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Dolo'mythic via ferratas - Cortina d'Ampezzo

6 days from 1125 € per participant

Guaranteed departure from 5 people

Italie Montagne Maximum altitude 3154 m Skill level : 2 Montagne Stamina level : 2 Montagne Direct train from Paris

In a nutshell

The Dolomites mountain range is by far the most surprising, unusual and mind-blowing mountain scenery you'll ever get to see, mixing high, white, steep cliffs with beautiful woodlands and pastureland, and moreover, it's not far from home.

This trip is a great way to discover the Dolomites up and over ledges and ridges that follow the historical vias ferratas used as outposts by the Italian army during WW1.

The quality and comfort of the mountain huts, the meals and local hospitality are a bonus on this all comfort mountain trip.

Just everything in the Dolomites is gorgeous: from the quaint villages to its vertical peaks, from its unique blend of Germanic and Italian cultures up to the vertical cliff faces, this is our most beautiful summer trip !

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Pros

  • Historical mountaineering and climbing mountain faces

 

  • Stunning views over the famous Tre Cime Di Lavaredo

 

  • Discover local history and architecture, and charming Italian hospitality in mountain huts

 

  • Light weight daypack (minibus access on a more or less daily basis)

 

  • Easy access: take the Paris - Milano TGV to Oulx where we pick you up in our minibus

 

  • Travel light, no stress (our minibus takes us around & about)

Friends, family or just colleagues at work ?

You wish to customize one of our trips, among friends and at your own convenience ? No problem, contact us so we can adapt a trip to suit you, right down to the last detail ! Our trips are tailor-made so giving you what you want is as easy as 123.

  • Price (VAT inc)
  • 1195€ per participant
  • 1195€ per participant
  • 1195€ per participant
  • 1195€ per participant
  • 1195€ per participant
  • 1195€ per participant
  • 1195€ per participant
  • 1195€ per participant
  • 1195€ per participant
  • 1125€ per participant

Day to day

Day 1 - Early start and Ra Gusela via ferrata or brief and hike

Early morning start for the drive to Dolomites ! If everyone is up to it, we can tackle the via ferrata upon arrival at the Passo Giau and its incredible panorama to climb up the Gusela via ferrata with beautiful scenery all the way up to the Averau mountain hut where we leave our packs and spend the night. Or second option, still according to group's wishes and physical condition, instead of the via ferrata, we can also just do a nice relatively short hike, do a briefing on gear use and security. We rapidly plunge in the Dolomitic atmosphere, a magnificent place for a vacation !

Ascent/descent: + 300 m / - 100 m (between 1 hr and 3 1/2 hrs activity)

Meal included: picnic 

Accommodation included: mountain hut 

 

Day 2 - M. Strobel via ferrata

Plunging over Cortina d'Ampezzo, the Punta Fiamès and the Michelli Strobel via ferrata enable us to discover an incredible historical and natural environment. A loop brings us back to the start. Short transfer to the superb Lavaredo mountain hut (2350 m), where we spend the night facing the famous Tre cime di Lavaredo.

Ascent/descent: + 100 m / - 850 m 

Meal included: breakfast, picnic and dinner 

Accommodation included: mountain hut  

 

Day 3 -  from Monte Paterno to the Tre Cime di Lavaredo 

Nominated world heritage site, the Tre Cime mountain range invokes all kinds of superlatives. These three unique, Patagonian-style rockwalls have seen the largest pages in the history of rock climbing, as well as those of the World War. Monte Paterno offers a unique panorama as well as a history lesson. The day ends at the comfortable and panoramic Auronzo mountain hut.

Ascent/descent: + 500 m / - 500 m 

Meal included: breakfast, picnic and dinner 

Accommodation included: mountain hut  

 

Day 4 - Bonnacossa via ferrata

Leaving the mountain hut, we cross two mountain passes that lead to Misurina lake (with nicely equipped sections). From the "Bonacossa" via ferrata we can admire the Southern slopes of the Tre Cime.

Minibus transfer to the Passo Falzarego, night in mountain hut. 

Ascent/descent: + 150 m / - 800 m 

Meal included: breakfast, picnic and dinner 

Accommodation included: mountain hut   

 

Day 5 - Alpini via ferrata

From the mountain hut, we descend into the incredible tunnel network, we can imagine just a little what the Italian soldiers in 1915 have gone through and felt. Then we join the Alpina via ferrata. Near the stunning Piccolo Lagazuoi, the Italians have traced a route that commands respect and admiration. Not to mention the true joy of climbing a via ferrata in some fantastic rock.  

