Befor you read on: Are you looking for a hiking-holiday in the Dolomites? Are you considering hiring a local English language hiking-guide? Do you want to take home with you just pictures or also background-knowledge about the fascinating World Heritage Dolomites to tell your friends about? If so there are a lot of things I can assist you with and inform you about in addition to the guiding-service such as: 

how to get into the Dolomites  -  how to choose the most convenient village to stay in to see and do all those things you want to  -  how to find and book your accommodation in a village or on a hut  -  what to do with all your luggage while you’re doing a hut-to-hut-hike   -  advice on an emergency recovery insurance for you and/or your family  -  how to get around in the Dolomites  -  how to book a mountain guide should you wish to try yourself on a via ferrata  -  general information about the Dolomites  -  etc. To get an overview of what services I do provide read on here.

 

 

Best time for hiking in the Dolomites in Italy

 

 Richard (Ireland) with his friends in Val Chedul

 

Hiking in the Italian Dolomites is basically possible all year round. There are certain rules you’ll have to stick to at times of course, but generally you can enjoy spending your hiking holiday here most times of the year.

The very best time is beginning of July. Then flowers are blossoming and all the pastures are full of colours. It’s most wonderful indeed. In June you do still get the odd patch of snow, in particular in the shady places. Snow at this time of the year is rather unpleasant since it’s so soft it doesn’t carry your weight – and you just never know what’s below the snow. July is also quite good in terms of weather. Thunderstorms are not so frequent yet, but you notice that their numbers are increasing already.

        

          Andy (NY) with his wife below Lagazuoi                  With Jacobo (Mexico) in Sextner Dolomites

In August the Dolomites are rather crowded. It’s the main holiday-season in Italy, peaking around August 15, so there are a lot of hikers and climbers around. The weather is warmer and thus more pleasant than in July however there is a greater likelihood for thunderstorms in the afternoons; wildflowers are still blossoming, and there are hardly any snowy leftovers from the last winter.

September is normally a good time for hiking, too. Thunderstorms have receded again, the crowds have gone home. However there is a fairly good chance of experiencing a cold snap, so you need to keep an eye on the forecasts. It's the time when the huts start to close. So from mid-September you need to do some proper planning already. Most huts close between end of September and mid October, some stay open until end of October. Alternatively you start and finish your hikes in the valleys.

 October is just like September, however, the green pastures may have turned brown and the first snow may have already fallen.

Limited hiking in the Dolomites is at times even in November possible if the first snowfalls aren’t too heavy. So if you plan to come then you must take into consideration that you may have to stay overnight in the valley. But one thing is for sure: once you’re on your way up there you’re then mainly on your own.

December - March is very interesting too. Some huts open during this time of the year providing shelter for themany snow-shoe-hikers and skiers. It certainly is the most dangerous time of the year due to the dangers of avalanches. If you wish to go skiing or snow-shoe-hiking in the Dolomites you must be equipped with electronic search devices (457kHz), a shovel and probes - and you must also be able to use these devices in case of emergency. And of course you need to have proper clothes and boots – no compromises. Wintertime can be most spectacular in the Dolomites in Italy. The white snow puts the Dolomites in an increadibly beautiful dress.     

 

 Laura (Truckee, CAL.) with her husband and friends in front of Tofana di Rozzes

The most difficult time for hiking in the Dolomites is spring. Towards mid/end of March the snow is getting soft and it won't always carry a persons weight any more. So hiking with snow shoes or skies is getting strenuous. Of course avalanches are – as always in wintertime – dangerious, so getting back into the valley before lunch time in spring is for us locals quite normal – except if you know where to hike.

In June it starts to get better again, but you may have to wait until mid-June for extended hiking. Most of the huts open mid-June.

 Andrew (Alexandria, VA) on Forcella Forces de Siellas

 So, as you can see, the Italian Dolomites never close down. You can be out and about all year round. Only thing is: even if conditions are perfect and you are – like me – a complete enthusiast, you just can’t get rid of the feeling that there are so many peaks - and so little time to visit them. So just go and do it. If you keep waiting, then you’ll never get to see them. Have a look at my program or simply contact me.

 

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