Dolomites Alta Via 2 Resource Guide
This is the gohikealps.com Dolomites Alta Via 2 Resource Guide. Dolomites Alta Via 2 must easily be one of the most beautiful treks in the world. For any hiker seeking the best European experiences, Alta Via 2 should be very high on the list.
The Dolomites are a mountain range in North-Eastern Italy, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site due to their rugged, natural beauty.
Dolomites Alta Via 2 is one of the most famous, demanding Long Trails in the region.
Alta Via 2 Facts
- Situated in Süd Tirol (Alto Adige), in the Dolomites of Northern Italy.
- The AV2 begins in Brixen (Bressanone in Italian), which is on the A22 – the main corridor across the Alps in this region – and is easily reachable by train or car.
- AV2 ends at Croce d’Aune, near Feltre
- Closest International airports are: Venice and Innsbruck. Munich is a little further away but also viable.
- Length: about 160 km, or 100 miles
- Duration: 13 days is suggested.
- Rated Difficult / Demanding
- Total ascent: about 12.000 meters / ~40.000 ft. (Daily average about 950 meters / 3120 ft)
- When to go: During the summer. Snow can be found late in to the summer in some places. Read here about our snowy crossing of the Sella Group.
Advice & Planning
The Alta Via 2 Itinerary:
The Alta Via 2 Itinerary: The Dolomites Alta Via 2 Planning Guide is a comprehensive resource to help you plan for your trip. It is by far the most popular page here on Gohikealps.com
Walking the Alta Via 2
My personal experience with Alta Via 2 was an extremely rewarding 6 days on the trail from Brixen to Passo San Pellegrino. We did this trip in the very beginning of July and within our week were exposed to a full spectrum of varying weather from relentless sunshine to blinding snow storms and everything in between.
This hike is a true once in a lifetime experience. The physical challenge is considerable but the scenery is exceptional. Ever since I had the chance to walk the first half of this magnificent trail, I’ve been longing to get back and do the other half. One of these days I will.
Read how we did it from below.
Walking Dolomites Alta Via 2
Overview of our trip and why we chose sections like we did.
Brixen to Schlüterhütte
Schlüterhütte to Passo Gardema
Passo Gardena to Passo Pordoi – Whiteout!
Passo Pordoi to Malga Ciapela – Marmolada Clouded
Malga Ciapela to Passo San Pellegrino
Things You Need for Alta Via 2
Maps (& Literature)
Even in the age of digital everything, Gohikealps strongly recommends getting maps on paper. We refuse to go on longer trails without proper maps on paper.
See below for the needed maps:
- I recommend getting maps beforehand. Don’t go, if you don’t have them! You can’t expect to be able to find them on the trail.
- Here’s the maps you need from Tabacco, all in 1:25000 so easy to follow:
- Stages 1-3: Tabacco 030 “Bressanone/Brixen Val di Funes/Villnöss”
- Stages 3-5: Tabacco 07 “Alta badia-Arabba-Marmolada”
- Stages 6-7: Tabacco 015 “Marmolada-Pelmo-Civetta-Moiazza”
- Stages 8-12: Tabacco 022 “Pale di San Martino”
- Stages 12-13: Tabacco 023 “Alpi Feltrine-Le Vette-Cimònega”
- I recommend booking a hotel in Brixen before you go, if that’s where you are going to start. If you’re traveling afar, you’ll be tired by the time you get there. Click here for booking.com
- I also highly recommend getting a book. I used Gillian Price’s excellent “Trekking in the Dolomites: Alta Via 1 and Alta Via 2, AV 3-6 in Outline” to plan our trip and ended up taking it with me for reference. Very helpful. (Link to Amazon)
Dolomites Alta Via 2 Resources Elsewhere
Here’s some resources to complement Gohikealps.com: