Via Ferrata Traverse – Cortina to Alta Badia

Self Guided

Guided

Luxury

from €1.060 - min 2 pax from €1.690 - min 4 pax on request

Challenge yourself and traverse the Dolomites from rifugio to rifugio while climbing some of the most famous via ferrata in the world! These “iron paths” set high into the mountainsides provide non-climbers access to high peaks and incredible vistas usually reserved for mountaineers.

  • Length 7 or 8 Days / 6 or 7 Nights
  • Trip Type Via Ferrata
  • Activity Level Moderate to Challenging
  • Start / Finish Cortina d'Ampezzo / Alta Badia
  • Dates This trip is available as a custom, private departure on dates of your choosing from mid June to mid September
  • Group Departures Available
    26 Aug - 1 Sep
    4-14 Jul

Highlights

  • Climb on some of the most famous vie ferrate in the world – Tridentina, Punta Anna, Lipella, and more!
  • See the remains of the First World War when many of the ferrate where built
  • Enjoy the marvellous views from the top of the Dolomite Mountains
  • Stay in mountain rifugios, the best in the Alps, and charming hotels and B&Bs – the perfect combination of mountain accommodations – as you traverse through the Dolomites

 

OVERVIEW

The breathtaking pinnacles of the Dolomites are well known to climbers and non-climbers all over the world. For non-climbers, the world famous vie ferrate (“iron paths”) of the Dolomites provide access to mountains and views usually reserved for climbers and mountaineers. Wire cables are fixed to the rock walls for safety, in addition to iron rods and steps. These incredible well-protected routes allow almost anyone to safely ascend a mountainside.

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.

On this incredible itinerary, you will traverse through the Dolomites from Cortina d’Ampezzo to Alta Badia. This provides the opportunity to explore the Ladin valleys of the Dolomites and their people, as well as discover the traditions and history of these places, all while learning to ascend the incredible and historic via ferrata.  You’ll ascend and descend from valley to valley, moving to a new rifugio, hotel, or bed and breakfast almost every night, enjoying the welcoming atmosphere, exploring the excellent culture and cuisine, and having a whole lot of fun along the way!

Day by Day

Challenge yourself and traverse the Dolomites from rifugio to rifugio while climbing some of the most famous via ferrata in the world! These “iron paths” set high into the mountainsides provide non-climbers access to high peaks and incredible vistas usually reserved for mountaineers.


Day 1 ~ Arrive in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Dolomites
Arrive in Cortina d’Ampezzo (1,224m / 4,016') on your own and check into your bed and breakfast (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 Col dai Bos
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. Your guide will give you a lesson on technique for climbing the via ferrata, equipment use, and safety. You’ll then take a short private transfer to Passo Falzarego.

Because it is still used for training by the Italian alpine military units, and because it is quite new (it was created by Italian Alpine Troops in 2009), the Col dei Bos via ferrata is not marked on older maps or guide books. Comprised of an impressive network of steel cables, protective cones and special bolt reinforcements, this via ferrata begins above Col Gallina near the Falzarego pass and ascends along the south face of the Col dai Bos. The first part is the most challenging section, but it gradually gets easier at about 80m / 262', where you reach a wide ledge, a short wall and several manageable slopes. The pleasant climb continues on to another demanding wall and then a nice, easy grassy section. The final 100m / 328' section of the ferrata contains a few vertical segments, however there are plenty of available holds to assist, making it quite a safe and enjoyable journey.  More spectacular views await you at the 2,559m / 8,396' summit and cross, where you can rest in the scenic meadows and admire the summit of the Ampezzo Basin.
(Ascend a moderate 400m / 1,312' via ferrata.)

For the first two nights, your accommodation is in town to give you time to gradually acclimatize to the elevation, and to buy any needed equipment for your traverse. Dinner on your own.
B… Hotel in Cortina d'Ampezzo (3-Star)


Day 3 ~ Via Ferrata Punta Anna
This ascent, almost entirely equipped with cables, follows the steep southern arête up Punta Anna, the large outcrop that looks onto the Tofana di Mezzo – the third highest peak in all the Dolomites. Without a doubt one of the most interesting and beautiful via ferrata in the Dolomites, its steepness, exposure and beauty render it immensely satisfying, and the view onto the imposing south face of the Tofana di Rozes is unforgettable. The ferrata can be extended by combining it with others close by, including an ascent of the Tofana di Mezzo. (~5 hours hiking 5km / 3 miles and ascending a challenging 440m / 1,444' via ferrata. Total 1,400m / 4,593' ascent and descent.)
B,D… Rifugio


Day 4 ~ Via Ferrata Giovanni Lipella
Today 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 Passo Falzarego. From here, you’ll take the cable car to your rifugio for tonight. One of the highest rifugi in all the Dolomites (2,752m / 9,029'), you’ll enjoy spectacular 360-degree views! (Full day hiking 9km / 6 miles and ascending a challenging 600m / 1,969' via ferrata. Total 900m / 2,953' ascent and descent. Note: a shorter 5-hour option is available.)
B,D… Rifugio 


