Family Dolomites Climbing & Via Ferrata Experience

Guided

Luxury

from €2.320 on request

Join us for a week in the Dolomite Mountains, where and your family will learn how to rock climb and climb via ferrata, with plenty of hiking and relaxation time in between. Experience incredible mountain landscapes, food from three cultures, friendly local hosts, fascinating history, and incredible geology… need we say more?

  • Length 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Trip Type Climbing
  • Activity Level Easy to Moderate
  • Start / Finish Alta Badia / Cortina d'Ampezzo
  • Dates This trip is available as a custom, private departure on dates of your choosing from mid June to mid September

Highlights

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

 

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!

Day by Day

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?


Day 1 ~ Arrive in Alta Badia
Arrive in Alta Badia on your own (private transfer available on request), and check into your hotel. The Dolomites are a rock climber’s paradise. Sought after by climbers from around the world, there is terrain for every experience level here. Depending on when you arrive, you may have time for a hike or to explore the town where you are staying.
In the afternoon you will meet your UIAGM/IFMGA Professional Mountain Guide for a trip briefing and orientation, and to check the climbing equipment you will use for your exciting days in the Dolomites.
D... Hotel in Alta Badia


Day 2 ~ On the Soldier’s Path – the Sentiero Kaiserjäger
Before you begin climbing this morning, your guide will give you a lesson on climbing technique, equipment use, and safety. Today is a warm-up day – you’ll learn how to use your equipment, as you hike and climb up a sentiero – a path equipped with cables to hold onto and/or clip into, to protect you as you hike.

Transfer to Passo di Valparola, to the WWI museum Forte Tre Sassi (2,197m / 7,208'). This fort was built by the Austrians prior to the war as a fortification against attack from the Italians. During World War I it was a favorite target for the Italians, and the fort was destroyed. Option to visit the museum after your hike.

From the museum, you climb to the ruins of the Austrian positions and battlements. After a few curves, a brief detour to the right leads to the rock caves dug into the foot of Mount Lagazuoi. (You would never expect that there is a rifugio with a kitchen and a dormitory up there!) Continuing the climb on the well-equipped path, you will cross a 15-meter-long (49') suspension bridge of steel cables. Once you pass this test of courage, you’ll get to the top or Lagazuoi Piccolo (2,778m /9,114'), and be rewarded by an amazing 360-degree view – an entire panorama of the surrounding mountains! (1.7km / 1.1 miles hiking and via ferrata/sentiero, 522m / 1,714' ascent). 

Continue to Rifugio Lagazuoi, where you can enjoy lunch (additional 0.6km / 656 yards hiking). Rifugio Lagazuoi is one of the highest rifugi (refuges or mountain inns) in the Dolomites.  On its patios you feel as though you're sitting at the edge of the world – with 360° views of the surrounding mountains including Marmolada (3,342m / 10,964') and Antelao (3,264m / 10,709'), the two highest peaks of the Dolomites. 

After lunch and a nice long rest, you have several options:

  • descend traversing the Italian tunnel (bring a torch / headlamp!),
  • if the weather is nice, hike down to Lake Lagazuoi for a swim, or
  • ride the cable car down the mountain.

B,D... Hotel in Alta Badia


Day 3 ~ Climb in Cinque Torri
The marvelous Cinque Torri (~2,200m / 7,218'), or Five Towers, has become symbol that represents the entire Dolomites. But don’t let the name fool you – the area isn’t comprised of just five towers, but by a mass of secondary boulders, fractured towers, and peaks sprinkled liberally across the entire area, with an infinite variety of shapes and sizes. They are, by definition, everyone's climbing “gym” – for alpinists and sport climbers, for beginners and experts alike. Here you’ll learn basic climbing skills and techniques including specialized equipment use, site safety, knot tying, belay technique and basic climbing technique. The brave can try some abseiling (rappelling), too!

Downhill from the climbing area, Italian war trenches can still be seen. This area saw heavy fighting during WWI, and relics of Italian army shelters have been restored, creating the Grande Guerra (Great War) open air museum, which offers insights into the war and fighting through interpretive panels. There is a path that circumnavigates the Cinque Torri, where you have the opportunity to walk through trenches and visit military installments. 
B,D... Rifugio 


Day 4 ~ Hike or Via Ferrata 
Today you will decide with your guide whether you are going to hike or to climb a via ferrata in the area. 

Hiking Option: 
From your rifugio, begin to hike uphill to the rear of the grassy Col Piombin, which takes its name from past lead and zinc mining activity that dates back to the 16th century. During your hike, the views to the north of the Tofana and Monte Cavallo will be inspiring, not to mention the mountains on display to the south: Monte Formin, Cernera, Pelmo – oft referred to as “the throne of God,” and the upswept flank of Monte Mondeval. After the Malga, continue on the dirt road to a cross bar where the asphalt starts: here you will find your transfer back to Cortina d’Ampezzo.
(~4-5 hours hiking 7.8km / 4.9 miles, 303m / 994' ascent, 566m / 1,858' descent)

Via Ferrata Option: Via Ferrata Ra Gusela-Nuvolau, Cinque Torri Area, 2,574m / 8,445'
This refreshingly short but exhilarating ferrata, Nuvolau-Ragusela is a perfect bite-sized adventure since it can be conquered in just a few hours, but still affords excitement and amazing views of the surrounding majestic peaks. It is also relatively easy and as such, is often used for training purposes so it’s great for beginners to be able to try their hand at the unique experience of climbing via ferrata in the Dolomites! This lovely, and relatively new path descends along the southeast face of the mountain. The ferrata actually starts with a descent down an iron ladder, toward the left side of a fully equipped ledge. You will then continue downward until you reach the bottom of the southeast rock face, and the impressive vertical Ra Gusela wall. (Ascend an easy 125m / 410' via ferrata.)

