Hut to Hut Treks In The Italian Dolomites

An Epic 3-5 Day Traverse Across The Rosengarten Nature Park In The Italian Dolomites

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I spent two weeks exploring the trails, via ferratas, and backcountry huts in the Rosengarten Nature Park in the Italian Dolomites. The Rosengarten Traverse I’ve outlined below is the result of my research. It spans over 3-5 days and includes some of my favorite beginner and intermediate via ferratas.

Everything to know about the Rosengarten Traverse in the Italian Dolomites

Rosengarten Traverse Passo Principe 12

Known for its jagged peaks, typical for the Italian Dolomites, the Rosengarten Nature Park serves as a great adventure location for keen hikers. The famous Vajolet Towers is a bucket list location not only for climbers but many photographers.

Where is the Rosengarten Group?

Rosengarten Traverse Passo Principe 16

The Schlern-Rosengarten Nature Park (Gruppo di Catinaccio in Italian) is located between three valleys: Eggen, Tierser, and Fassa and it is one of my favorite areas in the Dolomites.

The nearest city is Bolzano, which is very well connected to other cities in Italy. Below are some approximate travel times by train or car from:

  • Venice – 3 hours
  • Verona – 1.5 hours
  • Milan – 3 hours

You can also travel to Bolzano by train from other European cities for example:

  • Innsbruck in Austria – 2 hours
  • Munich in Germany – 4 hours

Where to stay the night before the Rosengarten Traverse?

Rosengarten Traverse Rifugio Vajolet 5

Option 1: Bolzano

Bolzano is a good place to stay if you need to leave some of your luggage in storage. It will be easy to get back to Bolzano from Siusi or Ortisei or Campitello di Fassa where the traverse ends (depending on which exit route you choose).

As I already mentioned Bolzano is very well connected by public transport with other European cities. It also has plenty of rental places where you will be able to rent via ferrata gear. Below are a couple of places I recommend for your stay.

Option 2: Carezza or any town in the Fassa Valley

If Rosengarten Traverse isn’t the only adventure you have planned for your trip around the Dolomites, then I recommend staying in one of the towns in the Fassa Valley like Canazei, Campitello, Vigo di Fassa or Pozza di Fassa.

They all lie very close to one another and are at the foot of the Rosengarten Nature Park. It’s also possible to rent gear in these towns. Below are a couple of accommodation options I recommend for your stay.

How to get to the trailhead

Rosengarten Traverse View of Latemar

By bus

The bus stop for the Paolina chairlift, where the Rosengarten Traverse starts is aptly named Paolina. Bus numbers 180, 184, and N180 operate on this route.

Find the nearest bus stop to your accommodation by zooming in on it on Google Maps, then type in your point of departure and destination on the Sued Tirol Mobil website. If you are traveling from Bolzano the journey takes approx. 1 hour.

By car        

It takes 40 minutes by car from Bolzano to reach the Paolina parking lot at the bottom of the chairlift. That’s where you can leave your car for the duration of the traverse.

From Vigo Di Fassa it takes approx. 15 minutes to drive and 26 minutes by bus. In both cases, you will be driving along route no. SS241.

When is it possible to do the Rosengarten traverse?

Rosengarten Traverse Passo Principe 5

If you plan on following the Rosengarten Traverse to a T, including all via ferratas then I recommend that you plan your trip between July and September. That’s when the peaks are finally clear of snow on both the south and north faces.

If you won’t be doing any via ferratas then go from early June until mid-October. That’s when (most of) the huts are open to hikers and you can book your accommodation.

I think September is best for this traverse. The thunderstorms which are very common during the summer season subside and there are plenty of bluebird days. The heat is also not as relentless.

I did this traverse in the first week of October and as you can see on some of the pics we already had some snow. Luckily, It didn’t stick around for long and melted quite quickly.

The backstory of the Rosengarten Nature Park

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A mythical King in South Tyrol by the name of Laurin, who was a rather keen horticulturalist, admired and loved roses to death. He had an expansive rose garden that stretched out almost 17,000 acres.

Unfortunately, it was the king’s rose garden that caused his demise. After kidnapping another king’s daughter (as one does) he put on his invisibility belt (as one does) and ran away through his rose garden. The soldiers, hot on his tail, managed to track him by the footprints he left on the way.

When he was caught and banished from the realm, he put a curse on the rose garden making it disappear day and night. Luckily for us, this curse does not apply to the transition periods of sunrise and sunset and when the sky lights up, red, orange, and pink, it’s the roses trying to come back down to where they once nestled.

After a long time passed the mythical king’s rose garden became known in German as the Rosengarten even though the roses don’t grow there anymore. 

Interactive map of the Rosengarten Traverse

This map will help you visualize my plan and follow along with the daily descriptions below. Click on the button in the top left corner to unveil the map’s legend.

Disclaimer: This map is fairly accurate and allows you to properly visualize the route. However, it should not be used for navigating whilst in the mountains. For this, you should buy the Tabacco map number 029.

TIP: Click on individual trail and a window will pop up with all important information about each trail

Rosengarten Traverse: Day-By-Day Breakdown

Day 1: Rifugio Paolina to Rifugio Roda De Vaél

  • Distance: 1.95 km / 1.2 mi
  • Walking time: 30-40 mins
  • Elevation gain: 189 m / 620 ft
  • Path numbers: 539, 549
Rosengarten Traverse Rifugio Paolina to Roda De Vael

Rosengarten traverse starts at the top of the Paolina Chairlift in Karersee (or Carezza al Lago in Italian). It’s a cute town that has plenty of accommodation options.

The chairlift runs from the end of May to the middle of October, starts at either 08:00 or 08:30 each day, and costs 16 Euros one way. You can check the lift info here.

Alternatively, there is a hiking route that begins near Carezza Lake. It’s on path number 6a then 552, includes 400m of elevation gain, and should take around 60 – 90 minutes.

Once you reach the top of the chairlift follow path 539 then 549 eastward toward Rifugio Roda da Vaél. It’s a flat jaunt and a great warm-up. It takes around 30-40 minutes to reach the hut.  

Day 1 (extension): Via Ferrata Roda di Vaél and Via Ferrata Masaré

  • Distance: 5.2 km / 3.23 mi
  • Time required: 3-4 hours
  • Elevation gain: 405 m / 1329 ft

Via Ferrata Roda di Vaél and Via Ferrata Masaré can be done as a loop from the Roda di Vaél hut, where you’ll spend the first night. Once you get to the hut, it will probably be too early to check in, but you can store some of your stuff at the hut leaving only enough supplies in your backpack for a day excursion.

Head out to complete the ferratas before returning to the hut in the afternoon. Individually they are marked as 2B (lower – intermediate) and 1A (Beginner) routes so as long as you’re sure-footed and have the right equipment, you should give them a try.

From Rifugio Roda Di Vaél look at the ridgeline to the West. This is where the via ferratas run, first to the unnamed peak on the left, then to the summit of Roda da Vaél.

At the highest point, you’ll be able to see far northward into the Rosengarten Nature Park where you’ll be spending the next 5 days. Exciting huh?

I’ve written a more in-depth breakdown of the combination of both via ferrata routes in a separate article. The loop takes around 3-4 hours so providing you get an early lift, once you’re back at the Roda Di Vaél hut you’ll have plenty of time to relax and regain your strength for the following day. 

TIP: You can also stay the first night at the Paolina hut on the top of the chairlift.

Night 1: Rifugio Roda Di Vaél (Rotwandhütte)

Rosengarten Traverse Rifugio Roda De Vael

This 116-year-old refuge is located on the Ciampáz saddle and at the foot of Masaré peak in the Southern part of the Rosengarten group.

Rifugio Roda Di Vaél is usually open from June until mid-October. To make a booking you can send them the request via the website or call them directly at +39 335 6750325. Remember that online requests must be sent at least one week before your planned stay.

Club Alpino Italiano member (CAI)Price/night (half board) Price/night for bed and breakfastSummer season 2024 opening times
YES€ 55*/ € 76€ 32*/ €53June -October
* Discounted price for Alpine Club members

Day 2: Rifugio Roda Di Vaél to Rifugio Alberto Primero

Stage 1: Rifugio Roda De Vaél to Rifugio Rosengarten (Kölner Huette)

  • Distance: 5 km / 3.1 mi
  • Time required: 2-3 hours
  • Elevation gain: 159 m / 521 ft
  • Elevation loss: 112 m / 367 ft
  • Path numbers: 549

This is an exciting day so pray for good weather conditions! In general, the mornings in the Dolomites tend to be sunny with bluebird skies, so leave straight after breakfast and pack everything up the night before.

At first, you will have to retrace a part of the trail that you took the day before to reach the Roda Di Vaèl hut. You will then traverse along the Western slopes of Mount Roda De Vaèl, which you summited yesterday. This is an easy trail with little elevation gain.

TIP: If you stayed at Rifugio Paolina the night before then walk on path no. 552 and 549 to Rosengarten hut then follow stage 2 as per the info below.

Stage 2: Rifugio Rosengarten to Rifugio Re Alberto Primero along Via Ferrata Passo Santner

  • Distance: 2.7 km / 1.68 mi
  • Time required: 2-3 hours
  • Elevation gain: 430 m / 1410 ft
  • Elevation loss: 158 m / 518 ft
  • Path numbers: 542

The next stage of day 2 will take you along the Passo Santner Ferrata. The spires and rock formations on the western slopes of the Rosengarten group pose enough of a challenge to be demanding but ladders and pegs make sure it’s never too strenuous. The endpoint of the via ferrata is Rifugio Passo Santner

Although the sight of the picturesque hut is incredible, it does come second to the view into the Gartl Valley and of the prominent Vajolet Towers seen directly from the Santner Pass. On days with good visibility try to find climbers making their way up the towers.

Below the towers, you’ll also be able to spot Gártlhuette (Rifugio Re Alberto) which is roughly 20 minutes away. This is where you will spend the next night.

Night 2: Rifugio Re Alberto Primero (Gartlhütte)

Rifugio Re Alberto Rosengarten Travers

Rifugio Alberto Di Primero is one of the most photogenic huts in the Dolomites. You can admire the reflections of the Vajolet Towers in the small seasonal pond next to the hut(as the season progresses the pond slowly disappears) or walk up to Passo Laurin. Both are less than 5 minutes away from the Re Alberto hut.

Check the availability and make a booking directly on their website.

Club Alpino Italiano member (CAI)Price/night (half board)Price/night for bed and breakfastSummer season 2024 opening times
NOfrom € 70 from € 50June 15 – October 8

TIP: If Rifugio Re Alberto is full the alternatives are Rifugio Passo Santner, Vajolet, or Preuss. All are marked on the map.

Day 3: Rifugio Re Alberto Primero to Rifugio Passo Principe

  • Distance: 2.85 km / 1.8 mi
  • Time required: 2 hours
  • Elevation gain: 369 m / 1210 ft
  • Elevation loss: 343 m / 1125 ft
  • Path numbers: 542, 584

Day 3 will start with a sharp descent from Rifugio Re Alberto to Rifugio Vajolet along a scree and rocky slopes. Steel cables have been installed to help with the steepest sections. This part takes approximately 45-60 minutes.

From rifugio Vajolet follow the signs for rifugio Passo Principe (path no. 584). Another 60-90 minutes later you will be at my favorite hut in the whole park! 

Day 3 (extension): Via Ferrata Catinaccio D’Antermoia

  • Distance: 3 km / 1.8 mi
  • Time required: 3-4 hours
  • Elevation gain: 448 m / 1469 ft
  • Path numbers: 585, 584

After a hearty lunch at Rifugio Passo Principe and good strong Italian coffee, there is one more thing that will keep you on your toes for the rest of the day – a good via ferrata!  Luckily, you will have immediate access right at the hut’s doorstep.

Today’s via ferrata is Catinaccio D’Antermoia. Since it’s a loop there is no need to carry all your equipment with you. If you ask nicely, you should be allowed to leave some of your stuff at the Principe hut for a few hours and then do a proper check-in once you get back.

I did this climb a couple of times to get the right photography conditions, even missing my goulash and dumpling dinner! Thankfully my friend saved it for me for when I arrived back.  

The Via Ferrata d’Antermoia is a beginner route that should take around 3 – 4 hours in total to complete. Its highest point is the summit of Monte Catinaccio, the tallest peak in the Rosengarten Group.

From here everything in the immediate vicinity is below you. It’s almost weird looking down on the Vajolet Towers after straining your neck and looking up at them from Rifugio Re Alberto.  

Night 3: Rifugio Passo Principe (Grassleitenpasshütte)

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Because the hut is small, it’s generally considered the toughest to get reservations at. Try and book this one first and fit the rest of the trip around it. 

