Millions of years of steady erosion have created narrow natural ledges unique to these mountains. The use of these ledges as routes for non-climbers to journey through the mountains goes back to the 1930s when groups of local climbers and enthusiasts first started to install the ladders, rails, bridges and ropes thus creating a path through the needles, spires and gorges through these wonderful mountains.
This fantastic route is an exciting yet safe journey for which no prevous alpine experience is required. The via ferratas used are never technically difficult but they are long and of alpine proportions and there is considerable exposure on some sections. Reasonable fitness, a head for heights and good balance and mobility on rocky, uneven terrain are the only pre-requisites.
Travel to Madonna di Campiglio and meet your guides for the week. We deliver a detailed briefing on safety, equipment, weather and the plans for the days ahead. We stay overnight in a hotel in the town.
From Madonna di Campiglio we take the cable car to Groste Pass (2442m) and set out along the Sentiero Benini and Sentiero del Fridolin to arrive at our first hut, the Rifugio Brentei (2410m).
From the Rifugio Brentei along the Bocchetta alta di Molveno and the Ferrata delle Bocchette Centrali to the Rifugio Pedrotti (2491m). Stunning views along the route of the Campanile Basso.
Today's route takes us from Rifugio Pedrotti to the Rifugio XII Apostoli (2483m) along the Sentiero Brentari and the Ferrata Castiglioni. A wonderful but challenging route with considerable exposure.
From Rifugio XII Apostoli to the Rifugio Tuckett (2272m) along the Sentiero dell’Ideale, the Sentiero Martinazzi and the Ferrata Sosat
From Rifugio Tuckett to the Rifugio Alimonta (2580m) along the Sentiero della Sega Alta and the Ferrata delle Bocchette Alte. There is significant exposure along the route.
Leaving the Rifugio Alimonta we follow the Bocca dei Armi / Sentiero Spellini / Sentiero Orsi and Bocca di Tuckett to the Rifugio Casinei, which is the perfect place for a late lunch before catching the bus back to Madonna di Campiglio where we celebrate the end of a great week!
Depart after breakfast.
Our price includes all guiding fees and expenses, 5 nights half-board accommodation in high mountain Rifugi and 2 nights B&B in a hotel in MdC at the start and finish of the trip. The price does not include flights, airport transfers, lunches, beverages, personal insurance, via ferrate equipment hire, local transfers and uplift.
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This list gives you an idea of the equipment you will need for our Via Ferrate holidays in the Dolomites.
During the summer months the weather in the mountains is usually sunny with warm temperatures and you will find that often t-shirts and shorts can be worn throughout the day.
However the weather changes quickly and you always need to be prepared for cold and wet weather – we recommend that you bring 2-3 thin layers that you are able to put on/take off as the conditions change. Thin layers also allow better movement as opposed to one layer of bulky clothing.
On the Dolomites trips you will need to carry a pack with most of the gear that you require for the trip as you will be spending nights high in the mountains in one of the rifugios (alpine huts).
Try to limit the amount of gear you carry. Once you’re in the mountains you’ll quickly realise the benefit of ‘travelling light”.
If you are uncertain or need further information, please contact us.
Base Layer Top and Bottoms - 1-2 thermal tops and 1 pair longjohns
2 midweight fleece tops or 1 fleece and 1 lightweight duvet jacket - More thin layers is preferable to a fewer thick layers between your skin and the outer shell as it gives better heat retention and good flexibility
Lightweight trekking trousers
Walking shorts or pair of trousers with zip-off legs
Weather Layer Top - Gore-Tex or other waterproof breathable jacket
Shirts - Long sleeved and short sleeved cotton or synthetic shirts
Lightweight over-trousers with long side zips
Sun hat and warm hat
Gloves - its important to have a pair of gloves for Via Ferrata which are durable and robust, half-finger gloves are a good option e.g. Black Diamond Crag Half-Finger Gloves Another option is to use some full or half fingered cycling gloves
A pair of warm waterproof gloves in the event of cold weather
Gaiters - Good fitting pair of ankle gaiters to keep socks and boots dry
3-4 pairs of good quality socks
You will need a good hiking or lightweight mountaineering boot that can take either a strap-on or clip-on crampon. Key features of a good hiking boot include vibram soles, reversed leather uppers (which protects the best site of the leather from scuffing and abrasion and improves durability and water resistance) and ankle flex and a higher cut which give control, mobility and support.
