Cortina is also known as the “queen of the Dolomites” because of its amazing geographical location. From this vibrant and tourist-friendly town, the impressive mountains around are easily accessible. Excellent restaurants and nice pubs offer some well-deserved refreshments!
After a short bus transfer to Lake Landro, the ascent to one of the greatest highlights of the Dolomites can begin. It is a steady ascent of more than 1000 m that will take you directly in front of the mighty Tre Cime. These 3 peaks are emblematic of the Dolomites. A famous Refuge will receive you with refreshments and a hearty meal. Walkers who enjoy a challenge can take a hike around the Tre Cime and observe the peaks from every angle.
This walk was the scene of tragic war act during WWI. You can still see the evidence of these atrocities by walking through the war tunnel of Paterno and the curious looking Sasso di Sesto. The walk leads to the pretty refuge Cengia (2528 m), then down into a silent otherworldly ‘amphitheatre’. Then it’s on to the refuge Auronzo, for a short transfer back to Cortina.
After a pleasant transfer on the open-air ski lift, this walk will take you to the very foot of the eroded rock towers of the Cinque Torri. Then, we walk around Nuvolau using either a dramatic and technical path by Ra Gusela (2574m), or an easier path by Passo Giau (2236m) before reaching Passo Falzarego (2105m). Here, you take an enormous cable car up to your Refuge (2752m), where we spend the night in the amazing surroundings of the Tofane range.
As it is not possible to ascend any higher from the Refuge (2752m), today we begin by descending to 2030m. We take a right to climb steeply through scrub and past a waterfall for a relentless ascent via moderately exposed natural ledges cut into the sheer Nemesis rock point. This leads to the wondrous lunar-like Masare amphitheatre and eventually to Refuge Giussani (2600m). The walk continues down to Col dei Bos (2400m) and Passo Falzarego (2105m), from which the cable car takes you back up to your Refuge (2752m).
This challenging route begins with an exhilarating underground ascent via a remarkable tunnel hewn into the mountainside by the Italian WW1 forces. We climb a total of 647m with the help of rock steps and guiding cables fixed to the walls. The tunnel measures 1100m in length and boasts a gradient verging 45 degrees! Then we descend the Val Travenanzes, haunt of Chamois (a native species of goat-antelope) and Marmots (ground squirrels) and then conclude with the impressive Fanes waterfall – a 70m drop, placing it as the highest waterfall in the Dolomites.
After breakfast, we bid you farewell. However, you can extend your stay in Cortina to explore this area further and add extra nights.