|Time of year:||June – September|
|Duration:||7 days (incl. travel)|
|On trail:||5 days|
|Max group size:||12 participants approx|
|Additional costs:||Flights + travel insurance|
Taking Charity Challenges to the new heights! Via Ferrata is a network of paths, protected by cables that run high through the mountains.
The pathways were originally installed with steel wire along high mountain trails for the safe passage of soldiers during WWI. These paths have now been updated to a high standard that allows adventurers follow these old trails deep into the mountains.
Each participant is equipped with a harness, helmet and specialist lanyard that they use to secure themselves to the cables. This exciting activity allows participants to access high cliffs and lofty mountain tops that would otherwise be inaccessible.
Our challenge is to follow a 5-day route that traverses the Brenta Dolomites, we travel from hut-to-hut as we stay high in the mountains for the duration of our trek.
The group will be led by highly qualified and experienced guides who love to share their passion for the mountains.
Fit outdoors people who love the sense of adventure. Fitness is important as we’ll be moving as a team through the 5 days. The challenges is physically demanding as participants will be carrying their kit for the 5 days (the huts provide all food and sleeping materials).
We also include a Zoom briefing for all participants in advance along with ongoing support and assistance.
There are no hidden extras – all specialist equipment hire is included: technical kit, in-country transport, catering etc.
The first and last night will be spent in chalet/hotel accommodation at village level. The other 4 nights will be spent in the mountains huts which provide comfortable dorm-style accommodation with hearty meals and refreshments.
We will provide you with all the specialist equipment as follows:
We’ll provide you with a full kit list. All participant receive a 15% discount on purchases in our store in advance of departure.
This expedition is 7 Days in duration. This gives us 2 days travelling and 5 days in the mountains.
No, but they do need a good level of fitness and agility. We would advise that participants also have a good head for heights and maybe try rock climbing in advance. The trails involve climbing ladders and traversing exposed paths high in the mountains
We’ll provide a full kit list in advance. Each participant will need boots, rainwear, warm jacket, gloves, hat etc. We’ll provide the technical kit.
We have space for 8 – 12 participants depending on the route we choose.
There is one charity place available. You pay flights.
The expedition fees are €1,590pp/£1,300pp. This includes:
> All in-country transport
> Catering (except for lunches)
> Technical Via Ferrata equipment hire
> PL insurance
> Expert tuition and highly skilled guides
> All fees are approximate and depend on final numbers.
As we’ll be climbing high, 3,000m it will be cool and exposed to the wind at times. Participants will need to be equipped for this and we’ll cover this in our Zoom briefing. Nighttime temperatures can be cold.
Yes, it certainly is and we plan our routes accordingly. We also take other preventative measures like keeping hydrated, climbing high/sleep low and other steps. There is no need for the use of preventative medications. Even with all the steps above some people still feel the effects but these generally wear off after a couple of days.
No, we may be passing some snow patches but the mountains are generally clear of snow at this time of year. While Via Ferrata routes run hight through the mountains we won’t encounter avalanches.
Italian mountain huts are very comfortable and serve great food. Sleeping is in large open dorms, earplugs are essential! Dinner is a usually 3 course with a traditional stew or similar. Huts can accommodate some dietary requirements but usually, everyone eats the same meal- there is no menu!
Flights, you can arrange these yourself or we can have our travel partner. The extra kit as per the kit list. If you’re missing anything we can advise on how to best purchase, any extra tours etc. Lunches each day are at participants expense and available from the huts.
It is essential that all participants take out additional travel insurance for the trip. This should cover repatriation to UK/Ireland and rescue fees. Your insurance must list Via Ferrata as an activity. Let us know if you need details on insurance companies. We also advise that you apply for your EHIC (formally E11).
This expedition is provided by our counterparts in German: Sustainable Adventure Experiences WHR UG.