Via Ferrata Ivano Dibona

8 h
Elevation gain
1600 m
The Dibona route is notoriously one of the most spectacular and well-preserved itineraries from First World War ridge warfare, in the entire Dolomites. With the closing of the historic Valgranda - Forcella Staunies lift facility, there are two possible ways to complete one of the two sections of this equipped route as a day-trip and without excessive vertical meters.
To access either part of the route, take the Son Forca chairlift from Rio Gere (large free car park) and at the top take the trail towards Alpe di Padeon, Forcelle Bassa and Alta del Forame where it meets the Dibona route approximately at half way.
Variant 1 - upper section 
From the Bassa del Forame fork ascend to the right and pass through the ledges of Vècio del Forame and the Cresta Bianca (2932 m), to get to the Bivouac degli Alpini and Forcella Grande. From here it is possible to return directly to Son Forca, descending on the wide southern slope, or alternatively take the longer descent to Cimabanche along Val Pra del Vecia. There is also the option to do the spectacular upper part of the Dibona route, from Forcella Grande to Forcella Staunìes, along the crest of the Cristallino d'Ampezzo (3008 m) crossing the famous suspension bridge and then descending along the southern slope of Staunìes to return to Son Forca. The upper section of the Dibona route is a circular route starting from Son Forca and has a total vertical gain of less than 1000 m. Duration 5-6 hours.
Variant 2 - Lower Section
From Forcella Bassa descend to the left, crossing the ridges of Zurlon and Col de Stonbe, and continue to descend along the lower Val Padeon valley to Ospitale. Choosing the lower section of the Dibona route, the uphill climb is reduced to about 500 m. Duration 5-6 hours.


Although predominantly downhill and always well-equipped wherever necessary, this itinerary requires a certain degree of general fitness. Check the weather and snow conditions before setting off


Normal via ferrata kit.


Gruppo del Cristallo
Best time
Depending on snow conditions from July to October.