We absolutely loved our hiking trip in the Dolomites in 2011 and are happily returning this July for another trip. My husband has been doing the bulk of the planning and this was a rough itinerary he came up with. Nothing is set in stone as we like to be flexible based on weather and how we feel. On our last trip we did stay multiple nights at a few refugios and did some day hikes, which we liked. Although that is not currently in the itinerary, we'll likely rearrange our schedule to allow for that.
A few pieces of info:
We are likely flying in and out of Milan and will be relying on public transportation.
We don't have a set destination in mind. As long as we can travel from our last refugio back to Milan by public transportation, we are good. For instance, on our last trip we pretty much just set out and said we will go as far as we can (we had to rearrange our schedule as many of the huts closed earlier than we anticipated)
We like to keep our daily mileage reasonable (around 8-11 km) as our daughter will be hiking on her own this trip (she will be 5.5 years old at the time of the trip)
We will be doing this trip in early July. We weren't planning on booking any refugios ahead of time, but maybe calling a few days ahead of time to book space (especially for weekends). What is advisable for this time of year and reservations for the refugios?
If we were to pick a few refugios for a multiple night stay - which would you recommend based on day hikes, scrambles, via ferratas (for my husband), or anything else interesting in the area (on our last trip we did like the WWI history)
And this one might be harder ... if you have any recommendations on books about the Dolomites - e.g. non-fiction about WWI, historical fiction, or fiction set there - I would love to hear them. I love to read and would love to read some books about this area before we go (on our last trip I found myself wishing I had read more about WWI in this area). Unfortunately, I only speak English - so that might rule
out some books if they haven't been translated or aren't available in the US.
Anyhow - here's our itinerary. Would love to hear thoughts from some of the resident experts. Thanks in advance!!!
Fri - depart JFK
Sat - arrive Milan, transport to Dolomites, Passo Costalunga
Sun - Rifugio Roda di Vael
Mon - Rifugio Re Alberto
Tues - Rifugio Passo Principe
Wed - Rifugio Alpe di Tres
Thu - Rifugio Venezia
Fri - Rifugio Malga Brogles
Sat - Rifugio Genova
Sun - Rifugio Puez
Mon - Rifugio Pisciadù
Tues - Rifugio Piz Boe
Wed - Rifugio Belvedere
Thu - Rifugio Contrin
Fri - Rifugio Fuchiade
Sat - Travel to Castle
Sun - Stay in Castle
Mon - Travel to Milan
Tue - Fly out