Along the ferrata of the western ridge
As an alternative to the trail through the glacier there is the ferrata of the western ridge, which goes to the Marmolada mountain pass before ascending up to the summit. The circular route is certainly the most popular. From the lush larches and Swiss pines of the pass, you arrive at the Ciamorcià area with its mountain pines and alpine meadows, and as you go up these give way to pioneer vegetation, scree and periglacial rocks. You will then find the Giant’s Kettles, dug out by the melt water of the glacier, and a suggestive canyon, all that remains of an ancient volcanic vein that cut into the limestone.
Through the glacier
In the footsteps of Grohmann, the first to conquer the summit with the Dimai guides on 28 September 1864. Today the ascent is quite different: starting from the rifugio you reach the beginning of the glacier and then cross it through crevices and rocks. The experience is thrilling, thanks both to the magnificent summits that you can observe during the ascent and to the glacial environment that can still be appreciated today. When you reach the peak you are presented with a beautiful balcony with a view that stretches out to the sea and beneath your feet you can feel the abyss of the south wall: A 900 m cliff that only the best mountaineers in the world manage to climb.