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Trekking in the Dolomites - the Alta Via 1 (#2334)

Date and Time

Saturday, August 19, 2023 - Friday, September 1, 2023

Location

Dolomites,
International,
Italy

Registration

Registration is required for this activity. Please contact leader(s).

Overview

The Alta Via 1 (in Italian, high route) is an epic 75-mile hiking trek through the spectacular Italian Dolomites. The Dolomites are a UNESCO World Heritage site and are considered among the most beautiful mountains in the world, complete with vertical walls, sheer cliffs and a high density of narrow, deep, and long valleys. Numerous refugios (high mountain huts) allow for a wonderful multi-day trek through this breathtaking geographical area. Amazing alpine scenery, mixed with World War 1 relics, and the occasional 4-legged inhabitant allow for a varied, legendary adventure to this striking, picturesque region. Beyond the incredible mountain landscapes that will greet us every day on this trek, this trip has two special features. At the trip's outset we will visit the town of Bolzano, where we will visit Ötzi the Iceman. And as we proceed along the Alta Via 1, we cross the frontlines of the enormous, but now mainly forgotten, World War 1 conflict between Italy and Austria. One stage will have us descend through a long tunnel constructed to protect soldiers carrying supplies during the harsh winter weather and explore fortifications preserved in an open-air museum. This trip is rated strenuous. The hike distances and elevation gains on this trip will be challenging on some days. There will be some exposed and steep sections on the hikes where handholds are available. There is also a section that passes through old WWI military tunnels, where participants might experience claustrophobia, slippery conditions, the need for holding onto cabled handrails, and the need for headlamps. While on the Alta Via 1 trek, all lodgings will be at rifugios (high mountain huts) with shared rooms. Most of the refugios will have hot showers, although these can't be guaranteed. All will have basic, hearty food included for dinner, with options to buy water and other beverages. Rifugio breakfast fare is typically continental style items with coffee, bread, cheese, butter, and jams. Our other lodgings, before and after the Alta Via 1 trek, will be in 2-3 star hotels. All dinners and breakfasts included. Lunch, snacks and beverages will be on your own along the trail, or possibly at a refugio along the way, at your expense.

AMC Trip Policy

Cost

Adult: $3,350 member / $3,450 non-member

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2334 Prospectus

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Alta Vista Dolomites

Activities

Hiking
Cultural

Status

Open

Difficulty

Hiking 6 Strenuous

Audience

Adults (18+)


Leader




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Beth Zimmer is an active hike leader and instructor. She leads for AMC Adventure Travel, August Camp and the NH Chapter. Beth also serves on the AMC Board of Directors, as Regional Director North. She has hiked all of the NH 4K's in all four seasons, hiked all of the trails in the AMC White Mountain Guide and has completed the NH500 highest. Favorite highlight trips for her include visiting Peru and Machu Picchu, hiking in the Swiss Alps and hiking Hadrian's Wall Path in the UK.

Leader




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John is a 4 season day hike and trip leader for the AMC NH Chapter. He has completed the NH 48 in winter, the NE 67, and is working on the NE 111 and NE 67 in winter. John has led at AMC August Camp and has taught at the AMC NH Cardigan Lodge series. He has been hiking in over 40 of the US National Parks and Monuments. John has traveled to over 20 foreign countries, hiked the Machu Picchu trek in Peru, and some of the alpine areas in Europe. Contact John at 508.944.6650 or englishjre@gmail.com.