Inauguration of the first cross-border High Way

The ancient vie ferrate scattered along the Dolomites and of great mountaineering and historical value have been recovered to create a place where mountain lovers from all over the world can meet.

Bolzano – Joining Italy and Austria in the name of mountaineering: this is the aim of “Dolomiti senza confini” (Dolomites without borders), the first cross-border Alta Via that combines several existing via ferrata, twelve to be precise. Spread across the two countries, these equipped trails are an essential stop for lovers of climbing and long-distance trekking, an ideal destination not only from a sporting point of view, but also historical. Between Cadore and Pusteria, from the Three Peaks of Lavaredo to the Val del Gail, from Sesto to Kartitsch: these are the places where the excursion will acquire an ancient flavour, discovering old war paths and First World War trenches, climbing on Unesco World Heritage walls and then taking a break in the refuges scattered between the provinces of Belluno and Alto Adige and East Tyrol, to taste the local delicacies.

The project was born to give life within the Dolomiti Live area to a mountaineering route that overcomes administrative and national barriers and makes it possible to enjoy the beauty of the alpine landscape in all its entirety. Up to now, it has not been possible to launch a strategy to enhance the area, as some via ferrata needed structural improvements to make them accessible and usable. Today, thanks to this project, the equipped routes on Monte Paterno, Torre Toblin, Cima Elevenici, Croda Rossa di Sesto, Monte Cavallino – created by the armies during the Great War – have been recovered and transformed into equipped routes of historical and tourist interest. Nine stages are available for expert and amateur hikers. Three project partners will promote the communication and promotion of Dolomiti Senza Confini: the Province of Belluno, leadpartner, Alpenverein Austria and the Sesto Tourist Association. Reinhold Messner, a world-famous mountaineer from South Tyrol who is the first in history to have climbed all fourteen peaks on the planet above 8000 metres above sea level, will also take part in the inauguration of the Alta Via on 9 June.

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