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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FIRST STEP

As first step: read the general info sheets linked in this page on the right bar and learn the territory to understand the geography of the Dolomites mountain areas and the entity of your transfers with the map here below (click the map to dowload it in PDF format):

 

THE DAY BEFORE (your arrive)

Via Ferrata Dolomites: Bolzano panorama

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….

Via Ferrata Dolomites WW1 great trek map 1

 

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

Via Ferrata Dolomites WW1 great trek 2

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!

Via Ferrata Dolomites WW1 great trek map 2

 

PRICES FOR ALL INCLUSIVE SERVICE (*)

The best policy for pricing is clarity and flexibility. Are you agree?
For this reason here below you find a extended explanation of the prices in one single sheet, based at the number of days (X days) and at the number of persons (X Pers.)
Under the sheet you find elenced what is included in every price (accommodations, transfers, etc.).
Every price is consider per single PERSON based at the composition of the single GROUP that do the reservation, not at the final number of participant of the group.
At the moment of reservation you can ask to have a personal trek (without others participants) or to accept other potential participants.
The mountain guide can lead until 6 persons. If the guide combine more persons/groups together it will apply at every unity of reservation 20 Euro discount for every day.
Choose your preferred combination of via ferrata trek here below:

(*) WHAT INCLUDED EVERY ALL INCLUSIVE PRICE?

- My personal help for your vacation and 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. A great help!)
- 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, crampons, kit for via ferrata, protective gloves for via ferrata, ice axe, trekking poles, etc.

Note: How reduce the costs?
If you are independent with your rental car and don't use the overnights in Bolzano the night before and/or after the tour, the prices are reduced proportionally at your requests.

 

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