Via Ferrata on Beautiful Brenta Dolomites - Route Map, Photo Tricks, and Safety Tips!

Via Ferrata on Beautiful Brenta Dolomites – Route Map, Photo Tricks, and Safety Tips!

Are you a sharpshooter when it comes to photography? If you don’t have your next hiking targets lined up, let us take you to the Province of Trentino in northeastern Italy, the location of the most beautiful via ferrata in the almost forgotten Brenta Dolomites. Placed outside the central Dolomites – and not located directly on main roads or major cities – the Brenta is somewhat hidden, which makes this an insider tip, from us to you. Check out the map, tips, and tricks, grab your hiking equipment and join us!

The hard dolomite rock and some smaller glaciers create here an impressive landscape with often vertically reaching, massive rock faces. In these walls you can find incisions embedded here and there – they show up in the Brenta especially often as a ribbon-cutting through a rock face. 

Rope belays make this region accessible to less experienced climbers. The easier and unsecured parts nevertheless spice up the mountain adventure - a head for heights is a prerequisite here for photographic mountaineering pleasure. The classic two-day tour with the "Bochette Centrale" section circles the main peaks of the Brenta.
Rope belays make this region accessible to less experienced climbers. The easier and unsecured parts nevertheless spice up the mountain adventure – a head for heights is a prerequisite here for photographic mountaineering pleasure. The classic two-day tour with the “Bochette Centrale” section circles the main peaks of the Brenta 

Route description – this is how your Via Ferrata trip to Brenta Dolomites (Bocchette Hike) looks like on a map

From the parking lot at the Vallesinella hut, the trail first leads slightly uphill through dense forest to the Casinei hut and the Brentei hut. For an overnight stay at the Alimonta hut (recommended), turn off just before the Brentei hut and climb the steep trail through alpine grass and some scree passages to the Alimonta hut. 

The second day starts on a stony path up to the Sfulmeni Glacier (caution: danger of falling rocks, crevasses!). From Bocca degli Armi (2749m) the via ferrata starts over some shorter ladders. After a quick and striking straddle, the route leads over some easy, exposed rock ledges. Along the eastern flank, the via ferrata also crosses a larger gorge (photo spot). 

After another longer band follows the famous and solitary rock needle Basso (Bocchetta di Campanile photo spot). From here, in addition to a few bands, there is a lot of walking terrain until just below the Bocca di Brenta, where the viafFerrata ends. From there, either choose the direct descent or take a short detour to the Tosa hut. 

The final descent first leads over some rope-secured paths and scree passages. Later, descend on easy trails to the Brentei hut and back to the starting point.

Alternatively, for a sunrise photo, it is possible to spend the night at the Tosa hut (Pedrotti). To do this, descend from the Bocca di Brenta only about 100 meters of altitude to the southeast directly to the hut. Use the same way back.
The Via Ferrata is doable in one (long) day. Alternatively, for a sunrise photo, it is possible to spend the night at the Tosa hut (Pedrotti). To do this, descend from the Bocca di Brenta only about 100 meters of altitude to the southeast directly to the hut. Use the same way back

Photo tips that will make your Instagram pop – Campanile Basso, Sfulmeni Glacier and the sunset at the Alimonta

Along the often vertically sloping via ferrata we find numerous photo motifs. The best way to capture the breathtaking view is usually with a wide-angle lens. Don’t forget to secure yourself and your equipment. 

The lonely rock needle Campanile Basso, the gorge at the via ferrata and the Sfulmeni Glacier are particularly exciting motifs. The cirque glacier is mostly in the shade and requires photographic sensitivity.

Do not forget: Self-protection of man and material.

The sunset at the Alimonta hut with the glowing Brenta walls is often worth the trip alone.
The sunset at the Alimonta hut with the glowing Brenta walls is often worth the trip alone. To capture these moments perfectly, rely on Mountain Moments, as we will share with you our tips and trick for routes like these

Mountain Moments Photo Workshops provide Photo Tours for everybody, Alpine Experience for beginners and intermediate-level photographers with 3 to 6-hour routes, as well as Summit Experience for more advanced photographers and hikers. We have private workshops and group classes.

More information about your adventure on Brenta Dolomites

How to get there by car: Via A22 Brenner freeway to exit San Michele a. A. – Mezzocorona and continue to Madonna di Campiglio off in the center of the village, take a narrow road to the Vallesinella hut. Access is restricted depending on the season: Partial ban on cars!

How to get there by public transport: By train to Trento and by bus to Madonna di Campiglio. From there take the shuttle bus to the Vallesinella hut. 

Duration: 12.5h

Distance: 18.6km

Ascent/descent: 2190hm/2190hm

Highest/lowest point: 2839m/1522m 

Refreshments: Vallesinella hut, Casinei hut, Brentei hut, Alimonta hut, Tosa hut

Start/Finish: Vallesinella hut (coordinates: geogr. 46.206080, 10.852160)

Safety tips: Short glacier crossing! Crampons/rubber recommended (old snow remains). Via ferrata equipment, surefootedness and head for heights necessary.

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