Via ferrata in the Dolomites
About this Adventure
Duration: 8 days
Price: 995 GBP
Tackle some of the most difficult climbing in Europe.
The Dolomites of Northern Italy is one of the most spectacular landscapes Europe has to offer, and is also an adventurers paradise. Snow in the winter means great skiing and the beautifully warm sunshine in the summer makes it a great spot for hiking, climbing. Add to this a huge number of Michelin-starred restaurants and you have quite possibly the perfect destination for a great adventure.
Of all the activities in the Dolomites to test your mettle, we recommend the Via Ferrata, a series of iron rungs, metal cables and hanging bridges running through the mountain range. Initially installed as a means for the Italian troops to move safely through the area when it was a WWI frontline with Austria they are now a great adventure of their own.
The advantage of these installations is that they allow less experienced climbers to tackle and explore regions which would otherwise be the preserve of elite climbers. The difficulty varies hugely, some are barely steeper than a normal mountain path whereas others rise into the distance almost vertically, and are tricky enough to challenge even the strongest of hearts.
In addition to the climbing, much of the defence network built during the war is still in place and protected as a museum so you can clamber up, and then learn about the history of the routes and the events that surrounded them.
Please see a proposed trip itinerary from Mountain Tracks.
Meet your guides for the week. We deliver a detailed briefing on safety, equipment, weather and the days ahead. We stay overnight in Madonna di Campiglio.
The first day takes us from MdC to the Rifugio Tuckett (2268m). We use the cable car to take us to the Groste Pass (2437m) and then follow the Sentiero Benini to the hut. This is a nice easy opening day to get you in the groove for the longer days to follow!
From the Rifugio Tuckett to the Rifugio Pedrotti (2496m). We follow the ‘Sentiero Sosat’ a long traverse which crosses the East face of the Cima Brenta. There are fantastic views of the Brenta range near the Campanil Basso.
Today we’ll take the Sentiero Orsi via the Bocchetta del Tuchett and the Bocchette Alta to the Rifugio Alimonta (2600m). This is a wonderful route, but challenging and with considerable exposure.
An exciting day along the last section of the ‘Via della Bochette’ as we follow the Bochette Basse back past the Rifugio Pedrotti before picking up the Sentiero Brentari which takes us to the Rifugio Val d’Ambiez Agostini (2410m).
The route goes from the Rifugio past Castiglioni and the Rifugio XII Apostoli before picking up the Sentiero delle Ideale and the Sentiero Martinazzi to the Rifugio Brentei (2120m). One of the hardest VF routes in the Dolomites with plenty of exposure.
Rifugio Brentei along the Sentiero Sosat to the Rifugio Stoppani where we take the cable car down to Madonna di Campiglio and a celebratory night in the town !
Disperse after breakfast
Mountain Tracks run adventures on the Via Ferrata