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Granvara Relais & SPA Hotel

Experience the power of the mountains

Climbing the steep rock walls of the Dolomites

The Dolomites are THE climbing paradise. An undisputed advantage of the Granvara Relais & SPA Hotel is that it provides the ideal starting point for exciting climbing tours in the nearby Dolomites. The rough rock walls are especially ideal for professionals. However, beginners will also enjoy the easier climbing trails. All you need is some endurance and audacity to fully enjoy your climbing adventure. On request, our climbing expert and all-rounder Armin Senoner will accompany you on exciting climbing tours.

The most beautiful climbing tours in the Dolomites:

1) Climbing Tour: Litte Cir peak (2.520 m)
A short via ferrata but rewarding with a stupendous panorama.
Difficulty: beginner
Starting point: Passo Gardena (2121m). From the path, arrive at the Dantercepies cable-car station that follows a dug-up road (that starts at Hotel Cir) or along the path on your left.
Technical details: Via ferrata, short but steep, completely protected with steel cables, a short vertical gap at the end (some arm-strength is needed).
Complete gradient of climb: 400 m, ca. 1:30 hours
Descent: ca. 45 minutes 

2) The Brigata Tridentina
Franco Cavazza Refuge at Pisciadù, 2.583 m (Sellagroup)

The most famous Via Ferrata in den Dolomites. 
Difficulty: difficult
Starting point: Car park close to the station at the bottom of the material-cableway, 1.950 m, to the Franco Cavazza Refuge, between Passo Gardena and Colfosco.
Technical details: Rather challenging via ferrata completely secured by steel cables, stairs, numerous steps and iron foot-holds to get past difficult sections.
Complete gradient of climb: 600 m, ca. 3 hours
Descent: ca. 1h30 minutes

3) The Pössnecker-Route / Piz Sella, 2941 m (Sella Group)
This is one of the oldest routes in the Dolomites (1912) and is still now one of the most difficult.
Difficulty: very difficult
Starting point: From Passo Sella, 2.240 m, you cross below the three Torri del Sella following a good path until arriving to a black-gray colored wall, which is very wet. Now the route brings us fastly to a big basin of rubble. Across the big terrace, 2.700 m, which surrounds the massif of the Sella, you arrive to the last part of the route. After having gone along a gorge, you reach the plateau covered with the rubble of the Sella-massif and finally the top (2.941 m).
Complete gradient of climb: 700 m, ca. 3h30minutes
Descent: ca. 4 hours

4) Via ferrata Cesare Piazzetta, Piz Boè (3152 m, Sella Group)
The most difficult via ferrata in the Sella massif leads to the Piz Boe peak.
This challenging via requires physical strength and a steady foot
Difficulty: extremly difficult
Starting point:Pordoi Pass (2239m), the path that leads to the beginning of the ferrata starts at the Ossario which is well sign-posted. Climb along a stretch that is on relatively steep terrain until the foot of the rocky Piz Boè sides. From there walk along path n.7 that will lead you to the beginning of the ferrata towards the right.
Technical details: long climb on steep rocks; rock-climb on vertical sides for the first stretch, on some smooth stretches with some overhanging passes.
Complete gradient of climb: 923 m, ca. 4h - 4h30min.
Descent: ca. 1h30 min. - 2h.
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