The Dolomites are a mountain range positioned in the North East of Italy, within the province of Belluno.
This mountain range is spectacular and in 2009 UNESCO declared that the Dolomites are now part of the World Heritage sites; once you’ve made your trip to the Dolomites you will certainly agree that they have been deservedly recognised by their beauty.
Are the Dolomites part of the Alps?
The Alps are the mountain range that runs throughout Europe; stretching their reach into eight countries:
Their reach is an expansive 750 miles (1,200 Km’s) and includes Europes largest mountain peak Mont Blanc.
Treks such as the Haute Route travel through the Alp’s high passes from Chamonix through to the Matterhorn in Switzerland.
Where does the Alps in Italy stop, and the Dolomites start…?
It depends where you are when you ask the question
Technically the Alps do include the Dolomites however; locals in the Northeast refer to the mountains as the Dolomites. So Yes, the Dolomites are part of the Alps, but they are not referred to as the Alps by the locals.
The confusion for a trekker is that the Dolomites are technically part of the Alps, but yet recognised as separate and that although in Italy the main tongue is German…!?
To understand more about the language and some history see our other resources.
Although the Alps includes the vast mountain range across Europe, referring to a section of them as the Dolomites makes it ideal in accrediting this section as an area of World Heritage and of outstanding beauty.
What is for certain is that it matters not whether you believe the Dolomites should be referred to as the Alps, instead the question is when are you going to visit?
Early September is our favourite for several reasons, the Fall season is upon the Dolomites and the larch trees start to present themselves in a stunning glistening golden colour.
The mountain range takes on a different visual with the sun being lower in the sky and can really help capture that stunning image that would be perfect hung on your wall!
In addition, the trails are now less busy – the AV2 trail we offer is often the quietest of all trails in the Dolomites so it is extra quiet.
We love to visit the Dolomites during the end of the UK summer.
The Italian summer season is perfect for the active vacations, and you have the option to hike, trek, climb and use the via ferrata.
For those who have access to wheels, there are stunning road cycle options!
Self Guided Hiking in the Dolomites
We love to guide treks, as we love to get involved and share our passion however; you can certainly self-guide and we have a package for that.
We would only recommend self-guide during spring through early fall, unless you are experienced.
Snowshoeing guided tours around the Dolomites is the way to go over winter. Other options are skiing and snowboarding.
The additional risks of winter trekking as a novice is ensuring that the rifugi you expect to use will indeed be open and that your navigation skills are suitable to ensure you reach it if your route needs to change!
How about getting Spring in your step?
Spring is a beautiful season in the Dolomites, and if you ever wanted to end your days trekking with a glass of wine then make sure your trek is anytime between May through early-mid June and enjoy the “Vino in Festa”.
This is a coming together of the 16 wine growing towns provide you the time to taste, enjoy and remember the Dolomites for a lifetime!