Unfortunately, their website (link takes you to their photo gallery), is only in Italian and German but to make a reservation you need to send your inquiry to Sergio & Daniele Rosi (The Hut Owners) who can be reached at They both speak English. 

In your inquiry include your name, the dates you’d like to stay, and the number of people in your group. 

Club Alpino Italiano member (CAI)Price/night (half board)Price/night for bed and breakfastSummer season 2024 opening times
NO€ 62€ 46End of May to mid-October

TIP: If Rifugio Passo Principe is full the alternatives are Rifugio Antermoia or Bergamo. They are marked on the map.

Day 4: Rifugio Passo Principe to Rifugio Alpe Di Tires

  • Distance: 3.6 km / 2.24 mi
  • Walking time: 2-2.5 hours
  • Elevation gain: 226 m / 741 ft
  • Elevation loss: 384 m / 1260 ft
  • Path numbers: 11, 11A, 3A

On Day 4 you will be heading to Rifugio Alpe di Tires. From Passo Principe continue northward on path no. 11A following the signs for Passo Molignon. 

Initially, the path drops into a wide bowl only to regain all that lost elevation on the other side where path 11A turns into 3A. This part of the route should take no longer than 2 hours. 

Once you’ve made it to the top of Passo Molignon, you’ve done the vast majority of the effort for the day. The last final push is a little traverse, then a short downhill spurt, where a few protective cables have been installed (rather unnecessarily) before arriving at the most luxurious refuge in the Rosengarten group – Rifugio Alpe di Tires.

Day 4 (extension): Via Ferrata Sentiero Massimiliano

  • Distance: 4.4 km / 2.7 mi
  • Time required: 3-4 hours
  • Elevation gain: 389 m / 1276 ft
  • Elevation loss: 394 m / 1293 ft
  • Path numbers: 4

The via ferrata Sentiero Massimiliano starts next to the Alpe di Tires refuge. Although I do class it as an intermediate-level ferrata, it’s only because of a very short section that may be challenging to a total beginner. If you have no problems with balance and heights though, then give it a go. 

The route heads up a narrow gully and then traverses the Terrarossa ridgeline between the Dente Grande di Terrarossa and Terrarossa Peak.

It’s a rewarding ferrata that’s easy to follow and a great way to spend the afternoon of day 4. The whole route, which returns to the hut, takes around 3 – 4 hours. Again take only what’s necessary for the ferrata because you will be returning to the hut.

Night 4: Rifugio Alpe Di Tires (Tierseralphütte)

Rosengarten Traverse Rifugio Alpi Di Tires

Since this hut was renovated in 2016, it has become one of my favorites with a very Scandinavian interior feel, a wide open space café, and lots of light-colored wood.

The food is to die for and the beds are very comfortable. Something I have learned not to take for granted now. 

Rifugio Alpe Di Tires does cost slightly more than the others but it’s definitely worth it. On their website, you can do everything from browsing the menu to reading about the history of the hut. 

Club Alpino Italiano member (CAI)Price/night (half board)Price/night for bed and breakfastSummer season 2024 opening times
NOfrom € 86 from € 57End of May to mid-October

Day 5: Exit Possibilities

There are now 4 possibilities to end this traverse. I think the first two heading north on to the Alpi di Suisi, Europe’s highest alpine meadow and one of the most iconic photography locations in the Dolomites, are the best choice. 

Especially if you plan on exploring other parks such as the famous Puez Ödle Nature Park. 

Option 1 – Siusi (Seis Am Schlern)

  • Distance: ca. 8 km
  • Walking time: 2.5-3 hours
  • Path numbers: 2, 7

Once you’ve done the via ferrata, head eastward from the hut on path number 2, after hopping over the Forcella Denti di Terrarossa, you’ll drop into the meadows. It takes around 2 hours to get to Compatsch, where you can take the Seiser Alm Gondola down to Siusi.

Option 1A – Ortisei

  • Distance: ca. 13.5 km
  • Walking time: 4-5 hours
  • Path numbers: 2, 7, 6,

If you carry on across the Alpi Di Siusi meadows and past the Siusi gondola, you can get the Ortisei-Alpi Di Siusi gondola down to Ortisei (The upper terminal is roughly 4-5 hours hiking from Rifugio Alpe di Tires).

The gondola runs daily until 5:30 pm for most of the summer and autumn. This route is completed by first following exit strategy 1 then continuing over the meadows. Ortisei is a great town to stop if you plan on hiking to the Seceda Ridgeline or completing Via Ferrata Sass Rigais

Option 2 – Col Rodella Cable Car

  • Distance: ca. 12 km
  • Walking time: 4 hours
  • Path numbers: 4

Another potential end to this traverse is heading east on path no. 4 to Col Rodella Cable Car via Rifugio Sassopiatto. The cable car will take you down to Campitello di Fassa, one of my favorite little mountain towns in the Dolomites. This exit should take around 4 hours.

Campitello Di Fassa is the closest town to Karersee where you started this traverse. They are connected by a local public bus. If you left your car parked at the Paolina chairlift on day 1 and need to get back to it, go for this exit option. 

Option 3 – Via Ferrata Laurenzi and exit through Val Dona

  • Distance: 16.5 km
  • Total time: 8-9 hours
  • Path numbers: 3A, 584, 580, 577
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If you haven’t had enough of the Rosengarten Park and are confident you can tackle an advanced via ferrata, you can turn around head back in the direction of Passo Molignon, and then complete the Via Ferrata Laurenzi.

This follows the Molignon ridgeline up to the summit of Molignon di Dentro before dropping into Valon Antermoia.

TIP: Spend one extra night in Rifugio Antermoia before descending to Campitello di Fassa. 

How to shorten the Rosengarten traverse to 3 or 4 days?

You don’t have 5 days to complete the whole Rosengarten traverse? Don’t fret. There are plenty of ways to shorten it by 1 or 2 days. Here is how:

  • Option 1 (map below): Skip the first night at Rifugio Roda Di Vaél. Instead, walk from the top of the Paolina chairlift along path no. 552 then 549 to Rifugio Rosengarten then along the Via Ferrata Passo Santner to Rifugio Re Alberto Primero.
  • Option 2: Skip the last night at Rifugio Alpe Di Tires and Via Ferrata Sentiero Massimiliano.
  • Option 3: After Via Ferrata Catinaccio D’Antermoia instead of returning to Rifugio Passo Principe for the night, stay the night at Rifugio Antermoia then exit the next day to the Fassa Valley.

TIP: If you would like to adjust this itinerary to your personal needs then use my trip planning services. We can schedule an online meeting and talk about personalizing the trip.

Frequently Asked Questions About The Rosengarten Traverse

Over the years my guide to Rosengarten Traverse has gathered quite a bit of questions from you. I picked the ones that appear the most often and decided to compile them in a list.

1. How should I pack?

You should go as lightweight as possible. A 30-40 liter backpack is more than enough even with via ferrata gear and photography hear in it. There is no need to pack food or camping equipment as everything is provided in the huts. Here is my complete packing list for hut-to-hut hikes in the Dolomites.

2. What can I expect when staying at the huts?

The huts in the Alps are like high alpine hostels. They provide bedding, food, and in some cases entertainment to hikers. You can expect to have electricity, running water, and sometimes even a possibility to have a hot shower after a long day of hiking. Here is everything to know before staying in mountain huts in the Italian Dolomites.

3. Where to rent via ferrata gear?

Plenty of places in the Fassa Valley which rent ski equipment during the winter season, turn into summer rental places with bikes and via ferrata gear at your disposal. Search for places called nollegio (Italian for rental).

The rent for the whole set costs around 30-35 euros/day. If you are going for 5 days then I would recommend that you consider buying your equipment. The whole set will set you off by around 250 Euros, but it will last you for a long time.

I have linked to all the gear I use personally in my beginner’s guide to via ferrata climbing in the Italian Dolomites.

4. Is it possible to do this route in reverse?

The reason this route is better south to north is that some parts of it include scrambling along via ferratas which sometimes go in only one direction, like the via ferrata Passo Santnert.

Though going from north to south, you will have to omit Via Ferrata Passo Santner and instead hike to Rifugio Roda Di Vaél from Rifugio Vajolet over Passo Da Le Zigolade.

5. Is there a place to store my excess luggage for the duration of the trip?

Yes, thanks to one of my readers who left awesome feedback after completing this traverse I now know that it is possible to store your luggage at a train station in Bolzano for a few days.

If you are staying in the Fassa Valley before the trek then contact your hotel prior to your trip and ask if you can leave your excess luggage with them.

6. Is there a way to omit via ferratas on this traverse?

Whilst I think via ferratas is what makes this traverse so exciting, I can understand that it is not everyone’s cup of tea. In that case, you can traverse through the heart of Rosengarten whilst staying on the ground the whole time. Here is how:

Day 1: Rifugio Paolina -> Rifugio Roda Di Vael -> Passo Da Le Zigolade -> Rifugio Vajolet – Rifugio Re Alberto
  • Path numbers: 549, 541, 542
  • Distance: ca. 10 km
  • Walking time: 4-5 hours
Day 2: Rifugio Re Alberto -> Rifugio Passo Principe -> Passo Molignon -> Rifugio Alpi Di Tires -> Rifugio Schlernhaus
  • Path numbers: 542, 11, 11A, 3A, 4
  • Distance: ca. 15 km
  • Walking time: 5-6 hours
Day 3: Exit to Siusi
  • Path number: 1
  • Distance: ca 8 km
  • Walking time: 3 hours

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160 thoughts on “An Epic 3-5 Day Traverse Across The Rosengarten Nature Park In The Italian Dolomites”

  1. Hi Marta!

    First, thank you so much for your amazing blog. It has made planning our trip to the Dolomites a reality as it is hard to find such detail online. My friend and I are trekking essentially this route during our upcoming trip but, of course, I am getting nervous about if I planned the route well. The route is as follows:
    Day 1: Travel from Bolzano to Carezza to Paolina chairlift and begin trek. Staying at Rifugio Re Alberto for the night.
    Day 2: Rifugio Re Alberto > Rifugio Passo Principe for lunch > Grasleitenhütte (for this day, we could not get a spot in Rifugio Passo Principe but were able to at Graslenitenhutte for the night)
    Day 3: Graslenitenhutte > Alpe di Tires
    Day 4: Alpe di Tires > Oritsei

    Days 2 and 3 will be lighter through hiking days but we assume we will do via ferratas and other paths from the huts once we arrive, does this sound right?
    Day 4 – this is where I am most concerned, is it possible to go from Alpe di Tires to Ortisei?

    I have ordered two maps (06 & 029) but am waiting for them to get in, and naturally, am worried about the route so wanted to confirm!

    Thank you again!!

    • Hi Meghan. I am glad you find my site useful. Grasleitenhuette is a good alternative to Passo Principe, but if you are still plannng on doing VF Catinaccio then it is better to do it from Passo Principe. Once completed continue the hike to Grasleitenhuette (ca. 1 hour but downhill).
      Day 4. Yes it is absolutely possible to exit to Ortisei and I cover it in the article including distances and the times (exit 1A).
      Have a fantastic time and let me know how your trek goes!

  2. Hi Marta, thank you so much for your website. It is beautiful and very informative. I read a comment and response exchange with Heather about taking the train from Milan to Bolzano and making it to the first hut in one day. I think your response said that time would be tight. When I went to book huts back in February Rifugio Roda De Vaél was already full. Realizing how short the first day hike is, I booked at Rifugio Alberto. We will not likely be able to start hiking until 1 PM. Is it reasonable to make it to Rifugio Alberto if we start at Paolina chairlift at 1 PM? Our crew is in good cardiovascular shape but the elevation is high, temperature hot, etc… I could still make alternate plans to stay in Bolzano the night before but I would lose funding on the place I booked in Milan. Still, if we can’t make it to Alberto in one day, then I should fix it now. Thank you for any input you can provide.

    • Hi Erin I presume you would be going over VF Passo Santner. Yes you can make it to Alberto Primero in one day however you need to take under consideration the afternoon storms. You did not mention when you are going. In late August/September or October the storms aren’t an issue but during July they are almost daily occurence and as you can imagine being stuck on a via ferrata in the later afternoon is not something I would recommend.

