The mountain is standing high above Rein / Riva di Tures. Thanks to the two supporting mountain huts it is often ascended. Its long rocky and snowy ridges attract all kinds of mountaineers. Ascents are not just easy, but with some experience and a proper equipment they can be done without bigger problems. The three normal tours offer some possibilities of combinations, the most attractive being the one where we ascend by the N ridge and descend by the E ridge, continuing towards Magerstein / Monte Magro.
As seen on the map, Schneebige Nock / Monte Nevoso is standing a bit north of the main chain of the Rieserferner group, so its stand-alone position guarantees also a great panorama. The possibility of a ski descent is not often mentioned, but when it is, it is said that in good conditions the glacier towards the Hochgallhuette / Rif. Roma could be also done with skis. The ski tour from Schneebige Nock / Monte Nevoso (actually fore-summit) is hard, but one of the most rewarding in the whole group.
In Germany the mountain is also known as Ruthner Horn. The name was given to honor the famous mountain explorer Anton von Ruthner, and it is quoted in some maps and books. But of course the original name has to be preferred.
First climber was archduke (Erzherzog) Rainer of Austria with Major Graf Heinrich Wurmbrand and guides Georg Weiss, Georg Auer and Heinrich Oberarzbacher on October 6th, 1866.
Getting ThereRieserferner Group page!
Schneebige Nock / Monte Nevoso is most often ascended from north, from the village of Rein / Riva di Tures, 1596m. One, and the most common trailhead starts in Bachertal / Val del Rio, on the parking place at Saege, 1580m. From there a good, marked path goes up to Hochgallhuette / Rif. Roma. The other trailhead in Rein valley is more SW of the village, where on the altitude of some 1520m the marked path crosses the Reinbach and enters the Gelttal. This is the path to Rieserfernerhuette. Mathias Zehring says: 'Gelttal valley is a very scenic high valley. I can recommend this side of the mountain very much.'
The second option to ascend Schneebige Nock / Monte Nevoso is from the south. In Antholz valley we start on the altitude of some 1400m and follow the marked path towards NW to Rieserfernerhuette.
Best map is Tabacco 1:25000 Nr. 35 "Valle Aurina / Ahrntal – Vedretta di Ries / Rieserferner Gruppe.
Schneebige Nock / Monte Nevoso and its main routes
There are three usual routes on Schneebige Nock / Monte Nevoso:
1. North ascent from Hochgallhuette / Rif. Roma.From the hut (2276m) we go towards south and on the western side of Tristennockl, 2465m towards SW to Schneebige Nock Ferner (glacier). Usually we ascend to the rocky ridge on the western side of the glacier (N ridge of our summit) and follow it to the top. Easy rock climb and glacier tour, 3h 30min.
2. North ascent over Magerstein.This route is usually done in descent, when we do the crossing of Schneebige Nock / Monte Nevoso. Let's see, how it goes upwards: From Hochgallhuette / Rif. Roma, 2276m we go by the eastern side of Tristennockl, 2465m, towards SE. The marked route goes towards the Antholzer Scharte / Forc. d'Anterselva, 2816m. But reaching the NE edge of the Western Rieserferner (also called Tristenferner or on the upper part Magersteinferner) we start turning by its edge towards SW, ascending the summit of Magerstein, 3273m. From there we go by the WNW ridge over Frauenkoepfl, 3251m to Fernerkoepfl, 3241m, where from the left the marked approach from Rieserfernerhuette joins. From there we ascend by the SE ridge the summit of Schneebige Nock / Monte Nevoso. Some 5h.
3. South ascent from Rieserfernerhuette.From the hut (2791m) we ascend by the marked path towards NE. We pass the summit of Gelttal Spitze / Cima Valfredda, 3126m and climb by the SW ridge Fernerkoepfl, 3241m and as described in #2 Schneebige Nock / Monte Nevoso. 2h.
Red TapeNo limitations for ascending the summit. It stands in the Natural Park Rieserferner-Ahrn.
When To ClimbThe best time for climbing is July-October. The tour can be done also in winter time, but becomes much harder.
Huts and Camping
Hochgall Huette,also Kasseler Huette (old name), or Rifugio Roma (because the property and the authority responsible of inspection is CAI of Rome), 2276m. Opened start of March till Mid May and Mid June to Mid October. 70 beds. Tel.: hut: 0474 67 25 50, private: 0474 67 25 21. From Rain a short side valley goes towards SE, taking all water from glaciers of hihgest Rieserferner summits. On a beautiful terrace above the valley a hut stands, offering the best starting point for tours on Hochgall, Schneebige Nock and also Lenkstein and Dreieckspitze. Around the valley also a nice panoramic marked path goes.
Rieserfernerhuette,(also called Gaensebichljoch Huette), 2791m. Opened from end of June till start of October. 60 beds. Tel.: hut: 0474 49 21 25, private: 0474 49 22 28. The hut stands on the saddle between Schneebige Nock and Schwarze Wand. It can be reached by marked routes from Raintal and from Antholzer tal. The hut is starting point for ascents on Schneebige Nock and Schwarze Wand.
In Antholz/Anterselva valley there is a camping place just below the trailhead for Rieserfernerhuette.