How do arrivals work?
The base price for this trip is set-up with everyone getting to Cortina d’Ampezzo on their own from Venice (VCE). We recommend arriving a day early and people can opt to spend their early arrival day in Cortina, Venice, Treviso, Padua, etc. Transfer to Cortina via bus is regular, easy and affordable.
If you have an interest in private transfer from Venice to Cortina, please get in touch and we will coordinate transfer as a trip add-on.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FOR LODGING?
Our first and last night will be in Cortina d’Ampezzo, lodging in a very nice 3-star hotel. The five nights on the trail we’ll stay in Rifugios, which are charming Alpine Inns, accessible almost exclusively by foot. Most nights are in dormitory style bunk rooms, with one or two nights in private rooms pending availability. There may be nights where we have strangers in our bunk room, but that’s just part of the fun. The Rifugios we’ve chosen for this trip are some of the nicest in all of the Dolomites and a few are much more like high-end hotels. Each Rifugio has exceptional food and a full bar as well.
ACTIVITY LEVEL: WHAT KIND OF SHAPE DO I NEED TO BE IN?
This trip is a more challenging than our other trips and activities are not optional since we will be traveling via foot from hut-to-hut each day. As with all of our trips, this is planned with an all-levels approach. However, given the elevation and technical terrain, this is our most physically challenging trip.
To participate you need to be comfortable knowing that you will be running and hiking six days in a row with a lot of ups and a lot of downs. Over the course of the trip we travel about 55-miles and regularly have days with up to 4200’ of climbing. Our average daily milage is about 8.5-miles. We’ve arranged for daily luggage transport, so on the trail you will not be burdened with a bunch of heavy gear. For the daily activities you’ll only need to carry a small running backpack / hydration vest.
We do recommend that you come prepared to handle a multi-hour hike or decent trail run at an average pace (with plenty of snacks and water breaks in between). For trail running, all paces are welcome! Ideally you run a handful of times week, feel comfortable with distances between six and 13 miles and can hang with a 11 (ish) minute / mile pace on non-technical terrain. We keep a guide at the front and one in the rear so that no runner or hiker is left behind. The runs/hikes we have scheduled on our trip are listed in the itinerary along with the daily mileage. We will provide plenty of opportunities to stop, catch your breath and take in the sights. Highline is a proudly inclusive company and we do our best to accommodate and make everyone feel welcome. If you are unsure about whether you will be able to enjoy yourself on our trip, shoot us an email! email@example.com
Each day, we are off the trail around 2PM or 3PM (sometimes earlier), providing time to refresh and relax before dinner. Once we’ve reached our nights lodging, you can read, nap, take a small side hike, etc.
WHAT ABOUT INTERNET AND PHONE RECEPTION?
Our trips are intentionally designed to help you unplug. We cannot guarantee you will be able to connect at any given time. Good phone reception is fairly available throughout the Dolomites, with the exception of the Fanes National Park where reception is erratic. Wi-fi service at Hotels is very good but not always free of charge. At Rifugios Wifi is not widely available. Rifugios are located in remote areas, some may offer Wifi for a few hours a day and charge hourly rates, the signal may be erratic and -in most cases- only available in the common areas or corridors. In bad weather conditions the Wifi signal can go down completely.
WHAT IF I’M NOT IN THE MOOD TO GO ON ONE OF THE HIkes/RUNS?
Unfortunately, on this trip, sitting out for the day isn’t really a great option. You’ll need to come prepared to move. If you’re not feeling well, there are opportunities to get rides from Rifugio owners and / or take a cable car or ski lift. However, there are additional costs involved in these options and you’ll probably have more fun sticking with the group.
HOW ARE THE RUNNING/Hiking CONDITIONS?
The distances are all listed in the itinerary, but an important point to note is that we will be at high elevation (anything over 4,000 ft above sea level). Most of our days will be in the neighborhood of 7,000 ft - 9,000 ft in elevation. At this height, activities are harder than at sea level. For that reason, we will take things slowly allowing the group to acclimate. Each day is a mix of hiking and running and a lot of the terrain can be somewhat technical further slowing the paces.
WILL THERE BE SHOWERS?
Yes, and they feel great after a day on the trail.
How is the food?
In short, GREAT! In the Dolomites, you’ll find some of the heartiest and homiest cuisine in all the Alps. The combination of the cultural influences here results in dishes ranging from traditional Italian pastas and polenta and game meats, to Austrian strudels and sauerkrauts, to Ladin soups, stews, and cakes.
CAN I ARRIVE EARLY OR LEAVE LATE?
Get in touch and let us know what you’re thinking. We have a handful of opportunities for trip additions and add-ons.