Dolomiti di Brenta Via Ferrata Traverse

Self Guided

Guided

Luxury

from €980 - min 2 pax from €1.500 - min 4 pax on request

Lush valleys set beneath Dolomite spires, high alpine plains rising up to meet majestic pale mountain landscapes – sound familiar? Well, yes, but no...

  • Length 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Trip Type Via Ferrata
  • Activity Level Challenging
  • Start / Finish Madonna di Campiglio
  • Dates This trip is available as a custom, private departure on dates of your choosing from mid June to end September
  • Group Departures Available
    22-27 Jul

Highlights

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Traverse the legendary Vie delle Bocchette in the Brenta – or Western – Dolomites!
  • Hike across glaciers and snow fields that dot the Dolomite landscape
  • Walk on scenic trails through lush alpine pastures, wooded forests, and lunar landscapes
  • Enjoy the atmosphere of mountain rifugios, the real mountaineer flair

 

About the Western Dolomites – the Dolomiti di Brenta

Lush valleys set beneath Dolomite spires, high alpine plains rising up to meet majestic pale mountain landscapes – sound familiar? Well, yes, but no! The Western Dolomites, while officially part of the Dolomite Mountains, are isolated from the rest of the Dolomite range. Officially known as the Dolomiti di Brenta, or Brenta Group, they lie two hours to the west of what most think of as the Dolomite Mountains – like an outlying island of dolomitic rock. Geographically these mountains have not always been considered a part of the Dolomites, but geologically they undeniably are, and today they are officially recognized as a part of the Dolomite Mountains UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Western Dolomites offer all of the same activities that you find in the rest of the Dolomite Mountains – hiking, biking, via ferrata, climbing, canyoning, and skiing. But in the Brenta Group, the sharp, majestic peaks play host to numerous remnant hanging glaciers, or vedretta in Italian. And unlike the rest of the Dolomites, the light colored dolomitic spires of the Western Dolomites are provided a stark and beautiful metamorphic contrast by the Adamello-Presanella group of mountains across the valley. The wildlife found here is different too – while home to all of the usual mountain fauna, the Western Dolomites is among the richest of the Alps, even including a small, protected population of brown (grizzly) bears!

We have become positively captivated by the amazing opportunities for adventure and breathtaking landscapes the Western Dolomites offer. But don’t take our word for it – come see for yourself!

Day by Day

Day 1 ~ Arrive in Madonna di Campiglio, Brenta Dolomites

Arrive in Madonna di Campiglio on your own and check in to your luxury hotel (private transfer available on request).

Madonna di Campiglio (1,550m / 5,085') is an elegant town nestled in a breathtaking valley, surrounded by Adamello Brenta Natural Park on three of its four sides. Set between the Dolomiti di Brenta (Brenta or Western Dolomites) and the glaciers of Adamello and Presanella, Madonna is one of Italy’s most fashionable ski resorts, second only to the Dolomites’ Cortina d’Ampezzo. Tourism began here in the late 19th century, when the Austrian Empress Sissi and Emperor Franz Josef visited. After the imperial journey, the popularity of Madonna di Campiglio never really ended, and today the town is still one of the most visited in the Alps in both summer and in winter. The main square of Madonna di Campiglio offers fantastic views over looking the Brenta massif, and the town serves as the starting point for a multitude of hikes. Quintessentially Italian, and vibrantly attractive, Madonna di Campiglio offers considerable traditional charm, with elegant buildings that date back to the 19th century. And, thanks to the completion of a tunnel bypass in 2000, today the town is virtually car-free!

Unlike the majority of the Dolomites, which exhibit the influence of both the Austro-Hungarian and native Ladin history and cultures, Madonna is undeniably Italian. That said, in the late 19th century during the Habsburg Empire, the village briefly served as a summer extension of the court of Vienna, and Emperor Franz Josef of Austria liked to walk in the woods here. Reaching further into history, Madonna di Campiglio dates back to the 12 century, when a church on the main road served as an inn for those

Depending on when you arrive, you may have time for a short hike or to explore the town. Enjoy a welcome aperitif before dinner at your hotel.
D… Hotel in Madonna di Campiglio (4-Star) 


Day 2 ~ Sentiero Alfredo Benini  

In the morning, meet with your UIAGM/IFMGA Professional Mountain Guide who will provide a trip briefing, orientation, and supply you with your via ferrata equipment. Before departing this morning, your guide will give you a lesson on technique for climbing via ferrata, equipment use, and safety.

From your hotel, you’ll walk north with your guide to catch the Grostè cable car, and ride to the top station, Rifugio Stoppani, set on Passo del Grostè (2,442m / 8,012'). Here you’ll don your via ferrata gear and helmets for the first time, and begin your climb on the Sentiero Benini! Benini is a relatively easy “via ferrata,” more of hiking trail with fixed cables at every exposed section. It is a perfect warm up for your multi-day via ferrata trip, and to get familiar with the Brenta region. As it is relatively easy, if this is your first via ferrata, you can get comfortable clipping in and out of the cables and wearing a helmet!

