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The beauty of the Italian Dolomites during summer is unmatched. And a trekking tour of Val Gardena might just be the best way to fully experience its natural wonders, culture, and cuisine. A 7-day guided adventure will have you crossing valleys, alpine plateaus, and charming villages, all the while surrounded by the quintessential Dolomites scenery: lush green valleys contrasted against jagged peaks and pinnacles. But this trip isn’t just about hiking—mountain huts with its authentic meals will serve as a wonderful culinary break and invigorating spa facilities at your hotel will come as a rescue after being on your feet the whole day. The fragrant wildflower meadows and the crisp mountain air will give you the energy to keep going, but traditional funiculars will aid you along the way. No other destination quite rivals the magic of Val Gardena and the Dolomites!

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Adventure highlights

  • True hiking paradise

    Val Gardena with its fairytale lush landscapes is heaven for body and mind

  • Fabulous hotel & spa

    A four-star hotel is your home for the week, boasting wonderful spa facilities and pools

  • Passionate local guide

    A guide with in-depth knowledge of the area will introduce you to the landscapes, local cuisine, and culture

Itinerary

For an unforgettable summer retreat, look no further than Val Gardena in the Italian Dolomites. This area is overflowing with stunning hiking trails, with the jaggy peaks and verdant valleys constantly surrounding you. You’ll stay at a four-star hotel in the lovely village of Santa Cristina, go out for day hikes, and once you return, you’ll be able to indulge in the hotel’s onsite spa facilities and pools. All breakfasts and dinners are included, as well as excellent local guides who will be by your side, guiding you to the area’s best-ofs.

  • Make your way to Santa Cristina, a charming village in Val Gardena. Check into your hotel and settle in. You will meet your guide and your group at 6:30 pm for a welcome drink and a trip briefing. Enjoy your first dinner together at the hotel.

    Accommodation: 4-star hotel in Santa Cristina
    Meals: Dinner

    Santa Cristina in Val Gardena
  • The first hiking tour will be the Rasciesa Plateau, located in the heart of the Puez-Odle Nature Park, stretching between Val Gardena in the south and the enchanting Val di Funes in the north. From Ortisei, ride the funicular up to the Alps, which you’ll cross on a loop hike. Passing through forests and beautiful meadows that dot the ridges of the plateau, you’ll reach Rasciesa di Fuori peak at 2,284 m (7,493 ft).

    Have lunch at the mountain hut and enjoy a typical local dish while you’re surrounded by breathtaking panoramas of some of the most famous Dolomite peaks, including Marmolada, Sassolungo, and Catinaccio.

    Accommodation: 4-star hotel in Santa Cristina
    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Hiking: 13 km / 8 miles
    Elevation gain: 500 m / 1,640 ft

    Rasciesa plateau in the Dolomites
  • Today’s tour will allow you to closely explore the Sassolungo mountain group, which includes Sasso Levante and the Sassopiatto massif. Hike along the Federico Augusto ridge trail, an ancient communication route used mainly for military purposes between the Fassa Valley and the Alpe di Siusi, along which a sweet surprise will be a delight to your taste buds.

    Next you’ll reach the Sassopiatto mountain hut, where you’ll stop for lunch and a well deserved rest before resuming the path back to your hotel. Today is all about the classic Alpine panoramas and views overlooking the most remarkable mountains of the Dolomites.

    Accommodation: 4-star hotel in Santa Cristina
    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Hiking: 15 km / 9.3 miles
    Elevation gain: 550 m / 1,805 ft

    Hiking group in Val Gardena
  • An easier hike is on the schedule today, allowing you to regain some strength, and you’ll also use the Col Raiser funicular. You will hike to Mount Pic, a mountain above the village of Santa Cristina that offers an extraordinary view of Val Gardena.

    To enjoy the scenery as much as possible, you will reach the summit of Monte Pic (2,363 m / 7,753 ft) by crossing Alpe Seurasas, and from, there heavenly views of the entire valley open up: the Odle, the Sella group, Sassolungo and Sassopiatto, Alpe di Siusi, the peaks of Terrarossa and Sciliar. Have lunch at the mountain hut and soak in the 360-degree spectacle of nature.

    Accommodation: 4-star hotel in Santa Cristina
    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Hiking: 9 km / 5.6 miles
    Elevation gain: 330 m / 1,082 ft

    Val Gardena paradise
  • This will be the most challenging hike of the entire trip, but also the most scenic one. Taking the Col Raiser funicular up to the Puez plateau, located in the Puez-Odle National Park, you will reach a unique spot with a 360-degree view of all the nearby Dolomite groups: the Odle, Sella group, Marmolada, Piz Boè, and Sassolungo mountain group.

    Continue trekking to the Puez Hut at an elevation of 2,475 m (8,120 ft) for lunch, and then return to Selva, hiking through Vallunga, a lush valley of Val Gardena.

    Accommodation: 4-star hotel in Santa Cristina
    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Hiking: 16 km / 10 miles
    Elevation gain: 800 m / 2,625 ft

    Col Raiser trail in the Dolomites
  • The last hike of the week will be through Europe’s largest plateau, where you’ll enjoy panoramic views of L’Alpe di Siusi. At an altitude between 1,700-2,400 m (5,578-7,874 ft), you’ll savor quintessential Alpine landscapes and views of Dolomite peaks.

    So there’s no better way to end this trip than by witnessing awe-inspiring peaks of Sassolungo, Sassopiatto, and Sciliar, as well as taking in the crisp air and fragrance of meadows. This will be a day of relaxation in nature and tasting delicious specialties with Alpine flavors.

