One of the most spectacular and challenging of the traditional Brenta Dolomites via ferratas. A route along ledges and mountain ridges at an altitude of 3,000m (9,850 ft) for expert mountaineers in good physical shape.
The Bocchette Alte via ferrata is a challenging, greatly rewarding trail. Its length, technical difficulty, exposure, and other mountaineering characteristics make it suited only to mountaineers with experience on vertical climbs who are in good physical shape and have a good head for heights.This challenging trail is equipped with cables and iron rungs and runs along narrow ledges and other exposed sections through the rocky heart of the Brenta range. Its breathtaking landscapes are of near indescribable beauty.
The actual via ferrata is an outing of between 6 to 8 hours, but you will also need to take account of the time it takes for the round trip to and from the trail itself (which adds another 4-6 hours). From Bocca dei Massodi, you can follow the via ferrata Oliva Detassis O396, which is often done together with the Bocchette Alte. The itinerary may also be done in the opposite direction from Rifugio Alimonta to Bocca del Tuckett, a route to be done during stable weather conditions and preferably after the ice has melted.
There may be snow and ice along certain sections early in the season. You will also want to check when the lodges are open and spread your trip out over two days.
Include pickaxes and crampons in your gear if the trail is expected to still be snowy or icy. Start out early and take liquids.
Please note that the practicability of the itineraries in a mountain environment is strictly linked to the contingent conditions and is therefore influenced by natural phenomena, environmental changes and weather conditions. For this reason, the information contained in this page may have changed. Before leaving for a tour, make sure the path you will approach is still accessible by contacting the owner of the mountain hut, the alpine guides or the visitor centres of the nature parks, the info offices of the local tourist board.
Tips and hints
To get to Rifugio Tuckett:
- from Vallesinella, which you can get to by taking trail no. 317 from the south of Madonna di Campiglio (approx. 2 hours);
- from Grostè Pass along the easy-to-intermediate trail no. 316 (approx. 1.5 hrs), which you can reach by way of the Grostè gondola lift. From here to Bocca di Tuckett, starting point of the via ferrata.
It is also possible to do the Bocchette Alte via ferrata in the opposite direction by starting from Rifugio Alimonta, which can be reached on foot from Vallesinella in about 3-4 hours.
Ample paid parking is available in Vallesinella, although access is restricted (check summer schedule and pricing online).
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Recommended maps for this region:
- technical mountain clothing
- hiking boots with Vibram or similar sole
- via ferrata gear
- pickaxe and crampons (when necessary)
- a length of rope (recommended)
Basic Equipment for Via Ferratas
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Kit para bolhas
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
Technical Equipment for Via Ferratas
- Via ferrata set
- Climbing harness
- Climbing helmet
- Via ferrata or hard-wearing safety gloves
- Positioning lanyard / personal anchor system with screwgate carabiners for resting
- Via ferrata belay kit if required (when accompanying beginners and / or children)
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.