Duration: 8 nights/9 days
Departing from: Venice Airport, 9 a.m., Day 1
Tour finishes: Venice Airport, 11:30 a.m. on Day 9
Departures 2020: June 6 (Saturday); July 26 (Sunday); September 12 (Saturday)
Activity Level 4 = Challenging: Difficult terrain, sustained climbs and descents, at least 5 hours of activity daily, and up to 8 hours of walking. You need to be fit, experienced hikers who enjoy being challenged.
In general: This is a challenging tour for fit hikers who will be happy to end the hike each day and recover with a cold beer. Not appropriate for novice hikers or even for experienced but unfit hikers.
Terrain: Rolling and often steep terrain. Challenging sustained climbs and descents of up to 1,200 metres/4,000 feet. Altitude can play a role as our Challenging tours are in the mountains. In the Alta Via we sleep at 2,700 metres/8,500 feet.
Actual walking time: between 5-8 hours per day.
Distances: Usually between 15 and 18 kms/9.5 and 11 miles. Max distance is 22 kms/14 miles.
Surfaces: Trails consisting of compact earth, gravelly earth, and sometimes dirt-gravel roads and frequently on rocky and uneven trails. Scree slopes and steep switchback trails are also encountered. Sometimes it is necessary to use one’s arms to climb up a short “impasse”, or sit down on your bum to descend sections that are too big for a step. You might also find somewhat overgrown trails.
Footing: Good to tricky. You must almost ALWAYS pay attention to where and how you place your feet. Proper hiking shoes or boots with thick soles with good treads are required. Sport sandals, running shoes and tennis shoes are not adequate.
Specifics: The trails are safe, but some of them have some “open” parts which could unsettle anyone who suffers from vertigo (on the other hand, all you have to do is look the other way!). Most of the trails are well maintained, but occasionally you have to walk on a short stretch of scree. You also have to carry what you need for six nights up in the mountain huts, so your day-pack will be a little heavier than usual. Elevation gains are between 600 – 900 m (1,970 – 3,000 ft).
Hiking Poles: REQUIRED! Or at least highly recommended !!!
Other: These tours are not appropriate for first-time hikers. People with hip and knee issues will probably find that these tours will aggravate your pre-existing injuries to the point that you may have to abandon the tour. Hikers need to be fit with healthy joints who can easily hike for six hours a day or more and who are also used to negotiating rocky, uneven terrain.
Backpacks: On these trips you will be carrying more in your backpacks than on other tours because: a) we are in the mountains and therefore you need to carry more layers and be ready for any weather conditions; b) you may need to carry more water since it
may not be available; c) you may be carrying your lunch; and d) you will have to carry extra clothing for our 6 nights stay in the mountain chalets because luggage transfers are not possible.