With over 40 via ferrata routes under my belt (and counting) I have decided to create a separate section for my Italian Dolomites Guide dedicated to mountain adventurers who would like to take hiking to the next level.
Below you will find three individual articles about my favourite beginner, intermediate and advanced via ferratas which I had tackled over the two seasons which I spent in the Dolomites as well as individual descriptions for majority of these routes, including information on elevation gain, distance, starting points and the nearest towns, where you can base yourself if you want to scramble along any of these routes.
Perfect beginner routes for anyone who would like to dip their toes into the via ferrata World of the Italian Dolomites.
Slightly more difficult via ferrata routes with higher exposure and longer cable time for anyone who is ready for a challenge.
If you have already done a few via ferratas before or are already an experienced climber then these advanced routes are for you!
From beginner to advanced this comprehensive list will prove that Cortina is the place to be when it comes down to visiting the Dolomites.
The exhilarating full day circuit consisting of three separate via ferratas will take you around the Sorapiss mountain range.
Via ferrata Gran Cir, though short and easy, ends on a summit with beautiful and unique views over the Sella mountain group.
Via ferrata Bolver Lugli located in the quieter Pale Di San Martino range is a blissful day in the mountains for any keen scrambler.
Ending at the summit of Tofana di Rozes, via ferrata Giovanni Lipella incorporates a World War I tunnel and a decent exposure in the heart-stopping amphitheater of rock.
One of the oldest iron paths in the Italian Dolomites, via ferrata Pössnecker explores the moon like landscapes of the Sella mountain group.
Culminating at the top of the meanest looking mountains in the Dolomites - Monte Civetta, via ferrata Degli Alleghesi is a true endurance tester.
A beautiful traverse along the Terrarossa ridgeline in the Rosengarten Nature Park.
Two separate routes condensed into one full day of excellent scrambling ending on the summit of Roda De Vaél.
Great half day route with minimal approach time. Perfect for the impatient adventurers who don't want to waste energy on hiking.
A very diverse route with a lot of distinct features along the way, including old World War I bunkers and Hollywood famous suspension bridge!
Excellent short excursion which can be completed in only a couple of hours, yet you can still expect fantastic almost 360 degrees view of the surrounding peaks.
This route takes you to one of the summits of the Pomagagnon ridgeline high above Cortina with excellent views of Mt Pelmo, Tofane and Sorapiss Groups.
A beautiful traverse along the ledges of the Western face of Cima Undici in the Tre Cime National Park.
Another classic route of the Tre Cime National Park, via ferrata Innerkofler takes you to the summit of Monte Paterno.
This via ferrata culminates on the well known summit of Ra Gusela, known from many photographs taken from Passo Giau.
Short but mighty route to the summit of Mount Averau offering some of the best sunset views in the Italian Dolomites.
Via ferrata to the highest summit in the Rosengarten group - Catinnacio D'Antermoia
With only 90 minutes from the hut to the summit of Torre Di Toblin this via ferrata offers fantastic effort to views ratio!
Another classic in the Rosengarten group, via ferrata Passo Santner ends at a mountain pass with jaw dropping vistas of the Vajolet Towers.
A heart-pounding procession of ladders culminating on the summit of Cima Cadin with impressive views over the south face of Tre Cime.
Your calves won't forget this one for a long time, but the tiring approach will quickly be compensated by the awesome views from the top of Monte Cristallo.
Taking you through the many dramatic spires of Sassolungo and culminating on the summit of Sassopiato.
This must do route in the Puez Ödle Nature Park culminates on the highest summit of the famous Seceda Ridgeline
A classic in the Corvara area, this route scales the north face of the Sella group ending at a beautiful high alpine lake.
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