  3. Thank you for all your fantastic information. We are a family of 4 where 2 will be keen to do via ferrata and 2 prefer to just walk. We are planning to start at Carezza staying at Rifugio Alberto first night then Bergamo on second night, walking out to fassa valley somewhere on third day. If we all walk together on the first day as far as Rifugio Fronza is the path over to Rifugio Vajolet (550?) suitable for walkers while the keen duo do the Via ferrata passo santner? We think the walkers should be fine with the steep section up from Vajolet to Alberto but don’t want anything much more technical than that.
    On our second day half of us will probably do the via ferrata Catinaccio on the way while the others just walk to Bergamo. Will this be a really short day for the walkers and if so are there any good side trips on the way or extras from the Bergamo refuge.
    Thanks for all your help

    • Hi Meirion. Yes you can split a little bit up from Rif. Fronza and one group goes up the longer route over the pass and via rif. Vajolet, the other group takes the VF Passo Santner. On the second day if the walkers want a longer day, they can hike from Alberto to rif. Antermoia, then Antermoia Alpe Di Tires and then Alpe di Tires to Bergamo (around 7 hours of walking in total).

  4. Hi Marta!

    Firstly, thank you so much for the information you’ve shared in your blog. I’ve planned a nine day traverse almost entirely using your website alone. It is amazing the level of detail you have included! We leave today and are doing Rosengarten, some huts east of Cortina and lastly Tre Cime.

    My question is this. I know it’s early in the season (couldn’t come any later this year), and we are wondering how to navigate the snow and ice up high. How will we know if the ferratas are open and safe to do? Do you have any advice about this and tips for climbing via ferrata in colder conditions?

    Thank you,

    • Hi George. Thanks for visiting. I usually use webcams in the areas to see how much snow there still is at higher elevations. I check on the map if the ferrata is South or North Exposed. On the North sides the snow melts a lot slower. It is also worth speaking to hut wardens as they have up to date info on the conditions. I hope that helps!

  5. Hi Marta,

    Amazing guide! And wonderful photography.

    I’m planning my trip at the moment – I have around 5-6 days of hiking I can do in September and I’m considering doing the first half of AV2 or the Rosengarten Traverse. I’ve done some of AV1 and loved it. We have no via ferrata experience but are fit and keen to try. What would you recommend out of the two? It seems like the RT is more heavy on the via ferratas but you could omit some from the trail and still complete it if it’s too challenging?


    • Hi Ed. Rosengarten traverse is one of my favorite routes and yes the via ferratas are done mostly as extension (apart from day 2). If you don’t have fear of heights via ferratas in the Rosengarten are beginner level (apart from Laurenzi) and should cause no trouble. Properly equipped person can tackle them without a problem.

  6. Marta–thank you for this wonderfully informative website! Very appreciated; it’s what convinced us to do this trek!
    We were thinking of the following itinerary and wondering whether you have any comments or suggestions for modifications.
    One goal was to do only the easiest via ferrata, which seemed to be Psso Santner; *QUESTION: are we correct that it would be the easiest*?
    Drive to Paolina parking lot; leave car there.
    Day 1. Paolina Chairlift in Karersee to Rifugio Paolina for a short rest and the on to Rif. Rosegarten.
    2. Hike to Rif. Alberto Primero along via ferrata Passo Santner.
    3. Hike to Rif. Passo Principe.
    4. Hike to Rif. Alpe Di Tires.
    5. Exit option 2 (Col Rodella Cable Car) and take bus to Paolina parking lot.
    *QUESTIONS: Which maps would be best to have and where would you get them? Will this be a reasonable plan or would you suggest modifications using some other rifugios? Is there an easy way to shorten this by one day that doesn’t involve having 800m or more up in one day (which is why we split days 2 and 3)?

    • Hi Eddie.

      Thanks for stopping by. Those are really short days. Paolina to Rosengarten is 1.5-2 hour of gentle walk. Via ferrata Passo Santner to Rif. Re Alberto will take around 2-3 hours (btw. consider Rifugio passo Santner over Re Alberto). Alberto Primero to Passo Principe ca. 2.5 hours same for Passo Principe to Alpe Di Tires. There is nothing wrong with that, maybe that’s precisely why you chose to break down the days.
      I would recommend that you get the Tabacco Map no. 06 Val Di Fassa. It will cover the rosengarten group and the Exit strategy to the Col Rodella Cable car. If you want to shorten this trip then I would start by taking the gondola to the Rosengarten hut and doing just the Via Ferrata Passo Santner on day 1. You can read about this option in my article about VF Passo Santner.

      Let me know if that helps! If you have any more questions you can book a direct call with me. Here are the details.

    • Thank you for your reply.

      We are considering adding the via f extensions of days 3 and 4, so they won’t be so short. We just want to see how my partner does on the via f on the second day as via f’s are new for her.

      however if you don’t mind i do have two follow-up questions that are hopefully small enough to ask here and don’t require a zoom call. (i) most importantly: is there any extension, ideally a loop from the hut (so we can decide when we get there if we want to, and we can leave our bags there too) – not necessarily a via f extension – that you would suggest for day 1 and or day 2? (ii) why do you recommend the rifugio passo santner instead of alberto? i thought from the main article you were recommending alberto.

      thanks again!

      • Hi Eddie. Which hut? All via ferratas apart from the Passo Santner can be done as loop extensions (refer to the maps)

        As for rif. Passo Santner. I will just say visit its website. It’s a brand new hut. consider it an insider tip 🙂 Alberto hut is also amazing so if you already have your reservartion then just stick with it.

  7. Hi! This has been SO helpful, thank you! We are going in the first week of June, and only a few huts were open, so we were a bit limited in where we could stay. I would love to get your feedback on our current plan, as well as suggestions for any day hikes.

    Day 1: Ortesei/Suisu Chairlift > Rifugio Alpe di Tires (evening stay). Maybe a short day hike (perhaps go see the Via Ferrata Sentiero Massimiliano)

    Day 2: Alpe di Tires > Day hike south (hike to Passo Principe? Vajolet? Any other suggestions?) return to Alpe de Tires (evening stay)

    Day 3: Alpe di Tires > hike east to Rifugio Platkofel Sasso Piato (evening stay). Anything else we should do on this day?

    Day 4: Rifugio Platkofel Sasso Piato > Day hike (Maybe the Sassolungo and Sassopiatto loop? Another loop in the area? Any other suggestions?) > return to Rifugio Platkofel Sasso Piato (evening stay)

    Day 5: Rifugio Platkofel Sasso Piato > exit (which chairlift / exit point is best?)

    Also, how is the snow right now? Do you think we will need spikes?


    • Hi Adam. Thanks for stopping by. The snow is melting very quickly and most hikes up to 2000 meters are already doable (with the exception of the North facing). I reckon the proper season will start early this year, but I cannot give you any guarantee. With the crampons, it’s hard to tell. During daytime the remaining snow is very soft so spikes won’t help with sinking. I always say it is better to be safe than sorry. Since you are staying in Alpe Di Tires two nights and only doing a short move from Alpe Di Tires to Sassopiatto having extra gear won’t be much of a nuisance.
      When staying at Alpe Di Tires you can do via ferrata Sentiero Massimiliano or Via Ferrata Laurenzi
      You could also hike from Alpe Di Tires – Passo Principe – rif. Antermoia in a circuit back to Alpe Di Tires.
      On day 4 when you move to Sassopiatto I wouldn’t recommend the Sassolungo Circuit. It will be too long. Instead you could go up to the summit of Sassopiatto. It’s a hiking route and an exit route for via ferrata Oskar Schuster.
      On Day 5 you could exit from sasso piatto to the top of the Col Rodella Cable car and take it down to Campitello in Fassa Valley. I hope that helps!

      • Thanks so much!! Appreciate the guidance. Do you know around what altitude we will reach in the above itinerary? Trying to understand if we will be above/below 2000m.

        Also, I was unclear in my first message actually, we are not doing the Via Ferrattas (no harnesses), I had thought that maybe we could just hike towards them and then turn around when we had to stop.

        With that in mind, would you have alternative suggestions for the two day hikes on Day 2 and Day 4 (without Via Ferrattas)?

        • Yes, you will be hiking at altitudes higher than 2000 meters. Temperatures are warm this and next week so a lot of snow will melt. As for hiking alternatives I already included them in my first answer 😉

          • Thanks! One last question — what bus(es) do we take to get from Bolzano to the Ortesei/Siusu chairlift on our first day, and then from Campitello back to Bolzano on our last day? I am looking on the Muoversin app but not having much luck.

  8. Hi Marta, Thank you for this wonderful resource. I too am a photographer, my friend Michelle and I are starting in mid Sept (I was going to just bring my iphone 15pro max unless you strongly suggest my Canon). We arrive in Verona on the 16th, spending a day in Verona on the 17th, heading to Balzano on the 18th, then planning to RENT GEAR, spend the night and leave for Carezza in the morning of the 19th and begin.
    Unless you think we could do all that in one day (Verona/Balzano/rental gear/Carezza) on the 18th? (seems like a lot)
    I have Rifugios booked.
    1st night – Roda di Vael
    2nd night – Alberto Primero
    3rd night – Passo Principe
    We planned to have lunch at Alpe Di Tires….then keep going and head down option 2 takiing the cable car to Campitello di Fassa.

    I have 3 questions.
    1. There is mention of buying a map (I missed that), do I buy it from you?
    2. I can not find any via ferrata gear rental online except for BASE CAMP DOLOMITES, do you have any suggestions?
    3. the BB hotel, is that easy to get to the bus to Carezza from?

    Thank you again!
    We are so grateful to have found your site!

    • Hi Lisa. Thanks for your great feedback. You can easily make it from Verona to Bolzano in a day, rent gear and go to Carezza. That way you will be very close to the trailhead and can start very early on day 1 of the trek.
      You can get a map in Bolzano or even some huts sell them. You can also order it through my link (the link is in the text under the interactive map) with the exit to the Col Rodella Cable Car I think you would be better getting the Tabacco Map no. 6 for Val Di Fassa (also on Amazon).
      There are rental places in Fassa Valley. I answer this question in the FAQ’s about the Rosengarten Traverse.
      Public transport is great in the Dolomites during the summer season. Just use the Sued Tirol Mobil website to search for connections. I link to it in the next too.

  9. Thank you so much for such a wonderful website you have here! It has truly inspired me to go on a similar trip. Also, what gorgeous pictures!

    I have planned a trip this August with my family – 5 adults of varying ages 60-21. We have some experience hiking in Scotland but nothing that involves climbing equipment, and we would ideally like to avoid any Via Ferratas as this is our first experience of a multi day hiking trip abroad.

    We are all relatively fit but don’t want to be hiking on anything that feels too extreme or dangerous for our level of experience. I found your ‘is there a way to omit the via ferratas’ section really helpful and have used it to plan the following route. We have planned the following route:

    Day 1: bus bolzano to carezza
    carezza: paolina chairlift to rifugio paolina hutte
    walking from rifugio paolina hutte to rifugio de alberto
    5-6 hours walking

    Day 2: rifugio alberto to rifugio passo principe
    3 hours walking

    Day 3: rifugio passo principe to rifugio alpi di tires
    3 hours walking

    Day 4: rifugio alpi di tires exit to siusi
    2.5 hours walking
    bus siusi to bolzano

    I have a few questions:
    1. Can you confirm that it is possible to do this route along clear paths omitting via ferratas?
    2. Do you think the walking times I have predicted appear realistic?
    3. Do you recommend any apps/books for planning out the route so that when we are in the mountains we have a resource to follow?
    4. Do we need to book the Paolina chairlift in advance?

    Thank you so much – all and any advice you have to give is so appreciated!

    Best wishes
    Madi Oliver

    • Hi Madi. Thanks for your wonderful feedback.

      To answer your questions:
      1) Yes if you follow this route you won’t have any via ferratas. Important is that on first day you hike rif. Paolina – Rif. Roda De Vael – Passo Delle Zigolade 0 Rifugio Vajolet – Rifugio Re Alberto. There is a short scrambling section with a cable in the gulley between Rif. Vajolet and Rif. Re Alberto but it’s very very short and not classed as via ferrata. Instead of Re ALberto you can also stand in the brand new rif. Passo Santner.
      2) yes. Day 2 from Re ALberto to Passo Principe might take you even less than 3 hours.
      3) Just carry the paper map with you. That is your best and most reliable resource. Tabacco Map no. 06 for Val Di Fassa or 29 for the Rosengarten
      4) No need to prebook the chairlift or gondola in Siusi.

      Have an amazing time!

      • Thank you so much, so incredibly helpful!
        With the short scrambling section with a cable in the gulley between Rif. Vajolet and Rif. Re Alberto, will we need to bring any equipment for that? Or is it simply a case of scrambling, with the cable pre-set to help support you? Is this the path no. 542 that I have read about between the Vajolet and Alberto rifugios?

        • Hi Madi. It is not classed as via ferrata just a short scramble, but of course it is up to you whether you want to bring gear or not. The section is very short and the cables are there for support. There is always some danger involved even on the easiest of paths. Most people do this without any special gear. Yes it is between the Vajolet hut and Re Alberto hut.