    Accommodation: 4-star hotel in Santa Cristina
    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Hiking: 15 km / 9.3 miles
    Elevation gain: 550 m / 1,805 ft

     

    Alpe di Siusi in Dolomites
  • After breakfast, enjoy a day of relaxation, taking full advantage of the hotel’s beautiful swimming pool. If you’d like to stay longer and need some recommendations on what to do in the area, just ask your guides!

    Meals: Breakfast

    Landscape of Santa Cristina in Val Gardena
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Meet your guides

Sara Biffoli
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Sara Biffoli
Born and raised in Florence, Sara has always been passionate about sharing the beauty of Italy with other people. That is why she founded WeHike, an outdoor specialist company which offers unforgettable trekking experiences in the Italian mountains. Sara is not only a hiking guide, but also a certified AIS sommelier, so she’s always on the lookout for new routes, new cellars, and new knowledge about her country.
WeHike
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WeHike
WeHike is an authentic Italian outdoor company specializing in trekking journeys in the country’s hills and mountains. Every step with WeHike is a unique journey of the art, history, and flavors that make Italy unique. From the Chianti vineyards to classic Alpine landscapes, they offer personalized itineraries and trips for anyone—combined with culture and gastronomy. With WeHike’s expert and passionate guides, you can count on them accompanying you safely, enriching every step with anecdotes and in-depth knowledge of the area.

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • Two professional English-speaking hiking guides for the duration of the entire hiking trip (qualified environmental hiking guide)
      • Accommodation for 6 nights in a 4-star hotel at Santa Cristina in Val Gardena (double occupancy with single beds on request, single supplement available)
      • Half-board service with 6 breakfasts and 6 dinners with water included
      • Use of indoor and outdoor heated swimming pool, spa and gym of the hotel
      • Val Gardena MobilCard (use of all buses in the valley)
      • Parking space at the hotel and 11kW charging stations for electric cars
      • Free WiFi in hotel

    Special dietary requirements can be accommodated for this trekking tour of Val Gardena, just let us know upon booking.

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to Santa Cristina in Val Gardena
      • Tourist tax — €3,50 per day per person
      • Lunches at huts or packed lunches
      • Ski lifts — approximately €75 for the whole trip
      • Beverages other than water at breakfasts and dinners
      • Anything not specified under “what you get on this adventure”
      • Guide gratuities — optional
      • Travel and medical insurance — optional
  • For this Val Gardena trekking tour, you have to be in very good physical condition and have previous hiking experience. While you don’t need to have experience of multi-day hiking, you still need to be able to hike in mountainous terrain for five days in a row. Exact distances and altitude changes can be found in the day-by-day itinerary.

    Keep in mind that weather can be unpredictable in the Dolomites. Even though warm and dry weather is very coming in the summer (more so than in the rest of the Alps), there’s still a possibility for cool and wet days. You’ll have experienced and expert guides by your side the whole way through, so you’ll make breaks whenever necessary and adjust the route if the hiking gets too strenuous for the group.

    Looking for other adventures in the Dolomites? Check out this Alta Via hiking tour, a Dolomites hiking tour, or a hiking tour of the Venetian Alps at the foot of Dolomites.

  • Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

      • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 25-40L bag)
      • Hiking poles — optional
      • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
      • Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
      • Comfortable hiking clothes
      • Casual clothes for when you’re not hiking
      • Spare clothes for layering
      • Waterproof rain jacket
      • Sunhat
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
      • Headlamp or flashlight
      • Sunglasses
      • Camera — optional (but recommended)

    Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

  • Group sizes and pricing

      • For this Val Gardena trekking tour, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 12:1.
      • It takes a minimum of 7 people for this tour to operate. The maximum group size is set at 25 participants.
      • This trekking tour of Val Gardena is confirmed 15 days at the latest prior to the departure date.

    Val Gardena trekking tours can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to your trekking tour of Val Gardena, you have to get to Santa Cristina in Val Gardena. Most people fly into Innsbruck Airport (INN) or Verona Airport (VRN). Once at the airport, you can either rent a car to Santa Cristina or check our trains and buses—Italy is very well linked by rail. It will take you anywhere between 2 to 3.5 hours to reach Santa Cristina from these airports.

    You’ll meet your guides and your team on Day 1 of the tour, when you will check into your hotel and have a welcome drink at 6:30 pm. Make sure to arrange your flights accordingly.

  • We highly recommend that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance.

    With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more. Travel insurance covers canceled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans.

    We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to. If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

  • Deposits

    You can secure one of the set dates with a 30% deposit upon booking. The remaining 70% of the trip price is to be paid 90 days prior to departure, at the latest.

    Secure your early bird spot with a 10% deposit! This tour gets sold out very quickly, but with early-bird booking, you will be the first one to know about any new upcoming dates. Pick your preferred dates without the risk of your bucket list adventure selling out!

      • Only 10% of the total amount should be paid as a deposit upon booking. This deposit is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another 57hours adventure anytime in case the dates don’t suit you.
      • Once the dates are set, you can confirm your booking by paying another 20% of the total amount.
      • The final balance is due 3 months (90 days) prior to departure.

    Cancellations

    Booking fees are non-refundable in all cases. During checkout, however, you can choose one of 57hours’ flexibility options:

    Basic

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 60 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a 70% refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-59 days before the trip, there is no refund.

    Flexible

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 60 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 30-59 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-29 days before the trip, there is no refund.

    Super Flexible

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 30 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-29 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.
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