A low-traffic mountaineering via ferrata connecting Rifugio Graffer and Rifugio Peller. A long, isolated crossing of the untamed beauty of Brenta.
A long (roughly 12 km), challenging via ferrata in the less known northern section of the Brenta group. A mountaineering hike that is only partially equipped, running beneath rocky spires and along narrow ledges and ridges.
The itinerary, which can be done in one day but can also be broken up into multiple days thanks to the shelter sites along the route, is isolated and runs through untamed landscapes with exposed and other challenging sections, not all of which are equipped with handholds. As a result, it calls for excellent physical fitness and good technical skill and suited only for experienced mountaineers.
Majestic panoramas and diverse landscapes will reward enthusiasts of challenging hikes immersed in pristine nature.
Do not underestimate the length and isolation of this itinerary. It includes sections that are exposed, unprotected and challenging. Outlets: trail no. 334 at Bocchetta dei Tre Sassi; trail no. 380 Salt di Val Gelada at Val Gelada Pass; trail nos. 329 and 310 at Prà Castron Pass.
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 Graffer:
- from C.C. Magno Pass by way of the Grostè gondola lift or the trail along the ski slope (approx. 2.5 hrs);
- from Vallesinella along trails 382-331 (2.5 to 3 hours);
- from Grostè Pass along trail 301 (approx. 30 min.).
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.