Short minibus transfer to Tofane are and the Pomedes mountain hut.

Ascent/descent: + 550 m / - 1000 m 

Meal included: breakfast, picnic and dinner 

Accommodation included: mountain hut   

 

Day 6 The Olivieri to Punta Anna 2730 m via ferrata

The inevitable "Olivieri" via ferrata, at Punta Anna (2730 m), is a spectacular set of ridges with breathtaking views over Cortina "the magnificent one" and the imposing Tofana di Rozes. An unusual via ferrata takes us downhill back to the Pomedes mountain hut. Transfer back to Briançon or Oulx.

The trip ends at approx. 3 pm.

Ascent/descent: + 550 m / - 850 m 

Meal included: breakfast and picnic

 

Please note this itinerary is an example of a via ferrata trip in the Dolomites near Cortina d'Ampezzo. The guide may adjust certain itineraries according to weather conditions, cable cars and mountain hut accessibilty as well as participants' abilities. We kindly ask you to respect such decision. 

This trip was created in October 2018. Prices are based on  practices and customs of the moment. In case the latter are modified (ex: number of clients allowed per guide, for safety reasons), Azimut respects these guidelines, and we may adjust our prices accordingly.

 

 

 

Meeting and leaving

Meeting points

  • Briançon in front of the Train Station

    See on the map

    Meeting time: 6:30 am
    Leaving time: late afternoon
  • Oulx-Cesana (IT) - TGV train station

    See on the map

    Meeting time: 7:15
    Leaving time: late afternoon
  • Passo di Giau - South west of Cortina- Dolomites

    See on the map

    Meeting time: 3 pm
    Leaving time: in the afternoon

Get together - practical information

Please wear your outdoor clothes on day 1.

We always do our best, but we can't guarantee the exact time of arrival at the train station (due to traffic or weather conditions). Therefore we strongly recommend you to buy train tickets that can easily be modified. If you're travelling by car, we'll meet you at the one of the indicated meeting points, or at one of the drop off points where you'll be able to leave your car during the entire trip.

Access

Train & TGV access: www.voyages-sncf.com

Car access: www.mappy.fr 

Car sharing: www.blablacar.fr

 

Parking

Public parking free of charge and unattended can be found in Briançon, Oulx (both unattended) or at the Col de Giau.

How technical does it get ? How fit should I be ?

Skill level

We progress on ridges, climb up chimneys and other steep terrain. Some sections have been secured with ladders and cables to progress safely. Some basic rockclimbing knowledge may be useful.

 

Stamina level

You should be used to outdoors' sports and do endurance sports on a regular basis.  

Group size

5 to 6 participants

Guiding

You'll be led by one of our mountain guides.

All AZIMUT mountain guides are certified. We choose them for their sympathy, their teaching and organisational skills. We stay tuned in, work hands in hands, and make sure their working conditions are the best.

Meet our guides and instructors just around the corner

Daypack

Bring a 35 to 40 liter backpack to carry your personal belongings for the day such as (extra) layers, a few snacks and your picnic.

You'll have access to your belongings and the minibus everyday.

 

Pricing

The price includes

- Trip arrangements & logistics upon arrival

- Minibus transfers upon arrival at one of the indicated meeting points

- 5 nights accomodation in a mountain hut for 5 days and picnics from day 2 to day 6 incl.

- Certified and expert mountain guide services for 6 days (including all his expenses: meals, accomodation, transportation, ski lift fares)

- Ski lift fares

- Azimut welcome pack

 

The price does not include

- Transportation to/from the meeting point 

- Gear rental if required

- Personal insurance

- Drinks (including those with meals at the hotel), personal extras, and any other expenses not mentioned under the above section “the price includes”

Payment

A 30% deposit, as well as the insurance cost if you choose to subscribe the latter, is required to secure your booking. You will receive a reminder email 35 days prior to departure for the outstanding balance due latest 30 days prior to departure. 

Insurance

We strongly recommend you to be properly insured for the chosen activity. You should be covered for medical expenses, personal accident & liabilité, third party risks and rescue (helicopter), as well as trip cancellation or curtailment.

