Climb the Classic Normal Routes of the Dolomites

Guided

Luxury

from €4.400 on request

Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Tofane, Pelmo, Sassolungo – these are some of the highest – and most magnificent – peaks of the Dolomites. On this great trip, you can climb them all following the “normal” routes – or first ascent lines – following in the footsteps of the pioneers!

  • Length 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Trip Type Climbing
  • Activity Level Moderate to Challenging
  • Start / Finish Cortina d'Ampezzo / Val di Fassa
  • Dates This trip is available as a custom, private departure on dates of your choosing from mid June to mid September

Highlights

  • Climb some of the most scenic and best known routes in the world, following in the footsteps of climbing pioneers
  • Weave your way up on the “normal” routes – first ascent lines – following the path of “least resistance” on easy to moderate alpine climbs
  • Enjoy climbing in a “playground” that attracts climbers from all over the world!

 

OVERVIEW

There is no better way to see the Dolomites than from above, to truly appreciate this myriad of summits strewn across a vast and beautiful landscape. On this itinerary, we invite you to come climb the “classic normal” routes – or first ascent lines – of the highest summits of the Dolomites! In the 1800s, early climbers ventured into the unknown to conquer these imposing summits, and following the paths of the pioneers of these mountains is a great way to discover the area – even for those that have little previous climbing experience. Although many of these normal routes are technically easy, they can also offer a great challenge, involving a lot of scrambling and easy climbing combined with vertical steps and rappels.

The Dolomites are the largest limestone climbing area in the Alps, situated immediately south of the Austrian/Italian border. Many of the peaks are over 3,000 meters (almost 10,000') high, and have walls ranging 100 to 1,600 meters (~300-5,000') long. In this area, both classic mountaineering and modern sport-climbing coexist on almost every wall, offering a wide array of possibilities at every level of difficulty.

Most climbing routes can be done in a single day, or with an overnight stay in a mountain hut or lodge. Thanks to the variety that the area has, a weeklong visit can mix both long and short climbs. Because the range is fairly compact, all this can be accomplished from one single location, establishing a central “base camp” at a hotel, lodge, or rifugio (mountain inn) and making all of the outings from there.

The terrain in the Dolomites is steep and complex, but the rock is incredibly featured, and seemingly un-climbable walls can be climbed at often surprisingly moderate levels of difficulty. There are climbing options for everyone, from the beginner to the expert, with many routes in the "middle" range of difficulty. Whatever you climb, the views, the exposure and the fantastic convoluted topography are unforgettable!

Still not convinced? Here are some other reasons why the Dolomites are such an appealing climbing destination…

  • They feature some of the longest and steepest rock faces in the Alps, with very short and uncomplicated approaches.
  • The endless variety of climbs.
  • They offer incredibly featured, vertical limestone.
  • All of the routes can be climbed in a single day from a comfortable “base camp” in a nearby mountain town or rifugio (mountain hut).
  • This area is one of the cradles of mountaineering and climbing – climbing in the Dolomites is a trip into mountaineering history!

Day by Day

Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Tofane. Pelmo. Sassolungo. These are some of the highest – and most magnificent – peaks of the Dolomites. On this great trip, you can climb them all following the classic "normal" routes – or first ascent lines – following in the footsteps of the pioneers!


Day 1 ~ Arrive in the Dolomites
Arrive in Cortina d'Ampezzo on your own (private transfer available on request) and check into your hotel. Depending on when you arrive, you may have time to enjoy the amenities of your Hotel. In the late 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.
... Hotel in Cortina d'Ampezzo


Day 2 ~ Tofane
Depending on the weather you will climb to the top of Tofane di Rozes 3,225 meters. The ‘Lipella’ high up on the Tofana di Rozes is an unmissable ferrata for any keen mountaineer. A splendid journey into the heart of the Dolomites and a trip into history where the most tragic and memorable events of the First World War took place. Descend along the normal route.
B... Hotel in Cortina d'Ampezzo


Day 3 ~ Cima Grande di Lavaredo
Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Cima Grande – Normal Route (450m / 1,476', Level 3). Paul Grohmann, Franz Innerkofler and Peter Salcher did the first ascent in 1869. It is a varied climb, involving chimneys, dihedrals, and cracks. The scenery is just magnificent and the tricky descent ensures a very memorable experience. This is a great way to get to know the famous Tre Cime di Lavaredo.
B... Hotel in Cortina d'Ampezzo


Day 4 ~ Rest Day
Today you have several options – you can use it as a "rest" day, and explore Cortina d'Ampezzo, either hiking or visiting the town itself. Or, it can be an "easy" climbing day, getting in some additional days of climbing in this wonderland of rock. Or, in the event of actual or forecasted bad weather during the trip, you can climb one of the routes on the itinerary to make sure you don't miss any of them!
B... Hotel in Cortina d'Ampezzo 


Day 5 ~ Monte Pelmo
Pelmo (1,400m / 4,593', Level 2). John Ball and Giovanni Battista Giaccin did the first ascent in 1857. Giaccin was a local hunter and was unable to reach the true summit. Pelmo offers incredible views of Tofana, Civetta, Antelao and Marmolada. The climb is very engaging and interesting and has one well known crux section called “the step of the cat” (il passo del gatto).
B,D... Hotel in Val di Fassa


Day 6 ~ Rest Day
Today again is a "rest" day, where you have several options: Explore Val di Fassa, either hiking or visiting one or more of the villages in this valley. Or, it can be an "easy" climbing day, getting in some additional days of climbing in this wonderland of rock. Or, in the event of actual or forecasted bad weather during the trip, you can climb one of the routes on the itinerary to make sure you don't miss any of them!
B,D...Hotel in Val di Fassa


Day 7 ~ Sassolungo
Sassolungo – Normal Route (500m /1,640', Level 3+). Paul Grohmann, Franz Innerkofler and Peter Salcher did the first ascent in 1869. The normal route up Sassolungo is a quintessential dolomite climb, long and easy, but very involved requiring as much time to climb up as to descend. The views from the summit are breathtaking, offering a 360-degree view from Odle, to Puez, Sella, Marmolada and over Catinaccio. Sassolungo is one of the hardest 3,000-meter (9,842') peaks of the Dolomites
B,D... Hotel in Val di Fassa


Day 8 ~ 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.



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 for grade IV 
From € 4.400 per person (2 participants)

Guided Trip from grade V on request.

The 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
  • 7 nights accommodation in Hotel in Val di Fassa / Cortina d'Ampezzo  (3-star)
  • All breakfasts
  • Dinners in Val di Fassa
  • 1 Local English speaking Professional UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide for 6 days
  • Technical climbing equipment
  • Transfers 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.

More info

Climbing route difficulty and skill levels:
Level 2: Advanced level, climbing grades 5- to 6-
Level 3: Expert level, climbing grades 6- to 7-

Check out the high definition videos in our 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
Available
€ 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