The Ferrata della Pace (literally "The Ferrata of the Peace") is a medium difficulty via ferrata inserted in a long and challenging route with strong historical and landscape interest. The itinerary has long approach and return times and must be planned with judgment and covered by trained hikers and high mountain experts.
The starting point we suggest for this long itinerary is the Stella Alpina Hut towards the Passo di Valparola. The hut can be reached by car from Val Badia - passing through San Cassiano and Armentarola or descending from the Falzarego Pass. Near the bridge over the Rio Sarè we will see on the left the signs for "Stella Alpina". Directions for Google Maps available here.
It is also possible to take the trip starting from the Rifugio Pederù which can be reached from San Virgilio in Val Badia. However, this option is longer than the previous one and we do not consider it in this report.
Our long itinerary starts from the Capanna Alpina (1725 m) going down for a few meters on the path 11. We meet a crossroads that on the right leads with the CAI 20 to the Scotoni Hut. We hold the left and we begin to rise in the direction of the Col de Locia ignoring some traces of path that come off both to the right and to the left. We remain on CAI 11 and after a rather steep climb we reach the Col de Locia (2070 m - 45 'from the parking lot). We continue on the wide path 11 which continues in a slight slope in thewide valley crossing some bridges until you reach the Forcella Ju d'Ega (2158 m - 1h 30 'from the parking lot) where a path to the left branches off towards La Varela and the Piz Conturines which can be reached by the Tru Dolomieu Aided path. We remain on the path 11 which descends into the valley.
We continue in the valley on an easy path until we reach a saddle in view of the Fanes Grande pasture. Take the saddle to the right walking along path 17 (2107 m - 20 'from Forcella Ju d'Ega - about 2h from the parking lot). We continue uphill towards the indistinct profile of the ridge between the Croda del Vallon Bianco and the Furcia Rossa. We ignore a first detour to the right (return route). We reach a second saddle (2250 m) where on the right we continue to the Furcia Rossa while we continue straight on the hillside along path VB towards the Vallon Bianco.
After continuing uphill until you come to a slab (2400 m - 3h from the parking lot) from which the Ferrata to the Furcia Rossa begins on the right, while the zigzag path continues uphill to the Vallon Bianco. We will travel both aided routes that are generally known as the Ferrata della Pace.
We begin the review with the ascent through an aided itinerary to the Croda del Vallon Bianco, generally very exposed but rather wide and aided with bridges and walkways in the most steep points. We continue on the wide path of military origin that rises along the hillside, alternating stretches of ledge with passages that go up back along gullies to gain altitude. After about 30 minutes of exposed but not difficult path we reach a dry-stone wall where on the right we see a track that leads in 15-20 minutes to Baccon Shelter Barborka (4 beds - 20 'from the deviation). We continue along the path with passages , sometimes aided long wooden walkways and some bridges. Let's start with trail slightly downhill on the ledge to then meet some footbridges, a solid suspension bridge and new gangways. After climbing a few bends, we notice straight to us the summit of the Croda del Vallon Bianco that we reach with a last series of passages on ledges. We reach the first book of signatures and then the summit cross on 'large summit slabau(2684 m - 1h from the detour with the Furcia Rossa Ferrata - about 4h total).
At this point we will have to take the Ferrata to the Red Furcia to return at the junction with the sign at an altitude of 2400 m (45 'from the summit of the Vallon Bianco - 4h 45' total). At this point it may be useful to evaluate energy and time for the continuation of the itinerary (about 10h total) to return to the Alpine Hut.
We reach the junction at 2400 m and we follow the signs for the Ferrata Furcia Rossa that run through wide sections detrital ledge under the blackish walls of the Furcia Rossa. We cover the ledge that sometimes passes under a rocky roof and before taking us to the actual start of the ferrata we encounter an interesting downhill passage along a chimney that we cover initially using a rope then some metal ladders present. The first two are vertical to which they follow two supported and one last vertical. With the ladders we reach a small terrace from which via a steep uphill path we reach the saddle that separates the Red Furcia II with the Red Furcia III.