  10. Hi Marta,

    Thank you for your post and detailed breakdown of the hike.

    I’m planning to walk the Rosengarten Traverse like you proposed on this site. We however did not manage to book a bed in the Rifugio Passo Principe. Which alternative would you propose to book so that we can continue the hike to the Rifugio Alpe Di Tires?


    • Hi Bernard. thanks for visiting. You can stay in rifugio Antermoia instead. This will mean you will have to carry all your stuff with you on via ferrata Catinaccio. Then the next day you can take a different path from Antermoia refuge to Rifugio Alpe Di Tires. You can view this hiking path on my map for via ferrata Laurenzi.
      Another alternative is rifugio Bergamo which is a further 1 hour from the Passo Principe refuge. I hope that helps!

  11. Hi Marta!
    What a brilliant and well-informed article you have written–many thanks for sharing your experience and suggestions! I have read some of the comments and have a quick question that you might be able to help with, please. Our itinerary for July includes Day 1 at Rifugio alle Cornell/Kolner Hutte, Day 2 at Rifugio Re Alberto, Day 3 at Rifugio Passo Principe, and then we were planning to stay at Alpe di Tires on Day 4 but they have no availability, unfortunately. We would like to stay on the trail somewhere for a 4th night with a nice hike out on Day 5, but we’re not sure where to stay with great scenery within about 6 hours or less walking from Rifugio Passo Principe. We’re thinking Bergamo, Antermoia, or Sasso Piatto. Of these options, which would you most recommend and which corresponding exit trail? Or is there another place you’d recommend? Many, many thanks for all your knowledge and tips on this topic!

    • Hi Krista. Thanks for stopping by and your lovely comment. Now to your question. If you want to do the via ferrata Sentiero Massimiliano (I presume you are carrying VF gear with you since you are going from Koelner huette to Alberto Primero) then from Alpe di Tires you can hike to Schlernhaus across VF Sentiero Massimiliano. You can then stay the night at Schlernhaus.

      If However you don’t want to do the VF then your best bet would be to keep on hiking from Alpe Di Tires to Rif. Sassopiatto. I hope that helps!

  12. Hi Marta,
    Your site is so helpful for planning our short 8 day trip in June/July. We were planning a few days around Tre Cime then move across to Rosengarten. We have booked a night in the Paolina hutte for an early start then considering walking to Refugio Bergamo. (R Bergamo chosen for availability of double rooms and a little nearer than R Alpe di Tires) That appears to be about 5-6 hrs. Is that about right and doable in a day? Ruled out Re Alberto due to the cable section to go up and down the scree gully and Passo Principe due to dorm accom only and R Vajolet being not far enough along the route.
    Then looking for another day’s walk maybe to Schlernhaus, around 4-5 hrs? Via R Alpe di Tires or is there a more direct route? What would be the best exit walk from Schlernhaus for a bus back to Carezza. Would those 3 days give us a good experience of Rosengarten?
    Lots of questions!

    • Hi Duncan. Thanks for your great feedback. Yes you can walk from PAolina to Bergamo in a day. 5-6 hours of walking time will be correct. to avoid Via ferrata you will need to walk in the direction of Roda De Vael then Vajolet over Passo delle Zigolade.

      After you stay in rifugio Bergamo I would recommend then you walk to Alpe Di Tires and then on to rifugio Sassopiatto. That’s a fancy one and they do have private rooms. On the last day you can walk to the top of Col Rodella Cable car station. and take the cable car down to Campitello di Fassa. You can leave your car parked at the Col Rodella Station and take the bus to Paolina chairlift on the first day. That way your car will be waiting for you at the end. Look for bus connections on the Muoversi app trentino. I hope that helps!

  13. Thank you for the great information within this post and your entire website.
    We will be hiking some of the routes described above during the first week of July. Thinking of starting at Carezza and ending at Seiser Alm. Trying to find a home base to park our rental car, and since this isn’t a loop trail, this is requiring a bit more planning.
    Can you share more information about the logistics of getting from the start of the trail back to your car after the trail is complete?
    Thinking if we make Seiser Alm our base, park hopefully at the base of the chairlift prior to departing (do we know what the fees would be?). How can we get from here to Carezza? Not finding clear information on busses. Is there Uber/ taxi type services available in this area?
    Any readers here have experience with these?

    • Hi Alana. You can park the car at the bottom of the Paolina chairlift. The bottom of the Suisi-Seiser Alm gondola would work too. Unfortunately i don’t know what current fees are. As for getting back to your car you can check the Muoversi app Trentino. If you want to find the bus stop names just zoom on google maps on the area (for example Paolina chairlift) and click on the bus stop icons to see the name of the stop. I hope that helps.

  14. Hi again – I am planning to do your no-via-ferrata version of the rosengarten traverse in early july. looking at the map I was wondering, if I wanted to shorten day 1 and day 2 of your suggested itinerary, would it work to just stay at vajolet on day 1? I figure if it makes day 1 much too short we could leave our stuff at the hut and day hike partway up your proposed itinerary. thanks!

    • Hi Jeff. Yes, asbolutely. You can stay in Vajolet for the night. I do however think that the view of the Vajolet towers from Santner Pass hut is hard to beat.

  15. Hi!!

    I’m a big fan of you, your website and all the work you’ve done. Amazing details and most useful info I’ve found. I did the Alta via 2 last year using your guide, and I’m planning to do Alta via 4 next September also with your info (and the lofoten islands in the future)
    But I also have the last week of next June free, and I’m very curious about this option. How well-marked are the trails? And how difficult are the ferratas? My most difficult one has been brigata tridentina. Thank you!!

    • Hi Emiliano. Thanks for visiting. The difficulty level of via ferratas on AV4 are comparable to VF Brigata Tridentina, so if you managed that one you shouldn’t have any problems with the others. For the most part the trails are well marked but you always have to know where you are heading. The tricky day can be between rif. Vandelli and San Marco, but basic navigational skills should get you to where you need to go.

  16. Hi there,

    Your dolomites blog posts have been extremely helpful to me whilst I plan my trip for this coming July!

    I am interested in this hike however would like to cut it at 3 nights/4 days (option 2 on your ‘how to shorten the trip’). Are you able to advise how to avoid night 4? Thank you!

    • Hi Jacqui. Thanks for stopping by. I do explain in my post how to shorten the trip to 3 nights/4 days. Could you be more specific about what is unclear in the description so I can make it better for others?

      • Hi Marta,

        Thanks for your response. I will try by more specific!

        On the morning of the 4th day (after the third night at Refugio Passo Principle), which route do you suggest we take to exit the hike (and where do we end up)? I am sorry if this is covered in your blog, however I cannot see it is.

        Or is the only option to walk to Rifugio Alpe Di Tires on the 4th day and then take one of the exit options you have outlined (without overnighting)?

        Thanks – Jacqui

        • Hi Jacqui. I get it now. You can still hike to Alpe Di Tires, have lunch there (it’s ca. 2 hours from passo Principe to Alpe di Tires) then take the exit across Alpi Di Siusi to Compatsch or Ortisei or hike down to Campitello di Fassa passing Rifugio Micheluzzi. I hope that makes sense.

  17. Fantastic website! Thank you for sharing your experiences and opinions.
    I have a few questions about food in the huts.

    Is there typically a vegetarian option in the huts?

    Since the weather tends to be best in the morning how early can one get breakfast and get out onto the trail? Is it possible to a bag breakfast to head out early?

    On a Via Ferrata how do you handle people coming the other direction or if a faster party wants to pass you?

    Do people only drink the water sold in the huts or do people filter water sources on the trails?

    Do you usually pay for the hut in advance w/ a credit card or pay in person w/ cash?

    Thank you so much!

  18. Hi Marta! Thanks for all your inspiring and useful information on your site. Would it be possible to make a round trip hike from, e.g. Campitello to Rifugio Alpe Di Tires and Santner Pass Hut and back (overnight stay at both rifugios)? And possibly without including to technical and exposed tracks?

    • Hi Thomas. Yes, You can take the gondola from Campitello to Col Rodella then hike from there to Alpe Di Tires via rif. Sassopiatto. From Alpe Di Tires you can hike over Passo Molignon and Passo Principe to Rifugio Santner via rifugio Passo Principe and Rifugio Vajolet. Then on the last day hike From Rifugio Santner back to Vajolet and continue down into the pass Rifugio Gardeccia and to the chairlift then chairlift down to Fassa Valley and bus to Campitello.
      You can also hike from Santner to Rifugio Antermoia and then Antermoia via Val Dona down to Mazzin and then bus to Campitello.
      No technical routes there, but the hike between Vajolet hut and PAsso Santner hut does go up a steep scree gully where some cables were installed for assistance. I hope that helps!
      Also there is a short passage with cable protected section when leaving Alpe Di Tires and going direction PAsso Molignon. Neither of those passages are classed as via ferrata

  19. Marta – Thanks for sharing this priceless info in such a user friendly way with maps and alternate routes. I’ve carefully read your notes for the Rosengarten Traverse. We are a family of 5 (our kids are 13, 10, and 8) from the Colorado rockies, we are expert backpackers and my husband and I are former mountain and climbing guides. We are planning a trip for the end of July 2024. We excited to try out a beginer via ferrata or two and like all the extension options you’ve noted in this itinary. I’ve ordered the map but it hasn’t arrived yet. I have two questions for you:
    1. On day 2 – Is it possible to get from Rifugio Roda De Vael to Rifugio Re Alberto Primero without doing the Via Ferrata Passo Santner? We’re not sure our crew is ready to do the via ferrata’s with their packs.
    2. Do you think it is reasonable to arrive in Bolzano just before noon (from Milan), rent gear, take the bus to the Paolina lift and hike to Rifugio Roda De Vael in the same day? I realize this is weather dependent and a thunderstorm could shut down the lift. But curious if you think this is possible. To me it seems like a busy day but possible.

    Thanks so much for your input and the valuble info you share!

    Thanks so much for

    • Hi Heather. Thanks for visiting my site and for your lovely feedback. Yes it is possible to skip via ferrata Passo Santner and take a different route on day two. Check the FAQ’s section (question no. 6) As for the second question. Hmmm it would be possible however it is going to be a tight schedule. Everything always takes longer than anticipated. The train from Milan to Bolzano takes between 3-4 hours. You would have to leave Milan very early though. The hike from Paolina to Roda de Vael is only 30 minutes and super easy too. All in all if you plan well though you can make it to the hut in the afternoon. I hope that helps!

      • Marta – Thank you for your input! I think we’ll plan to stay in Bolzano for the first night then head off on the traverse. Two more questions.
        1. The sheets are not changed regularly. You recommend a sleeping bag liner. Would packing a pillow case also be a good idea?
        2. Thanks for your recommendation to check out FAQ #6 for a route without via ferrata to Rifugio Re Alberto Primero. I was also looking around on your site and found the route from Vigo di Fassa via the cable car to Ciampede and then hike to Re Alberto Primero. Since we are staying in Bolzano the first night we will skip night one in Re Roda De Vael and go straight to Re Alberto Primero. Which of these routes would be preferred? It seems the route from Vigo de Fassa is shorter 5k vs 10k but maybe doesn’t take you through the hart of the Rosengarten? What is your advice?

        • Hi Heather. from my experience pillow cases are changed in the huts, just not the duvets. As for the second question I think the hike from Paolina chairlift to Roda De Vael then Vajolet over Passo delle Zigolade will be more scenic even though longer. I hope that helps! Please consider supporting my site when you book hotels etc.

  20. Hi Marta,

    Thank you for all the advice on routes! It’s been massively helpful. One question.. we’re planning to do a 4 day route and miss off the last night on this plan. Please can you advise on the route and length of time it takes to walk from rifugio passo principe to paolina chairlift? I want to make sure we can get the bus to Bolzano on the same day.

    Thank you very much!


    • Hey Bee. I have a 4-day/3 night version of the traverse and a map for it in the section “how to shorten the rosengarten traverse” have a look at it. If you already booked the huts though, then you can hike from Passo Principe passed rifugio Vajolet and Passo Dele Zigolade to Rifugio Roda De Vael then Paolina chairlift in around 3-4 hours (breaks not included). I hope that helps!

  21. Hey Marta, I had a quick question about my itinerary for a 4 day/3 night Rosengarten traverse in late September.

    The hutts I have booked are:
    – Night 1 in Rifugio Paolina
    – Night 2 in Rifugio Bergamo
    – Night 3 in Rifugio Alpe di Tires

    I just realized I might have made a mistake. Is it possible to get from Paolina to Bergamo in one day or is that too far? Should I change my refugio for night 1? Thanks for all your help, this blog is great!

