Ortler - Brian Farquharson

ORTLER SOUTH TYROL

The Ortler are a group of high peaks nestled between the Bernina group of St Moritz to the west and the Dolomites to the east. If you look on a map, you can find the Ortler just south of the point where Italy, Switzerland and Austria come together.

The tour lies within the Cevedale region, and winds among and occasionally climbs some remarkably high peaks. The fact that several summits come close to the magic number of 4000 meters, but do not quite reach it, means that it is somewhat less crowded than parts of the Alps further west, but also that the terrain is big and high with many large glaciers.

There are several peaks of which we hope to make ski ascents with summits close to 3800 meters. Our tour begins and ends in the ski town of ST Caterina Valfurva, The tour allows for many potential variations. The most ambitious takes in a number of ski summits, while a milder form forgoes a few of the peaks and concentrates on the fine high touring.

If conditions allow, we of course plan on bagging as many great summits as we can (mostly for the sake of the great descents!). The tour is really very adaptable, with easier and harder variations for most days.

ARRIVAL FORNI HUT/HOTEL (by car)
DAY 1 BRANCA HUT
DAY 2 PIZZINI HUT
DAY 3 MARTELLO HUT
DAY 4 MARTELLO HUT
DAY 5 CASATY HUT
DAY 6 BRANCA / HOTEL ST CATERINA
DEPART FOR HOME


Cost Ask for Details Cost includes: overnight-stay in huts, breakfast, evening-meal, guiding fee (UIAGM), guide's expenses, harness and avalanche transceiver. Dates: march - mid may Minimum 5 pers max 6 pers (optimal 5 pers) Mini bus availability possible ( please ask for information )

Photos from the Ortler

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