Via Ferrata in the Dolomites

4 Days / 5 Pers. / From 900€

Why the Dolomites?

Because Giulia is Italian, she knows this area by heart for a long time, having skied on steep slopes in winter and climbed most routes in summer. She will therefore make you discover in a privileged way the most beautiful Via Ferrata.

About Giulia Monego

Born in Venice in 1981, Giulia moved to Chamonix after spending several years in the Dolomites where she is passionate about climbing and begins training as a mountain guide.

In 1995, she began her career as a professional downhill skier and quickly devoted herself entirely to freeride. She won numerous competitions, such as the Helly Hansen Derby in Chamonix, Verbier’s O’Neil Xtreme, and became the 2007 freeride world champion by winning the Red Bull Tribal Quest.

As a steep skier, she participated in several expeditions in Bolivia (Pequeno Alpamayo 5370m, Huayna Potosi 6088m), Alaska (Denali 6126m) or Himalayas with The North Face.

Excellent alpinist and comfortable in the corridors, she is featuring in multiple episodes of ChamLines alongside her male alter ego: Aurélien Ducroz.

All you have to know

Day 1: (Venice) – Refuge Dibona – Via Ferrata Mt Averau (2649 m)

Our adventure begins in the early afternoon in Cortina d’Ampezzo, also nicknamed “the queen of the Dolomites”. This village and Nordic ski resort is located in the heart of the Dolomites in a wide valley surrounded by high mountains. From Cortina d’Ampezzo, short bus transfer to the Dibona refuge, where we will leave our bag and have a light lunch. Then we will take the bus to the 5 Torri (2137 m). Approach walk to the Averau Ferrata (1h). Via Ferrata Averau (2649 m – 2h). Summit Nuvolau 2575m (optional) and return to the bus.

ASCENT: 512 m (+ 162 m optional)
ACCOMMODATION: Dibona refuge
TRANSFER: Regular Bus, 0h30

Day 2: Refuge Dibona – Via Ferrata Castelletto / Lipella – Summit of Tofana di Rozes (3225 m)

Departure from Dibona refuge. Approach walk to Via Ferrata Castelletto / Lipella (1h15). Via Ferrata (5h) to the top of Tofana di Rozes (3225 m). Descent through the Giussani refuge to the Dibona refuge (2.5 hours).

ASCENT +: 1172 m
ACCOMMODATION: Dibona refuge

Day 3: Refuge Dibona – Via Ferrata Punta Anna (2730 m)

Departure from Dibona refuge on foot. Approach walk via the Pomedes refuge to Via Ferrata (2h). Via Ferrata Punta Anna (2730m – 3h). Descent via the Giussani refuge to the Dibona refuge (2 hours).

ASCENT: 730 m
ACCOMMODATION: Dibona refuge

Day 4: Biella – Pederu or Fanes

Departure from Dibona refuge by car to Passo Falzarego (2105 m – 25 ‘). Lagazuoi gondola lift (2752 m). Approach walk to Via Ferrata (2680 m – 2h30). Via Ferrata Tomaselli (2980m – 3h). Downhill to Passo Falzarego (2h).

ASCENT: 880 m
ACCOMMODATION: Dibona refuge


The program was established according to the latest known elements when it was written. Imponderables are always possible and situations beyond our control can change the course.

4 days in October 2018

Adult price: 900 €

Experience confirmed from 5 participants

The price includes

Transfers, supervision, full board accommodation from lunch on D1 to breakfast on D4, hot showers, visitor’s tax, transportation on day 1 and day 4 for Cortina.

The price does not include

The rental of specific equipment for Via Ferrata. Insurance, registration fees, transportation to and from the meeting point, any visits, drinks (water in some shelters).

Activity: Via Ferrata

Environment: Mountain

Roaming: day trips

Physical level: 2 to 5 hours of walking and 2 to 5 hours of climbing a day. Elevation gain from 500 to 1200 meters. Good physical condition required. Plan a training before you leave. Do not be afraid of emptiness. Level of climbing: beginner.

Number of days of activities: 4 days of walking and climbing

Number of participants: 5

Beginning of stay:

14h at the bus station of Cortina d’Ampezzo.
Possibility of arriving the day before or the very day from Venice; 3 buses per day from Marco Polo airport to Cortina, 2h transfer, ticket approx. 20 € / one way. bus company:

End of stay:

Around 15h at the bus station of Cortina d’Ampezzo.
Possible return to Marco Polo Airport (Venice) by bus in the day.


Italian shelters are renowned for their hospitality, comfort and gastronomy. The ones we have selected for you in the Dolomites are particularly nice and neat, even in dormitory.
We offer 4 nights in a refuge, in a small dormitory of 4 to 6 people, shared toilets, hot shower every night.


Breakfasts and dinners taken in the accommodations. Picnics at noon, consisting of salads and regional products to prepare yourself.


French mountain guide with a degree in State.

