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High, Wild Mountains and True Wilderness in The Ortler

The Ortler mountain range in Italy is home to a peaceful and scenic hut to hut ski tour.

Description

Sitting just to the south of where Italy, Switzerland and Austria meet and lying in the Stilfsejoch National Park, the peaks of the Ortler are a ski tourers paradise. Many of the summits in the area are close to 4000 metres but none quite make it over the magic number. This might make it trickier to attract tourists than it would otherwise be, it does mean that these fabulous mountains are quieter than you would expect.

The terrain on this tour is varied and there are plenty of opportunities to bag some great extra peaks along the way should this itinerary not be taxing enough! Regardless of your exact itinerary, you are ensured of a warm welcome every night in the charming huts that provide accommodation along the way.

Ortler Ski Tour: Zufal to Martello Hut
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Ortler Ski Tour: Zufal to Martello Hut

Trentino-Alto Adige
7 - 8 hrs
13.3 km
1,533 m
1,223 m
46 °
Day 2: A remote circular route accessing 2 summits and the opposite side of the mountain.
Difficult
Private
Ortler Ski Tour: Sulden to Zufal Hut
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Ortler Ski Tour: Sulden to Zufal Hut

Sulden
2 - 3 hrs
6.8 km
459 m
1,324 m
39 °
Day 1: A lift assisted positioning day with numerous options
Moderate
Private
Ortler Ski Tour: Punta San Matteo from the Branca Hut
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Ortler Ski Tour: Punta San Matteo from the Branca Hut

Trentino-Alto Adige
6 - 7 hrs
12.2 km
1,263 m
1,263 m
40 °
Day 5: The highest summit in this part of the range with a variety of possible ascents and descents
Severe
Private
Ortler Ski Tour: Pizzo Tresero from the Branca Hut
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Ortler Ski Tour: Pizzo Tresero from the Branca Hut

Sulden
5 - 6 hrs
11.1 km
1,290 m
1,401 m
47 °
Day 4: A fine ski peak with a beautiful descent
Difficult
Private
Ortler Ski Tour: Northeast Couloir of the Gran Zebru from the Pizzini Hut
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Ortler Ski Tour: Northeast Couloir of the Gran Zebru from the Pizzini Hut

Sulden
4 - 5 hrs
6.1 km
1,139 m
1,405 m
45 °
Day 7: A fine summit with a very steep couloir descent. The icing on the cake of your Ortler extravaganza.
Severe
Private
Ortler Ski Tour: Martello Hut to Branca Hut
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Ortler Ski Tour: Martello Hut to Branca Hut

Trentino-Alto Adige
1 day +
17.2 km
1,852 m
1,949 m
30 °
Day 3: A huge mountain day with shorter variants
Difficult
Private
Ortler Ski Tour: Branca Hut to Pizzini Hut
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Ortler Ski Tour: Branca Hut to Pizzini Hut

Trentino-Alto Adige
4 - 5 hrs
7.5 km
953 m
732 m
42 °
Day 6: An easier day to link two huts with a N facing descent
Difficult
Private