Category: Italy

Meraner Höhenweg Planning Guide

The Meraner Höhenweg, or Alta via di Merano in Italian, is a relatively easy and beautiful circular trail that will take you around the Texelgruppe National park (Parco Naturale Gruppo di Tessa). It mostly is a gentle walk but on the north side it has a high mountain stretch reaching up to almost 3000 meters. Access is easy and public transportation is available to and from Merano. There are several access points to get on the trail. Along the route there are a lot of places where you can stop for a quick bite, drink something or to sleep....

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Alta Via 2 Itinerary: The Dolomites AV2 Planning Guide

The Dolomites Alta Via 2 must easily be one of the most beautiful treks in the world. For any hiker seeking the best European experiences, this should be very high on your list. The Dolomites are a mountain range in North-Eastern Italy, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site due to their rugged, natural beauty. The Dolomites really are a unique part of the world well worth visiting both in the summer and winter. In the summer it’s a paradise for hikers and climbers and in the winter it turns into a ski paradise. Alta Via 2 crosses a...

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Malga Ciapela to Passo di San Pellegrino

Day 5 of our Dolomites Alta Via 2 trek took us on the Marmolada in the morning and then to Passo di San Pellegrino. Malga Ciapela Malga Ciapela is a small resort right next to the highest mountain in the Dolomites, the mighty Marmolada. We didn’t find the resort very exciting but wanted to stay there for the night to be able to take the cable car from there to Punta Rocca, Marmolada – after all, if you’re there, this is in my opinion something you should do as long as the weather is decent. No point going if...

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Passo Pordoi to Malga Ciapela, Marmolada Behind Clouds

Dolomites Alta Via 2 continues with Day 4: Passo Pordoi to Malga Ciapela. Fatigue sets in, Marmolada is completely clouded and it rains all day. Awesome day in hindsight! Our Day 3 of on the Sella Group was challenging and even dangerous because of the weather, probably making it one of the most memorable hiking days ever. The contrast was great since our Day 4 posed no challenges whatsoever and we knew we missed out on some of the greatest views ever – Marmolada for us stayed in the clouds. Passo Pordoi and Sella Ronda All that said, when...

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Passo Gardena to Passo Pordoi – Whiteout!

Day 3 of our Dolomites Alta Via 2 trek took us over the impressive Sella Massif. It was an unexpected experience to get caught in a whiteout snow storm on our summer holiday in Italy and a good reminder of why you must prepare for any weather in the mountains. After spending the night at Passo Gardena, we scrambled up on to the Sella Massif and crossed it to get to Passo Pordoi on the other side. An interesting day to say the least and looking back, potentially dangerous. I guess we were hoping more for walking in the...

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