Highly exposed route of intermediate difficulty, often used as the starting or ending section of the Bocchette Alte itinerary. Calls for physical fitness and a head for heights.
The Oliva Detassis via ferrata takes you from Bocchetta Bassa dei Massodi to the Brentei hanging glacier and runs beneath the west ridge of Cima Molveno. Well equipped with cables and long vertical ladders, it climbs over a wall of rock about a hundred meters tall up cliff faces and along narrow ledges that require athletic skill and endurance.
Running above the former Brenta hanging glacier, the trail has been dedicated to Oliva Detassis by her sons, Bruno, Giordano and Catullo Detassis. The actual via ferrata is an outing of between 2 to 3 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).
Outlets: none. This trail is not recommended for anyone with a fear of heights due to the exposure and steepness of certain sections.
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
Access from Via delle Bocchette Alte to Bocchetta Bassa dei Massodi, starting from Bocca del Tuckett or from Rifugio Alimonta.
From Bocca dei Massodi, return to Rifugio Alimonta by way of the Bocchette Alte via ferrata. Add another 3-4 hours for the return to Vallesinella.
From Rifugio Brentei to Bocchetta dei Brentei, climbing up from Vallesinella (2-3 hour hike).
ParkingAmple paid parking is available in Vallesinella, although access is restricted (check summer schedule and pricing online).
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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)