Dolomites Rock Climbing

Dolomite Climbing Pioneers & Classic Climbs

Climb on routes that shaped climbing history as you follow the vertical lines of pioneers who opened up climbing in the Dolomite Mountains. Discover for yourself why this beautiful mountain range is truly a playground for rock climbers and mountaineers!

Trip Overview

Some of the greatest rock climbing in the world is located in the Dolomite Mountains. And with the beauty that these mountains provide, it’s no wonder it was a desirable range for early climbers to explore! On this vertical itinerary, you’ll have the opportunity retrace the routes of Dolomite climbing pioneers on some of the most classic climbs these mountains have to offer. Reinhold Messner. Riccardo Cassin. Angelo Dibona. These are just a few of the great climbers who put up first ascents in this vertical landscape!

There are so many climbs in the Dolomites to choose from it’s hard to know where to start. That’s where we come in! On this unique, flexible itinerary, we would like to introduce you to some of the finest classic Dolomite climbs by following the steps of history, by climbing the routes first ascended by its finest and best known climbers. The day-to-day itinerary below is just a place to start… If there is a specific climber you’d like to follow, or a specific route you want to explore, let us know and we’ll customize a climbing adventure just for you!

It’s a climber’s dream to come to the Dolomites at least once in their life and to follow their predecessors on routes of these pioneers! Join us!

Highlights

  • Discover the Dolomites – a playground for climbers from all over the world
  • Climb on routes first ascended by world-class climbers past and present who have left an indelible mark on the mighty peaks of the Dolomites
  • Explore some of the most scenic and best-known climbing routes in the world, following the footsteps of climbing pioneers who established these ground breaking climbs
  • Hone your climbing skills on the extremely featured, vertical rock walls of the Dolomites

Day By Day

Trip itinerary may vary based on weather conditions, fitness levels and abilities of participants, and/or the recommendations of the Dolomite Mountains Team and your mountain guide. Daily mileage and altitude gain may vary depending on the device used.

  • Day 1

    Hotel in Alta Badia

  • Day 2

    Rifugio

  • Day 3

    Rifugio

  • Day 4

    Hotel in Alta Badia

  • Day 5

    Hotel in Alta Badia

  • Day 6

Accommodation

Great hotels with Dolomite Mountains. Whether intimate lodge, family run B&B, or luxury spa resort, our hotels are unique, eminently local, and hard to leave.

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 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!

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!

Climbing Pioneers
There is so much climbing, and so much climbing history in the Dolomite Mountains! The above itinerary is just a starting point. If there is a specific climber you’d like to follow, or a specific route you wan to climb, let us know and we’ll customize a climbing adventure just for you. We’d also be happy to provide you a list of some of the Dolomite’s most prominent climbing pioneers, their background, and a few of their best routes – climbs that we thought you might enjoy.

Climbing route difficulty and skill levels:
Level 1: Beginner level, climbing grades 2 to 4+
Level 2: Advanced level, climbing grades 5- to 6-
Level 3: Expert level, climbing grades 6- to 7- 

Note: Beginner climbers in good physical condition can climb and enjoy routes with difficulties to grade 4+ (UIAA scale), while routes from grade 5 and higher should be reserved for those with previous climbing experience. See the grading section under Rock Climbing Trip Activity Levels. We will help you choose the best possible selection of routes according to your interests and skill level.

Guided: Guide Ratio 1-2 climbers per guide

Safety awareness & training:
Adventurous activities in the mountains have their dangers. These can never be removed altogether, but they can be minimized. At Dolomite Mountains, our aim is to provide you with a thrilling holiday directed with maximum attention to your safety and that of others. We don't just blindly let you follow our experienced leaders. We give you the opportunity to learn mountain-craft skills and understand about the hazards, how to minimize the risk, and how to cope with incidents should they happen.

Check out our high definition videos in: 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!

Cost

All itineraries are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control including, weather, road or trail conditions.

Guided Trip for grade IV - IV+ 
From € 3.190 per person (2 participants)

Guided Trip from grade V on request

The cost is based on 3-star hotels, it can be upgraded to 4/5-star, please contact us for a quotation.

Helicopter Sightseeing & Airport Transfers – There's Nothing Else Like It!
Take to the skies for an aerial look at the spectacular Dolomite Mountains, and make memories to last a lifetime! Whether on a panoramic sightseeing ride or an airport transfer, you'll appreciate a bird's eye view of the stunning scenery aboard state-of-the-art single engine helicopters. With over 30 years in operation, our experienced pilots and ground crew employ the utmost safety standards, quality, and service. Contact us for a quotation.
Rides are weather dependent. Heli-transfers from/to airports require advanced reservation. In-resort rides can be reserved with shorter notice.

Cost includes:

  • Trip briefing
  • Logistics and map of the area
  • 3 nights accommodation in hotel in Alta Badia
  • 2 nights accommodation in charming rifugio (shared dormitory)
  • All breakfasts and dinners
  • 1 Local English Speaking Professional UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide for 4 days
  • Technical climbing equipment
  • Local tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax
Airport transfers available on request.

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