Mount Ortler is the highest peak in the Southern Limestone Alps in South Tyrol. It is a massive dolomite mountain surrounded by a wide glacial cap from where several rocky ridges and ice couloirs stretch out. Mount Ortler provides one of the most thrilling ski mountaineering itineraries in all the Alps.

The path starts from Trafoi and it crosses Vallone di Plaies and the north-east side of the mountain. The ski mountaineering excursion to Ortler is a demanding hike featuring a notable elevation gain. A marvelous itinerary that, from the green meadows, leads to the white glacial expanses of the top cupola.

  • Ortler
  • 8 hours
  • High difficulty
  • Presence of nearby refreshment point
  • Maximum number of participants
  • Suitable for adults only

Information about the ski mountaineering to Ortler

The ski mountaineering excursion to Ortler (Ortles) starts from the parking lot in the small village of Tre Fontane, Trafoi. The path goes up to the little Church crossing the bridge and it keeps going through the woods along the summer trail. After reaching Rifugio Borletti, at an elevation of 2188 meters, the path keeps going under the west ridge going up in mild declivity through a hollow that reaches an elevation of 2800 meters.

As they keep going, the hikers will reach a small dip from where they will get to the base of a steep slope that leads to “Buca dell’Orso” (Bärenloch), a marvelous wide hollow. Passing a bivouac, the climb keeps steep to the shoulder.

Through a crag, then, the path leads right under a steep slope. Once on the upper plateau, the hikers will head south and they will go around an ice hill and they will go towards the summit that is reached through a short stretch on the ridge.

The descent offers a marvelous ski ride and it takes place through the climb route.

The ski mountaineering to Mount Ortler can be done in about 8 hours. It features a development of about twelve kilometers and a 2310 meter elevation gap. It reaches a maximum elevation of 3896 meters and it is rated as OSA (very good ski mountaineer). Pick and crampons are definitely needed, as it is some glacier experience.

Price of Ortler ski mountaineering excursion

€ 390 - Price up to 2 persons

€ 440 - Price up to 3 persons

€ 490 - Price up to 4 persons

Where to meet your mountain guide for a ski mountaineering to Ortler

  • Meeting point On the day of your excursion, meet your guide at:
    Tre Fontane parking
    Via Tre Fontane, Trafoi
    39029 Stelvio - BZ
  • Meeting time 7.30 am
  • Geographic coordinates 46°31'58.9"N 10°30'15.0"E
  • Transfer There are no transfers from the meeting point to the excursion site.

What to bring

  • Skis
  • Ski boots
  • Telescopic poles
  • Skins
  • Ski crampons
  • Crampons
  • Mountaineering ax
  • Avalanche kit
  • Avalanche backpack
  • Climbing harness
  • Carabiners

What you need to know

  • Equipment Remember to bring the minimum required equipment for the activity. If you do not own the equipment let us know, we will provide it for you.
  • Reservation The reservation for this experience is individual, with a dedicated mountain guide. It may be reserved for a number of participants no greater than the maximum number allowed.
  • Excursion price The price shown is for the excursion with the dedicated mountain guide and possible transfer using the guide's private vehicle. It is valid for individual reservations for a number of participants that does not exceed the maximum number allowed.
  • Safety The mountain guide may cancel or suspend the excursion or change the itinerary if minimum safety conditions are not guaranteed. Please view the terms.
  • Moderate terms of cancellation The terms of cancellation and change for this experience are moderate. Please view the terms.

How to reserve your mountain guide

To book the ski mountaineering to Ortler (Ortles) with a mountain guide, in the Eastern Alps, you must send a request that provides and specifies your contact information, the number of participants and the date/period in which you wish to take the excursion.
We will respond immediately to confirm the availability of the guide, the deadline, if any, to confirm the option for the reservation, methods of payment, characteristics and organization of the activity.
Once the reservation is confirmed, we will send you the receipt and the presentation voucher with the details of the service, the name of the mountain guide or the mountaineering school, and all the contact information.