The SOSAT via ferrata heads into the heart of the Brenta Dolomites and is one of the most popular and most spectacular sections of the Via delle Bocchette.
SOSAT is one of the best known via ferratas in the Brenta Dolomites. The route is one of low technical difficulty, but it does require experience with via ferratas due to the steepness and exposure of certain sections and the fact that a few sections are not equipped with iron handholds.
The actual SOSAT via ferrata is a hike of about 3-4 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 3-5 hours). Created in 1961, this itinerary was intended as a route to connect the mountain lodges of Rifugio Alimonta, Rifugio Maria & Alberto ai Brentei, Rifugio Tuckett and Rifugio Sella along the panoramic ledges running beneath the Campiglio spires.
Despite its popularity and relatively low level of difficulty, the length and exposure of this via ferrata call for both experience and physical fitness.
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.
You can also take the SOSAT trail starting from Rifugio Maria & Alberto ai Brentei, which you can hike to from Vallesinella in about 2-3 hours.
Ample paid parking is available in Vallesinella, although access is restricted (check summer schedule and pricing online).
Ample paid parking is also available at the base of the Grostè gondola lift.
Book recommendation by the author
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.