Via Ferrata: “Paternkofel via Gamsscharte (B/C) and Schartenweg (A/B)” (Italy)

Extremely promising Via Ferrata up to the Paternkofel (via Gamsscharte / De-Luca-Innerkofler ferrata, Cat. B/C) and do a round-tour using the Schartenweg / Sentiero delle Forcelle ferrata (Cat. A/B). This beautiful tour allows promising views towards the “Tre Cime di Lavaredo” and the remaining beautiful area of this region of the dolomites.

Extremely promising Via Ferrata combination up to Paternkofel via Gamsscharte/De-Luca Innerkofler (B/C) and the Schartenweg/Sentiero delle Forcelle (A/B)

This very long but extremely promising tour starts at the parking Fischleintal in Sexten (GPS: 46.666623, 12.354144). The tour first leads towards the Talschlusshütte through the very romantic Fischleintal and then up towards the Dreizinnenhütte (Rifugio A. Locatelli) through the amazing (but sometime steep) Altsteintal. After a short and refreshing break, the tour follows the small trail at the ridge towards the entrance of the tunnels at the Gamsscharte which then becomes a via ferrata that leads up to the peak of Paternkofel. After enjoying the stunning view (unique view towards the iconig Tre Cime di Lavaredo, the tour descents back to the crossing between the Gamsscharte/De-Luca Innerkofler and the Schartenweg/Sentiero delle Forcelle. Turn right here and follow the Schartenweg towards the Büllelejochhütte/Rifugio Pian di Cengia and then continue on the trail towards the Zsigmondy-Comici Hütte/Rifugio Zsigmondy-Comici. Now the trail descents continuously back towards the Fischleintal. After a final break featuring refreshments at the Talschlusshütte, follow the trail back towards the parking.

Tour Description

00:00 Start at the parking lot Fischleintal (GPS: 46.666623, 12.354144). Pass by the Fischleinbodenhütte hut (south).
00:05 Follow the gravel road towards the Talschlusshütte/Rifugio Fondo Valle next to the river bed.
00:25 Pass by the Talschlusshütte/Rifugio Fondo Valle and follow the trail rightwards.
00:30 At the crossing (signpost), follow the trail on the right handside.
01:15 Short break in the Altsteintal, next to the river. Enjoy the view.
01:45 Pass by the source (possible refill for water), stay straight at the crossing and continue on the trail.
02:15 Pass by the beautiful Lago dei Piani lakes. Stay straight to reach the Dreizinnenhütte.
02:25 Short break at the Dreizinnenhütte/Rifugio Antonio Locatelli. Ideal place to put on your via ferrata set (“Klettersteigset”).
02:35 Bypass the small church and follow the most left path on the ridge towards Paterkofel, bypassing the markant Frankfurter Würstel/Monolite della Salsiccia.
02:40 At the crossing, stay straight (follow the path) towards the tunnels of the on the Pattern Gallery.
02:50 Climb through the partly steep and absolutely dark tunnels (headlamp required!).
03:05 Start of the via ferrata. Follow the via ferrata upwards.
03:45 Turn right at the crossing towards the to of Paternkofel. It first starts with an exposed traverse, then follow the markings (keep right) since the ascent and descent are slightly separated to avoid queues.
04:00 The last meters towards the peak must be climbed (UIAA I). Follow the marked trail upwards.
04:10 Short break at the peak of Paternkofel (2744m). A perfect place to enjoy the amazing surrounding view (best with a self-brought refreshment ).
04:35 Descent the same way back towards the crossing between Gamsscharte/Paternkofel/Schartenweg. Follow the right route at the via ferrata to avoid queues!
05:00 At the crossing, turn right and follow the very promising Schartenweg/Sentiero delle Forcelle trail (Via Ferrata Cat. A/B). Enjoy the views provided during the hike!
06:00 Keep always straight and follow the Schartenweg/Sentiero delle Forcelle.
06:20 Follow the trail upwards on the left hand-side towards the Büllelejochhütte/Rifugio Plan di Cengia.
06:25 At the crossing, stay straight (light leftwards) and follow the trail upwards.
06:35 Well deserved break ( ) at the Büllelejochhütte/Rifugio Plan di Cengia.
07:35 Continue on the trail from the Büllelejochhütte/Rifugio Plan di Cengia, following the left trail upwards and follow the trail (stay straight).
08:15 Short break at the Zsigmondy-Comici Hütte/Rifugio Zsigmondy-Comici (icon icon=icon-beer size=15px]). Enjoy the view towards an amazing mountain pasture.
08:30 Continue on the trail (keep straight) back downwards to the valley.
08:45 At the crossing, stay straight (keep left) and follow the trail downwards.
09:15 At the crossing, keep right this time and follow the trail further downwards.
09:30 Well deserved break ( ) at the Talschlusshütte/Rifugio Fondo Valle.
10:30 Follow the trail / gravel road back to the parking.
11:00 Back at the parking / end of the tour.

At a glance

Level easy-moderate – alpine!
–  UIAA Level (Climbing)  I 
–  Via Ferrata Category  B/C 
Shape / Fitness
Best time in the year  
This tour is not very difficult from the required technique but is very long and thus the required expenditure of energy should not be underestimated. The tour is sometimes very exposed but well protected (fixed cables), still a sure foot is absolutely required!
Please note that a full “Klettersteigset” (via ferrata set) is required for this tour!
Please note that there is no light inside the tunnels (Galleria Paterna), it is absolutely dark and very steep. Thus a headlamp is absolutely required!


General Tour Data

Area: Dolomiti, South-Tyrol, Italy
Distance: 19.5km
Ascent: 1452m (4h 30min)
Descent: 1452m (3h 10min)
Highest Pt: 2744m
Lowest Pt: 1452m
Duration: 8h 45min (without breaks)
11h 00min (with breaks)
Stop/Rest: Talschlusshütte/
Rifugio Fondo Valle
Rifugio Antonio Locatelli
Rifugio Pian Di Cengia
Zsigmondy-Comici Hütte/
Rifugio Zsigmondy-Comici
Rifugio Piano Fiscalino
Equipment: Via ferrata set incl. helmet
Backpack with standard hiking equipment
Solid hiking shoes with good grip
Snacks and plenty of water
1x Gipfelbier  
Sun & Weather protection
Topo/Map: Paternkofel (B/C)

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Tour Diary

2020-07-20 08:30

Weather: Sunny, perfect
Participants: Stefan
Activity: Suunto

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