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The most stunning via ferratas in …

… Sesto/Sexten and the surrounding areas

The most stunning via ferratas in …

The via ferratas in the Dolomites are a great opportunity for climbing fans to demonstrate their skills and take on new challenges. You can explore the Dolomite mountains around Sesto/Sexten on various different climbing tours and push yourself to your personal limits.

Get your adrenaline rush that must be a permanent fixture of your activity holiday at the Hotel St. Veit on the via ferratas in the Dolomites and enjoy the various opportunities to take climbing tours in the Dolomites.

Tour of the Croda Rossa/Rotwand peak

Easy via ferrata that leads up to Sesto/Sexten's local mountain.

Starting point:Hotel St. Veit (1,330 m)
At a glance:Prati di Croda Rossa/Rotwandwiesen – Croda Rossa/Rotwand peak – return.
Difference in altitude:1,014 m
Highest point:Summit cross (2,939 m)
Pure walking time:5-6 hours
Distance:approx. 10 kilometres
Difficulty:Category 5 hike

Tips and special information: The Sesto/Sexten Croda Rossa/Rotwand mountain range and Cima Undici/Elfer peak make for a stunning landscape to the South of Sesto/Sexten. Along the hills and peaks you can see remaining barracks from WWI. This route has the reputation of being a relatively safe via ferrata with ropes securing the most difficult parts of the route. Despite that, sure footedness, no fear of heights and mountain experience are required.

Route description: From Hotel St. Veit (1,330 m) continue to Café Kofler and along the meadows to the Prati di Croda Rossa/Rotwandwiesen bottom cable car station. Jump on to reach the Prati di Croda Rossa/Rotwandwiesen area (1,925 m). Behind the Rifugio Rudi/Rudi mountain hut follow the marked trail no. 100 through the forest until you reach the Croda Rossa/Rotwand Peak (2,477 m). Walk around the peak towards the west until you reach a branching off point. From there turn left and on steep slopes up to a grassy ridge enjoy superb views of the Cima Undici/Elfer peak's north face. Now switch to the eastern side of the Croda di Rossa/Rotwand peaks reaching a steep section over boulders, climb over these and hike up to the Croda di Rossa/Rotwand northern ridge. Continue to the left of the ridge until you reach no. 15 b trail from Postal/Burgstall. Now we have to climb a 20 m high steep section over ridges and rocks (fixed rope, the most difficult passage of the whole climb) to get to the terraces above and the ledge which we follow to the left to a mountain gorge. From there we turn right around the rock face to reach the summit cross (2,939 m); 3-3 ½ hours from Prati di Croda Rossa/Rotwandwiesen. Stunning view over the Sesto/Sexten Dolomites. The descent is via the same way up until the branch off to trail 15 b. Follow this over boulders to Postal/Burgstall and down to Prati di Croda Rossa/Rotwandwiesen; 2 ½ hours from the peak. You finally reach the valley by cable car.

Variation: The climb can also lead via the Croda Rossa/Rotwand peaks (trail no. 100). Here an approx. 8 m high iron ladder has to be climbed, apart from this there are not any difficult sections. The ascent then joins the other route up described above. This variation has more attractive scenery and should be included in the climb.

Alpini trail

The famous via ferrata from the First World War.

Starting point:Hotel St. Veit (1,330 m)
At a glance:Val Fiscalina/Fischleintal – Rifugio Zsigmondy Comici/Zsigmondyhütte – Alpini trail – Berghotel Tirol
Difference in altitude:1,200 m
Highest point:Forcella Undici/Elferscharte (2,648m)
Pure walking time:6-7 hours
Distance:approx. 12 kilometres
Difficulty:Category 5 hike

Tips and special information: This is one of the most legendary hikes in the Sesto/Sexten Dolomites. The trail was constructed by the legendary "Alpines", mountain warfare soldiers of the Italian Army and was improved later on for use by tourists. One should not be fooled by the harmless sounding name that describes a high altitude trail that leads through vertical steep rock faces and deep gorges. No fear of heights and a via ferrata climbing set are essential.

