New 10-Day Hike To Celebrate 10 Years Of UNESCO Recognition

STORY BY Patrick 6th June 2019

The year 2019 marks 10 years since the UNESCO declared the Dolomites a World Natural Heritage Site for their exceptional beauty and unique landscape, together with their scientific and historical importance.  

To celebrate the anniversary, Cortina d’Ampezzo, sometimes known as the Queen of The Dolomites, is recommending 10 days of hut-to-hut hiking to take it all in. 

The route takes hikers through this spectacular landscape of immense vertical walls, spires and pinnacles, green valleys, high mountain pastures, forests, streams, Alpine lakes, canyons and waterfalls. 

It will also bring walkers on some of the most iconic mountains of the Dolomites (Croda da Lago, Becco di Mezzodì, 5 Torri, LagazuoiTofaneCristalloSorapis and Faloria).  

The Dolomites are considered “the most beautiful mountains on Earth”. Erosion, tectonism and glaciation created a wide range of landforms and an unusual variety of forms, including peaks, pinnacles, cliffs, plateaus and some of the highest vertical rock walls in the world.  

The Natural Park of the Ampezzo Dolomites covers an area of 11,500 hectares and has a huge biodiversity, including a dozen endemic species and over 160 species of animals including marmots, squirrels, foxes and eagles. 

Some peaks are reachable only through a via ferrata: a mountain route equipped with metal cables, ladders, steps or even suspended bridges. 

Professional mountain guides are available to help visitors get to know the Dolomites, the stories, legends, and the flora and fauna that live here.

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