Via Ferrata walking holiday in the Dolomites, Italy

“An 8 day guided walking holiday along the Via Ferrata, challenging yet exhilarating on so many levels. Mostly high levels, for sure! Staying in one hotel throughout the holiday. ”

Highlights

5 days hiking on Via Ferrata or Iron Way | Sexten Dolomites | Tre Cime di Lavaredo | Marino Bianchi | Col Rosa | Fanes-Sennes Braies Natural Park | UIAGM mountain leader guides

Description of Via Ferrata walking holiday in the Dolomites, Italy

This week long Via Ferrata walking holiday is definitely more an adventure than a hike in the hills. Taking on the famous ‘Iron Way’ where vertiginous slopes are accessed by scrambling or using the traditional system of cables and metal ladders, we embark on five different high mountain routes during this break. Which is why this holiday is categorised as challenging for hikers.

Although many of these mountain routes have been used for centuries, the Dolomites Via Ferrata, which we climb using a special kit that allows us to clip on to the cables and ladders, date back to the First World War, when the Dolomites were part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The lines, then made of ropes but now steel cables, were attached on to the rocks so that troops could negotiate the peaks and ridges. Today they are maintained by the Club Alpino Italiano or Italian Alpine Club.

Some of the most memorable trails that we take on include hiking around the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, or three famous jagged peaks of Laveredo, which are a truly spectacular sight. We also hike in the Fanes-Sennes Braies Natural Park, which has been part of the Dolomites’ UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2009, with truly exquisite mountain scenery, pastures and elevated lakes stretching all the way to the Southern Tyrol. Those who want to push their climbing skills a little further may also get the chance to take on peaks such as Marino Bianchi or Col Rosa.

Flying in and out of Venice, and then transferring to Dobbiaco, we will stay in one family run hotel throughout the walking holiday, which has a small indoor pool and sauna to soothe those muscles at the end of the day.

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Responsible tourism: Via Ferrata walking holiday in the Dolomites, Italy

UK office
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies in place, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Leaders & local suppliers
Our base for the week is Hotel Tschurtschenthaler, a small family run hotel perfectly located in the centre of Dobbiaco. We have worked with this hotel for many years so all our groups receive a warm welcome from the family. Most of the products are sourced locally and the cuisine draws on Italian and Austrian traditions.

We have had an excellent long-term relationship with the local mountain guides who lead the trip and this helps to stabilise their income generation and so helps to create a more sustainable future. Our UIAGM qualified guides ensure the highest level of safety on the mountain and have unquestionable knowledge of the mountain thanks to growing up in this area.

Group size
We operate small group tours that have a low impact on the communities we visit and we always ensure our operations do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. This allows us to stay in unique and characterful accommodation that would not have benefitted from tourism due to their limited size. The ratio is 1 UIAGM leader to every 8 clients so security on the mountain is of utmost importance to us.

Activity
Few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a walking trip. It is a quiet, low impact activity requiring comparatively little resources to support. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem and our trip leaders encourage clients not to stray from paths to minimise this.

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