5 great reasons you need to go on a hut to hut hiking trip in the Dolomites

5 great reasons you need to go on a hut to hut hiking trip in the Dolomites

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Heather Snelgar

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Dolomites, hiking, "hut to hut hiking", Italy, walking

Imagine a place where perfectly groomed meadows sit high above chocolate box villages as piercing blue rivers wind their way through the valleys, cow-bells chiming rhythmically in the distance. A place where any lingering stress simply disappears into thin air. It sounds pretty idyllic doesn’t it?


While the Irish travel in their masses to Alps, Dolomites and Pyrenees in winter for a spot of skiing, it is a trip we rarely consider making in summer. And we are here to tell you that you are all missing out… BIG TIME! 

In September, we are inviting all of you to turn that aforementioned alpine idyll into a reality. The Dolomites in Italy are known as one of the most dramatic mountain ranges in the world and we will be spending eight days exploring the very best that the area has to offer on a hut to hut hiking trip. 

Kicking off in Fuciada and ending in Costalunga, we guarantee this trip will leave you feeling fitter, happier and more relaxed than ever. And, if you still aren’t quite convinced that it’s a great idea, then read on as we list 5 more great reasons why a hut to hut hiking trip should be at the top of your adventure travel bucket list. 


1) The views will blow your mind

I have travelled the world and few places can compare to the Dolomites in the summer months. Sharp, rocky peaks loom into crisp blue skies as vibrant meadows sit below in their shadows. 


 

2) You will walk in the footsteps of some of the world’s most experienced climbers

The Dolomites are a firm favourite amongst the world’s bravest and most accomplished Alpine climbers (you just need to take one look at those sheer rock faces to see why). On our unique hut to hut hiking trip you will walk in the shadows of the Vajolet Towers which were made famous by some of the world’s best known alpine climbers. Inspirational!



 

3) The accommodation is far from average

If it’s a room with a view you are after, then look no further. Unlike other hiking trips where you stay in the same hotel for seven days, the hut to hut experience will see you staying in different mountain huts every night – each in an even better location than the last! And don’t be fooled by the word hut either! This translation does no justice to these mountain ‘refugio’ as they are known in Italian. So cast the word hut aside and instead picture, comfortable, cosy and romantic accommodation which has fed and watered hungry and tired hikers for generations.


 

4) Foodies will be in their element

The food in the Dolomites is exquisite. Taking influence from both Italy and South Tirol, the mountain huts serve a number of local dishes including fresh tortelli stuffed with local ham an, Tris di Canederli – three delicious balls of farm-style dumplings, and an array of local game meats. Oh and let’s not forget about desert – few things in life can beat a good Apfelstrudel and homemade custard which the Italians have mastered and brought to a whole new level.  


 

5) And the local wines certainly won’t disappoint either

One of my favourite bruts (called Arunda) of all time was consumed on the terrace of a remote mountain hut in the heart of the Dolomites. The hills and valleys of the Dolomites are home to three grapes, so whether your tipple of choice is rose, white, red or sparkling, you will be treated to an array of good local wines wherever you go. 



The Outsider hut to hut hiking trip will run from 16-23 September 2017. Prices start at €999 and include return flights, two nights half-board in a three star hotel at the start and end of the trip, five nights half-board in mountain huts and all transport (including cable cars at various points on the trek). Check out the Topflight website for further details. 


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5 great reasons you need to go on a hut to hut hiking trip in the Dolomites

Imagine a place where perfectly groomed meadows sit high above chocolate box villages as piercing blue rivers wind their way through the valleys, cow-bells chiming rhythmically in the distance. A place where any lingering stress simply disappears into thin air. It sounds pretty idyllic doesn’t it?

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