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Palla Bianca

Back-country skiing · Vinschgau
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Distance 21.3 km
5:40 h
1,849 m
1,849 m
Rewarding views.
Challenging route from Vallelunga to the Palla Bianca.

Ascent: we reach the Melago alpine hut, 1,970 m, via the road on the left or along the cross-country skiing trail. From here we venture into the valley as far as a small bridge on the Rio Freibrunn. At the beginning we keep to the right then to the left of the Rio Carlino that flows down the Vallelunga Glacier. We follow it as far as the bridge at 2,300 m. We can go up to the Rifugio Pio XI on the Palla Bianca, although this does extend the journey time. We go straight on and go up the hidden gorge to reach the tongue of the glacier. If there isn’t much snow in the gorge we can go round the rocks on the left and up to the tongue of the glacier, slightly extending the journey time. We now continue along the gently sloping glacier towards the environs of the Punta di Vallelunga, approx. 2,950 m. From the left edge of the glacier we go diagonally to the right and then up to the Forcella di Palla Bianca, 3,368 m. From here we go right as far as the foot of the eastern slope. As the path

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