DEPARTURE 14/10/2022

For the most expert explorers Val di Fassa offers a large number of Via Ferrata (routes equipped with metallic ropes) which allow you to reach in absolute safety breath-taking peaks with the help of special equipment (harnesses, ropes, carabiners and helmets) and by means of ascent techniques similar to real climbing.

Before approaching a Via Ferrata, you need to be reasonably fit and to have a good knowledge of the area and of its weather conditions. We therefore suggest you to refer to the local Alpine guides, who will provide you with useful information. They are at your disposal if you want to be accompanied on a real climbing route, and, once you have reached the summit, to feel the exciting sensation of dominating everything down there.

Download the programme of weekly activities in PDF format [1.4 MB]. Only in Italian language

Guide Alpine Val di Fassa - Mobile +39 339 5620591; Sport Check Point - Phone +39 0462 870997 or Mobile +39 340 1147382

Campitello di Fassa:
Fassa Guide - Scuola di Alpinismo e Scialpinismo - Mobile +39 370 1347721; Guida Alpina Felicetti Luigi - Sporting 2000 - Mobile +39 339 4117049; Sport Check Point - Phone +39 0462 750490

Pozza di Fassa:
Scuola di Alpinismo Dolomiti - Mobile +39 339 6938726; Sport Check Point - Mobile +39 331 2989721

Vigo di Fassa:
Sport Check Point - Phone +39 0462 763125

Scuola di Alpinismo Dolomiti - Mobile +39 339 6938726; Sport Check Point - Phone +39 0462 573770

Iron Ways

Move carefully

While the wood revives, follow the signpost! In October 2018 Trentino was hit by extreme weather conditions that damaged some of our beautiful paths, and subsequently these had to be temporarily closed down. We are now working to restore the paths. All updates and possible routes in Val di Fassa

Dolomiti Via Ferrata Adventure Tour - Stages and holiday proposals in Val di Fassa

Each stage of the Dolomiti Via Ferrata Adventure Tour can also be covered separately and from any point on the itinerary you can descend to the valley and return quickly to the place of departure, also using the shuttle bus service, the taxi service or the lifts.

1st stage - Via Ferrata Roda de Vael

Start: Carezza Pass
Arrival: Rifugio Roda di VaelRifugio Baita Marino Pederiva
Time: 3 hours; Difficulty: slightly difficult route, with some delicate vertical passages; Vertical drop: 700 m (additional 300 m for Ferrata Majarè)
Description of the stage: this route leads directly to the summit of Roda de Vael (2,806 m), right in the middle of the suggestive backdrop of the Dolomites. From Carezza Pass take the chair lift "Paolina" and get to the refuge having the same name. From Paolina Refuge (2,125 m) walk to "Vajolon" Pass (about 1,30 hour). The Via Ferrata starts from here and easily ascends to the summit (about 45 minutes). We recommend beginners to come back along the same itinerary, while those who want to proceed and tackle with more demanding steps are suggested to go down to "Forcella delle Rode", pass the short but exposed rock face (the most challenging stretch of the whole equipped route) and reach the base of "Torre Finestra". Here the way comes to a fork. You can descend along a quite demanding couloir, equipped with metallic rope, and take an easy path leading to Roda di Vael Refuge in about 40 minutes (this is the best solution in case of bad weather). As an alternative, you can continue on the right up to the "Majarè" ridge. This second route connects Via Ferrata Roda de Vael to Via Ferrata Majarè.
Notes. Some maps suggest you to walk the itinerary in the opposite sense. Hence there are some important reasons according to which we propose you to carry out the Iron Way as described above. Firstly, the hardest climbing steps can be done by ascending the route, that means in safer conditions; secondly, starting from "Vajolon" Pass, the itinerary remains well exposed to the sun all day long. Overnight at Roda di Vael Refuge. 

