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Hoher Weisszint - Punta Bianca
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Hoher Weisszint - Punta Bianca

 
Hoher Weisszint - Punta Bianca

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Bolzano, Italy, Europe

Lat/Lon: 46.96713°N / 11.74492°E

Object Title: Hoher Weisszint - Punta Bianca

County: Trentino Alto Adige

Activities: Mountaineering

Season: Summer

Elevation: 11056 ft / 3370 m

 

Page By: Silvia Mazzani

Created/Edited: May 28, 2014 / Jun 21, 2014

Object ID: 898730

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Overview

Hoher Weisszint - Punta Bianca m 3370



As all the mountains belonging to the regions located near the boundaries between Italy and Austria, this peak has two names: Punta Bianca, the italian name, and Hoher Weisszint, the original tyrolese place-name. The mountain is situated inside the Aurine Alps or Zillertal Alps, on the boundary ridge between Italy, Alto Adige province, Southern side and Austria, Northern side. This summit is a mighty and wide mountain covered by an icecap, overlooking the superb basin of Lago di Nèves and lying in a fine high mountain environment, nearby several other threethousander summits, like the superb Hochfeiler or Gran Pilastro to NW, the Breitnock or Dosso Largo to NE and the Niederer Weisszint to SW. Punta Bianca three main ridges – NE, NW and SW - delimitate the three glaciers surrounding the mountain: the Gliderferner Glacier to West, the mighty Schlegeisknees to the North and the Weisszintferner – in strong retreat – to the South. From the summit the mountaineer can enjoy an extraordinary view all around over the neighbouring valleys and towards the peaks running along Italy-Austria border and towards Dolomites.
The route running on SW ridge is a classic and interesting ascent, one of the most popular routes of the group, involving a varied ascent inside a wild and spectacular environment. The route can be approached from Valle Aurina, spending the night at Ponte di Ghiaccio-Eisbruggjochhutte shelter.

Lago di Nèves
Lago di Nèves
Punta Bianca South-West ridge
Punta Bianca South-West ridge
Toward the Weisszintferner glacier
Toward the Weisszintferner glacier

Getting There

Road Approach

The starting point is the basin of Lago di Néves m 1856, km 18,5 from Molini di Tures (m 853, Valle Aurina/Ahrntal), lying in the suggestive Valle Selva dei Molini, near the little village of Lappago m 1439.

Getting to Valle Aurina/Ahrntal

- From Bolzano - Take the Brennero Motorway, exit Bressanone and follow the road SS 49 along Val Pusteria, getting to Brunico; in Brunico leave the SS 51 and take the road SS621, entering the Valle Aurina. Pass San Giorgio, Villa Ottone and reach Molini di Tùres-Muhlen in Taufers m. 853 (12 km. from Brunico). In Molini di Tùres leave the main Valle Aurina road and enter on the left the Valle Selva dei Molini. The road runs suggestively in along the beautiful valley, crossin the villages of Selva dei Molini, Lappago and Lappago di Sopra. Here turn to right, following an impressive narrow road getting to the artificial lake of Nèves. Wide parking.


Walking Approach to Rifugio Ponte di Ghiaccio m 2545

The shortest way to get to the shelter is from Lago di Nèves m 1856. Skirt the Eastern shore of the lake, then the North-western one along a wide track, getting to the little alp named Malga Comunale m. 1878. Pass the alp and leave the Nèves basin taking on the right a path entering Valle della Pipa and rising inside the wood with several hairpins to a grassy terrace. The path rises skirting the stream and reaching another grassy terrace; the upper section rises through huge blocks and a little moraine valley reaching the nice Ponte di Ghiaccio-Eisbruggjochhutte m. 2545, lying nearby a blu glacial lake. From 2 to 2,30 hours from Lago di Nèves.

Lago di Nèves
Lago di Nèves

Starting the shelter's approach
Starting the approach to Ponte di Ghiaccio Hut

History

First summiters: Erich Graf Kunigl 1871, August, 8th

Hoher Weisszint-Punta Bianca Normal Route report

Weisszintferner glacier
Weisszintferner (Weisszint Glacier)



Hoher Weisszint - Punta Bianca South-West Ridge (Normal Route) report - UIAA Scale

Summit altitude: m 3370
Difficulty: Alpine PD-, I and II UIAA
Difference in level: 1514 m from Lago di Nèves, 825 m from Rif. Rifugio Ponte di Ghiaccio
Exposure: SW
First ascent: S. Kirchler – V. Sieger 1875, September 11th
Hut: Rifugio Ponte di Ghiaccio-Eisbruggjochhutte m. 2545
Starting point: Lago di Nèves m 1856, Valle Selva dei Molini

The South– West ridge is the normal way to get the summit of this mountain, a very interesting and panoramic ascent. Quite a popular “course”, alternating snowy ridges and easy rocks, frequently iced.

Punta Bianca SW ridge
Punta Bianca SW ridge

The Zillertal Alps from the summit of Punta Bianca
The Zillertal Alps from the summit of Punta Bianca



From the hut follow a good path to the North (signpost Hoher Weisszint), climbing a steep scree slope, then heading towards right to get a secluded basin lying at foot of Niederer Weisszint. Climb a moraine ridge (cairns and white-red marks) getting to the lower edge of Weisszintferner glacier. Enter the glacier and cross it heading towards the saddle called Obere Weisszintscharte m 3183.
Before reaching the saddle turn to right (East), gaining the bottom of the first rocky spur. Climb it to its summit on easy ground, then follow for a long time the South-West ridge negotiating various easy and short rocky moves, – frequently iced - getting to Hoher Wesszint foretop m. 3322. After a little descent along a rocky ridge to a wide scree-saddle, a last exposed ice-slope and a snow ridge lead to the summit cross.

Descent: along the same route

Snow ridge along Punta Bianca Normal route
Snow ridge along Punta Bianca Normal route

Near the summit
Near the summit
 

Essential gear

Rope, ice-axe and crampons

Red Tape

No particulary restrictions in climbing and hiking.

Hut

Rifugio Ponte di Ghiaccio - Eisbruggjochhutte m. 2545 Club Alpino Italiano Sez. Bressanone – 2 hours from Lago di Nèves - Phone 0039-0474-653230, 60 beds, open from middle June to middle September

Ponte di Ghiaccio shelter
Ponte di Ghiaccio shelter

The shelter's
The guardian...
 

When to climb

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

Meteo

METEO BOLZANO

Guidebooks and maps

 
Hoher Weisszint - Punta Bianca map
 
“Alpi Aurine” by F. Cammelli – W. Beikircher – Collana Guide dei Monti d'Italia C.A.I.-T.C.I.

"Ahrntaler Berge - I monti di Valle Aurina" map 1:25.000 - Mapgraphic Bolzano

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