A beginner's guide to Trentino’s vie ferrate
Experience the mountains like never before with 4 vie ferrate for beginners
SUMMER 2019 - If you are an outdoors enthusiast and have a head for heights, in Trentino you can try your hand at the vie ferrate: high altitude routes, mostly across rocky mountain faces, supported by bolted in metal ladders, thick iron cables, gorge-spanning bridges and wooden footbridges.
To undertake this activity in safety you need to be fully equipped with a climbing harness fitted with karabiners, suitable footwear, a helmet and gloves for grip.
If you are a beginner, we recommend to start with easy routes and join a guided tour with a qualified mountain guide. Browse our beginner’s guide to four easy vie ferrate in Trentino, from the sunny cliffs of Lake Garda to the lofty heights of the Dolomites.
Via Colodri - Arco
Via Colodri, near the town of Arco, is a great starting point for beginners approaching this activity for the first time. This route, easy and relatively short, rewards its climbers with beautiful views. From the top, you can gaze across the “Conca” with Lake Garda as the jewel in the crown.
Ferrata dei Laghi, Cermiskyline - Val di Fiemme
If you are looking for a place to learn the ropes, the “Bombasél Highway” part of the Ferrata dei Laghi – Cermiskyline is an ideal route around the alpine lakes of the Alpe Cermis with few short suspended stretches. From atop the Castello di Bombasèl, enjoy the view across the world famous peaks of Val di Fiemme and Fassa and the wild crests of Lagorai.
Ferrata al Burrone Giovanelli - Piana Rotaliana
Suitable for families and beginners, this via ferrata is an easy traverse across the Burrone Giovanelli on Mount Mezzocorona. It offers plenty of opportunities to take in the beautiful sceneries from the lush mountainside to the stunning canyon carved between rocky outcrops and waterfalls dropping from a height of 100 meters.
Ferrata didattica Val di Scala - Valle del Vanoi
Before attempting the high routes in the Dolomites, we advise novice climbers to test their abilities on the “Val di Scala”. Within easy driving distance from the town of Caoria, this via ferrata is ideal for beginners with few exciting sections crossing near a vertical waterfall and over a 12-meter long suspended bridge.