The hike from Penser Joch to Tatschspitze / Montaccio di Pennes is a short and easy traverse along the slopes of Astenberg / Monte Lastè and Niedeck / Dosso Basso. No part of the route is really difficult except perhaps the ridge between the two summits of Tatschspitze, which is quite exposed on its south-eastern side. The hike takes about 2h if you don't hurry too much.
Getting ThereThe hike starts at Penser Joch / Passo di Pennes. The main page describes, how to get there.
- Start altitude: 2211m
- Summit altitude: 2526m
- Prevailing exposure: NE, later SE
- Type: 2 either way
- Protection: None
The main stumbling block on the route to Tatschspitze occurs right at the beginning: which way to take? Guidebooks claim that the route starts at Penser Alm, about 500m south of Penser Joch Pass and that you should hike the road to get there. However, thanks to the danger of suicidal motorcycle drivers I would suggest that you scramble to the ridge right behind the hotel at Penser Joch and follow it southward (a bit above the road, but parallel to it). The two paths join each other on the north slopes of Astenberg / Monte Lastè.
The path (Sarntaler Höhenweg (or Hufeisentour)) leads around the hill-like summit on its south-western side and reaches a ridge, which connects it with Niedeck / Dosso Basso. To the north-east this ridge is very exposed and of questionable quality. This crappy rock will accompany you almost all the way. On the north-west slopes of Niedeck, the path climbs into a saddle, which again is quite exposed to one side (north). Here the second route, coming up from Puntleider See joins and both routes now head up the broad flank of Tatschspitze.
Up at the summit ridge you will find large summit cairns which lead you to the main summit in the north-east.