    • Hey Sammy. Thanks for your support on Ko-Fi. Yes I do recommend that you change the second night to either rifugio Santner, Alberto Primero, Vajolet or Preuss. The first two would be ideal, but Vajolet or Preuss are great too!

  22. Hello Marta, thank you very much for your site. We only have 3 days and we are looking for a 3 day route with via ferrata. I consider 2 options but the availability of huts makes it challenging. The first option is in the Brenta group with a night in Tuccket followed by a night in the Maria e Alberto (al Brentei) or Alimonta refuge. I’m having trouble finding reliable information, but getting out to Madonna di Campiglio takes how long? The second option is in the Rosengarten, a Refugio Albert Primero night and a Bergamo night. What would be the fastest but still interesting exit from this last refuge? And if you hava any good 3 days to suggest, I’m all ears 🙂 Many thanks,

    • Hi Eric. Thanks for stopping by and your support on Ko-Fi. Have you had a look at the section, where I say how to shorten this traverse to 3 days? 1 night at Rifugio Alberto Primero then the second night at rifugio Antermoia would be the best.
      As for the Adamello Brenta Traverse. You could do days 1,2 and 5 from my article.
      Sorry but I didn’t exactly understand your question “getting out to Madonna di Campiglio takes how long?”

  23. Hi

    This is a great guide. The days seem to be short distances each. is this because the via ferratas are time consuming?


    • Hi Sarah. That’s exactly right! I just gave the whole post a big update and now you can check how long it takes each day to complete both hut to hut treks and then the via ferrata extensions. You are looking at 6-8 hours of walking each day.

  24. Hi Marta!

    My friend and I are heading to the Dolomites this coming August and I was using your webpage to plan our trek. We were able to book our first night at the Paolina hut, night #2 at Rifugio Passo Principe, and night #3 at Rifugio Alpi di Tires. We would love to do some Via Ferratas in there as well! When I first looked at this web link, I remember reading these huts were the suggested huts for 3 nights. However, now that I am checking back, I can’t seem to find this information anymore and now I’m worried I booked the wrong series of huts. But, I did notice that you have a disclaimer above saying that you were updating this page so maybe I shouldn’t panic just yet? I would love your input and if for some reason, what I have booked doesn’t line up, I can try to book something that does. Thanks so much for your help and I look forward to hearing from you!!!

    • Hi Leigh. Thanks for visiting and your feedback. Yes I did change the traverse a bit to make it better structured. I also added a lot more new information. You booked the right huts don’t worry and I added some tips in the text about rifugio Paolina and how to follow it if you stayed there for the first night.
      After receiving some feedback from other readers I decided to make day 2 a little shorter. It’s up to you if you want to change the hut or leave them as is.
      If you are leaving your bookings then instead of doing via ferrata Catinaccio as extension on day 3 in the afternoon, you will simply do it as extension on day 3 in the morning then continue to Alpi Di Tires and do Sentiero Massimiliano on day 4 in the morning before exiting the route. Let me know if that helps and definitely get a map to visualize it all or study the maps i provided here (although those are for reference only).

      • Hi Marta,
        I am Leigh’s friend, we are so excited for our trip to Italy in august. I want to express my gratitude to you for all the work you put into your website and replying to all the comments.
        All the best,

        • Hi Malia. Thank you so much for your great feedback and for your support on Ko-Fi! I really appreciate it. I hope you will have an amazing time in the Rosengarten. I can’t wait to be back there myself soon.

  25. Hi Marta,

    I’m super excited to do this hike in late September and your guide has been so helpful!

    I have contacted all 3 huts you have suggested for this route. They have all confirmed except Refugio Passo Principe, which replied saying they will be closed for renovations.

    What would be the best replacement for this refugio in the context of this hike?

    Cheers from Aus,

    • Hi Sammy Thanks for visiting. I am not sure if you have the map of the area already. Rifugio Antermoia would be a good alternative. Another one would be rifugio Bergamo. I hope that helps!

      • Hi there! Hiking comes with inherent risks and I always encourage people to have companions if something happens, even something small as twisting your ankle. Women or men. With that sad there are plenty of other hikers in the Dolomites. The Alps are pretty busy and you will always meet other people on the routes who would be able to help if something happens. I’ve met plenty of people in the huts and teamed up with them on hikes. I hope that helps.

  26. My partner and I just completed a trip inspired by this post. I’m writing this from the train leaving Bolzano.

    A few notes for anyone else considering this route or going there soon:
    – We made Bolzano our base camp, since it has great train access. From there we took a bus to Carezza to begin. We exited via Siusi and took a bus back to Bolzano. We found a spot called Base Camp Dolomites in the Bolzano train station that both stores luggage and rents via ferrata sets and trekking poles.
    – Due to snow in May, some of the options listed in the post were closed. We were able to detour with the help of info from rifugios along the way. In particular, we took Via de la Feide from Paolina Hut to Vajolet Hut since we were advised to avoid Santner and Zigolade passes. We also detoured around Molignon pass via Barenloch to get from Vajolet to Alp di Tires.
    – Most of the trails had snow patches that required some careful navigation. Trekking poles are very helpful for balancing. We also brought microspikes (lightweight crampons) that we used for an extended snowy descent on the north side of Principe Pass. Snowshoes would have been another good option.
    – So many afternoon thunderstorms! Rain gear is a must. And hiking early in the day is nice too. We got caught in a hailstorm in the middle of the first via ferrata because we didn’t know better. Would not recommend!
    – The huts don’t really sell snacks. We are used to having trail mix, granola bars, etc during hikes. We had planned to go to a store in Carezza to stock up but it was closed. If you want snacks, plan ahead. The huts do sell chocolate bars, so we made do with that.

    Thanks for putting together such great information! It’s a breathtaking area and we had an amazing time!

    • Hi Jonah. Thanks so much for providing the feedback. The fact that you managed to do it in May is already amazing, as mountains are usually accessible from the third week of June. Rosengarten is usually the first to open. No wonder you had to bypass some passes though. It’s absolutely normal. I talk about the afternoon storms relentlessly on my blog, yet some still miss it. I am glad you were safe. Good to know about the luggage storage in Bolzano. I will be updating this post and I will include that info so thanks for that!

  27. Marta – Your blog is great – learned a lot. You sold me on Rosengarten – I’m extremely excited for my upcoming trip in late June. I have never visited the Dolomites. I was hoping you can fill in a few gaps for me. I’ll give you a little background:
    I’m planning to leave Venice around 9am and make my way to Compatsch to take a cable car up to the trails. I have 3 consecutive nights confirmed at Rifugio Bolzano, Rifugio Alpe di Tires and then Rifugio Antermoia. I’m a 47 runner in great shape, but no technical climbing experience. I’m not worried about the physical demands, I just don’t know what I don’t know when it comes to some of the challenges you’ve described. I’m sure I could handle an easy via ferratta, but I have no equipment. I had planned to drive a rental up from Venice. Your blog helped me understand I’ll run into road closures mid-day.
    First question…..any specific recommendations of where I can set the GPS to park the rental and take the bus?
    Second – Thoughts on the route? I have the flexibility to add on several more days. But I’ve already planned a somewhat circular route. I could ask to have some nights moved around.
    Third – Thoughts on renting equipment? And where? Or should I just leave that for the more experienced?
    Thank you!

    • Hi Harlan. Thanks for visiting.
      You can only drive with your car to Compatsch before 9AM or after 5PM. It will make more sense if you leave your car at the huge parking lot near the gondola terminal in Suisi and take the gondola up to Compatsch.
      Equipment on a via ferrata is a must. Especially on the beginner ones, where most accidents happen, because people don’t bring the equipment. Mountain search and rescue will be expensive if they learn someone had an accident on a via ferrata without being properly kitted out.
      If you need help designing the route I do offer services for it. You can read all about it here
      Last but not least look for rental places in Bolzano or Val Di Fassa. Rental places are called nollegio in Italian.
      I hope that helps! It would be fantastic if you considered supporting my site.

  28. Hello,
    Hiking the Rosengarten has been a dream of ours, as some of our family did this trek 30 years ago. Your site has been a tremendous help in helping us plan, thank you. Since VF Passo Santner will be our first ever VF (4 adults) we decided to give ourselves more time and break the first day up a bit, which changed the order of the next days from your suggestions.
    We’ll start from the König Lauren lift, do the VF PS and then spend the night at newly renovated rifugio PS. The next day we’ll head towards R Passo Principe, do the VF d’Antemoia, spend the night at R PP. On day 3 we’ll head to R Alpe di Tires, depending on how we did on the first 2 VF, we might do VF Sentiero Massimiliano. If not, I hope there will some other hikes around there. On day 4 we’ll head out via your option 1 so we can catch the bus and head to Tre Cime.
    Do you think this is a reasonable itinerary? Any other suggestions or recommendations?

    • Hi Simone. Thanks for visiting. This must be very exciting! I actually followed the same itinerary as the one you have outlined but instead of staying in rifugio PS, I stayed in Alberto Primero. It is definitely a doable and good itinerary. Via ferrata Passo Santner is a good beginner route. Let me know if you have more questions!

  29. Hi Marta,

    Your website has been so helpful! My wife and I are planning a hut to hut trip in early June. I know most refugios open mid June but unfortunately we’re working with what we can do. Our plan is to arrive in Bolzano on an overnight train early on 6/1, check our luggage right at the train station and hike from 6/1 to 6/3. We’d head back to Bolzano on 6/3 in the afternoon sometime to stay the night before we catch a train on 6/4 to Milan.

    I have confirmed the following refugios listed below are open during the dates we will be there, but am trying to determine the best way to hike. At a high level I was thinking we’d catch a bus/taxi to Carezza and take the Paolina chair to the trail head and hike to Rifugio Passo Principe to stay the night on 6/1. On 6/2 we’d hike to Rifugio Alpe di Tires (Tierser-Alpl-Hütte) with a stop at Lago di Antermoia (is it possible/realistic to do this). Then on 6/3 hike from Rifugio Alpe di Tires to Compaccio via one of the chair options such as Seis Seiser Alm. We are open to Via Ferrata if we can rent equipment relatively easily in Bolzano before heading to Carezza but for the sake of plan let’s assume we don’t.

    1. Rifugio Fronza Alle Coronelle (Kölner Hütte)
    2. Rifugio Stella Alpina Spiz Piaz (Edelweiss Hut Spiz Piaz)
    3. Rifugio Passo Principe
    4. Rifugio Alpe di Tires (Tierser-Alpl-Hütte)
    5. Rifugio Sasso Piatto

    I would love to get your opinion on this plan! Thank you so much in advance for your time and help 🙂


    • Hi Lane. Thanks for visiting and for your great feedback. It’s bold of you to arrive on an overnight train and head straight on a multiday hike.
      Hiking from the top of Paolina chairlift to rifugio Passo Principe in a day is very doable. The same goes for Passo Principe to Tierser Alp via Lago Antermoia so sounds like you already have it figured out.
      You could also hike from Passo Principe to Sassopiatto via Tierser Alp and then exit the next day on Passo Sella. These two options make the most sense.

      I hope that helps!

      • Thank you Marta! In regards to Via Ferrata vs none, do both routes offer ways to complete them if we don’t have via ferrata equipment? (In all likelihood I think we will Via Ferrata to get the full experience but just want to double check.

        • Hi Lane. The via ferratas would be extensions so yes you can hike from Paolina to Passo Principe and then Passo Principe to Tierser Alp via Lake Antermoia without via ferrata equipment. If you did have the equipment with you then from Passo Principe you could do via ferrata Catinaccio and aftet the descent continue to rifugio Tierser Alp. You won’t have enough time to do via ferrata Roda De Vael or via ferrata Sentiero Massimiliano. If you wanted to do the later then I would recommend taking the shorter route from Passo Principe to Tierser Alp.

  30. Hi Marta, I am already planning to do the AV2 in mid- August and I would like to do this one also. Is there a way I can connect the two, part-way through the AV2? Or would you just recommend coming back to do this? I know some friends of mine want to climb near the VF Roda in Sept. , so maybe that makes sense later?

    thank you!

    • Hi Sue, Thanks for stopping by. Yes, you could veer off from rifugio Boè and hike down through Val Lasties down to restaurant Pian Schiavaneis. Then from here take a bus to Passo Sallo and continue hiking to rifugio Sasso Piatto then from Sasso Piatto to Alpe Di Tires -> rifugio Passo Principe -> Rifugio Alberto Primero – then rifugio Roda De Vael via rifugio Vajolet. You wouldn’t be able to do via ferrata Passo Santner, but everything else. I hope that makes sense. Let me know if I can help further!

