Moderate to demanding mountain walks on well-marked paths. Basic experience in mountain walking is recommended as well as an active, healthy general level of fitness and stamina. The paths are well maintained though sometimes stony or steep. Most walks can be extended or shortened. The altitude changes per day are between 500 and 1300 m.
Start: La Valle-Wengen Finish: La Valle
Arrive in the mountainside village of La Valle, or Wengen in German, go for a stroll to soak in the extraordinarily beautiful and peaceful surroundings and marvel at the unique language that you will hear spoken, as La Valle has a vast number of Ladinic speakers. Immerse yourself in the pure essence of the Dolomites
Today’s excursion starts and ends in La Valle and passes over the Sas De Crosta (Pares) mountain. A stop at the Crusc de Rit is a must, as from this panoramic point you overlook the Val Badia on the south, and the Valpusteria and Austrian peaks in the north. Proceeding across stretches of forest and wide pastures, you will have exceptional views including the majestic rock faces of the Sas Dalesc Desc, the Sas Dales Nu and the Ju de Sant Antone. If desired there is an option to shorten the itinerary.
Challenge: 5/ 7 hours, 17.3 - 12.7 km / 11 - 8 mi, 921/745m climb, 921/745m descent
The walk starts and ends in the village of Pederoa, 2km / 1,2 mi from La Valle and it is reachable on foot, by local bus or with a prearrangement private transfer. Initially the route alternates asphalted sections with footprint that climb gradually until you reach wide glades with panoramas on the whole La Valle, as well as on Longiarù and the impressive Monte Putia. A gradual descent on a good dirt road along the Gran Ega stream (the largest in Val Badia) brings you down from the Spizan peak back to Pederoa.
Challenge: 5 hours, 13 km / 8 mi, 772m climb, 773m descent
A short included transfer brings you to Passo Valparola here starts an outstanding panoramic trail along the Sett Sass until the wide upland meadow of Pralongià from where you have extraordinary views on the peaks and the valleys of the Val Badia the Marmolada glacier in the backdrop.
Challenge: 6 hours, 15 km / 9,5 mi, 572m climb, 1181m descent
Today’s route is a gradual climb and then descent on stony footpaths. Along the way you will admire the rock faces of the Sasso delle Nove and a complete view on the Pares ridge and the Austrian peaks. The last uphill section is quite steep till the Ju De Sant Antone where there are ample views on the valley and the Fanes-Senes-Braines Natural Park. Crossing the high pastures you reach Rifugio Lavarella and Rifugio Fanes from where it is worthwhile to deviate for 1km until Lé Vërt lake and Limo lake.
Challenge: 6 hours, 13.8 km / 8,5 mi, 1278m climb, 563m descent
Today’s route is a bit steep but fascinating and crosses the larch forest as you climb to the alpine lake Lech Parom where the vast and majestic Fanes upland and prairies gradually turn to sheer vertical rock surfaces surrounded by the typical Dolomiti peak. To avoid the steep climb, it’s possible to follow a more gradual trail and it’s possible to descend to Val di Medesc through a narrow stony canal that brings you to La Crusc from where you can admire other massif of Val Badia. In the last stretch to La Valle, you will cross the Armentara with its wide lawns, a peculiarity of this landscape.
Challenge: 8 hours, 20 km / 12,5 mi, 790m climb, 1511m descent
The itinerary is quite steep at the beginning until the side of Monte Putia, it’s a magnificent peak, particular in its shape and stands out over the others in Val Badia. As you head towards Rifugio Genova, a pleasant hiding place beneath Passo Poma, you cross wide prairies with exceptional views on the peaks of Puez-Odle Natural Parkand the Fanes massif. The way back is through the Seres valley characterized by a succession of ancient watermills. It’s possible to shorten the trail by about 3km. Longiarù is reachable by local bus directly from La Valle.
Challenge: 6/5 hours, 17 - 13 km / 11 - 8 mi, 1110/950m climb, 1108/950m descent
The trip ends after breakfast unless you have booked a transfer to the station or airport or other services like accommodation elsewhere in Italy.
All accomodations are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite.
We choose comfortable hotels where all rooms have private en-suite bathroom. The Fanes Mountain Hut is a good 3 star equivalent mountain hut (twin rooms with or without bathroom).
You can find below the standard hotels of this trip. If a hotel is fully booked, then we will book a similar one for you and inform you about the alternative booked.
Extra overnight: You can book additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way.
Hotel Pider is located in La Valle. It offers comfortable and well-furnished rooms with free Wifi, private bathroom, TV, soundproofing and balcony. It has a SPA too where you can relax. Breakfast is good and various. The hotel has a restaurant that proposes traditional Ladin dishes, South Tyrolean delicacies and Mediterranean cuisine. Staff is kind and helpful.
Fanes Hut is located on the Dolomites above the town of San Vigilio di Marebbe. Rooms are made by wood, well-furnished and comfortable. The cuisine offers traditional dishes Ladin, but international too. Owners are helpful and welcoming.
You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between June 1st and October 8th.
Best airports to travel to are Innsbruck (INN) or Verona (VRN). You can also fly to Bergamo (BGY) or Milan (LIN or MXP).
Arrival/departure in/from La Valle
From any airport, you can take a train to Brunico and then a local bus to Pederoa (35 minutes), followed by a local bus to La Valle (2km). There are only few busses running from Pederoa to La Valle each day. If desired, a private transfer can be pre-booked from Brunico to La Valle-Wengen, and vice versa.
Busses do NOT run on Sundays and National Holidays from 11 December to 17 June and from 04 September to 09th December. During these days, you will need to use taxis.
Train and bus schedules available on
If you come to La Valle-Wengen with your own car, you can park in the hotel’s unguarded, open-air parking area. There are no parking restrictions in La Valle.
GPS tracks are available on request.
These services can be added to the ones included in the base price of the tour:
"A fabulous trip: the hikes were perfect level and routes easy to follow, all so very scenic. Accommodation and meals at hotel Pider were wonderful"
"We have never hiked before and loved every minute. It sure did meet our expctations!. The routes were were varied and well described. An overall very well planned trip. Amazing walks, partly a bit challenging for us who went on our first hiking trip, but not not too hard. We loved it and will for sure continue hiking. The Dolomites are just stunning!"