Self-Guided Dolomites Alta Via 2 Hut to Hut

39042 Brixen, Autonomous Province of Bolzano – South Tyrol, Italy

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Duration: 10 days
Group size: 2 - 2
Self-Guided Dolomites Alta Via 2 Hut to Hut
39042 Brixen, Autonomous Province of Bolzano – South Tyrol, Italy

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Duration: 10 days
Group size: 2 - 2

About this trip

Self-Guided Alta Via 2 Adventure Runcation!

Take the high route this summer in the incredible Italian Dolomites in the northeastern corner of Italy. The Italian Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2009, have been described by the explorer Reinhold Messner as “the most beautiful mountains in the world.” On this hut-to-hut  runcation, or trail running/hiking adventure, travel up and down impressive mountain passes on your journey from Bressanone to Croce d'Aune along the famous and challenging Alta Via 2. Covering 100 miles and almost 40,000 feet of elevation gain and loss, you'll get a taste of one of the more challenging high routes in the Dolomites on this hut to hut adventure! 

Along the way, you'll take respite from the trail in scenic and comfortable staffed mountain lodges, or rifugios, which offer warm lodges, scenic vistas, and Italian dinners as well as a full bar and beverage list. On this self-guided trail running tour, your hut-to-hut adventure ensures that you'll waking up and falling asleep to spectacular mountain sunrises and sunsets by sleeping up high at the foot of these impressive mountains.

This retreat adventure is open to ages 15 and up of any pace. Must be able to complete 7-15 miles/day of hiking/running at altitude, including 2,000-6,000 feet of elevation gain and loss. Optional 12-week training package available from an experienced running coach to ensure you're trained and ready to go for this adventure of a lifetime! 

What’s included

Trip logistics of route planning, lodging, and transportation reservations

Detailed maps + gpx tracks
Breakfast and dinners (half board) at the mountain lodges, or rifugios

Baggage transport from accommodations in Bressanone (the morning of Day 1) to rifugios on Day 4 and 5, and ending at accommodations in Feltre at the end (for the rest of the days we suggest carrying a lightweight pack only of essential items for fastpacking)

Not included

International airfare

Alcoholic beverages and lunch/snacks during the day

Travel Insurance

Transport to the start of the route or from the end of the route

Before You Go


Must have a valid passport valid through 6 months upon date of travel.

Travel Insurance:

Must have travel insurance prior to start of trip. 

Room info at the Rifugios:

Summer is high season in the Dolomites and limited space in the rifugios is first come, first served. If you are inclined to participate, book or contact the organizer ASAP as rooms will book up in advance by other vacationers.


This trip requires participants to be able to run/hike for 7-16 miles on trails at a time in mountainous/high altitude climates with an elevation gain  of 2,000-6,000 feet per day. Training for this trip is essential in order to be able to complete and enjoy the trip. It is highly recommended that you participate in the 12-week training program designed specifically for this trip as a package add-on to ensure you're able to tackle the trails and get maximum enjoyment of this running retreat!


Although the weather in late summer is often ideal, weather in the mountains is variable and trail conditions are subject to change on an hourly basis! Route subjective to change based on the safety of conditions and climate of the trail.

Where the Trip Starts and Ends:

Your first day on the trail starts in Bressanone/Brixen and your last day on the trail ends in Croce d'Aune. You can access both the start and end by public transportation (local Dolomiti bus service) or hiring private transfers. There is a train station at the start in Bressanone/Brixen and Feltre (accessible by the end point in the town of Croce d'Aune by local bus).

Trip Difficulty: Level 3-Full Send

Mountain Hut Experience:

This trip includes staying in mountain huts/rifugios. To learn more about the mountain hut experience, click below:

Available Packages

Dolomites Self-Guided (based 2 people)

Pricing based on 2-people

Deposit: $750
Deposit for a Custom Trip Itinerary

Select this option if you would like to create a custom self-guided Dolomites Itinerary

Dolomites Self-Guided (based 4 or more)
Deposit: $750

Available options



Alta Via 2!
Day 1

Day 1: For your first day on the AV2, you'll enjoy an early breakfast before starting out from the town of Bressanone/Brixen towards Rifugio Citta di Bressanone. Your day is short in miles but not in elevation gain as you head up to your first mountain refuge of the trip. Your home base for the evening will be a modernized rifugio level offering typical South Tyrolean dishes and beverages with a view of the spectacular mountains to come. 

