The Ultimate Guide to Hiking the Dolomites (Without a Guide)

Last fall, I spent several glorious days hiking the Dolomites in Italy, a mountain range that forms a southern section of the Alps. While they’re technically located in Northern Italy, the vibe is decidedly Alpine; many people speak German, and red geraniums and dairy cows abound.

My solo hiking trip was blissful: for four days, all I did was hike, ride gondolas, and stop at adorable mountain huts for apple strudel.

Instead of doing a hut-to-hut hiking trip, I chose to base myself in Castelrotto and do day hikes. This was perfect as I got to hike all day and return to my hotel for dinner and a warm bed. I didn’t want to do hut-to-hut because I didn’t want to carry my gear, and wanted to minimize stress by staying in the same place every night.

Here are my tips for planning an independent hiking trip in the Dolomites.



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