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Via ferrata Monte Averau

1-2 hrs.
Dislivello ferrata:
400 - 600 m.


Difficulty: easy; we want to draw attention to some demanding metres due to the lack of holds
Departure point: from the Averau refuge on a signposted path
Arrival point: Giau pass or Falzarego pass
Total duration: 2 ore/hrs./Std.
Total difference in altitude: 500 m

Vertical drop on the ferrata: 100 m

Altitude at starting point: 2400 m
Altitude at arrival: 2649 m


you can start at the Giau pass or the Falzarego pass, but in any case you have to reach the Averau refuge, which is 15 minutes away from the start of the via ferrata. If you start from the Giau pass, you can park near the Fedare refuge and take path no. 464. In about 40 minutes you arrive at the Averau refuge. The easiest and fastest alternative is the Fedare chairlift.The mountain hut Rifugio Averau can also be reached starting from the Falzarego pass: take the 5 Torri chairlift to the Scoiattoli refuge and then hike along path no. 439 for about 20 minutes.You can also start in Bai de Dones and reach the refuge by foot on the hiking trail no. 441 (walking time: 1.30 hrs).


start with an approximately ten meters long traverse, which is quite easy thanks to good handholds. Then climb vertically on the wall for a few meters without handholds.This is the most difficult section. Then you will reach a junction: to the left, the route leads through a narrow chimney which is equipped with stepladders to make the ascent easier - this route is mostly chosen for the descent. To the right, you have to face a passage of about 6 meters on a vertical slab. Continue over a ledge and then up through an equipped groove. Then follow the cairns and soon you will reach the summit cross.


from the summit cross descend following the same way back and return to the Averau refuge.

Peak: Averau

Orientation: northeast

Best time of year: from June to October (extra caution is needed in the event of snowfall in spring or early snow)

This via ferrata is excellent for beginners, because it is easy and can be climbed in half a day.

The approach starts next to the Averau refuge and is easily accessible from the Giau and Falzarego passes. After having overcome some vertical sections secured with fixed ropes and having reached the summit, a fabulous 360-degree panorama of the mountains Pelmo, Civetta, Antelao and Sorapiss opens up.

ATTENTION: as this via ferrata is easy - but never banal - and quite short, it is very popular.
Therefore you should avoid climbing this via ferrata in high season, especially since the ascent and the descent are on the same route,  to avoid jam.

  • The description of this via ferrata was kindly provided by the mountain guides „Gruppo Guide Alpine Cortina“.
  • You can find more information in Italian, English and German language on this topic in the guide "Ferrate a Cortina" by Francesco Cappellari
  • *Normal via ferrata equipment consisting of:
    -via ferrata set (2 lanyards and 2 carabiners, sink)
    -gloves are not essential but highly recommended;
    you need an appropriate equipment in case of snow