Mountain tour to the Pizzo di Vedrette

The Vedrette di Ries mountain hut (2,792 m asl) is eco-labeled and impressively located in the Vedrette di Ries-Aurina Nature Park.

The starting point for our hike is the Sager parking space at Riva di Tures at the main road. It is a perfect summer day, we follow the marker n° 3 along the Rio Riva and waterfalls through the dense forest. After about one hour walk we reach the Outer Gelttal hut which is located on the plateau of the Gelttal mountain pastures and we can take breath. Then we walk further to the Inner Gelttal hut at 2,067 m asl.

In front of us the wide valley surrounded by mighty glaciated mountains and a rolling glacial stream. On a comfortable path we walk into the valley, at the end the path leads us up to the Gelttal Glacier towards the Vedrette di Ries mountain hut. An amazing panorama rewards us for the efforts, numerous threethousander in front of and behind us. At the ridge we can see the mountain hut, and after crossing a small snowfield we have also reached it.

After a short rest we start again, this time towards the peak of Mt Pizzo di Vedrette (3,249 m asl) which we can already see from the mountain hut. Famous neighbours of the mountain are Mt Magro (3,270 m asl) and Mt Nevoso (3,358 m asl). Across smaller and bigger rocks and two small snowfields we walk uphill to the mountain top. Shortly below the ridge we also have to use our hands to overcome the steps. Then it’s done, we reach the top with a gorgeous summit cross and an amazing view on the surrounding glaciated threethousander. Due to the distance of the hike don’t underrate the way back, which is done on the same route.

Please note: very beautiful mountain path until the Vedrette di Ries mountain hut, which also offers overnight accommodation and is an ideal starting point for alpine tours. This hike is also recommended as a two-day tour. The mountain hut is also reachable from the Valle di Anterselva (marker n° 3), from Vila di Sopra (marker n° 1) and from Gais (only for experts). Stamina and sure footedness are absolutely required!

Author: BS

Important: if you want to do this hiking tour, please take information about the current conditions on site!

Starting point: Riva di Tures, Sager parking space
Route: Riva di Tures - Outer Gelttal hut - Inner Gelttal hut - Vedrette di Ries mountain hut - Mt Pizzo di Vedrette (summit)
Signpost: 3
Walking time: approx. 9 hours (in total, 3.5 hours to the Vedrette di Ries mountain hut, 2 hours on Mt Pizzo di Vedrette, 3.5 hours for the way back)
Altitude difference: approx. 1,750 m
Altitude level: between 1,600 and 3,249 m asl
Experienced in: August 2009
Further information: Campo Tures tourist board, phone: +39 0474 678076

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