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Via ferratas in South Tyrol

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South Tyrol and via ferratas just belong together. Especially the steep rock faces and jagged peaks of the Dolomites should be seen by every passionate climber once in their lifetime. With more than 50 well designed and regularly checked via ferratas throughout South Tyrol, both beginners and advanced climbers will find the perfect route.
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The 10 Most Beautiful via ferratas in South Tyrol

Die Rotwandhütte (2280 m)
Via Ferrata · Val di Fassa
On easy via ferratas from hut to hut through the Rosengarten
Premium content Difficulty C difficult
3
37.2 km
27:00 h
4,082 m
4,089 m
Four-day via ferrata hike through the majestic Rosengarten.
Klettersteigen im Rosengarten
Via Ferrata · Val di Fassa
Challenging via ferrata hut tour through the Rosengarten
Premium content Difficulty moderate
11
34.8 km
25:00 h
4,099 m
4,099 m
Fourth via ferrata hike through the majestic Rosengarten
Kesselkogelspitze (3004 m)
Via Ferrata · Val di Fassa
Kesselkogel Crossing
Premium content Difficulty difficult
4
10.1 km
8:00 h
1,288 m
1,288 m
Great Überquerung eines 3000ers im Rosengarten.
Klettersteigrunde über Masaré- und Rotwand-Steig
Via Ferrata · Val di Fassa
Ridge climbing in the Rosengarten (Masaré Climb and Rotwand Ferrata)
Premium content Difficulty C moderate
6
7.5 km
5:30 h
1,050 m
1,050 m
Fantastic ridge climbing on the Masar via ferrata and the Rotwand ferratas in the south of the Rosengarten massif.
Turnen am Exnerturm
Via Ferrata · Alta Badia
Pisciadù - Via Ferrata
Premium content Difficulty C difficult
5
7 km
5:00 h
1,098 m
1,097 m
A challenging via ferrata with a short entry and breathtaking climbing passages on the Exner Tower and possible ascent to the summit of the Cima Pisciadù.
Pursteinwand Klettersteig - luftige Linienführung
Via Ferrata · Kronplatz
Pursteinwand via ferrata
Premium content Difficulty D difficult
3
3 km
2:30 h
270 m
270 m
A crisp and airy via ferrata in the best rock directly above the village of Sand in Taufers.
Die steile Einstiegswand zum Grat
Via Ferrata · Tiroler Oberland
Tirolerweg via ferrata
Premium content Difficulty D difficult
3
6.8 km
4:45 h
875 m
875 m
From the Gaisloch steep and exposed up to the almost 3000 m high Plamorderspitze, the demanding climb leads over dark primeval rock and with only a few artificial footholds.
Verdinser Plattenspitze, rechts die Kuhleitenhütte
Via Ferrata · Meraner Land
On the Verdinserplattensteig
Premium content Difficulty B/C moderate
2
9.8 km
7:30 h
879 m
879 m
Beautiful mountain tour with short via ferrata on the Verdinser Plattenspitze (2680 m) in the Sarntal Alps.
Die letzte Leiter führt auf ein schmales Band
Via Ferrata · Bolzano and environs
Fennberg via ferrata
Premium content Difficulty C moderate
4
12.5 km
5:00 h
800 m
800 m
Scenic, not too demanding via ferrata route from Margreid an der Weinstra;e üe over the Unterfennberg mountain.
St. Magdalena in the Villnöss Valley with the Geisler peaks in the background.
Via Ferrata · Val Gardena Dolomites
The Sass Rigais traverse (Geislerspitzen)
recommended route Difficulty B/C difficult
4
15.8 km
9:30 h
1,601 m
1,601 m
The traverse of the main peak of the Geislerspitzen, the Sass Rigais, is a demanding but extremely rewarding undertaking in the dreamlike scenery of the Dolomites combined with the adventure of a not too difficult via ferrata over a real three-thousand-metre peak.
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South Tyrolean via ferrata routes: best conditions for climbing

There is certainly no shortage of mountainous terrain in South Tyrol: in the east and south, the bright rock faces of the Dolomites dominate the landscape, while the glaciated Ortler Alps rise in the west. The northern border of South Tyrol is formed by the main Alpine ridge with the Ötztal and Zillertal Alps: Ideal conditions for setting up via ferratas. There are now more than 50 varied via ferrata routes in the region, ranging in difficulty from easy to extreme. In neighboring Trentino, even more climbs are being added. Most of the routes are well signposted and are checked every year. Secured by ropes, you head out into the South Tyrolean mountains to discover a new, impressive panorama behind every rocky outcrop.

