Via Ferrata in the Dolomites

Type: Via Ferrata
Guiding: UIAGM mountain guide
Duration: 8 Days
Cost: € 1500
Season: Jun-Sept

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A different way of exploring these wonderful mountains

The breathtaking pinnacles of the Dolomites have always been well known to climbers from all over the world. During the First World War, 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 iron ladders and wire cables to the rock, often under enemy fire.
Today, many of these itineraries have been converted to recreational use and can be tackled by whoever wants to go a step further from hiking, towards the magical world of mountaineering. This activity is suitable for all curious hikers that want to know what is beyond the trails.
The World Famous Vie Ferrate (“iron ways”) of the Dolomites are well protected itineraries with wire cables for safety, iron rods and steps fixed to the rock allowing non-climbers an easier approach to the mountains.
To make this fascinating “game” even safer, you will need simple mountaineering equipment such as a harness, helmet, some rope and a few karabiners. Your guide will teach you how to use the equipment and give you hints on climbing techniques; each day we will discover an exciting new route in complete security. Our Via Ferrata holidays provide an opportunity to learn the rope work skills required for the safe use of this type of route, and also provide guided ascents of some of the most classic routes in the Dolomites.
We will stay at the 4* Posta Zirm Hotel, located in the centre of Corvara in Alta Badia which is the perfect starting point for our daily excursions. Here you’ll find a unique atmosphere that unites Ladin and Alpine tradition with the most up-to-date comforts. The Hotel was built in 1808, and has been run by the Kostner family since 1908. The Hotel itself was named after the Swiss-Pine used for lining the walls (and for all the furniture); this wood is part of the ancient heritage.
The â la carte restaurant Zirm Stube is the oldest part of the building. Sit down at one of the welcoming tables, and spoil yourself! The menu includes both regional specialities and international cuisine, exquisitely prepared courses using fresh ingredients.
For further information please visit www.postazirm.com

Daily Programme

Variations in the itinerary could occur due to weather conditions and the fitness level of the participants. The time references are actual walking and climbing times and do not include rest or lunch stops in rifugi.
1° Day - Arrival in Val Badia
Meeting with the guide in the afternoon, dinner and briefing in the evening.
Accommodation: Hotel**** D
2° giorno - Via Ferrata Piz da Cir
Public transfer to Passo Gardena. A short hike takes us up to the starting point of the Via ferrata Piz da Cir V, an excellent little route and a really good introduction to the sport. It is easily accessible, the protection is totally round, and the rock is reassuringly solid. Furthermore the route is quiet short, and so not particularly demanding, so the guide wil show you how to use the material and how to behave on a Via Ferrata. Hike down to Corvara.
Accommodation: Hotel**** B, D
3° Day- Via Ferrata Piz da Lech
From the hotel short walk to the lift that takes us up to Rifugio Kostner. From here a short walk leads us to the starting point of the Via Ferrata Piz da Lech. A nice itinerary at a fairly high altitude, less popular than many others, which winds its way up through a enchanting mountainscape to reach a very panoramic summit. The actual via ferrate is not particularly long but overcomes two steep sections with the help of two iron ladders which make it a fairly difficult outing. With the techniques learned yesterday and the help of the guide there won't be any problems on this Ferrata which is highly satisfying. Hike down to Corvara or take the lift down.
Accommodation: Hotel**** B, D
4° Day
Relax at the SPA of the Hotel or hike in the surroundings, Your guide will be able to reccommend some beautiful hikes if you want.
Accommodation: Hotel**** B, D
5° Day - Via Ferrata Strobel or Dibona
Transfer to Cortina d'Ampezzo.
Via ferrata Strobel
The “Strobel” is a classic and highly popular via ferrata that takes a logical line up wide ledges through the west face of the Punta Fiames, past exposed but well-equipped sections. The view onto Cortina and the Boite valley is unequalled. Despite its relative closeness to Cortina, the considerable height difference makes good fitness an essential pre-requisite.
OR - Via Ferrata Dibona
This long itinerary crosses the well-known 27 m suspension bridge and then follows a magnificent and airy line along ledges used during the First World War.
Accommodation : Hotel**** B, D
6° Day - Via ferrata Tridentina or Mesules
One day on the famous Sella massif, depending on the wether conditions the guide will chose the route:
Via Ferrata Tridentina
This is justifiably a highly popular ferrata. One of the main reasons is the natural beauty of the Sella walls which, combined with the exposure, make the ascent up to the Torre Exner a highly satisfying outing. Other factors include its easy access, the possibility of cutting the itinerary short in bad weather, Rifugio Cavazza, the option of climbing up to Pissadù and, last but not least, the famous suspension bridge.
OR - Via ferrata delle Mesules
This is the ferrata on the Sella and, seeing that it dates back to 1912, also the oldest. It takes a line through the NW Face of Piz Ciavaces, first climbed in 1909 by Mayer and Haupt. The first 250m up the splendid vertical wall are airy and demanding but the difficulties ease off once the characteristic ledge at half-height is reached. The ferrate is one of the most beautiful in the area.
Accommodation: Hotel**** B, D
7° Day - Via Ferrata delle Trincee o Marmolada
To crown this week we will do one of the Ferratas around the Marmolada, the "Queen of the Dolomites". Both ferratas are quiet difficult but after this week of training and with our guide you will be able to do them and enjoy the breathtaking panorama.
Via Ferrata Marmolada
The Queen of the Dolomites and the highest peak in this magnificent massif, Punta Penia, attracts hikers and mountaineers throughout the entire year. The classic Cresta Ovest places ferrata skills into a severe alpine environment: this traverse and descent along the normal route through the Marmolada glacier to Pian dei Fiacconi requires solid mountaineering skills and stable weather.
OR - Via ferrata delle Trincee
The Ferrata delle Trincee is an interesting itinerary, not only from a physical and naturalistic point of view, but also because it crosses through narrow clefts and tunnels that date back to the First World War, inducing the walker to interpret and reflect upon this violent past.
Accommodation: Hotel**** B, D
8° Day - Departure
After breakfast departure on your own
Accommodation: B

Cost includes
English speaking mountain guide for the days of Via ferrata, double room halboard accommodation at 4* Hotel Psota Zirm in Deluxe room, meals as noted, local transfer as per programme, Via Ferrata kit (harness, helmet, carabiner).

Inscription cost
Medical - luggage insurance (€ 15).

Does not includeIndividual transfer, insurance of any kind, lunches, items of personal nature (phone calls, drinks, laundry etc.), everything not mentioned before.

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