Day 5 ~ Via Ferrata Tomaselli
From last night’s Rifugio you’ll walk to the base of the Torre Fanis Sud (2,980m / 9,777') where the Via Ferrata Cesco Tomaselli begins. Once you reach the summit, you descend along the Via Ferrata Forcella Fanis onto the Cadin di Fanis Glacier. You then enter a World War I tunnel that leads you to the beginning of the Alta Via Fanis Luigi Veronesi, which winds itself through the Fanis peaks to the Cima Scotoni (2,874m / 9,429'). Descend to Alta Badia, private transfer to your hotel. (5 hours hiking 8km / 5 miles and ascending and descending a challenging 600m / 1,969' via ferrata. Total 500m / 1,640' ascent, 1,254m / 4,114' descent.)
B,D… Hotel in Alta Badia (3-Star)


Day 6 ~ Via Ferrata Tridentina
Today is a less challenging but not less beautiful via ferrata. A nice chance to recover before your journey home, while still enjoying the beauty of the Dolomites!  You will have a private transfer to Rifugio/Hotel Frara at the Passo Gardena from where you will climb the Via Ferrata Tridentina al Pisciadù. This is a stunning route that initially ascends slabs and walls which overlook some huge waterfalls. At the half-way mark the terrain eases off for a bit. The second part of the route is steeper and perfectly protected, with a final dramatic suspension bridge that leads across a chasm and provides access to the plateau and the Pisciadù Hut – an amazing location for a drink and rest before the descent of the dramatic Val Setus and private transfer back to Alta Badia. (5 hours hiking 5km / 3 miles and ascending a moderate 400m / 1,312' via ferrata. Total 750m / 2,461' ascent / descent.)
B,D… Hotel in Alta Badia (3-Star)


Day 7 ~ Depart
Breakfast and departure on your own (private transfer available on request).
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8 Day Option:

Day 7 ~ Via Ferrata Marmolada
The Via Ferrata Marmolada Cresta Ovest is the utlimate ferrata of them all!  Marmolada is renowned as the Queen of the Dolomites, and the highest peak in this magnificent massif, Punta Penia (3,343m / 10,968’), attracts hikers and mountaineers throughout the entire year. You’ll ascend by via ferrata to the snowy summit where the 360 degree panorama from the highest point in the Dolomites will not disappoint! Your return follows the classic traverse with crampons, rope up, and walk upon the Marmolada Glacier – the only glacier in the Dolomites! From the crest you scramble over rocks down to the glacier, and travel through the crevasse-strewn terrain back to Pian dei Fiacconi. A superb finale to an outstanding week of via ferrata in the Dolomites! (~7 hours hiking and ascending a difficult 450m / 1,476' via ferrata and walking on a glacier.)
B,D... Hotel in Alta Badia (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 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

7 Day Guided Trip:
From € 2.540 per person (minimum 2 participants) 
From € 1.690 per person (minimum 4 participants)
Group Departures: € 1.580 per person (minimum 4 participants)

7 Day Self Guided Trip:
From € 1.060 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 890 per person (minimum 4 participants)
Good via ferrata experience required for self guided via ferrata trips, via ferrata equipment not included, 1st via ferrata day guided

8 Day Guided Trip:
From € 3.020 per person (minimum 2 participants) 
From € 2.070 per person (minimum 4 participants)

8 Day Self Guided Trip:
From € 1.390 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 1.110 per person (minimum 4 participants)
Good via ferrata experience required for self guided via ferrata trips, via ferrata equipment not included, 1st via ferrata day 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 maps of the area
  • 2 night accommodation in 3-star B&B in Cortina d'Ampezzo
  • 2 night accommodation in charming rifugios (shared dormitories)
  • 2 night accommodation in 3-star hotel in Alta Badia
  • Meals noted as per itinerary
  • Local English speaking Professional UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide (guided trips)
  • Via ferrata equipment (guided trips only)
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Luggage transfer from Cortina d'Ampezzo to Alta Badia
  • Local tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax

Airport transfers available on request.
Luggage transfers 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

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
Limited space
€ 1260
8-14 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 1520
15-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 2660
16-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 890
16-20 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 890
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 2660
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1520
2-8 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 2660
3-7 Oct
2017
4
Sold out
€ 890
3-10 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1730
10-15 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 890
14-19 Feb
2018
4
Limited space
€ 2200
21-27 Feb
2018
4
Available
€ 1900
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2200
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1540
4-9 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1270
11-17 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1900
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2200
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1690
17-21 Jul
2018
4
Available
€ 890
22-27 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1460
4-14 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1520
7-13 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 2660
25-31 Sep
2018
4
Available
€ 2660
8-12 Oct
2018
4
Available
€ 890