The Nico Gusella via ferrata offers a grand and amazingly scenic itinerary that makes the hikers discover one of the most renowned peaks of the Pale di San Martino, Mount Cima di Ball, that was first reached in 1865 by Mr. Leslie Stephen, one of the great English climbing pioneers, father of Virginia Woolf. The peak of this excursion, that features a very pleasant and easy via ferrata, is reaching the summit of Mount Cima di Ball from where the view is astonishingly thrilling.

  • Dolomites, Pale di San Martino
  • 9 hours
  • Medium difficulty
  • Presence of nearby refreshment point
  • Maximum number of participants
  • Suitable for adults and boys

Information about Nico Gusella via ferrata

The Nico Gusella via ferrata, relatively short (with a 250 meters elevation gain) and little exposed, develops mostly through the north side of Mount Cima di Ball and it climbs along sloped slabs and characteristic chimneys up to Forcella Stephen, at an elevation of 2705 meters, between Mount Cima di Ball and Mount Cima di Val di Roda. The itinerary, then, goes on through a thrilling climb, that does not feature any technical issue, all the way to the summit of Mount Cima di Ball. From there the view on all the other peaks of the Pale di San Martino Range is spectacular.

The excursion starts from San Martino di Castrozza; with the cable cars of Colverde and Rosetta we reach Rifugio Pedrotti, at an elevation of 2581 meters from where -after a 400 meters elevation gain- the approach starts; it develops through a very beautiful path featuring breath taking passages before the Pale di San Martino among couloirs, cols, ledges, crees and rock towers. The long way back from Mount Cima di Ball (roughly a 1700 meters elevation loss) at first follows the climb route until Forcella Stephen and then it offers several different options that will all lead back to San martino di Castrozza.

Prices of Nico Gusella via ferrata

€ 330 - 1 person
€ 360 - 2 persons
€ 390 - 3 persons
€ 440 - 4 persons

Where to meet your mountain guide

  • Meeting point On the day of your excursion, meet your guide at:
    Col Verde cable car
    Via Passo Rolle
    38054 Primiero San Martino di Castrozza - TN
  • Meeting time 8.00 am
  • Geographic coordinates 46°15'50.8"N 11°48'18.5"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
  • Change of clothing
  • 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 Nico Gusella via ferrata in the Pale di San Martino, on via Ferrata Nico Gusella, 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 Nico Gusella via ferrata.
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 or the mountaineering school, and all the contact information.