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Cima Calotta

Cima Calotta

Cima Calotta

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Brescia, Italy, Europe

Lat/Lon: 46.20864°N / 10.51894°E

Object Title: Cima Calotta

County: Lombardia

Activities: Mountaineering

Season: Summer

Elevation: 10581 ft / 3225 m


Page By: Silvia Mazzani

Created/Edited: Jul 9, 2014 / Sep 6, 2017

Object ID: 904096

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Geographical classification: Alps - Eastern part > Rhaetian Alps > Adamello Group > Cima Calotta

Cima Calotta m 3225

Cima Calotta is a mighty ice-capped mountain, well visible from the upper Val Camonica, belonging to the Veneròcolo Subgroup, a sub-range situated within the Adamello Group, amongst Tonale, Presena and Garibaldi cols. The peak is located on the ridge running between Cima di Salimmo and Monte dei Frati and it’s delimitated by Bocchetta della Calotta and Bocchetta della Val dei Frati. The Eastern side dominates the Pisgana Glacier, while the Western side projects a long rocky ridge towards the Avio Lake. Running on the Northern side of Cima Calotta there is a classic and easy route, the normal one to reach the summit, advisable also in reason of the wide and interesting view over Adamello and Ortles-Cevedale Groups. This route is one of the most popular ascent of Adamello Group, involving a varied climb inside a wild and spectacular environment; it can be approached from Valle Camonica, spending the night at Petitpierre – Corno d’Aola shelter or putting a tent on the Pozzuolo basin.

Near the top
Last summit ridge

Cima Calotta Northern Face
Cima Calotta North Face

Getting There

Road Approach

The starting point is the village of Ponte di Legno m 1258 in the upper part of Val Camonica, the Western (from Lovere to Edolo) and Northern (from Edolo to Tonale pass) border of the Adamello group.

Getting to Val Camonica

- From Brescia or Bergamo; the roads coming from Brescia and Bergamo combine near Darfo in to the only state road SS 42 of Tonale and Mendola, which is running near the western limits of the Adamello Natural Park, crossing the villages of Boario Terme, Breno, Cimbergo, Paspardo, Cedègolo, Edolo, Temù and getting to the important resort of Ponte di Legno m. 1258 (66 km from Darfo).

Peaceful evening at Baita Pozzuolo
Peaceful evening near Baita Pozzuolo
The saddle of Bocchetta dei Buoi
The saddle of Bocchetta dei Buoi"

Getting to Petitpierre Hut or Corno d’Aola Hut m. 1920

By car - Just before entering the village leave the main road and take on the right an unsurfaced road to Valbione and the Petitpierre Hut, starting nearby a chair-lift and reaching the shelter after 7,5 km

By the Valbione – Corno d’Aola chair-lift

By foot – 2 hours from the chair-lift lower station

Another possibility is to put a tent on the Baita di Pozzuolo meadows


First summiters: A. Gstirner, Schumann and Karl Schulz with F. Caola and G. Collini 1892, July, 27th

Cima Calotta Normal Route

Cima Calotta North Flank Normal Route report

Summit altitude: m 3225
Difficulty: Alpine F
Difference in level: 1300 m from Rif. Petitpierre al Corno d’Aola
Exposure: North
First ascent: B. Cavalieri – D. Ferrari – B. Bettoni 1895, September 2nd
Hut: Rifugio Petitpierre al Corno d’Aola m 1920
Starting point: Ponte di Legno m 1258, upper Valle Camonica

A very interesting and panoramic route inside a wild environment, following at first a good path, then the Northern ice slope and the summit ridge

Summit ridge
Near the summit
Cima Calotta
Cima Calotta"

From the hut follow a well worn path (CAI n° 40) to the charming basin of Baita Pozzuolo m. 2006, cross the basin and reach a fork at 2475 meters. Leave the track on the left (leading towards Cima di Salimmo) and continue along the path n. 40, getting the narrow and rocky saddle named Bocchetta dei Buoi m. 2475. Descent on the opposite side and skirt the slopes on the left side, heading toward the obvious Northern ice-slopes of the peak and gaining the bottom of the face. Rope up and climb the regular 45° ice-slope, reaching the summit ridge. Turn to left and follow the beautiful and panoramic ridge, getting to the summit.

Cima Calotta Northern slopes
Climbing the snow-slopes
Calotta summit ridge
Summit ridge
Near Cima Calotta summit
View over Adamello Group from the summit ridge

Descent: following the same route

Essential gear

Rope, axe and crampons.


- Rif. Petitpierre al Corno d’Aola m 1920

Red Tape

Logo of Parco Naturale Adamello - Brenta

No fees no permits needed and no particular restriction in climbing and hiking. Cima Calotta is located within Adamello-Brenta Natural Park.

Avio Lake
Avio Lake seen from Cima Calotta
Sunset near Baita Pozzuolo
Clear sunset near Baita Pozzuolo
Cima di Plem seen from Cima Calotta
Cima di Plem seen from Cima Calotta

When to climb

Best season goes from the end of June to the end of September.


Meteo Lombardia

Guidebooks and maps

Adamello Guidebook
Cima Calotta map


- "Adamello" volume II by Pericle Sacchi, Guida dei Monti d’Italia CAI – Touring Club
- "Adamello" by Piermario Soregaroli


- Tabacco "Adamello-Presanella" 1:25000
- Kompass n. 71 Adamello-Presanella 1:50000