Scenic itinerary through spectacular canyons and waterfalls in the Natural Park of the Ampezzo Dolomites


6.1 km


3-4 h


406 m


1541 m

Drive north towards Dobbiaco, go past Hotel Fiames and continue for 800 m. Turn left into the narrow road leading to the entryway of the Natural Park of the Ampezzo Dolomites.

A gate interrupts the road 500 m ahead next to the Park information office. Leave the car and walk along the paved road for about 1.5 km as far as a small bridge over the amazing pond created by Rio de Fanes torrent: this area is called Pian de Loa.

Continue uphill on the dirt road leading to Fanes Waterfalls. After 30 minutes and some rather steep stretches, you reach Ponte Outo (high bridge, 1380 m asl) over the Rio Travenanzes canyon.

A few metres further up, near a few benches on your right, wear your via Ferrata equipment and start exploring the waterfalls and the canyons along this amazing loop trail.

The confluence of Fanes and Travenanzes valleys towards Pian de Loa’s bowl offers one of the most spectacular natural beauties of the Park: the high waterfalls and deep canyons, that the streams cascade down the slope to cover the drops left by glaciations on the valley, are unique in the Dolomites.

The equipped trail is suitable for every hiker, however there are some exposed sections that should be avoided by those who do not have a head for the heights. The safety iron cable will lead you along an exposed, though level, trail that runs behind the first lower waterfall of Rio Fanes. The trail continues beyond the waterfall and down a short stretch on rocky terrain equipped with an iron ladder to ease the climb.

From the bottom of the canyon, you will see the second and highest waterfall, cross the stream over the small iron bridge and climb back to the start along a beautiful exposed ledge, well equipped for protection.

The way back is along the same route.

Transport services: Local bus service is available to Fiames. The start of the itinerary may be approached by e-bike.

Rest stop:
Spiaggia Verde: Ph. +39 349 599 4229

Recommended period:

From May to October

Recommended clothing:

Harness, lanyard, carabiners, and friction-brake, helmet and gloves. Backpack to carry the gear, food, and a change of clothes. Hiking shoes, rain jacket and water bottle.

Minimum recommended age:

14 years

Route features:

Family friendly


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Our offers:

The Kit includes: harness, rope, belay devices, carabiners, and helmet. All these items can also be rented separately.

1/2 day

15 €

1 day

20 €

2 days

35 €

3 days

44 €

4 days

52 €

5 days

57 €

6 days

61 €

+1 day

4 €

Livelli di difficoltà

Facile: Percorso attrezzato con esposizione contenuta e lunghi tratti di cammino. Ottime protezioni fisse che consistono principalmente in funi metalliche utilizzate per aumentare la sicurezza.

Medio: Via ferrata breve con bassa esposizione. L’itinerario include generalmente colatoi, camini, brevi tratti verticali dove catene, funi, staffe e scale aiutano la progressione.

Difficile: Via ferrata di media lunga durata che richiede buona condizione fisica e competenze tecniche. Spesso l’itinerario è verticale e si possono incontrare tratti in strapiombo. Attrezzatura presente: funi, catene, staffe e scale.

Intenso: L’itinerario presenta esposizione e sequenze tecniche in serie. Serve ottima forma fisica e competenza tecnica. L’itinerario è principalmente verticale.

Estremo: L’itinerario presenta molti tratti esposti, sequenze dove serve tecnica di progressione. Per aumentarne le difficoltà sono ridotti al minimo gli infissi artificiali. Sono richieste ottime competenze tecniche e allenamento.

Grading system

Easy: equipped trail with minimum exposure and long walking sections. Optimum fixed protection, consisting in iron cables to increase safety.

Medium: Short Via Ferrata with little exposure. The route may include water funnels, chimneys, short vertical stretches where, chains, ropes, and ladders help ascending.

Difficult: medium-long Via Ferrata requiring good physical conditions and technical skills. The route is often vertical with  fairly exposed sections. Secured with cables, chains, ropes and ladders.

Severe: The whole route features exposure and technical sections. Excellent physical conditions and good climbing technique are required. The route is mainly vertical.

Extreme: The route features many exposed sections where high technical skills are required. To increase the level of difficulty, artificial holds are limited. Above-average ability and a good level of training are required.

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