Alta Via 1
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. The path runs south from Pragser Wildsee, near Toblach, to Belluno. Prags can be accessed by bus, and Belluno has both train and bus services.
This is the classic high route in the Dolomites, and also the easiest. It gets slightly more difficult as it goes south, but the only section which might present difficulties is the descent from Schiara, and this can be bypassed. About 10–15 days are required to complete the full route. A typical day on the route might involve about seven hours walking, with ascents and descents of about 800 metres. It can be attempted during the period July to September, when the route should be largely free of snow. The route is signposted by dark blue triangles with an inset number one.
Maps of the route
The following maps cover the route.
Casa Editrice Tabacco Maps (North to South)
- map number 31 Prags Braies
- map number 3 Cortina and Ampezzano
- map number 15 Pelmo Civetta
- map number 25 Zoldo Agordo area
- map number 24 Dolomites Belluno - Nevegal
other useful Tabacco maps
- map number 1 Cortina - Sexten
- map number 4 Agordo - Zoldo - Pale di S. Martino
Kompass Wanderkarten Maps
- map number 55 Cortina d' Ampezzo
- map number 57 Bruneck Toblach Prags
- map number 77 Alpi Bellunesi
Kompass and Tabacco maps are readily available in the Dolomites.
Walking the path
Camping is forbidden along the route, but there is ample accommodation available in mountain refuges and in valley hotels. There are refuges all along the route. During August advance booking is essential.
The Alta Via 1 passes by several Via Ferrata, but none are incorporated in the route, and no special climbing equipment is required.
The highest point on the route is Monte Lagazuoi at 2,750 metres. There is a large refuge on Monte Lagazuoi which has a restaurant and accommodation for 69 people. The route from Monte Lagazuoi descends to Falzarego Pass and then continues south. There is a cable car from the Refugio Lagazuoi to the Falzarego Pass, but a better way to descend would be through the Via Ferrata Lagazuoi Tunnels. This is a World War I tunnel which runs down through the mountain. It is also possible to descend via the Kaiserjaeger Trail and the Martini Ledge. This route passes a number of relics of the fighting that took place here during World War I. The area around Monte Lagazuoi and 5 Torri is a World War I open-air museum.
- Tabacco Hiking Maps from Omnimap
- "Alta via 1" Refuges Map
- Rifugio Biella, one of the hut in the "Alta via 1"
- High Ways of the Dolomites
- Guide to high level routes in the Dolomites
- The Dolomites "Alta Via" n.1, 2200 pics, maps and description
- Monte Lagazuoi & via ferrata Lagazuoi Tunnels
- Alta Via no. 1 : in dutch description of this trek
- Organized Trailrunning and Trekking Tours on the Alta Via 1
- Altavia of the Dolomites n.1 on OpenStreetMap