In Summer 2017 we wanted to go back to where our first bikepacking trip together had started: the Dolomites. We remembered that we had quite liked it back in 2013. But this time around we realised: the Dolomites aren't only pretty nice - they are freaking beautiful!
Our bikepacking trip started in the very East of Switzerland and after riding the Ofenpass from Zernez we entered the region of Alto Adige (South Tirol) in Italy and had to fight some serious headwind. It was only on our second day that we started climbing our first passes in the Dolomites. We continued for a couple of days until we almost reached the Slowenian border having ridden countless known and unknown passes such as Passo Sella, Passo Pordoi, Passo Giau, Passo Tre Croci, Col Sant' Angelo, Cima Sappada and finally Monte Crostis. Turning point was Monte Zoncolan. From there we rode back towards the border of Switzerland again climbing several passes such as Passo di Pura, Sella di Razzo and Ciampigotto, Passo Cibiana, Passo Duran, Passo di Valles, Passo Rolle, Passo di Gobbera, Passo di Brocon, Passo Forcella heading into the city of Trento for two restdays and a short ride up Monte Bondone. From there we continued via Passo Tonale leaving the Dolomites behing us and finishing off this epic tour with nothing less than famous Passo del Mortirolo.
We definitely fell in love with this part of Italy and we knew we'd come back soon, which we did in spring 2018 - twice :-)