2nd stage - Via Ferrata Santner

Start: Rifugio Roda di Vael
Arrival: Rifugio Vajolet; Rifugio Passo Principe
Along the path: Rifugio Fronza alle CoronelleRifugio Passo SantnerRifugio Re Alberto I° - Gartlhütte
Time: 7 hours; Difficulty: easy, but pay attention to snowdrifts remaining in the way till late summer; Vertical drop: 460 m
Description of the stage: the Via Ferrata Santner is a quite crowded itinerary originally built to reach from the A. Fronza alle Coronelle Refuge the "Gartl" valley, departure point of many climbing routes ascending the Vajolet Towers. From Roda di Vael Refuge walk along path no. 549 to Fronza Refuge (2,339 m). The excursion actually begins from the Alpine hut. Here you are suggested to wear your ferrata equipment. Right behind the refuge, next to a huge red "S", go up the rocky steps along a debris ledge outlining the western side of "Davoi" ridge. Follow the metallic rope until the base of the uneven rock face leading to Santner Pass. Ascend by means of stepladders and rock pitons through chimneys, couloirs and rocky steps. Reach the narrow fork between the pinnacles of "Schroffenegger" and descend over some steep rocky stretches, equipped with metallic rope, to an icy gully (this passage requires high concentration because of residual snow covering the rope, especially at the beginning of summer). Cross the icy gully, then climb diagonally on the left hand side, passing a leaning ledge and some steep rocks. A short, narrow way and a small, exposed rock face do mark the end of the equipped route. Proceed northwards to the debris hollow right on the rocky labyrinth near Santner Pass (2,741 m). Descend through the "Gartl" valley, and once you pass Re Alberto I Refuge (2,621 m), go through the so called "Gola delle Torri", and get to the plain of "Porte Negre" (2,243 m), where Vajolet and Paul Preuss refuges are to be found. Overnight at Vajolet Refuge or at Passo Principe Refuge, the last one can be reached by adding a further hour of walk along the wide and easy path no. 584 from Vajolet Refuge.

3rd stage - Via Ferrata Antermoia

Start: Rifugio Vajolet
Arrival: Gardeccia. Rifugio Gardeccia; Rifugio Stella Alpina Spitz Piaz
Along the path: Rifugio Passo Principe
Time: 6 hours; Difficulty: very demanding and long route, with some exposed passages; Vertical drop: 750 m
Description of the stage: starting from Vajolet Refuge ascend the wide path no. 584 up to the head of the Vajolet valley (about 1 hour walk). Crossing some screes you will reach Passo Principe Refuge, located on the pass having the same name. Walk on debris up to the beginning of the Via Ferrata: ascend from left to right along a couloir equipped with metallic ropes. Once you pass the first rocky step you get to the summit ridge (exposed and without ropes) and to the cross of Catinaccio d’Antermoia peak (3,002 m): definitely an extraordinary viewpoint on Val di Fassa Dolomites (about 1.30 hours). Now descend north-eastwards along an Iron Way passing a ledge, some rocks, a couloir and a small saddle (pay particular attention). Reach the gravels of "Forcella d’Antermoia" and the Antermoia hollow (2,700 m - 1 hour). You can return walking the same way backwards or descend the easy north-east face. Pay attention to the exposed passages which, in some crucial points, are not equipped with ropes. Once you get to the bottom of the rock face (Antermoia hollow), take the path winding on the right and walk up the screes leading to the near Antermoia Pass (2,770 m). From here you peek out again on the Vajolet Valley. Descend to Passo Principe Refuge along the rim of the south face of Catinaccio d’Antermoia. Reach Gardeccia and easily return down to the valley by lifts. Overnight in hotel.

4th stage - Viel dal Pan

Start: Canazei
Arrival: Rifugio Pian dei FiacconiRifugio Ghiacciaio Marmolada
Along the path: Rifugio Sass Becé; Rifugio Fredarola; Rifugio Maria; Rifugio Marmolada E. Castiglioni; Rifugio Capanna Cima Undici; Bar Diga 
Time: 3/4 hours; Difficulty: easy and not demanding high altitude excursion; Vertical drop: 300 m
Description of the stage: from Canazei go up to "Pecol" with the gondola having the same name, and from "Pecol" reach Belvedere by means of "Col dei Rossi-Belvedere" cable-car. From the upper station of cableway (2,383 m), follow the path and walk downhill to Belvedere Refuge. From here keep the short-cut leading to Fredarola Refuge (2,388 m - about 20 minutes). The Fredarola can be regarded as the actual hike starting point. Before proceeding along the "Viel dal Pan", we suggest you to walk dawn to Pordoi Pass along path no. 601 and take the cable car to Sass Pordoi, the so called "Terrace of Dolomites". Here you can enjoy a breathtaking panorama over the most renowned Dolomites peaks. Descend with the cable car to Pordoi Pass and then return to Fredarola Refuge. Here the "Viel dal Pan", marked as path no. 601, begins. The trail winds gently, with very few steep ramps ascending some small valleys. The trail is called "Viel dal Pan" (literally "the path of bread"), because in the past itinerant peddlers used to move from Val di Fassa to Livinallongo along this high altitude itinerary. You will come to the Viel dal Pan Refuge at 2,432 m. Keep going and reach a saddle on the left to enjoy the view of the Livinallongo valley and the Tofane mountains. When you come to a fork, you will first go down a long diagonal and then the path winds down steeply to the main road (Fedaia Pass) and to the "Marmolada" E. Castiglioni Refuge (2,054 m). From Lake Fedaia ascend to Pian dei Fiacconi Refuge (2,625 m), by means of the Fedaia lift or by walking along path no. 606. Overnight at Pian dei Fiacconi Refuge.