Route description: Take the bus or car to the car park in Val Fiscalina/Fischleintal. From there head to the Fondovalle/Talschluss hut and turn right onto trail no. 103 to the Rifugio Zsigmondy Comici/Zsigmondyhütte (2,235 m). From the Rifugio Zsigmondy Comici/Zsigmondyhütte take trail 101/103 down a bit then cross over the long rocky trail under the Croda dei Toni/Zwölfer north face towards the Giralba saddle. Then the Alpine trail no. 101 branches off to the left just below the saddle. The signs lead through the wide saddle, which separates the La Lista/Hochleist and Monte Popèra/Hochbrunnerschneide. Here a rocky ledge begins which ends in a deep gorge-like crevice. After the gorge there is easier terrain but soon you have to go around a steep rock face secured by ropes into the col of the "Äußeres Loch" south of the Cime Undici/Elfer peak. Go around this to get to the somewhat more harmless west flank of the Cimi Undici/Elfer peak up to the Forcella Undici/Elferscharte gorge (2,648m). From there you will be able to enjoy the most stunning views of the entire trail! Return to the valley via the rather steep and rocky no. 124 trail. You can either take no. 122 trail back to Rifugio Fondovalle/Talschluss hut or the more beautiful no.124 trail which leads to Dolomitenhof hotel. Another way to get to the Prati di Croda Rossa/Rotwandwiesen and down to the valley by cable car is to take trail no. 100 or 124. This will save you a descent of approx. 450 m. The tour can also be done in reverse.

Variation: From the Forcella Undici/Elferscharte take the second part of the Alpine trail up to Passo della Sentinella/Sentinellascharte and then descend into the Val Fiscalina/Fischleintal valley or to Prati di Croda Rossa/Rotwandwiesen. This route, however, is only recommended for experienced mountaineers as it leads over a narrow and very exposed ledge.

Monte Paterno/Paternkofel

Starting point:Hotel St. Veit (1,330 m)
At a glance:Val Fiscalina/Fischleintal – Three Peaks hut – Forcella di Camoscio/Gamsscharte – Monte Paterno/Paternkofel – return
Difference in altitude:1,376 m
Highest point:Monte Paterno/Paternkofel (2,746 m)
Pure walking time:6-7 hours
Distance:approx. 10 kilometres
Difficulty:Category 5 hike

Tips and special information: Monte Paterno/Paternkofel, this elegant mountain to the South West of the Three Peaks hut became widely known in the wars of 1915-1917, when the famous mountain guide Sepp Innerkofler was shot dead on the mountain. After the former war paths and tunnels were restored by the Alpine soldiers, Mount Paterno/Paternkofel is a very popular location for experienced mountaineers today. The trail is well-secured but a sure footedness and no fear of heights is required nonetheless.

Route description: From the Hotel St. Veit take the bus or car to the car park in the Val Fiscalina/Fischleintal. From there, walk to Rifugio Fondovalle/Talschluss hut and then take trail no. 102 trail to reach the Rifugio Antonio Locatelli/Dreizinnenhütte mountain hut via the Val Sassovecchio/Altensteintal. From the hut climb a trail just below a well-loved climbing practice tower, the "Frankfurter Würstl", and up through a tunnel in the mountains. During this climb, you will be able to enjoy unique panoramic views of the Sesto/Sexten Dolomites, seen seemingly from the inside of the mountain. However, the most breathtaking vista is of course that of the Three Peaks mountain range Just after the exit there is a very steep section secured by ropes, then a ridge covered in fine gravel that leads up to the Forcella di Camoscio/Gamsscharte. From the south side of the gorge head left for a little way first then sharp right up into the ridge (steps, wire rope). From here turn left over a short rising ridge then right onto trails over boulders and up to the summit with cross and plague in memory of Innerkofler.

Monte Piana

A legendary excursion mountain with a sad past.

Starting point:Car park at the Hotel Drei-Zinnen-Blick (1,406m)
At a glance:Val di Landro/Höhlensteintal – Sentiero dei Pionieri/Pionierweg – Monte Piana – Rinbianco valley – Val Rienza/Rienztal
Difference in altitude:950 m ascent and descent
Walking time:Car park – southern peak of Monte Piana: 2-3 hours, climb 1-2 hours; total duration 4-5 hours
Difficulty:moderately long, challenging tour. Sure footedness and no fear of heights is required.
Highest point:Monte Piana's southern peak (2,324m)

Worth seeing: The magnificent panoramic view from Monte Piana; many structural remains and tunnels from the First World War.

Information: There is the option of climbing to the nearby Bosi hut (2,205 m) from the southern peak of Monte Piana. The total time required is ¾ hour. There is also the option of taking a jeep taxi to the Bosi hut from Lake Misurina.

We hope you really enjoy one of the via ferratas in the Dolomites and wish you lots of luck on your climbing tours!

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