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!
- 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
Hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo
Hotel in Cortina d'Ampezzo (B)
Hotel in Alta Badia (B,D)
Hotel in Alta Badia (B,D)
Hotel in Alta Badia (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!
7 Day Guided Trip:
€ 3.130 per person (minimum 2 participants)
€ 2.080 per person (minimum 4 participants)
7 Day Self Guided Trip:
€ 1.460 per person (minimum 2 participants)
€ 1.180 per person (minimum 4 participants)
8 Day Guided Trip:
€ 3.520 per person (minimum 2 participants)
€ 2.560 per person (minimum 4 participants)
8 Day Self Guided Trip:
€ 2.190 per person (minimum 2 participants)
€ 1.840 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: €25 per rifugio, per person (based on availability)
High season supplement from July 20th to August 31st: surcharge of 5%.
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.
- Trip briefing
- Logistics and maps of the area
- 2 night accommodation in 3-star B&B in Cortina d'Ampezzo
- 2 nights accommodation in charming rifugios (shared dormitories)
- 2 nights 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
Luggage transfers available on request.