NEW! Val di Fassa Via Ferrata Traverse

Self Guided

Guided

from €970 from €1.950

Traverse the Val di Fassa region of the Dolomites, climbing via ferrata and hiking! Traverse high above the valley, getting to know the regions trails and mountains, as you take in the majestic Fassa Valley and surrounding crown of peaks.

  • Length 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Trip Type Via Ferrata
  • Activity Level Moderate to Challenging
  • Start / Finish Val di Fassa
  • Dates This trip is available as a custom, private departure on dates of your choosing from mid June to mid September

Highlights

  • Traverse the Val di Fassa using a combination of via ferrata, hiking trails, and lifts!
  • Explore the hidden valleys and majestic mountains of the Dolomites – a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Ascend a different via ferrata each day, experience the the adrenaline rush of climbing, and exploring fascinating WWI ruins and history
  • Stay in cozy mountain rifugios with the civilized comforts of a warm bed and hearty cuisine

 

OVERVIEW

Join us for a unique experience across legendary via ferrata – the iron paths of the Dolomites!  On this 8-day trek, you’ll hike and climb along the paths of Val di Fassa, the Fassa Valley, from hut-to-hut and -hotel. On most days you’ll climb via ferrata, routes equipped with metal ladders and cables to help you climb the awesome peaks of the Dolomites, while other days are hiking both with and without cableways.

The origin of the via ferrata came during the First World War, when the Italian and Austro-Hungarian armies fought against each other on the vertical walls of these wonderful mountains. In order to succeed, they had to fix these iron ladders and wire cables to the rock, often under enemy fire. Today, many of these “iron paths” have been converted to recreational use and can be tackled by anyone interested in going a step beyond hiking, towards the magical world of climbing and mountaineering. This activity is suitable for all curious hikers that want to know what lies above the trails.

And this trip is not only great for the via ferrata climbing, but also for taking in the breathtaking sights of the Val di Fassa. This incredible valley is crowned by peaks, including the Marmolada, Catinaccio/Rosengarten, Sasslolungo, and the Sella Massif. As you traverse high above the valley, you will take in different angles and vistas of each mountain and valley, getting to know them intimately as you watch how they change with every step and turn.

The majestic Dolomite Mountains offer so many incredible areas to climb and explore, it’s hard to choose just one! But the advantage of selecting a single area for your trip is that you can get to know the area more intimately. That’s why we created our Val di Fassa Via Ferrata Traverse itinerary, to focus on the via ferrata of the incredible Val di Fassa region, and get to know its masterpiece of mountains.

Day by Day

Traverse the Val di Fassa region of the Dolomites, climbing via ferrata and hiking! Traverse high above the valley, getting to know the regions trails and mountains, as you take in the majestic Fassa Valley and surrounding crown of peaks.


Day 1 ~ Arrive in Canazei, Val di Fassa
Arrive on your own in Val di Fassa (1,114m / 3,655'), and check-in into your hotel (private transfer available on request). The Val di Fassa, or Fassa Valley in English, is a fascinating natural valley set in the Italian province of Trento. The valley stretches 20-kilometers (12-miles), from Moena to Canazei, with a total of seven municipalities. This stunning Dolomites valley is surrounded by a “masterpiece” of mountains, including the Sella Group, Sassolungo, and Marmolada, home to the Dolomites largest remaining glacier, and the Catinaccio / Rosengarten with its remarkable Torri del Vajolet.
D… Hotel in Val di Fassa (3-Star)


Day 2 ~ Via Ferrata Roda de Vael
After breakfast, meet with your UIAGM/IFMGA Professional Mountain Guide who will provide a trip briefing and orientation, and supply you with your via ferrata equipment. Transfer to Passo Costalunga.

Today’s route directly leads to the summit of Roda de Vael (2,806m / 9,206'), right in the middle of the Dolomites – an incredible backdrop for your climb! The route features metal cables the entire way, essentially offering a secured path on a ridge – perfect for those new to via ferrata climbing, and great for a first-day warm up for more experienced climbers! The payoff, in addition to the adrenaline rush? A stupendous panorama of the Gruppo del Catinaccio.

