Tour de Soleil: Ascent of the Ofenhorn

Day 2: Ascent of the Ofenhorn, 3236m

Also in Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Italy

Ski Touring Severe

Distance
9.4 km
Ascent
920 m
Descent
1.1 km
Duration
4-5 hrs
Low Point
2.2 km
High Point
3.2 km
Gradient
41˚
Tour de Soleil: Ascent of the Ofenhorn Map

This is a classic ski peak but can be omitted if the weather is poor, to simply link the 2 huts.

Description

From the hut traverse NE under the slopes of the Mittleberg into a hanging valley that leads more easily to the Hohsandjoch pass at 2901m on the Italian border. From here take the open glaciated slopes in an arc leading around a rocky spur descending from the Ofenhorn, then more steeply up NE facing slopes to the summit of this classic ski peak at 3236m. There is an optional steeper descent to the N, or more easily down your line of ascent. There is then a choice of descents either side of the Torre del Vannino, the more northerly one being on colder snow if there is powder. The more southerly descent faces SE and is a better choice if it is predominantly spring snow conditions. Both involve small flat sections towards the end across different frozen lakes to get to the Margaroli Hut at 2194m.

Difficulty

Severe

Steep skiing at 38-45 degrees. This requires very good technique and the risk of falling has serious consequences.

High Exposure (E3)

3 out of 4

In case of a fall, death is highly likely.

Remoteness

4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Best time to visit

March, April

Equipment required

  • Rope
  • Skins
  • Ice axe
  • Crampons

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