5 days centre-based walking. Altitude maximum 2910m, average 2300m.
7 nights hotel. Hotel Tschurtschenthaler is an attractive building, traditionally styled; single, double and twin-bedded rooms all have hairdryers, shower, WC and are comfortably furnished.
All breakfasts and 6 dinners included.
This trip includes Via Ferrata (or protected scrambling) on high mountain routes and therefore, you will need a good level of physical fitness. No previous climbing or Via Ferrata experience is required. Experience of high-level mountain walking and a head for heights are necessary, as often there are exposed sections.
There are steep ups and downs on gravel or rocky terrain and the average ascents/descents per day are around 800m. Some Via Ferrata sections lead up/down vertical rock faces, which require good upper body and arm strength. At this level, you need complete confidence in your physical condition, ability to deal with heights and difficult underfoot terrain such as scree, snow or difficult paths on steep mountainsides.
Walking days may be from 6 to 9 hours, (or even longer at busy periods), on pass-crossing days. Extremes of altitude and weather may be encountered.
Grade: C/D (Challenging/Tough) Altitude maximum 2910m, average 2300m.
Normal group size and age
Normally 6 to 16, plus one leader for every 8 clients. Minimum age 16.
What is Via Ferrata?
Via Ferrata means 'Iron Way' in Italian and refers to a system of cables that cling to the side of the mountains and create routes that would normally be the domain of rock climbers. Thanks to an extensive network of metal cables, rungs and ladders built during the First World War to help troops defend their territory, every confident scrambler can enjoy reaching high passes and spectacular summits with no previous climbing experience. To reach these perfect defensive locations, all you need is good fitness and a head for heights.
With its stunning limestone scenery and fascinating history, the Dolomites are the ultimate area to explore these classic Via Ferrata routes. Our expert local UIAGM guides help us clip on to the 'Iron Way' so we can clamber along ridges and up rock faces, always safe in the knowledge that we are attached to the mountain. All equipment can be hired locally.
The vast majority of Exodus adventures are adult group holidays. Groups are always small in size. We strongly believe that this adherence to small groups means a better experience for all; more time with your guide, less waiting around and a reduced impact on the communities and environments visited.
Each group is generally made up of like-minded travellers - with singles, couples and friends all joining in together. All these trips are suitable for single travellers, but if you prefer to travel with clients booking individually, please see our Solo Departures page.
In order to provide a more accurate grading system, where a trip falls between two grades we use an intermediate or split grade, for example Challenging/Tough. Occasionally, there are optional activities available en route, in this case the optional grade is indicated in brackets, for example Grade Challenging (climb Tough+). Clearly, conditions may differ from region-to-region or month-to-month and as such the information given on these pages is designed to act as a guide only. In all cases you should refer to the respective holiday's Trip Notes for further details.
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Walking & Trekking: Trips are wholly trekking-focused or simply include a significant number of walking days during the itinerary.