Great rock, amazing food, and just good living!
The Tyrol is a historic geographical region between Austria and Italy. Its most iconic peaks are the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a true climbing paradise. This range is composed of dolomitic rock, an extremely featured type of limestone, which has been the playground for some of the most important climbers in history. From Reinhold Messner to Riccardo Cassin, world-class climbers have come to the Dolomites to test their skills and enjoy the unique characteristics of these towers.
The Marmolada, the Queen of the Range and highest peak in the Dolomites, also offers a glaciated climb on one of Europe’s more remarkable peaks — it’s not all about rock, so bring your crampons too!
And the pasta and wine aren’t so bad either!
Three words- peaks, food, and huts and some of the most idyllic, welcoming mountain landscapes on the planet.
Mountain Madness has designed a six-day program to provide the opportunity to climb four of the highest summits of the range, while also enjoying the great food and culture of this magical region. But, you can customize your adventure if you have a specific goal in mind or are short on time, or have more time than six days.
The Dolomites contain a multitude of options for rock climbers and mountaineers alike. We’ve designed a sampler itinerary below that includes snow/glacier climbing and rock climbing. But, the choice is yours — if you prefer to spend more time on the rock and no snow, no problem. If you prefer to mix it up with both alpine rock and glaciers, then the itinerary below will more than satisfy. Take a look and let us know how you would like your trip to unfold — the possibilities are endless!
from $3,300 – 6 Days / In country
- 1:1 - $4,975 per person
- 2:1 - $3,300 per person
- IFMGA/UIAGM guide
- Group gear
- Ground transportation
Price Does Not Include
- International airfare
- Hotel and hut accommodations
- Gondola fees
- Alcoholic and bottled beverages
- Personal climbing gear and clothing
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, room service, extra meals, etc.)
- Travel insurance with trip cancellation, medical and evacuation policy
- All expenses associated with non-scheduled departure
- Guide gratuities
- $700 deposit at time of registration, which includes a $300 non-refundable registration fee
- Balance due 120 days prior to departure
- The balance may be paid by check, wire transfer, ACH or credit card with a 3% convenience fee
Climbs are Arranged on a Custom Basis — Contact Us
Cancellation / Refund Policy
- MMI strongly recommends trip cancellation/interruption and evacuation insurance for all trips. Our insurance partner, Ripcord, offers comprehensive travel insurance including trip cancellation, as well as rescue/evacuation policies and can assist in answering any questions. In addition, Participant is expected to have sufficient medical insurance as prescribed by their country of origin. Participant understands that MMI does not include any type of insurance with the cost of the trip.
- If you decide to cancel your trip or change your itinerary, MMI must be notified in writing. Your trip will be cancelled from the date written notice is received. If proper written cancellation notice is not received, amounts paid and reservations made will be forfeited.
- Non-refundable fees may apply for certain trips in order to secure permits and other services. MMI must strictly adhere to cancellation policies outside MMI’s control.
- Due to the personalized service we offer on our trips, MMI reserves the right to waive any fees. We will attempt to accommodate changes and cancellations, waiving certain fees when feasible.
- Full refund, less the non-refundable registration fee, will be provided 121 days or more before the departure date
- No refunds will be provided 120 days or less before the departure date
We strongly recommend the purchase of travel cancellation insurance to protect you from the unexpected. You aren’t likely to think of it now, but people do get ill, break a bone, have a family emergency or get assigned to a last-minute business trip. If you are in remote areas, please note that emergency rescue & evacuation can be very expensive.
We also strongly urge you to consider rescue and evacuation insurance if your own policy does not provide the coverage needed. Services available may include, but are not limited to, helicopter evacuation, medical care, etc.
If you choose not to purchase insurance, you assume full responsibility for any expenses incurred in the event of a medical emergency and/or evacuation, as well as for trip cancellation, interruption, lost luggage, etc. We are not the experts and therefore ask that you please consult our travel insurance partner directly with any specific questions.
To protect against losses due to illness, accident, or other unforeseen circumstances, Mountain Madness strongly recommends the purchase of travel insurance as soon as possible after making a deposit. Mountain Madness has partnered with Redpoint Resolutions as our preferred travel insurance provider. Redpoint’s Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ is designed for adventurers.
For a quote, or to purchase travel insurance, please click this link Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ or call +1 – 415-481‑0600. Pricing varies based on age, trip cost, trip length, and level of coverage.
Critical benefits of Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance include:
- A completely integrated program with a single point of contact for emergency services, travel assistance, and insurance claims
- Evacuation and rescue services from your point of injury or illness to your hospital of choice
- Comprehensive travel insurance for trip cancellation/interruption, primary medical expense coverage, baggage loss or delay, emergency accident and emergency sickness medical expense, emergency dental, accidental death and dismemberment, and more
- Optional security evacuation coverage in case of an unplanned natural disaster or other security events
- Waiver for pre-existing conditions (must be purchased within 14 days of tour deposit)
- Optional “Cancel for Any Reason” coverage (must be purchased within 14 days of tour deposit)
Unlike most Mountain Madness international trip itineraries, which include travel time to and from your destination, our Dolomites schedules begin on the first day of service provided. You will need to stay at a hotel or hostel of your choice during the trip and need to make these arrangements through your travel agent or on your own — we can provide suggestions for your planning.
Italian Dolomites Day by Day
A MM guide will meet you at Innsbruck main station (Südtiroler Platz) at 8am. Alternately, meet a little later at your hotel in Innsbruck (please inform the office of the details). We will travel together to Passo Sella to start our trip. The Sella Towers offer several options for a “warm up” acclimatization climb. One option for this day is the normal route of the first Sella Tower. This climb will allow the guides to adjust rope teams and itineraries if needed. At the end of the day we will go down to Fedaia Lake, which is at the base of our next adventure: the Marmolada, the highest summit in Dolomites.
We will start in the morning from Fedaia Lake (2074 m/6804 ft) toward Pian dei Fiacconi (2625m/8612ft). About one hour later, we will reach the beginning of the glacier, which we will follow to the top of Punta Penia — Marmolada (3343m/10967ft). The ascent will take about 4 hours, plus around 3 hours for the descent. Finally, we have a transfer to the Auronzo hut at the base of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo.
Grande Cima 2999m/9839ft by the Dibona ridge
Twenty pitches of world-class climbing! It will be a long day of climbing, with descent by the normal route. The hard work will pay off, so we can enjoy great Italian food back at the Auronzo hut.
After climbing the Cima Grande, some rest will be appreciated. If there is energy left, we can also climb some sport single pitch climbs. At the end of the day we will drive to Passo Falzarego (1 hour). Back to the Auronzo hut for the night.
Tofana di Rozes
The Südwandpfeiler (south pillar) of this amazing peak presents one of the most spectacular climbs of the range and the most technically committing climb on this trip. Fourteen pitches of moderate rock climbing with an average difficulty of 5.6 with one passage of 5.8. On this day, if the conditions do not cooperate, your guide will have these options from the same base:
- Col dei Bos
- Torre Piccola and Torre grande di Falzarego
- Climbs on the Cinque Torri
We will spend the night at Passo Falzarego hut.
MM guides will drop you off at the Innsbruck train station (or hotel if asked). This is the end of our services. You can schedule a flight out from Innsbruck this day in the afternoon, or the next day from Münich.
Note on Itinerary: Although we do our very best to follow the schedule listed, this itinerary is subject to change due to inclement weather, unsafe route conditions, or other reasons beyond our control and in the guide’s best judgement.
6 Days / In country
- 1:1 - $4,975 per person
- 2:1 - $3,300 per person