Difficulty: medium
Performance: hardware included
Dates: dates on request
Price: per person: 140 €
Number of participants: min. 3

Marmolada – Westridge
The Marmolada – reaching a height of 3.343 m at Punta Penìa (meaning “nothing more” in the Ladin language) – is also known as the “Queen of the Dolomites”, as it is the highest peak in the region and home to its largest glacier.

This via ferrata runs along the aerial west ridge of the Marmolada. Technically it is not very difficult, but you are in a very Alpine region with snow and ice. I’ts a very long alpine glacier tour only for very fit participants who should not be underestimated.
Very good physical condition is essential, total 6 hours glacier hiking with crampon and ice axe.


The cablecar no longer works! Therefore, the ascent is only possible as a 2-day tour.

Starting point:
from Canazei you arrives the Fedaiapass at 2057 m. You pass the Fedaia lake on the the dam and after two curves you arrive on the parking place.

1st day:
Departure from the parking on path n° 606 to the refugio Pian dei Fiacconi at 2626 m. Total: about 2 hours, 600 m in ascent.
In the evening briefing with the mountain guide and distribution of the hardware.

2st day:
starting at 6am! Now we descent about 150 meters down. We go around the pilliar and then we up to the beginning of the glacier.
Here starts the via ferrata along the west ridge. From the Marmolada saddle the via ferrata continues along compact plates, always full of artificial steps, which allow an easier progression.
On the summit there are a rest stop to eat and drink something.
Total time ascent: about 4 hours, 700m in ascent.

along the normal route to the refugio Pian dei Fiacconi. After a rest in the refugio we descent to the Fedaiapass.
Total time decent: 2 1/2 – 3 hours, 1300m in descent.

Very strong climbers can do the ascent in one day! Total hiking time: 8 – 9 hours, start at 5.30am, 1300 meters in ascent/descent!

Marmolata with the mountain guide

Climbing the via ferrata on the West Ridge Marmolada

MARMOLADA – 3343 m – WEST RIDGE on the Glacier

The ascent of the Marmolada westridge

MARMOLADA – 3343 m – WEST RIDGE on the Glacier

The via ferrata

MARMOLADA – 3343 m – WEST RIDGE on the Glacier

on the summit of Marmolada

MARMOLADA – 3343 m – WEST RIDGE on the Glacier

The descent over the normal route