Traversing The Molignon Ridgeline Along The Thrilling Via Ferrata Laurenzi In The Rosengarten Group

Via Ferrata Laurenzi was the only iron path in the Rosengarten group I hadn’t done yet. I’ve been putting it off for quite some time thinking it is too advanced. Last October I finally ticked it off my list, 5 years after my first visit to the Rosengarten group. Today I know that my concerns were unfounded. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be.

About Via Ferrata Laurenzi

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the views along Via Ferrata Laurenzi

Via Ferrata Laurenzi (in German: Laurenzisteig) is a high alpine iron route that traverses the Molignon ridgeline. The path runs between two alpine huts: Rifugio Alpe Di Tires and Rifugio Antermoia. Both huts can be found in the Rosengarten Mountain Group in the Italian Dolomites.

The two nearest towns, where you can start the approach to reach the Via Ferrata Laurenzi are Siusi and Campitello di Fassa.

The stats for Laurenzisteig

Via Ferrata Laurenzi Laurenzisteig 24
  • Start: Rifugio Alpe Di Tires
  • End: Rifugio Antermoia
  • Distance: 5 km / 3.1 mi
  • Elevation gain: 532 m / 1746 feet
  • Elevation loss: 497 m / 1630 feet
  • Time required: 5-6 hours
  • Route difficulty: advanced
  • When to go: Mid-June – October
  • Map required: Tabacco map no. 029 (Rosengarten) or Tabacco map no. 06 (Val Di Fassa)

Map of the trail

  • Yellow – Via Ferrata Laurenzi
  • Purple – Approach to Alpe Di Tires hut – Option 1 starting at the top of Alpe Di Siusi gondola in Compatsch
  • Blue – Approach to Alpe Di Tires hut – Option 2 starting at the top of Col Rodella Cable car
  • Red – Return hiking path from Rifugio Antermoia to Rifugio Alpe Di Tires
  • Black – Exit route from Rifugio Antermoia to Campitello Di Fassa

TIP: Click on each trail and a window will pop up where you will see the name and the stats for each trail

How to reach Rifugio Alpe Di Tires

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Many trails lead to the Alpe Di Tires hut and below are two of my recommendations.

Option 1: Top of the Alpe Di Siusi gondola to Rifugio Alpe Di Tires across Denti Di Terrarosa saddle

  • Distance: 7.8 km / 4.8 miles
  • Elevation gain: 657 m / 2154 feet
  • Elevation loss: 63 m / 208 feet
  • Colour on the map: purple
Forcella Denti di Terrarossa 1

This is the shortest and fastest way to reach the Alpe Di Tires hut. The hike begins at the top of the Alpe Di Siusi gondola in Compatsch which starts in Siusi. This is a good route if you plan to stay a few nights in Alpe Di Tires hut and tick off the nearby Via Ferrata Sentiero Massimiliano. The Alpe Di Siusi gondola runs from the third week of May until early November.

Option 2: Top of the Col Rodella cable car to Rifugio Alpe Di Tires

  • Distance: 11.8 km / 7.3 miles
  • Elevation gain: 430 m / 1413 feet
  • Elevation loss: 443 m / 1454 feet
  • Colour on the map: blue
Col Rodella To Alpe Di Tires Hut 5

A slightly longer, but more scenic route leads from the top of the Col Rodella gondola that starts in Campitello di Fassa in the Fassa Valley. This is a good route if you want to start and end in the same town, without repeating any of the trails.

A part of this approach intersects with the Sassolungo Circuit hike. Below are the summer 2024 opening times and prices for the Col Rodella gondola. You will only need a one-way ticket for this trip.

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Source: www.fassa.com

The stages of Via Ferrata Laurenzi

Stage 1: Alpe Di Tires to the start of cables

  • Time required 45-60 mins

Leaving Alpe Di Tires hut head South on path no. 3A in the direction of Forcella Molignon & Passo Principe Hut. The path starts with a steep ascent, where cables are placed to assist the hikers.

Follow the path until you reach a fork. A left turn will take you onto a zigzag path. Circa 45 minutes after leaving the hut you will reach the first cables of via ferrata Laurenzi. It’s time to put your gear on.

Stage 2: Molignon rigdeline traverse

  • Time required: 2.5-3 hours

The first section of the via ferrata is easy and follows a well-protected path to the ridgeline. Once you reach it the trail follows a wide plateau and no climbing is involved. For now.

There is a great rest area that was set up on the plateau with benches carved out of tree trunks and a wooden book, where you can carve your name in.

Sit down for a few minutes and enjoy the great views of Sassolungo, Mount Antealo, Mount Pelmo, and Dolomite’s highest peak – Marmolada. Download the Peak Finder app on your phone before the trip. It’s my favorite tool for checking out all the peak names.

