DESCRIPTION

Have you seen pictures of the Dolomites which have left you breathless and quickened your pulse?

The Dolomites are a dream for any mountain lover and a place for repeated visits. You know what the biggest problem is with this trip? That it’s impossible to figure out what to leave out of the 7 day itinerary. As far as climbing, scenery and accessibility, you can speak of the Dolomites only in superlatives. In this itinerary we’ve put together an assembly of the best of the Dolomites and best Via Ferrata’s around Cortina await you!

AREA: Cortina, Dolomites, Italy

BASIC PACKAGE

  • Activities: 5 day’s of Via Ferrata climbing accompanied by a UIAGM/IFMGA mountain guide
  • Includes: Organisation and guiding
  • Excludes: Accommodation (BB), lunch, dinner and extra meals, soft drinks, beers etc, insurance, flights, cable car tickets, transfer from/to airport, climbing equipment and safety-kit backpack are individually bookable

PLANNED TOURS

  • Innerkofler and Forcelle, Monte Paterno (2744 m), Torre di Toblin (2617 m)
  • Ivano Dubona Via Ferrata, Marino Bianchi Ferrata, Cima di Mezzo (3154 m)
  • Giovanni Lipella Via Ferrata, Tofana di Rozes (3225 m)
  • Albino Michielli Strobel Via Ferrata- Punta Fiammes (2240m)
  • Giuseppe Olivieri Via Ferrata- Punta Anna (2731m), Tofana di Mezzo (3244m)

ITINERARY

Day 1: ARRIVAL IN CORTINA D’AMPEZZO

You meet your mountain guide in the afternoon in Cortina at the pleasant B&B. After dinner, your mountain guide shows you the basics of via ferrata and the equipment you will use to ensure safety. Do take a hike in Cortina, but go to bed early, because Day 2 is an early wakeup.

Day 2: INNERKOFLER AND FORCELLE, MONTE PATERNO (2744 M) TORRE DI TOBLIN (2617 M)

After breakfast, you travel by car and take a trip to Auronzo Hut (2320 m). You can see the southern faces of the Tre Cime.

The start of the ferrata is reached via the Lavaredo pass, leading to Monte Paterno. You can go all the way to Torre di Toblin. You get the best views of Tre Cime from this spot. The descent around the Holy Trinity will provide great views.

Day 3: IVANO DUBONA VIA FERRATA, MARINO BIANCHI FERRATA AND CIME DI MEZZO (3154 M)

On your second Dolomite via ferrata, you will cross the most famous spot of the Dolomites – the cable-bridge from the Cliffhanger movie. You will start the tour at 2215 metres where you use a chairlift and take a ride to the Lorenzi hut. You will ascend to 2932 metres in just under 20 minutes with the cable car, from where Marino Bianchi ferrata takes you to the Cime di Mezzo summit.

You take the same route back to the refuge (Lorenzi) from the summit. You take a different route to reach the cable bridge.

Day 4: GIOVANNI LIPELLA VIA FERRATA, TOFANA DI ROZES (3225 M)

You are going on one of the most exhilarating and scenic ferratas. From the Dibona refuge, a trail takes you to the entrance of a cave, once used as a shelter for Austro-Hungarian and Italian soldiers in WWI. The path in the cave makes a 150 meter ascent.

You make your way through ruins of WWI as you are inching towards one of the highest and most stunning summits of the Dolomites. It’s a tough climb here, but well worth the effort.

Day 5: ALBINO MICHIELLI STROBEL VIA FERRATA - PUNTA FIAMMES (2240 M)

MBe ready for a 600 metre climb today! You’ll ascend the Strobel ferrata, which is a popular one in the Cortina area.

The ferrata starts on a wide ledge, where you put on your harness and via ferrata set. This ferrata is a fine mixture of all kinds of terrain: ridges, vertical walls, crags. You will get a great view of Cortina from the top. The way down follows an easy trail.

Day 6: GIUSEPPE OLIVIERI VIA FERRATA - PUNTA ANNA (2731 M) TOFANA DI MEZZO (3244 M)

We’ve saved the best and biggest for the last. What makes the Punta Anna climb fantastic is the majestic view of the south wall of Tofana di Roses. If weather and your stamina permit, you will ascend to the top of Tofana di Mezzo (3244 m) by using the Gianni Aglio ferrata. A cable car will take you back to the valley after summiting.

