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Latemar Group

Page Type: Area/Range

Location: Dolomites, Italy, Europe

Lat/Lon: 46.34440°N / 11.57200°E

Object Title: Latemar Group

Elevation: 9324 ft / 2842 m

 

Page By: Gangolf Haub

Created/Edited: Jul 14, 2004 / Feb 15, 2012

Object ID: 152816

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Overview

Geographical Classification : Eastern Alps > Dolomites > Latemar Group

Cima PopeCornonSchenonTorre ChristomannosCimon del LatemarTorri Occidentali     Cima del ForcelloneCresta dei MinatoriCima Bewaller
Latemar north faces as seen from Karersee / Lago Carezza.  Hide / Show Annotations


The Latemar Group is one of the smallest groups of the whole Dolomites. It is located farthest to the west, southwest of Rosengarten / Catinaccio and northwest of Pale di San Martino. Its north faces build a massive front towards Eggental / Val d’Ega not unlike the Geisler / Odle Group further to the north. The group is located on the border between the provinces of Trento and Bolzano / Bozen, in the triangle between Eggental / Val d’Ega to the west, Karerpass / Passo di Costalunga in the north and Val di Fassa as well as Val di Fiemme in the southeast.

Latemar is best known for the view from Karersee / Lago di Carezza, an alpine lake in which the north faces of the group are mirrored perfectly. Moreover it is a popular hiking destination. Apart from one ferrata between between Forcella dei Campanili and Forca Latemar Grande all trails are rather easy but solitary and sometimes very long and demanding. The region thus remains quite lonely even in summer, especially if you compare it to neighbouring Rosengarten / Catinaccio. Latemar is NOT known for its climbing possibilities. There certainly are a number of routes but the rock is too fragile for the routes to be interesting. Here again Latemar compares to the Geisler/Odle Group where you also can find only inferior climbing (with a couple of noteworthy exceptions, of course).

Latemar consists of two subgroups. The larger one to the north consists of a large ridge which runs in an almost circular from Cima Popa / Poppekanzel in the northeast to Torre dei Muss in the southeast. Seen from above (or on a map) it clearly shows its origin – an atoll in the Thetis Sea, millions of years ago. This part of Latemar contains the highest and most impressive summits of the group, like the Latemar Towers or Torre di Pisa, a leaning tower like its namesake in Tuscany further to the south.

The second subgroup is grouped around Monte Agnello. From this center summit four ridges run towards all directions. The summits themselves however are much lower than the ones of the northern group.

Thanks (again) to livioz for helping out with the maps ;-)

The Northern Subgroup



As stated in the overview section above, the northern subgroup is formed like an amphitheatre with a long northern ridge, a smaller and heavily eroded western one and a short southern ridge. The amphitheatre is open to the east through the deep Valsorda Valley. In contrast to the southern subgroup, the summits of which have only Italian names, in this part of Latemar both languages – German and Italian – are used. Elevations are sometimes denoted differently on Italian and Austrian maps. Also, the summits themselves are denoted quite differently so that I had to try to merge the data. Therefore names and altitudes might deviate from the values you find on your own favourite maps. The summits are listed from northeast to southeast along the circular ridgeline.

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    Northern Ridge (east to west)
  • Sas da Ciamp (2193m)

  • Monte Ciamp (2265m)
  • Monte Toac (2319m)
  • Lastè di Vallaccia (2449m)
  • Cima Popa / Poppekanzel (2481m)

  • Cresta de do Peniola (2463m)
  • Cornon (2781m)
  • Schenon / Östliche Latemarspitze (2800m)
    See the Schenon / Östliche Latemarspitze Page for more information.

