Cortina Dolomiti Ultra Trekking (CDU) is a hike lasting about seven days with six nights’ accommodation in traditional mountain lodges and huts, where you can savour the many local delicacies in the company of other people who love the mountains. It covers a distance of about 132 km with over 6,700 m of ascent and descent.
It was created with the aim of highlighting the enchanting locations in and around Cortina, giving visitors the possibility of experiencing the Dolomites from one mountain lodge to the next, hiking amongst forests, rivers, mountain huts, typical Ladin villages, lakes, and peaks included in Unesco’s list of World Heritage Sites.
WHERE TO SPEND THE NIGHT ALONG THE ROUTE:
Rifugio Son Forca: t. +39 388 194 1559 | [email protected]
Rifugio Città di Carpi: t. +39 0435 39139 | [email protected]
Rifugio Lavaredo: t. +39 349 602 8675 | [email protected]
Malga Ra Stua: t. +39 0436 5753 | [email protected]
Rifugio Col Gallina: t. +39 0436 2939 | [email protected]
Rifugio Pomedes: 0436 862061 | [email protected]
Rifugio Croda da Lago - Palmieri: t. +39 0436 862085 | [email protected]
Malga Giau: t. +39 320 915 2575 | [email protected]
The hike can be organised by professionals who operate guided tours, starting from a minimum of four people up to a maximum of eight.
Below are the dates available for summer 2022:
In your rucksack (30-40 litres for women, 35-45 litres for men)
We recommend using technical materials and synthetic fibres, inserting contents into strong plastic bags to protect them from the rain.
Footwear: this should be broken in (don’t start out in new boots!) and at least one size larger than your usual size. We recommend ankle-boots in Goretex to prevent sprains on uneven paths and steep slopes.
Hiking sandals: these can be worn when resting but also along the trail, in case of painful feet and wherever the terrain permits.
Socks: fundamental for preventing blisters: they must be hiking socks, of good quality, with padded toe and heel.
Telescopic walking poles: very useful for lightening the load on feet and legs; they help crossing fords and walking on steep paths.
Long and short trekking trousers
Towel in technical textile
Water bottle or backpack water bladder
Hat and sunglasses
Backpack rain cover
Climate and recommended times of year
Which are the best seasons for the Cortina Dolomiti Ultratrekking route?
The best periods for which to organise the trip are June and September. April is often quite rainy; March is often a relatively dry month, but there is still a chance of snowfall in high-altitude areas.
The complete Cortina Dolomiti Ultratrekking route is a challenging itinerary. Therefore, if your physical fitness is not at its highest levels, we recommend planning just a few stages.