Dolomites – Tofane
Tofana di Dentro (o Tofana III)
West – South – North
TOTAL TRAVEL TIME
From June to September (be aware of early or late snowfalls).
Usual equipment for Via Ferrata. In case of snow, provide suitable equipment.
From Cortina with the three sections of cable-car “Freccia nel Cielo” you reach the top station and from here you follow the path to the top of the middle Tofana until the junction with the signs for the Ferrata Formenton to Tofana III. The ascent to the top of the middle Tofana as optional is a useful (and duty) start to the excursion.
Route in altitude of medium difficulty to deal with only with the best weather conditions. The itinerary, often snow-capped at the beginning of the season, requires a good mountaineering experience, and attention especially in the descent to the northern Ridge and in the stretches with stony and crummable terrain.
From the junction below the top of Tofana di mezzo, climbed over the ridge, you descend with the help of the fixed ropes steeply to the saddle between the Tofana di Mezzo and the nearby Tofana di Dentro (or Tofana III). Then tap on the lowest point between the two tofane to start climbing to the easy ledges and the terraced rocks of the southern ridge of Tofana III. Although not demanding, the climb is assuring satisfaction. Crossed remnants of military barracks and a cave in short, for the wide and dejected terminal Crest, you touch the top (3237m).
From the summit you descend following the signs for the wide and not difficult north Ridge. The signposted route leads to the lower part of the Alpine Bivouac (2922m) makeshift shelter. From the bivouac you continue to the saddle of Formenton and then along the east slope to the trail 407. Following the signs for Ra Valles, you will get to the Midway station of the Ra Valles cable car. From here with the lifts return to Cortina.
Beautiful crossing that, starting from the top of the middle Tofana allows to climb over the nearby and more solitary peak of the Tofana di Dentro. If combined with the Ferrata G. Aglio alla Tofana di Mezzo is a complete excursion and a ring tour of considerable effort.