Since the route is not long, in addition to today’s ferrata you may have time to climb Cima Groste or Cima Falkner – or both if you are feeling adventurous! Cima Groste can be climbed, or traversed in place of the ferrata path. Cima Falkner, further into today’s route, is a relatively easy half-hour climb along a couloir filled with rubblestones, and is probably the best viewpoint to the nearby Cima Brenta (3,151m / 10,338'), second highest of the Brenta Group.
(~4 hours hiking and climbing an easy 5.4km / 3+ mile via ferrata, 639m / 2,096 ascent, 832m / 2,730' descent.)
B,D… Rifugio


Day 3 ~ Sentiero Bocchette Alte to Sentiero Detassis
The Vie Ferrate delle Bocchette are rightly considered two of the most beautiful ferrate in the Brenta Dolomites. Wild and exposed ledges, always well equipped, offer a payoff, especially on clear days: the view can extend east over Lago di Molveno all the way to Civetta and Marmolada in the Dolomites. The Via delle Bocchette Alte, the first of the two you will tackle, is extraordinary, and the most famous ferrata in the Brenta. 

This ferrata includes crossing a snowfield on a small, remnant glacier, where the section of trail is also called the Sentiero attr. della Sega Alta / Sentiero Osvaldo Orsi. It continues with steep cables and ladders, followed by vertical ladders, which are rewarded by magnificent views down to Lago Molveno some 2,000 meters (6,562') below. Exposed, but well equipped, you’ll hike across a ledge along the eastern flank of Cima Brenta (3,151m  / 10,338'). The hardest section – or crux, in mountaineering terms – is a small ice field crossing. Ladders, cables, and ledges will lead you to a split in the via ferrata, where you will depart the Bocchette Alte for the Sentiero Oliva Detassis. Descend to your rifugio for tonight, set in a high clearing, with an incredible 360° view over the Brenta Dolomites.
(~3.5 hours hiking and climbing a moderate via ferrata, 4.8km / 2.5 miles, 1,025m / 3,363' ascent, 657m / 2,156' descent.) 

Challenging Option:
At the junction with the Sentiero Oliva Detassis, continue on the Sentiero Bocchette Alte, followed by a steep descent via cables and ladders to the Bocca Alta dei Massod, and on to your rifugio for tonight.
B,D… Rifugio 


Day 4 ~ Via Delle Bochette Centrali
Continuing on the Via Delle Bochette today, you’ll tackle Via Delle Bochette Centrali. This section of trail offers a series of ladders and ledges that will transport you through the most dramatic rock formation you could imagine.   

Depart your rifugio in the morning, and climb onto the Sfulmini Glacier to reach the windy Bocca di Armi and the start of the Via Ferrata delle Bochette Centrali. You’ll climb a series of four ladders, a ledge, and cables onto the east face of Torre di Brenta. Exposed but sheltered from the wind (finally!), this is the true start of the long ledge traverse of the Bocchette Centrali. The most exciting (and difficult!) section of the ferrata is  thehorseshoe shaped ledge of the Sentiero Figari. The sheer drop is staggering, and the ledge is only 50 centimeters wide (~20") at this point, but cables lead you safely beneath the Cima dei Sfulmini, with an impressive view onto Campanile Alto and the fantastic Campanile Basso. 

Descending and traversing downward, you’ll reach a saddle between the Campanile Basso and the Cima Brenta Alta, before descending onto the west face of the Cima, and onto the final ladders of this section and the glacier below. From the glacier, climb up to Bocca di Brenta, or mouth of the Brenta, the most important and frequented pass in the Brenta Group. From Bocca di Brenta, the path descends rapidly on path n.305 to Rifugio Pedrotti (2,487m / 8,159'), where you can stop for a break.

Next you join the Sentiero Palmieri, part of the Dolomiti Di Brenta Trek Expert (DBT) trail. This long distance loop covers the most famous side and the wildest corners of the Brenta Dolomites, with 11 stages and four variant routes to accommodate both hikers and mountaineers. You’ll climb gently, before the path becomes undulating all the way to your rifugio (2,410m / 7,907') for tonight.
(~5 hours hiking and climbing an challenging via ferrata, 8.3km / 5 miles, 995m / 3,150' ascent, 1,206m  / 3,957' descent.)

