Northern Italy

July 2017



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

First signpost!

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?

Approaching Lagazuoi

Great Dolomite views. The bulky mountain in shade is the Pelmo

Mount Civetta

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!

Patriotic planes

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

Mount Nuvolau

Climb to . . .

Forcella Giau

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!

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