This route follows trails that require sure-footedness, a strong sense of direction and familiarity with a mountain environment.
To complete the whole route safely, you must be physically fit.
If you have very little experience of the mountains, we suggest you visit the National Park’s website and begin hiking on other stunning routes. This will allow you to become familiar with the wild environment of the Dolomiti Bellunesi, before taking on the Alta Via.
At the most significant locations, the routes are marked by our purple bellflower symbol. However, it’s essential to refer to the map, which means that you need to know how to read it effectively.
The Alta Via runs across the Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park. Therefore, you must abide by its rules.
The most important rules for you are: lighting fires and wild camping are forbidden. Bivouacs are permitted only on request and only in the areas adjacent to mountain huts.
In addition to these rules, we ask that you use common sense. For example, do not set out if the mountain huts have told you they are fully booked.
This is the Dolomites Mountain Safety Free Phone number. You can use it to get information about mountain destinations, weather conditions and trail information, e.g. presence of snow, weather forecast, trail conditions, difficulty, preparation required, etc. Its purpose is to avoid incidents, but you can also use it to let them know about problems or difficulties that you have encountered, such as landslides along the route, faded signs, etc.
For the time being, the service only covers the Dolomiti Bellunesi area. It is jointly provided by the local Department of Health Ulss 1 Dolomiti, Suem 118 (Italian Emergency Medical Services), Italian Mountainering & Speleological Corps, CAI and Mountain Guides.
The number 800.22.13.25 is answered by an operator from the Pieve di Cadore Medical Emergency Services Centre, who will be able to connect you to the on-call Mountain Rescue staff for accurate and reliable information.
Please remember that for any actual emergencies, the Mountain Rescue should always be contacted by calling 118 or 112 (Italian Emergency Services numbers).