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Innerkofler Route (Cima Ovest di Lavaredo)

Page Type: Route

Location: Belluno, Italy, Europe

Lat/Lon: 46.61872°N / 12.29319°E

Object Title: Innerkofler Route (Cima Ovest di Lavaredo)

Route Type: Trad Climbing

Season: Summer

Time Required: Most of a day

Difficulty: AD, UIAA IV

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Created/Edited: May 11, 2012 / Aug 21, 2014

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Geographical classification: Alps - Eastern Part > Dolomites > Tre Cime di Lavaredo >Innerkofler Route-Cima Ovest di Lavaredo

Innerkofler Route or Normal Route (Cima Ovest di Lavaredo)

A long trip on the tracks of the pioneers.

Tre Cime di Lavaredo just represent the Dolomites’ symbol: a world famous and celebrated scenery, well known also by the simple tourists. Innerkofler route is the normal way to reach one of this superb peaks: a complex trip on a historic route, the first one realized in 1879 on Cima Ovest di Lavaredo by the great guide Michel Innerkofler, with his pal G. Ploner, who found with masterly intuition a relatively easy way to reach this magnificent and very steep summit. As a matter of fact this route develops itself on an easy ground among most difficult and severe faces, giving a strong and unforgettable sensation of a logical way to be followed to reach a very important summit.
Tre Cime di Lavaredo Group - “Tré Thime” in ladin dialect, “Drei Zinnen” in German - is running in a secluded situation on the boundary ridge between Bolzano Province in the North side and Belluno Province in the South side.

A detail of Cima Ovest and Cima Grande di Lavaredo from South
A detail of Lavaredo from South
Tre Cime di Lavaredo South side
The Lavaredo group from Torre Pian dei Buoi


Michel Innerkofler from Sesto
Michel Innerkofler
Summit ridge
Innerkofler Route summit ridge

Michel Innerkofler (1848-1888) was a famous Alpine Guide from Sesto in Pustertal, a resolute conqueror of Dolomites’ difficult summits. During the I Mondial War the Tre Cime di Lavaredo were situated on the war’s front between Austrian and Italian troops; several military ruins are visible inside the massif and particularly on Monte Paterno.

Getting there

Road access

The best starting point is Misurina m. 1752, a small village lying on the shores of the homonym lake, which can be approached from Trento or Bolzano (Adige Valley) following the Brennero Motorway - exit Bressanone - and then taking Val Pusteria as far as Dobbiaco; from Dobbiaco follow on the right the road to Val di Landro, reaching Carbonin mt. 1432 and Misurina. The Lavaredo group can be approached also from Belluno via Longarone, Cortina d’Ampezzo and Tre Croci Pass.
From Misurina a private toll–road leads to Auronzo Hut m. 2330, situated at the road’s end in an amazing position below Tre Cime di Lavaredo South faces. Parking.

Lavaredo Group from South
Lavaredo Group from South

Walking approach

From Auronzo Hut m. 2320 reach the highest parking, where a good path starts, following the water pipeline and skirting Cima Ovest foreparts. The trail is quickly getting to the third scree gully, situated between Cima Ovest on the left and Cima Grande on the right, and rising steeply towards Forcella della Cima Grande, a characteristic saddle showing a great war’s cave, where a superb view on Tre Scarperi group is appearing. About 10 meters before getting to the saddle follow on the left-hand side a scree gully. Starting point. (0,50 minutes from Auronzo Hut).

Innerkofler Route report

Innerkofler route upper part topo
Innerkofler route topo
An abseil on Cima Ovest di Lavaredo
First abseil along the crux crack
First fine white wall, Cima Ovest di Lavaredo
The first fine white wall

Innerkofler Route or Normal Route report

Summit altitude: m. 2973
AD, UIAA II and III, max IV (crux)
Climbing length: 650 m.
Equipment: a few pegs along the pitches, various equipped belays and abseils’anchors
Exposure: S and W
First ascent: Michel Innerkofler – G. Ploner 1879, august 28th
Starting point: Misurina (BL) m. 1752
Huts: Auronzo Hut m. 2330

A fine route on good rock leading to a superb and panoramic summit. It’s convenient to climb roped up only six pitches, as a matter of fact the route’s remaining part can be climbed loose or proceeding “tight rope”.

Starting point about 10 meters before getting to Forcella della Cima Grande (orange marks), below an obvious scree gully.
Climb the gully, dividing itself into three branches after about 70 m.; follow the left one, leading to a scree terrace, slanting towards left below the peak’s South face. Climb a rocky gully (II), then rise along a trail leading towards a fine white wall with very good holds. Follow it with pleasant climb (II, III), then head towards right along a small ledge, reaching the main gully (II) some meters below the saddle between Cima Ovest and its South forepart named Croda degli Alpini. A steep wall can be climbed along a fine chimney (III) leading to the great ring-like ledge, a non-stop ledge which surrounds East, South and West sides and a North face’s part. Follow the ledge towards left (West) by walking an after about 120 meters, nearby a white block, begin climbing up again, at first directly, then heading towards left and in the end traversing again towards right (cat’s move, III). Climb a small chimney (III-), then some steps slanting towards right (II), reaching a dark ledge. Follow it towards right, climb a steep little wall (III), then traverse right reaching a new chimney. Climb it to a narrow saddle; from here climb a steep wall (IV, crux) leading to the summit ridge. Easier rocks lead to a steep but short wall; climb it (III+), then skirt two detached needles on the left-hand side getting finally to the beautiful summit (cross and summit book). A breathtaking view towards Cima Grande dark and overhanging North face is appearing.

Descent: following the same route, mainly climbing and abseiling in the crux pitches (abseils anchors in place)

Essential gear

Ropes 1x60, helmet, some friends and slings, some quickdraws.


Rifugio Auronzo
m. 2330
- Forcella Longeres (CAI Sez. Auronzo)

Other huts in Lavaredo Group:

Rifugio Locatelli Innerkofler m. 2450

Rifugio Lavaredo

When to climb

Normally the best period goes from middle June to middle September.

Red tape

No particulary restrictions in climbing; all the group is situated inside Northern Dolomites Area, one of the Dolomites’ nine areas admitted in the year 2009 in the list of Unesco Natural Sites.




ARPAV DOLOMITI METEO Phone +390436780007 fax +390436780008
CENTRO VALANGHE DI ARABBA Phone +390436755711 fax 043679319 e-mail cva@arpa.veneto.it

Guidebooks and Maps

Tre Cime di Lavaredo map
“Arrampicare a Cortina d’Ampezzo e dintorni – Le vie più belle nelle Dolomiti” by Mauro Bernardi
Athesia Editore
“IV grado in Dolomiti” by Emiliano Zorzi – Idea Montagna Editore

“Dolomiti Orientali” Vol. I Parte II by Antonio Berti – Guide dei Monti d’Italia CAI-TCI

Map: Tabacco n. 010 – Dolomiti di Sesto 1:25.000