Looking at Cortina d'Ampezzo from above

The "Via Ferrata Ivano Dibona" on the Mount Cristallo in the Dolomites is a legendary trail, even though it isn't very demanding. The fixed-rope route follows the ancient front of the 1st World War. Still today ancient Italian emplacements are visible. Furthermore the route leads hikers to some of most beautiful viewpoints in the Dolomites of the Ampezzo area.

We recommend this excursion only to people in good physical condition and with no fear from heights. 2,000 m of difference in altitude and about 7 hours of walk are quite challenging.

Underneath some details of this highly rewarding tour:

Starting point is the Forcella Staunies at 2,918 m above sea level. You reach it from San Forcia (about 3 km from Misurina) by chairlift and another lift. Arrived up there you take the path (Ivano Dibona Trail) to your left. You pass a suspending bridge and after 30 minutes you reach the peak of Mount Cristallino (3,008 m). From here you can enjoy an amazing view over the whole Cristallo area and Cortina d'Ampezzo. Now you have to follow the fixed-rope route to the Forcella Grande and pass the shelves to the Forcella Padeón. After 30 minutes you will reach the Forcella Alta. There the path turns south. Follow it until you reach a signpost. By then about 4 hours should have passed since the beginning of the tour.

After a short break go on to the Forcella Bassa. Over fixed-rope routes you come to numerous emplacements of the 1st World War. Follow the signposts and after a last upturn and a forest track you'll reach Ospitale Inn, where the Ivano Dibona Trail ends. To get back to San Forcia you have to take the bus.

A short advice: on the whole trail there are no refuges or shelters, so take enough liquids and food with you!

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