This is the longest and most continuous itinerary of vie ferrate in the world.
With nine difficult stages it joins up in a circular itinerary 12 vie ferrate and 17 mountain huts, crossing provincial, national and linguistic borders. Overall, with the vie ferrate and excursion paths it is possible to cover 125 kilometres and 12.000 metres of vertical height gain always immersed in the Dolomites, UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The itinerary follows the historical routes along the borders of the First World War. Keeping far from roads and towns, it connects the Italian provinces of Bolzano and Belluno to the Austrian province of eastern Tyrol. This loop circuit, which is offered as a High Trail in the name of peace, was inaugurated exactly 100 years after the end of the War, thanks to Bepi Monti (hut manager of Rifugio Carducci) and thanks to the support of a European project.
The basic idea is that mountains should not represent a barrier, but rather an area for different populations, languages and cultures to meet. Dolomites Without Borders therefore reflects the idea of a united and supportive Europe, without borders indeed. Even Reinhold Messner, who has spent his life emphasizing how mountains represent an element of union, has from the start, and still to this day, been enthusiastic about this initiative, and has contributed concretely to the project together with many other supporters.
The guide comes with a 1: 25000 scale topographic hiking map with the nine stages and their variations.