For a true alpine adventure in the Dolomites of Cortina, Misurina, and Auronzo you can choose among a stunning variety of well signposted walking trails from gentle strolls to the most demanding trekking itineraries.
Via Ferrata routes in the Dolomites are worldwide renowned for their breathtaking, spectacular features. Our area offers amazing routes from the easier equipped trails to the more challenging routes.
Many routes are lift-accessible and therefore lifts are the most convenient means both to reach the starting point of your adventurous trekking and to descend back to the valley after a strenuous hike.
Cortina Vertical Pass is the new offer for the 2020 summer season: it consists of a 3-, 5- or 7-day flexi ticket to be used at choice until expiration.
The Lagazuoi-5 Torri area lies in the heart of the Natural Park of the Ampezzo Dolomites among the Giau, Falzarego, and Valparola passes. Its natural and historical attractions have a great appeal.
A 3-minute ride on the Falzarego cable car leads to the summit of Mt Lagazuoi where hikers can visit the WW1 Italian and Austrian frontlines, walk along the Mine Gallery running in the bowels of Mt Piccolo Lagazuoi with its well restored emplacements and shelters, or descend to Passo Falzarego along the Kaiserjäger Trail and enjoy the stunning views.
In a few minutes, the 5 Torri hooded quad-lift takes visitors to the WW1 Open-air Museum where information panels and museum exhibits lead visitors across well restored Italian emplacements.
The area offers wonderful views and amazing naturalistic highlights along plenty of itineraries ranging from short, leisurely walks to more demanding hikes.
Among the Via Ferrata routes are Tommaselli on Cima Fanis, one of the most beautiful and demanding in the Dolomites, and the new Sottotenente Fusetti on Sasso di Stria, a highly scenic route with historical highlights.
The three-section Freccia nel Cielo lift leads hikers to the starting point of a number of trails of various lengths and grading so as to suit everyone’s needs and abilities. During summer 2020, two cable way (Col Druscié-Ra Valles and Ra Valles-Cima Tofana) and all the hiking panths in Ra Valles will be closed due to modernisation works.
The trail of the Planets and the Trail of the Universe are two leisurely walks through the woods around Col Druscié; nearby is the Astronomical Observatory. All along the trails, there are information panels on the history of the Universe.
From Ra Valles lift station hikers may descend to Pié Tofana along the Ra Zeste Trail to enjoy wonderful views of the valley and the surrounding Dolomites.
The highly scenic Chamois Trail is also worth mentioning. Plenty of naturalistic attractions make it the perfect hike for families with young children who can take the chairlift from Pié Tofana to gain elevation and then walk downhill from Rifugio Duca d’Aosta.
Some of the most spectacular via ferrata routes of the Dolomites are found on the Tofane group.
Rifugio Pomedes, that can be reached by chairlift from Piè Tofana, is the starting point for the Punta Anna – Tofana di Mezzo, one of the most spectacular and demanding via ferrata in the Dolomites leading to the highest mountain summit in Cortina, and the Sentiero Olivieri leading to Ravalles. The latter route is slightly easier but equally scenic for the spectacular views over the Ampezzo valley.
The Tofana di Dentro via ferrata route, from Ra Valles to Cima Tofana, develops through the WW1 sites.
“Ra Pegna” and “Ra Bujela” are easier routes and excellent training gyms for beginners. They develop up the rocky towers that side the legendary Schuss ski run, just a few hundred metres from Rifugio Duca d’Aosta
The Faloria cable-car top station deck is a great spot for its spectacular views over Cortina’s valley as well as for the beautiful walking trails hikers can venture on. The Dolomieu Trail, descending to Rio Gere, runs along a scenic ridge at first and then penetrates into a dense forest of larches, Swiss-stone pines, and fir trees.
In addition, crossing the summit of Mt Faloria, hikers can reach Rifugio Vandelli and the beautiful Lake Sorapiss of glacial origin with its wonderful turquoise color.
From Mandres intermediate station you can reach the start of Via Ferrata Sci Club 18. This new, highly demanding route climbs up Crepe di Faloria, the rock face just below the cableway.
The Rio Gere-Son Forca chairlift leads to approach the "Marino Bianchi" and "Ivano Dibona"via ferrata routes on Mt Cristallo. A long itinerary across the WW1 sites.
Not far from Lake Misurina, take the Col de Varda chairlift up to the namesake mountain inn. Spectacular viewpoint over the lake and starting point for the Cadini di Misurina round tour.
You can choose among plenty of easy trails, like the leisurely walk to Malga Maraia, or more demanding ones, like the Bonacossa and Durissini equipped trails.
From Rifugio Col de Varda an easy, though highly scenic trail leads to Rifugio Città di Carpi. Alternatively, you may decide to hike as far as Rifugio Fonda Savio in the Cadini di Misurina mountain group.
In the Auronzo di Cadore area, hikers can choose between two chair lifts to reach Rifugio Monte Agudo, at 1585 m a.s.l.The mountain inn is an excellent spot to enjoy amazing views of the town and the lake below as well as the surrounding Auronzo Dolomites stretching as far as Tre Cime di Lavaredo.
Rifugio Monte Agudo is also the start of a few walking trails including an alternative route of Alta Via No. 5 which descends to the Auronzo lake, running past herdsman’s huts and mountain inns.
Strong trekkers may venture on the more demanding “Monte Agudo - Pian dei Buoi - Ciareido” itinerary which develops along Pian dei Buoi ridge across gentle slopes and meadows with amazing views over the Oltrepiave and Centro Cadore Dolomites, as far as Rifugio Pian dei Buoi. From the inn, continue along a military road to reach Rifugio Ciareido.