Alta Via Dolomiti 2

San Pellegrino

Alta Badia

Bressanone

Campitello-Mazzin-Col Rodella

Dolomites

Trentino-Alto Adige

Val Gardena/Alpe di Siusi

Canazei-Belvedere

S. Martino di Castrozza / Passo Rolle

The strenuous “Way of the Legends” high altitude hiking trail across the Dolomites.

Also in Belluno, ItalyTrento, ItalyTreviso, Italy

Hiking Difficult

Distance
169 km
Ascent
8.2 km
Descent
10 km
Duration
1 day +
Low Point
187 m
High Point
2.8 km
Gradient
24˚
VIEW ON MAP
Alta Via Dolomiti 2 Map

Description

The Alta Via Dolomiti 2 is characterised by its tough climbs, gorgeous scenery, and for being veiled in myth and mystery. It’s also known as the “Way of the Legends” because it runs through many mountains and valleys rich in folklore. For instance, you'll walk the paths of the Ladin characters who have their mythical kingdom on the striking Odle cliffs. You’ll also need to watch your step in the remote Vette Feltrine peaks, which are said to have been inhabited for centuries by devils, witches, and ogres!

If mythology is not your thing, there are plenty of other sources of wonder along the 14-day trail from Alta Badia in the north to Val di Fassa in the south. The route passes through the stunning Puez-Geisler Nature Park, coils around the lower slopes of the Marmolada, the highest mountain in the Dolomites, and crosses the magnificent Sella Massif.

Throughout the 185km of trail, you will hike through everything from lunar landscapes, high planes, and vast pastures. Fluctuating between 2000 and 3000 metres of altitude, the path ascends steeply from emerald green valleys all the way up to jagged rock spires piercing the sky. This 14-day hike is truly the adventure of a lifetime! Fortunately, it is not so populated (in comparison to Alta Via 1), which makes for a peaceful hiking experience, fully immersed in nature.

Sources

https://www.dolomitemountains.com/en/browse-experiences/alta-via-trekking/hiking-alta-via-n-2-of-the-dolomites

https://www.altabadia.org/en/summer-holidays/trekking-hiking/high-route-2.html

http://www.infodolomiti.it/en/active-holiday/alpine-paths-of-the-dolomites/alpine-path-of-the-dolomites-no-2/6887-l2.html

Difficulty

Difficult

Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

High Exposure

3 out of 4

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

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

April, May, June, July, August, September

Features

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

Similar routes nearby

Guidebooks in this area