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Alta via Meranese - Ortles stage 3

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  • Höhenweg Meran - Ortler 3. Etappe
    / Höhenweg Meran - Ortler 3. Etappe
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Map / Alta via Meranese - Ortles stage 3
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Distance 12.7 km
9:44 h
3,253 m
3,449 m
The day starts with a descent from Malga Zirmtal (2114 m). Follow the sign for Marzoner Alm/Malga Marzon. The steep path has been partially rebuilt and is in good condition. After a descent with an altitude difference of 300 meters you reach a forest road with signposts. Take the path down to Malga Marzon. Shortly descend on the forest road before you take the so-called Almenweg on the right (signs for Freiberger Mahd and Almenweg). The rather flat path takes you through the light forest until a signposted junction. Turn left (signs for Latschiniger Alm and Kofelraster Seen) and take the partially steep path through the larch forest to Latschiniger Alm/Malga di Lacinigo (1936 m) where the ascent to the Covolo Lakes (Kofelraster Seen) begins. Follow path no.3 with the red and white marking and many bends through the forest before you reach a clear area. Then the path soon becomes steeper. Hike through the mountain basin until the junction near the mountain crest. On the left, you can see the variant (see description below) leading up here from Malga Obermarzon. Continue upwards towards the Covolo Lakes (signs for Kofelraster Seen). As soon as you reach the first of the Covolo Lakes (2407 m), you have to be careful. There is only an old, weathered wooden sign with faded letters (Tarscher Alm/Malga di Tarres). Climb the steep path no.15 and shortly descend from the crest before the next climb. Then you reach the Gran Ladro wind gap (2612 m). Descend on the long, well-marked path to Malga di Tarres (1935 m).
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Highest point
2,624 m
Lowest point
1,593 m
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Coordinates:
DD
46.594290, 10.958640
DMS
46°35'39.4"N 10°57'31.1"E
UTM
32T 650028 5161944
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The day starts with a descent from Malga Zirmtal (2114 m). Follow the sign for Marzoner Alm/Malga Marzon. The steep path has been partially rebuilt and is in good condition. After a descent with an altitude difference of 300 meters you reach a forest road with signposts. Take the path down to Malga Marzon. Shortly descend on the forest road before you take the so-called Almenweg on the right (signs for Freiberger Mahd and Almenweg). The rather flat path takes you through the light forest until a signposted junction. Turn left (signs for Latschiniger Alm and Kofelraster Seen) and take the partially steep path through the larch forest to Latschiniger Alm/Malga di Lacinigo (1936 m) where the ascent to the Covolo lakes (Kofelraster Seen) begins. Follow path no. 3 with the red and white marking and many bends through the forest before you reach a clear area. Then the path soon becomes steeper. Hike through the mountain basin until the junction near the mountain crest. On the left, you can see the variant (see description below) leading up here from Malga Obermarzon. Continue upwards towards the Covolo lakes (signs for Kofelraster Seen). As soon as you reach the first of the Covolo Lakes (2407 m), you have to be careful. There is only an old, weathered wooden sign with faded letters (Tarscher Alm/Malga di Tarres). Climb the steep path no. 15 and shortly descend from the crest before the next climb.  Then you reach the Gran Ladro wind gap (2612 m). Descend on the long, well-marked path to Malga di Tarres (1935 m).

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Coordinates

DD
46.594290, 10.958640
DMS
46°35'39.4"N 10°57'31.1"E
UTM
32T 650028 5161944
w3w 
///tinge.advice.gardens
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Equipment

Basic Equipment for Pilgrim Walks

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • Religious objects and material as required

Things to Bring if Staying in a Hostel

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Pilgrim ID card
  • Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
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Distance
12.7 km
Duration
9:44 h
Ascent
3,253 m
Descent
3,449 m

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