Best Hikes in the Dolomites

“One of the most striking mountain ranges in the world, the Dolomites attract thousands of visitors each year”

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a particularly popular holiday choice for hikers…

  • Best Hikes in the Dolomites

    One of the most striking mountain ranges in the world, the Dolomites attract thousands of visitors each year. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a particularly popular holiday choice for hikers. 

    With so many beautiful hikes available, it can be difficult narrowing down the best ones while you’re there. So to give you a little help, below we’ll reveal our picks for the hikes in the Dolomites that you won’t want to miss.

    Selva to Rifugio Puez

    Serious hikers won’t want to miss this trail which takes you from Selva to Rifugio Puez. Arguably the most stunning location in the Dolomites, Selva Val Gardena is situated between its peaks. This popular hike is one of the most diverse you can complete, and it’s frequently listed as one of the best in the Dolomites.

    You’ll want to give yourself around seven to nine hours to complete this hike. You’ll start at the Dantercepies cable car station, facing a steep climb up the Forcella Cier. This is a challenging part of the hike, but the views are definitely worthwhile. 

    If you don’t fancy the full seven to nine-hour hike, there’s the option to veer off and head back to Selva at several points. The first is in the Jeuf de Cir area, at which point you’ll have been hiking for around two hours. 

    A great place to stay if you’re doing this hike is the Chalet Salvan. This cosy, simple chalet accommodation is just 200m from the Selva resort. It’s situated on a steep slope, providing spectacular views over Selva. Be aware that if you’re travelling with children, you’ll need to book the whole chalet. 

    Around the Sassolungo Group

    There’s a slightly shorter hike within the Val Gardena region, which takes you around a popular landmark. You’ll start at S. Cristina, taking the Monte Pana followed by the Monte de Sëura chair lift until you’re 2000m above sea level. Once there, you’ll head towards Rifugio Emilio Comici. 

    The most scenic part of this hike is the Città dei Sassi. This takes you through to Passo Sella. If you want to make the hike even shorter, you can start at the Passo Sella before heading past the Rifugio Federico Augusto. You’ll hike to Sasso Piatto, before taking the trail back down to Monte de Sëura.

    You can base your stay at the Hotel Ingram, known for its great Italian hospitality. It’s within easy reach of the major walking paths and offers a cosy, warm atmosphere. There’s a sauna and steam room on site too, perfect for relaxing after a tough day’s hiking. The hotel also offers weekly guided walks, so you can always do that if you prefer. 

    Soraga Training Path

    There are over 700 trails in the Val di Fassa region, so why not start with an easy one? The Soraga Training path takes less than an hour to complete. You’ll start at the Soraga playground, turning left along the beautiful Avisio river. It’s a small loop trail which takes you back to the starting point. 

    This trail is especially well suited to families with kids, and people with disabilities. It’s one of the easier hiking trails you can follow, allowing you to experience the true beauty of the Val di Fassa region.

    You can head to the Soraga Training Path on a day trip from Campitello. Base your stay at the popular Hotel Soreghes, just a short walk from the cable car into the mountains. You’ll find a lot of nearby hikes here. You can also pamper yourself in the onsite wellness centre after a day of exploration. 

    These are just some of the best hikes in the Dolomites. Some are even considered the best hikes in Italy. Whatever your skill level, you’ll always find hikes in the Dolomites to suit you. 

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Author: Suzanne Mulligan