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5-Day Via Ferrata Quick Getaway in the Dolomites (Group)

5-Day Via Ferrata Quick Getaway in the Dolomites (Group)

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5-Day Via Ferrata Quick Getaway in the Dolomites (Group)
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Want to experience the via ferrata – the “iron paths” of the Dolomites – but only have time for a short visit? Then we have the perfect trip for you! On this quick getaway, you’ll learn to ascend incredible and historic via ferratas, and climb through the Dolomites on a different ferrata each day! These world famous routes provide access to mountains and views usually reserved for climbers and mountaineers.

The origin of the via ferrata came during the First World War, when 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 these iron ladders and wire cables to the rock, often under enemy fire. Today, many of these “iron paths” have been converted to recreational use and can be tackled by anyone interested in going a step beyond hiking, towards the magical world of climbing and mountaineering. This activity is suitable for all curious hikers that want to know what lies above the trails.

In just five days, you’ll have ample opportunity to climb the soaring peaks of the Dolomites, and marvel at the beauty of these breathtaking mountains. You’ll explore the mountains and valleys surrounding Cortina d’Ampezzo, and discover the traditions and history of these places, and revel in the excellent culture and cuisine. You’ll even experience two nights sleeping at a rifugio, or mountain inn, with the welcoming hospitality high above the valleys below. Now that’s what we call a getaway!

This trip is available as a group, custom or private departure on set dates for group departures and dates of your choosing from mid June to mid September for private or customized departures.

GROUP DEPARTURES FOR 2020:
  • 29 Jun - 3 Jul
  • 12-16 Jul
  • 6-10 Sep

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Day 1: Arrive in Cortina d’Ampezzo

Arrive in Cortina d’Ampezzo (1,224m / 4,016') on your own and check into your hotel (private transfer available on request). Cortina d’Ampezzo is a charming alpine resort town surrounded by stunning peaks. Host to the 1956 Winter Olympics, Cortina enjoys a reputation for great skiing in winter, and in the summer attracts hikers and climbers who challenge the rocky faces of the nearby mountains. This chic Venetian town also caters to the high society crowd, offering many year-round social activities, shopping, and fine dining. Depending on when you arrive, you may have time for a hike or to explore Cortina d’Ampezzo’s pedestrian walkway, the Corso Italia, lined with restaurants and cafes, antique shops, art galleries, and boutiques. Overnight in Cortina.

Meals included: n/a

Day 2: Via Ferrata Ra Pegna and Ra Bujela (BD)

In the morning meet your UIAGM/IFMGA Professional Mountain Guide for a trip briefing and orientation, and to check-out the ferrata equipment you will use for your exciting days in the Dolomites. Your guide will be with you all the way to teach you the basics of traveling over the near vertical walls. Take a private transfer to Rifugio Dibona and enjoy your first via ferrata adventure day.

Ra Pegna (~2,500m / 8,200') is a cylindrical tower, one of two rocky towers that rise up at the foot of Punta Anna and the Pomedes tower in the spectacular Tofana Group. This is a great relaxed and easy alternative to the more demanding via ferrate in the area. The route ascends the side of the boulder with no major obstacles or difficulties, and enables first time climbers – including children! – to reach the top in just over one hour. What’s more? The summit offers great views and photo opportunities of the nearby peaks. When you descend, after the initial downhill section there is a short, sturdy ladder to connect with a well marked trail to Rifugio Pomedes (2,203m / 7,228’).
(1 hour ascending an easy 200m / 656' via ferrata. Total 100m / 328' ascent and descent.)

Ra Bujela (2,257m / 7,405') is an easy via ferrata is located in the vicinity of Rifugio Pomedes and Rifugio Duca D’Aosta. The first section of this ferrata is the most demanding of the entire route; steep with some exposed passages on solid rock. Once you have reached the first bridge (7m / 23' long) the climb becomes easier, and by the time you reach the second bridge (3m / 10' long), you will be presented with an amazing view over the nearby Dolomites peaks that will certainly make the climb feel worth it! The ferrata continues with a steel cable (370m / 1,214') to the right that will lead you to the summit. Note the peak is small, and only 3-4 people can stand on it at the same time! Descend beginning using the summit cable, and continue to descend to the meadows below the tower.
(1.5 hours ascending an easy 150m / 495' via ferrata. Total 100m / 328' ascent and 150m / 495' descent)

