Easy and highly scenic Via Ferrata from Passo Giau grassy meadows up to ther moon-like environment of Mt Gusela, as far as Mt Nuvolau sunny deck.


6.4 km


3-4 h


486 m


2556 m

From Passo Giau take CAI trail No.443 to the north, then leave the trail and follow the steep CAI trail No.438 on the left leading to the approach of the first  section of this Via Ferrata. Along its short and not very exposed ledges  you gently gain elevation with breathtaking views over  the Ampezzo peaks:  Cristallo, Sorapis, Croda da Lago, and Tofane.

Shortly, you reach the bottom of a narrow, vertical gully (the only hard section). From here, fairly good handholds, footholds, and a metal ladder will help you during the ascent. Once you reach the top of the ladder, a few more easy moves on steps of rock and few metres along the equipped trail lead you to the moon-like plateau (2500m) between Gusela and Nuvolao peaks.

Carefully follow the trail signs across the scree slope as far as a crest where the second section of the via Ferrata begins. After a demanding stretch, with the help of the iron cable and some iron ladders you will reach the top of Mt. Nuvolau (2575mt), near the namesake Rifugio. The unobstructed view is spectacular.

From the Rifugio, take CAI trail No.439 descending along the north face of Mt. Nuvolau, facing Mt. Averau (2649). This 30-minute walk will take you to Rifugio Averau, well-known for its fine cuisine.

Return to Passo Giau along CAI trail No. 452, time required is about 1h 15 minutes.

Rest stops: Hotel Passo Giau (Loc. Passo Giau): Ph. + 39 3460696745 Rifugio Nuvolau (Monte Nuvolau): Ph. +39 0436 867938 Rifugio Averau (Forcella Averau 9): Ph. +39 0436 4660

Recommended period:

From June 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:



Check weather forecast; better give up in case of rainfalls.







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Ra Pegna and Ra Bujela

Two different routes with the same access point, each running up one of the rocky towers that surround the legendary Tofane Schuss ski run.

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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