From the saddle in a few meters to the right we begin the uphill ferrata section which will lead us to the Red Furcia III. The first meters are composed of one series of rocks that rise diagonally to the right, then a stretch of path without protections e then again a stretch of rocks to the right. We travel a stretch of aided ledge and we are at the first of a series of metal ladders. We climb the first ladder, we go along a diagonal ramp and some rocks and we reach the second one. We climb a more challenging stretch diagonally and a short stretch of path with which we also reach the third ladder. We are now near the key passage of the route which consists of one vertical aided wall with a series of metal brackets to be traced. Although technically not difficult technically, the transition is decidedly exposed and the first meters are tiring because slightly overhanging. We leave the wall and walk a short distance that leads us inside a chimney to be climbed. We will stay on right side of the chimney and we go up again finding ourselves actually close to the summit. We cover the ridge and reach the bare summit cross next to one bench made from the wheels of a cannon to remind us that the area was the scene of violent clashes during the Great War (2791 m - 1h from the junction - 5h 45 'total).
From the summit, the gaze turns south and we see the singular silhouette of Monte Castello next destination of our itinerary. We then continue south going down towards the saddle that separates Furcia Rossa III from Furcia Rossa IV. Continuing on the west side of Furcia Rossa IV. The descent is aided and we meet in rapid succession two metal ladders supported which lead on a stretch of path not protected without difficulty. We reach this way two new metal ladders, more vertical and exposed than the previous ones. We are now on a stretch of ledge and then new metal stairs for descent the coast of the Red Furcia with a last stretch of rope rather vertical.
Although in fact we have traveled a big drop in descent (about 200 meters from the summit of Furcia Rossa III), now we will have to go up the hillside until Shelter of Peace (2760 m) placed under the Monte Castello where the Ferrata della Pace actually ends (1h 15' from the summit of Furcia Rossa III - 7h total).
From Monte Castelletto we go down the valley of the Vallon Bianco on the west side following the path 17 which is constantly descending until we reach the saddle in the path. Always on path 17 we quickly go down to Malga Gran Fanes (2102 m - 1h 15 'from Monte Castello - 8h 15' total). From Malga Gran Fanes we will have to go back along the path of the outward going first to Forcella Ju dal Ega (2157 m) then go along the valley of the Gran Pian and go up to the Col de Locia from which we will descend to the Capanna Alpina (10h total).
The proposed itinerary is to be considered technically of medium difficulty. However, it is extremely long and relatively little beaten due to the long distances of both approach and return. In this perspective it is absolutely necessary to follow it with stable weather. Even the shelters present are still rather distant from each other and bad weather in this area could create serious problems. The itinerary extends in a wonderful environment, never too difficult and with remarkable views of the Fanes, Tofane and Dolomiti di Badia groups. To evaluate the overnight stay in one of the shelters or huts in the area.
Percorrere questa via ferrata è un lungo viaggio attraverso quella che era il fronte durante la Grande Guerra. Il Bivacco lungo la via è dedicato alla memoria del capitano Barborka che guidava le truppe austriache lungo questa zona di guerra. Gli scontri furono particolarmente cruenti e nel Luglio del 2016 le truppe italiane ebbero la meglio sui nemici e decisero di rendere omaggio al valoroso capitano dei Kaiserjager.
The Ferrata della Pace is a very long itinerary with approach and return that make it ideal to be broken in two days with an overnight stay in shelter. If you decide to take a longer route in the Dolomites of Badia and possibly sleep in one of the shelters present, you could easily combine this itinerary with other aided in the Fanes Park. Among these stand out the Ferrata at the Sasso delle Nove or the Ferrata at the Sasso delle Dieci. Also from the Val di Fanes you can reach the Aided path Tru Dolomieu or reach the Val Travenanzes where you can take the Ferrata Tomaselli, the Ferrella Lipella, the Menighel ladder or finally the Via Ferrata Alpina at the Col dei Bos. On the opposite side of the nearby Passo di Valparola we meet the Via Ferrata Fusetti at Sass de Stria.