Via Ferrata Finanzieri al Colac, near Bolzano
Via Ferrata Finanzieri al Colac, near Bolzano

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  • Sport level
  • Spoken languages
    Italian, English
  • Duration
    full day
  • Opening seasons:
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Activity description

Face your fears at Via Ferrata dei Finanzieri al Colac in the Dolomites on this altitude trail with a difference.

Test your technique on one of the Dolomites more technical routes to the solitary peak of Colac. Surrounded by some of the most impressive mountains in Europe, climb in the presence of kings as notorious summits like the Marmolada and the Padron Pass shadow your path. A long and exposed hike to 2150 m, rely on your instincts as you feel your way up rocky ramparts and smooth escarpments, using the iron road for reference. With only the metal wire to lead you, touch the antique-looking cross at the top for good luck – but don’t loiter, it’s a long way back to base camp…

Connected by cable car to the resort of Ciampac cableway in Alba di Canazei-Tn, in the Val di Fassa, Col Rodella. A paradise for paragliding lovers as well as sports climbers, the Colac Massive is a prominent relief on the Sella pass belonging to the Val di Fassa, in the heart of the Dolomites, located in the mountainous group of the Sassopiatto above Ciampac. A UNESCO World Heritage site, in winter, Ciampac is a popular ski resort with direct links to the Dolomiti Superski region in Canazei.

Meet your IFMGA Mountain guide at the cable car in Ciampac, Alba for this full day via ferrata excursion. Suitable for experienced climbers with previous experience, this long and challenging altitude trail will start with a short 20-minute walk to the start of the via ferrata. After a short safety debriefing and kit check, you will start up the steep trail to reach the iron road. The route goes up lots of inclines, smooth slabs with lots of exposure and a few vertical climbs. There are stemples and ladders provided for the more demanding sections to reach the main edge of the mountain. The route comes up through a small cleft to reach the summit at 2715mt where you can take in the views from across the Fassa Valley, Sella Pass and Marmolada. The descent includes an easy via ferrata and two-hour hike back to the cable car where you will return to Ciampac.

This is a difficult, long and fairly steep ferrata that takes a full day to complete from point to point. The ferrata is of fairly recent construction and has good protection throughout, with tight cables, ladders & a few stemples.
Difficulty: hard
Distance:  5.5 km 
Duration: 3.5h 
Ascent:  887 m

minimum 16 y/o
Cancellation policy: 
moderate1) Cancellation 10 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are automatically refunded for the full activity price

2) Cancellation between 4 and 10 days prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are entitled to a 50% refund

3) 4 days or later, prior to the agreed activity starting date, is considered last-minute cancellations
→ No refund will be made
Activity requirements

Suitable for children +16 years old when accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Special terms

Please note: this activity operates with a four-person minimum per climb.

Subject to weather restrictions

  • IFMGA Guide
  • All necessary climbing equipment
  • Picnic lunch
  • Return cable car fee
Do not forget to bring
Do not forget to bring
  • Hiking boots
  • Sunglasses/Suncream
  • Long sleeves & long trousers
Meeting point
Funivia Ciampac & Contrin, Alba, Province of Trento, Italy Get directions
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