Snowshoeing in the Dolomites

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CIS
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Premium Adventure
Activity:
Winter
Group size:
3–14
Min age:
16

Discover Italy's most impressive mountain range

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.

Highlights

  • Walk surrounded by spectacular scenery
  • Explore areas only accessible by snowshoes
  • Relax in a 4-star hotel with wellness centre

Key information

  • 7 nights 4-star hotel in en suite rooms
  • 5 days guided snowshoeing
  • Group normally 4 to 14, plus leader
  • Snowshoes and poles provided

What's included

  • 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
  • Return flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck with Thomson Airways, airport transfers (for group flights only)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request) 
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Optional activities
  • Local taxes (approx. EUR 10, see Trip Notes)
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

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Responsible Travel

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Villabassa.

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

  • Days 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.

  • Day 5

    Free day

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

  • Days 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.

  • Day 8

    End Villabassa.

    End at our hotel in Villabassa.

Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Italy

No visa required for British passport holders.
Please note in Italy it is compulsory to carry ID with you at all times.

Vaccinations

Italy

There are no specific health risks.

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 minimise the use of plastic and single-use items, the hotel provides Tupperware-type boxes and reusable cutlery. 

Weather

Throughout the Dolomites the winter months can bring extended periods of fine, settled weather. From Christmas through to the end of February average daytime temperatures range between +4º and -10º C in the shade. These temperatures can feel surprisingly comfortable, largely because the air is very dry, and you will often be on the move. In periods of unsettled weather the daytime temperature will rise to zero or higher, but it will feel much colder as the air carries much more moisture at these times. It can occasionally get windy, and the resulting wind-chill factor can be significant.

Is this trip for you?

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 UK size 12 boots (US13 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.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

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Accommodation

Hotel Adler - 4 Star

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)

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

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Experts

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Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

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Expert Blog Entries

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  • Reviewed January 2019
    Andy Longden

    So good we’ve done it twice!

    The perfect antidote to overindulging over Christmas (although don’t expect to lose weight)! Spectacularly beautiful scenery with some of the finest mountain walking in the world. Conditions can vary - we had reduced snow levels, but that just meant we donned universal crampons (provided by Exodus) and headed up into the hills on good trails. The walking is well graded, increasing (a little) in difficulty through the week. The hotel offers superb accommodation and exceptional food. It has a small, well equipped wellness centre and gym, and offers spa services (massages were highly rated by those who had them).

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It is always enjoyable when the group reaches the highlight of a walk - often a summit. The top of Monte Piano is an interesting place to visit as it has many remnants of the vicious warfare during World War 1. Another great moment was reaching the summit of Durakopf under cloudless blue skies - genuinely spectacular, and I’ve been on a lot of mountains...! Then again, the hot chocolate I devoured in the Taistneralm hut was absolutely historic in every sense...!!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Sara Bull is an exceptionally capable, professional and likeable leader - one of the best we’ve travelled with. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble, and she gets our top marks for attention to detail. I was particularly impressed with the care she gave to one or two people who needed minor medical care - she got them back on track as quickly as possible.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Although not a highly graded trip, snowshoeing and winter walking can be quite physical so reasonable fitness will allow you to enjoy it to the full. Expect anything from the weather - warm hats, mitts, down jackets are essential, but it may on occasions also be warm. The trip notes are comprehensive and accurate. You will have a free day during the week and it’s worth giving that some thought as there are many options, including downhill or cross country skiing, walking, interesting museums or just relaxation. We think this is a jewel in the Exodus portfolio - we’ve done it twice now, and I wouldn’t hesitate to book it again in the future.
  • Reviewed March 2018
    Sonya Bartley

    I amazed myself every day!

    Learning to snow shoe was simple, but for the first two days I also had to learn how to pick myself up. My feet felt huge. The walking was exhilarating and the views spectacular. I began to understand the mountaineer's drive to be in that terrain. At times I was overwhelmed with the effort it took for me to reach my destination but always felt happy to be participating. Different group members were warm and encouraging. Our guide was OUTSTANDING. I was a teacher and I appreciated all of the incentives Sara used to help me not only finish my walk but enjoy it too. A fantastic and memorable week! Thank you.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking along a vertiginous mountain track and realising I'd almost completed it without calling for my husband.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Sara always described what we would be covering each day. She instilled trust and confidence and loved and knew the mountains. She gave clear instructions and was able to help us with old and new injuries. Sara was OUTSTANDING.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I feel you have be cardio fit to do this week. Arms and legs are utilised all day!!
  • Reviewed March 2018
    Sonya Bartley

    I amazed myself every day!