From Passo Costalunga, take the Paolina chairlift to the Rifugio Paolina, (2,125m / 6,972'). From the rifugio, walk to Passo Vaiolon (~1.50 hours). The via ferrata starts at the pass, and is an easy climb to the summit (about 45 minutes). There are several options for the return, of varying difficulties, ranging from moderate hiking to a challenging via ferrata.
(3 hours hiking and ascending a slightly difficult 700m / 2,297' via ferrata.)
B,D… Rifugio


Day 3 ~ Via Ferrata Santner
Via Ferrata Santner was originally built to reach the Gartl Valley from Rifugio A. Fronza alle Coronelle, and represents the Western access of many climbing routes ascending the Vajolet Towers. This route allows you to connect with the wonderful rocky scenario of the Catinaccio/Rosengarten without significant challenges, and to enjoy the surrounding mountain group of Latemar and the green South-Tyrol valleys

From Rifugio Roda de Vael walk to Rifugio Fronza alle Coronelle, 2,339m / 7,674' and will don your ferrata equipment. Right behind the rifugio, you’ll go up the rocky steps along a scree ledge outlining the western side of Davoi Ridge. Follow the metal cables to base of the uneven rock face leading to Santner Pass. Ascend by means of stepladders and rock pitons through chimneys, couloirs, and rocky steps. Reach the narrow fork between the pinnacles of Schroffenegger and descend over some steep rocky stretches, equipped with cables, to an icy gully crossing, then climb diagonally on the left hand side, passing a leaning ledge and some steep rocks.

A short, narrow way and a small, exposed rock face marks the end of the via ferrata. Proceed northwards to the scree hollow right on the rocky labyrinth near Santer Pass (2,741m / 8,993') and descend through the Gartl valley, through the so called Gola delle Torri, to the plain of Porte Negre, where you will find your rifugio for tonight (2,243m / 7,359').
(4 hours hiking and ascending an easy 460m / 1,509' via ferrata.)
B,D… Rifugio


Day 4 ~ Via Ferrata Catinaccio d'Antermoia
The via ferrata Catinaccio d'Antermoia climbs the western flank of the Catinaccio d’Antermoia (3,004m / 9,856'), and then descends to the eastern crest of Valle d'Antermoia after an aerial crossing near the top. There is nothing particularly challenging about the climb from a technical standpoint, but it is a long and demanding route. That said, the panorama as well as variety are absolutely worthy of the climb, particularly vistas of the Rosengarten and the Sassolungo.

Starting from Rifugio Vajolet, ascend a wide to the head of the Val di Vajolet (about 1 hour walk). Crossing some scree, you will reach Rifugio Passo Principe (2,600m / 8,530'), located on the pass with the same name. Walk on scree up to the beginning of the via ferrata: ascend from left to right along a couloir equipped with metal cables. Once you pass the first rocky step, climb to the summit ridge (exposed and without ropes) and to the cross of Catinaccio d’Antermoia Peak (3,002m / 9,849'): definitely an extraordinary viewpoint on theVal di Fassa Dolomites (~1.50 hours). Descend northeastwards along a via ferrata, passing a ledge, some rocks, a couloir, and a small saddle (stay focused!). Reach the gravelly path of Forcella d’Antermoia and the Antermoia hollow (2,700m / 8,858', 1 hour). 

Descend to Rifugio Passo Principe along the rim of the south face of Catinaccio d’Antermoia, and then via shuttle bus to Canazei for the night.
(7 hours hiking and ascending a long, demanding 750m / 2,461' via ferrata.)
B,D… Hotel in Val di Fassa (3-Star)


Day 5 ~ Hike the Viel del Pan
Today you’ll take a break from via ferrata, and enjoy hiking the Viel del Pan. This long traverse moves across breathtaking scenery at a near-constant altitude of around 2,400 meters (7,874'). The trail winds gently, with very few steep ramps ascending some small valleys. An age-old trade route, it runs along the elongated spine of the Padon chain, between the Sella and Marmolada. What is most beautiful in this trail is the proximity to the Marmolada range. Throughout the hike, you have a near-continuous and incomparable view of the Marmolada Massif and her stunning glacier.

