Overview"Monte Popera", well known in german language as “Hochbrunnerschneid”, is one of the highest peaks of the “Dolomiti di Sesto” group, but also the most accessible for the less skilled climbers.
A “belvedere“, which offers a magnificent view of the surrounding mountains.
This is what the guide called "Hochturist" in the 1929, which also describes the normal "easy" access to the summit. At that time, the “Busa di Dentro” probably hosted a glacier which remains today as a small snowfield, as evidenced in the presence of morainic debris along the path.
It doesn't stand out amongst the other mountains for grandeur or dimension, but anyway it has an impressive rock wall on the east side above the "Vallon Popera" and a sandy basin on the west side, where passes the normal route. The slopes of this side is not very steep and also allow the ascent on skis.
The summit consists of a long ridge rounded north-south. Its continuation to the north is joined to the "Cima Undici" by a long rocky ridge furrowed on the east side by a deep rift and is known as "Cresta Zsigmondy".
Monte Popera is bordered to the north by the "Cima Undici", on southwest to the "Monte Giralba" and southeast to the "Cima Bagni".
Secondary peak is the "Cima Popera" 2964m bristling of spiers and pinnacles above Vallon Popera.
Along the southeast ridge, specifically in the "Forcella fra le guglie", passes a "via ferrata" named "Aldo Rogel" that connects two important sides of the mountain. Very nice but not useful the normal route.
The first ascent was in 1874 by M.Holzmann with Santo Siorpaes.
The first ascent through the north glacier (wrongly called "east wall") was performed by Oscar Schuster with H.Moser in the july 8th 1893, and the northeast wall by G/M.Mayer, Angelo Dibona, Luigi Rizzi and Ignaz Schranzhofer in the august 26th 1911.
Getting ThereMonte Popera is placed on the east part of "Dolomiti di Sesto" group. Group of mountains on the border between "Alto Adige" and "Veneto" regions.
The approach can be done from both sides. Its normal route is placed on the west side of the mountain. It begin from the "Forcella Giralba" 2431m, exactly on the border between the two regions.
On the east side the refuge "Berti" is placed at the foot of the mountain. Useful only for rock climb routes, or the ferrata "Aldo Roghel".
From Alto Adige:
Sesto - Val Fiscalina - Refuge Comici - Forcella Giralba
Giralba - Val Giralba - Refuge Carducci - Forcella Giralba
Padola - Val Risena - Refuge Berti - Ferrata "Aldo Roghel"/Passo della Sentinella
The village of Sesto il placed along the "Valle di Sesto" which belongs to the bigger "Val Pusteria" of Dobbiaco.
From the motorway that connect Austria to Italy across the "Passo del Brennero", take the gate "Brunico/Brunek", follow the indication to "Val Pusteria/Dobbiaco", and than shortly to "S.Candido/Sesto".
For who comes from the Veneto side, motorway A4 from Milano or Venice, motorway A27 to Belluno, SP 52 to Auronzo di cadore and indications to Giralba or Padola.
The normal routeFrom the parking of “Val Fiscalina” (1454m), continue on the path well-trodden to refuge Comici (2224m). Once reached the hut, follow the indication to “forcella Giralba” on a path that goes at the foot of the impressive “Croda dei Toni” (3094m) up to the “lago ghiacciato” (often dried up 2326m), surpassing the access point to the peak called “la Lista” and then turn onto the basin of the Busa di Dentro.
A series of stone piles cross the rock amphitheater and goes up to a large channel. Here the track part is lost, so it is best to get around the bottom of the groove going right to the glacier (up to the iron bar).
Another 200 meters altitude terrain of gravel moving up to the rocks. Moving on to ledges you reach a narrow channel that was in the left margin with easy climbing (passages of I) and then continue uphill on easier terrain. A zigzag towards the ridge from where you can enjoy a splendid view of the Vallon Popera.
Right through the broad north ridge is reached without difficulty the broad summit of Mount Popera. For the descent using the same route.
For who come from the refuge Carducci, just cross the forcella Giralba, keeping the right side(your). After few meters connect to the previous route. difficult EE/I
Same way for the ski route.
Refuge "Comici/Zsigmondy" 2224m
Placed in Val Fiscalina
From Campo Fiscalino 1454m 2/2.30 hours E
Owner CAI sez.Padova
Keeper Nikolaus Happacher
Tel. +39 0474710358
Places 98 + 6 winter
Open from june 30th to september 30th
link to website
Refuge "Giosuè Carducci" 2297m
Placed in Val Giralba
From Giralba 951m 3.30/4 hours path n.104 EE
Owner CAI sez. Auronzo di Cadore
Keeper Alberto Larese tel. +39 043599871
Tel. +39 0435400485
Places 25 + 3 winter
Open from 1st july to mid october
link to website
Refuge "Berti al Popera" 1950m
Placed in Vallon Popera
From Selvapiana/Padola 1568m 1 hour path 101 E
Owner CAI sez. Padova
Keeper Bruno Martini tel. +39 043568031
Tel. +39 0436/67155
Places 56 + 8 winter
Open from 25th june to 25th september
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External LinksVal Pusteria website link
Sud Tyrol/Val Fiscalina link
Wheather Val Pusteria link
Dolomiti Meteo link