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The Legendary Dolomites Adventure

This trek is designed for those who are up for an Adventure in a spectacular setting- The Dolomites. This stunning guided hike takes you to dramatic spires, woods, Alpine Lakes and to the Tre Cime.

Nights are spent in ‘Huttes’ in beautiful locations where both German and Italian cuisine are on the menu and you can spend the evenings enjoying the Alpine Scenery.

As we hike we will experience the WW1 history of the mountains and all the beauty they hold. Every day offers a new scene and this trip is truly a legendary adventure you will not want to miss.

Summer in the Dolomites offers an enormous array of colourful wildflowers carpeting the wonderful alpine meadows. The evening light creates a breathtaking backdrop to the brilliant blues of the glacial lakes and the towering mountains. An outstanding hiking destination. Time spent in the Dolomites is made even more enjoyable by the legendary hospitality of these mountain people.

 

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Tuesday 14th July 2020

Today is arrival day in Venice.

Venice is wonderful for the beginning of our Italian experience. Depending on arrival time you are welcome to explore Venice at your leisure.

We enjoy our Welcome Dinner in this Iconic City.

If you are travelling with your Women’s Fitness Adventures C.R.E.W Leader your transfers to the hotel are included. You are welcome to travel with your Leader and flight details will be provided at a later date.

Accommodation: Twin Share Hotel near centre of Venice

Meals: Dinner

 

Wednesday 15th July 2020

Venice to Cortina

After a European breakfast at our hotel we take a private transfer to the delightful ski town of Cortina d’Ampezzo.

We will spend our first night in this alpine town and begin our journey into the beauty of the Italian Alps.

Tonight we have a gear check and arrange our hiking gear to be adventure ready.

 

Accommodation: Twin Share Hotel in Cortina

Meals: Breakfast|Dinner

Thursday 16th July 2020

Transfer to and hike the Tofano group of peaks 

After a hearty breakfast at our hotel we meet our Mountain Guide and  transfer to Tofano group of peaks.

The Tofano peaks are the location of the famous Italian Book by Dino Buzzatifilm “Désert des Tartares” (The Desert of the Tartars).

It is here we start our trail which winds high along a wartime mule track, through rock needles and past bunkers and abandoned refuges.

The views down to the Cortina basin and surrounding peaks are fabulous and a great reward for your efforts.

After our first day’s ascent we’ll relax in our mountain hut and absorb the fine Italian alpine hospitality.

Accommodation: Refuge – shared dormitory style

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch| Dinner

Ascend +845m/2772ft

Distance: 4km ( this is Alpine hiking and involves significant ascending )

Hiking Time: approx: 4hrs.

Friday 17th July 2020

Descend the Val Travenanzes  

After our Alpine breakfast at the hutte we prepare for our day’s hike.

The first section of our hike  today takes us through a wondrous rocky landscape as we zig zag down the trail past the incredible Masarè amphitheatre.

We pass waterfalls and outcrops of dwarf mountain pines. All the while taking photos and enjoying the wilderness.

The scenery is always changing with cascading streams crossed by wooden bridges and evidence of marmot burrows as we near our accommodation for the evening.

Accommodation: Refuge- shared dormitory style.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch| Dinner

Ascend: +645m/2115ft

Descend: -1143m/3750ft,

Distance: 15.76km

Hiking Time: approx. 6hrs

Saturday 18th July 2020

Hike Fanes Natural region to Lago di Braies (Pragser See) 

This morning we enjoy a hearty Alpine breakfast and then prepare for a stunning hike with picture postcard views of the Fanes group of peaks.

We descend to the emerald lakeside of Lago di Braies ringed by conifers making this a particularly rewarding day. We will be welcomed at our hutte for the night.

Accommodation: Refuge- shared dormitory style

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch| Dinner

Ascend: +923m/3028ft,

Descend: -1463m/4799ft

Distance: 17.1km

Hiking Time:  approx. 6hrs

Sunday 19th July 2020

Ascend wooded trails of the Northern Italian Border

As we are close to the Northern Border of Italy, the dual language means that many landmarks have two names (eg Lago diBraies in Italian or Pragser See in German).  This will also be influenced in the food that we eat.

