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!
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)
Alcoholic beverages and lunch/snacks during the day
Transport to the start of the route or from the end of the route
Must have a valid passport valid through 6 months upon date of travel.
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:
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**