Rifugio Citta di Bressanone (dinner included)

~5 miles/4,600 ft ascent/0 ft descent**

**Please Note, Bags will be picked up from baggage transport at your hotel in Bressanone on the morning of Day 1. They will be stored in the office of the transport company until the evening of Day 4. 

Exact rifugio info and mileage and ascent/descent info each day subject to change based on accommodation availability at your time of trip request, but this is a good guideline**

Your Organizer

Runcation Travel
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Runcation Travel creates international running adventures for runners. Instead of having to squeeze in a run on vacation, your run becomes the vehicle to explore and learn different cultures, countries, and landscapes. Our current runcations and trail running trips include hut-to-hut running adventures, retreats, training camps, and guided trail tours of the best trail running in the Italian Dolomites, Chamonix Mont Blanc, and Argentinian Patagonia, and more in group and custom itineraries. Our Runcations are for every level of runner.


By tahnee g for Custom Trip Deposit on 23 Sep, 2022
Great time, thank you!
By Anastasia A for Stacie Custom Self-Guided Cham to Courmayeur to Aug 7-10, 2022 on 14 Aug, 2022
Runcation was so awesome. We had a fantastic time. The entire week was run really smoothly, Liz and the other guides did such a great job planning a variety of runs and all the logistics. Each day had an incredible run and lots of time to hang out with the other people on the trip. Would recommend a trip like this to any runner.
By Dave M for Trail Running Vacation in South Tyrol Dolomites + Slovenia Runcation on 07 Aug, 2022
What an amazing trip. This was my 2nd trip with Runcation, and I'll certainly be doing a 3rd! Such a great mix of challenging days on the trail, with delicious meals/stops along the way, great hotels with spas, and towns and trails I never would have visited without this trip. Great group of people too :)
By Marne P for Trail Running Vacation in South Tyrol Dolomites + Slovenia Runcation on 07 Aug, 2022
I traveled on a Hut-to-Hut Dolomites Runcation in July 2022 and it was truly amazing. We traveled with a group of 8 hikers/runners. As a consistent runner living in a very flat part of the world, the mountainous terrain was hard to train for and was certainly a technical challenge, but our guide led us through an incredible well-paced run/hike that met our experience-level and was incredible. Runcation and our knowledgeable/ skilled/ friendly Italian guides made sure that all of our logistics were accounted for and went smoothly (luggage transport, route, lodging, meals). This meant we could really focus on the journey from hut to hut (the rifugios were pretty luxurious "huts"!) and enjoy every minute along the way. The terrain and route and landscapes were truly unbelievable. Highly recommend!!
By Meagan I for Custom Jen, John, & Friends Dolomites Runcation: July 1-8 on 16 Jul, 2022
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My husband and I went on the Hut to Hut run in the Dolomites, July 2022. What a luxury to have all accommodations booked and luggage transport taken care of, for us! The scenery was unimaginable, and you just can't imagine the beauty-you have to be there! We had 8-15 miles runs each day and felt challenged by the ascents and terrain, but not defeated. (We are from Ohio, NO moutains.) The runcation organizer, Liz and guide, Dario took care of all of the logistics and it was amazing to just have to cover ground an eat a bunch of great food! Thanks for a fantastic experience.
By Amanda F on 21 Jul, 2022
The tldr: Do it! This was an amazingly well planned trip (thoughtful planning, clearly),, the runs and views were unforgettable, and I'm already looking at the next one I can go on. The longer version: Runcation in Patagonia was amazing. Every thing was well-planned, the views were unforgettable, the crew was the best you could ask for, we stayed at nice spots with great staff...I could go on and on. Also, as someone who is super type-A, I really appreciate all of the early communication of expectations, what to pack, itineraries, and super quick responses from Liz.
By Marne P on 05 Jan, 2020