Marmolada Via Ferrata and Glacier Trip (3343m) – The highest of the Dolomites
The highest peak of the Dolomites, in close vicinity to the legendary Tre Cime, invites you to an exquisite glacier and via ferrata trip over 3,000 meters. Watch out, killer panorama!
You’ve done the basic stuff, the Via Ferrata Course or the introductory Via Ferratas in the Dolomites, and you’re longing for more. Perhaps the Queen of the Dolomites? You cannot get higher than the Marmolada (3,343m)! Perhaps you wanna take your own photos of the legendary Tre Cime?
Wait now more. This is your big adrenaline block for the summer, with scenery that competes with Patagonia. You can conquer the Queen in only 2 days.
Further InfoThe dates in March are winter ascents. Previous alpine experince is a must! This trip to La Marmolada, the top of the Dolomites, is perfect if you adore both via ferratas and glaciers. It is good to have some experience in both because you will reach up to 3,343 m. If you don't feel you're up to the challenge, we'll be happy to take you on a Via Ferrata Course in the Dolomites first, or you can try Dolomites Via Ferrata Light, which is also a bunch of fun but easier.
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Day 1: Meeting at Lake Fedaia
You meet your guide at Fiacconi hut in the afternoon. You can decide if you take the ski lift to Fiacconi hut, which is gonna be your home for the coming day, or if you warm up for the upcoming climb by walking up to 2626 m. Take it easy the first night: you can have some chat, some drinks and a good night sleep.
Day 2: La Marmolada
After an early breakfast, you start your trip to Punta di Penia, the central peak of La Marmolada. You will need to manage a 700-meter ascent to 3343 m, which is not a piece of cake. You’ll have to test your skills not only on via ferrata but also on glaciers. You’ll have a fair amount of adrenaline but when you reach the top, the jawdropping scenery of the Dolomites will compensate you for everything. In clearer weather, you may even see Grossglockner and Grossvenediger of the Alps too.
After the well awaited photo-shooting and the well deserved snack, you will turn back to the hut.
Here you can have a beer. then you will take the ski lift down to the village.
Extra day without the guide? If you want head to Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Easy walk, but beautiful scenery. We provide all information you need to do this trip.
Equipment and Info
Geography and info
La Marmolda (Punta di Penia) is the highest peak of the Dolomites, located close the Tre Cime, whose triple top is probably one of the most photgraphed mountain in the world.
The Dolomites are a mountain range located in northeastern Italy, and shared between the provinces of Belluno, South Tyrol and Trentino. One national park and many other regional parks are located in the Dolomites. In 2009, the Dolomites were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Via ferratas are strongly associated with the First World War, when several were built in the Dolomite mountain region of Italy to aid the movement of troops. However, many more have been developed in recent years, as their popularity has grown and the tourism benefits have become recognised. Now over 1,000 via ferratas exist in the area. The majority are found in the Alps, most notable in Italy and Austria.
This is a not too difficult climb and everyone leading a sporty lifestyle (ie: exercising 3 times a week for at least an hour, working up a sweat) can manage. However, it is important that you arrive well rested.
Via ferrata trips can vary in length from short routes taking less than an hour, to long, demanding alpine routes covering significant distance and altitude (1,000 metres or more of ascent), and taking eight or more hours to complete.
In difficulty, a via ferrata can range from routes that are little more than paths, albeit in dramatic and exposed situations, to very steep and strenuous routes, overhanging in parts, which demand the strength — if not the technique — of serious rock climbing. Generally, via ferrata are done in ascent, although it is possible to descend them.
The summer months (from mid-July through September) have warm temperatures and plenty of sun – perfect for hiking, climbing and via ferrata! The average maximum temperature may reach some 25°C on the valley floors, but it can be as cold as 0-5°C at the summit.
Above 3,000 metres, it’s hard to predict the temperatures even a few days ahead.
If the weather forecast predicts a big, Europe-wide cold front with storms (ie: no chance of being able to climb), then we cancel the trip and postpone it to a later date, agreed on by everyone. Even if good weather is predicted, we can still run into a snowstorm, rain and fog. For the sake of your safety and enjoyment, the guide will turn the group around on the summit bid. That means no summit. This is a decision you have to accept. There is no democracy on guided trips; the guide is responsible for the group’s safety, so (s)he makes the calls.
The price includes equimpent hire, so you need not worry about technical gear. Of course, you may bring your own gear if you prefer, but regrettably, we can’t discount the price of the trip should you bring your own stuff.
What you do need to bring is good climbing boots broken in, so they won’t hurt your feet. Not sure if your boots are OK or you want to get your first pair? Read our tips here.
Here is a list that may be helpful to get yourself organised before the trip:
- trekking socks
- backpack – 30-40 liters (and preferably equipped with these features)
- waterproof pants – make sure you treat them with water-repellent prior to your trip
- waterproof jacket/softshell – make sure you treat it with water-repellent prior to your trip
- two pairs of gloves
- warm hat
- bandana/cap against the sun
- sunscreen (min. factor 30) and lip balm
- 2 fleece sweaters/vest
- climbing boots
- sandals/running shoes for life in the valley
- climbing boots for high mountains (you will need to fix crampons on them)
- light sleeping bag for the huts or a bedsheet to use with the rugs the hut provides
- trekking poles (recommended)
If you want more information on proper equipment, here’s a detailed guide about the three layers, with specific tips on what to bring (or purchase if you still don’t have them).
During your trip, you will stay one night in Fiacconi Hut. You will be sleeping in rooms with bunkbeds form 6-8 people. Pillows and rugs are provided but it worth bringing a light sleeping bag or a bedsheet to use with the rugs the hut provides.
If you need help with accommodation before and after the trip let us know.
In the mountain hut you will get one breakfast and one dinner. (Dinner is on the day of your arrival, and the breakfast on the summit day.) Other food and drinks are not included, but you can buy in the hut.
Get some practical advice on Mountain Food so you maximize your performance – here.
You meet the team on the first day, in the afternoon, at Lake Fedaia, from where you ascend to your hut.
- Airport Bolzano (BZO), Italy – Appr. 68 km (1.5 hours driving) distance to Lago di Fedaia
- Airport Venezia (VCE), Italy – Appr. 175 km (2.5 hours driving) distance to Lago di Fedaia
If you need a hand with airplane tickets, let us know. We are happy to help you.