A bikepacking holiday from the Dolomites to Lake Garda with great landscapes on the world's most spectacular mountains. Start your guided gravel tour in the woods, through imposing peaks and pleasant alpine landscapes.

Dolomites Transalp

899,00 € p.p.
Guided Tour
Difficulty
Duration 8 days

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Description

This tour will be activated from a minimum of 6 participants up to a maximum of 12 participants

A guided cycling holiday through the most representative valleys of Trentino and South Tyrol, in the presence of the wonder of the UNESCO World Heritage Dolomites and its giants that reach or even exceed three thousand meters above sea level. You will be struck by nature along this exciting bikepacking journey, where cycling will be a way to discover a new territory with different eyes, where you can regenerate your mind. From the Odle to the Lagorai passing through the Catinaccio and the Pale di San Martino and with an impressive finish on Lake Garda, breathing the fine air of the high peaks and enjoying typical dishes of traditional cuisine; this and much more awaits you, for a week of pure adventure on the pedals.

Stage by stage

Introduction

The Dolomiti Transalp self guided cycling tour is a real cycling holiday that develops in Trentino - Alto Adige along dirt paths set in ever-changing environments between the Dolomite peaks and the verdant valley bottoms. It is a gravel tour featuring significant differences in height and at the same time allowing you to reach high altitudes from which you can enjoy immense views. The conclusion will take place in the iconic location of Riva del Garda on Lake Garda, one of the most important tourist destinations in Italy.

1st stage: Brunico – Passo delle Erbe

(30 km 1600 m D+)

The starting point of this bike tour in Italy and in the Dolomites is Val Pusteria. You immediately climb to the top with a challenging but worthwhile route that will lead to the Passo delle Erbe, the first stop of the day with a suggestive view of Sass Putia.

2nd stage: Passo delle Erbe – Ortisei

(40 km 1700 m D+)

Having bypassed Sass Putia with a few push sections, you'll reach the Genova refuge, not without sweating, from where you plunge into the Val di Funes. The ascent to the Saltner hut is challenging but the effort will be rewarded by the quiet of this area. Downhill you finally reach Ortisei and Val Gardena.

3rd stage: Ortisei – Alpe Lusia

(60 km 2100 m D+)

From Ortisei, take the cable car up to the Sciliar plateau, the largest in the whole of South Tyrol. With the spiers of the park in front of us, we cross the vast area at high altitude until we reach the Duron pass from where we take the descent to Campitello di Fassa. From here we will follow the cycle path at the bottom of the valley for a while and then abruptly climb up to the Lusia Pass, which is tough and demanding.

4th stage: Alpe Lusia – Passo Rolle

(25 km 700 m D+)

From the Alp you will have to take a high-altitude road before descending into the woods to Paneveggio, famous for its precious woods. Going up the Valles pass road for a while, take the Val Venegia at the foot of the famous Pale di San Martino. With still spectacular views, you reach first Baita Segantini and then Capanna Cervino in one of the easiest stages of the journey.

5th stage: Passo Rolle – Val Vanoi

(45 km 1000 m D+)

From Capanna Cervino go down to the Rolle pass and then take the downhill road towards San Martino di Castrozza. From the village at the foot of the Pale, there is a forest road on the hillside which leads, with suggestive views, to the Calaita lake with a last demanding ascent. Once you get off at the Gobbera pass, you will continue for the most part on the road to go up the Vanoi valley up to the characteristic Refavaie refuge.

6th stage: Val Vanoi – Valsugana

(55 km 1200 m D+)

It begins immediately uphill to Passo 5 Croci, to leave the Vanoi and enter Valsugana. The descent into Val Campelle is fast and fun. From Borgo Valsugana a stretch of cycle path will lead to Levico Terme where the ascent to Monterovere begins on the famous Kaiserjagerweg.

7a stage: Valsugana – Folgaria

(40 km 1700 m D+)

The Lavarone and Folgaria plateau is the scene of this stage. A continuous ups and downs will make us cross woods and areas made sadly famous by the Great War. Between forts and trenches you will reach the Sommo pass and then Mount Finonchio, the watershed between the plateau and the Adige Valley.

