The easy Ferrata to the Grande Cir rises the highest peak of the Cir Group north of the Gardena Pass. The via ferrata is suitable for beginners and people with reduced experience of via ferrata presenting low exposure and reduced technical difficulties. Short itinerary that can be easily combined with the nearby Ferrata del Piccolo Cir.
The starting point of the itinerary is the Gardena Pass which connects Val Badia (Corvara) with Val Gardena (Selva). You park in the large square of the pass. Directions for Google Maps available here.
From the Gardena Pass we follow the signs and the abundant signs that in a northerly direction lead us towards the gully separating the Grande Cir from the Piccolo Cir. We continue initially on easy paths until we reach the detrital gully from which the metal equipment of the via ferrata starts (45 'from Passo Gardena).
The easy ferrata begins with a ramp inclined to the right which, although somewhat slippery, presents no difficulty. At times the ramp widens and becomes a slightly sloping ledge. We face a short series of rocks beyond which a path leads us along the climb. We continue in this easy stretch with no metal equipment to reach a second easy stretch aided. We climb some easy rocky jumps and then resume an easy path. We climb the last easy rocks and we are at the summit cross (2592 m - 30 'from the start - 1h 15' from the Gardena Pass).
Descent that occurs for the same ascent route (2h total).
The trip to the Grande Cir is an excellent itinerary for beginners and people who want to tackle an aided route. Exposure and technical difficulties are very limited as is the difference in height and the duration of the itinerary. For more experienced hikers, the recommended option is to travel first Ferrata to the Piccolo Cir and then combine it with the ascent of the Grande Cir so as to complete a longer and more satisfying route without particular technical difficulties but with well-known landscapes of absolute importance.
The easy Ferrata to the Grande Cir is often combined with the nearby and more demanding Ferrata del Piccolo Cir. If you want to stay close to the Gardena Pass, you can go down towards Corvara (Val Badia) to go up the overview Ferrata Tridentina at Pisciadù. Going down and around the Sella Group you can opt for the challenging ones Ferrate to the Vallon and Piz de Lech both on the Sella group. Going down towards the Val Gardena you can opt for the ascent to Sass Rigais for the homonymous ferrata. Moving instead on the northern side of the Odle we will be able to climb theAlta via Gunther Messner and the Ferrata to the Sass de Putia.
Approach: 0:45 h
Ferrata: 0:30 h
Itinerary: 2:30 h
Via Ferrata gap: 212 m
Route difference: 471 m
Max altitude: 2592 m
Length: 4 Km
Mountain Group: Dolomites of Gardena