Repatriation and research insurance are mandatory when booking a trip with Azimut. We have a full range of Europ Assistance insurances on offer to suit the trip you select and the risks that it may incur. 

Tipping

Tipping is no obligation. However participants usually hand round an envelope for those who wish to tip the guide.

Getting around

Azimut's minibus is used throughout the whole trip. Not only does this make the trip easier, but it also makes it more pleasant and open: we can chat, sleep and listen to our own music !

Accommodation & meals

During the trip

- Half board in a mountain hut 

- Breakfast, lunch and dinner: we have breakfasts and dinners in the mountain hut, and provide picnics for lunch. Picnics consist of good quality products including charcuterie, cheese, bread, a chocolate bar and a piece of fruit or a compote

- Snacks: to boost your energy we've chosen to provide Clif bars, tasty and great quality cereal bars

 

Before & after ski touring trips

Once we've received your booking, we'll provide you with a list of accomodation in case you need to book a night before or after the trip. All accomodation listed is close to the meeting points. You may often benefit from preferential rates.

Phone & WiFi

In case of emergency or delay, you can either contact your guide (a phone number will be provided before departure) or contact Azimut on: (+ 33) 04 92 23 07 24.

Please inform your friends and family with these details before departure.

Wifi is free of charge in our accomodation.

Good mobile & 4G coverage.

Equipment - clothing & gear

Make sure to wear bright colours, it's good for the soul and gives photos a funky edge ! 

Technical gear

- Harness, helmet, via ferrata set

- 35/40 liter backpack with hip belt 

If you don't have the adequate equipment for this trip, don’t worry and travel light: we rent out the required gear and hand it over at the start of the trip ! Our equipment is relatively new, if not brand new, of good quality and adapted to your choice of activity.

 

Via ferrata kit (harness, helmet & lunges) - 6 days € 50

 

Clothes

This list is designed to give you an idea of the clothes you may be happy to have with you. By no means do you need to have the latest brands or the latest gear, but if you need to renew your wardrobe, this guide would be a good start. Always have in mind that good, comfortable, light and warm gear contributes to the success of a trip !

Headwear

- Light hat or buff

- Light cap for approach walks

- Sunglasses: photochromic glasses adapt to light intensity, varying from factor 2 to 4, and optimize visibility between sun and shade. Very useful. 

Bodywear

- Upper layer: light fleece jacket

- Outer layer: jacket with a breathable waterproof membrane (Goretex type), light and compact so it doesn't take up too much space in your backpack

- Bottom layer: hiking or mountaineering trousers (softshell type fabric)

- Hands: light gloves (such as cycling gloves)

A tip: merino wool is breathable and has anti-bacterial properties and is therefore less likely to smell as opposed to synthetic fabrics. Take this into consideration if you need to update your wardrobe. 

Footwear

- Hiking socks

- Light and comfortable hiking boots

Odds & ends

  • a 1 litre flask (thermos or Camelback)
  • a pocket knife
  • factor 50 suncream
  • a duffle bag holding up to 90 litres to leave at the hotel or in a vehicle. No suitcases.
  • headlamp and spare batteries  

 

Toiletries and first aid kit

- Personal toilet bag

- To make up your first aid kit, check out Ifremmont's website for great advice. 

In partnership with

Our guides use the following brands for their gear and you'll have the opportunity to test them during the trip:

Black Crows

Arva

Fritschi Swiss bindings

Haglöfs

Glisshop

Anena

SCOTT

Terres d'Aventure

And last but not least...

Don't forget to

- Leave contact details with your friends and family

- Bring your papers and I.D. (passport and visa if necessary)

- Bring your contract number and documents related to your insurance (if you've chosen not to have insure coverage with us)

- Bring your “carte vitale” and your European health card (EU member states) - if you don't have one you can order one for free online  www.ameli.fr

- Check that you have the right equipment

- Take spare batteries and a charger for your electronic devices (camera, video recorder, tracking devices etc)

- Bring some cash and your credit card

- Bring a delicacy from your home country or area to share with the group

- Leave in a good frame of mind: we're going to have a great time even if we may not happen to not make it to the summit !

- Before leaving: water the plants, empty the rubbish bin, turn off the water and gas, and tell your partner that you're going to have a great time (not by text message), that you've well deserved it... If you don't follow the latter recommendation, you'll may kick yourself when you get back !

 

                   We look forward to seeing you very soon !

                             Have great fun with AZIMUT !