Vie ferrate

Via Normale - to the top of Mount Pelmo

Beautiful, interesting and difficult itinerary which allows you to reach one of the most beautiful and important summits of the Dolomites. Amazing view from the summit of the Civetta group, Moiazza and the surrounding valleys. The itinerary is long and exposed in sections, you need to be used to walking on delicate terrain with scree and rocks and on exposed ledges with many climbing sections that have difficulties up to I and II grade.

From Rifugio Venezia follow path no.480 in a north-westerly direction along an itinerary with dwarf pines and then along scree. At the first junction leave the path which continues towards Forcella Val d’Arcia and climb up to the left towards the rocks. Follow a trail with old red marks which allows you to overcome the first step and reach the base of the Ball ledge.

Follow the ledge in a southerly direction, flat and then slightly uphill with an exposed itinerary along a trail. Go by three gullies which carve through the ledges. In the last gully you will find the famous Passo del Gatto, considered the crux of the ascent. It is a section which you have to tackle on all fours to overcome a jutting out section (II grade, peg and old rope).

After this section the ledge becomes more accessible even if it is always exposed and leads to the lower border of the large debris covered basin between Pelmo’s two buttresses. Climb up the valley zig zagging up to the base of a rock band. The itinerary continues overcoming a few steps still winding its way up to the upper Vant cirque.
Climb up now westwards all the way to the ridge. From here with an exposed itinerary heading south-west you reach the top.

Along the uphill itinerary.

General access
From Forno di Zoldo drive up to the village of Zoppé di Cadore. Once you have left your car in Sagui walk up to the hut along path no. 471 approx. one and a half hours.


Long and difficult in physical terms due to the remarkable length and vertical height gain. It requires excellent physical form. Technically difficult it has moves of grade II and many exposed sections.

Gear: Normal ferrata gear. At the beginning of summer an ice axe may come in useful.

Maps: Cartina Tabacco 025


Before to start please verify the conditions of the itinerary contacting the Alpine guides of Val di Zoldo.


Guide Alpine Val di Zoldo - Alpine guides
Via M. Punta 2/b 
32012 Val di Zoldo (BL) 
Tel: +39 328 2170815 - +39 347 2990255  
[email protected] 

Guide alpine Mountainfree - Alpine guides
Tel: 340 37 88 018 Daniele Geremia (Guida Alpina)
[email protected] 



Difficulty: See the description
Travel time: 8-10 h
Difference in height: 1200 m dal/from Rifugio Venezia
Dolomitic Group: Mount Pelmo
Departure: Rifugio Venezia (1946 m) which can be reached from Zoppé di Cadore or Forcella Staulanza.
Arrival: Top of Mount Pelmo (3168 m)
Recommended period: Summer


Val di Zoldo is waiting for you


La strada del formai

Difficoltà: Easy, for families
Tempo di precorrenza: 1 h 40 min
Quota: 1.690 m
Dislivello: 246 m

Vara dal Molin

Difficoltà: Easy, for families
Tempo di precorrenza: 40 min
Quota: 1.476 m
Dislivello: 80 m

The ascent of the mount Civetta

Difficoltà: cable-equipped sections, overall difficult
Tempo di precorrenza: 6-7 h dall'attacco/from the start of the climb
Quota: 3220 m
Dislivello: 770 m dall'attacco/from the start of the climb

The "Lizon" road

Difficoltà: Easy, for families
Tempo di precorrenza: 45 min.
Quota: 1.570 m
Dislivello: 118 m

Via Normale - to the top of Mount Pelmo

Difficoltà: See the description
Tempo di precorrenza: 8-10 h
Dislivello: 1200 m dal/from Rifugio Venezia