September The best month for hiking in the Dolomites

Val Gardena in the Italian Dolomites is one of the best-known ski resorts in the world, but it’s also a hiking mecca in the summer. Insiders recommend leaving your visit a little later, however, for the best conditions.

“The best month to walk in the Dolomites is September, when the sunniest days are less hot than the previous months and there are fewer people than in high season”, explains Christina Demetz, director of the Office tourism of the station.

Experienced hikers and beginners alike can make the most of this time, and Val Gardena decided to create three new and different offers to meet different requirements.

First of all, for experienced and fit mountain hikers, the 24h Val Gardena Trophy will take place on September 9, 2022. This breathtaking but demanding circuit of Val Gardena lasts 24 hours and totals 53 km and 2,900 hm.

The route starts from the village of Ortisei, towards Alpe di Siusi; continue towards Passo Sella, Passo Gardena, Puez, Mastlè, San Giacomo and then return to Ortisei. This guided hike includes a starter package that includes dinner, a midnight snack, breakfast, lunch, and headlamp rental. Hikers will also receive a certificate of participation. Organized by the Ortisei Ski School. It costs €145 to register.

Alternatively, the Trekking Tierser Alpl (photo below), part of the Val Gardena Active program, is a 2-day trek that takes place on September 9/10, September 22/23, October 6/7 and October 20/21.

This guided hike includes an overnight stay in a mountain hut. An incredible event, allowing participants to experience the Dolomites up close, marvel at sunrise and sunset and spend a night on top of the world!

Depart from Selva di Val Gardena and take a bus to Passo Sella. From there, continue on foot along the Federico Augusto path. After an easy climb, the path flattens out to the Sasso Piatto refuge. The rest of the path is regular, until it climbs to the Alpe di Tires refuge. Once there, you can admire the magnificent Denti di Terrarossa and enjoy an appetizing meal. After a good night’s sleep, wake up to a hearty breakfast at 2,440 m and return to the starting point. Your guide will determine the route to follow after consulting with the entire group.

Day 1: 13 km, 620 m of elevation gain, 360 m of elevation gain, 5h30.

Day 2: 10 km, 209 m of elevation gain, 637 m of elevation gain, 4 hours.

It costs €50 for Val Gardena Active members, non-members pay €100 + €78 per night, half-board stay in a shared dormitory at the Tierser Alpl hut (pictured above).

Finally, the Ladin hiking week takes place from 4 to 9 September this year in Val Gardena

The 12th edition of this popular event offers a different guided hike from Monday to Friday, with the final dinner in one of the typical mountain huts of Val Gardena. Price 190€.

  • Monday, the “old cabin” hike (elevation 250 m; elevation 250 m)
  • Tuesday, Ciampinoi – Passo Sella (ascent 100 m; ascent 600 m)
  • Wednesday, Caldaro Lake Circuit (50m elevation gain; 150m elevation gain)
  • Thursday, Alpe di Siusi (positive elevation 100 m; negative elevation 500 m.)
  • Friday, Sas Ciampac 2,672 meters (ascent 450 m; ascent 450 m)

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