Plenty of options for the adventure seeker
- Via Ferrata – fixed cables, precarious ladders and gorge-spanning bridges
- Guided Glacier Treks on the Marmolada
- Guided Via Ferrata to summit of Marmolada (3343m)
- Alpine Activities – locally-supplied pursuits – paragliding, high ropes, mountain biking and more
Adventure Options in the Dolomites
The Dolomites offer many alpine activities, which are supplied locally by third parties, many of whom we know well. We offer extensive support for Via Ferrata, which is a key attraction. Indeed, the Dolomites is the ultimate home of Via Ferrata. Also, take a look at the many activities you can do locally, whether you seek an adrenalin rush or something more conventional, such as tennis or horse riding.
Exposed cables, ladders and bridges
Dedicated Via Ferrata Office Hour staff offering
extensive support and info for self guiding.
Via Ferrata is a key Dolomites attraction and we are in the greatest concentration of Via Ferrata in the world. Originally built to assist military movements during WWI, Via Ferrata are protected scrambling routes, comprised of fixed cables, ladders and gorge-spanning bridges, which assist your ascent of dramatic massifs, after which you can walk on to a nearby rifugio or descend back to the start via a path.
You can do the Via Ferrata of your choice as and when you please, although you should be well prepared, vertigo-free, sure-footed, reasonably fit and aware of alpine dangers. Collett’s offers extensive support for self-guided Via Ferrata. We host a dedicated Via Ferrata Office Hour each evening (except Wednesdays) offering information and opinions on numerous exciting local routes.
You can browse our Ideas & Info Files, which detail up to 20 local Via Ferrata and on a daily basis you can borrow a Collett’s Route Laminate, which will correspond to the route of your choice. We keep up-to-date weather reports, which are essential for planning. At our Via Ferrata Office Hour you will meet other enthusiasts and it is not uncommon for guests to team up to do mutually attractive itineraries together.
We can also help you with quick and hassle-free kit hire and we can introduce you to local mountain guides (available at discounted rates through Collett’s), should you prefer the security of their expertise. For self guided Via Ferrata, a hire car is recommended, as routes are generally off the beaten track. Guides are not cheap, but they do provide transport and kit.
Guided Via Ferrata to summit of Marmolada (3343m)
Book directly with the Guides’ office
The summit ascent begins with a trek across the glacier to a ridge at the western end of the majestic and vast south wall, (800m high & 3km wide) before using one of the area’s most famous and exposed Via Ferrata to reach the summit (Grade 4C). You return by descending a wall just below the summit and down the glacier. Whilst the Summit Trek is not technically difficult; its length, exposure and altitude (along with the descent of the summit wall and glacier) demand some alpine experience, a head for heights and a good level of fitness. The summit ascent is generally possible from mid-June to the end of August.
The summit treks are booked directly with the Guides’ office, and we can help you organise this in resort. All necessary equipment is provided. Prices do not include lifts or lunch but a small snack pack is provided. If bad weather causes cancellation before you have embarked on the trek, your money is refunded.
Trek the glacier of the Marmolada (3343m)
Book directly with the Guides’ office
During the summer months you can trek across the glacier with the local Alpine guides in groups of up to six, traversing crevasses over snow and blue ice. The Marmolada (3343m) is the highest peak in the Dolomites. Its brilliant white glacier dominates many a beautiful panorama and is much admired by walkers from near and distant trails. These excursions go to the snout of the glacier via the ‘yoghurt pot’ lifts. You will see positions taken up by soldiers in WWI and make your way to the Marmolada’s second summit, Punta Rocca. A sound level of fitness is required for this trek but alpine experience is not necessary.
Glacier treks are popular and should be booked directly with the Guides’ office, and we can assist with this whilst you are in resort. All necessary equipment is provided. Prices do not include lifts or lunch but a small snack pack is provided. If bad weather causes cancellation before you have embarked on the trek, your money is refunded.
High Ropes, Paragliding, Rafting, Bike Trails, Sport Climbing & more
The Dolomites offer you the opportunity to partake in a wide range of alpine pursuits, whether you want an adrenalin rush or something more relaxing. In our Ideas & Information Files we provide details of mountain bike itineraries of varying grades. We can also help you hire good mountain bikes and road cycles too through local suppliers, who we know well.
There are numerous other alpine pursuits at your disposal, which are supplied on a seasonal basis by third parties, many of whom we have known for many years. The High Ropes Garden at Corvara is a great half day out. There are courses for various levels of courage! Either way, its cables, bridges, cargo nets, flying fox zip wires and ladders are not for the faint-hearted.
Over the years we have booked numerous guests on to whitewater rafting and canyoning excursions in the Val Aurina, an hour away by road. In Corvara, there is outdoor swimming, paragliding, ice skating, tennis, a climbing wall, archery and golf. Corvara’s 9 hole golf course is Europe’s second highest and the backdrops are breathtaking.
For a gentler option, you could try boating at Lake Alleghe. There is indoor swimming at La Villa and Canazei. Another enchanting way of enjoying the landscapes is to get on a horse and hack out on to the high plains. Whatever you might like to do, we will be glad to help. Come and see us at Office Hour and we will be happy to give you the necessary information and get on the phone to book something on your behalf. Naturally, having a car is generally essential for getting to activity centres that are not in the Alta Badia.
At a glance - our walking holiday accommodation in the Dolomites
As with everything at Collett’s, we offer you choice and flexibility where accommodation is concerned. Whether you are driven by budget or by a desire to self indulge, all our accommodation is delightful and we should have something just right. Whatever you choose, you are always a guest of Collett's. You are therefore welcome at Office Hour, where you can sign up to any of the organised walks that take your fancy, plan self guided walking, book locally supplied activities or acquire information on places of interest. You are also welcome to drop in anytime to one of our chalet hotels for help or local information.
Our Chalet Hotels
Our chalet hotels are immensely popular. They combine the relaxed feeling of being ‘at home’ with the bonus of being well looked after and superbly fed. Add to this the really pleasant social dynamic that prevails when guests have had an inspirational day out and then sit down for a delicious three course dinner (with wine included) in the good company of other guests, who have largely similar interests. Many guests return year after year for this genuinely charming atmosphere, not to mention the beautiful locations, attractive en suite bedrooms, access to local information and our warm ever-present hospitality.
An Exquisite Mountain Hotel
In the Dolomites, we feature an exquisite mountain hotel in Corvara. It is run seamlessly by the family that owns it - you can expect really lovely accommodation, sublime food and outstanding service plus a heart-warming focus on your comfort and well-being – nothing is too much trouble. We hold Office Hour in the hotel each evening (except Wednesday) should you wish to sign up to an organised walk or get information for self guiding or other days out.
If you would prefer to self cater, we have various apartments in and around Corvara. All of them are within easy walking distance of the shops and village amenities. Wherever you stay it is easy to wander to one of our chalet hotels and drop in on Office Hour, should you wish to sign up to an organised walk or get information for self guiding or other days out.