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Mountaineering and Via Ferratas

Those who love the mountains are in the right place in South Tyrol. Mountain sports and climbing enthusiasts get their money's worth here, in the heart of the Alps, not only because of the variety of peaks, but also because of the diversity of different mountain types. On the one hand, there are the Dolomites - part of the UNESCO World Heritage since 2009 - with their mighty rock towers, and on the other hand, the glaciated three-thousanders of the Ötztal, Zillertal, and Stubai Alps on the main Alpine ridge. And last but not least, the highest mountain in the Eastern Alps, the Ortler, at over 3,900 m in height.

The high alpine region is also well developed in South Tyrol. Marked paths lead to the regions of eternal ice, secured climbing routes open up the most difficult rock walls. This certainly does not mean that one can venture into these regions completely inexperienced. Alpine experience and surefootedness are indispensable prerequisites in addition to the appropriate equipment. In case of doubt, it is better to join a certified and experienced local mountain guide.

Female mountaineers
Female mountaineers
Woman on the climbing wall
Woman on the climbing wall
Overhanging climber
Overhanging climber
On the climbing wall
On the climbing wall

High up

South Tyrol is rich in peaks and mountain ranges with famous names: Tre Cime, Sella, Piz Boe, Sass Rigais, Texelspitze, Similaun, Lavarela or Hochgall - which mountain lover does not know them? All these peaks are classic places of longing for every true alpinist. The mighty Ortler is considered one of the most significant and beautiful peaks in the entire Alps not only because of its height. Its north face is the largest ice wall in the Eastern Alpine region and a challenge for every mountain sports enthusiast. The Dolomites, on the other hand, are among the most beautiful and best climbing mountains of all. It is no coincidence that the "pale mountains" are a sought-after destination for climbers from all over the world.

In South Tyrol, it is also understood how important it is to preserve the sensitive ecosystems in the high mountains from the too aggressive access of humans. That is why large areas are under nature protection. In total, seven nature parks secure the unique habitats and preserve them for future generations.

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Mountain fun in Hintertux
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Behavior in the High Mountains

High up, surrounded by a breathtaking mountain panorama, different rules apply than down in the valley. The weather turns faster, a planned tour sometimes requires more effort than expected, and a small misstep can sometimes necessitate an early return.

Scheiblehnkogel 3,060m in the rear Windach valley
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The 10 easiest Three thousand meter Peaks

South Tyrol and Tyrol are a paradise for all mountain enthusiasts. Plenty of peaks of all levels of difficulty are waiting here for the mountain lover. Even among the ‘three-thousanders‘ there are some that are quite suitable for an introduction to the world of high alpine mountaineering.

Child on a via ferrata
10 Easy Via Ferratas for Children

Whether in the numerous climbing gardens or in alpine terrain: South Tyrol and Tyrol offer not only professionals, but also children and families almost endless opportunities for climbing.

Kesselkogel from the eponymous valley
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Kesselkogel (3004 m)

The Kesselkogel is the highest and at the same time most rewarding peak of the Rosengarten group.

Holiday resort with Sass Songher / Puez Group
Sass Songher (2665 m)

This massive, free-standing rock mountain rises to the north above Corvara. The climb is always worthwhile: the hiker is rewarded with a magnificent panoramic view.

Sass Pordoi (Pordoispitze) seen from Passo Pordoi
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Sass Pordoi (2950 m)

The Sass Pordoi (Pordoispitze) rises as a massive massif with its vertical west wall from the Sella group. Since a cable car leads to the Pordoispitze from the Pordoi Pass, the footpath is often only used for the descent.

View from the Fischleintal valley to the Sexten Dolomites
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Hochbrunnerschneid (3045 m)

The Hochbrunnerschneid is one of the most rewarding hiking destinations in the Dolomites, as it is easy to climb for experienced hikers and offers a great panoramic view.

Peitlerkofel (2875m) seen from Würzjoch
Mountain tour to the Peitlerkofel (2874 m)

This massive rock mountain - the northwestern cornerstone of the Dolomites - towers with its 600 m high north face clearly visible above the green Lüsner mountains.

The Lake Tour
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Seven Lakes (2443 - 2647 m) Ridnaun

In the farthest Ridnaun Valley lie the magnificent Seven Lakes with their crystal-clear water dipped in deep blue color, in front of a gigantic mountain backdrop.

East flank of Rötspitze (firn trapezoid)
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High Tour to Rötspitze (3495 m)

High alpine glacier tour from the Lenkjöchlhütte to the summit of the Rötspitze

The Hirzer Peak (left, 2781m) from the west
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Hike to the Hirzer (2781 m)

The Hirzer is the highest peak of the Sarntal western ridge and can be easily climbed by hikers who are not afraid of heights and sure-footed.

Spronser Lakes: Green Lake - Texel Group Nature Park
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Spronser Lakes Plateau (2126 - 2589 m)

The Spronser Lakes, the largest high alpine lake group in South Tyrol, are located high above Merano, at the end of the Spronser Valley. The ten lakes offer a unique mountain experience in a beautiful circular tour.

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