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Snowshoeing in the Dolomites

from $2,079.00

Walk in Italy’s most spectacular mountain range

  • Reviews 42 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Moderate
    5/8
  • Group Size Small Group
    3 - 14
All about the Snowshoeing in the Dolomites.

On the northern edge of Italy’s most impressive mountain range, in the Alta Pusteria Valley and just north of Cortina d’Ampezzo, lies the charming village of Villabassa. This area of the Dolomites is perfect for snowshoeing with routes leading into Fanes-Sennes Natural Park, along the shoreline of Lago di Braies and beneath the jagged peaks of Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Trek along forest trails and old military tracks to the magnificent viewpoints of Durrakopf (2275m) and Strudelkopf (2307m), learning more about the impact of World War 1 in this area along the way. Our base for the week will be the superb Hotel Adler, situated in the centre of the town and one of the best hotels we feature in our entire programme. This 4-star accommodation provides the perfect place to unwind after a day’s snowshoeing, with Michelin recommended cuisine and a relaxing wellness centre.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 6 dinners
* 7 nights at Hotel Adler
* 5 guided snowshoe walks, with snowshoes and ski poles provided
* Tour leader throughout
* Airport transfers (at designated times)

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Local taxes (approx. EUR 10, see Trip Notes)

Highlights

  • Walk surrounded by spectacular scenery
  • Explore areas only accessible by snowshoes
  • Relax in a 4-star hotel with wellness centre
  • 7 nights 4-star hotel in en suite rooms
  • 5 days guided snowshoeing
  • Group normally 4 to 14, plus leader
  • Snowshoes and poles provided
  1. Day 1 Start Villabassa.

    Start at our hotel in Villabassa (approx. 1hrs45 from Innsbruck airport)

  2. Day 2-4 Three guided snowshoe walks.

    We walk wonderful routes in the Fanes-Sennes Natural Park, along the shoreline of Lago di Braies and beneath the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, arguably the most iconic image of the entire Dolomites.

  3. Day 5 Free day

    Free day to relax at the hotel and enjoy the spa facilities or try downhill or cross-country skiing.

  4. Day 6-7 Our final two snowshoe walks.

    Forest trails and old military tracks take us to magnificent viewpoints of Durrakopf (2275m) and Strudelkopf (2307m). Lunch stops at picturesque refuges give us the chance to absorb fascinating history from the First World War.

  5. Day 8 End Villabassa.

    End at our hotel in Villabassa.

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Where you stay

Hotel Adler – 4 Star

Hotel Adler

Located on the village square, this quality hotel is one of the most comfortable we feature. The cosy bar is popular with locals, while the quiet lounge is warmed by a log fire. The hotel’s other facilities include a lovely indoor pool and a wellness centre with sauna, steam room, solarium and small fitness centre. The well-known restaurant, run by head chef Helene Markart, appears in the Michelin Guide among others; the menu features a mixture of local and international cuisine. All bedrooms have en suite facilities (some with showers, some with baths), a minibar and TV. It is possible to upgrade your room if you wish for even more comfort. Contact us for prices and availability. Single accommodation (available on request)

Pool in the wellness centre at the Hotel Adler
Eating and Drinking

7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners are included.

Dinners are usually taken in the restaurant at Hotel Adler, where we enjoy a lovely set menu. Please note the meal on the evening of day one may be a cold buffet instead of a hot meal, this will depend on the arrival time of the flight.

Dinner is not included on the free day, which may be an excellent opportunity to try the A la carte menu on offer at Hotel Adler. Vegetarians are catered for, yet as this area is renowned for its meats, please be aware that there may not be as much variety.

5 pack lunches are provided by the hotel. Each morning there is a small buffet with items to make your own lunch (e.g. bread rolls, ham, salad…) In an effort to minimize the use of plastic and single-use items, the hotel provides Tupperware-type boxes and reusable cutlery.

Snowshoeing is offered at Grade 3 – Moderate. Expect to spend 5-6hrs in the mountains each day. No experience of snowshoeing is necessary, but good health and fitness are important, as walking in snow can be more tiring than summer walking. Some walking at higher altitude and occasional longer/harder days may be involved.

Certain walks are dependent on weather conditions and alternative routes may have to be chosen as necessary. The overriding priority on the trip is group safety and conditions are assessed daily by the leader. A route is chosen based on current conditions and the forecast for that day. Our leaders are required not to proceed with any proposed route (including those mentioned in brochure or Trip Notes) if they believe the risk to be unacceptable.

Snowshoes are adaptable to fit most trekking boot sizes, however if you wear larger than US size 13 boots (or EU47) please let us know at the time of booking. We will then be able to confirm if we can provide suitable snowshoes for you.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

SNOWSHOEING IN THE DOLOMITES

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Views from the Durrakopf are well worth the effort
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Karl is a real gem- constantly cracking jokes, the trip wouldn't be the same without him
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do not, on any account, pass up on the opportunity for some kaiserschmarrn.Tyrolean night at the hotel is a lot better than you might expect!
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I've heard a rumour that Exodus are considering doing away with the minibus and providing taxis instead. Please don't. The cameraderie of travelling together in the bus is all part of the fun; and it wouldn't be much fun to stand around in the cold waiting for taxis after a long day's trekking.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

snowshoeing in the Dolomites

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Probably just some lovely views
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Very attentive to everybody's needs
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Definitely take lots of layers as it can be really hot one minute and cold the next.Also if lack of snow get grips for the bottom of your walking boots to avoid slipping on the ice !
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This did not affect me but the vegetarians on our trip had a very limited menu

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

Snow shoeing in the Dolomites

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Being the only people on Monte Piano in the fresh snow on a clear day was incredibly moving, having been there in the summer and seen the trenches from WW1.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Sara was tireless in looking after all the needs of the group including organising ice climbing or skiing for small groups on the free day. She was excellent.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The weather is very variable so lots of layers are important. It can be very warm if the sun is shining but the ridges can be windy and cold.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

An awesome trip

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were many. On top of Monte Piana hearing about the challenges soldiers fighting in WW1 faced, Sara our guide was a huge inspiration - and has made us want to explore & trek even more. Being able to act like kids - racing through untrodden snow, building snow animals, sledging & meeting a great group of like-minded people to share our week with has made this a fantastic trip.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Sara is a fantastic guide - and always going above & beyond what she needs to do. Her knowledge of the area, experience & enthusiasm really helped make this trip as excellent as it was.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do the sledging on your free day - it's well worth the nervous energy beforehand!! It's great value for money - 35 euro for 4 hours which included the lift pass (we got 7 runs in that time, and a break for lunch at the top of the slope).
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A great trip that will leave many happy memories and a lot of laughter!

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
4/5

Tirolean snow and snowshoes!

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Climbing the highest peak on the second day, in excellent weather with views right across the Dolomites to the main Alps in the distance.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Sara was an excellent leader - very knowledgeable, knew the mountains like her own backyard (not amazingly as they ARE her own backyard; she lives there!) - inspiring and incredibly fit. If anyone had needed carrying off the mountain, I'm sure Sara could have done it.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It can be a lot warmer than you think out there. Blazing sunshine bouncing off the snow and hard work going uphill can leave you sweating in regular skiing clothes. Make sure you can peel off layers down to full Summer wear! (And you'll need a lot of sunblock. It's bright out there on a good day.)
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I unfortunately went down with a 24 hour stomach bug - just one of those things - and Exodus very kindly refunded me that fraction of the cost of the holiday! To be spent on my next Exodus trip, no question!

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