Sustainable Journeys

Dolomiti di Brenta Via Ferrata Traverse

Protect and Serve - Lush valleys set beneath Dolomite spires, high alpine plains rising to meet majestic pale mountain landscapes – sound familiar? Well, yes, but no!

Trip Overview

Lush valleys set beneath Dolomite spires, high alpine plains rising to meet majestic pale mountain landscapes – sound familiar? Well, yes, but no! While officially part of the Dolomite Mountains, the Western Dolomites are isolated from the rest of the Dolomite range. Known as the Dolomiti di Brenta, or the Brenta Group, they lie two hours 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. Today, they are officially recognized as a part of the Dolomite Mountains UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This trip made it onto our Sustainable Journeys list for an excellent reason. The team at Dolomite Mountains believes in raising awareness of the realities of this alpine region and the challenges it faces. Its natural beauty and abundance of resources that attract millions of tourists each year are assets vital to the livelihood of the surrounding communities. Tourism significantly impacts the Dolomites' rich biodiversity, and we know we must protect it. Therefore Dolomite Mountains have teamed up with The Long Run and Wow Nature and come up with ways to give back and compensate for our consumption. Our guide's expertise will lead and inspire you, encapsulating the essence of our partnerships and our shared philosophy to protect and serve this unbelievably beautiful region.

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 host numerous remnant hanging glaciers or vedretta in Italian. And unlike the rest of the Dolomites, the light-colored dolomitic spires of the west are supplied 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 are among the richest of the Alps, 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 – see for yourself!

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
  • This itinerary is part of our commitment to responsible travel and our partnership with The Long Run, one of the world’s largest sustainable development initiatives led by nature-based businesses

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 Madonna di Campiglio (D)

  • Day 2

    Rifugio (B,D)

  • Day 3

    Rifugio (B,D)

  • Day 4

    Rifugio (B,D)

  • Day 5

    Hotel in Madonna di Campiglio (B,D)

  • 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 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!

Cost

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

Guided Trip:
€ 3.120 per person (minimum 2 participants) 
€ 2.120 per person (minimum 4 participants)
€ 2.320 per person (minimum 6 participants) - 2 guides

Self-guided trips available on request. Good via ferrata experience required for self guided via ferrata trips.
Via ferrata equipment is not included in this case and 1st day will be guided.

Private room supplement in rifugios: €35 per rifugio, per person (based on availability)
High season supplement from July 15th to August 27th 2023: 5% surcharge
Please note that prices may increase between the time of quotation and booking. Your Dolomite Mountains consultant will inform you of any such changes.

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 rifugios in shared rooms
  • All breakfasts & dinners
  • Local English speaking UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide during entire itinerary 
  • Lifts noted in itinerary 
  • Via ferrata equipment 
  • Private transfer on day 5
  • A €15 donation to Wow Nature’s reforestation projects makes your trip carbon-neutral 
  • Local tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax

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