Remote trekking in the Friuli Dolomites

What to expect:

You wouldn’t expect to find such a quiet corner in the famous Dolomites, yet the Friuli part satisfies every desire of a trekker that is looking for stunning mountain scenery, yet quiet trails. The huts are simple and while comfort is limited their cosiness makes up for it. Starting from Udine we approach the trek from the south giving the whole trip somewhat of a Dolce Vita flair.

Physical requirements:

The 6 sections of the trek vary in length from 6 to 15 kilometres and in altitude gain  from 500 to 1100 meters. On average, we hike about 5 hours each day (not including breaktime) on mostly narrow hiking paths in the mountains, which are not technically difficult, but at times exposed. Hence, you should be sure-footed and free of giddiness. The huts are located at low altitude (around 1500 m), yet we have to cross mountain ridges to get to the next hut, hence the ascent per day is fairly high. A good fitness level and strong knees for the descend are helpful on this trek. 

Service included:

  • Organised hiking by a qualified mountain guide
  • A group of max. 8 guests (min. 4 guests)
  • 2 hotel nights in Udine in double and twin rooms
  • 5 hut nights in shared rooms or dormitories
  • 2x breakfast, 5x vegetarian half-board
  • Public transport from Udine to the start and from the end of the trek

Extra costs on tour:

  • Transport to Udine
  • Dinner on the first and last evening in Udine
  • Lunch and beverages during the trip

Accommodation:

In Udine we stay in double or twin rooms in a 4-star hotel, which is a 5-minute walk from the main station. The huts are simple mountain huts, and all offer shared rooms, which are shared with other hikers if we don’t fill all beds and the hut is fully booked. Some of the huts only offer simple dormitories that are shared with other hikers. All huts have shared washing facilities, and some huts offer showers at additional cost. The huts serve buffet-style continental breakfast and a set vegetarian three-course dinner. Many huts offer (at least) one vegan dish by now. The huts aim to cater for dietary restrictions; however it is not always possible given their simple facilities and remoteness of their location. If you have any dietary requirements, please communicate them in advance.

Travel:

It is possible and highly recommended to travel to Udine by bus or train. The hotel and meeting point in Udine is within walking distance from the main station. There is a direct bus connection from Munich to Udine. Udine is an hour train ride from Triest, where the nearest airport is. Venice airport is a 2-hour train ride from Udine. Parking is not available at the hotel. I will travel by train only and am more than happy to assist with booking tickets. Please  get in touch!

Programme:

Day 1 – Arrival
We meet at the hotel in Udine, where we'll also spend our last night, so extra luggage can be stored at the hotel during the tour. There is a pre-tour briefing and discussion of the packing list in the afternoon, once everyone has arrived, and a joined dinner in the city centre in the evening. 

Day 2 – Casera Tartoi (1711 m)
9 km, ↑ 1000 m, ↓ 200 m, 4 hrs 
We arrive by bus in Forni di Sopra and continue walking up until the end of this valley before we turn uphill to reach Casera Varmost (1758 m) for lunch. From here we traverse around Monte Crusicalas to Casera Tartoi.

Day 3 – Rifugio Giaf (1400 m)
15 km, ↑ 700 m, ↓ 1000 m, 6 hrs 
We start our trek via the meadows surrounding Casera Tartoi and continue towards Casera Lavazeit. From here we can see almost the whole route of the trek ahead of us. Soon we pass the wild slopes of the mountain Nodo di Tor before we get to Rifugio Giaf.

Day 4 – Rifugio Padova (1287m)
6 km, ↑ 650 m, ↓ 750 m, 3 hrs 
Today the path winds steadily up to the pass of Scodavacca o Giaf at 2043 meters before we descend to Rifugio Padova on the other side.

Day 5 – Rifugio Pordenone (1249 m)
10 km, ↑ 1100 m, ↓ 1200m, 6 hrs 
We start again on a steady uphill path to the pass of Monfalcon di Forni at 2290 meters and follow the path down via the Monfalcon di Cimoliana valley to Rifugio Pordenone.

Day 6 – Rifugio Flaiban-Pacherini (1587 m)
11 km, ↑ 1150 m, ↓ 800 m, 5 hrs 
Our first hour is gently flat until we reach the sheds of Cason dei Pecoli. From here the path starts uphill towards Casera Valmenon and continues to the peak of Mus di Brica. From here we can already see Rifugio Flaiban-Pacherini, which lies in the valley below.

Day 7 – Forni di Sotto (690 m)
15 km, ↑ 500 m, ↓ 1300 m, 5 hrs 
We follow the path around the peak of Cima di Suola and descend into the valley until we reach the riverbanks of Fiume Tagliamento. From here it’s a gentle stroll out of the valley to Forni di Sotto from where we take public transport back to Udine.

Day 8 – Departure
We finish our hiking week over dinner the night before. Everybody can meet up for breakfast, yet you can start your travel home at any time today.

Note that our hiking days may differ from the described programme due to weather and path conditions or the physical ability of the group.

Event Information

Start 13-07-2024
End 20-07-2024
Slots 8
Registered 0
Available 8
Price 1.295,00€
Location Udine, Italy