Because of their great location and short distance covered, these via ferratas can be combined with the nearby “fixed rope” Sentiero Astaldi trail. Overnight in Rifugio.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Via Ferrata Col dei Bos (BD)

Hike to the beginning of Via Ferrata Col dei Bos. This Via Ferrata is not marked on older maps or guide books (it’s quite new, it was made by Italian Alpine Troops in 2009), and it is used by the Alpine Military for training purposes to this day.

The first part is the most challenging section, but it gradually gets easier at about 80m / 262', where you reach a wide ledge, a short wall and several manageable slopes. The pleasant climb continues on to another demanding wall and then a nice, easy grassy section. The final 100m / 328' section of the ferrata contains a few vertical segments, however there are plenty of available holds to assist, making it quite a safe and enjoyable journey.  More spectacular views await you at the 2,559m / 8,396' summit and cross, where you can rest in the scenic meadows and admire the summit of the Ampezzo Basin, before returning to your rifugio by hiking on a spectacular and panoramic trail at the foot of Tofana di Rozes. (Hiking: 4-5 hours hiking 8km / 5 miles. Via Ferrata: ascending a moderate 400m / 1,312' via ferrata. Total 500m / 1,640' ascent and descent.)

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Via Ferrata Punta Anna or Giovanni Lipella (B)

Today you have the choice of two different via ferrata. The selection will depend on your ability and comfort level, weather conditions, and the recommendations of your guide.

Option 1: Via Ferrata Punta Anna
Ascend the Via Ferrata Punta Anna (2,731m / 8,960'). The hike towards the via ferrata is on the panoramic Sentiero Attrezzato Astaldi. This area is of great geologic interest: it traverses along at the very bottom edge of the steep cliffs of Punta Anna, at the juncture where the steep cliffs give way to colourful slopes of softer rock. From the summit of Punta Anna, descend on a short via ferrata (2,580m / 8,465'), followed by an amazing hike down the soft and steep scree of Bus de Tofana to Rifugio Dibona. Transfer to Cortina d’Ampezzo. (5 hours hiking 9km / 6 miles and ascending a challenging 440m / 1,444' via ferrata. Total 528m / 1,732' ascent, 1,197m / 3,927' descent.)

Option 2: Via Ferrata Giovanni Lipella
Ths is a challenging, full-day climb of one of the most beautiful peaks of the Dolomites. From the rifugio, you head towards the south face of the Tofana di Rozes (3,225m / 10,581'). The trail runs along the base of the mountain westwards past the entrance of the Castelletto Tunnel, which was used by the Italian army in 1917 to blow up the peak of the Castelletto di Tofana where an Austrian Kaiserjäger position was based. You’ll go through the tunnel by “torch” (headlamp), and then start to climb the west face of the giant Tofana di Rozes on the Via Ferrata Giovanni Lipella. Continuing on the via ferrata you reach the top by following a sharp edge, where early summer travellers might find snow. Descend to Rifugio Giussani along the normal route, and take a private transfer to Cortina. (Full day hiking 9km / 6 miles and ascending a challenging 600m / 1,969' via ferrata. Total 894m / 2,993' ascent, 1,563m / 5,128' descent. Note: a shorter 5-hour option is available.)Overnight in Cortina.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5: Departure (B)

Breakfast and departure on your own (private transfer available on request).

Meals included: Breakfast

Pricing

5-Day Via Ferrata Quick Getaway in the Dolomites (Group)
from $1030 USD

NOTE: Prices are per person in U.S. dollars based on double/triple occupancy. All quotations are based on the current rates of park fees, VAT, other government taxes, and current exchange rates. Should any of these be increased or a new tax introduced, these increases will be added on even if your trip has already been paid for.

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  • All meals per itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All tours and entrance fees per itinerary (unless listed as excluded)
  • All transportation and transfers per itinerary
EXCLUDES:
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals not listed
  • Beverages and alcohol
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff
  • Optional tours
  • Single room supplement
  • Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)

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