TOP 5 via ferrata routes for a thrilling mountain holiday

A sheer drop below you and a rock face above. As you climb along, your only lifeline is a couple of carabiners hooked onto a steel cable. If you’re not afraid of heights and want to experience the thrill of high mountain climbing here in Trentino, in complete safety of course, we recommend the numerous via ferrata routes. These fixed-rope itineraries wind their way mainly through steep and rocky environments and are made up of steel ladders, cables, clamps, hanging bridges and wooden walkways.

In order to tackle these thrilling itineraries you will need a harness, a via ferrata set (with carabiners, lanyard and shock absorber), a helmet and gloves. Along via ferrata routes you proceed with self-anchoring manoeuvres.

If you’re a beginner, we advise you to start with simpler routes, maybe in the company of a mountain guide. If on the other hand you already have some experience, you can take on the more challenging itineraries.

Here we recommend 5 via ferrata routes, characterised by the originality of the itineraries, the splendid panoramas and the varying levels of difficulty.

Brenta Boats - Valli Giudicarie - Via Ferrata - Mountain Sports
#1

Le Bocchette

This is probably the most famous high mountain route in the Dolomites, and also one of the most articulated and complete via ferrata systems around. This large “network” of routes covers the entire Brenta group, making its way along narrow ledges overlooking one of the most spectacular and suggestive alpine panoramas you’ll find, allowing you to live these mountains to the full. Recommended for experts.

Ferrata delle aquile
#2

Ferrata delle aquile

If you’re looking for the thrill and sense of crossing a void, suspended amongst the clouds, then the Ferrata delle Aquile (“route of the eagles”) in Paganella is what’s for you. It’s definitely one of the most fascinating via ferratas in Trentino. It can be reached with the cable car facilities from the Cima della Paganella and is recommended for physically fit and expert climbers. Recommended for experts.

Ferrata al Burrone Giovanelli
#3

Ferrata al Burrone Giovanelli

What we propose here is an adventure holiday leading you to the discovery of one of the more popular via ferratas, the Burrone (“Ravine”) Giovanelli, which leads up to the Monte di Mezzocorona. A route characterised by its natural setting and its climb up along the cracks and folds of the mountain face until you reach a canyon of unparalleled beauty, with cascades and waterfalls reaching heights of 100m. Recommended for beginners.

Sentiero dei fiori
#4

Sentiero dei fiori

The Sentiero dei Fiori (“The Flower Route”) is an historic itinerary, dating for the First World War, and offers splendid panoramas. It winds its way along old trenches, some parts of which have been equipped with steel cables, ladders and hanging bridges. Considering the complexity of this via ferrata, it should be tackled with the proper climbing equipment and physical fitness is a must. 

Ferrata Roda de Vael
#5

Ferrata Roda de Vael

This via ferrata itinerary, in the Catinaccio-Rosengarten group, is considered quite simple yet it allows climbers to reach the summit of the beautiful Roda di Vael. It’s usually undertaken along with, or following, the more challenging Ferrata del Masarè route. Nooks and handholds allow climbers to get up and down without any particular problems. Ideal for beginners. 

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