Means of access:

BY TRAIN (then bus transfer)
– Paris – Milan – Venice, then Venice – Cortina by bus (2h, about 60 € roundtrip)
– Night train (Thello) between Paris and Venice.
– Or by Stuttgart, Munich, Fortezza and Dobbiaco, then Dobbiaco – Cortina by bus (45mn, 16 € roundtrip)
SNCF information: 3635 or – Thello – – Dbfrance – – Trenitalia –

BY PLANE: Venice International Airport
Possible flight with Air France or EasyJet for example. Then transfer by bus from Venice to Cortina (see above).
Cortina Express Tel. +39 0436.867350

To reach Cortina d’Ampezzo, two solutions:
• From Paris, the easiest way is through Germany and Austria. Count 11h of road for 1100 kilometers.
• From Lyon, cross Italy via Milan and Verona. Count 9h of road for 850km.
Several free car parks on the outskirts of the village. There are 9 car parks including 4 free (unsupervised). You can consult the following site:

If you come by car, in order to plan your trip, we advise you to inquire about your itinerary at the different sites:


You must pack all of your belongings in 2 bags: 1 backpack and 1 large soft travel bag.

1 – The backpack:
Hiking backpack with a capacity of 30 liters, it will be useful for the transport of your personal belongings during the day.
It will also serve as a hand luggage when traveling for all your fragile items (camera …), valuable (when your accommodation does not have a safe) and for your possible medications.
It will be in the cabin during air transport. Generally, the weight of cabin luggage is limited to 10 kg per person.

2 – The large flexible travel bag (no more than 10kg):
It must contain the rest of your business. You’ll find it every night at the shelter.


• 1 sun hat or cap
• 1 scarf
• 1 hat and / or headband and a pair of gloves (polar)
• T-shirts (2 for 4 days of walking). Avoid cotton, very long to dry; prefer short-sleeved t-shirts (breathable material) in Capilene (Patagonia), Dryflo (Lowe Alpine), Light Effect (Odlo) etc …
• 1 sweater (remarks idem above) or long sleeve shirt
• 1 fleece fur jacket
• 1 short or Bermuda short
• 1 trekking pants
• 1 comfortable trousers for the evening
• 1 jacket Gore-tex type
• Underwear
• Walking socks (2 pairs for 4 days of walking). Avoid “tennis” socks (cotton), very long to dry and high risk of blisters; prefer those based on Coolmax for example
• 1 pair of hiking shoes holding the ankle (Vibram sole)
• 1 pair of sandals and / or casual shoes for the evening.

The list of clothes must be adapted according to the chosen season.


Specific Via Ferrata (possible rental):

Via Ferrata Kit with 2 straps and carabiners


• 1 pair of sunglasses of excellent quality
• 1 pair of telescopic poles (recommended): facilitates up and downs and is very useful for moving on rough or slippery terrain.
• 1 water bottle (1.5 liter minimum)
• 1 headlamp
• 1 survival blanket (optional)
• 1 pair of fleece gloves
• 1 pair of gaiters
• 1 pocket knife (to be put in the luggage going in the hold)
• 1 small pouch (preferably waterproof) to put your money
• Toiletry kit: take preferably biodegradable products
• 1 towel: there are some that dry quickly: brand Packtowl (4 sizes possible)
• Earplugs (optional)
• Toilet paper – sunscreen and lip stick
• For picnics: cutlery, bowls and plates or resealable plastic box.


1 sleeping bag + 5 ° C in temperature called “comfort” (not too bulky) or
1 sheet cloth (blankets provided in the accommodations).

Personal pharmacy

• Your usual medications
• Pain medication: preferably paracetamol
• Elastic adhesive tape (Elastoplast type, 6 cm wide)
• Adhesive bandage sets + disinfectant compresses
• Double skin (SOS Ampoules brand Spenco, available in sports shops, pharmacy, drugstore …)

First aid kit

A first aid kit, provided by the agency and adapted to your trip, is under the responsibility of your guide.


National identity card or passport valid for French, Belgian and Swiss nationals. For other nationalities, we are at your disposal to assist you in your efforts.

If you are traveling with your children, please note that minors, regardless of their age, must also have an individual passport or a valid identity card.

New security measures have come into effect at airports: electronic devices (smartphones, tablets, laptops …) must be loaded and in working order for all flights going to or passing through the United States and London. The screening officers must be able to turn them on. As a precaution, have your charger handy. If your device is discharged or defective, it will be confiscated. As this measure is likely to be extended to other airports, we advise you to charge your electronic devices before the flight, whatever your destination.


No visa for French, Belgian and Swiss nationals. For other nationalities, we are at your disposal to assist you in your efforts.

Advised vaccines

As always and everywhere, it is important to be protected against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (whose reappearance in adults, justifies vaccination for any trip), poliomyelitis, hepatitis A and B.

Other risks

If, as in all European countries, the traveler is not exposed to “exotic” health risks, the behavioral or environmental risks may be the same as elsewhere. Since malaria was eradicated from the Po Valley in the 1950s, Italy is no longer exposed to this risk, but the recent occurrence of sporadic cases of dengue fever, chikungunya and West Nile virus, can justify, outside cities, protection against mosquito bites.

Useful information

The health infrastructure is, of course, satisfactory everywhere, but the cost of care in some private facilities requires to check all the terms of the insurance contract subscribed before departure.

Privatization of the Experience

Want to go with family or friends on the dates you want?

We can privatize this experience for a group from 2 people. Ask us for a quote. A Somewhere Club Travel advisor will then contact you to discuss your project and provide you with a personalized quote.