Via Ferrata Quick Getaway in the Dolomites

Self Guided

Guided

from €580 from €970

Short on time? Join our quick getaway climbing via ferrata (“iron paths”) in the Dolomites! You’ll ascend a different via ferrrata each day, explore the diverse culture and excellent cuisine of the Cortina region of the Dolomites, and even spend two nights in traditional mountain rifugio!

  • Length 5 Days / 4 Nights
  • Trip Type Via Ferrata
  • Activity Level Moderate
  • Start / Finish Cortina d'Ampezzo
  • Dates This trip is available as a custom, private departure on dates of your choosing from mid June to mid September
  • Group Departures Available
    16-20 Jul
    3-7 Sep

Highlights

  • Explore the peaks surrounding Cortina d’Ampezzo on this 5-day getaway!
  • Hike the tunnels and via ferratas constructed during World War I – with access to mountains and views usually reserved for mountaineers!
  • Stay in charming hotels and mountain rifugios – the best in the Alps – the perfect combination of mountain accommodations
  • Short on time? This is the perfect trip to experience the Dolomites and learn to climb via ferrata, the “iron paths” of the Dolomites! 
 
OVERVIEW

Want to experience the via ferrata – the “iron paths” of the Dolomites – but only have time for a short visit? Then we have the perfect trip for you! On this quick getaway, you’ll learn to ascend incredible and historic via ferratas, and climb through the Dolomites on a different ferrata each day! These world famous routes provide access to mountains and views usually reserved for climbers and mountaineers.

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.

In just five days, you’ll have ample opportunity to climb the soaring peaks of the Dolomites, and marvel at the beauty of these breathtaking mountains. You’ll explore the mountains and valleys surrounding Cortina d’Ampezzo, and discover the traditions and history of these places, and revel in the excellent culture and cuisine. You’ll even experience two nights sleeping at a rifugio, or mountain inn, with the welcoming hospitality high above the valleys below. Now that’s what we call a getaway!

 

CLIENT PRAISE 

“I loved, loved, loved the via ferrata!!  What an adrenaline rush.” – Pam / USA, July 2011

Day by Day

Short on time? Join our quick getaway climbing via ferrata (“iron paths”) in the Dolomites! You’ll ascend a different via ferrrata each day, explore the diverse culture and excellent cuisine of the Cortina region of the Dolomites, and even spend two nights in traditional mountain rifugio!


Day 1 ~ Arrive in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Dolomites
Arrive in Cortina d’Ampezzo (1,224m / 4,016') on your own and check into your hotel (private transfer available on request). Cortina d’Ampezzo is a charming alpine resort town surrounded by stunning peaks. Host to the 1956 Winter Olympics, Cortina enjoys a reputation for great skiing in winter, and in the summer attracts hikers and climbers who challenge the rocky faces of the nearby mountains. This chic Venetian town also caters to the high society crowd, offering many year-round social activities, shopping, and fine dining.

Depending on when you arrive, you may have time for a hike or to explore Cortina d’Ampezzo’s pedestrian walkway, the Corso Italia, lined with restaurants and cafes, antique shops, art galleries, and boutiques. 
... Hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo (3-Star)


Day 2 ~ Via Ferrata Averau
In the morning meet your UIAGM/IFMGA Professional Mountain Guide for a trip briefing and orientation, and to check-out the ferrata equipment you will use for your exciting days in the Dolomites. Take a private transfer to Passo Giau and enjoy your first via ferrata adventure day.

