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Via Ferrata in the Southern Dolomites - hut to hut trekking in the Pale di San Martino


The southern Dolomites are the more extended area of the Dolomites, with many via ferrata long and complicated. We can traverse these Dolomites with the "great via ferrata concatenation of the Pale di San Martino".

The Pale di San Martino are absolutely the greatest and important group of this large and wild area of the Dolomites. The attention of the first British pioneers was immediatly concentred at this impressive Dolomites walls and peaks, here was happen the most important phases of the mountaineer discovery of the Dolomites and was happen some heroic first ascensions of the history of our mountains.

Today the Pale di San Martino offer at the trained hikers a great via ferratas trekking that traverse this Dolomites group, from hut to hut, with a very impressive connections of long via ferratas on the peaks that saw pioneers of mountaineering.

If you are ready for this experience, don't miss this occasion!


Study the territory and your possibilities of action

Before all you need learn the Pale di San Martino mountain territory, download and study the map of this trek:



DAY 1 - Via Ferrata Dino Buzzatti - Cimirlo peak  

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Approximate time: 8-9 hrs - Ascent: 1450 m. - Grade: medium

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The first day is immediatly steep and long. The new via ferrata Dino Buzzatti climb the wild sections of wall and peaks of the south side of the Pale di San Martino to access at Rifugio del Velo. In alternative we can climb the easier (but not shorter):

Sentiero del Cacciatore - Cima della Stanga

Approximate time: 7-8 hrs - Ascent: 1450 m. - Grade: easy

In both cases is a great day as "overture" on these peaks.

Overnight at Rifugio del Velo


DAY 2 - Via Ferrata del Velo + Via Ferrata del Porton  

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Approximate time: 7-8 hrs - Ascent: about 1100 m. - Grade: medium

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The combination of these two ferratas is the highlight of the traverse of the Pale di San Martino. a continue sequence of great views in alternace with great exposition points. Don't worry is not too difficult.... is only fantastic!

At the mid day we can have a short lunch at Rifugio Pradidali to continue to Rifugio Rosetta where we will overnight.


DAY 3 - Via Ferrata Bolver Lugli - Cima Vezzana  

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Approximate time: 6-7 hrs - Ascent: about 1000 m. - Grade: difficult

This day is dedicated at the longest via ferrata of the central Pale di San Martino. We will descende at the Rosetta side to the approach of the big wall of the Cimon de la Pala and will climb this enormous wall to the peak of the Vezzana.

Overnight back at Rifugio Rosetta


DAY 4 - Alta Via n.1 - Passo delle Sparangole  

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Approximate time: 8 hrs - Ascent: about 900 m. - Grade: easy

The last day of the regular traverse is along the Alta Via n.1 that complete this great traverse with a technically easy day but in any case long.

Arrive at Rolle Pass



If you would complete the full week we have two options:


DAY5 (option 1) - Via Ferrata del Canalone - Guglia del Rifugio  

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Approximate time: 3-4 hrs - Ascent: about 500 m. - Grade: very difficult

A short but technically very difficult via ferrata to complete this week with a nice lunch at Rifugio Treviso. (overnight at Hotel Can del Gal


DAY5 (option 2) - Via Ferrata Fiamme Gialle - Croda Granda

Approximate time: 9 hrs - Ascent: 1500 m. - Grade: difficult


If you are strong, and after 4 intense days you have more energy.... this is a great final..... The Via ferrata Fiamme Gialle climb and traverse a south eastern side of the Pale di San Martino that is the wildest section of this mountains group. (overnight at Rifugio Treviso)


Some final considerations....

This trek is sure dedicated at fit hikers. The technical difficulties of climbing are secondary at the physical aspect. As you can see on the daily descriptions and more better on the linked videos: every day is a long and intense day.

Are you ready for it?

If yes, this is sure your best target on the Dolomites!


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