5 day self-guided hiking circuit around Marmarole


A spectacular 5 day-4 night, ultra-panoramic circuit of the Marmarole massif in the beautiful Cadore valley, walking from mountain hut to mountain hut. This is a medium-hard trekking route with strenuous sections for those looking for an authentic Dolomite hiking experience in a lesser known valley, staying at traditional friendly mountain huts.

Walking difficulty level: medium-hard- short sections of this route may worry acute vertigo sufferers. These have been equipped with iron cables for additional safety and are short. 6.5-7 hours hiking per day with some limited ski lift access in season only. For those with at least some recent hiking experience in the mountains.

Self-guided route. Part-circuit options available.



€615 per person, depending on the season, hotel type and availability

Available from the end of June to mid-September 2024 - for what is included return to the self-guided page


Day 1 - Stay at pretty Auronzo di Cadore with its lake - range of hotels available.

Day 2 - Auronzo - Rifugio Chiggiato - An ultra-panoramic hike from Auronzo's Monte Agudo upper ski lift station (ski lift not included), initially through forests and then traversing the Marmarole massif through pastures. After an initial altitude gain of 650 the route ups and downs relatively gently all the way to Rifugio Chiggiato with panoramic views throughout, 7-7.5 hrs, approx. 15 km, 750 metres of up, 450 metres down. Stay at pretty family run Rifugio Chiggiato. (BD)

Day 3 - Rifugio Chiggiato - Rifugio San Marco - A steep down in forest to continue on an hour-long, relatively even stretch on a gravel road before a strenuous panoramic climb to Rifugio Galassi on a narrow mountain path. After a further short up and down the path levels out to continue traversing with short ups and downs and ultra-panoramic views of the Marmarole and Antelao massifs, 7 hrs plus, approx. 15 km, 900 metres of up, 1000 metres down. Stay at classic, friendly Dolomite mountain hut Rifugio San Marco. (BD)

Day 4 - Rifugio San Marco - Auronzo - An initial sharp up on a narrow zigzagging scree slope mountain path to 360 degree views from Forcella Grande mountain col, before a long and varied descent on narrow mountain paths along a panoramic valley and then on narrow forest paths to beautiful Foresta di Somadida forest reserve. The last section of the walk is on a wide cycle track, 6-6.5 hrs, approx. 16 km, 400 metres up, 1100 down. Taxi to Auronzo (included). Range of hotels available. (B)

Day 5 - Leave Auronzo di Cadore. (B)

Meals included as listed above: B=breakfast, D=dinner (drinks excluded)

Dates available: the ski lifts on this trip run from approximately 20th June to 20th September and the refuges have similar opening dates.

For bookings and enquiries contact us at the email address or telephone numbers above.