After a hearty breakfast at our Hutte, today’s trail is wooded with some steep sections (2040m).

We will hike through the eastern Dolomites over green meadows on wide trails with a panoramic views, until we arrive to our accommodation for the evening.

Accommodation: Refuge-shared dormitory style

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch| Dinner

Ascend:+1206m/3956ft,

Descend: -674m/2211ft

Distance: 15km

Hiking Time: approx. 6hrs

 

Monday 20th July 2020

Hike to Tre Cime, the iconic three peaks of the Dolomites 

Today will be a  visually stunning hike to the three towers, Tre Cime.

So enjoy the hearty breakfast at the hutte before heading out, as we are on the former Austro-Italian border where fierce fighting took place during WW1. We will see remains of this time.

Walking under Strudelkopfwe pass and then Lake Dürrensee, we ascend to our overnight accommodation with outstanding views to the towers and surroundings.

Accommodation:  Refuge- shared dormitory style

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch| Dinner

Ascend: +1186m/3891ft

Descend: -834m/2736ft

Distance: 13km

Hiking Time: approx. 5hrs

Tuesday 21st July 2020

Circumnavigate the Tre Cime 

After a delicious  breakfast, we head off on this iconic hike that takes us through tunnels, over passes and amongst a stark rocky landscape with 360 degree views of the mountains.

The domination of Tre Cime is clear as we circuit these impressive spires. We arrive at our accommodation for the night with beautiful views of these spires.

Accommodation: Refuge- shared dormitory style

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch| Dinner

Ascend: +788m/2585ft,

Descend: -868m/2847ft

Distance: 10.23km

Hiking Time: approx. 5hrs

Wednesday 22nd July 2020

Descend to Lake Misurina and transfer to Cortina 

This is our last day of hiking so we will enjoy our last breakfast on the trail as we head back down into the lush valley and to Lake Misurina.

In 1927 Aldo Bonacossa made numerous first descents on skis following today’s trail,which has become his namesake.

Descending the Dolomites, we find ourselves in the shadow of the massive Cadini di Misurina. On arrival at the lake we are transferred back to Cortina where we say goodbye to our guide.

In Cortina we check back into our hotel and prepare for our Celebration Dinner and remember the epic adventure we have just completed.

Accommodation:  Hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo twin Share

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch| Dinner

Descend -750m/2460ft

Distance: 6km

Hiking Time: approx. 3.5hrs

Thursday 23rd July 2020

Return to Venice by Private Transfer.

After a hearty breakfast at our hotel we pack and prepare for our return journey to home.

You may choose to stay on and explore all the wonders Italy has to offer or return to the airport in Venice for later flights.

Meals: Breakfast

Here's What You Get

FITNESS TRAINING

Our Legendary Dolomites Adventure is a demanding hike that requires a high level of fitness (Challenging).

Women’s Fitness Adventures provides the opportunity to attend monthly hike training sessions within the greater Brisbane area.

This monthly training is included in your package.

We advise you do as much training as you can before the trip.  The more you train for this hike, the easier you will handle the terrain and the more you will enjoy this wonderful part of the world.

An additional and optional Specialised Adventure Training package is available for this hike. This will be made available after initial booking

Non Brisbane residents have a monthly call and online training provided.

Fitness Goals

If you’re at the moderate level of fitness AND are keen to do this adventure, we can help you meet your goals.

An additional and optional Specialised Adventure Training package is available for this hike. This will be made available after initial booking.

ACCOMMODATION

During our Dolomites Hike we will stay in mountain refuges. Beds are often bunks, always with separate mattresses. Bathrooms and toilets are shared.

Note: The itinerary is subject to modification based on accommodation options in the mountains. Routes can be affected by weather conditions. Hours indicated in the itinerary are walking hours and do notinclude rest stops

MEALS

All trekking meals are included.

We have allowed for flexibility with meals on the days where the arrival time may be late or there are optional activities.

Please refer to each days itinerary for inclusions.

Whilst we do not supply alcohol, you are welcome to bring your own.

Remember alcohol is dehydrating and the goal is to hike each day.

