A great classic of the Brenta Dolomites, this via ferrata runs along well-equipped vertical cliff faces from Rifugio Agostini to Rifugio XII Apostoli and features some amazing views of Val d’Ambiez.
Opened in the 1930s by the great Italian mountaineer Ettore Castiglioni, this via ferrata follows the route he first climbed, but enables you to follow in his footsteps without the difficulty of actual rock climbing. Running beneath Bocchetta dei Due Denti, the trail climbs vertically for 200 meters (655 ft) up the face of Cima Susat, where the views over Val d'Ambiez are stunning. Although vertical, exposed and challenging enough on its own, it is not to be underestimated especially if done together with Sentiero dell'Ideale (in one of the most traditional of the Brenta circuits). It is a complex mountaineering itinerary that requires experience and good physical fitness.
The via ferrata itself takes about 2-3 hours, but you will need to take account of the return trip to and from the start point (another 4-6 hours), which needs to be planned out properly. Access to Val d’Ambiez and Rifugio Cacciatore is regulated (limited parking and jeep service on request), as is the option of climbing to Malga Bandalors if starting out from Rifugio XII Apostoli.
Outlets: none. The route features exposed, vertical sections that are well equipped. Due to its exposure, a good head for heights is recommended, particularly on the descent.
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, hints and links
To get to San Lorenzo:
35 km from Trento via SS45BIS. From the A22 Modena-Brennero motorway, take the Trenta Sud exit. From here, continue on to Rifugio Cacciatore in Val d'Ambiez either on foot (2 hrs and 20 min.), by bike (80 min.), or by jeep (18 min.).
- A4 Milan-Venice motorway, take the Brescia Est exit at km 130. Average travel time from exit (by car): 2 hours and 30 minutes.
- A22 Modena-Brennero motorway, take the Rovereto Sud exit at km 92 (1 hour and 40 minutes), or the Trento Sud exit at km 73 (1 hour and 30 minutes), or the S. Michele all’Adige exit at km 78 (1 hour).
From Pinzolo to Rifugio XII Apostoli.
From San Lorenzo in Banale to Rifugio Cacciatore:
parking limited in Val d'Ambiez (for info during tourist season: San Lorenzo tourist association).
From Pinzolo to Rifugio XII Apostoli:
1. From the top of the Prà Rodont cable lift or taking the lift (in this case, there is ample parking free of charge in Pinzolo at the start of the cable lift).
2. By car to Prà Rodont before 8:30 AM, when the lift opens (parking free of charge at the arrival of the cable lift).
From Giustino to Rifugio XII Apostoli:
parking free of charge but subject to authorization at Malga Bandalors (permits to be requested from the City of Giustino).- From S. Antonio di Mavignola to Rifugio XII Apostoli: ample parking free of charge in Val Brenta.
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- technical mountain clothing
- hiking boots with Vibram or similar sole
- via ferrata gear
- pickaxe and crampons (when necessary)
- a length of rope (recommended)