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The Tabaretta haven at Viletta, from here the climber wlaks to the beginnig of the via ferrata.
Photo: Tappeiner AG
Distance 9.6 km
Challenging A relatively long climb into the mountains. The hike is to be done with extreme seriousness and is only recommended in excellent weather conditions. A good physical condition, strong arms along with Alpine and high mountain experience are essential for this hike. Once on the via ferrata there are no escape routes and turning back is extremely difficult. This climbing route is relatively new, is reserved for experts and will surely become one of the classical and most difficult vie ferrate.
Characteristics of the via ferrata: passages with steep rocks that stick out and there are many long stretches without any artificial supports. The exposed path mostly twists and turns in a majestic Alpine environment and has breath-taking view of the northern sides of the Ortles. The climb goes over steady and varied rocks but they can become slippery when there is rain, ice or snow.
Difficulty: It is possibly the most difficult via ferrata in Alto Adige, the Dolomites and in the Garda area. Long and with steep stretches, the hike is exposed and does not have any supports. The climb requires a lot of arm strength and it twists and turns around a mainly Alpine route; there is the danger of falling off the rocks on some short stretches and it is impossible to abandon the via in case of emergency. Moreover, turning back without ropes is extremely difficult.
Access to the ferrata: from the cable-car station follow the well-signedposted path that leads to the Tabaretta and Payer
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