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Hiking Italy's Dolomites

 

 

Hiking Italy's pathways—hut to hut. Photo: Rich Brame

Join a group of NOLS grads and instructors for a week of spectacular hiking in the Dolomites as we trek between "rifugios" (small, hostel-style lodgings) during the Italian Alps' early autumn.

Connecting our string of rifugios gives us the chance to savor Italian cuisine and culture while mixing with other, mostly European travelers, in a dorm-style setting. Sleeping and dining (dinner and breakfasts) in the rifugios allows us to considerably lighten our packs for our daily hikes (average move is ~5 miles, plus elevation changes) among the stunning spires, valleys, ridges and peaks of northern Italy.

 

The trip starts and ends in the ancient, cobble-stoned city of Bolzano (capital of the Bolzano-Bozen Province: population ~100K). Participants can flying in and out of Bolzano, Verona, Milan or other area cities— consider staying extra days on either end of the trip to explore the sights of northern Italy.

As a group from Bolzano, we will take a series of train and shuttle rides to and from our "roadheads" in the mountains.

 


We'll follow trails up, over and around the Dolomite's rugged summits.
Photo: Rich Brame

 

The trip spends 6-nights in the "field" at rifugios, and 7-days hiking as well as a hotel night on either end in historic Bolzano. Unlike a standard NOLS expedition, we won't carry cook gear, or heavy rations—even pads and sleeping bags are not needed at the rifugios—but we'll do "real" trail hiking up and down varied terrain with our backpacks.

This trip will re-acquaint you with NOLS backpacking techniques in a convivial, relaxing and visually stunning location. Instruction is geared to your interests, with optional walk-up peaks, Italian "word(s) of the day," time for journal-writing and photography, and more. Of course, non-alumni adult friends and family members are also invited— this is a great way to introduce NOLS to your sidekicks.

Cick here if you'd like to see a quick slideshow from a past September Dolomite trip.

 

Our trip starts and ends in Bolzano with its mix of German and Italian culture. Photo: firing_tower

Cost: $2,575 — this includes shared hotel lodging in Bolzano on both ends of the trip, lodging and meals (wine/beer and showers not included) at the rifugios, instruction, trail food on hiking days, transportation from the mountains to Bolzano, and group backpacking equipment. Even with challenging exchange rates—this trip is a terrific value.

Hiking Italy's Dolomites
Dates:

August 2-9, 2014
September 12-19, 2014
September 2-9, 2015
September 11-18, 2015

Duration: 8 days
Cost: $2,575
Average Age:

45.6

Typical Female/Male Mix:

43/57%

Course start/end: Bolzano, Italy

Activity Rating :

(this is a subjective rating of anticipated physical difficulty- weather, route, and the group mix can combine to make alumni trips more or less "difficult" —higher numbers indicate more challenge.)

 


Staying in huts means cultural interaction, bunks, cooked meals and light packs on the average 5-mile trail days- with plenty of ups and downs. The route's average elevation is ~7,200'.

Fly in/out:

Bolzano, Italy (code: BZO)  - try connecting via Munich or Rome. You can also make train connections to Bolzano by flying into Milan or Munich.

Additional Information:

August 2-9 Trip Description & Equipment Guidelines (pdf)

Sept. 12-19 Trip Description & Equipment Guidelines (pdf)

Apply Now:

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Signing Up
A $200 per person non-refundable deposit is required for enrollment on all alumni trips. If you would like to sign up or have questions just give us a call at 1-800-332-4280 or email at alumni@nols.edu.

Visit here often for updates and please contact us if you are interested in any of our upcoming trips.

For equipment appropriate for your alumni trip go to our online store and click on the alumni category.

 

Experience Italian culture as part of a NOLS Alumni HIking Trip.

Photo: Sam Talucci


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