Across the Brenta Dolomites from peak to peak

Via delle Normali: a combination of climbing and trekking, in a 45 km route

Experience the freedom, relish the challenge, and revel in the satisfaction of conquering the peaks one after another, with each step bringing you closer to a mountain lodge where you can enjoy a well-earned rest. The Via delle Normali is a love letter to these great historic climbs.

This climbing and trekking route connects 10 peaks of the Brenta Dolomites in 6 stages, by linking up pre-existing and refurbished trails (the “vie normali” or normal ways from which it takes its name).

This has all been made possible thanks to the invaluable work of the Association of Mountain Guides of Trentino, who have refurbished and ensured the safety of the normal ways historically used to climb the peaks (or “cime”) of Brenta. These are, from south to north: Cima d'Ambiez, Cima Tosa, Crozzon di Brenta, Campanile Alto, Torre di Brenta, Cima Brenta, Cima Falkner, Cima Grostè, Cima Pietra Grande and Cima Vagliana.

These 10 peaks — all over 2,900 m, with a difficulty rating that never gets above level III+ — and the 8 mountain lodges are joined by a 45 km route amid bell towers, walls, and gulleys, including 15 km of pure climbing. This is a voyage through history: from the history of the ancient coral reefs which became the Dolomites, to that of the mountaineering pioneers who first conquered them.

Before setting out on an excursion at altitude, plan your trip with care. If you are inexperienced or you intend to tackle a route graded as technically difficult, then consult an alpine or mountain guide. You should also contact the refuge warden in the area you’ll be visiting for the latest weather information and to discuss whether your route is advisable. Take prudent precautions, wear suitable clothing for your route, and remember to act responsibly in the mountains at all times.