• Trekking from Falzarego Pass to the Cinque Torri of Cortina d’Ampezzo and Averau Mount

    Set in one of the most beautiful scenarios of the Dolomites, the area beneath the 5 Torri offers a perfect mix of fun and history.
    An incredible war between the Italian and Austro-Hungarian troops was fought out on these mountains and even today the indelible signs of one of the most tragic episodes of the twentieth century are clearly visible. The Italian military positions and trenches have been restored and the 5 Torri now boast the largest open-air First World War museum.

    Scoiattoli Refuge: built in 1969 by Lorenzo Lorenzi, a mountain guide, this mountain hut is still run by the same family. From the panoramic terrace you can see the climbers in action on the walls of the famous 5 Torri (5 Towers)
    The mountain shelter is close to the Great War Open Museum, where you can walk along the restored trenches and emplacements.

    Averau Refuge: Paola and Sandrone take turns cooking, and they are well-known for their exceptional refined cuisine that you can taste on a wide terrace with an incredible view of the Civetta Mount and the Marmolada Glacier.

    Several hiking trails are possible in the area of the 5 Towers: from 2 to 5 hours.

    PERIOD: from mid-June to late September.


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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.