  31. HI Marta. Your website has proved invaluable in planning what will be my first trip to the Dolomites. It was recommended by a friend who did exactly this itinerary and loved it. I can see that some of the comments suggest that it can take a long time to complete the via ferratas and treks listed here, and as we haven’t done this type of trekking or via ferratas before (and like taking lots of photos) I wonder if we might find it too much. If we wanted to add an extra day so that we had a bit more time essentially to cover the same distances and via ferratas where would you recommend that we stay? Thank you!

    • Hi Kelly. Thanks for your great feedback. I did this traverse personally with two other friends, one of whom has never done a via Ferrata before and it was rather relaxed. However, hiking in the mountains does require good fitness. I am not sure what you mean by saying that you haven’t done this type of trekking before. If you just want to do three relaxed days then I recommend you start with Via ferrata Passo Santner and stay the first night at rifugio Santner or Gartlhuette. On the second-day hike to Passo Principe, leave unnecessary stuff in the hut passo Principe hut and venture onto via ferrata Catinaccio, then on the third-day hike from Principe to Alpe Di Tires and in the afternoon do Via Ferrata Sentiero Massimiliano. Those three can’t be missed! I really hope this helps! Let me know if you have more questions.

      • Thank you so much! If the days are relaxed then it should be ok I think. I have trekked just not do via ferrata so thought I might take a long time. Unfortunately Passo Principe is shut when we will be visiting the dolomites. I see you’ve suggested an alternative below. I’m just a bit confused if this adds an extra day?

  32. Hello Marta,

    Your Blog is absolutely amazing, thank you so much for taking the time. We are a couple who would like to do your suggested 4 day traverse in the Rosengarten end of June 2023. Unfortunately I just wrote to Rifugio Passo principe and they are closed until July for renovations. Would you have another rifugio near by (maybe Rifugio Bergamo) that would make sense with this particular itinerary? Thank you for your time

    • Hi Claudine! Thanks for visiting and sorry to hear Passo Principe is closed. What I recommend is after doing the Via ferrata Catinaccio and descending on the other side instead of returning to Passo Principe would be to stay in rifugio Antermoia.
      So here would be the plan:
      Day 1 rifugio Paolina to rifugio Santner, Alberto Primero or Vajolet. (Skipping via ferrata Roda De Vael and instead doing VF Passo Santner instead)
      Day 2. Rifugio Santner, Alberto Primero or Vajolet to Rifugio Antermoia over VF Catinaccio
      Day 3. Rifugio Antermoia to Rifugio Alpe Di Tires (You can do that by hiking or by doing the via ferrata Laurenzi which I did not include in my post as I haven’t done it yet. It’s an advanced via ferrata). Via ferrata Sentiero Massimiliano or…
      Day 4. if you haven’t done it the previous day then Via ferrata Sentiero Massimiliano + Exit.

      I hope that helps! Let me know if you have more questions.

      • Hi Marta. Can I just check if you mean go from Rifugio Paolina to Rifugio Antermoia in one day (all on day 2?) or over 2 days. You say Day 2 twice in your post. Have you added an extra day? Many thanks!

  33. I believe that the distances you list for each section refer to the distances for the via ferratas, but could you confirm? Is there a resource you know of to best find the hiking distances directly between huts? We will have a child in our group who may not be interested in doing the via ferratas and from what I see in the comments above, the distances between the huts are short (but with opportunities for possible side hikes/excursions/alternate routes), but I am trying to determine if the km/mileage is within reasonable distance for our group. Thanks!

    • Hi Kate, thanks for stopping by. The distance is actually a total but don’t look at the kilometers, look at the actual walking time. The reason being is that on via ferratas you can expect to do max 1 km in 1 hour, so that’s a slow going. For example on the day when you stay in rifugio Passo Principe and decide to do via ferrata Catinaccio you will have 3-4 hours via ferrata + 2-3 hours of hiking from rifugio Passo Principe to rifugio Alpi Di Tires. A total circa 6-8 hours. Those are walking times and don’t include breaks. I usually get feedback from my readers that it takes them longer because of all the breaks. The distances between the huts are actually quiet small and most via ferratas optional so the whole route is definitely feasible for a kid, who won’t be joining on ferratas.
      Yor question made me realize that I need to update this post to make the walking times clearer. Thank you! let me know if I can help any further.

  34. Hi Marta,
    I can’t thank you enough for your amazing articles and guides about the Dolomites. It really feels like a puzzle that you must solve before you rest easy and you have made this so much easier for us. I’ve read a lot of the comments here already to not duplicate my question. I’ve put together an itinerary and I would love to run it by you for your opinion and its feasibility. We would like to bypass any via ferratas as we don’t have the equipment for it.
    We will be staying Bolzano on Sept 30th and looking to take a bus to Carezza in the morning of Oct 1st.

    Day 1- Take Paolina Chair lift 13 euros up. Start hiking towards R. Roda di Vael, continuing the trail all the way to Santnerpasshutte Rifugio Passo Santner where we will be spending the night. Is this hike too long/much for a day? How long would you estimate for it to take?

    Day 2-Start hiking from Rifugio Passo Santner to R.Alpes di Tires to stay the night. (No Via Ferrata, btw any special way to follow the trails so we don’t have to cross a Via Ferrata to get to our destination?!)

    Day 3- Last day- Exit #1 strategy- hiking to Alpes Di Siusi then taking the Gondola down to Siusi or Ortisei.
    I will look at the Bus scheduling app that you recommended as well.
    If you have any other ideas to make sure we squeeze in everything out of this trip I’m all ears!
    Thank you so much again. I can’t wait to explore everything else on your website.

    • Hi Parisa. Thanks for stopping by and for your great feedback. It is totally doable to hike from Paolina chairlift to Passo Santner passed the Vajolet hut. You should estimate around 5-6 hours for it. You can take a rest at the Vajolet hut which you will be passing. The second day will be comparable and doesn’t include any via ferratas. You do have to bear in mind though the section between Vajolet hut and rifugio Alberto Primero does have some chains installed as it is quite steep. You will be going this part both ways. Up on day 1 and down on day 2 as Rifugio Alberto Primero and Rifugio Passo Santner are a side trip. No via ferratas on that day, unless you choose to do them as extensions.
      I am sure you will have an amazing time. Let me know how it goes!

      • Thanks so much Marta for your quick reply. That’s great. I couldn’t find any way to avoid going up Passo Santer both ways up and down.
        Is there a way to go from the chair lift the other direction to get to R.Passo Santer? From what I looked at it includes a Ferrata passing which is why I crossed it off. But if there is another way I’d love to hear your thoughts on it and estimate hiking time from the other direction.
        Much much thanks again.
        Parisa from Vancouver

        • Hi Parisa. I am afraid there is just either the via ferrata Santner or the route from the Vajolet hut up to rifugio Alberto Primero and then to Passo Santner. Once you are there you will understand why. The sheer walls block access from almost every direction.

  35. Hello
    Thank you for all this info it’s so helpful!
    My friend and I are going to the dolomites in September and are planning to do either this hut to hut trip or the tri crime one. We are both complete beginners doing via ferratas but are both fit and have got a head for heights. We are planning to rent equipment and try by ourselves. Would you recommend one of them over the other for beginners?

    • Hi Emma. Both Routes are great for beginners and it’s a tough question. Via ferrata Strada Degli Alpini is amazing views-wise, but I am not a big fan of the crowds around rifugio Locatelli in the Tre Cime NP hence I think Rosengarten would be my preferred choice. Let me know if you have any more questions.

    • Hi Louise! Thanks for stopping by. I myself have done this traverse at the start of October so yes. Just make sure that the huts are still open. Some stay open until mid October other close at the start (For example Alberto Primero was already closed) I hope that helps!

  36. Hello Marta-

    What a help you have been! Some final questions and we are ready to go. Note that we are 3 fit hiking adults with no special equipment.

    Day 1 – Paolina chairlift to Refugio Vajolet (no via ferrata/special equipment other than trekking poles ) – hiking from Paolina lift to R. Roda di Vael and then on to R. Vajolet where we will leave our stuff and then hike to Passo Santer to get incredible views of Vajolet towers.

    —how long should we estimate to get to R. Vajolet from the Paolina chairlift with no stops?
    —are there any non-ferrata side excursions on way to R.Vajolet we should consider?

    Day 2 – R. Vajolet to R.Alpes di Tires for the night (no via ferrata or special equipmest other than trekking poles) –

    —this seems like a short hike day without side excursions?Are there any non via ferrata side excursions or routes which may give us more time on the trail before we reach Alpes di Tires? Such as Lake Antormeria? Others?

    —alternatively should we head for Alpes di Tire, leave our stuff and do excursions near Alpes di Ttires?

    — what is the estimated non via ferrata time to Alpes di Tires from R.Vajolet without stops?

    Day 3- descent from Alpes di Tires to return to Bolzano where we have left our luggage.

    –You outline 4 exit possibilities from Alpes di Tires in your Rosengarten 4-day traverse. Which non-via ferrata option do you consider the most scenic? If we are pressed for time which non-via ferrata option would you recomment as the quickest descent? We will be taking public transport back to Bolzano.

    You are the best! Thank you so much for your suggestions.


    • Hi Margaret. Yey! Your trip is getting closer. How exciting!
      As for your questions:
      1: Rifugio Paolina to rifugio Vajolet over Roda De Vael should take around 3 hours. Just walking time. Add another 1-2 hours for stops, rest breaks etc.
      2. The thing about the Dolomites is that the hiking trail network is so extensive that there are always extensions possible. I would say just stick to hiking to Vajolet as you still will have a tiring ascent ahead of you to Passo Santner.
      3. Yes you can hike to Lake Antermoia and then circle around to Alpe Di Tires, but this won’t significantly extend your trip, it will just rerouting. Once at Alpe Di Tires you can hike around. If you will have a map with you, you will see some options.
      4. I think hiking across the Alpi Di Siusi will be the scenic one. You can then catch the gondola down to Ortisei. My second favourite would be to go across to rifugio Sassopiato and exit on Passo Sella (part of the Sassolungo Circuit). This however is significantly longer. If pressed for time the fastest is to go to Compatsch and take the gondola down to Siusi.

      I hope that helps and you will have plenty of great time. Let me know how it goes. If you would like to support my work please go to about me page and click on the support my work button! Happy hiking!

  37. Great guide! I am just starting to research the Dolomites. We have 2 kids who would be 11 and 15 next summer. Are the via ferratas doable for kids? And it looks like you can opt out of them (they seem to be excursions from the hut sites, for the most part)? We have done hut to hut hiking in Iceland before and really enjoyed it. The via ferratas would be great to try, but am not sure if they would be too challenging for kids that age (one is an experienced rock climber, the other is not).

    • Hi Kate! Thanks for visiting. I have seen plenty of families doing via ferratas with their kids in the Dolomites. Some looked really young (8-9 years old). Most of the time they were roped up to an adult. Whether your kids will be up for it or not I cannot tell you, because I don’t know them 🙂 Sounds like the one who is a rock climber will have no problem with those though.

      Rosengarten is a great pick because as you wrote most of them are hut excursions. If you don’t want to do any via ferratas look into AV1. You can just do a part of it. At the end of the post I have early escape routes. Make sure to check it out and let me know if you have more questions!

      • Excellent, thank you for the reply! I was interested in this because it seems less well traveled, and the via ferratas being optional and not part of the trail is even better for us (one child is less adventurous than the other!)

        • No worries. Also, check out my Pale Di San Martino traverse. It is quieter than Rosengarten. Rosengarten is quiet during autumn, but not so much in the summer. Instagram created a bit of a hype around the Vajolet towers nowadays. Let me know if I can help any further!.

  38. Hello – Thank you for your wonderful website. We are 3 fit adults who are looking for a 2 hut night/3 day hiking experience in the Scilian/Schlern and Cantinaccio/Rosengarten area of the Dolomites. We plan to stay in Bolzano and will need public transport from and back to Bolzano for our hike’s start and end point. Our luggage will stay in Bolzano and we must be back there no later than Saturday night. We have reserved a spot at Alpes di Tires refuge for one night on Friday, September 9. We would appreciate any suggestions you might have for an additional night at another hut from which we could hike to Alpe di Tires. Alternatively if we stay at Alpe di Tiers on Thursday night, September the 8 rather than September 9, any suggestion for a hike from Alpe di Tires to a second hut for the night. We need to exit our traverse on Saturday for a return on public transport to Bolzano. We are non climbers and are interested in routes which can bypass via ferratas. Thanks, Margaret

    • Hi Margaret. Thanks for stopping by. I recommend that you stay the first night at Alpe Di Tires and access it from Siusi or Ortisei. For the second night, you can hike to rifugio Vajolet and stay a night there or rifugio Preuss which is right next to it. Once at Vajolet hut you can leave your bags and hike up to rifugio Alberto Primero and to Passo Santner to get the views of the Vajolet towers.
      On Day 3 you can hike to rifugio Roda De Vael from where you go further 30 mins to the top of the Paolina chairlift. Take the chairlift down and exit the route there, then travel back to Bolzano. Let me know if that helps and if you have any more questions!

