Best of Dolomites - Cinque Torri with Via Ferrata Nuvolau and Averau

This tour starts from Passo Giau, a photogenic pass near Cortina d'Ampezzo. The trail leads up to Rifugio Nuvolau and Mount Averau along two short ferratas, where fantastic views are guaranteed!


The map shows the round trip from passo Giau up to Mount Nuvolau and Mount Averau and back to Passo Giau.

How to get there?

The starting point of our tour is the parking lot at Passo Giau. We recommend to come early at is it can be quite packed with cars there. The main parking is not free but there are free ones alongside the road if you get one.

  Passo Giau with La Gusela

Passo Giau with La Gusela

The Hike

The starting point itself, Passo Giau, is a great photo spot with the pass road and peak of La Gusela. As you walk around La Gusela another mountain range comes into view with the dominant peak of Tofane.

  At the start of Via Ferrata Nuvolau, in the back Mount Tofane

At the start of Via Ferrata Nuvolau, in the back Mount Tofane

After a steep part up you reach the start of Via Ferrata Nuvolau. This ferrata is easy and quite short. You reach a big plateau from where you can already see Rifugio Nuvolau.

  On the Plateau, in the back Mount Tofane

On the Plateau, in the back Mount Tofane

After a steeper part you are standing more or less on the terasse of Rifugio Nuvolau. From up here you get views of Marmolada, Tofane and our next destination Mount Averau. This is a good place for a break and a late breakfast or early lunch. To get to the ferrata of Averau you first need to go down to Rifugio Averau. Only a few meters from there you reach the entrance of Via Ferrata Averau. Although the ferrata is quite short I found it challenging on the first part. The ferrata is really steep there and you do need to climb. On the top you get nice views of Mount Nuvolau and the Rifugio and of course a brilliant panorama of the surrounding mountains.

  View from the peak of Mount Averau, in the back Mount Nuvolau

View from the peak of Mount Averau, in the back Mount Nuvolau

The way down is again a bit complicated. Especially because people are going up and down at the same time. As Rifugio Averau was quite crowded with people we decide to head back to Passo Giau. On the way back the Mountain Range of Cinque Torri with Mount Averau looks pretty astonishing. Back at Passo Giau we realised we forgot to switch off our car's light. But thank god the car did start. :)

What to bring?

If you're doing the ferrata you shouldn't forget your:

  • ferrata set
  • helmet
  • climbing harness
  • climbing gloves

! If you haven't done any climbing or have no experience of climbing ferratas we recommend to get a guide or someone who has a little bit of experience to go with you !


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