The via Ferrata Cesare Piazzetta is the most demanding equipped trail of the Sella Massif and one of the most demanding in all the Dolomites. It climbs up to the summit of Mount Piz Boè. A marvelously scenic yet extremely technical and physically hard via ferrata that climbs up along the east side of the mountainous range.

  • Dolomites, Piz Boè, Sella Massif
  • 6 hours
  • High difficulty
  • Presence of nearby refreshment point
  • Maximum number of participants
  • Suitable for adults and boys

Information about the via Ferrata Cesare Piazzetta in the Sella Massif

The via Ferrata Cesare Piazzetta to Piz Boè in the Sella Massif is a grand itinerary. It is very demanding, especially during its first part. It requires good experience in I° and II° degree climbing with no wire. The starting stretch is almost vertical and one can pass it only thanks to the metal wires (the right use of the feet is crucial) while the last stretch, though less steep, calls for much caution because it is only partially equipped. At an elevation of 2850 meters the via ferrata comes to an end but there are further equipped stretches along the east ridge until the elevation of 3000 meters.

The via Ferrata Cesare Piazzetta features a 350 meters elevation gap (925 meters for the whole excursion). The equipment - metal wires, steps on the rock and a bridge made of metal wires - is very well maintained. The itinerary crosses long vertical and extremely exposed passages and it features some shelves that allow useful resting moments. The key passage of this via ferrata is the starting one: particularly demanding, due to the scarceness of handholds, it gives the arms a lot of work.

The approach of the excursion starts from Passo Pordoi that can be reached from Canazei in Val di Fassa or from Arabba, talking the cable car and then going down the couloir of Pordoi or walking through the trail that leads to Forcella Pordoi. On its final stretch the via ferrata offers two possible options: walking through the trail that leads to Forcella Pordoi or keeping climbing through the ridge to reach the trail that leads to the summit of Mount Piz Boé, at an elevation of 3152 meters.

The descent starts from Forcella Pordoi going down through a couloir down to Passo Pordoi, while from the summit of Piz Boé we go down towards Rifugio Boé or towards southwest going back to Forcella Pordoi.

Price for the via Ferrata Cesare Piazzetta experience

€ 360 - Price up to 2 persons
€ 390 - Price up to 3 persons
€ 420 - Price up to 4 persons

Where to meet your mountain guide for the via Ferrata Cesare Piazzetta excursion

  • Meeting point On the day of your excursion, meet your guide at:
    Pordoi Pass
    Start of the Sass Pordoi cable car
    SS 48 – Strada del Pordoi
    38032 Canazei, TN
  • Meeting time 8.30 am
  • Geographic coordinates 46°29'17.8"N 11°48'38.5"E
  • Transfer There are no transfers from the meeting point to the excursion site.

What to bring

  • Climbing helmet
  • Via ferrata kit
  • Via ferrata boots
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks
  • Technical apparel
  • Backpack

What you need to know

  • Participants Anyone over the age of 16, with an adequate level of training and fitness, can participate in this experience.
  • Under 18 Minors under the age of 18, if unaccompanied, require a waiver of liability from the parent or guardian of the child, that must be given to the guide before the excursion begins.
  • Equipment Remember to bring the minimum required equipment for the activity. If you do not own the equipment let us know, we will provide it for you, if available or for hire.
  • Reservation The reservation for this experience is individual, with a dedicated mountain guide. It may be reserved for a number of participants no greater than the maximum number allowed.
  • Excursion price The price shown is for the excursion with the dedicated mountain guide and possible transfer using the guide's private vehicle. It is valid for individual reservations for a number of participants that does not exceed the maximum number allowed.
  • Safety The mountain guide may cancel or suspend the excursion or change the itinerary if minimum safety conditions are not guaranteed. Please view the terms.
  • Moderate terms of cancellation The terms of cancellation and change for this experience are moderate. Please view the terms.

How to reserve your mountain guide

To reserve a mountain guide for the via Ferrata Cesare Piazzetta to Piz Boè in the Sella Massif, you must send a request that provides and specifies your contact information, the number of participants and the date/period in which you wish to take the excursion.
We will respond immediately to confirm the availability of the guide, the deadline, if any, to confirm the option for the reservation, methods of payment, characteristics and organization of the activity.
Once the reservation is confirmed, we will send you the receipt and the presentation voucher with the details of the service, the name of the mountain guide and all the contact information.

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