Follow Renato, an IFMGA mountain guide, on an amazing via ferrata adventure on the west ridge of the Marmolada massif, the highest in the Dolomites.
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, May
* Reach the highest peak in the Dolomites.
* Enjoy an exciting via ferrata on the northwest ridge of the mountain.
* Contemplate spectacular views during the whole tour.
Towering between the borders of Veneto and Trentino, Marmolada is the highest mountain in the Dolomites. Take part in this trip and discover one of the most popular via ferratas in Val di Fassa!
This classic via ferrata is very exciting and challenging. It will take us to Punta Penia (3,343 m), the highest summit in this peak. where you'll enjoy stunning views!
The starting point of this via ferrata adventure will be Alba, very close to Canazei, at 1500mt.
Since the closure of some lifts, and the avalanche that happened in 2022, the ascent and descent must be done through the northwest ridge via ferrata. We have 3 options for this trip:
Option 1: We do the whole ascent and descent from Alba to Marmolada summit in 1 day. Keep in mind it's a very long day, with 1800 meters gain, and we will start around 5am, so this option is only suitable if you are very fit.
Option 2: We do the trip in 1 day and a half. On day we will start from Alba (1500m) in the afternoon and go up to Rifugio Contrin (2000m), where we will spend the night. On Day 2 we will go to Marmolada summit and down to Alba.
Option 3: We can do the trip in 2 full days. On Day 1 we will go from Alba to Marmolada summit and sleep in Capanna Punta Penia, right below the summit. On Day 2 we will go down from there to Alba. This option is the more relaxed, and gives us the opportunity to enjoy both the sunset and the sunrise from Marmolada summit!
At the beginning of the season, I can take up to 4 participants. While in the end it is better to go only with 2.
Would you like to join this via ferrata challenge to the Queen of the Dolomites? Please, send a request! It will be my pleasure to guide you on this fantastic tour.
For other via ferrata routes in the area, consider Roda de Vael & Masarè via ferratas.
- Guiding fee
The price quoted is for Option 1 (1-day ascent from Alba).
For option 2 (1,5 day trip, sleeping at Rifugio Contrin) price is 630 EUR.
For option 3 (2-day trip, sleeping at Capanna Punta Penia) price is 840 EUR.
In all cases, price includes guiding fee and via ferrata equipment. Accommodation in huts and meals are not included.
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Hi! I'm Renato, IFMGA guide from the Dolomites, and I work together with my colleagues Robert, Bruno, Patrick, Benedetta & Walter (German speaking). If I'm not available to guide you, one of them will take care of you.
I was born in 1961, I live in Campitello di Fassa, in the Dolomites, together with my family. I have two sons, one is a mountain guide, the other is a ski instructor. I am a certified mountain guide since 1982, an instructor of guides, alpine ski instructor and a Federal coach for ISEF.
Being in the mountains has always been my passion, guiding people, teaching them climbing, mountaineering... during the various seasons of the year. I very much enjoy drawing nice curves in fresh powder snow and discover the charm of the frozen waterfalls.
My curriculum and professional mountaineering is made of many ascents and some openings of routes in the Dolomites and the Alps. I climbed in Yosemite Valley (California), Ben Nevis (Scotland) and Norway, Greece, Spain and Sardinia. I did also several high altitude climbs like Mt Denali (Alaska), Ama Dablam (6828m), Cho Oyu (8201m), Manaslu (8163m), Shivling in India (6545m), Cotopaxi and Chimborazo in Ecuador (5897m and 6310m), Patagonia (Argentina).
Feel free to get in touch with me if you are coming in the Dolomites for skiing (alpine, freeride and ski touring), rock climbing, sport climbing and multi pitch climbing. It will be my pleasure to guide you here and let you discover my secret spots.
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The guide was excellent. The trip has to be cancelled due to an avalanche so I gave 3 stars. Explore share were none the wiser but the guide made contact and alternative arrangements were made and all worked out well.
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