VF shock absorbers
Harness - sit harness with adjustable leg loops and large enough to be worn over all clothing layers
Slings and karabiners
The following items may be required depending on the conditions:
Ice Axe - general mountaineering axe – 55-70cms long depending on your height
Boot crampons with anti-balling plates
All items can be hired from our guides.
The Dolomites are a part of the Italian Alps. They are located in equal parts in the provinces of South Tyrol, Belluno and Trentino (all in northern Italy) and extend from the Adige river in the west to the Pieve valley (Pieve di Cadore) in the east. The northern and southern borders are defined by the Pustertal (valley of the Rienz) and the Valsugana.
The region is commonly divided into the Western and Eastern Dolomites, separated by a line following the Badia valley - Campolongo pass - Cordevole valley (Agordino) axis. The range includes more than forty glaciers.
The Dolomites are particularly renowned for climbing and the main centres include Auronzo, Cortina d'Ampezzo and San Martino di Castrozza.
The name "Dolomites" is derived from the famous French mineralogist Deodat de Dolomieu (1750 -1801) who was the first to describe the rock, Dolomite, a form of limestone which is responsible for the characteristic shapes of these great mountains.
Our top reasons for visiting the Dolomites:
It is a condition of booking that you are insured for your chosen activity and the cover must include medical expenses, personal accident, personal liability, third party risks and rescue (including helicopter rescue). You are strongly advised also to take out cover against cancellation and curtailment.
For more details and to purchase a policy online visit http://www.skiclubinsurance.co.uk/
If you need assistance arranging your personal insurance please let us know.
The closest airports are Verona, Venice, Brescia and Milan. We generally recommend travel to Venice or Milan-Bergamo. The transfer from either airport to Madonna di Campiglio requires a combination of train and bus travel and takes at least 3-4 hours. For groups of 3-4 people car hire is often the best option.
For train schedules click on http://www.trenitalia.com/tcom-en
There are some links on this page to bus timetables from Trento and Brescia http://www.campiglio.it/orari/
Our Bocchette Way Via Ferrata trips are usually led by Guido Candolini or one of his team of IFMGA Mountain Guides from Inmont Guides. We have worked with them for several years and they are extremely professional and popular guides. They all speak good English and will ensure your week is fun and rewarding and totally safe.
The maximum guide-client ratio for the Via Ferrata is 1:5.
In Madonna di Campiglio our preferred hotel is the Hotel Cima D'Oro a comfortable 3* hotel, they offer spacious rooms with great views of the mountains, a comfortable lounge and breakfast area with WIFI, games room, sauna, jacuzzi, steam bath and free car parking. You can see more information on the hotel here: http://www.hotelcimedorocampiglio.it/en/
Throughout the week we stay in mountain lodges, known as rifugi. The rifugi in the Dolomites are like little guesthouses: very cosy and comfortable when compared to the rifugi in the Western Alps. However they are not hotels and the lack of privacy make this experience suitable for flexible and group oriented people! In some rifugi hot showers are available for a small extra charge.
I have no previous mountaineering experience but I am keen to learn the basics of using crampons and an ice axe and rope work. I would enjoy ascending rocky scrambles and easy angled snow and ice. I am a regular hill walker summer and winter and used to long days out, I am happy to walk for 6-8hrs per day carrying all my gear in my rucksack. For Via Ferrata trips a head for heights and some upper body strength is useful.
I have undertaken some previous rocky scrambling and short rock climbs, ice or easy alpine climbing. I am comfortable moving on rocky and snowy ridges and slopes of up to 40 degrees. I enjoy the challenge of more remote technical terrain. I would like to learn more about alpine rope work. I can improve my crampon / ice axe technique and could scramble on rock with greater efficiency.
I have previous experience climbing alpine PD+ or harder. I am undeterred by scrambling and have done some pitched climbing on rock or ice. I have a firm grasp of the rope techniques necessary for pitched climbing and crossing glaciers. I am confident when using crampons and ice axe. I relish the thought of climbing steep rock and ice or traversing an exposed ridge covered in snow and ice. I can abseil, know how to use a prussic knot and make myself safe on basic belay stances.
IFMGA / UIAGM / IVBV
The IFMGA / UIAGM / IVBV symbol is the logo of the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association.
Nick, Olly and Matt are all fully-qualified UIAGM Mountain Guides and members of the British Mountain Guides Association.
The International Ski Instructors Association is the world body for professional ski instructors.
The ISIA was formed in 1971 and there are currently 39 member nations representing the very best in ski instruction around the world.