Distance 16.2 km
The "younger brother" of the Ortles
The Gran Zebrù is the second highest mountain in Alto Adige and a monument to nature
A cable car takes you from Solda – Sulden (1,906 m) to the Rifugio Schaubachhütte-Città di Milano (2,600 m). Follow the green dots of the «Stecknersteig» footpath to reach the Eisseespitze (Punta Lago Gelato, 3,230 m, 2 hours). Descend to the Eissee Pass (3,139 m) and to the Langferner glacier below, and climb up to the Rifugio Casati (3,254 m, 3.30 hours from the cable car). After an overnight stay we have a descent south-west to the Cedèch glacier (approx. 3,000 m) and then we climb again another steep, snowy and slippery slope to the magnificent «lower shoulder» (3,460 m approx.), where the most challenging trek begins. Climbing up the south-western side, 400 m high and with a gradient of between 35 to 50 degrees (moderately difficult on snow and quite difficult on rock or black ice) to reach the «upper shoulder». Hiking along the rocky and snowy southeast ridge and onwards and upwards to reach the cross on the summit (3,859 m, 4–5 hours from the Rifugio). Return via the same
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