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Alla Palla Bianca - Weisskugel High Mountain Trail

Malles (Mals)
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Informationen zur Tour Alla Palla Bianca - Weisskugel High Mountain Trail

Tour Hauptmerkmale

  • Duration
    11:00 h
  • Distance
  • Altitude
    1870 m
  • Altitude
    1870 m
  • Max. height
    3684 m
trail from the Rifugio Oberettes to this superb peak: La Palla Bianca, highest altitude in the Alpi Venoste


In the upper Val Venosta, from the intersection at Tarces – Tartsch we will be walking up the Valley of Matsch up to the Glieshof Hotel 1,807 m). Route 1 leads to the Rifugio Oberettes (2,677 m, 2:30 hours) where an overnight stay is recommended. We will continue on the marked pathway (towards «Weisskugel»), and then turn left at the first intersection crossing the bridge over the mountain stream. We continue up a grass slope turning rocky but not difficult which will lead to the Hochgang crossing (3,000 m approx, view to the end of the trail). Next the well-signposted route takes us past the hollow valley and briefly downhill to the moraine and glacier (2,900 m). We will walk up the glacier and continue either on a very steep and icy slope or on a less steep pathway looking out for falling rocks, and then walk up to the col of Hintereisjoch, where the path from the opposite slope also arrives from Schöne Aussicht. We will cross the last section of the glacier, the steepest section (Matscher Wandl), and the short summit ridge of solid but exposed rock (grade 1), and eventually reach the cross on the summit (3,739 m; 4 hours from the refuge). Return via the same route.

Starting point

Glieshöfe Mountain huts in the Val di Màzia - Matschertal

Target point

Glieshöfe Mountain huts in the Val di Màzia - Matschertal


The ascent from the glacier is only suitable for mountaineers with experience of hiking on rock and ice and adequate hiking equipment. Important: in icy conditions you must turn round and be content with having reached a point within a few metres of the cross; also beware of dangerous overhanging ledges.


Parking is available at the Glieshöfen mountain huts at the end of the Road in the Val di Màzia

Public transportation

No public services to the start of this trail


From Merano or Resia continue towards Silandro - Schlanders, and from there walk up the Val di Màzia - Matschertal

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Hannes Riegler

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    Peter Müller

    Wir sind im Aufstieg eine Variante dieser Route gegangen: aber hätten uns besser an diesen GPS-Track gehalten.