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 walkers who enjoy 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
* Airport transfers (at designated times)
- Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)
- Local taxes (approx. EUR 10)
- Wonderful routes in the spectacular Dolomites
- Historic First World War Via Ferrata, museums and tunnels
- Complete security with our qualified guides Breathtaking
- 7 nights 3-star family-run hotel with en suite rooms
- 5 days centre-based Via Ferrata; 1 free day
- Group normally 4 to 16, plus one local UIAGM guide for every 8 clients
- Not suitable for vertigo sufferers
- Altitude maximum 2910m, average 2300m
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 Dolomites.
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.
Hotel Tschurtschenthaler – 3 Star
7 nights 3-star family-run hotel with en suite rooms.
Situated in the centre of Dobbiaco, the 3-star Hotel Tschurtschenthaler is an attractive building, traditionally styled but with the advantages of a small indoor heated swimming pool, a sauna, and a beauty treatment room where you can enjoy massages (treatments not included – on request basis). After dinner you can relax in the lounge or go through to the bar for a drink with the locals. Single, double and twin-bedded rooms all have hairdryers, shower, WC and are comfortably furnished. Please note the hotel has Wi-Fi access but does not accept credit cards. Single rooms can be arranged throughout for a supplement (subject to availability). Please reserve at time of booking.
All breakfasts and 6 dinners included.
The buffet breakfasts offer plenty of choice, while the evening meals feature both Italian and Austrian specialities. Lunches are kept optional as, depending on the route chosen, there may be the opportunity to have lunch in one of the wonderful mountain huts en route. On other days the hotel is able to arrange packed lunches for you, or you may choose to buy lunch from the local supermarket.
This trip includes Via Ferrata (or protected scrambling) on high mountain routes and therefore, you will need a good level of physical fitness. No previous climbing or Via Ferrata experience is required. Experience of high-level mountain walking and a head for heights are necessary, as often there are exposed sections. There are steep ups and downs on gravel or rocky terrain and the average ascents/descents per day are around 800m. Some Via Ferrata sections lead up/down vertical rock faces, which require good upper body and arm strength. At this level, you need complete confidence in your physical condition, ability to deal with heights and difficult underfoot terrains such as scree, snow or difficult paths on steep mountainsides. Walking days may be from 6 to 9 hours, (or even longer at busy periods), on pass-crossing days. Extremes of altitude and weather may be encountered. There will be one local English speaking UIAGM certified mountain guide for every 8 clients. Benefiting from their local knowledge and love of their region, guides accompany the group on the five high-level walks and some evenings. All UIAGM mountain guides are trained to high standards in rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering and ski mountaineering. (Please note there will not be any Breakaway leader, only the appropriate number of UIAGM guides). Altitude maximum 2910m, average 2300m.