  • Torre Christomannos (2800m)

  • Cimon del Latemar / Diamandidturm (2842m)

  • Campanili di Latemar / Latemartürme (2814m, 2760m, 2710m)

  • Cima del Pascolo (2646m)
  • Cresta dei Minatori / Stuhleck (2403m)
  • Cima Bewaller / Kirchtagweidspitze (2355m)

  • Testa Bewaller / Bewallerkopf (2377m)
    Western Ridge (north to south)
  • Cima del Forcellone / Erzlahnspitze (2719m)

  • Corno Val d’Ega / Eggentaler Horn (2799m)
  • Pajon / Reiterjochspitze (2707m)

  • Cima di Valsorda (2752m)
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  • Torre di Pisa

  • Cima di Valbona (2663m)

    Southern Ridge (west to east)
  • Zan de Montagna (2576m)

  • Cavignon (2627m)

  • Cima Feudo (2670m)

  • Primo Pizzo dei Muss (2636m)

  • Secondo Pizzo dei Muss (2565m)

  • Torre dei Muss (2492m)

Monte Agnello Group

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Monte Agnello can be reached by quite a number of “seggiovie” (chair lifts) since both the eastern as well as the western slopes are quite attractive for skiing. Consequently there are quite a number of hiking trails crisscrossing the several ridges of the soubgroup. There are four main ridges, which are listed north to south.

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    Northern Ridge
  • Doss Capel (2266m)
  • La Tresca (2190m)
  • Monte Agnello (2358m)
    Southwestern Ridge
  • Censi (2165m)
  • Doss Branchi (2274m)
  • Mandriccio (1927m)
  • Cornacci (2189m)
  • Dolae (2029m)
  • Sass Redon (1930m)
  • Corozzo da Rocca (1682m)
    South Central Ridge
  • Costa Garbione (2200m)
  • Pizzancae (2162m)
  • Polse (1450m)
    Southeastern Ridge
  • Cima Sacina (2169m)
  • Cima Pelenzana (2181m)

Eggentaler Berge



To the west of the Latemar Group but east of the Etsch / Adige Valley there is the mountain range of Eggentaler Berge / Montagni di Val d'Ega (?). Though the Group is not generally considered to belong to the Latemar Group both groups are nevertheless always dicussed in unison. The character of this group is similar to the Monte Agnello group - wide pastures and big forests with a handful of mountians. These mountains are all perfect lookout summits though many have been developed with ski-lifts and -runs. The range is bounded by Eggental / Val d'Ega to the north, the Etsch / Adige Valley to the west, Val di Fiemme to the south and Passo di Pampeago to the east.

    Eggentaler Berge
  • Weißhorn / Corno Bianco (2317m)
  • Schwarzhorn / Corno Nero (2439m)
  • Il Panone (2350m)
  • Kugelspitze / La Cugola (2077m)
  • Leitenspitze / Sasso del Gazzo (2027m)
  • Monte Tolargo (1844m)
  • Zanggenberg / Pala di Santa (2488m)

Getting There

From the North
Take the Brenner Motorway A22 south toward the exit Bolzano / Bozen north. Turn onto SS241 direction Vigo di Fassa. Turn off into one of the villages to the east of Karerpass / Passo di Costalunga

From Verona
Take Brenner Motorway A22 to Ora /Auer and get off onto SS48. This road takes you to Val di Fiemme and the towns of Predazzo and Moena.

From Vicenza
Take motorway A31(Vicenza-Valdastico) to the exit Dueville. Go on SS248 della Valsugana (in the direction of Bassano/Trento) then SS47 up to Cismon del Grappa. Here switch to SS50bis (in the direction Feltre/Belluno) up to Fonzaso, from there on SS50 to Primiero, San Martino, Passo Rolle and Moena.

Red Tape

Latemar does not belong to any of the natural parks of the Dolomites. Thus there is no red tape to be found. You might take into account some parking fees at the bottom stations of the chair lifts but that is about all.

When To Hike

As with all Dolomite summits the best time is late May through early October but winter ascents are possible as well. Best time in my opinion is September or early October since apartments are easily to be had and weather often is finest (but cold!). The whole region is equipped with quite a number of ski lifts and is popular for downhill skiing. You might take advantage of the lifts to plan ski tours along the Monte Agnello Ridges.

