Mount Marmolada, "Queen of the Dolomites", has always exercised a magnetic fascination; fatal attraction that has bewitched nay mountaineers. Mount Marmolada, and Don Quixote climbing route in particular, are very longed for and popular destinations.

This climbing route offers unforgettable emotions and dream views. Mount Punta d’Ombretta, "obelisk of the dreams", is an extremely evocative peak and Don Quixote is one of the most unforgettable in the Marmolada Range.

  • Marmolada
  • 10 hours
  • Medium difficulty
  • No refreshment point
  • Maximum number of participants
  • Suitable for adults only

Information about the Don Quixote climbing route

The Don Quixote climbing route was opened on June 26th 1979 by Ettore Castiglioni and Reinhard Schiestl (the latter, a few years later did it again, alone and with no rope, reaching the ridge in just a little longer than one hour and twenty minutes).

The rock is good on the whole path and it guarantees safe climb that, never the less, must be faced with a good physical conditions. The climbing route is adequately equipped in its most demanding stretches. The itinerary of the climb, made of a 23 lengths, has a duration of about 10 hours, while 2 the approach takes hours and it rates VI maximum difficulty. The descent features two rappels and it offers, then, several possible itineraries.

Where to meet your mountain guide

  • Meeting point On the day of your excursion, meet your guide at:
    Parking near the "Romantic Village" Camping
    Località Malga Ciapela, 116
    32020 Rocca Pietore - BL
  • Meeting time to be defined
  • Geographic coordinates 46°25'32.3"N 11°54'15.7"E
  • Transfer There are no transfers from the meeting point to the excursion site.

What to bring

  • Climbing shoes
  • Climbing helmet
  • Climbing harness
  • Descender
  • Carabiners
  • Approach shoes
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks
  • Technical apparel
  • Backpack

What you need to know

  • Equipment Remember to bring the minimum required equipment for the activity. If you do not own the equipment let us know, we will provide it for you.
  • Reservation The reservation for this experience is individual, with a dedicated mountain guide. It may be reserved for a number of participants no greater than the maximum number allowed.
  • Excursion price The price shown is for the excursion with the dedicated mountain guide and possible transfer using the guide's private vehicle. It is valid for individual reservations for a number of participants that does not exceed the maximum number allowed.
  • Safety The mountain guide may cancel or suspend the excursion or change the itinerary if minimum safety conditions are not guaranteed. Please view the terms.
  • Moderate terms of cancellation The terms of cancellation and change for this experience are moderate. Please view the terms.

How to reserve your mountain guide

To reserve a mountain guide for climbing the Don Quixote climbing route in Marmolada d'Ombretta, you must send a request that provides and specifies your contact information, the number of participants and the date/period in which you wish to take the excursion.
We will respond immediately to confirm the availability of the guide, the deadline, if any, to confirm the option for the reservation, methods of payment, characteristics and organization of the activity.
Once the reservation is confirmed, we will send you the receipt and the presentation voucher with the details of the service, the name of the mountain guide and all the contact information.

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