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Alta Via 1 Hike Dolomites with a Group

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As I started the climb up the Alta Via 1 trail from Brais Lake, my body was anxious with excitement – the kind of excitement you get when you start an epic journey. This was the beginning of a day of lots of elevation gain, I just hoped that I was in good enough shape to make it. I was nervous, yet I was excited to enter the world of thru-hiking once again with an group of new people to get to know along the way.

I knew this was going to be a challenging hike, but I also knew that my body and mind needed this multi-day adventure in the mountains more than ever. What I didn’t know is that it would be this incredibly beautiful.

Chances are if you haven’t heard of the Dolomites yet – soon it will be a place on your radar. The 2026 Winter Olympics will be in Cortina Italy in the heart of the Dolomites. You’ll soon see the stunning Dolomites mountains in the heart of winter. However, I invite you to beat the crowds there and head there sooner rather than later – after all – it’s always better to lead than follow!

Where and What are the Dolomites

The Dolomites, located in northeastern Italy, is a mountainous region renowned for its stunning beauty and unique geological formations. The Dolomites is a part of the Southern Limestone Alps and covers an area of over 140,000 hectares. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2009, thanks to its distinctive geology and natural beauty.

Dolomites History

The Dolomites have a rich history, from their geologic origins to their role in World War I. The Alta Via 1 takes you through the heart of this history, with numerous war memorials and fortifications dotting the landscape. The hike also offers a chance to learn about the local culture and traditions of the Ladin people, who have lived in the Dolomites for thousands of years.

Dolomites Rocks alta via 1

The mountain range is composed of a unique rock called dolomite, which was formed over 250 million years ago from the ancient ocean bed. This rock is characterized by its light-colored, jagged peaks and steep ridges, creating a landscape that is unlike any other in the world.

Alta Via 1 Hike Through the Dolomites

I was there to take on the Alta Via 1, a multi-day hike traversing through the heart of the Dolomites. It can take anywhere from 8 to 12 days depending on your speed. The trek offers panoramic views of the iconic jagged peaks, turquoise alpine lakes, and rolling green meadows that make the Dolomites such a unique and beautiful landscape.

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