Hotels and Apartments

Depending on the side from which you start your exploration of Latemar you can easily find hotels and apartments at Val di Fassa and Val di Fiemme (east) or Eggental (northwest). Keep in mind that over the summer accommodation is rather hard to find in this area

You can get the necessary info on both sides of Latemar from the following web sites (some only in Italian and German):

Camping

There are quite a number of campgrounds on the eastern side of Latemar. The following listing gives you all campgrounds in Val di Fassa and Val di Fiemme though some are located up to 40km away from the group. The nearest ones are near Moena and Predazzo

Val di Fassa:
  • Marmolada
    via Pareda
    Canazei
    Tel.: +39 0462.601660
    Fax: +39 0462.601722
  • Catinaccio
    via Avisio 15
    Pozza di Fassa
    Tel.: +39 0462.763305
    Fax: +39 0462.763501
  • Soal
    via Dolomiti 32
    Pera di Fassa
    Tel.: +39 0462.764519
    Fax: +39 0462.764609
  • Vidor
    Località Vidor
    Pozza di Fassa
    Tel.: +39 0462.763247
    Fax: +39 0462.764780

Val di Fiemme
  • Campeggio Calvello
    38033 - Carano - Calvello
    Tel.: +39 0462 341694
    Fax: +39 0462 340758
  • Campeggio Bellamonte
    Via Cece, 16
    38037 - Predazzo - Bellamonte
    Tel.: +39 0462 576119
    Fax: +39 0462 576211
  • Camping Valle Verde
    Loc. Ischia, 2 - Sotto Sassa
    38037 - Predazzo - Ischia
    Tel.: +39 0462 502394
    Fax: +39 0462 501147

Mountain Huts and Refuges

There is only one official refuge and two bivouacs in the whole Latemar group. They are listed in the following tables

Rifugios:

Rifugio / HutHeightOpenTel.
Torre di Pisa2671mJuly -Sept+39 0462 501564


Bivouacs:
BivouacHeight
Baita Latemar2365m
Rigatti2620m

Weather Conditions

Weather and avalanche conditions in Trentino: www.meteotrentino.it

Weather conditions in South Tyrol: www.meteoalpin.com. For the english text you have to scroll down the right frame.

Maps 'n' Books

Again I am having trouble naming books in other languages than German. I welcome any helpful addition.

Books:

Vie Ferrate
  • Klettersteige Dolomiten
    H. Höfler, P. Werner
    Rother Verlag
    ISBN: 3 7633 3096 8


Hiking and Trecking
  • Shorter Walks in the Dolomites
    G. Price
    Cicerone Press
    ISBN: 978-1852843519

  • Walking in the Dolomites
    G. Price
    Cicerone Press
    ISBN: 978-1852843854

  • Trekking in the Dolomites
    G. Price
    Cicerone Press
    ISBN: 978-1852845636

  • Höhenwege in den Dolomiten
    H. Dumler
    Bruckmann Verlag
    ISBN: 3 7654 3860 X

  • Dolomiten 2
    F. Hauleitner
    Rother Verlag
    ISBN: 3 7633 4059 9

    The following two books have been provided by livioz:

  • Luca Visentini
    Latemar
    Guida escursionistica
    Casa editrice Athesia - Bolzano (1985)
    ISBN: 88-7014-387-2

  • Luca Visentini
    Latemar
    Ein Alpiner Führer durch eine der Schönsten Gruppen der Dolomiten
    Athesia - Bozen
    ISBN: 88-7014-392-9


Maps
I have been using the maps by Kompass Verlag:

  • Rosengarten / Catinaccio Latemar
    1:25000
    Kompass Map WK 629
    ISBN: 3-85491-747-3

  • Pale di San Martino
    1:50000
    Kompass Map WK 76
    ISBN: 3-85491-086-X

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