Beautiful and adrenaline-pumping via ferrata on the Paganella for expert hikers.
The via ferrata, dedicated to Carlo Alberto Banal, has recently been redesigned and with the addition of a variant it has become very attractive and exciting. The Ferrata delle Aquile is an anomalous via ferrata, as it starts downhill and arrives uphill. It can only be done counterclockwise. Along the way you can enjoy the view over the Adige Valleys and the Lakes, while at the Rifugio La Roda you can enjoy a magnificent view towards the Brenta Dolomites.
From Rifugio La Roda, on the Cima Paganella at an altitude of 2125 m, take the downhill path n. 602: the Path of the Eagles. You pass close to the antenna towers and then enter the pines. After a while you arrive at the Bell of Dreams and the natural rock arch called Arco di Tito. Continuing you will come to a crossroads: either continue the Path of the Eagles or go down the ferrata. The first section of the via ferrata is all downhill: we are inside the Battisti gully. Pass the Antro delle Pegore, the Traversata degli Angeli, the Conca d'Oro, the Cengia Terlago, and here we are at the first suspension bridge. After the bridge, go up to arrive at Dos de la Merenda. Here there are two options: 1. cross the other bridge as well or 2. avoid it and take the path. We are on the last stretch. Here too we can choose to continue the old route of the via ferrata or try the thrill of the new variant the Flight of the Eagle. The variant consists of two long helical staircases very exposed and anchored only at the top and bottom, therefore mobile. The most challenging section of the variant is not this, but the last piece before reaching the Throne of Aquila, that is, at the end of the via ferrata. It is the most technical and also the most exposed part of the track. At the end of the via ferrata, return to the starting point for the path.
25 July 2018
Rifugio La Roda on the Cima Paganella at an altitude of 2125 m
From the Rifugio La Roda (2125 m)
Obviously it is not recommended for people suffering from vertigo.
The viability of the proposed itinerary, like all mountain morphology, is subject to environmental changes due to natural events and weather conditions. So, before leaving, consult the competent tourist offices and / or the refuges of reference.
Our GPX tracks are only indicative, that is, the route was carried out at best with the conditions of the trails and weather of that day. So always evaluate what to do on site.
Also remember to evaluate the route based on your physical abilities, training and the equipment you have.
You should leave someone the route you intend to do told.
Remember that the emergency number is 112.
It is recommended to have the appropriate equipment: technical mountain clothing, boots with vibram sole or similar, via ferrata set, harness, helmet, via ferrata gloves, goggles, sunscreen, backpack with drinks.
HOW TO ARRIVE
A22 San Michele all'Adige exit, turn right onto the SS43 towards Mezzolombardo and after about 7 km turn left and take the SS421 for about 17 km up to Andalo. Get on the cableway and then the Paganella 2001 chairlift which will take you to the top of the Paganella.
Parking of the Paganella 2001 ski lift. You do not pay if you buy the ski lift ticket.
GPS coordinates: 46.163578, 11.006143