      • Thanks so much for your prompt response. Unfortunately we cannot switch our reservation at Alpe di Tires to Thursday so would there be any problems reversing your suggested route? We would start out from Bolzano to get to R. Vajolet or Pruess if availabe for Thursday night and then hike to Alpe di Tires on Friday, stay the night and then back down to get to Bolzano by Saturday evening? Thanks, Margaret

        • Hi Margaret. No, not at all. I traversed Rosengarten both ways and both ways are totally fine. I hope you can squeeze in the hike to Rifugio Alberto Primero and Santner Pass to get the full view of Vajolet towers. Let me know if I can help any further!

          • Hi Marta – We are back again and would appreciate some further advice. We have reserved at R. Vajolet on Thursday September 8 and R. Alpes di Tires on Friday September 9. Quick recap – we are leaving luggage in Bolzano and need to use public transport from Bolzano to begin and exit our hike on Saturday back to Bolzano. We are 3 fit adults who are used to hiking but are non-climbers and wish to avoid via ferratas. What starting point/route would you recommend for the first day to R. Vajolet? We have read a lot about the traverse across the Alpe di Siusi meadows up to The R. Bolzano as being especially nice. Is it possible to incoporate this hike on the way to R. Vajolet? Or on the return to Bolzano from R. Alpe di Tires on Saturday. Also open to other suggestions you might have? Is it easy to purchase trail maps in Bolzano before our hike?

            Thank you,


          • Hi Margaret. I would recommend that you start by taking the Paolina chairlift then hiking to rifugio Road De Vael and then follow the path to rifugio Vajolet.

            Once you reach rifugio Vajolet you can drop off some of your stuff and continue on a hike up to Rifugio Alberto Primero and then Passo Santner to get the incredible view of the Vajolet Towers.

            If you would like to incorporate Alpi Di Siusi you can simply hike from Alpi Di Tires to rifugio Bolzano (5.5 km – 1.5 hours) and from Bolzano to Ortisei through Alpi Di Siusi. Hiking through Alpi Di Siusi isn’t as exciting as many people think though, because you are mostly walking through paved road. The view is great though, because it is one of the classic views of the Dolomites.

            As for the maps. Sometimes huts sell them, but when in Bolzano just pop into any sports shop (for example Sportler) and pick one up. Tabacco maps are the most commonly used. Let me know if I can help any further

  39. Hi Marta,
    How doable are these routes solo? I am hoping to make a last minute trip mid July but will be alone. Thinking of doing a 3 day. Also what airport is best to fly into for the dolomites? Innsbruck?
    Really liking this route so hopefully I can find some hut availability.

    • Hi Alice! Thanks for visiting. It depends on your own abilities. I don’t have any problem venturing out on my own and have met many people who did it too. Over the years I have gained a lot of experience in the mountains. The routes are always marked very well and there is no necessity to carry too much equipment because of the hut stays. As for your second question it is answered in my FAQ’s on the Italian Dolomite’s guide page. Good luck with your planning! Let me know if you have more questions!.

  40. Hi Marta, I just got back from the Dolomites and wanted to leave my feedback for this amazing traverse thanks to all of your help! First, I’d like to caution everyone who’s new to the Italian Alps/Dolomites that the difficulty of the hikes may be higher than you think, hence you might need more time than the estimate. Plus the scenery is so gorgeous that you’ll stop many times to take pictures and breaks. Our itinerary was the following:
    Day 1. King Laurin cable car to VF Santner, sleep at rif. Passo Principe. In reality, it took us almost 6hrs to complete the VF and get down to the other side of the pass. We ended up sleeping at rif. Vajolet.
    Day 2. Short trek to Passo Principe, where we did VF Antermoia. Great VF and really fun, but again it took us 5hrs instead of 3. Since we already paid deposit at Alpe di Tires we wanted to go there but got caught in a thunderstorm, made it to the rifugio in 3hrs instead of 2. Arrived at 9pm.
    Day 3. Much easier trek through the valley to rif. Sassopiatto then to Passo Sella to exit. Caught the bus to Ortisei.
    For the next couple of days we just did day trips to Alpe di Siusi and Seceda from Ortisei.
    All in all it was an amazing trip. Still, some of the stress of having to make it to a certain rifugio by nightfall could have been avoided if we had accurately estimated the hike duration. I’d say to any new traveler to the area to keep your plans as flexible as possible (by going earlier in the season so if you have to sleep in an alternative rifugio like we did, they wouldn’t be fully booked), and not to fill your days with just hikes, i.e. if this trail calls for 3hrs, plan additional 2hrs for breaks, photos, etc. Oh and get hiking poles if you don’t want to be sliding down rocky screes on the descent.
    I thoroughly enjoyed Rosengarten, it’s definitely much less visited than Alpe di Siusi and Seceda, we mostly ran into locals who lived within driving distance. And rif. Passo Principe is adorable, the owner Sergio was so warm and nice, even phoned Alpe di Tires to tell them to expect our late arrival.
    Thank you Marta again for this guide! We couldn’t have had our trip without it. 🙂

    • Hi Katie. Thanks a lot for your feedback I am sure it will become useful to others. Perhaps I should disclose it more clearly but the times given on my site are always moving times, not the total times one needs to complete these routes. Even for me, there is always a difference between moving time and elapsed time when I look at my watch. It’s usually around 45 mins to an hour difference which is the time I spent taking the photographs. The hiking poles suggestion is definitely a good one. I usually include links in my guides for those. I never leave without my hiking poles.
      I am so glad to hear you enjoy Rosengarten. It’s still one of my favourite areas in the Dolomites and I hope to return soon as I still want to do a few more hikes and ferratas there.
      Passo Principe is also in the top 5 of the huts I have stayed at and definitely the most memorable. The owner is full of life. He used to have a dog there, a border collie. There is/was a huge picture of him and his dog hanging on one of the walls. The dog was still there but it was already old. I would be surprised if it was still around? I hope you return to the Dolomites again one day and try another hut to hut hike! All the best!

      • I have never found the need for hiking poles until the Dolomites! I would definitely get them next time. I don’t recall seeing a picture of the border collie in Passo Principe but the owner did have him as the background pic on his phone. 🙂
        I’m already missing the region and planning my next trip! I know the Sennes-Braies area on the East is famous for Tre Cime etc, what’s another park you like?

        • Hi Katie, The picture was huge, it took most of them wall and it used to hang on the opposite wall to the entrance. It would have been impossible to miss, which means it must have been taken down. The doggo was already very old when we were there and that was 2018! I would be surprised if it was still alive. It was definitely the owners loyal friend and he cared for him dearly. Yes I never leave without my hiking poles! As for your last question. Sennes-Braies is known for Lago Di Braies mostly. The first 3 legs of Alta Via 1 also pass through Fannes-Sennes-Braies Park. Tre Cime is its own park. I do have a traverse for the Tre Cime NP which I would highly recommend as it has amazing via ferratas incorporated. If you are after a bigger challenge then take a look at my guide to Alta Via 4. Another place I really love is the Pale di San Martino (I also have a 3-4 day guide for it) and last but not least and probably my favourite traverse which includes lots of via ferratas is Dolomit Brenta, a rather unknown area of the Dolomites amongst the international tourists! You will also find a guide for it in my hut to hut category. I hope that helps!

  41. Hi Marta! I’ve been reading on your website literally all day!! Love everything and the pictures in particular. Would be amazing if there was any way to ‘tip’ you for your tips hehe.
    After reading this post my fiancé and I have decided to follow this trek in two weeks for our civil wedding honeymoon, haha. We went to the dolomites three years ago and did 7 hikes of the Alta Via 1 as day hikes and totally fell in love with the place.

    I just have one question about this trek- I contacted Rifugio Paolina and they’re fully booked. The owners recommended we stay in either the Rotwand or the Rosengartenhütte. Would you recommend any of those?

    Hugs and thanks!!! 🙂

    • Hi Sofia. Yes I stayed in the Rotwand huette and it’s a nice one. Good alternative to Paolina. Rosengarten is good too if you want to start your crossing with via ferrata Passo Santner, however you can reach it through a gondola so not sure if that would appeal to you.

    • Hi Marta, its me again. I figured out the way to book a night at Rifugio Paolina- so that’s out of the question. Now, the Rifugio at Passo di Tires is fully booked- would you recomend another Rifugio nearby so that we end up our traverse the next day in Campitello di Fassa?

      Thanks so much again <3

  42. Hi Marta,
    Thank you for sharing this information! It has been incredibly helpful as my partner and I plan our trip to the Dolomites in early June (this week!). It sounds like most of the rifugios are already open. We are just planning on hiking (we won’t have via ferrata gear) and would like to spend two nights and three days hiking. We won’t have a car. Does the following itinerary sound reasonable?
    Day 1: Take a bus or taxi from Bolzano to Carezza and take the chairlift to Paolina Hut; hike to Rifugio Passo Principe and spend the night there
    Day 2: Hike from Rifugio Passo Principe to Rifugio Sasso Piatto and spend the night there
    Day 3: Continue circling Sassolungo and hike out on Passo Sella; take the bus back to Bolzano

    We are also considering hiking from Rifugio Passo Principe to Vigo di Fassa to spend night 2 there, but aren’t sure if that would be doable in one day.

    We’d like to have the best views! Would you suggest any changes? Thanks again!

    • Hi Juliana! Sounds like you have it figured out. Yes, the 3-day hiking itinerary you have outlined is totally feasible. Passo Sella is well connected with both Val Di Fassa and Val Gardena. Sued Tirol Mobil will help you figure out bus connections. Hiking out to Vigo Di Fassa would be feasible to if you want from Passo Principe to Rifugio Antermoia and then down. Both options will be quite scenic. My choice would be option no. 1. Hope that helps! Have lots of fun hiking!

  43. Thank you so much for your amazingly detailed posts. Your site is definitely the most helpful thing we have found in planning a dolomites trip. I have one question I would like to ask.
    Due to time constraints of trying to fit a lot of things in 2 weeks, we are planning on doing this traverse in 3 days. We were thinking of still starting with a night at Paolina hut and just cutting out the first day of Via ferratas, so leaving Paolina Hut as our day 1 (your day 2), and keeping the rest the same. Will we get the great views of Vajolet Towers this way keeping your exact itinerary minus day 1? Or was your picture from of them from one of the first VF routes we are skipping? If so, would it make more sense for us to aim for Alberto Primero? We will be there around Sept 5 or 6. Thanks again!

    • Hi Paula. Thanks for your great feedback. Here is my suggestion if you want to make the traverse shorter.
      Start with the via ferrata Passo Santner (top of the Koenig Laurin chairlift), get to Vajolet Towers, see the view and then hike down and stay the first night at either rifugio Vajolet or Passo Principe. This would take ca. 4-5 hours. Day two Via ferrata Catinaccio (3 h) and hike to rifugio Alpi Di Tires (2h) Day 3 Via Ferrata Sentiero Massimiliano (3h) and hike out to Compatsch and gondola down to Siusi or hike across Alpi di Siusi and tahe the gondola to Val Gardena (ca.2 h) Let me know if that helps!

  44. Hi Marta,
    (Sorry for not writing beneath my original thread, for some reason the site wouldn’t let me reply to your last comment). Your suggestions for extensions are great around Antermoia, the lake looks lovely!
    For our last day ending in Passo Sella, I’d love to continue to see Seceda with the suggested overnight stay in Rif Firenze. But trying to catch the bus to S. Cristina to take the Col Raiser cablecar up before they close seems a bit pressed for time, right? Alternatively, Val di Funes looks like a great area on the other side of Seceda. Is there a way for us to start at Seceda from the Val Gardena side, stay the night at Firenze then hike to the Adolf Munkel trail or Rifugio Genova, and exit somewhere that is accessible by bus? Thank you! <3

    • Hi Katie. If you leave the refuge by 8 am you should make it to Passo Sella by 2 pm which would give you enough time to catch the shuttle. The last gondola runs at 4:30 PM. When you are at the top of the Col Raiser I would first recommend dropping off your bags in Firenze (30 min walk from the top of gondola) and then hiking up to Seceda either for sunset or early in the morning the next day.

