Taking lifts from Passo Fedaia, which is worth the visit in itself, we’ll ascend to 2626m refuge, Pian dei Fiacconi. Guido, who runs it, will be waiting for us with the obligatory hot cup of coffee! This is the main gateway to the glacier from the north side.
Refreshed and energised we’ll reach the valley which descends from Forcella Mamolada, from which we’ll set off. To reach the via ferrata, we’ll first cross a small glacier, which sadly each year is getting smaller.
Once we’ve reached the first fixtures of the via ferrata, we’ll head towards Punta Penia summit crest. There aren’t any real technical difficulties, but the actual length and the altitude are strenuous in itself. However, the surrounding views certainly make up for the fatigue. Once via ferrata ends, with a little bit more extra effort and a short walk away we’ll finally reach the actual peak.
Believe it or not, there is an actual hut at the summit, serving coffee and cakes which will help us regain our strengths and sink in the atmosphere.
Descend can be along the same way. Otherwise, If good weather and good visibility remain, via normal route which goes over glacier.
Once we’ve reached Pian dei Fiacconi, we might have enough time for a final beer before taking the lift down.