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We fly to Venice (Marco Polo) Airport and transfer to Colfosco, passing through Corvara en route. After settling into the hotel, we should have time to visit Colfosco to see the shops and other facilities.
After enjoying the hotel's substantial breakfast buffet we will walk on a choice of routes from the hotel up to Jimmy’s Hut for coffee, then continue on the balcony path to Dantercepies cafe for lunch. This looks over Passo Gardena towards Selva. Grade 6 walk can descend to the hotel by path or cable car; Grade 7 can cross the valley to the balcony path for a longer route back to the hotel. Distances are between 7 and 11 miles, ascents are between 700 and 900 metres.
We take the bus to Corvara and walk up to the extensive and popular Pralongia Plateau, with its woods, grasslands and network of cafes. The Col Alto cable car from Corvara will be used by Grade 6 groups, whereas the Grade 7s will take the wooded path beneath it. Both groups will enjoy the fabulous views of Corvara, Passo Gardena and the higher ground around Piz Boe; cafés will be visited, whether for drinks or snacks, with plenty of outside seating. Grade 6s may walk down, Grade 7s may take the balcony path back to the hotel. Distances are between 8 and 14 miles, ascents are between 300 and 1000 metres.
Today both groups will converge on Puez Hut from different directions; this hut sits on a col with an impressive view down the valley to La Villa, it has a freshwater fountain and plenty of seating. Grade 7s will ascend the Col Pradat feature, then walk up the valley to see glaciated lakes with improving views back towards Corvara, and eventually to Puez Hut. Grade 6s may take the cable car to Jimmy’s Hut and see the rolling countryside before contouring round to the cafe. There are no roads at the hut, it is a spectacular landscape, and there are good chances of seeing wild animals amongst the crags, as well as rare plants. Grade 7s can ascend higher to view a lunar landscape of karst limestone before returning to Puez Hut for lunch. Distances are between 8 and 13 miles, ascents are between 500 and 1050 metres.
We go by bus to Valparola Pass and walk under Setsas (2571mt) returning via Stores and the Pralongia Plateau to Corvara. Distances are between 8 and 11 miles, ascents are between 550 and 900 metres.
A non-walking day with several choices of towns, museums, preserved 1st World War emplacements, or other walks not in the main programme; some may choose to pay to use the hotel’s leisure facilities; the free bus and cable car pass offers an extensive choice of travel options.
If the weather is favourable, the Sella and Piz Boe ranges will be visited by both groups. Grade 7s will take the bus to take the dramatic cable car at Passo Pordoi, from where they walk around to the Bamberger Hut for drinks. They then ascend a narrow gulley with some wire ropes and ladders before the final ascent to Piz Boe (3152m); the descent goes along a different path to Franz Kostner Hut. Grade 6s will take a cable car from Corvara and possibly a chair lift
ending at Franz Kostner Hut for drinks. Walking up past Lake Boe, this group will see the Piz Boe feature above them, while having views across to Pralongia and routes walked earlier in the week. Grade 7s may take the balcony path from Lake Boe café to the bottom of a hanging valley opposite the hotel. Grade 6s have several options to descend to Corvara or direct to Colfosco. Distances are between 8 and 11 miles, ascents are between 700 and 1200
Today’s Grade 6 walk starts in Abtei and taking the cable car to Santa Croce for coffee returning via Stern and Corvara. Grade 7's walk starts in Abtei and taking the lower cable car to Utia Nagler, we then walk up to Santa Croce for coffee returning via Stern and Corvara. Distances are between 8 and 11 miles, ascents are between 300 and 900 metres.
Starting in Falzarego we cross hilly terrain climbing to a high valley and the Rifugio Nuvolau (2416m), giving us great views of the Marmolada, the highest mountain in the region, various choices of route are available. Distances are between 6 and 9 miles, ascents are between 600 and 900 metres.
A non walking day, with a possible visit to the Ladin Museum in St Martin, for those guests interested.
Today more excellent views of the mountains and the Marmolada with Grade 6s taking the beautiful VieldalPlan route to the Rifugio for lunch and a walk back down to Arabba. Grade 7 walkers will contour round from Porto Vescova with spectacular views of the Marmolada before climbing up to Rifugio Padon for a welcome drink, then back to Arabba for the bus back. Distances are between 6 and 8 miles, ascents are between 500 and 800 metres.
Grade 6 walks enjoy a day steady ascent to the Sassongher Col, then along a balcony path before descending to La Villa for the bus back. Grade 7 have a more challenging climb up to Sassongher summit, some short exposed sections and wire ropes near to the summit, but excellent views. Distances are between 6 and 8 miles, ascents are between 600 and 900 metres.
Grade 6s start with a bus ride followed by cable car up to Rifugio Lagazuoi and short walk up to the view point, visit war time bunkers and tunnels. Returning through a limestone valley with towering hills on either side. Grade 7 walkers will take on the longest day's walk to Rifugios de Fanes and Lavareia, returning by the same route. Distances are between 5 and 14 miles, ascents are between 200 and 1500 metres.
We start in Wolkenstein with a short cable car ride. Grade 6 follow the path around the plateau via Pieralongia, Rif Firenze, Rif Juac and back into Wolkenstein for cake and then the bus back to hotel. Grade 7 walkers follow the path of the Saxon King Friedrich around Langkofel finishing in Gralba with one strenuous ascent on the way. Distances are between 6 and 12 miles, ascents are between 200 and 800 metres.
After breakfast we must return to the airport for our flight back to the UK.