• Ice Climbing

    Try this unique experience, with fun and in total safety!

    The Dolomites are famous for the beautiful mountain ranges and truly are an adventure park for climbers. There are literally icefalls everywhere, covering all grades and lengths, set in some of the most dramatic scenery in Europe. Hot spots for ice climbing are situated in the Vallunga in the Gardena valley, in Corvara and at the foot of the Marmolada.

    The ice climbing season starts fairly early with most of the higher falls being climbable from mid November. Towards mid January to the end of February the icefalls fill out and generally speaking are at their most amenable difficulty wise. The end of the season varies depending on the current climate but most of the falls can be climbed through March and some of the higher falls particularly on Sassolungo and the Marmolada into early April.

    We organise private lessons and tours with professionals by appointment.

    Cascata del Sole (WI3+) – Sottoguda:

    A lovely 4 pitch climb up the side of the gorge on usually excellent ice. The walk in takes 5 minutes, the gorge is stunning, there are equipped belay and abseil stations, the climbing is varied, perfect! If WI3+ seems a bit easy try going direct on the first pitch. The 3rd pitch up the narrow cigar can be anything up to WI4+ in early or late season.

    Cascata di Fontanazzo Destra (WI3+) – Val di Fassa:

    This is one of the best beginner falls around and is worth a special mention. Though technically 6 pitches in length it is not strictly a multi pitch climb, rather a series of 6 individual icefalls leading into one another following a series of natural steps. The icefalls follow a fairly consistent level of difficulty and are nearly always in great condition. There are equipped abseils at the top of each fall and it is possible to retreat at any of the stages. Whilst guides use the first ‘pitch’ frequently with clients, the upper icefalls are generally quieter (though it can get crowded in peak season). The falls navigate their way through thick forest with an almost fairytale feel, allowing great views over the Val di Fassa. It’s worth trying to go all the way as the last icefall is the largest, most impressive and least frequented.

    La Spada di Damocle (WI4+) – Val Badia, Colfosco:

    The famous sword of Damocle needs no introducing; suffice to say it lives up to the hype. Sustained climbing, in an amazing situation, on a wonderfully aesthetic fall.

    Sogno Canadese (WI4+) – Val Travenanzes:

    The route navigates a spectacular series of hanging curtains in one continuous fall for 200m. Sustained and consistent climbing with breathtaking scenery.

    Cassiopeo (WI5) – Val Lasties:

    Cassiopeo is a stupendous 135m uniform pillar of 90˚ ice in stunning scenery that catches the sun for most of the day. One of the superclassics of the Alps. Though the first pitch is usually done in one 55m dash for glory you can belay on the rock on the right after 35m if you need a rest!

    Article written by James Rushforth

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Which are the closest airports in the area?

The closest airport are Innsbruck (125Km) and Verona (143km).

Do i need travel insurance?

We recommended getting a travel insure policy which cover you for all medical expenses(including repatriention) and any expensive items you bring away with you such as laptops, smartphone, photo cameras, tablets, etc. Travel insurance should be taken out at the time of booking in case you have to cancel out travel because of unforeseen events.

What's the opening period of mountain huts?

During summer season, they open approximately their doors on the 10th of June and close them on the 25th of September. These dates depend on weather conditions.

Is it necessary to bring your own sleeping bag in mountain huts?

No. Usually the beds in the mountain huts have got a blanket and a quilt. Anyways it is better to ask for more information to the mountain hut.

Are there showers in mountain huts?


Usually the room has a shared shower, just a few rooms have a private shower. Using the shower has normally a cost because the water in the mountain huts is precious and it runs frequently out.

Do I need to book in forehand a room in a mountain hut?

No, but is highly recommended. Otherwise it is better to arrive early in the afternoon in order to have a better chance of getting the room.