    Learning to snow shoe was simple, but for the first two days I also had to learn how to pick myself up. My feet felt huge. The walking was exhilarating and the views spectacular. I began to understand the mountaineer's drive to be in that terrain. At times I was overwhelmed with the effort it took for me to reach my destination but always felt happy to be participating. Different group members were warm and encouraging. Our guide was OUTSTANDING. I was a teacher and I appreciated all of the incentives Sara used to help me not only finish my walk but enjoy it too. A fantastic and memorable week! Thank you.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking along a vertiginous mountain track and realising I'd almost completed it without calling for my husband.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Sara always described what we would be covering each day. She instilled trust and confidence and loved and knew the mountains. She gave clear instructions and was able to help us with old and new injuries. Sara was OUTSTANDING.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I feel you have be cardio fit to do this week. Arms and legs are utilised all day!!
  • Reviewed March 2018
    Sonya Bartley

    I amazed myself every day!

    Learning to snow shoe was simple, but for the first two days I also had to learn how to pick myself up. My feet felt huge. The walking was exhilarating and the views spectacular. I began to understand the mountaineer's drive to be in that terrain. At times I was overwhelmed with the effort it took for me to reach my destination but always felt happy to be participating. Different group members were warm and encouraging. Our guide was OUTSTANDING. I was a teacher and I appreciated all of the incentives Sara used to help me not only finish my walk but enjoy it too. A fantastic and memorable week! Thank you.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking along a vertiginous mountain track and realising I'd almost completed it without calling for my husband.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Sara always described what we would be covering each day. She instilled trust and confidence and loved and knew the mountains. She gave clear instructions and was able to help us with old and new injuries. Sara was OUTSTANDING.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I feel you have be cardio fit to do this week. Arms and legs are utilised all day!!
  • Reviewed March 2018
    Sonya Bartley

    I amazed myself every day!

    Learning to snow shoe was simple, but for the first two days I also had to learn how to pick myself up. My feet felt huge. The walking was exhilarating and the views spectacular. I began to understand the mountaineer's drive to be in that terrain. At times I was overwhelmed with the effort it took for me to reach my destination but always felt happy to be participating. Different group members were warm and encouraging. Our guide was OUTSTANDING. I was a teacher and I appreciated all of the incentives Sara used to help me not only finish my walk but enjoy it too. A fantastic and memorable week! Thank you.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking along a vertiginous mountain track and realising I'd almost completed it without calling for my husband.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Sara always described what we would be covering each day. She instilled trust and confidence and loved and knew the mountains. She gave clear instructions and was able to help us with old and new injuries. Sara was OUTSTANDING.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I feel you have be cardio fit to do this week. Arms and legs are utilised all day!!
  • Reviewed March 2018
    Elaine Richards

    Effort rewarded

    Being complete novices my wife and I were just experimenting with this trip. We are so glad we did. The walks are all pretty challenging stuff but the rewards of the effort put in are more than ample reward. We were fortunate enough to get a pretty good week, some snow, some blue skies and not too cold and the Dolomites definitely showed us their best face. We are in our early sixties and walk regularly and found the walks doable but not easy. You get out of this holiday what you put in.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Arriving at the summit of Durakopf and being completely surrounded by snow covered mountains against a clear blue sky takes some beating but there were many other moments like that. Every day provided something new and even more amazing than the previous one. The sense of achievement we, and the rest of the group felt on reaching our targets.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    It is quite hard to explain how much Sara makes this holiday. She is all the things a guide should be, knowledgeable, helpful, caring and extremely competent but the whole is so much more than the sum of the parts. With any reasonably competent guide this would be a good holiday but Sara takes it up a notch and to a different level. Excellent does not do her justice.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you are a fit and able walker and the snowshoeing will come naturally. Read the trip notes and kit list thoroughly and ensure you follow it. Bring a camera or you will regret it.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We take a number of holidays this is the best one week holiday we have ever taken. Learning about the area's history (particularly the First World War) was an interesting bonus.
  • Reviewed March 2018
    Hebe Pritchard