Challenging Option:
Option to take Sentiero Brentari, instead of Sentiero Palmieri.
(~5 hours hiking and climbing an challenging via ferrata, 6.7km / 4 miles, 960m / 3,264' ascent, 1,190m  / 3,940' descent.)
B,D… Rifugio 


Day 5 ~ Sentiero Ettore Castiglioni
Sentiero Ettore Castiglionirepresents the final segment of the fantastic Via delle Bocchette you have been hiking and climbing across the past few days. The Castiglioniferrata was inaugurated in 1946, dedicated to the great mountaineer, activist, and anti-fascist fighter, two years after his tragic death near the Passo del Forno during his attempt to escape from fascist repression. Castiglioni also authored some detailed and still appreciated alpine guide books.

The Sentiero Ettore Castiglioni is challenging because of its length, marked exposure, and the verticality of a few of the ladders climbing the smooth walls of Cima d’Agola and Cima Susat. Given the route’s verticality, it is wise to keep a fair distance between you and other climbers above you, to avoid the danger of falling rocks! Fortunately, the sections themselves are not particularly difficult for hikers with via ferrata experience, and after a week of hiking and climbing in the Brenta Group, you should be in great shape to tackle this! 

You’ll hike on switchbacks, followed by a few chimneys with fixed steel cables, across several ledges, a suspension bridge, and multiple vertical and overhung ladders throughout this itinerary. After the final ledge, you will come to the picturesque furrow of Bocchetta dei Due Denti (2,859m / 9,370'). From here you can see down the entirety of the majestic XII Apostoli basin. Descending along the glacial remnant, the Vedretta Prato Fiorito, you’ll have a nice view of the Adamello-Presanella massif below, as you hike to Rifugio Fratelli Garbari ai XII Apostoli (2,488m / 8,163') and enjoy a well deserved rest, and potentially a snack and coffee. Once catch your breath, slowly descend to Doss del Sabion (2,101m / 6,893'). Take the lift down and transfer to your hotel.
(~4.5 hours hiking and climbing a medium difficulty via ferrata, 14.7km / 9 miles, 694m / 2,277' ascent, 1,648m / 3,327' descent. Optional longer hiking descent back to Madonna di Campiglio available)
B,D… Hotel Madonna di Campiglio (4-Star)



Day 6 ~ Depart
Breakfast and departure on your own (private transfer available on request). 

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

Cost

Guided Trip:
From € 2.185 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 1.510 per person (minimum 4 participants)

Self Guided Trip:

From € 995 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 845 per person (minimum 4 participants)

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


Cost Includes:

  • Trip briefing
  • Logistics and map of the area
  • 2 nights accommodation in 4-star hotel in Madonna di Campiglio
  • 3 nights accommodation in charming rifugi (mountain inns) in shared rooms
  • Meals as noted in itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Local English speaking UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide during entire itinerary  (on guided trips)
  • Lifts noted in itinerary (guided trips)
  • Via ferrata equipment (guided trips)
  • Local tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax 

Accommodation

Want to learn more about our Luxury Hotels?                        

Luxury accommodations in the Dolomites combine the ultimate in comfort and refinement. From five star hotels, Michelin star-rated restaurants, and pampering spas, just because you are in the mountains does not mean you cannot have a truly luxe Italian experience in the Dolomites! From the chic town of Cortina d’Ampezzo, a popular destination for the rich and famous, to the quiet and discreet luxury of San Cassiano in Alta Badia, you will find accommodations with credentials ranging from membership in the exclusive Relais & Châteaux to The Leading Hotels of the World!

    

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!

Group Trip Dates

Trip name   Trip dates   Min persons   Trip status   Price    
25-30 Jul
2017
4
Available
€ 970
27 Jul - 3 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1260
8-14 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 1640
15-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 2790
16-20 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 910
16-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 970
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 2790
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1640
2-8 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 2790
3-10 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1560
3-7 Oct
2017
4
Sold out
€ 910
10-15 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 970
21-27 Feb
2018
4
Available
€ 2.070
26-31 Feb
2018
4
Limited space
€ 1.270
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2.440
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1600
4-9 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1350
11-17 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2.070
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2.440
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Sold out
€ 1.270
17-22 Jul
2018
4
Sold out
€ 970
22-27 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1460
1-5 Aug
2018
4
Sold out
€ 910
7-13 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 2790
7-13 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1640
8-12 Aug
2018
4
Limited space
€ 910
15-22 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1560
25-31 Sep
2018
4
Available
€ 2790
1-8 Oct
2018
4
Available
€ 1780
8-12 Oct
2018
4
Available
€ 910
16-21 Oct
2018
4
Available
€ 970
27 Feb - 2 Mar
2019
4
Available
€ 2.070
27 Feb - 1 Mar
2019
4
Available
€ 2.440
3-8 Mar
2019
4
Available
€ 2.440
17-22 Apr
2019
4
Available
€ 2.440
17-22 Apr
2019
4
Available
€ 1.270
24-30 Apr
2019
4
Available
€ 2.070