Gradually the ridgeline becomes narrower and the challenge begins. The rest of the ridgeline traverse will involve plenty of climbing up and down. As daunting as it may sound the footholds and cable protection are excellent and we didn’t have any troubles en route. After circa 2.5 hours of following the ridgeline you will reach its highest point – Molignon Di Dentro.

Stage 3: Descent to Lake Antermoia

  • Time required: 1.5 – 2 hours

The last part of Via Ferrata Laurenzi involves a downclimb to Antermoia Valley. The most challenging part was right towards the end and involved a sharp descent through a loose scree gulley. That’s where you will get the first glimpse of the turquoise Antermoia lake. Once you reach the valley bottom it is a 15-minute hike to the Antermoia hut.

Exit route from Rifugio Antermoia

Grab a lunch at the Antermoia hut to regain some strength for your return. If you are doing the Rosengarten traverse, this is where you will stay your last night. Otherwise, choose from the return routes below.

Option 1: Return to Rifugio Alpe Di Tires

  • Distance: 6.5 km / 4 miles
  • Elevation gain: 490 m / 1610 feet
  • Elevation loss: 538 m / 1766 feet
  • Colour on the map: red
Col Rodella To Alpe Di Tires Hut 7

If you stay in the Alpe di Tires hut the night before you can ask the staff to leave some of your things in the hut and do Via Ferrata Laurenzi with only the essentials in your backpack. This will make your trip a lot more enjoyable.

After completing the via ferrata you can return to the Alpe Di Tires hut on a hiking path that runs parallel to the Laurenzisteig. Once back at the hut either return to Compatsch and take the return gondola down to Siusi or stay another night in Rifugio Alpe Di Tires.

TIP: Stay two nights in Alpe Di Tires and tackle Via Ferrata Sentiero Massimiliano the next day.

Option 2: Return to Campitello di Fassa via Dona Valley

  • Distance: 11.5 km / 7.1 miles
  • Elevation gain: 151 m / 496 feet
  • Elevation loss: 1181 m / 3876 feet
  • Colour on the map: black
Val Di Fassa 1

Take this route if you hiked to Alpe Di Tires Hut from the top of the Col Rodella gondola and want to return to Campitello Di Fassa. After completing Via Ferrata Laurenzi follow the trail across Dona Valley first to Rifugio Dona then down to Campitello Di Fassa.

Via Ferrata Laurenzi as part of a multiday hut-to-hut traverse across the Rosengarten Group

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Via Ferrata Laurenzi can be greatly incorporated into a multiday hut-to-hut traverse across the Rosengarten Nature Park. This traverse includes all via ferratas that can be found in the Park. Since Laurenzi is the hardest one I left it for the last day. By then you should be comfortable using your via ferrata gear and will know whether you are up for something slightly more challenging.

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Rockfall is a major concern on via ferrata routes. Unbeknownst to you, other climbing groups above you may accidentally dislodge a small rock and send it hurtling down the mountain. If it hits you on the head it could have serious consequences. A helmet placed on your head (not inside your backpack) is a must! 

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Another must-have on a via ferrata route is a climbing harness. A harness works as an anchor point for your via ferrata lanyard. Try it on before your trip to ensure it fits snugly without limiting your movements. Aim for a lightweight harness, that will be comfortable to wear between the cable-protected sections when hiking.

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Edelrid, Camp or Black Diamond Via Ferrata Lanyard

A via ferrata lanyard connects the climber and their harness to the cables along the route. Its two arms and a hidden extra coil work as an energy absorption system in case of a fall, by reducing the stress on the climber. The two carabiners at the end of the lanyard are used to clip into the cable. Make sure the carabiners are equipped with the palm squeeze mechanism. It’s the safest and most comfortable.

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Black Diamond Crag Gloves

The gloves are meant to protect your hands from any cuts and scratches you may otherwise get if you haul yourself on the cable without them. I prefer full-fingered gloves for extra protection against blisters.

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Salewa Wildfire Edge Approach Shoes

My go-to pair of hiking shoes for easier trails or via ferrata, where I don’t need extra ankle support. They provide excellent grip on the rock and are very durable.

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Reeloq Smartphone Securing System

If you want to take great photos on a via ferrata and not worry about losing your phone, Reeloq is the best tool for it. It’s a smartphone-securing system, that will allow you to use your phone on any of your adventures. This has been a great addition to my tool arsenal.

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Marta
Marta

Hi! I am the photographer and creator of www.inafarawayland.com. I come from Poland, but I've been living, travelling and working around the globe since I turned 18. A few years ago, during one of my trips to Scotland, I bought my first DSLR and my adventure with photography began. When I am not stuck to my computer editing photos, you can find me hiking somewhere in the mountains.

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