5th stage - Marmolada glacier traverse

Start: Rifugio Pian dei FiacconiRifugio Ghiacciaio Marmolada
Arrival: Rifugio Contrin
Along the path: Rifugio Capanna Punta PeniaMalga Contrin
Time: 4 hours; Difficulty: easy; Vertical drop: 260 m upwards and 880 m downwards
Description of the stage: from Pian dei Fiacconi Refuge follow path no. 606 walking westwards across the hollow at the feet of Marmolada north face. Here you will find an extremely suggestive, scenic landscape. Pass a rocky outcrop and walk into the broad valley extending between Punta Penìa and the Gran Vernel. At an altitude of about 2,800 m, the path turns into a track on the glacier. For this reason, you are strictly recommended to use the crampons provided by the mountain guide. Ascend the valley walking on debris and snow, until reaching the feet of "Forcella Marmolada" (2,896 m). Here the Via Ferrata begins and covers a 100 m vertical drop up to "Forcella Marmolada" saddle. Helmet, climbing harness and Via Ferrata equipment are therefore necessary. The saddle can be regarded as a watershed between the two faces of Marmolada. Enjoy the wonderful view and observe the tunnels dating back to First World War. From "Forcella Marmolada" the way comes to a fork. One track goes up along the west ridge towards the summit of Marmolada, the other descends to Contrin Valley. In this second case, the Iron Waya goes down for about 50 m and leads to an easy track. Walking for about 1.30 hours you reach the Contrin Refuge at the feet of the stunning south face of Piccolo and Gran Vernel. Overnight at Contrin Refuge.

6th stage - Lino Pederiva equipped path

Start: Rifugio Contrin
Arrival: Pozza di Fassa
Along the path: Rifugio Passo San Nicolò; Rifugio Al Zedron; Rifugio Baita Cuz
Time: 4/5 hours; Difficulty: easy path equipped with metallic ropes; Vertical drop: 600 m
Description of the stage: from Contrin Refuge walk on path no. 608 up to San Nicolò Refuge. From the mountain hut follow path no. 613 and pay attention to some interesting fortifications dating back to First World War, still visible along the way. Proceed until you come to a fork. Here take path no. 613/bis, also called "Lino Pederiva" equipped path. Walk the narrow grassy ridge and reach the steep slopes of "Sasso di Rocca". Some metallic ropes will help you cross the most demanding passages. Near "Sela Brunéch" (2,419 m) join path no. 613 again and keep walking along the edge up to "Sas de Adam". Here you will be offered an amazing view over all Dolomites crowning Val di Fassa. Move forward and reach the upper station of Buffaure gondola (2,040 m). You can go down to the village of Pozza by lift. Overnight in hotel.

Useful information and hiking suggestions

Plan your excursions on the Dolomiti Via Ferrata Adventure Tour in Val di Fassa

Mountain huts summer
Download the list of the mountain and alpine huts open in the summer and get more information about contact and opening times. See also: mountain/alpine huts associated with the Val di Fassa Tourist Board.

Excursion with the alpine guides
In summer our guests can count on a varied programme of excursions with our Alpine guides, planned and organized so to satisfy everybody’s interests and expectations.

Public transport and taxi services
Enjoy your holiday without using your car! In Val di Fassa public transport, taxi service and the busses of the Dolomite Passes (from Canazei to Sella, Gardena, Pordoi, Campolongo and Fedaia Pass) help you reach effortlessly some of the most beautiful sites of the Dolomites.

PanoramaPass, your passport to the Dolomites in summer
PanoramaPass is a card that gives free and unlimited access (even several trips per day) to all the lifts open in the entire Val di Fassa throughout the summer.

Summer lifts
In the section lifts you’ll find the ticket prices, opening and closing times of the lifts in Val di Fassa in order to plan your excursions at best.

Climbing equipment hire in Val di Fassa

Peak Sport AdventureSport Walter

Campitello di Fassa:
Sporting 2000

Pozza di Fassa:
Fassa RentGross Sport

Vigo di Fassa:
Tony SportSport Lucy (Costalunga Pass)

Soraga di Fassa:
Cece Sport Brunel

Sport Navalge

Where to stay - Dolomiti Walking Hotels in Val di Fassa

Many services are offered in order to guarantee comfort and support: assistance of a mountain guide, cosy accommodation facilities, organised transfer services. Choose the package which suits you best and book your holiday in Val di Fassa.

Each Dolomiti Walking Hotel proposes weekly excursions, a library with hiking and walking maps, naturalistic guides and books on the local culture, rucksacks/flasks and trekking poles for hire and the possibility to get the transfers to the airports and train stations at discounted rates. Guests can count on a cosy hospitality and an appetizing cuisine to taste the delicacies of the Ladin gastronomy.


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