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Alta via 2

Fri 03 Jan, 2020 10:38 pm

Hi, I am hoping someone on this forum has done the Alta Via 2 in Italy as I am trying to get more detail which I cannot locate anywhere. If anyone has done this (or any of the other alta vias) please let me know if you would mind me picking your brain. Thanks in advance. Ben

Re: Alta via 2

Sat 11 Jan, 2020 10:24 pm

I did the AV2 back in 2008. Some information here -http://www.david-noble.net/Europe08/AV2/AltaVia2.html. Its an excellent walk and I would be happy to do it again.

Re: Alta via 2

Sat 11 Jan, 2020 10:33 pm

No idea what you are looking for, and not sure if you have seen these. Maybe you have given you allude to exhaustive research.

https://www.thehikinglife.com/2020/01/a ... lta-via-1/
https://www.thehikinglife.com/2019/11/a ... lta-via-2/
https://www.thehikinglife.com/2019/11/g ... tes-italy/

Re: Alta via 2

Mon 13 Jan, 2020 1:52 pm

coimon wrote:No idea what you are looking for, and not sure if you have seen these. Maybe you have given you allude to exhaustive research.

https://www.thehikinglife.com/2020/01/a ... lta-via-1/
https://www.thehikinglife.com/2019/11/a ... lta-via-2/
https://www.thehikinglife.com/2019/11/g ... tes-italy/


Thanks, yes have seen those links.

Cheers
Ben

Re: Alta via 2

Mon 13 Jan, 2020 1:53 pm

DaveNoble wrote:I did the AV2 back in 2008. Some information here -http://www.david-noble.net/Europe08/AV2/AltaVia2.html. Its an excellent walk and I would be happy to do it again.


Thanks, I have also looked at this one.

Re: Alta via 2

Fri 21 Feb, 2020 5:44 pm

Hi, i did it in September last year. Absolutely superb!! PM me if you're still looking for answers to questions

Re: Alta via 2

Mon 24 Feb, 2020 9:14 pm

Have PM'd you, but it's sat in my outbox for some reason - reply here too in case it doesn't come through.....

Hi Ben, I did the GR20 too, but worked off the cicerone guidebook for AV2. i met a bloke that was preparing a new guidebook for AV2 whilst i was there - he does the Knife Edge series that look ok and has just put out the AV1 one, but the AV2 one is another few months away from being published i think.

So it took us (just two of us went) 10 days walking, but we had another 3 days stuck in the valley pottering about and avoiding a big snowstorm. See our schedule below.

Day 1 Brixen to Genoa (Schulerhutte)
Day 2 Genoa to Passo Gardena (Hotel Cir)
Day 3, 4, 5, no walking due to storm, stayed in Plan, then Santa Christina, then Passo Gardena
Day 3 Passo Gardena to Vial Dal Pan
Day 4 Vial dal Pan to Fuciade (nr Passo Pellegrino)
Day 5 Fuciade to Mulaz
Day 6 Mulaz to Rossetta (with Mt Rossetta side trip)
Day 7 Rossetta to Traviso
Day 8 Traviso to Passo Cereda
Day 9 Passo Cereda to Rif Boz
Day 10 Rif Boz to end!

We went in September and didn't have crampons, and i wouldn't bother with them if i went again, although i don't know what June is like. We had 40cm of snow, but it was all fresh powder so crampons weren't needed and wouldn't have been useful. So sorry, i'm not so helpful here!

I theoretically prefer a tent too, but you can't camp near the huts on this walk like you can on GR20, so it becomes a bit of a logistical nightmare finding a site and finding food and finding water - i'd suggest just sucking it up and using the huts if they're open. There are quite a lot of clambering sections, so weight and a bulky pack is something to be mindful of, as you've mentioned.

I flew in and out of Munich, just because it was the cheapest deal at the time. Venice would've been fine, or Verona, or anywhere really because the rail connections are good. Yes, we booked a rail ticket in advance, just because it was a fairly tight connection off the plane and i didn't want extra hold-ups. I think if you're outside europe school holiday period you'll be fine to book on arrival - on the other hand there's no harm booking anyway and if it's anything like UK it's much cheaper to book in advance, so suggest you look at some websites to find out.

Yes, the start day is a bit confusing in the guidebook! We walked from Brixen to the start of the cable car which was about 500m meters vertical rise and took a couple of hours i think (maybe? can't quite remember timing), then got on the cable car, then walked to Genoa. If you don't want that first bit you can get the bus from Brixen to the cable car (i quite enjoyed it though). Ascent for the day was 1445m even omitting the cable car. I'd recommend the cable car - it looks a long slog to do it on foot and not so attractive. I didn't book it in advance. If it's convenient you could i suppose, otherwise you can just get a ticket when you're there.

Let me know if you have any other q's.
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