Join us for a unique experience across legendary via ferrata – the iron paths of the Dolomites! On this 8-day trek, you’ll hike and climb along the paths of Val di Fassa, the Fassa Valley, from hut-to-hut and -hotel. On most days you’ll climb via ferrata, routes equipped with metal ladders and cables to help you climb the awesome peaks of the Dolomites, while other days are hiking both with and without cableways.
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.
And this trip is not only great for the via ferrata climbing, but also for taking in the breathtaking sights of the Val di Fassa. This incredible valley is crowned by peaks, including the Marmolada, Catinaccio/Rosengarten, Sasslolungo, and the Sella Massif. As you traverse high above the valley, you will take in different angles and vistas of each mountain and valley, getting to know them intimately as you watch how they change with every step and turn.
The majestic Dolomite Mountains offer so many incredible areas to climb and explore, it’s hard to choose just one! But the advantage of selecting a single area for your trip is that you can get to know the area more intimately. That’s why we created our Val di Fassa Via Ferrata Traverse itinerary, to focus on the via ferrata of the incredible Val di Fassa region, and get to know its masterpiece of mountains.
- Traverse the Val di Fassa using a combination of via ferrata, hiking trails, and lifts!
- Explore the hidden valleys and majestic mountains of the Dolomites – a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Ascend a different via ferrata each day, experience the the adrenaline rush of climbing, and exploring fascinating WWI ruins and history
- Stay in cozy mountain rifugios with the civilized comforts of a warm bed and hearty cuisin.
Hotel in Val di Fassa (D)
Hotel in Val di Fassa (B,D)
Hotel in Val di Fassa (B,D)
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!
LEARN MORE: Want to learn more about via ferrata? Check out our who, what, where, and when of climbing via ferrata resource!
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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 Venice, Verona, Lake Garda, Florence, 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!
€ 4.220 per person (minimum 2 participants)
€ 2.760 per person (minimum 4 participants)
€ 3.180 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.
The cost is based on 3-star hotels, it can be upgraded to 4/5-star, please contact us for a quotation.
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.
- Trip briefing
- Logistics and map of the area
- 3 nights accommodation in 3-star hotel in Val di Fassa
- 4 nights accommodation in rifugio
- All breakfasts & dinners
- Local English speaking Professional UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide for 6 days
- Via ferrata equipment
- Crampons for Marmolada Glacier
- Local transportation as per itinerary
- A €15 donation to Wow Nature’s reforestation projects makes your trip carbon-neutral
- Local tourist tax
- Italian VAT tax