Should you have any special snacks that you can’t live without, you are welcome to bring these with you.

YOUR LEADERS

Your experienced Women’s Fitness Adventures C.R.E.W. Leader is with you all the way.

From the moment you arrive in Venice (or if you are travelling there together) until the time you leave she will be your ultimate fan and support.

Your C.R.E.W Leader is fully trained in Remote Area First Aid and is your first point of call once you are on the adventure.

 

GEAR AND EQUIPMENT

Within a few weeks of your booking being confirmed, you will have access to your Gear and Packing list.

By sticking to the list, you will be well prepared for The Legendary Dolomites Adventure.

For this adventure there is a limited 7 kg bag that will be carried by mule to each destination. A special bag will be given to you for your gear. You will also be carrying your own day pack. Your luggage can be stored at the hotel in Cortina until we return.

If you are new to adventures and do not have the gear, please hold off until our Member Night at the Adventure store or your first training session where you can talk to your Women’s Fitness Adventures C.R.E.W Leader

Women’s Fitness Adventures regularly holds information and education evenings with our preferred Adventure store partners.

At these events you will be able to receive professional advice, adventure specific information, a fun night out and the Women’s Fitness Adventures Members’ discount on equipment purchases on the night.

Your C.R.E.W Leaders are carrying Emergency Communications Equipment and a group first aid kit.

SAFETY

Safety is our number one priority. Your C.R.E.W Leader is fully trained in Remote Area First Aid and your Guides hold  Senior First Aid Qualifications.

All guides and leaders have current CPR Qualifications.

In the event of extreme weather conditions, the adventure may vary from the itinerary. Please be aware of this and accept this as part of the adventure. Your personal safety is our highest priority.

 

KNOWLEDGE

Our Legendary Dolomites Adventure comes with a dedicated, local and professional hiking guide.

Our guide, along with your Women’s Fitness Adventures C.R.E.W Leader, who is there to support YOU, will ensure that you leave with not only knowledge of the Dolomites, but also priceless memories.

These elements, along with our amazing C.R.E.W make our  multi day hikes transformational. Some kind of “magic” happens with the group.

FRIENDSHIP

From the moment you book on to the Legendary Dolomites Adventure, you will begin to make new friends. It all starts with the training.

Our adventurers tell us that they love the opportunities of meeting others before the adventure in the Closed Facebook Group or in person at training.

Many of our members have gone on to become great friends. You can read some of the friendship stories by clicking here.

PRICELESS MEMORIES

Our multi day hikes are transformational. Some kind of “magic” happens with the group.

Here is what Melinda said about her Italian Adventure in 2019

“It was just the level of fun! The comradeship and sense of adventure was great with the entire group of ladies. Also the fact that every single step was never repeated. The variety of walks was super. The adventure was coordinated so well and ran like clockwork” Cinque Terre, Italy 2019.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What you carry

    You will only need day packs to carry your water and snacks for the day.  You may also have personal items that you might like to carry along such as extra clothing, wet weather gear (for alpine conditions) sunscreen and camera. The weight of this would vary around 7-8kg.

    A comprehensive gear list will be supplied to you long before the adventure so that you can feel confident that you have the right gear.

    Within a few weeks of your booking being confirmed, you will have access to your Gear and Packing list.

    By sticking to the list, you will be well prepared for The Legendary Dolomites Adventure.

    If you are new to adventures and do not have the gear, please hold off until our Member Night at the Adventure store or your first training session where you can talk to your Women’s Fitness Adventures C.R.E.W Leader

    Women’s Fitness Adventures regularly holds information and education evenings with our preferred Adventure store partners.

    At these events you will be able to receive professional advice, adventure specific information, a fun night out and the Women’s Fitness Adventures Members’ discount on equipment purchases on the night.

  • Fitness Level

    Our Legendary Dolomites Adventure is Graded Challenging.

    The hiking is moderate to challenging with daily guided hikes of around 4-6 hours, between 4 and 17.5 kms and maximum ascents of 1250 metres per day. Whilst 3 of the days would be considered moderate there are 4 days which involve harder stages and all days will involve steep uphills, descents, and many sections of the trail which require care with loose rock on the trail. Some stages involve the use of ladders.