Day 7: DEPARTURE

That is it – your intro to the Dolomites, it is the end of an amazing adventure and our guides will have done everything possible to ensure you have achieved the maximum out of these beautiful mountains!

Depart for the airport and your flight home with some great memories.

SELF ASSESSMENT

See Tours Grading and self assess your level:

Fitness Level: B                         Technical Level: 2

Fitness B            Technical 2

KEY INFORMATION

  • Equipment you should bring: See personal equipment list
  • Number of participants: Min 2 persons
  • Meeting point: Cortina
  • Accommodation: For Budget package accommodation please visit Dolomiti.org
  • Gateway Airport: Cortina – Venice Treviso 85 miles / 1hr 52m, Venice Marco Polo 92 miles / 1hr 58m or Trieste 128 miles / 2hr 29m
  • Airport transfers: Available subject to surcharge or included in Standard and Premium packages
  • Insurance: You will require appropriate personal cover for this trip with term or annual insurance and we will need to see a copy of your insurance at time of booking. Recommended insurers – BMCAustrian Alpine ClubSports Cover Direct or Snowcard

BOOKING ENQUIRY

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DATES

22/06 -28/06/2015

PACKAGE OPTIONS

Budget Package Price

£990 pp (6 clients / guide)

INCLUDES

  • Organisation
  • Guiding

EXCLUDES

  • Accommodation (BB)
  • Lunch, dinner and extra meals
  • Soft drinks, beers, etc.
  • Insurance
  • Cable car tickets
  • Transport from and to airport
  • Climbing equipment and safety-kit backpack are individually bookable

Standard Package Price

£1890 pp (4 clients / guide)

INCLUDES

  • Organisation
  • Guiding
  • Budget accommodation (BB)
  • Transport to the starting points

EXCLUDES

  • Lunch, dinner and extra meals
  • Soft drinks, beers, etc
  • Insurance
  • Cable car tickets
  • Climbing equipment and safety-kit backpack are individually bookable

Premium Package Price

£2990 pp (2 clients / guide)

INCLUDES

  • Organisation
  • Guiding
  • Hotel*** / Half board
  • Climbing equipment and safety-kit backpack
  • Transport to the starting points
  • Extra beverages
  • 8 weeks training plan
  • Coaching – 8 Skype calls

EXCLUDES

  • Insurance

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT

Mountaineering - gear selection

CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT

Check List:-

  • Expedition bag with additional/spare clothes (stays in the valley)
  • Lightweight mountaineering boots (full ankle height)
  • Walking trousers
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof over pants
  • Shorts (Optional)
  • Wool or fleece hat
  • Sunhat or cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Suncream
  • Lip salve
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Light fleece gloves
  • Lightweight climbing gloves – optional for Via Ferrata sections
  • Walking socks x 6
  • Base layer wicking top / quick dry thermal x 6
  • Fleece or alternative soft shell mid-layer
  • Rucksack – 30-40 litre capacity
  • 2 or 3 litre Camelbak (or 2 x 1 litre Nalgen bottles)
  • Compeed blister pads – min 2 packs
  • Trekking poles (2)
  • Head torch
  • Camera and waterproof bag
  • Lightweight sleeping bag – recommended
  • Small wash towel for mountain huts
  • Money and documents (ID, Alpine club membership card, etc)

Note: Ensure you bring suitable clothes which don’t restrict movement and protect from heat or cold.

TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT

Check List:-

  • Climbing helmet
  • Climbing harness
  • Via ferrata self-belay kit

AFTER YOU BOOK?

  • We will contact you and discuss the route, equipment and any special needs of your group.
  • We will tailor our trip plan to the fitness level of your group.
  • We will send you our standard contract and payment instructions (credit card, PayPal, cheques, wire transfer).
  • 2 months before the agreed date, we will let you know how to prepare for the track.
  • 2 weeks before the agreed date, we will confirm weather conditions and how to prepare for traveling to the destination.

TESTIMONIAL

“It’s already over and I don’t have enough words to adequately praise our guides!” John Kragelj