The name Monte Cotschen 3104m (in switzerland called Munt Cotschen), has very ancient origin, and it’s taken from the romancio dialet “coccinus” that means “red”; due to the color of the brocken rocks on its SE flank.
It is part of the Livigno mountains, and placed on the boundary Italy/Switzerland. It appears as an outstanding pyramid with 3 sides. The north and west are swiss and they overhang the val Chamuera. Val Chamuera belong to the Engadin valley. The southeast side is italian and it is placed at the head of val Federia (Livigno).
Monte Cotschen is cleary visible from the ski area of Livigno, wherefrom the winter ski route starts. Differently the approach from the swiss side is rarely done.The val Chamuera that start from the village of Chamues-ch 1708m, is long 13 km, and it’s usually crossed only in summer when the transit by car is permitted. The slopes of the mountain are quite steep on every sides.
The hike ascent doesn’t require climb attitudes; instead the ski route on slopes with an average slant of 35°/40° is a good challenge despite not very long. (only from Italy).
Very nice view from the top towards the Bernina group. This mountain is one of storic destination of the telemark "Free heel festival" that Livigno hosts every april. www.livignofreeheel.it
Getting ThereThe slopes of Monte Cotschen can be reached easily from different sides. Mostly from the italian Livigno Valley.
From Switzerland: Line Zernez-Livigno Silvestribus
From Italy: Line Bormio-Livigno Bus Perego or APT Livigno
From Switzerland: St.Moritz-Livigno Tunnel "Munt la Schera"
or Tirano/St.Moritz - Livigno - Passo della Forcola (open only in summer)
From Italy: Milano-Sondrio-Tirano-Bormio SP38 - Passo del Foscagno - Livigno SP301
The summerand winter routes, passes across the south ridge. The ridge starts from thepasso di Federia 2901m that hosts a nice small lake, not visible inwinter. From Italy take the path 117that goes through the val Federia. From the swiss side only rarely stone pilesindicate the way to the pass from the val Chamuera.
Difficulty E for theapproach to the pass and EE for the ridge.
In winter,from the “Federia” chairlift upstation, ski down on the western pist for 50/100meters, and go up to the passo Federia with a long travers at the foot of theMonte Campaccio.
Difficulty BS for the ascent and S3/S4 for the descent. The descentends at the foot of the Monte Cotschen; from here climb up for 100 meters to get again to the chairliftdown station.