The "pale mountains": via ferrata in the Dolomites

Most of the South Tyrolean via ferratas are located in the Dolomites. The dolomite rock of the "most beautiful mountains in the world" (Reinhold Messner) is better suited for climbing than other limestones due to its hardness. The mountains of the region are often characterized by imposing vertical walls, jagged peaks and bizarre rock formations. The Dolomites stretch across the southeastern part of South Tyrol and Trentino.

Probably the most popular via ferrata route in South Tyrol leads to Cima Pisciadù, which is located in the Sella Group in the middle of the Dolomites. On firmly and securely fixed iron clamps, ladders and steel ropes, the route leads from the approximately 50-meter-high entry wall to the Pisciadù hut. The individual passages are quite demanding, but only moderately difficult. Accordingly, the difficulty level of the via ferrata is between B and C. The end point of this climb is the summit of Cima Pisciadù at 2985m. It is advisable to climb this via ferrata at off-peak times or on weekdays, as a lot of traffic is to be expected here.

Via Ferrata · Alta Badia
Pisciadù - Via Ferrata
Premium content Difficulty C difficult
Distance 7 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 1,098 m
Descent 1,097 m

A challenging via ferrata with a short entry and breathtaking climbing passages on the Exner Tower and possible ascent to the summit of the Cima ...

5
from Patrick Schmidt,   Outdooractive Premium
The Via Ferrata "Cesare Piazzetta" on the Piz Boè in the Sella Group is one of the more difficult via ferratas in the Dolomites. Almost 1000 meters of altitude are overcome on the 8.6 km long round hike, the well-secured via ferrata with south orientation has difficulties up to grade D. There are similar difficulties to overcome when crossing the imposing Monte Civetta massif. Breathtaking views over the southern part of the Dolomites are the reward here for the strenuous climb.

In the Val Pusteria, a mountain tour with a short via ferrata leads to the Hochalpenkopf. The route runs through the Fanes-Senes-Braies Nature Park and begins in the valley at the picturesque Braies Lake. From here, the route first leads across mountain meadows to the Kühwiesenkopf in the direction of the Kaserkopf, where the entrance to the small via ferrata is also located. In total, this route has a length of 12.6 km with a duration of just under 8 hours, overcoming 1175 meters in altitude.

If you want to combine several via ferratas in the Dolomites, you can do this in the spectacular Rosengarten massif. If you book a place to sleep in the beautiful huts well in advance, you can string together four extensive climbing days here. Other beautiful via ferratas in the Dolomites can be found, for example, on the Alpinisteig in Sexten or in the wild rocky landscape of the Latemar mountains.

South Tyrolean via ferrata outside the Dolomites

The other mountain regions of South Tyrol boast some beautiful via ferratas as well. A prime example of this in the Sarentino Alps are the two via ferratas on the Great Ifinger and on the Verdinser Plattenspitze, which can be easily reached from the Merano 2000 high plateau. Climbers with great endurance can also combine Ifinger and Plattenspitze into one big trek.

Difficult via ferratas for experts can be found in South Tyrol, for example, in Naturns on the "Hoachwool" via ferrata, which partly runs along the now dilapidated Schnalser Waalweg. If you are looking for the most difficult via ferrata in South Tyrol, you will probably find it on the Tabaretta via ferrata on the Ortler: Excellent physical condition and a lot of climbing experience are required on the vertical walls of the long, exposed via ferrata.

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Challenging via ferrata hut tour through the Rosengarten by Simon
October 29, 2022 · Community
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When did you do this route? September 02, 2022
Photo: Simon Begin, Community
Photo: Simon Begin, Community
Photo: Simon Begin, Community
Photo: Simon Begin, Community
Einfacher Klettersteig auf die Große Cirspitze (2.592m) by Sergej
October 19, 2022 · Community
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When did you do this route? October 19, 2022
SAS Regais Klettersteig by Nagick & Doldiac
October 07, 2022 · Community
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When did you do this route? October 07, 2022
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