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Alta Via di Günther Messner

Funes (Villnöss)
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Informationen zur Tour Alta Via di Günther Messner

Tour Hauptmerkmale

  • Duration
    7:30 h
  • Distance
  • Altitude
    860 m
  • Altitude
    860 m
  • Max. height
    2615 m
This path, which crosses the small Dolomitic Odle di Eores (Aferer Geiseln), was named after a mountaineer from Funes (Villnöß), who set off on expedition to Nanga Parbat in 1970 and never returned.


Ascent: Start at the Russiskreuz (lit: Russian Cross) at the northern foot of Aferer Geiseln Peak (1,729 metres; parking), which is accessed from Funes (Villnöß) on the street leading to Passo dello Erbe (Würzjoch) Pass. Follow trail markings for GM and 32A, heading south along a forest path, which is steep up to the tree line then has only a moderate grade (a slightly exposed position is secured), to a spring with a water trough on the western slope of Aferer Geiseln Peak (2,060 m); just over an hour from Russiskreuz. High Trail: from the water trough, stay with markings for GM, first flat across the grassy slopes of a little notch and quickly east at the crossroads (left: GM, right: 32 A). Turn left, up grassy slopes, and there is another flat crossing, past a large crater area, under the rock walls to the east, until you are under the cone-shaped Tullen Peak. From there, over scree and crags up to a fork, and turn right, towards the east, across cable-secured rock up to a further wind gap (about 2,600 m; around 2.5 hours from the starting point). From there, make a short crossing on the north side and then over a short via ferrata (Klettersteig), very exposed but with good fixed ropes, up to the ridge crest of Aferer Geiseln (small wind gap, about 2,630 m). From there, on the south side, it’s an easy descent to another wind gap, on the north side a brief descent and opposing ascent (usually snowy), then again the sometimes rocky, sometimes grassy southern slopes, crossing to the next notch, and down an iron ladder. Finally: first a southern then a northern crossing to a little grassy notch, and a grassy slope down to Trail No. 4 (option: half-hour detour, turning right to Schlüterhütte mountain hut) and left, heading north-east, over to Peitlerscharte (2,357 m); about 4 hours from the beginning of the high trail. Descent: from Peitlerscharte, take Trail No. 4 down across snow and scree, until the GM Trail branches off to the left. Follow it for a longer hike traversing the entire north side of Aferer Geiseln at the tree line, and finally descending back to the starting point; about 2 hours from Peitlerscharte.

Starting point

Croce Russis (Russiskreuz)

Target point

Croce Russis (Russiskreuz)


Günther Messner was the brother of Reinhold Messner. 

The GM is a well sign-posted track with safety cables at the exposed and difficult points, however it is only recommended for expert hikers. There are no mountain huts where you can take refuge, so the hike should only be done during stable weather conditions. 


 Croce Russis (Russiskreuz)

Public transportation

Public bus from Bolzano (Bozen) to Bressanone (Brixen), and then the bus to Santa Maddalena in Funes (Villnöss); continue to Croce Russis (Russiskreuz).


Through the Val d'Isarco (Eisacktal) Valley to Chiusa (Klausen) and then turn into the Val di Funes (Vilnösstal) to Santa Maddalena (St. Magdalena) and continue in direction of the Passo delle Erbe (Würzjoch).

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    Sylvio Mandel

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    Eine Rundwanderung die durch Ruhe, Schönheit, Herausforderung und Freude geprägt ist. Absolut empfehlenswert und jedem der mal einen Tag Anstrengung, Genuss und Natur erleben möchte, dem kann ich nur sagen GM 25

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    daniele becchi

    Bellissimo giro, importante partire presto per poter anche salire alla vetta Tullen (circa 30-40 minuti in più)