The Via Ferrata Averau is a good confidence builder for beginners. Located amidst the training ground of countless rock climbers who’ve come before, the Averau via ferrata is a wonderful easy to moderate climb.  This ferrata climb begins with a short ascent, past a chimney and up the 60 m / 197’ lined path which brings you to the crest, where the views are simply magnificent.  From atop the peak, gaze around at the breathtaking panoramas from Monte Pelmo to Antelao, Civetta, Sorapis and even Tofana di Rozes.  Once you’ve taken in the incredible sights, you can return the same way you can, descending down until you reach the starting point of Rifugio Averau, and from here reach Rifugio Scoiattoli, your home for tonight. Your guide will be with you all the way to teach you the basics of traveling over the near vertical walls.
B,D... Rifugio


Day 3 ~ Via Ferrata Col dei Bos
Hike to the beginning of Via Ferrata Col dei Bos above Col Gallina, near the Falzarego pass. This via ferrata is not marked on older maps or guide books (it’s quite new, it was made by Italian Alpine Troops in 2009), and it is one of the via ferrata that the Italian alpine military units still use for training. From the top of Col dei Bos the views of the surrounding mountains are unforgettable. Overnight in a superb rifugio with private accommodations and great views of the Dolomites. (4-5 hours hiking 3km / 2 miles and ascending a moderate 400m / 1,312' via ferrata. Total 500m / 1,640' ascent and descent.)
B,D... Rifugio


Day 4 ~ Via Ferrata Punta Anna or Giovanni Lipella  
Today you have the choice of two different via ferrata. The selection will depend on your ability and comfort level, weather conditions, and the recommendations of your guide.

Option: Via Ferrata Punta Anna
Ascend the Via Ferrata Punta Anna (2,731m / 8,960'). The hike towards the via ferrata is on the panoramic Sentiero Attrezzato Astaldi. This area is of great geologic interest: it traverses along at the very bottom edge of the steep cliffs of Punta Anna, at the juncture where the steep cliffs give way to colourful slopes of softer rock. From the summit of Punta Anna, descend on a short via ferrata (2,580m / 8,465'), followed by an amazing hike down the soft and steep scree of Bus de Tofana to Rifugio Dibona. Transfer to Cortina d’Ampezzo. (5 hours hiking 9km / 6 miles and ascending a challenging 440m / 1,444' via ferrata. Total 528m / 1,732' ascent, 1,197m / 3,927' descent.)

Option: Via Ferrata Giovanni Lipella
Ths is a challenging, full-day climb of one of the most beautiful peaks of the Dolomites. From the rifugio, you head towards the south face of the Tofana di Rozes (3,225m / 10,581'). The trail runs along the base of the mountain westwards past the entrance of the Castelletto Tunnel, which was used by the Italian army in 1917 to blow up the peak of the Castelletto di Tofana where an Austrian Kaiserjäger position was based. You’ll go through the tunnel by “torch” (headlamp), and then start to climb the west face of the giant Tofana di Rozes on the Via Ferrata Giovanni Lipella. Continuing on the via ferrata you reach the top by following a sharp edge, where early summer travellers might find snow. Descend to Rifugio Giussani along the normal route, and take a private transfer to Cortina. (Full day hiking 9km / 6 miles and ascending a challenging 600m / 1,969' via ferrata. Total 894m / 2,993' ascent, 1,563m / 5,128' descent. Note: a shorter 5-hour option is available.)

B... Hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo (3-Star)


Day 5 ~ 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 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!


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 € 1.460 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 970 per person (minimum 4 participants)
Group Departures:
€ 890 per person (minimum 4 participants)

Self Guided Trip:

From € 740 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 580 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
  • 2 night accommodation in 3-star B&B in Cortina d'Ampezzo
  • 2 night accommodation in charming rifugios (shared dormitories)
  • Meals as noted in itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Local English speaking Professional UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide (guided tours)
  • Via ferrata equipment
  • Private transfer during the itinerary
  • Local tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax

Airport transfers available on request.   
Luggage transfer available on request.         

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 accommodations?
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

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

 

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

 

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
Limited space
€ 1260
8-14 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 1520
15-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 2660
16-20 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 890
16-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 890
18-24 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 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
2-8 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 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
€ 1270
4-9 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1220
11-17 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1900
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1690