    You will need a good level of fitness and a good walking pace to participate fully in this adventure.

    At any time during summer, weather conditions may be variable and you should be prepared for all conditions including snow, ice, strong sun.

    Please note: good quality walking boots with ankle support are a pre-requisite for your participation. Runners or shoes without ankle support are not suitable for the conditions encountered on this walk.

    Women’s Fitness Adventures provides the opportunity to attend monthly hike training sessions within the greater Brisbane area.

    This monthly training is included in your package.

    We advise you do as much training as you can before the trip.  The more you train for this hike, the easier you will handle the terrain and the more you will enjoy this wonderful part of the world.

    An additional and optional Specialised Adventure Training package is available for this hike. This will be made available after initial booking

    Non Brisbane residents have a monthly call and online training provided.

    Fitness Goals

    If you’re at an intermediate level AND are keen to do this adventure, we can help you meet your goals.

    An additional and optional Specialised Adventure Training package is available for this hike. This will be made available after initial booking.

  • Weather

    July is summer in Italy, however this is an Alpine Region and the weather can often change quickly.

    It is important to come along with an open mind ready for an awesome experience whatever the weather, whoever the group. Weather can be unpredictable.

    In the event of extreme weather conditions, the adventure may vary from the itinerary. Please be aware of this and accept this as part of the adventure. Your personal safety is our highest priority.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    The following is INCLUDED as part of the adventure:

    • All transfers from Venice airport to the hotel if travelling with your Women’s Fitness Adventures C.R.E.W Leader
    • All transfers that form part of the daily activity whilst on the adventure
    • Nightly accommodation – twin share hotel or Mountain Hut
    • Your Women’s Fitness Adventures C.R.E.W Leader
    • All necessary permits & Licenses
    • Public Liability insurance
    • Comprehensive First Aid kit and emergency communications equipment
    • 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 9 dinners
    • Snacks on the trail

     

     

    The following are not included

    • airfares
    • visas, passport costs
    • vaccinations & medical expenses
    • Travel Insurance
    • transfers other than specified
    • tips and gratuities
    • alcohol
    • souvenirs & gifts
    • meals & food not specified in the itinerary
    • entrance fees unless specified
    • items of a personal nature
  • Booking Terms and Conditions

    Booking Terms and Conditions

    (including cancellation policy)

    Please read carefully the terms and conditions of this contract.

    These should also be read in conjunction with the website Terms and Conditions. (Please click here)

    In completing and submitting the Booking Form, you agree to be bound by these conditions which constitute the agreement between Women’s Fitness Adventures ABN 99 126 975 880 and you.

    No purported variation of these conditions will be effective unless in writing and signed by a person so authorised by Women’s Fitness Adventures. In these terms and conditions reference to “Women’s Fitness Adventures representatives” means staff of Women’s Fitness Adventures and its officers, employees, agents, licensees, guides and other third parties and representatives and the land management authorities in each country in which the tour is conducted, or any of them.

    Prices

    All prices are subject to availability and can be withdrawn or varied without notice. The price is only guaranteed once paid for in full by you.

    Price changes can occur between the time you make a reservation and the date of full payment.

    Factors influencing price changes can be currency fluctuations, fuel surcharges, taxes and other provider increases outside of our control.

    Payment terms and cancellation policy

    Please note the payment terms including the cancellation policy.

    • An initial non refundable deposit of 20% is required to secure your place on this adventure.
    • Once a booking is confirmed, payment must be received within the payment terms as advised by Women’s Fitness Adventures in the table below.
    • Failure to pay within the deadline will result in automatic cancellation of your booking.
    • Payments are accepted by direct deposit, by cheque or by credit card. There are no surcharges for bookings made through the Women’s Fitness Adventures website
    • When your credit card is processed by Women’s Fitness Adventures you agree to not have your payment ‘charged back’ or reversed by your credit card provider where the services have been provided
    • Direct Deposit payments can be made to the following account with the adventure and your initials as the reference

    Women’s Fitness Adventures

    BSB 084-447

    Account: 837616982

     

    Payment terms and Cancellation Policy for Members

     

    All cancellations must be in writing and emailed to info@womensfitnessadventures.com. Your cancellation date is the date when written notification is received.

