Ortler Ski Tour: Branca Hut to Pizzini Hut

Trentino-Alto Adige

Sulden

Day 6: An easier day to link two huts with a N facing descent

Ski Touring Difficult

Distance
7.5 km
Ascent
953 m
Descent
732 m
Duration
4-5 hrs
Low Point
2.5 km
High Point
3.4 km
Gradient
42˚
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Ortler Ski Tour: Branca Hut to Pizzini Hut Map

Description

In bad weather the 2 huts can easily be linked by descending from the Branca, then a steady ascent up the main valley leading N to the Pizzini Hut. Our route described takes a more challenging route, with 2 optional summits.

Take the wide open valley heading NE from the Branca Hut. This finishes with a steep climb up to the Cevedale / Pasquale Col at 3430m.

From here either of the 2 summits can be climbed, usually by cramponning. The lovely descent to the Pizzini Hut lies the other side and is down the Cede Glacier, heading N, then NW, then W down to the hut

Difficulty

Difficult

Serious gradient of 30-38 degrees where a real risk of slipping exists.

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

March, April

Equipment required

  • Rope
  • Skins
  • Ice axe
  • Crampons
  • Glacier kit

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