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Italian Dolomites

Dates (3 available)
Jun 20 - 27, 2024
8 days - 7 nights
Jun 28 - Jul 5, 2024
8 days - 7 nights
Sep 5 - 12, 2024
8 days - 7 nights
Moderate – Challenging
1 - 10
131 kg / person
The Italian Dolomites have some of the best trail running in Europe! We’ll run inn to inn, taking in spectacular views of the region along smooth singletrack and over high cols. At night, we’ll enjoy hearty local cuisine in villages.

The Dolomites are one of our favorite areas for trail running. Trails here are flowy and accessible, and the scenery includes impressive mountains, quiet villages and flower-filled meadows. Here, the Italian, Austrian, and ancient Ladin cultures intermingle in the small, scattered villages that dot this mountainous corner of Italy. Our inn-to-inn tour takes you through the Gardena and Funes valleys in the western Dolomites. We’ll trail run with light vests, as our bags are moved for us from village to village. One night at a high mountain lodge will require a slightly larger “fast packing” pack. Our tour begins in Ortisei, nestled in Val Gardena, in the heart of the UNESCO Dolomites World Heritage Area. There’s miles of great running radiating in every direction. On our first full day, we’ll warm up with a run visiting high huts and alpine trails.

Cruising the trails of the Italian Dolomites. (Photo: Mark Brightwell)

A typical day starts with a delicious buffet breakfast at our hotel, including freshly baked bread and pastries, local meats and cheeses, cereal, fruit, eggs, coffee and freshly squeezed juice. Soon we’ll be out on the trail, running through pastures and under the Dolomites’ iconic limestone towers.

During his reconnaissance for Run the Alps when we developed this trip, guide Bruno Yates wrote: “I’m used to running in some pretty incredible locations in the French and Swiss Alps, and I was blown away by what we found in this part of the Dolomites – and the sheer number of world class trails. I’m looking forward to next June!” (You can read his story, here.) A few of our days will offer several possible distances, and if you want to take it easy, we’ll have two optional rest days, as well. Most days finish around 4 pm, giving time to wash up, relax, or just gaze upon the outside panorama from the balcony of your room. Later, we’ll enjoy dinner together at our hotel restaurants. These are multi-course affairs, often featuring delicious local Austrian and Italian specialties.

Pointing the way for the next day’s run. (Photo: Milo Zanecchia)

Guiding this trip will be Cam Bevan, an International Mountain Leader. Read more about his guiding experience and skills here.

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$4,390 per person
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Day 1

Today, we’ll meet in Bolzano and transfer by taxi to Ortisei in the afternoon.  Before dinner, we’ll meet for an overview of the week’s route, covering daily routines, and reviewing gear for each day’s adventure.

Accommodations: Hotel Stetteneck or similar

Running through the Dolomites. (Photo: Milo Zanecchia)

Day 2

Today we’ll start by using a funicular railway from Ortisei to gain the scenic Resciesa Ridge, with panoramic views and quality trails traversing the mountainside.

Accommodations: Hotel Stetteneck or similar
As the mist burnt off we climbed through forest vibrant and striking with its red leafed rowan and yellow larch contrasting strongly with the ever dark spruce.

Yellow larch in the Dolomites in fall. (Photo: Mark Brightwell)

Day 3

From the beautiful plateau of Alpe di Siusi, some relatively flat running brings us to Saltner Hut. We then head out over the Altipiano dello Sciliar and one of the most dramatic sections of trail of the entire week. We stay overnight at Plattkofel Hut, with private rooms and hot showers.

Accommodations: Plattkofel Hut

Running towards the high walls of Sassolungo. (Photo: Mark Brightwell)

Day 4

Along today’s stunning route, we’ll explore the immense and iconic Langkofel/Plattkofel massif. Passing Rifugio Vincenza, a break for coffee and cake feels obligatory! For those feeling adventurous, an early-morning run to the 2958m high Plattkofel Peak, is an option.

Accommodations: Hotel Krone or similar
Looking into the Valunga, high in the Dolomites (Photo: Mark Brightwell.)

A view of Vallunga. (Mark Brightwell)

Day 5

Running from Selva this morning, we’ll enjoy a circular route up into the impressive Vallunga, or “Long Valley”, a long, deep chasm which has been likened to a mini-Yosemite valley.  The flow on this section of trail feels just great!

Accommodations: Hotel Krone or similar

Enjoying the meat and cheese platter in the Dolomites. (Photo: PatitucciPhoto)

Day 6

We cross from Val Gardena to its quieter neighbor, Val di Funes. Starting in Selva, we’ll climb to the popular Seceda meadows high above Val Gardena, an expanse dotted with quiet alp farms, and backed by the impressive jagged Odler peaks.

Accommodations: Hotel Kabis
Gunther Messner Way

Gunther Messner Way. (Photo: Bruno Yates)

Day 7

We’ll tackle the Odle di Eores massif, with engrossing singletrack, mature pine woodland, abundant mountain vistas and a couple of well-placed huts for refreshments along the way. Today’s highlight is the “Gunther Messner way”, a flowing, narrow trail.

Accommodations: Hotel Kabis

Day 8

Today we’ll say our goodbyes as we take leave of the Dolomites. We’ll have a morning group taxi available to Bolzano, where you can continue on to your final post-tour destination.

Meals: Breakfast

What's included

Six nights at village hotels, one night at a remote mountain inn, all breakfasts and dinners, trail snacks, guided runs daily, all transfers to and from trailheads, and luggage transfers between villages.

Tour category

Inn-to-inn with high mountain huts.

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Guides for this Tour

Tour dates: Jun 20 - 27, 2024
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Tour dates: Jun 28 - Jul 5, 2024
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Tour dates: Sep 5 - 12, 2024
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Need a hand preparing?

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We offer pre-trip coaching as a benefit to our guests for a reasonable fee. Spaces are limited.