    Payment Terms

    Payment Due Date Amount
    On Booking $1100 (20% non refundable Deposit )
    December 10th2019 $1650
    February 18th2020 $1100
    April 28th2020 $1650

    Cancellation Policy

    Notification Received by

    Women’s Fitness Adventures

    Cancellation Charge
    Before December 10th2019 Total loss of deposit
    Between & Including

    December 10th&February 17th2020

     

    50% of full adventure cost

    Between & Including

    February 18th&April 28th2020

     

    70% of full adventure cost

    Between & Including

    April 28th2020  & Departure Date

     

    100% of full adventure cost

    After Scheduled Adventure 100% of full adventure cost

    *As our adventures are so popular, please be aware that if you cancel your place, it will most likely be taken by someone else so you should consider this carefully. No refunds are provided should you have to leave the adventure early.

     

     

    Payment terms and Cancellation Policy for Non-Members

     

    All cancellations must be in writing and emailed to info@womensfitnessadventures.com. Your cancellation date is the date when written notification is received.

    Payment Terms

    Payment Due Date Amount
    On Booking $1160 ( 20%Non Refundable Deposit )
    December 10th 2019 $1740
    February 18th2020 $1160
    April 28th2020 $1740

    Cancellation Policy

    Notification Received by

    Women’s Fitness Adventures

    Cancellation Charge
    Before December 10th 2019 Total loss of deposit
    Between & Including

    December 10th2019 & February 17th 2020

     

    50% of full adventure cost

    Between & Including

    February 18th& April 28th 2020

     

    70% of full adventure cost

    Between & Including

    April 28th2020  & Departure Date

     

    100% of full adventure cost

    After Scheduled Adventure 100% of full adventure cost

    *As our adventures are so popular, please be aware that if you cancel your place, it will most likely be taken by someone else so you should consider this carefully. No refunds are provided should you have to leave the adventure early.

     

     

    Travel Insurance

     

    Travel insurance must be taken out at this point and a copy of your Travel Documentation supplied with your completed Participant Document to guarantee your place.

    • Please make sure that you read, understand and accept all of the fine print contained within your insurance policy before purchase to ensure it covers all of your personal requirements.
    • Please ensure your Travel Insurance covers you for cancellation, medical and repatriation expenses, personal injury and accident, death, loss of personal baggage and money and personal liability insurance. It is also important to read the fine print in relation to parents over the age of 80 and what is included/excluded from your policy. If using your credit card insurance, please check the terms and conditions on this before booking with us.

    Women’s Fitness Adventures and its partners are not liable for any out of pocket expenses that insurance will not cover and will not be held responsible financially or in kind should your insurance not cover your personal circumstances.

    Adventure Inclusions

    • Note that prices are per person.
    • Prices are fully inclusive of taxes, levies and government charges current at the time of publication.
    • As per the itinerary

     

    Itineraries and brochures

     

    Itineraries and other details are published in good faith as statements of intention only and reasonable changes in the itinerary and related items may be made where deemed necessary or advisable by Women’s Fitness Adventures.

    The information contained in Women’s Fitness Adventures website, Facebook Pages, brochures, itineraries, and any other published content, is to the best of Women’s Fitness Adventures knowledge, correct at the time of publication.

     

    Route changes, Postponement, Cancellation or Delay.

     

    Women’s Fitness Adventures reserves the right to:

