Via Ferrata of the First World War in the Dolomites: Marmolada and Padon

A short program for two great targets on the glaciers of the Marmolada area.

The combination of the via ferratas of the West Crest in Marmolada and of the Mount Padon is the hardest combination of First World War of the Dolomites.
Both via ferratas are originally of the First World War and was part of the first line of the front. We climb and walk along two very long ridges, where every meter of via ferrata we can see bunkers, observatories positions, refugios for the soldiers, telegraphic lines and more….. It’s a amazing tour into the reality of the vertical war of the 1915/1918. For this via ferrata trekking you need have a basic hiking experience and a good physical condition.  We will walk and climb in high mountains, until the maximal elevation of the Dolomites: Punta Penia 3343 m.

This program is particularly indicated especially at hikers interested at the First World War history with a good fitness and a short targeted time.

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The easy access at the Dolomites is the focal point of my town: Bolzano "the door of the Dolomites". Lear the best combination for your arrival and departure flight and the transfers by train or rental car, but... more important: ask me every logistical info you need. I'm here to help you to find the best solution.
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The day before (your arrive)

Depending where you arrive, generally you will land in the airport of Venice or Milan or Bergamo or Innsbruck or Munich or..... it's indifferent! I will suggest you the best logistical system to arrive in Bolzano. train, bus, or taxi.
When you will arrive in Bolzano we have a preparative briefing at the reception of your hotel on the evening. In this half hour meeting we will check all aspect of the next days tour.


DAY 1 – The Via Ferrata of the west ridge of the Punta Penia (3343 m) Marmolada

4-5 hrs walking and climbing up the Punta Penia and 2 hrs down on the glacier

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We start from your hotel and go to the Fedaia pass to climb the via ferrata of the west ridge of the Punta Penia.
This via ferrata is generally easy for the climbing technic, but it’s long and the return is on the glacier along the regular route.
For this reason you need have appropriate mountain clothing and mountain boots or heavy trekking shoes to dress the ice crampons that I give you.

The particularity of this via ferrata is that: about 75% of the iron steps is “original” of 1916/17….(don’t worry… are in good conditions and the safety iron wire is new), you will climb of the same steps of the Austro-hungarian soldiers….

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DAY 2 – The Via Ferrata delle Trincee at the Padon ridge

5-6 hrs climb and walk, up and down, along the crest of the Padon ridge

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We start from the Hotel Fedaia and climb the via Ferrata delle Trincee (the via ferrata of the trenches) exactly on the opposite side of the big glacier of the Marmolada. The first part is a difficult and athletical wall, but then is a very interesting extended sequence of the front line austrian and then italian, along bunkers, trenches and other incredible construction in this vertical allocation.

It’s a optimal occasion to enjoy the complete overview on the glacier of Marmolada and on the via ferrata of the west ridge, a natural completion of a intense and amazing two days tour!

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The best policy for pricing is the clarity and flexibility. Are you agree?

For this reason here below you find an extended explanation of the prices in one single sheet, based at the number of days and at the number of persons of your request.

Under the sheet is explained what is included in every price (accommodations, transfers, equipments, etc.).

Every price is consider per single person based at the composition of every single group that do the reservation.

At the moment of reservation you can ask to have a personal trek (without others participants) or to accept other potential participants. If you accept others participants, the guide can combine more persons together of similar levels and it will apply, at every unity of reservation, 20 Euro discount for every day.

There are some configuration where you can have some good discounts:
120€ discount
If you are an independent traveler and don’t need the accommodations in Bolzano for the nights before and after our tour, I apply a 150€ discount per person on the total price.
10% discount
If you reserve Via Ferrata tours in autumn, winter or spring (from mid October to mid May), I apply a 10% discount per person on the total price.
5% discount
If you reserve Via Ferrata tours in the period of 1st-15 June or on the first and second week of October, I apply a 5% discount per person on the total price.
2% discount
If you are independent for the transfers (you have your rental car and we move with it from/to Bolzano), I apply a 2% discount per person on the total price.


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- My personal suggestions for your vacation in Italy and for the travel logistics before and after the trek.

(this is a unique and valuable service: you can ask for help to best arrange any aspect of your vacation in Italy).

- Full time mountain guide service during the reserved days.

- Transportation during the trek.

with my car which holds a maximum of 6 people plus me, or other local transport like buses. (cableways are NOT included)

- The nights of lodging in the rifugios during the trek, with half board.

HB = bed + breakfast + dinner. (lunch and beverages are NOT included)

- 2 nights of lodging in Bolzano at a Bed-and-Breakfast, one night before and one after the trek.

B&B = bed and breakfast. (lunch, dinner, and beverages are NOT included).

- All technical gear for climbing, as you need.

helmet, harness, kit for via ferrata, protective gloves for via ferrata, ice axe, crampons, trekking poles, etc.




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