Dolomites Rock Climbing

Family Dolomites Climbing & Via Ferrata Experience

Join us for a week in the Dolomite Mountains, where you’ll learn how to rock climb and climb via ferrata, with plenty of hiking and relaxation time in between. Incredible mountain landscapes, food from three cultures, history, geology, and culture… need we say more?

Trip Overview

Is your family looking for an adventure? Then do we ever have trip for you! Spend a week in the Dolomite Mountains, where you’ll learn how to rock climb and climb via ferrata, with plenty of hiking and relaxation time in between.
The Dolomites are a rock climber’s paradise. While they are sought after by climbers from around the world, there is terrain for every experience level here. You’ll begin by hiking on an easy sentiero – a path equipped with cables for protection. Next you’ll learn the basics of rock climbing, including how to use a harness and communicate while you’re on the rock. And finally, you’ll climb a via ferrata, the iron paths of cables and ladders that were originally installed during WWI (don’t worry – the hardware has been updated!)! Throughout the trip, you’ll continue to climb on routes that gradually become more challenging, always with safety in mind, and based on the abilities of your family.
This itinerary will take you to some of the most famous landmarks in the Dolomites: Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Passo Falzarego, and Cinque Torri (Five Towers) – a true playground for climbers. You’ll experience breathtaking summits and vistas, friendly knowledgeable guides (certified with the highest alpine credentials in the world!), incredible food, and get to play outdoors with your family every day.
If you’re not careful, you’re kids might even learn a thing or two. Beyond climbing and outdoor skills, the World War One history here is everywhere. In addition to climbing the via ferrata routes that the Italian and Austrian soldiers originally placed, you’ll experience open air museums with tunnels and trenches. And the rock that you’re actually climbing on? There’s plenty of geology here – sometimes you can even spot fossils in the rock from when this mountain range lay deep beneath the sea! And last, but not least, this region plays host to three unique cultures – Italian, Austrian, and the native Ladin, each with their own language, cuisine, and customs to discover. As if you needed another reason to join us!

Highlights

  • Learn rock-climbing basics with an expert UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide – the highest mountain guide certification in the world
  • Climb on Monte Paterno, and check out some of the best views of the famous Tre Cime di Lavaredo!
  • Hike through tunnels and climb on via ferrata constructed during WWI
  • Enjoy a night in a charming rifugio – a mountain inn set in the middle of the mountains – and experience the real mountaineer flair

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

    Hotel in Alta Badia

  • Day 3

    Rifugio

  • Day 4

    Hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo

  • Day 5

    Hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo

  • Day 6

    Hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo

  • Day 7

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 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!

Climbing route difficulty and skill levels:
Level 1: Beginner level, climbing grades 2 to 4+
Minimum Age:
7

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 IV grade:
From € 2.430 per person (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 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
  • 2 nights accommodation in hotel in Alta Badia (3-star)
  • 3 nights accommodation in hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo (3-star)
  • 1 night accommodation in charming rifugio (shared dormitories)
  • All breakfasts
  • Dinners in Alta Badia
  • Dinner in rifugio
  • 1 Local English Speaking Professional UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide for 5 days
  • Technical climbing and via ferrata equipment
  • Transfers in the area as per itinerary
  • Luggage transfer from Alta Badia to Cortina
  • Local tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax
Airport transfers available on request.

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