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Duration
7 days
Activities
  • guided alpine walk
Accommodation
  • 6 nights mountain guesthouse
Meals
  • 6 Dinners
  • 6 Breakfasts

Price

$1799USD

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Overview

Trip Code: GWD

Trip highlights


  • Experience the breathtaking scenery of the Dolomites
  • Explore the ‘iron ways’ through exhilarating climbs on ladders and across bridges
  • Stay in a charming mountain hotel brimming with warm hospitality
  • Enjoy camaraderie of your fellow walkers as you explore the high trails and escarpments of the Dolomites

The breathtaking pinnacles of the Dolomites are well known to climbers around the world. During WWI, the Dolomite mountain range was the scene of heavy fighting and became an almost continuous front throughout the war, from Cortina d'Ampezzo in the west to the Predil Pass in the east. Making full use of their elite Alpine mountain troops, the Italians fixed iron ladders and wire cable to the rock to enable them to fight on the vertical walls. Today these Via Ferrata 'iron ways' have been turned into recreational climbs, allowing non-climbers to discover the mountains in safety and adding a new dimension to hiking the pristine alpine wilderness of the Dolomites. Daily climbs and walks are between 4 and 6 hours depending on the fitness of the group. Nights are spent in mountain hotels sampling the specialty foods of the region. Although no previous climbing experience is required, a high level of fitness and sense of adventure is essential.

Trip Grading

moderate to challenging

More info about grading system

Traveller Rating

 

On arrival in the Hochpuster Valley you can be picked up from Niederdorf/Villabassa or Toblach/Dobbiaco train station and transferred to the hotel, or you can make your own way to the hotel. The hotel is your base for the next 6 nights. You will meet your guide and the rest of the group for a trip briefing in the evening (7pm). Later there will be a group dinner where you will have the chance to discuss the adventure ahead.

Meals:  D

This morning you will be transferred to the foot of the first Via Ferrata where your climbing equipment will be distributed. We start with an easy but very interesting climbing path on the Paternkofel (2744m). Some sections of the Via Ferrata verge on the vertical today, however the climb is not long and the views at the summit are well worth the effort. The iconic Tre Cime (Three Peaks), whose walls have inspired climbers for generations, are always in view. Later we descend through the old war tunnels to the Three Peaks Hut before returning to our hotel.

Meals:  B,D

Today we ascend the flanks of Sextner Rotwand, also known as the Peak 10 or Cima Dieci, beginning with a cable car ride to the Rotwand meadow at around 1900m. The mountain is located on the northeastern side of the Sexten Dolomites and the ferrate although quite long are not overly demanding. The climb enables you to appreciate close-up the stunning peaks in the region including Prater (2745m) and Torre Pellegrini (2757m). We take the climbing path to the summit, enjoying the views before descending to our hotel, first by foot through the Rotwand meadow then by cable car and transfer.

Meals:  B,D

From Misurina we ascend to the Fondo Savio hut, following the Merlone climbing path to the Cima Cadin NE.

Meals:  B,D

Today we ascend by cable car to Rifugio Lorenzi and from here on the Marino Bianchi climbing path to Cima di Mezzo (3154m).

Meals:  B,D

From Fiames we follow the Strobel climbing path on the Punta Fiames above Cortina. A highlight of this Via Ferrate is the views southwards to Monte Pelmo and Cortina while to the west the view of Tofane di Mezzo is outstanding. On the return we have a demanding scree slope.

Meals:  B,D

Arrangements conclude after breakfast.

Meals:  B


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.


Inclusions

  • 6 breakfasts and 6 dinners - Continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, meats, cheeses, coffee, tea and juices. Dinner will consist of 2 or 3 courses which include regional specialties
  • 6 nights in a mountain guesthouse on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • Pick up service from Toblach/Niederdorf train station on day 1
  • Rental of climbing equipment (harness, carabiners, helmet)
  • Climbing sections with certified local mountain guides

  • Travel to and from the hotel at the start and end of the trip
  • Lunch daily and drinks
  • Items of a personal nature including beverages, laundry, phone calls etc
  • Cable car rides, transfers to the walking start points – allow 20-45€ per person (approx)
  • Travel insurance - as this trip uses guides and ropes you will need mountaineering insurance either supplementary to your standard travel insurance or as part of a mountaineering travel insurance policy. We can advise on a few options.

Grading

moderate to challenging  

GRADE 4 - MODERATE TO CHALLENGING Anyone undertaking a moderate to challenging trip should be aware of the physical and mental demands involved. This trip is designed for experienced walkers who are seeking a challenge. No previous climbing experience is required to undertake this trip. An above average level of fitness is required as days can involve up to 6 hours of strenuous exercise in rugged terrain. You need to be sure footed and have a head for heights as there are some steep drops close to the paths and Via Ferrata. Weather conditions may be harsh at times (even in summer), and you will need to be comfortable walking in such conditions. We suggest up to one hour of strenuous exercise 3-4 times a week. The best exercise for trekking are long bushwalks involving relatively steep ascents and descents. It is also good to have a bit of upper body strength - though the Via Ferrata is mostly only ladders there are sections which are exposed/airy with the need to keep three points of contact. Note - we have included a estimate of hours of climbing on the day to day itinerary, however the accuracy of this information will depend on group fitness – usually the daily climbs will be from 3-6 hours. The amount of climbing will depend on the group/conditions as there are several options depending on the abilities/desires of the group however most sections, if not all, are steep and at times vertical.


Departure dates


Notes

H
High Season
DN1
Internal transfers and cable cars not included - allow from EUR20-45 per person (approx).
DN2
High season is July to September - supplement applies

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Total Priceper person from

$1799USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Single Supplement - Low SeasonUSD$230
  • Single Supplement - High SeasonUSD$360
*Prices listed are per person

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