"Viel del Pan" literally means “the path of bread,” translated from the native Ladin into English. In medieval times, this was the preferred route for traders from the Val di Fassa traveling to the Livinallongo Valley, Belluno, and beyond. Flour was an essential ingredient for making bread, or pan, and represented an excellent bargaining product, bartered in the Ladin valleys for handcrafted goods and other products. It is precisely because of the little path’s original use that the existing route and mountain refuge are now called “Viel dal Pan”. 

From Lago Fedaia where the trail ends, ascend using the Fedaia lift (not included) or by walking to your rifugio for tonight (2,625m / 8,612').
(3-4 hours hiking 7.8km / 4.5 miles, 387m / 1,270' ascent, 713m / 2,339' descent, using the Fedaia lift.)
B,D… Rifugio


Day 6 ~ Marmolada Glacier Traverse
From your rifugio, you’ll hike westward across a hollow at the foot of the north face of the Marmolada, an extremely scenic landscape. At about 2,800 meters (9,186'), the path turns into a track on the glacier itself, where you’ll begin to use crampons. Ascend the valley walking on scree and snow, until you reach the foot of Forcella Marmolada (2,896 m / 9,501'). Here the via ferrata begins, and covers 100-meters (328') of vertical up to the saddle of the forcella.

From the saddle, you can enjoy the wonderful view, as well and observe the tunnels dating back to First World War. The Marmolada was a famous theatre of World War I fighting; in this area Austrian and Italian frontlines were separated only by few hundred meters of rock and ice. Under the glacier and between the crevasses, the Austrian army dug a complex system of caves and walkways, tunnels, warehouses, kitchens and dormitories – a veritable "Ice City” that stretched for about 12 kilometers (7 miles) beneath the glacier surface, reaching a depth of 50 meters (164').

At Forcella Marmolada, the path comes to a fork. Follow the fork to the right that descends to the Contrin Valley. The via ferrata descends for about 50 meters (164'), and leads to an easy hiking path. Walk for about 1.30 hours to reach your rifugio for tonight (2,016m / 6,614'), at the foot of the stunning south face of the Piccolo and Gran Vernèl.
(4 hours hiking and ascending an easy 260m / 853' via ferrata, 880m / 3,887' hiking descent.)
B,D… Rifugio 


Day 7 ~ Sentiero Lino Pederiva
From your rifugio, hike up to Rifugio Passo San Nicolo'. Just beyond the hut, watch for the interesting fortifications dating back to First World War, still visible along the way. Continue hiking until you reach where the trail splits, and you’ll begin to follow the Sentiero Lino Pederiva. Walk the narrow grassy ridge to reach the steep slopes of Sasso Rocca; some metal cables will help you cross the most demanding passages. Near Sella Brunech (2,419m / 7,936'), keep walking along the edge up to Sass de Adam, and pause to take in the amazing view across the Val di Fassa, a crown of the Dolomites! From here you continue to the village of Pozza di Fassa by using a lift (not included) or on-foot and transfer to your hotel for tonight.
(~5 hours hiking 13.7km / 8 miles, with 820m / 2,690' ascent and 1,510m / 4,954' descent, including an easy 3.5km / 2 mile sentiero with a 360m / 1,181' ascent and 268m / 879' descent.)
B,D… Hotel in Val di Fassa (3-Star)


Day 8 ~ Depart
Breakfast and departure on your own (private transfer available on request).
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EXTEND YOUR ADVENTURE!
You've come all this way, why not stay a little longer? Dolomite Mountains offers fantastic extensions that you can enjoy before or after your trip in the Dolomites. Explore Venice, Verona, Lake Garda, Florence, or Milan, or any of the many other magical places found throughout Italy. There's no more perfect way to recover from jet lag upon arrival, or delay your return to reality at the end of your trip!


