What's New On This Page?June 23rd, 2004 - Inserting the Summit Views chapter, attaching/detaching pictures.
June 14th, 2004 - Initial setup of the page.
OverviewThis nice mountain, the fifth highest in Rieserferner group, is frequently visited, especially in summer. But the ascent is not the easyest one, you need some experience in steep rock and crossing snowfields, although the most exposed rock passages are secured. From west the summit is also appropriate for a long ski tour. Lenkstein / Sasso Lungo has no high walls and is not appropriate for climbing. The summit has a great panorama. The highest summits of Rieserferner group are seen from north, so even now, when glaciers are receding, Hochgall, Schneebige Nock and others are seen from Lenkstein / Sasso Lungo with a nice snow and ice cover. Towards west Durreck group is seen, beyond it and towards NW Zillertaler Alps and towards north the highest peaks of Hohe Tauern with Grossglockner and Grossvenediger.
Getting ThereFor the overview of approach possibilities, see the general Rieserferner Group page.
1. Lenkstein / Sasso Lungo is ascended from west, where the trailhead starts near Rein, in Bachertal / Val del Rio, on a parking place at Sage.
2. The other popular approach is from south, from Patschertal.
Routes Overview1. From west: parking place Sage, 1580m in Bachertal / Val del Rio - Furtalm, 1787m - Ursprungalm above Ursprungtal/Val Sorgiva - crossing the upper part of Ursprungtal/Val Sorgiva by A. Hartdegen Trail, to point 2350m (to this point also possible from Hochgall Huette) - further towards east to the summit. 6 hours, steep terrain on the upper part, passages of Ist degree climbing. This route is used also as a ski tour.
2. From south: Patscher Alm, 1667m - Neue Barmer Huette, 2610m - Rosshorn Joch, 2916m - Lenkstein Joch / Bochetta Sasso Lungo, 3084m - summit.
The main ridge of Rieserferner group continues over Lenkstein / Sasso Lungo towards north-northwest. On its northern and north-eastern side Fleischbachkees (glacier) lies. It is unclear if it is accessible from Defreggertal (or its upper part - Arvental). In this case Lenkstein Joch / Bochetta Sasso Lungo, 3084m would be accessible also from east.
Red TapeNo limitations for the summit ascent. The road to Defreggertal (to Patscher Alm) is to be paid, the road to Patschertal closed for public traffic.
When To ClimbIn summer probably weather is the most stable from July to October. In June there can be considerable snow rests, in October in high regions first fresh snow can fall. In spring the best months for the ski tour are March to May.
CampingSee the general Rieserferner Group page.
The hut supporting ascent from west is Hochgall Huette (also Kasseler Huette, old name, or Rifugio Roma, Italian name), 2276m.
The hut supporting ascent from south is Barmer Huette, 2591m.