    • Cancel or modify any routes within the adventures or objectives set out in the itinerary; or
    • Substitute different or equivalent routes within the adventures in place of cancelled or modified routes, or
    • Postpone, cancel or delay (either in relation to the departure or arrival times or the duration of the adventures) any such aspect of the tour if, at the absolute discretion of Women’s Fitness Adventures, it is necessary to do so due to inclement weather, snow or icy conditions or conditions that are otherwise likely to be hazardous or dangerous or due to any other adverse or threatening conditions whether political or military or terrorist or otherwise or if, in the absolute discretion of Women’s Fitness Adventures there is a likelihood of any such event occurring which may impact upon the safety of the participants, or if an act or omission of a third party prevents the tour or the aspect of the tour being undertaken in accordance with your booking or for any other reason considered necessary by Women’s Fitness Adventures.
    • In the event of any change, modification, cancellation postponement or delay under this condition, you acknowledge that you will have no right of refund of the adventure price (whether in whole or in part) and no right to claim compensation for any injury, loss or damage or other additional expenses incurred by virtue of the change, modification, cancellation postponement or delay.
    • Women’s Fitness Adventures also reserves, at its absolute discretion, the right to cancel any tour due to any government travel warning or advice, or any change in such warning or advice. Travel insurance may compensate you depending on the circumstances.

     

    Cancellation by Women’s Fitness Adventures.

     

    Cancellation by Women’s Fitness Adventures. 

    Women’s Fitness Adventures reserves the right to cancel a departure and will advise you of such cancellations no later than 60 days before the adventure departure date.

    If due to ‘Force Majeure’ or government travel advice, Women’s Fitness Adventures reserves the right to cancel a departure at any time. With any form of cancellation, Women’s Fitness Adventures will do it’s best to offer you alternative arrangements if available, and if the price of your alternative adventure is of lower value than the original booking we will refund the difference to you. If you do not accept alternative arrangements we will refund all payments you have made to Women’s Fitness Adventures, (in case of ‘Force Majeure’ or government travel advice refunds will be less any unrecoverable costs). Women’s Fitness Adventures will not be liable for any additional costs incurred by you.

    Force Majeure Women’s Fitness Adventures will not be liable for any delay in, change to or cancellation of trips due to ‘Force Majeure’. ‘Force Majeure’ definition means a circumstance beyond the reasonable control of Women’s Fitness Adventures and includes, but is not limited to, war or threat of war, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, disease, industrial or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, fire and strikes.

    Women’s Fitness Adventures reserve the right either before or during the course of the adventure to refuse to carry or accommodate any client which it reasonably considers, in the light of the best interests of all participants within the adventure group and crew, to be unsuitable by reason of physical or mental condition or unruly behaviour.

    Cancellation due to small adventure numbers. 

    Women’s Fitness Adventures reserves the right to cancel any adventure prior to departure in the event that there are too few people booked on the adventure. In this case, you will be given a full refund of the amount already paid by you. You will not be entitled to claim any additional amounts or seek any compensation for any injury, loss, expenses or damage (either direct or consequential) or for any loss of time or inconvenience which may result from such cancellation (including but not limited to visa, passport and vaccination charges, or departure, gear purchases, airport and airline taxes or annual leave).

    We require a minimum of 8 trekkers for The Legendary Dolomites Adventure. If numbers do not reach this level we reserve the right to cancel, or change the dates of the adventure or refer you to another existing adventure.

    Adventure numbers are regularly reviewed and we will notify you of any cancellations no later than 60 days prior to your selected trek.

    Medical Disclosure. It is your responsibility and you must advise women’s Fitness Adventures of any pre-existing medical condition and/or disability that might reasonably be expected to increase the risk of you requiring medical attention while on our tours. Women’s Fitness Adventures or our suppliers may require additional medical assessment by a medical practitioner. Women’s Fitness Adventures reserves the right, at its reasonable discretion, to cancel your booking and refund the money paid by you, less any unrecoverable costs. Women’s Fitness Adventures also reserves the right to cancel your participation in a trip at any time, including after the commencement of your trip, with no right of refund if your medical condition and/or disability could be reasonably expected to affect the normal conduct of the trip and the enjoyment of other trip members.

     

Here Is What Other Women Say About Our Adventures

” Knowing the leaders has been a most positive part of my life. From the very beginning I have been encouraged to do my best. Everything about the adventures has been amazing” Mt Koscuisko 2017

Merlene Madge

“It was just the level of fun! The comradeship and sense of adventure was great with the entire group of ladies. Also the fact that every single step was never repeated. The variety of walks was super. The adventure was coordinated so well and ran like clockwork” Cinque Terre, Italy 2019.

Melinda Schulte