Trip itinerary may vary based on weather conditions, fitness levels and abilities of participants, and/or the recommendations of your guide.

Cost

Guided Trip:
From € 2.940 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 1.950 per person (minimum 4 participants)

Self Guided Trip:

From € 1.130 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 970 per person (minimum 4 participants)
First day is guided


Private room supplement in rifugios: €15 per rifugio, per person (based on availability)
High season supplement from July 20th to August 31st: surcharge of 5%


Cost Includes:

  • Trip briefing
  • Logistics and map of the area
  • 3 nights accommodation in 3-star hotel in Val di Fassa
  • 4 nights accommodation in shared dormitory in charming rifugio
  • All breakfasts
  • All dinners
  • Local English speaking Professional UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide for 6 days
  • Via ferrata equipment (during the guided days)
  • Crampons for Marmolada Glacier (just if guided)
  • Local transportation as per itinerary
  • Local tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax

Accommodation

Want to learn more about our Hotels and B&Bs?
The Dolomites has a multi-faceted culture and history that is reflected in each village we visit, and we make sure to provide you with the most authentic experience of the region possible through the hotels and B&Bs we offer. Hotels and chalets are available in the larger villages, while agriturismos (working farms with accommodations similar to B&Bs) are more common in rural areas. And we always make sure you have access to inspired regional cuisine, and the best panoramas you can get in the Dolomites!

 

Prefer luxury acommodations?
You can also book a custom departure of this trip using our luxury hotels. For details, please contact us.

 

Want to learn more about our Mountain Inns & Rifugi?
Rifugi – or mountain huts in English – are the classic accommodation for hikers, climbers, mountaineers, and ski mountaineers in the Alps. Set in spectacular locations high in the Dolomites, rifugi are accessible only on foot (with a few exceptions that are reachable by car). These marvelous establishments are open primarily in the summer, with a select few in winter, and offer meals and sleeping facilities.

The Dolomite rifugi are considered the best in the Alps. While some are dormitory style with bunk beds, many meet the standard of a simple guest house with private rooms and en-suite bathrooms, and each has its own unique character and charm. Bedding and linens are provided, hot showers are available, and meals are served in common dining areas – like a small mountain inn set high in the mountains with the most incredible vistas in the Dolomites. Whether you’re hiking in summer or skiing in winter, an overnight rifugio stay is not to miss on a Dolomite holiday.

To learn even more about rifugi in the Dolomites, check out our Rifugios in the Dolomites article, and learn about one of the best ways to experience these incredible mountains!

More info

LEARN MORE: Want to learn more about via ferrata? Check out our who, what, where, and when of climbing via ferrata resource!

Check out the high definition videos in our SUMMER VIDEO GALLERY!

 

Still want more? Why not extend your adventure!
Dolomite Mountains offers fantastic extensions that you can enjoy before or after your trip in the Dolomites. Explore VeniceVeronaLake GardaFlorence, or Milan, or any of the many other magical places found throughout Italy. There's no more perfect way to recover from jet lag upon arrival, or delay your return to reality at the end of your trip!

 

 

Group Trip Dates

Trip name   Trip dates   Min persons   Trip status   Price    
25-30 Jul
2017
4
Available
€ 890
27 Jul - 3 Aug
2017
4
Available
€ 1260
8-14 Aug
2017
4
Available
€ 1520
15-21 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 2660
16-21 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 890
16-20 Aug
2017
4
Available
€ 890
18-24 Aug
2017
4
Available
€ 1260
23-30 Aug
2017
4
Available
€ 1730
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1520
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 2660
3-7 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 890
3-10 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1730
3-10 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1730
10-15 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 890
12-18 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1260
14-19 Feb
2018
4
Limited space
€ 2200
21-27 Feb
2018
4
Available
€ 1900
28 Feb - 2 Mar
2018
4
Available
€ 2200
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1540
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2200
4-9 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1220
4-9 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1270
11-17 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1900
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1690