yet" (Garry's words).
Scroll down to follow the walk with photos and captions to guide us along the way. Experience the amazing high summits and perilous footpaths from the comfort of your armchair.
View from the hotel balcony in Dobbiaco
Our group assembles at the bus-stop
Starting point is the breathtaking Lago di Braies
Climbing up from the lago
Traverse below Croda del Becco
Descent to Refugio Biella
Livestock grazes on the airstrip at Rifugio Sennes
The plan de Lasta
View into the Val de Tamerse
The shapely Cima Forca di Ferro
View up our valley of ascent from Refugio Pederu
Youngest and oldest members of our party
Idyllic Rifugio Lavarella . . .
and from higher!
New views open up as we cross the Passo di Limo
Track to Passo Todega
Unbelievably, we're heading for the notch in the mountains - the daunting Forcella de Lago
The peak on the right is Marmolada, the highest Dolomite
The Marmolada (left) again with Vernel next to it and Piz Boe (far right)
Getting nearer that notch . . . !
From the Forcella del Lago it's a dizzying descent
Very rough going - but lovely views of the lago and on the horizon, the Lagazuoi mountain
The notch from the other side. How did we get down it?
Great Dolomite views. The bulky mountain in shade is the Pelmo
Mount Tofana - Pen-y-Ghent's big Italian cousin
The highest point of our tour, The Lagazuoi . . .
deserves not one or two . . .
but three photos
Looking back at the summit of Lagazuoi. You can make out a via ferrata route
down the face of it. Not for me, thank you!
A better route down!
An exciting gully climb
Mount Averau in its full glory
Skirting the Averau
The famous Cinque Torri catches the evening sunlight
The Averau . . .
from the other side
Tofana from the other side and the path to the Cinque Torri
WW1 museum at Cinque Torri
Restored WW1 trench at the Cinque Torri
Close ups of the Cinque Torri (five towers) . . .
with small figures of climbers clearly visible
Another Dolomite peak, the Cristallo
The Civetta catches the alpenglow
Grizedale Pike has a cousin too (Mount Pore) with the Marmolada looming
in the background and a lovely display of Alpine flowers in the foreground
Climb to . . .
Over the col, the Pelmo appears
Approaching Becco di Mezzodi
Forcella col duro
At last, a flat bit!
Our group relaxes under the gaze of the Pelmo
Descending a jeep track
Long climb to Coldai Pass . . .
with views . . .
as we climb
Lake at the col . . .
enjoyed by day trippers
Straight ahead to the col Negro
Rifugio Tissi, our next overnight, just visible on the second promontory
Looking down to the Alleghe and its lake
Three gorgeous shots . . .
from the Rifugio Tissi . . .
as night falls
Brian chops wood as the Tissi
Fraternising with the locals below the Tissi
Heading for the Val Civetta
Rifugio Vazzoler, a welcome lunch break in the valley
Out and up again . . .
this time up to the Forcella del Orso
Welcome shade from the afternoon heat
Forcella del Moschesin
Magnificent Zoldo valley
Evening storm clouds threaten
Young Kirsty poses at the Rifugio Pramperet
Cimb to Portela del Piazedel
On the south ridge of the Zita
Leader Trevor waits to lead some of the party safely over a more exposed section
Van de Zita de Fora - whatever that means!
Descent to Rifugio Plan de Fontana for a lunch break
Our final hut, the Rifugio Bianchet, is just discernible
in the green field in the trees way below
The hut guardian welcomes us in the traditional style!
All ready to depart on the last day!
A last lingering look back at the mountains before we head down the valley . . .
through the woods
to a rendez-vous with our bus and our return flights to Venice!