Family Introduction to Via Ferrata
Discover Via Ferrata in the Italian Dolomites
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Challenging / Tough
Group Size Small Group
This is the perfect trip for families who enjoy walking and scrambling and are looking for a new challenge. Via Ferrata, ‘Iron Way’ in Italian, refers to a system of cables that cling to the side of the mountains on routes that would normally be the domain of rock climbers. Taking us each day on classic routes in the craggy mountains of the Sexten Dolomites, our expert local mountain guides teach us all we need to know, so we can safely clamber along ridges and up rock faces.
* All breakfasts, 6 dinners
* All accommodation (see accommodation section)
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout
* Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Your trip starts in Dobbiaco at the Hotel Tschurtschenthaler. The hotel staff provide a warm welcome and the details for the next morning will be provided for you. The UIAGM guides will meet you the next morning.
This first day gives us the opportunity to learn how to use the equipment and
test our abilties.
The guides meet us at the hotel in the morning (usually around 8.30). We begin with an introduction on how to use the Via Ferrata equipment safely. The route takes you through forested trails and alongside alpine rivers. We start the week with some high level walking involving only a few sections of Via Ferrata.
Two days of Via Ferrata.
Thanks to the number of via ferrata routes available and our leaders’ intimate knowledge of the area, the best route will be chosen daily, depending on the weather and ability of the group.
Free day for optional walking or cycling.
Usually the free day (although this may be changed to get the best possible weather on the Via Ferrata days). Optional activities include self-guided walking or cycling. There is the option to cycle across the border to Leinz, Austria. Bicycles can be rented in the town centre and the cycle path is well signposted and traffic free. Alternatively, you may choose to visit a local museum or enjoy a natural springwater swimming pool in Dobbiaco. See extra expenses for details.**
This area has some of the most famous Via Ferrata routes in the Dolomites,
many dating back to the First World War. The most impressive and memorable
route takes us around the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, situated in the Sexten
We enjoy a total of five guided high-level mountain walks, including via ferrata for the ascents. We move on to more challenging routes with longer sections of Via Ferrata. This involves vertical rock faces and more exposed sections that could test our head for heights. We could end the week on a high with a classic such as Marino Bianchi, Col Rosa or Truppe Alpine.