Climbing route on Cima Grande di Lavaredo, Via Normale

The Tre Cime di Lavaredo are known as some of the most beautiful mountains of the world and a picture of them can be founs in almost every book about the Dolomites.

The first mountaineer to ascend the Cima Grande (big peak) was the Austrian climber Paul Grohmann, with the mountain guide Michel Innerkofler, from the village of Sesto, on 21th August 1869.

The route Via Normale stretches out on the south face of the peak, it is a 3° grade route on perfect, solid rock along vertical walls and cracks. This famous summit is not a 3000 metre one for it lacks just one metre of height.

Indicazioni sulla Via Normale alla Cima Grande di Lavaredo

From the mountain hut Rifugio Auronzo take the gravelly, unpaved road that reaches a little church that is a First World War memorial. The steep trail on your left reaches the starting point of the climbing route.

The itinerary is easy to follow, the route is well equipped with inox bolts at the belay points. The key pitch is a wide crack, that can be circumvented on the left side. Once you get on the ledge, cross it towards South-west until you see the cairns that show the path to the summit.

Finally, the descent includes abseiling and rock climbing pitches.

  • Route length: 680 metres
  • Difficulty level: 3°
  • Ascent duration time: approximately four hours
  • Descent duration time: approximately three hours
  • Back and forth trip to the climbing site: on foot, trail.
  • Mountain huts along the path: Rifugio Auronzo (2330 metres, reachable by car), Rifugio Lavaredo (2344 metres).


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