KSA Hike the Dolomites Trip July 19-26, 2017
New for Summer 2017! This trip to the Dolomites in Italy is geared to active adults of all ages. Most participants come from North America and Israel, but the trip is open to all countries.
The Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are part of the Alps in Northern Italy. Their fame is due to their shape and scenic beauty, a perfect setting for your kosher and shomer Shabbat vacation.
These are the main activities for the Dolomites Adventures Trip. The hikes are geared to healthy adults aged 18 to 65. Most days there will be a moderate group hike in the morning with a picnic lunch, followed by afternoon options and free time. The exact schedule of hikes and activities will depend on the weather.
Hiking at Tre Cime, at Passo Falzareggo and Cinque Torri, and the famous Porta Vescovo Crest Walk from Vial dal Pan to Passo Pordoi, overlooking the Marmolada. Picnics at scenic alpine lakes Misurina, Lago de Braies, and Lago di Sorapiss, bicycling to Auronzo di Cadore, rafting near Cortina. Strolling through old Italian towns and villages deep in the countryside, visiting ancient castles. Shabbat in the enchanting KSA Bayit chalet, nestled between the forests and rolling hills of the Central Dolomite region.
Porta Vescovo Crest Walk from Vial dal Pan to Passo Pordoi, overlooking the Marmolada
Auronzo De Cadore
Auronzo di Cadore is a famous holiday resort in the Belluno Dolomites. In the northernmost part of the Veneto region near Cortina, Comelico and the upper Pusteria valley, it extends along the left bank of Lake Santa Caterina at around 900 metres above sea level. Surrounded by forests and some of the most beautiful mountain massifs in the Dolomites with the Tre Cime di Lavaredo in the background, Auronzo is the ideal location for a relaxing and sporty holiday. Auronzo one of the most sought after destinations in the Dolomites. In summer you can speed along the longest fun bob in the world or climb the trees at the Tre Cime Adventure Park.
Misurina is Auronzo di Cadore town’s highest hamlet, called ‘the Pearl of the Dolomites’. The 1756 metre above sea level lake reflects the south east slopes of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo and the Cadini, Sorapiss and Cristallo massifs, and is in the heart of the UNESCO Dolomite Heritage area.
The Tre Cime di Lavaredo are the symbol of the Dolomite UNESCO World Heritage Site. Auronzo is the only town from which the south faces of the Tre Cime are visible. From Misurina you can see their south-west faces which conceal the Cima Piccola peak. We’ll see Cima Piccola (2857 m), Cima Grande (2999 m) and Cima Ovest (2973 m) in all their glory. From Rifugio Lavaredo (2344 m), on the other hand, you can observe the sharp faces of Mt. Spigolo Giallo. Some of the most beautiful Dolomite mountains are visible around the Tre Cime and from the convenient vantage point of Rifugio Auronzo. The Cadini massif and Mt. Paterno, the Cristallo, Croda Rossa d’Ampezzo, Dolomiti di Sesto, Croda dei Toni, Marmarole, Antelao and Sorapiss massifs and Lake Misurina and Auronzo’s Lake are also there.
The Somadida Controlled Nature Reserve in Palùs San Marco mid-way between Auronzo and Misurina, is the largest forest in the Cadore area and one of the most beautiful in the Dolomites. Protected even in the fifteenth century by the Venetian Republic which took over control of it for its galley oars and ship flagpoles, it is now one of 130 protected places owned by the State. Surrounded by the majestic peaks of Mt. Cristallo and Mt. Sorapiss and the wild summits of the Marmarole massif, it contains a nature and fauna heritage worth seeing. Norway spruce, silver fir, larch and beech trees, wild berries, deer, roe deer – these are just some of the fauna and flora to be found in the reserve.