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The wild Via Ferrata Tour in Fassa valley

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Val di Fassa is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the Dolomites, unfortunately some days the paths in the Catinaccio area can be more crowded than some beaches! But moving just on the other side of the valley, where the trails are a little bit more demanding, we get a much more unspoiled and wild nature. This is the case of the ridges and peaks surrounding the magical San Niccolò Valley. This tour includes the climbs of two challenging via ferratas and another three days where the technical effort gets lower but the overall one remains high, with many meters in altitude and distances to be covered reserved for well-trained people. The constants of the whole tour are the nights in uncrowded refuges, privileged views and silence to savor.

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unusual tour

ACTIVITY TYPE

Via Ferrata tour, hut to hut trip

CUSTOMIZED PLAN

See “below”

WHEN?

Summer

modular programme

from 2 to 5 days or more

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DAY by DAY

The 5-day program illustrated below is an example: based on your availability we will agree on a personalized program, from 2 to 5 or more days.

ARRIVAL IN THE DOLOMITES

Autonomous arrival (private transfer on request) in Fassa valley and hotel accommodation. Pozza di Fassa is a beautiful alpine village and the closest to our starting point. The pretty small town center, surrounded by woods and alpine peaks, immediately gives us the charge and energy for the following days.

DAY 1

Ferrata dei Magnifici quattro: by public shuttle we reach the gorgeous Valle di San Niccolò: its forest and the stream that flows on the bottom of the valley, are the perfect welcome. In about 30 minutes approach we reach the start of the via ferrata, while we get ready, it is worth dwelling on the splendid panorama of Cima Dodici, a view that will also accompany us throughout the first part of the ascent. The via ferrata immediately proved difficult, in fact it is one of the most demanding of all the Dolomites. Here the safety of the guide’s rope can be a pleasant sensation for many. At the end of the climb, satisfied for the ascent, we still have a good hour of walking to reach the Ciampac refuge, where we will spend a cheerful evening and a silent night.

Time: 30 min approach, 3h ferrata, 1h30 trekking.

DAY 2

Ferrata dei finanzieri:  from Ciampac refuge  a short approach lead us at the beginning of the Via Ferrata, which is one of the less popular of Val di Fassa. This lack of fame is certainly wrong because for all the people who do not fear the commitment of a long climb, it offers beautiful landscapes and lot of satisfaction.  some enjoyable rock slabs lead us to face the key part of the climb: an overhanging rock band that we shall overcome thanks to the presence of a long metal staircase. Beyond this stretch, we will still have to struggle to reach the splendid peak and then the long descent on the opposite side.

Time: 20 min approach, 3h30 via ferrata, 2h30 return.

DAY 3

Ferrata Bepi Zac: Although we do not want to, we leave the San Niccolò refuge and its extraordinary panorama to descend an hour along the San Niccolò valley, upon reaching a shelter we begin a strenuous climb which, in about two hours, will bring us back to altitude, on the Costabella ridge. This long ridge was, during the First World War, entirely fortified by the Austro-Hungarian soldiers, and today it can be retraced thanks to the via ferrata that we are going to follow. During the next three hours, we will have the opportunity to touch three summits: Cima della Campagnacia, Piccol Laste and Gran Laste. Tiring ups and downs are common for this kind of ridge itineraries, where fatigue is counterbalanced by the breathtaking views. Finally we reach another fork: Passo Selle where the homonymous refuge stands.

Time: 3 h trekking, 3 h ferrata.

DAY 4

Ferrata Federspiel: the ridge of Costabella, which we started to cross yesterday, continues towards the Valacia group. The trail changes its name and becomes, in fact, Federspiel. This high route combines splendid panoramas with interesting historical suggestions regarding the great war; additionally it is less frequented than the Bepi Zac. Today the equipped passages that we will face are actually few, although the technical level is low, the path requires maximum attention and a firm foot, given the presence of many exposed passages. The effort of the numerous ups and downs, even today, is rewarded by the incredible landscapes. Finally reached the Forcella della Costela we go down for a short stretch until we reach the Valacia refuge.

Time: 4h via ferrata, 30 min descent.

DAY 5

Ferrata Gadotti: technically easy, the length of this ferrata deterring most of the people, making this itinerary lonely and wild. Today it will be difficult to meet other people, wildlife sightings are much more frequent. Our multi-day program allowed us to be already at altitude and to be able to tackle the via ferrata mostly downhill. This means that for us the day, although tiring, it will be with the gravity! In about two hours of ascent we reach the highest point, the peak of Punta Vallaccia with its extraordinary panorama that extends from the Lagorai to the Catinaccio. Here a fantastic route with passages in natural tunnels, ladders and sharp ridges will lead us to touch two other splendid peaks: Sas Aut and Sasso delle Dodici, before starting the long descent that will take us back to the valley, full of breathtaking views, effort and emotions at the end of five exciting days. After so much effort we return to Pozza di Fassa where the renowned QC thermals could be an excellent program for the following day.

Time: 2h ascent, 4h ferrata, 1h 30 descent.

Prices

All-inclusive price

2 days/3 nights2 giorni/3 notti3 days/4 nights3 giorni/4 notti4 days/5 nights4 giorni/5 notti5 days/6 nights5 giorni/6 notti6 days/7 nights6 giorni/7 notti7 days/8 nights7 giorni/8 notti8 days/9 nights8 giorni/9 notti
1personpersona970 € 1325 € 1870 € 2325 € 2780 € 3220 € 3670 €
2peoplepersone660 € 930 €1215 €1475 €1770 €2045 €2300 €
3peoplepersone540 €760 €970 €1190€1420 €1640 €1860 €
4peoplepersone475 €665 €860 €1045 €1225 €1430 €1600 €
5peoplepersone460 €630 €790 €950 €1120 €1290 €1460 €
6peoplepersone450 €615 €760 €900 €1050 €1215 €1390 €

Prices are intended per person and per spent activity day.

INCLUDED IN THE ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICE:

  • Local English speaker, professional Mountain/ski guide UIAGM/IFMGA certified.
  • customized plan
  • technical equipment
  • Transfer from/ to hotel
  • Half-board accommodation during the journey, in  mountain huts, common rooms or private with common bathroom if available.
  • 2 nights: the night previous and the last night of the tour, bed and breakfast accommodation in private rooms with private toilet in 3-star hotel (breakfast included).
  • Accident Insurance.
  • Local tourist tax.
  • Italian VAT tax.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • drinks or lunches during the tour.
  • 2 dinners: the one before the tour and the one of last day.
  • Transfer from/ to airport (available on request).
  • any transport involving chairlifts, cable cars or taxis.