• Trekking on Marmolada glacier – Serrai di Sottoguda

    Malga Ciapela and Marmolada are ideal for those who want to experience direct contact with nature and with the mountains. Many trails lead to views of the south west face of the Marmolada, (an area worshiped by experienced climbers). Spectacular Ombretta, the path towards the valley, is rich in history of the Great War. The fascinating journey of Serres Sottoguda, about 2 km immersed in a gorge where you can enjoy the rush of water coming down from the cliffs before flowing into the river.

    Itinerary

    Starting from the last weekend of June until the first days of September in the Marmolada area the Marmolada cable car will be open; in just a few minutes it will be possible to ride up from the valley floor in Malga Ciapela to the interesting and unmissable Great War 1915-18 Museum in Punta Serauta (2950 metres of altitude), recently renovated and enlarged during the past winter season to mark the Centenary of the outbreak of the First World War in the Reign of Italy (1915-2015), and to continue on up to the new panoramic terrace in Punta Rocca (3265 metres of altitude), the highest viewpoint in the Dolomites UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site, a structure that gives the visitors an amazing 360° view on the surrounding peaks of the Dolomites, on the Austrian Alps and, in excellent weather condition, even on Venice and the Adriatic Sea.

    Several are the trekking possibilities around the Marmolada: we will choose one that best suits your needs.

    Serrai of Sottoguda: a natural canyon, created by the erosion of Harness Creek flows 2kms through breathtaking views that will give you unforgettable emotions. The train of Serrai is available throughout the summer. it is a tourist train that can take the whole family down the canyon to the village of Sottoguda, which is well known for the production of wrought iron and wood.

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FAQ’s
When does it start the appropriate period for excursions, vie ferrate and climbs?

Usually during the end of May it is possible to climb the southern exposed faces and climb some railroads. In some cases, after winter with heavy snow, the snow on the top of the mountains can restrict the access to the vie ferrate.

Until when is it possible to go to climb, trekking and via ferrata?


You can go until the end of October. Usually autumn is an amazing season for all the activities on the mountains.
The weather is stabler than summer, which brings many dangerous storms. The colors of the forests and the fall’s lights make the Dolomites look even more beautiful!

Which are the best topographic maps for the Dolomites?


Tabacco Maps are arguably the best topographic maps in the Dolomites. They are scaled 1:25000 and cover the whole north-eastern part of Italy. You can buy the maps here.

What about the Alta Via of the Dolomites?


The “Alte vie” (High Routes) of the Dolomites are alpine trekking routes that connect various refuges. In general they are not particularly difficult, at least for those who are used to walking in the mountains. There are 8 routes provided with indications and marked with a characteristic symbol: a triangle with a number that labels each route.
The possibility to stay at a refuge – reservation is recommended – is guaranteed from the end of June to the end of September, but as bad weather is not uncommon in the mountains it is always better to be well equipped.

Is it possible to rent the technical equipment for via ferrata?


Yes, a lot of sporting goods stores you can rent climbing harnesses, helmets and ferrata set.
When you go on the mountains with a mountain guide, the guide is going to provide the necessary equipment, usually included in the price.