The Trip-Finder, January 1998
Hiking the Dolomites
|Above the Clouds Trekking|
|3||$1,700-$1,950||rustic lodging, tourist hotels|
|7||$3,000||rustic lodging, tourist hotels|
|Butterfield & Robinson|
|4||$3,375||rustic lodging, tourist hotels|
|2||$1,575||rustic lodging, tourist hotels|
|4||$2,150-$2,350||rustic lodging, tourist hotels|
|Sierra Club Outings|
|1||$1,795-$2,095||rustic lodging, tourist hotels|
|5||$1995-$2,195||rustic lodging, tourist hotels|
The Route: Trekking through the green meadows and soaring spires of white rock that line one of Europe's best trail systems. Overnights during the five- to 11-day trips are in village inns and remote but cozy rifugios.
When to go: June to September
Travel advisory: Some of the outfitters use the notorious via ferrata, or iron trails, a precarious, vertigo-inspiring network of ladders, cables, and footpegs that traverse particularly steep sections of rock — an ordeal for those with a fear of heights.
- Watching a crashing thunderstorm from a rifugio so high in the mountains that you're looking down on the storm clouds.
- If you're longing for unpeopled vistas, the Dolomites in the summer is not the place to be.
Copyright 1998, Outside magazine