The “Vie Ferrate” were initially built in the Dolomites in order to facilitate the movement of military troops through otherwise dangerous terrain in World War I and to assist in controlling lines of defense.
On this itinerary, you’ll travel with us through the Great War network of via ferratas used by soldiers to access the summits that were controlled by Austrian and Italian troops.
A different via ferrata each day and ascents to places that have been written in the annals of this conflict, climbing through the old battlefront from the Fanes Natural Park all the way to the Marmolada.
Length 7 nights
Arrival in Alta Badia: meet and greet at the hotel for dinner and general briefing and orientation with your guide. Overnight stay in a hotel.
1st day: approx. 9 km (5.6 miles); with +660 m (2,165 feet) elevation gain (e.g.); -595 m (1,952 feet) elevation loss (e.l.)
Transfer by chairlift from Badia to Santa Croce. Ascent along the fully equipped route to “Ju dla Crusc” and descent to Fanes. Dinner and overnight stay in hut.
2nd day: approx. 16 km (9.9 miles); with +1.040 m (3,412 feet) e.g.;
-1,040 m (3,412 feet) e.l.
Via Della Pace in the Fanes Natural Park. The via ferrata that follows the footsteps of the Italian and Austrian troops during the WW I. Dinner and overnight stay in hut.
3rd day: approx. 12.5 km (7.8 miles); with +1,115 m (3,658 feet) e.g.;
-525 m (1,722 feet) e.l.
From Fanes Natural Park through the “Cengia Martini” to Lagazuoi. Dinner and overnight stay in hut.
4th day: approx. 10 km (6.2 miles); with +712 m (2,336 feet) e.g.;
-1,570 m (5,151 feet) e.l.
From Lagazuoi descent thought the tunnels dug in 1917 by the Italian Gebirgsjäger.
Transfer to Corvara and ascent by lift to Valon, starting point for the via ferrata Piz da Lech and Vallon. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel on Passo Pordoi.
5th day: approx. 11 km (6.8 miles); with +971 m (3,186 feet) e.g.;
-1,160 m (3,806 feet) e.l.
From Passo Pordoi on the Via Ferrata delle Trincee to the Passo Fedaia at the foot of the Marmolada Glacier. Dinner and overnight stay in hut.
6th day: approx. 5 km (3 miles); with +1,005 m (3,297 feet) e.g.;
-1,005 m (3,297 feet) e.l.
From Passo Fedaia to Pian dei Fiacconi by lift. Via Ferrata Punta Penia along the west ridge of the Marmolada to the glacier’s summit. Transfer to Badia, dinner and overnight stay in a hotel.
7th day: Departure.
guided tours 2018
August 28th to September 04th
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high season supplement/August: +115.00 euro per person
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
I have never climbed a Via Ferrata. Can I join this program?
This program is suitable for those who already have good trekking experience. The first day starts with an easy fixed rope route and your mountain guide will evaluate whether you are capable of facing the following stages. If your guide decides some stages are too challenging, participants can switch to the Best Of Alta Via 1&2 trekking program held the same week.
Do I need my own via ferrata setup?
Holimites will provide the mountaineering equipment required to climb the via ferrate.
What happens in the case of bad weather?
Sir Alan Flemming once stated: “There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing”. But, it is possible that bad weather conditions may hinder our program. If this occurs, we'll reorganize the upcoming stages of the tour so that the group meets its final destination as planned, even if this means taking a one-day break to wait for the weather to clear up.
Are there minimum skills requested?
Participants must be footsure mountain walkers free from vertigo and have experience in exposed environments.
Is training necessary before participating in this tour?
Yes, it is highly recommended. The Via Ferrata package is suited for people that are already strong walkers, that can manage treks with fully packed backpacks at elevations above 2,000 m.
Participating in a group Via Ferrata requires having to keep up a certain pace in order to finish the scheduled stages. If your legs and arms are shutting down or your physical preparedness is constraining the rest of the group to slow down and making group compatibility problematic, your Guide may decide you need to tone down, leaving the pack. Your alternatives in this case are:
a) to shuttle throughout the day on the service van, each day, to the next hut or
b) to take a shuttle 'bump up' to the last hotel, where you can finish your vacation doing some great day excursions.
I have some issues with elevation, is that a problem?
The climbs each day are between 1,500 and 2,300 meters altitude (between 4,900 and 7,500 feet).
In addition, the huts for the overnight stays are above 2,100 meters (6,900 feet). If you have trouble with high elevations, please consult a doctor or medical professional for their expert opinion before booking this trip.
Note: In some huts, bags are transported via a cableway and thus there are some weight restrictions: 10kg --> 50x40x20cm