Category Archives: Trekking

Welcome to Holimites’ short trekking and short trail running tours

“I’ve only got a few days of vacation for a trekking!”

“Unfortunately, I can’t stay away that long!”

“Can I just join half of the trekking holiday?”

Trekking Dolomites

Trekking Dolomiti

These are some of the messages that our booking team often gets during the year. Holimites’ early years seem far away – even if it’s only been 18 years – when most of our clients didn’t have any problems going on a 10-12 day holiday to complete the full course of the Dolomite’s Alta Via.

Of course, there are still those who opt for the 10-12 day full classic experience and then, there are others who can only take off a week to trek routes such as the “Best of Alta Via #1 e #2”, due to a limited vacation leave. The latter package has actually become our bestseller, and it’s offered in a trail running version, too.

That being said, a full week holiday is becoming for many an elusive dream. Many regular Holimites clients are beginning to prefer shorter holidays, but taking more frequent vacations during the season.

At Holimites, we’re trying to meet the demands of our clientele, so for 2019 we’ve thought of 3 new offers, tailored to short holidays:

1. If you love to walk and run, we’ve thought of the Sellaronda, covering the four passes, as a trail meant for you. The Sellaronda has become famous thanks to winter tourism: any skier who comes to the Dolomite valleys must ski the Sella Massif circuit at least one in a lifetime! (By the way, do you know how many times we’ve skied the Sellaronda circuit in one day?
In summer, the four Dolomite passes (Campolongo, Pordoi, Sella and Gardena) welcome thousands of cyclists who, like their skiing counterparts, aim to ride this fantastic circuit at least once in their life. (Psst! Cyclists: do you know that during summer we organize a moonlight road bike ride on the Sellaronda?
So, the next evolutionary step came naturally: after the Sellaronda on skis and on bike, a Sellaronda trekking version and a Sellaronda trail running version just had to be developed. Like our Trekking “Best of Alta Via #1 e #2”, you can choose to be guided by a local expert or do it on your own. Holimites, as always, will take care of logistics and baggage transport from hut to hut.

2. The other short vacation offer is a package that is an ode to the Dolomites’ most beautiful seasons.
Spring: when winter’s last snow covers the Dolomite peaks and the meadows below begin to transform into a colorful bliss. And, autumn: when the larches are adorned in beautiful golden hues. This program is aptly named: The colors of the Dolomites!

3. “Do you only have programs for those who want to sweat and run out of steam?”
Yup, this is also another one of those common questions we receive by e-mail. To tell the truth, up until now, Holimites has always focused on offering vacation packages for active people who possess average-to-great athletic fitness levels. But, for those of you who don’t know, two of Holimites’ founding members are professional chefs who cook in their own hotels! Their passion for the culinary arts has inspired our newest program: DOLOM …EAT…ES!
Yes, that’s right: “eat”! A program where you can learn to cook and then eat, eat, eat. STOP!

Hold on…actually, you’ll be hand picking some of the main ingredients for your meals in the surrounding meadows and woods. Nature will provide the herbs and scents, so there will be a bit of walking to find those “fixings” that our chefs will order. We guarantee that you’ll have an “explosion of flavors”!

Trekking gourmet Dolomites

See you soon in the Dolomites this summer!

Why now is the best time to travel to the Dolomites for US residents

No, the reason isn’t because of Trump 😉 … but the weak Euro makes it the best time to travel now.

In fact, if we compare the Euro to US Dollar exchange rate on a currency chart covering the last 5 years, the Euro is now at its lowest!

EUR vs. USD 5 years range

EUR vs. USD 5 years range

Not so long ago (just 3 years), the Euro to Dollar ratio was at its peak: you had to dish out roughly 1.35 Dollars for every Euro.

Just think about it. In 2014, our bestselling offer – the “Trekking Best of Alta Via #1 & #2” guided package – cost 1,090.00 Euro, which was then 1,471.50 US Dollars.

The same package in 2017 costs 1,150.00 Euro – today that’s 1,207.50 Dollars. Math never lies! Right now you can save more than 250.00 bucks for the same offer!

What’s even better … all our proposals on holimites.com are 18% cheaper today than in 2014!
That means more money in your pocket to invest in some extra days visiting the Dolomites or
Italy.

That said:

  • if you love outdoor activities like trekking, trail running, cycling, mountain biking, and so on
  • if the Dolomites are on your travel bucket list
  • if you want an YOLOmites experience 😉

it’s time to browse through the holimites.com website and pick the travel experience that fits you best – we’ll do the rest!

See you soon in the Dolomites!

Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer

Holimites or Lovemites (Lovomites sounds also fine)

A nice article featuring one of our Holimites Trekking tours on the Dolomites Alta Via #2 came out recently on Backpackers Magazine on and off-line edition.

Love on the Rocks Backpackers Magazine

The writer Brendan Leonard, that is the blogger behind semi-rad.com joined us together with photographer and friend Dan Patitucci in 2013 during our classic Alta Via #2.
The goal was to shoot great images for our catalogue and Brendan was one of our models together with Jennifer … a really beautiful girl. We always wonder how Dan is always able to find this ‘pearls’ creating sometimes a lot of trouble among our male guides (right Tata?) during our hikes.

Bottom line … what came out of this 9 days hike is a fantastic story that you can read on Backpackers Magazine on-line edition (if you didn’t get the printed one).

And that’s not the first time that our trekking and trailrunning tours end in some kind of LOVE story. So don’t wonder if like the Loveboat you will read about us like the Lovemites team 😉

Dolomites guided Trekking and Trailrunning programs come to an end

September: when in the Dolomites autumn start to knock at our doors and at morning hours meadows are covered by dew (but sometimes even snow), it’s the time of the year when also our guided Trekking and Trailrunning programs on the Dolomites Alta Via’s come to an end.

This year with the new Trekking and Trailrunning offer “The Best of Alta Via #1 and #2” that was organized together with the special Yoga excercises for Trekkers and Trail runners by Tite Togni we had the honour to guide 3 amazing groups of guests from all around the world showing them the beauty of the Dolomites.

Last but not least we had Mia Battaglia covering the role of official photographer during this hike that collected some amazing pictures and soon more HD pics will be published on our Flickr page.

In the meantime just click on the picture and look at the day by day photostream on Facebook:

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Trail running and Trekking the Dolomites Alta Via’s just started

At the beginning of the Dolomites Trail Running and Trekking season we had plenty to do for being be able to reorganize the best way possible the first hut to hut Trail Running and Trekking of 2013. Reason was the huge amount of snow of the last winter that didn’t melt during the cold spring season.

After modifying some stages, skipping some north facing parts of the Dolomites Alta Via still covered by meters high snow packs, our guides where able to start as programmed on June 15th the first guided Trail Running and Trekking.

The pictures we have taken during this trips are amazing with rich colour contrasts starting from the green of the valleys to the snow covered peaks at high altitudes on the Fanes and Puez-Odle Natural Parks.

If you are dreaming to come and visit the Dolomites and this beautiful landscapes just contact us. Whatever it is a Dolomites Trail Running tour or a self-guided hut to hut hike we can arrange everything for you.

The Dolomites are waiting for you!