Tucked away in the northeastern corner of Italy, the Dolomites are a wonderful trail running destination. The flowing trails are easily accessible and scattered with friendly mountain huts where you can take a break or even stay overnight. With a border on Austria, the combination of Italian, Austrian and the local Ladin culture come together to create a unique experience – where else can you get Apfelstrudel with your cappuccino?
Our self-guided route takes in what we think is some of the best running in the region, in the Gardena and Funes valleys of the western Dolomites. The trails here tend towards smooth and scenic, with many high traverses, such as around the rim of the aptly named Vallunga, or “long valley” which is 6 kilometers long with 1,500-foot high cliffs on both sides.
There is good access to mountain cable cars, so it’s often possible to skip the climb or the descent, if you want a shorter run. In the evenings you’ll enjoy hearty local cuisine and stay overnight in comfortable inns.
When you sign up to run in one of the regions below, your trip will be planned in detail. Each self-guided tour includes the following components:
*In-country rail, bus and shuttle travel.
*Three-star hotel and mountain hut bookings.
*Thorough travel instructions, regional information, our Guide to Trail Running in the Alps, and detailed run descriptions printed on durable, waterproof paper, complete with a run profile, time estimates, bail-out options, emergency numbers, and a map. See a sample.
Our typical Dolomites self-guided tour is 8 days, 7 nights. Pricing is as follows:
June or September: $2690, July – $2890, August – $3090
Single supplement: $500. Single rooms may not be available at all locations.
Our Dolomites trip starts and finishes in Bolzano, Italy. Run the Alps can provide guidance on travel between your arrival and departure airport(s), to and from Bolzano.
Since tour planning time and materials are the same regardless of trip length, costs for shorter trips are not reduced proportionally. You can view a sample itinerary here.
As we work with you to develop your self-guided itinerary, consider adding one of the many great Alp trail races into your plans. Please contact us to discuss trail race options and timing.
No matter where you are, on every self-guided trip, if a problem arises, Run the Alps and our booking partners at Alpinehikers are just a phone call away.