In the upper Val di Fleres near the border with Austria, you can take the beautiful and easy Via Ferrata Lampskopf that develops on the slopes of the homonymous mountain. The route is easy and overall suitable for beginners. However, the hike is rather long and we advise you to follow it with stable weather.
The starting point of the itinerary is in the village of Fleres di Dentro in the province of Bolzano. The route climbs almost up to the border with Austria. To reach the Val di Fleres (Pflerschtal) from where to start the climb, exit the Brenner A22 motorway at Vipiteno and go up to Colle Isarco where we will drive westwards through the village of Valmignia until we reach Fleres di Dentro. Inside the village, we drive after a parking lot on the left edge of the road and at the next junction we will keep the left of the ERL car park. We continue for a few minutes on a paved road to a large parking lot located on the right side of the road.
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The itinerary starts continuing on the road, now no longer paved. After a few minutes from the start we meet a first crossroads e we pass the stream keeping the right with the first indications for the Via Ferrata to the Tribulaun. We continue on the wide path which alternates traits of forest and meadows. The area is very beautiful and pleasant in this part of the excursion. We then reach a fork after about 1 km from the car where we will keep the right following the indications for the Via Ferrata. The trail enters now in the wood with clear red marks with the slope that begins to increase without any difficulty. In about an hour's walk we reach the beginning of metal equipment (1h from the parking lot).
The first section of the street is a succession of short and rather easy rocky leaps separated with connecting sections , sometimes aided sometimes not , in a beautifulalpine environment. This first section is pleasant and climbing without having to force the use of the cable. These first 20 minutes of the itinerary are quite similar and lead us after a slight descent to a long section of aided traverse. This traverse is easy and in many places resembles a grassy ledge without substantial difficulties except in the case of damp background. We continue for about fifteen minutes on this ledge/traverse grassy with a couple of steps where needed caution (one downhill) with a beautiful view of the Valle di Fleres below.
We continue under the blackish walls rocky in this long ledge until the cable finally starts to rise upwards. We climb a few meters before traverse to the right, then again vertically and, after a short ramp, we resume on the ledge, which in the meantime has become rocky step. We continue between modest latch until you reach one we find a metal ladder about fifteen meters that does not present difficulties. Finished the ladder , go around an edge and climb up one leaning slab. We climb some easy rocks until the end of the equipment.
We leave the wood and we set off for the meadows with the Tribulaun before our eyes. We continue for a few minutes until we reach the last section of the via ferrata. This section is characterized by a easy traverse, then a plaque that leads us to one edge that we go around and then go back up well-grabbed rocks. We reach a point from which we will descend towards one saddle where we cross path 7 from S. Antonio and 32 / A from Via Alta di Fleres. Continue to the left on the scree that leads to the intersection with path n ° 8 (which goes up from the left and will be our return) and then jump to Rifugio Calciati (2368 m - 2h 30 'from the beginning of the ferrata - ca 3h 30 'total).
For the return, we will have to return to our psmi up to the last junction (2286 m). Although there are other options for the return, we suggest the return for the path 8. At the crossroads we keep the right cutting diagonally the valley, passing under the cable car. We keep the path 8 in constant descent to a junction with the path 6. We keep to the right and cutting the wood without excessive slope we return to the fork met the first leg, then backwards until the car (ca 1200 m - ca 2h from the Hut - ca 5h 30' total).
The via ferrata is overall easy, no passage deserves to be called technically difficult. However, the route is long and the environment - beautiful - is isolated and not very touristy. The part on which to pay more attention is from the saddle at the end of the via ferrata the Refuge crosses the snowfield which is often present even in the late season. From the refuge there are interesting excursions and climbs to the border and to the nearby granite peaks of the Rhaetian Alps.
In 2019 the route was affected by the fall of some trees and for this reason closed. We recommend checking with the Calciati Hut for any closure during the following seasons.
In the western part of Alto Adige some interesting via ferratas have been installed in recent years that fill the void that previously characterized this area of the Alpine arc from the point of view of the equipped routes. Although no equipped road is present in this valley and we will have to go down to the south, we reccomend the VIa Ferrata of Stuller waterfalls in Val Passiria. Further south we find the Via Ferrata in the Venosta Valley: the Via Ferrata Hoachwool and Knott in Naturns, the Heini Holzer via ferrata in Merano and the railways in front of the Ortles (Tabaretta and Croda di Cengles). If from Colle Isarco instead we reach Sesto we can take the via ferrata in the Sesto Dolomites.