Italian Dolomites – Rock Climbing

One of the most remarkable climbing venues on Earth is the Italian Dolomites. Sella Towers, Cinque Torre, Tofana, Falzarego, Tre Cime, Fiames, Marmolada and many more classic options. Join us for a week of climbing in one of our very favorite international climbing venues.

The ideal season for the Dolomites is mid-July to mid-September. We typically plan to go in early September after the European vacation ends to cut down on crowds and enjoy typically more stable weather.

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Italian Dolomites - Rock Climbing


Viva Italia! The Italian Dolomites have left an historic legacy on the climbing world as one of the early standard-setting alpine rock climbing venues. The rock is steep and compact and now hosts many hundreds of classic bolted and traditionally protected alpine rock climbs scattered throughout the region. This area typically has milder weather and climate than the High Alps since the highest of the Dolomite peaks are below 11,000 feet (3350 meters), so there is a lot of great climbing to be done in relative alpine comfort with very short approaches from roads and/or huts. This itinerary is for adventurous climbers who like big days of rock climbing from 5.6 – 5.10a to exposed and spectacular summits with technical descents. We have factored in 2-3 lighter recovery days, including options for classic via ferrata.

Though rock climbing is the main focus, the secondary goal is to experience the unique region’s geography and cultural history. The Dolomites are located near the Italy-Austria border, and were industrialized during World War I to create a way for troops to move easily across extremely rugged mountain terrain and to mobilize to strategic positions. There are trenches and bunkers and cool, old structures everywhere. Via Ferrata means “Iron Path” and that term accurately describes how unscalable rock walls and ridges were transformed into climbing “trails.” These are super fun and a climbing vacation wouldn’t be complete without a day of via ferrata cruising.

Stunning views everywhere, Italian cuisine and wines, perfect alpine rock, la dolce vita. What could be a better vacation?


Day -1– Arrive in Venice, Italy.

Day 0 – Private Shuttle to the Dolomites. Relax and enjoy the mountain town of Badia.
Day 1 Climb the Falzarego Towers as a warmup, 11 pitches on 2 towers, up to 5.6
Day 2 Climb in the beautiful Sella Pass area. Climb the Vinatzer Route on the Third Sella Tower. 13 pitches, 5.8 or Traverse the 3 Sella Towers.
Day 3 Climb at Cinque Torri – the unique 5 towers area which host numerous shorter climbs to the top of small, yet beautiful towers. This is a fun climbing active rest day. From there we head directly to the Dibona Hut to climb on the Tofana the following morning.
Day 4 Climb the South Face of Tofana di Rozes, 20 pitches of 5.6 to the summit of this great peak of the Dolomites, or climb the Pillar Rib route on Tofana di Rozes, 18 pitches, 5.9. Alternatively, dot he Ferrata Olivieri on Tofana di Mezzo to the summit. Return to hotel in Badia for the night.
Day 5 Rest Day. Light climb on Hexenstein and descend via historic WWI trenches and barracks built into the mountain. Finish with a War Museum.
Day 6 Rock climbing near Falzarego Pass, do another via ferrata, or take a nice hike in the morning. Drive to Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Stay at the Auronzo Hut.
Day 7 Climb an 8 pitch 5.8 on the Cima Grande, or climb Cima Piccola via the classic South Arete, aka “The Yellow Edge.” 14 pitches, 5.10a. Return to Badia for the night and celebrate the end of a great week of climbing.
Day 8 - Private shuttle to Venice. Onward home or to another destination.
Cost Inclusions:
  • - IFMGA Mountain Guide for 7 days
  • - All of the guide's trip expenses
  • - Private roundtrip shuttle transfer from/to Venice
  • - Rental car + fuel
  • - ***S Lodging in the Alta Badia*
  • - Mountain huts for 2 nights with half-board, as conditions permit
  • - Group climbing equipment and via ferrata equipment rental

Cost Exclusions:
  • - Travel to/from Italy
  • - Lodging & food before or after the Dolomites
  • - Meals, snacks, and drinks not included in the cost of lodging/huts
  • - Use of lifts or taxi services in the area
  • - Personal equipment
  • - Personal items
  • - Activities off of the itinerary

* Note: We base in the Alta Badia because it is very central to all climbing areas in the Dolomites and has a quaint mountain charm. Cortina d'Ampezzo is a bigger mountain town with more going on, but it is regarded as more of a tourist trap. You can typically expect to pay twice as much for lodging with half the quality and service. If you do prefer to stay in Cortina, or another village in the area, we are happy to calculate the additional costs and add them to the quote. Surrounding cities such as Trento, Bolzano, or Belluno require too much driving time for this itinerary, and we therefore do not stay there.