      However, If you prefer not to rush then you can just stay the night at rifugio Vicenza or in a hotel on Passo Sella and then catch a ride and the Col Raiser gondola the next day. You can also take the Furnes Seceda cable car from Ortisei which is a bit further from Passo Sella but the cable will take you directly to the Seceda and the ridgeline view, from where you can descend to rifugio Firenze. I actually think this would be a better option.
      As for your other question. Yes, You can easily hike from rifugio Firenze to Rifugio Genova then follow the Adolf Munkel Trail the next day and exit in Zanser Alm from where you can catch a bus to Bressanone for example.
      From Rifugio Firenze you follow paths 2 and 3 to rifugio Genova over Forcella della Roa. It takes around 4 hours. You can view this trail on Tabacco map 05. I hope that helps! 🙂

      • Thank you so much Marta! We decided not to rush after Sassolungo, so we are catching the bus from Passo Sella to Selva and spending a night there before doing Seceda the next day. We do want to catch the sunrise at Seceda so we booked Rif. Firenze for the night, probably get up for the sunrise, come back to the rifugio for breakfast, then leave for Zanser Alm. So it’s 4hrs from Rif. Firenze to Genova, then perhaps another 2-3hrs to Zanser Alm, right? We are thinking of going to Bressanone, any recommendations for winery or farm tours? We’d love to try fresh produce in the area. 🙂

        • Hi Katie. Great news and yes rifugio Firenze is great for catching a sunrise at Seceda. I did the same thing a couple of times. To walk down from rifugio Genova to Zanser Alm takes max 1,5 hour. If you are quick you can do it in one hour. It’s a downhill walk. As for your last question, I am sorry but I am afraid this is beyond my expertise. I did a wine tour near Rovereto and Trento, this is a very famous region for wines. If you are interested in wines I would suggest heading over there. From Bressanone you could catch a train to Rovereto or Trento. Both are actually very beautiful and historic cities.

          • Hi Marta, thanks for the suggestion! Trento does seem to be a cute town to check out. I’m super excited to have regional cuisine and hope we can easily get fresh milk/cheese without having to do a farm stay. 🙂

  45. Hi,

    Your website has been so helpful to me while planning my trip to the Dolomites.
    I am really interested in doing this multi day hike through Rosengarten National Park, but I do have some questions for you in terms of logistics.

    First, I we are not to do any Via Ferrata, do you think the distance between the huts are too short? Would you suggest any alternatives?
    Second, can we only rent via ferrata equipment in towns near the starting point of the hike, or can we rent gear in the rifugio?
    Third, if I wish to leave our rental car at our arrrival point (instead of our departure point) what do you suggest? Before starting the hike, we would like to park my car at the hike arrival point and catch a bus to Carezza which would be the starting point of our hike. In the same topic, what is the South Tyrol transport app to plan bus trips and see available routes?

    Thank you so much in advance for your help!

    • Hi Veronique. Thanks for stopping by. I will try to answer your questions as best as I can
      1) Yes if you skipped the ferratas the distances would be very short. In that case I would suggest that you do a different route. For example from Paolina hut hike in a day to rifugio Vajolet (plus add an excursion up to rifugio Alberto Primero to see the Vajolet towers) or hike straight to rifugio passo Principe. Then from Passo Principe hike to rifugio Sassopiato and from there continue circling Sassolungo and exit on Passo Sella. That gives you 3 days/2nights. That’s just one of the possibilities, but to be fair they are really endless as there are so many huts in the Dolomites you can plan a lot of different routes!
      2) I have not come across a refuge that rents the VF gear. You would need to get it from the rental shops down in the valleys
      3) Sorry this was way too confusing for me to understand what you are trying to do. Could you clarify?
      4) Sued Tirol Mobil is a website or an app where you can look up bus connections for the local public buses in the region.

      I hope that helps!

      • Thank you so much for your fast response!
        In terms of the walking distance/elevation, which map do you suggest using to plan our hike in Rosengarten?
        Lastly, if i exit on Passo Sella is it easy to take a bus back to our car that have stayed at the starting point in Karersee?

        Again thank you, this is much helpful

        • Hi Veronique. I recommend that you get the Tabacco map no 029 for Rosengarten and then 05 Val Gardena. From Passo Sella you can easily catch a bus to Canazei or Campitello in Val Di Fassa. I recommend that you leave your car there and take the bus from there to Karersee on day 1, so on the last day after you are tired and just want to rest you don’t have to worry about taking a bus for 2 or more hours. Sued Tirol Mobil is a good site to check for bus connections. I hope that helps!

  46. Hi Marta, fantastic content! I’m going to echo the first poster’s comment on how much of a help your blog has been to my planning. My friend and I are decent hikers but do not have climbing experience. We would love to try the via ferratas in this traverse but don’t really want to buy and carry them in our luggage. Do you think there are rental options from Bolzano or Kararsee?
    Also, how about the matter of water in the dolomites? I have filtration units that I can bring to fill from streams, are they readily found?
    Thank you! <3

    • Hi Katie! Thanks so much for your feedback! It always makes my day hearing that my website helped someone with planning their trip. As for your question, yes there are places where you can rent via ferrata gear. I would aim at Canazei or Campitello di Fassa. Look for places that are named Noleggio, those are gear-rental places. I know there is definitely one in Campitello di Fassa. I also have an article about everything to know about via ferrata climbing which you should check out (category: via ferrata in the Italian Dolomites Guide). Regarding the water, you can fill it up in the huts. I never carried any water filtration system with me when in the Dolomites and I have done many multiday hikes. The streams are actually very scarce in the Dolomites and the landscape of the Rosengarten Nature Park is very barren with very little vegetation, but lots of amazing spires and mountains to summit. If you want to know more about the ins and outs of staying in mountain huts in the Dolomites I also have an article about that. You can find it in the hut to hut category in the Italian Dolomites guide. Let me know if you have more questions!

      • Thanks Marta for the feedback! Glad to know that I don’t have to pack a water filter, making my bag lighter! In terms of logistics, we would like to avoid renting a car unless absolutely necessary. We’ll start in Bolzano and head to Carezza to start the Rosengarten traverse you suggested here. We’re hoping to take exit strategy 1 to also see Alpe di Siusi, which would put us back to Ortisei. Is it overly complicated to get back to Carezza if we need to return rental gear etc? Or perhaps we can do exit strategy 2 that would put us closer to the starting point. We’ve emailed Rifugio Passo Principe for availability and they said the via ferratas are not doable due to lingering snow (the week of June 13th). Is that typical?

        • Hi Katie, yes hut to hut hiking can be done in mid June at the absolute earliest. I have done Alta Via 1 from mid June until the end of June. You should look at the photos to see how much snow there still was in some places, especially Northern Slopes. Via ferrata Catinnacio goes to 3000-meter summit where snow lingers usually until July. To put it shortly yes it is very typical. Southern slopes are fine at this time of the year but you would really have to study to map to see what via ferrata routes run on the Southern slopes. As for your exit strategy since you are renting the gear somewhere in Campitello Di Fassa then I reckon it would be easier for you to hike out directly to Campitello or you could hike from Rifugio Alpe Di Tires to Rifugio Sassopiato (via Alpi Di Siusi) then from Sassopiato to Passo Sella and then catch transport to Carezza. Sued Tirol transport app should help you with figuring out connections but do expect that even though the distance may seem short because of the super windy roads the buses travel really slowly. Let me know if I can help any further!

          • Hi Marta, I’ve done a bit more research and I think I’m going to tweak this traverse a little bit, cutting out the first day on your guide and extending it to include the Sassolungo hike. Happy to hear your thoughts on whether you think this is a reasonable plan!
            Day 1: Start at Nova Levante to catch the chairlift Laurin to Rifugio Fronza, take the Santner pass to see Vajolet towers, sleep at rif. Passo Principe. Is there a non-via ferrata option to the Santner section? How long do you think this day is if done this way?
            Day 2: same as you described, but if we don’t do the VF, the walk to alpe di tires seems rather short (2hrs), are there other walks around, or we could simply relax for the day. 🙂
            Day 3: I’m going to take your suggestion to go towards Rif. Sassopiatto, from there taking route 527 to hike around Sassolungo, passing by Rif. Vicenza and Comici, ending in Passo Sella. This might take 5-6hrs or more?
            From Passo Sella we’ll catch the bus to Selva/Ortisei. I’m also interested in doing the Seceda hike. Are there other day trips you love in the area? We’re bit pressed for time so don’t think we’ll make the effort to see the 3 cime area (Cortina, Dobbiaco etc) as public transit back and forth is time consuming.
            Thank you!!!

          • Hi Katie. Your plan does sound reasonable. Here are a few suggestions.
            1) If you want to reach the Vajolet towers from Rifugio Fronza go to my post about Vajolet towers hike which you can find in the day hike sections of my Italian Dolomites guide. You could also stay the first night in rifugio Alberto Primero right underneath the Vajolet towers. It’s a sight to behold on a sunset/sunrise.
            2)If you do stay the first night in Passo Principe then yes the day might seem a bit short, but there are always possibilities for extensions! The paths are endless. For example you could take a longer route from Passo principe to Alpe Di Tires via rifugio Antermoia and check out Lake Antermoia. Path no from Passo Principe is 584, then from Antermoia it would be 580 > 578 > 555 > 532 > 4
            3) yes the last day would be around 5-6 hours if you went for the exit on Passo Cella.

            as for your last question, Seceda is a really easy day and you can literally just take the cable car to the top and make the day as long or as short as you want. Another really nice hike in the area is Vallunga. You can either just take a walk through the valley and back or make it a long day and hike from Vallunga to rifugio Puez and back to Valluna or exit via Val Chedul making it a loop. I hope that helps!

  47. Hi! If I were to double up on a night at one of the huts your recommended which one would you do that at. I love to hike 🙂

    • Hi Tatiana! Thanks for stopping by. I could recommend that after rifugio Alpe Di Tires you hike for another day to rifugio Sasso Piatto or rifugio Vicenza, and then exit the next day on Passo Sella, where you can catch the bus to Canazei or Campitello di Fassa. If you stayed the night in rifugio Vicenza then you could exit to Passo Sella by doing the via ferrata Oskar Schuster which is amazing! I have a description of this ferrata on my website! Let me know if that helps and if you have more questions!

  48. Your website has been without a doubt the most helpful resource I have found so far for planning my trip to Italy in June! You replied to my comment on another post, which led me to explore the Rosengarten area. Huge thanks for your help already. If you have any more time, would love further guidance!

    My partner and I are hoping to find a way to do a 3/4 day hike/trek/via ferrata traverse June 4-7. As of right now, with the help of this post, we were hoping to do this route (possibly cutting out the first day as you described). Would this be possible in early June from your understanding? Are there other areas/routes we should consider instead? Would also be willing to compensate you for your time and effort if you were interested in answering some more questions and helping with some planning, if that’s something you do!


    • Hi Haley! Thank you loads for your great feedback. It always makes my day! June 4-7 is still quite early for multi-day hut to hut hikes, but Rosengarten huts do open the earliest out of all of the regions, so with luck, you might be able to pull this off. As for the snow, it’s difficult to say. This year there has definitely been a lot less snow than in previous ones, so by the start of June, it all might be gone, providing it won’t snow again. I think the best approach is to hope for the best but prepare for the worst, meaning be ready to turn around if something isn’t passable. Another traverse with great via ferratas is Tre Cime Traverse which you can also find on my website, but in the Tre Cime NP the huts don’t open until the third week of June. I am heading to the Dolomites in a month’s time, for the first time during springtime, and if possible I would like to hike to Lake Antermoia in the Rosengarten group, so I will be able to give you a first-hand report on the snow cover. If you want to help me out, then please use the affiliate links provided on my site when booking hotels or your rental car for the trip. Let me know what other questions you have!

  49. Hi Marta, Wow! What a great post about this trek. Your photos are incredible. My husband and I are looking to spend a little time in the Dolomites doing a hut-to-hut adventure later this year. Based on your photos this looks like there is some rock climbing involved. We did the TMB a few years ago. Would you say this trek is a bit more technical than that? Thanks again for such a great breakdown.

    • Hi Erin. Thanks for stopping by and your lovely comment. I have not personally done TMB, but have friend who did and as far as I am a am aware there is only one via ferrata section which can be bypassed. To do the Rosengarten Traverse the way I am describing in the post you would need a full via ferrata set (helmet, harness and a lanyard). Whilst elevation and distance wise the days are shorter than TMB, they will be more technical. I would highly recommend that you have a look at my Tre Cime Traverse which is slightly easier than Rosengarten but just as amazing in the views department. Pale Di San Martino Traverse will be easier too. You can find both posts under this category on my site:


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