North of the majestetic group of Jof Fuart / Viš and Jof di Montasio / Montaž, between the valleys of Fella/Bela and Dogna/Dunja, a long crest of lower mountains stretches in the east-west direction. Standing opposed to the giant wild north walls of the main group, each and every of these mountains offers a fantastic view on this part of Western Julian Alps. While that could be the main reason for a visit, these mountains are nice also themselves. As they are on some places sharp and rocky too, some of their routes require more than just skills for an easy hike up. These mountains are sometimes dubbed as Catena di Malborghetto / Naborjetske gore (The Chain of Malborghetto). Due Pizzi / Dve špici / Zweispitz is a nice mountain, standing just in the middle of the group.
As the name says, Due Pizzi is a kind of Twin Peak. The highest of the two peaks is called also Cima Alta / Visoka špica (2046m), while the lower, eastern one is called also Cima Vildiver / Vrh nad Cijanerico (2008m). They are made of a crumbly limestone, not appropriate for more serious climbing. Towards the south Cima Alta shows a nice, 350 meters high triangular rock wall, which continues down towards Dogna/Dunja valley with a broad scree field. The northern side of both summits is rocky on the upper part, but soon the steep slopes get overgrown with dense vegetation. On the east, Due Pizzi are delimited from Monte Piper / Piparji with a saddle, called Forchia di Cjanalot / Čanalut, 1830m. It is reached from the northern and southern side by a marked path. Towards the west the crest continues from Due Pizzi, forming steep and almost never ascended, remote summits of Gosadon and then, further towards the west, Cuel dei Pez, 1943m.
A tour in these mountains reveals us one more interesting thing - many remains of fortifications from the World War I.
Summit ViewFirst to mention is of course the view on Iof di Montasio / Montaž and its neighbours. The group of Iof Fuart / Viš is already a bit remote to the left. Towards the north the easternmost outposts of Carnic Alps are not so much attractive any more, but also the mountains around Passo Pramollo / Nassfeld Pass and the Monte Coglians / Hohe Warte are clearly seen. Behind all these the snow-covered peaks of Hohe Tauern are shining. And the whole western horizon is boiling of nice Carnic Alps peaks and behind them the highest Dolomites.
For a broader overview see the pages of Vis and Montaz group and of Julian Alps!
All trailheads from the south start on the road, which goes up the valley of Dogna/Dunja. The usual start of trail No. 648 is west of the saddle (Sella di Sompdogna), on 1268 m, while the second trailhead is 250 meters below, where the trail No. 605 starts.
From the north the trailheads start in Fella/Bela river valley, near Santa Caterina and Malborghetto.
You can of course also reach Due Pizzi when crossing the whole mountain chain in a west-east direction or vice versa. In that case trailheads can be far more remote. A very fine day tour can be the crossing of the mountain chain from Iof di Miezegnot, over Monte Pipar to Due Pizzi. For such a tour Sella di Sompdogna / Rudni vrh is a starting point.
From the south1. Sentiero Arturo Ziffer. Dogna/Dunja road, 1268m, up to Forchia di Cjanalot / Čanalut, 1830m, Around Cima Vildiver, horizontally across the S wall of Cima Alta and by the W slope on top. 2h 45min, partially exposed and secured marked path.
From Forchia di Cjanalot / Čanalut, also the lower of the two peaks, Cima Vildiver / Vrh nad Cijanerico, can be reached. The ascent is not hard.
East ridge of Cima Alta. Marijana Cuderman & Marko Kern: "From the notch between the two peaks, Cima Alta can be reached by the east ridge, but the climb is not just easy (and also not a hard one). The lower part of the ridge is very crumbly, higher we avoid it towards the right, where we need to climb over the hardest part and reach the pine bushes. Then we continue below the ridge and once again avoid the summit overhanging part by the right side."
2. From Plan dei Spadovai. Dogna/Dunja road, 1125m, by the valley of Rio Cjanalot up to Forchia di Cjanalot / Čanalut, 1830m, Around Cima Vildiver, horizontally across the S wall of Cima Alta and by the W slope on top. 3h, partially exposed and secured marked path.
From the north3. Over Malga Granuda. East of Santa Caterina we park below the Tarvisio-Udine highway, 725m. By the narrow forrest road / cart-road we continue up to Malga Granuda / planina v Dupljah, 1501m. Till here also possible by the path No. 604 from Bagni di Lusnizza / Lužnica. From the alpine pasture towards the SE and over the rocks of Gossadon on the notch, W of Cima Alta. Then by the W slope on top. 4h, medium hard hike up.
4. From Malborghetto. SW of Malborghetto a narrow road goes till the Tarvisio-Udine highway exit, 750m. From there we continue southwards by the cart-road and the path No. 605. By the valley of Rio Palug up to Forchia di Cjanalot / Čanalut, 1830m, Around Cima Vildiver, horizontally across the S wall of Cima Alta and by the W slope on top. 4h, partially exposed and secured marked path.
Crossing5. Crossing Catena di Malborghetto / Naborjetske gore is possible either in the E-W direction or vice versa. From the E we come from Monte Piper, but the direct descent on Forchia di Cjanalot / Čanalut, 1830m, is not possible. We need do descend towards the SW on Sentiero Arturo Ziffer, and then to continue as described above under #1. From the west we arrive the area by the path No. 649, first around Cuel dei Pez, then below Gosadon and finally by the W slope on top.
Gosadon, 1968 mThis summit is very rarely visited. It can be best ascended from the path No. 604/649 (Sentiero Battaglione Gemona). From above the saddle between Die Pizzi / Dve špici and Gosadon we go up by ex trenches along the NE ridge.
The path from the south is nowadays very overgerown with dwarf pine bushes and is hard to find. Just below the summit it is still possible to see the ramains of military material cable-car and several buildings from the World War I.
Red TapeNo limitations.
Huts And Camping
Even if ascents on Due Pizzi / Dve špici / Zweispitz can be easilly done in one day, there are a few huts and bivouacs, which mainly support the crossing endeavours.
> Rif. Attilio Grego, 1395m, 0428-60111. Above Sella di Sompdogna pass. From the parking place 10 min.
> Casera Plan dei Spadovai, 1125m. Above Dogna/Dunja road. Tel: 39 0433 70609. Cell: 39 347 9617215.
> Ricovero Bernardinis, 1907m. Just above Forchia di Cjanalot / Čanalut. Allways opened.
> Ricovero Battaglione Alpini Gemona, 1890m, below Iof di Miezegnot / Poldnašnja špica. Allways opened.