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Alta Via Dolomiti 7

An extraordinary and extra-challenging hike through the Dolomites and Southern Carnic Alps.

Also in Treviso, Italy

Hiking Severe

134 km
6.6 km
7.1 km
1 day +
Low Point
180 m
High Point
2.1 km
Alta Via Dolomiti 7 Map

Hike in the footsteps of Lothar Patera, the legendary Austrian mountaineer who pioneered the way for the most challenging climbs along this route back in the early 1900s. To this day, the trail is sparsely populated, allowing those who brave it a long, moving meditation through undisturbed nature. The 10-day hike begins with a strenuous stretch across challenging, highly-exposed high alpine terrain. The second part is lower in altitude and technically easier, yet demands endurance, as the stretches between huts are long and the water supplies scarce. As well as its intense remoteness, the route is characterized by its extensive views across the Dolomites, the Carnic Alps, and the Julian Alps.




Hiking challenging trails where simple scrambling, with the occasional use of the hands, is a distinct possibility. The trails are often filled with all manner of obstacles both small and large, and the hills are very steep. Obstacles and challenges are often unexpected and can be unpredictable.

High Exposure

3 out of 4

Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.


3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

between April and September


  • Alpine
  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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