The Trip-Finder, January 1998

Hiking the Dolomites

Outfitter Departures Price Accommodations
Above the Clouds Trekking
800-233-4499, 508-799-4499
3 $1,700-$1,950 rustic lodging, tourist hotels
Alternative Travel
7 $3,000 rustic lodging, tourist hotels
Butterfield & Robinson
800-678-1147, 416-864-1354
4 $3,375 rustic lodging, tourist hotels
Distant Journeys
2 $1,575 rustic lodging, tourist hotels
Mountain Travel-Sobek
800-227-2384, 510-527-8100
4 $2,150-$2,350 rustic lodging, tourist hotels
Sierra Club Outings
1 $1,795-$2,095 rustic lodging, tourist hotels
Wilderness Travel
800-368-2794, 510-558-2488
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

Difficulty: Moderate

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.

High/low points:

  • 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.

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