    Snowshoeing in the Dolomites

    We have just returned from the Snowshoeing holiday In the Dolimites. We had not been snowshoeing before , others in the party had. Our guide Sara ,was fantastic at bringing the first timers and the experienced along at a pace that fitted both. She was amazing at helping individuals, encouragement and delivered everyday on a challenging walk with a spectacular visual reward at the end and "feel good" personal achievement factor. We felt Sara was super woman, she looked after our welfare and wellbeing constantly and her attention to detail and our safety was amazing. The hotel for this trip was also great. Small and very friendly with great food and facilities to relax with after the days physical challenges. Particularly special beds! Essential at the end of an exercise filled day. We thoroughly enjoyed the week.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting to the" top" of mountains and finding only ourselves for company and peace .

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Fantastic!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Sara, our guide, did an excellent job of working out our fitness levels and choosing the walks appropriately . We did feel there were people in the group fitter than us, but Sara made it possible to achieve the same walk at our own pace with seemingly no physical effort on her part guiding from the front and encouraging at the back! We came home with a huge sense of achievement . I do think to really enjoy this holiday you should feel comfortable with eight- ten mile walk. But, I think each group is well assessed for its potential and walks chosen accordingly. Obviously the further you walk the more you gain from the fantastic scenery . If you are looking for a strol in the park , maybe this one is not for you.
  • Reviewed March 2018
    Morag Leaver

    Snowshoeing in the Dolomites

    A great week. Challenging at times, but so worth it to experience raw nature and incredible scenery and views.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the summit of Monte Piana and thinking about the 14 000 soldiers lives that the mountain had claimed during World War 1 due to the fighting between the Italian and Austro-Hungarian armies and the inhospitable conditions.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader, Sara Bull, was truly exceptional and inspirational especially when I was struggling with some of the uphill sections. She showed me how to reduce my pace to a quarter of what I thought I should be doing and this set me in good stead for the remaining walks.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Kronzplatz offers long wide pistes for exhilarating downhill skiing on the free day. Take the short train journey from Villabassa to Perca Ried (3 stops) where you will find on the station platform a ski rental shop (19 euros for one day rental of skis, boots and poles and you can leave your walking boots in the shop), a ski pass ticket office (55 euros for a one day pass) and the cable car to take you up the mountain.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This was my first taste of snowshoeing and it won't be my last.
  • Reviewed February 2018
    Steve Roberts

    Fantastic

    This was my first time on the type of holiday but from the moment we left the airport , I knew I had made the right choice in booking this holiday. The hotel was great, and the views spectacular. As someone who often walks alone I was worried that a group holiday wouldn't be my thing, but there were plenty of opportunities to break away from the group if you wanted. I never felt rushed if wanted to take photos, or just admire the view. It turned out walking as a group was a lot of fun. If I was to be really fussy I would say I would have prefered the evening meals to be a bit more basic, but there were options on the menu if you weren't happy with the main menu. Breakfast provided a good selection, and I normally made a right pig of myself.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    To stand on the snow covered plateau and soak up the 360 degree views

    What did you think of your group leader?

    OMG. This women (Sarah) is inspirational. Sarah is an fantastic guide. She went far beyond what I expected, to ensure we all had a great holiday. She provided loads of information on the area and its history, whilst also making time to speak to every individual in the group. Nothing was to much trouble for her, even assisting the group in arranging activities for the rest day. Not only did she have great stories of her own to enjoy, but listened to others stories as well.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I am looking to book this holiday again (or one like it). So my advice is to just do it
  • Reviewed February 2018
    Martin coles

    Strenuous

    Beautiful scenery, decent but not outstanding hotel, very professional guide, but be aware that the walking is very strenuous with a lot of extended uphill sections, and not, as advertised, moderate.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The day of rest!

Dates & Prices

Call us on 1 844 227 9087