Monte Tersadia Gets Presented
The most beautiful side of Monte Tersadia is the eastern one. It is quite high, steep and quite rocky, but not a compact wall. The whole massif consist of many short, rocky crags, due to low altitude mostly overgrown, rather than of bigger walls. Characteristic for these mountains are wild, often heavily eroded big, crumbly ravines, where nobody goes. The german word for those ravines is "plaike". The term means generally slopes where the upper layers are eroded to barren rocks. One such big ravine is descending from the very northern ridge of Monte Tersadia towards the northeast. That is the upper part of Rio Rutandi and is beautifully seen from the northern approach on Monte Tersadia. The other such world of devastation is the ravine which stretches on the western side of the north ridge. That is Rio Maestri, another set of eroded channels and rock pillars. And there are many smaller "plaike" in other parts of the group.
The summit of Monte Tersadia is in a form of a slanted, with dwarf pine overgrown plateau, lowering towards the west. The plateau lowers to the altitude of a bit below 1800 m and only then descends more steeply. The plateau falls also towards the south with short, rocky faces. Around Monte Tersadia once there were live alpine pastures. The biggest and most beautiful one is stil live today. That is Casera Valmedan Alta, 1566 m, lying south west of the summit plateau. On the northern ridge there was Casera Tersadia Alta, 1588 m. Today there is only one hut renewed, now it is called Ricovero Valuta and is supporting hikes in the area. Other alpine meadows are more on the lower slopes of the mountain.
What To Do There?
The Tersadia massif has its base made of early Triassic rocks (called Werfen period, 245-251 million of years ago). Rocks are sedimentary and quite diverse. But the upper parts of the massif are made of a bit younger Serla dolomite (237-245 millions of years old), which is very friable.
The views from Monte Tersadia? Eh, they say they are great. On our visit we had unfortunately only rising clouds, allowing mostly the views down in valleys. For sure the views on Monte Sernio are great. The proud, rocky mountain shows towards Monte Tersadia its most beautiful, on the left almost vertically cut rocky face. Great must be also views on more distant high mountains - around Monte Coglians / Hohe Warte in the Main Carnic Crest and on Julian Alps on the east.
Campanili di LanderOn the western side of Tersadia group, below Monte Cucco, there is a big, eroded ravine (see above the description of "plaike"), above which also many picturesque rock towers can be seen - Campanili di Lander. The marked path No. 408 to visit the area starts in Piano d'Arta. It is called Sentiero Naturalistico del Lander. To reach the most picturesque area, you have some 570 m of altitude to overcome (from 620 m to some 1190 m). Nice is also to prolongate the tour on Monte Cucco, 1804 m.
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For the ascent on Monte Tersadia there are two equally popular trailheads:
1. On the north you start the tour near the saddle of Ligosullo, on the road between Paluzza and Paularo. Actually, from the road you can take a few hundred meters of the narrow and quite devastated mountain road, which goes towards the south west to the nearby alpine pasture. You park on some 1025 m.
3. The third, much more remote trailhead is far on the south west, in the tourist resort of Arta Terme. From there a long, but nice hike goes across the whole Tersadia group. The southern slopes guarantee for nice, pleasant scenes, especially in early summer and in autumn.
Routes OverviewHere only the two direct ascents will be described. The ascent from more remote Arta Terme visits also other places in the group.
Tersadia North Ascent
This is a nice, easy hike, which however goes unreasonably around. It is true that along the north ridge we must do all that distance, but from Ricovero Valuta it would be desirable to find a direct approach on top, which would offer also a possibility of a round tour, descending by the nowadays marked path. Yet the whole tour offers a few nice scenes and you can enjoy unspoiled nature. The path is always comfortable and easy. By the Swiss Hiking Scale it would be rated T2, 3 hours.
On the big curve of the road Paluzza - Paularo, on the saddle near Ligosullo, you can park, or drive a few hundred meters more towards the SW by a narrow road and park near the place where the marked path deters left of the road (a clear sign), some 1025 m. The path ascends first gently, always crossing the slopes towards the right. You just warm up, not gaining much altitude. On some 1070 m the path finally turns sharply left uphills. From there on it goes in long, still comfortamle switchbacks up the steep, forrested slope. On some 1350 m you do the last turn after which (at the first bench) the path again starts crossing the slopes far towards the right. Only in the beginning it ascends some 30 more meters, then it goes completely horizontally towards the SW. Near the secon bench there is some mess with marks. You see some of them going left up the steep forrested slope, but there is no path. Locals for sure have an itinerar there, but you should keep walking by the broad horizontal path, what else. Then the path crosses a distinct ravine and on the other side keeps going horizontally. Only on Sella Orteglas, 1400 m, you reach a crossroads, where you turn left (plates). Towards the right the other marked path goes on the nearby Lower Tersadia alpine meadow and further down to Treppo Carnico.
From the crossroads you continue towards the SE, at first ascending by the distinct ridge of Monte Cimon, 1556 m (the forrested peak on the east), then crossing the southern slopes of that peak. The path soon reaches the main northern ridge, just on the place, where you have a fascinating view towards the east, into the wild upper ravine of Rio Rutandi. Make sure not to miss those two meters on the lookout point on the ridge! In continuation the path crosses the steep western slopes below the ridge, but is all the time safe and comfortable. So you reach the Tersadia Alta meadows, above is the big Ricovero Valuta, 1588 m.
Tersadia South Ascent
From Rivalpo, 908 m, we go by the narrow mountain road to Casera Valmedan Alta, 1566 m. It stands on a nice grassy saddle, from which a comfortable mule track goes northwards, on the summit plateau. As said, the path reaches the plateau on 1800 m, there we deter right and, as described on the previous tour, walk up on top. All the time easy, 410 m of ascent, some 1 h 15 min from the alpine meadow.
Cascata di Salino
Mountain Huts> Casera Valmedan Alta, 1566 m. Private hut, some 2 hours of walk from Rivalpo.
> Ricovero Valuta, 1588 m. Emergency shelter, opened. Some 1 h 45 min from the road by Ligosullo.