8a stage: Folgaria – Lago di Garda

(65 km 1300 m D+)

The final stage is a not too demanding one. It begins with a swoop towards Rovereto from where you cross the Adige valley to go up the western side. Tough but panoramic, the only climb of the day leads first to Isera and then to the entrance to the Val di Gresta. Once you get off at Loppio, in a few rides you will reach Lake Garda on the cycle path.

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Highlights

  • Passo delle Erbe and the ring around Sass Putia
  • The Alpe di Siusi and its spectacular spiers
  • Val Venegia with its views of the Pale di San Martino
  • Lake Calaita and the woods of Val Vanoi
  • The signs of the Great War on the Lavarone and Folgaria plateau
  • Lake Garda and its restorative waters

Accomodation

Most of the overnight stays are foreseen in mountain huts with half board service, while in Ortisei we will stay in a 3* or 4* hotel in a double room with private facilities. The itinerary crosses high mountain areas and therefore the accommodations may be subject to variations if problems arise which, due to force majeure, would force a modification of the pre-established route. In this case, we will guarantee alternative accommodation of the same level.

Type of terrain

The Dolomiti Transalp guided itinerary develops within the mountainous area of ​​Trentino - Alto Adige, among fir forests, green pastures and radiant peaks of over two thousand meters above sea level. It is a demanding mountain route aimed at those who love to ride on terrains that also require a high level of physical effort. In addition to secondary asphalted roads, sections of cycle path and even steep dirt roads, there are short connecting sections on the path where the opportunity to push the bike may arise.

Difficulty

          5 out of 5

The difficulty level of this Dolomiti Transalp guided bike tour depends on 3 factors:

  • daily distances between 40 and 60 km circa
  • high positive altitude difference
  • largely unpaved terrain with the presence of short stretches of path to be pushed

If you are a well-trained traveler who prefers dirt roads and single trails at high altitude, you will be fully rewarded with the splendid views that only the Dolomites can offer. An unforgettable experience for a top level bikepacking self-guided bike tour.

FAQ

For our trips there is the possibility to rent Bombtrack Beyond 1 adventure bikes (sizes M and L) with complete equipment: classic bicycle tourism rack and panniers or bikepacking bags.
You can participate with your bicycle but, before leaving, check the characteristics of the trip and the type of terrain to be sure it is the most suitable vehicle.
We always recommend wearing a helmet. Its use is mandatory on guided tours.
Yes, when booking you can indicate your dietary needs and we will notify the facilities.
Yes, on request and subject to availability of the facilities, with a supplement.
Our Tour Operator has an agreement with the Axa insurance company and offers all its travelers a medical - luggage insurance included in the travel price. The information set of the policy can be consulted and downloaded at this link.
Yes, our Tour Operator makes available to its travelers, thanks to the Axa insurance company, a "Gold" insurance that covers the risks of trip cancellation and illness and injury during the trip even in cases related to Covid. The information set of the "Gold" policy can be consulted and downloaded at this link.
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This is a GUIDED CYCLING TOUR

The most complete solution for small groups of 6 to 12 people, a guided cycling holiday. A certified cycling guide from the Life in Travel team will lead you to discover the area. You will travel in the company of other people and we will be creating a close-knit and united group to have fun and share a unique experience that will remain imprinted in the memories for years.

What's included

- Certified cycling guide
- GPS track tested by Life in Travel
- Digital Guide of the itinerary
- Detailed information of the route
- 5 half boards in a lodge (rooms with shared bathroom)
- 2 nights in a 3 * or 4 * hotel in a double room
- 2 breakfasts at the hotel
- Medical baggage insurance (MB)

What's NOT included

- 2 dinners with drinks
- Lunches with drinks
- Double room single use supplement in the hotel
- Tourist tax
- Experiences / museums / monuments / cable cars entrances
- Adventure bike and accessories rental
- Luggage transport
- Shuttle to the starting point
- Travel Waiver Insurance (MBA)
- Anything else not specified in "What's included"

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