In the afternoon, transfer to your hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo. 
B... Hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo


Day 5 ~ Climb the Witch’s Rock / Sass de Stria
Time for a real alpine route! You’ve tested the waters the past few days, so today you’ll try your hands – and feet! –at a real rock climb on the Sass de Stria (2,477m / 8127'), or Witch’s Rock in the local Ladin tongue. Wondering if there are still witches on the top? Well, you’ll have to climb it to find out! 

While humble in size compared to the surrounding peaks, the horn-shaped Sass de Stria is isolated from others, and therefore has a grand view from its summit. It is weathered and slabby and therefore ideal for beginners; in fact, it is one of the Dolomites' – and Italy's – easiest crags. From Passo Falzarego, you’ll climb the south edge of the Sass de Stria (2,477m / 8127'). One guide for every two participants.
B... Hotel in Cortina d'Ampezzo 


Day 6 ~ Monte Paterno – Via Ferrata 
Today is your final day of climbing, and we’ll celebrate it with a fantastic via ferrata on Monte Paterno  / Paternkofel (9,003'). This beautifully shaped mountain is not only famous for being a great, short ascent for newcomers to climbing, but also offers an exceptional view of the north faces of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Tre Cime, or Three Peaks, is one of the most impressive and beautiful pinnacles of the Dolomites, and its most recognizable. Just be sure not to be distracted by it’s beauty while you’re climbing!

Transfer from Cortina heading east, to the Sesto Dolomites. Hike to the start of Via Ferrata De Luca - Innerkofler, where you’ll enter a long tunnel, poorly lit by few windows (don’t forget your torch / flashlight!). The climb continues on rocky paths, with steeper sections well equipped with ladders, and vertical walls sections equipped with fixed cables. Descend along the Via Ferrata Delle Forcelle which leads up and down a series of ledges using ladders and bridges down to the path at the base.
B... Hotel in Cortina d'Ampezzo 


Day 7 ~ Depart
Breakfast and departure on your own (private transfer available on request).
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Trip itinerary may vary based on weather conditions, fitness levels and climbing abilities of participants, and/or the recommendations of your guide.

Note: Mileage and altitude change may vary depending on the GPS or fitness-tracking device used.



EXTEND YOUR ADVENTURE!
You've come all this way, why not stay a little longer? 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

Guided Trip IV grade:
From € 2.250 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.


Cost Includes:

  • Trip briefing
  • Logistics and map of the area
  • 5 nights accommodation in hotel in Alta Badia / 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
  • Local tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax

Airport transfers available on request.


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.

 

Accommodation

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!

More info

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!

Group Trip Dates

Trip name   Trip dates   Min persons   Trip status   Price    
25-30 Jul
2017
4
Available
€ 1.040
27 Jul - 3 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1.310
8-14 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 1640
15-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 2860
16-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 1.040
16-20 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 930
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1640
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 2860
2-8 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 2860
3-7 Oct
2017
4
Sold out
€ 930
3-10 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1640
10-15 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1.040
21-27 Feb
2018
4
Available
€ 2.390
26-31 Feb
2018
4
Limited space
€ 1.300
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1600
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2.440
4-9 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1350
11-17 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2.390
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2.440
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Sold out
€ 1.300
17-22 Jul
2018
4
Sold out
€ 1.040
1-5 Aug
2018
4
Sold out
€ 930
7-13 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1640
7-13 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 2860
8-12 Aug
2018
4
Limited space
€ 930
15-22 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1640
25-31 Sep
2018
4
Sold out
€ 2860
8-12 Oct
2018
4
Limited space
€ 930
16-21 Oct
2018
4
Limited space
€ 1.040
13-19 Feb
2019
4
Sold out
€ 2.360
27 Feb - 2 Mar
2019
4
Limited space
€ 2.390
3-8 Mar
2019
4
Limited space
€ 2.440
10-16 Mar
2019
4
Sold out
€ 2.360
17-22 Apr
2019
4
Sold out
€ 2.440
18-23 Apr
2019
4
Limited space
€ 1.300
24-30 Apr
2019
4
Limited space
€ 2.390
16-21 Jul
2019
4
Limited space
€ 1.040
21-28 Jul
2019
4
Available
€ 1.890
7-11 Aug
2019
4
Limited space
€ 930
4-10 Sep
2019
4
Available
€ 1.310
7-14 Oct
2019
4
Available
€ 1.890
7-11 Oct
2019
4
Available
€ 930
15-20 Oct
2019
4
Available
€ 1.040