The western route to Monte Pieltinis is the most direct route to the mountain. Like the Malga Pieltinis Route in the east it follows a mountain road for about a third of the way. The road leads in numerous switchbacks to the saddle of Sella Festons, which separates the Sauris Valley from Val Pesarina in the north.
The remaining two thirds can be hiked along mountain and shepherds' tracks which follow the Pieltinis east ridge. However, they rather run along the southern slopes of the ridge, some 100m beneath the ridgeline and only at Sella Malins will you catch glimpses of the mountains in the north. The final ascent climbs the east ridge of Pieltinis, before switching over to the south ridge, where the Malga Pieltinis Route joins.
Getting ThereThere is a small parking lot at the western end of Sauris di Sopra. How to get there is described in the Monte Pieltinis main page.
- Start altitude: 1350m
- Summit altitude: 2027m
- Prevailing exposure: West close to the summit, no exposure elsewhere
- Type: Hike
- Protection: none
From the parking lot in the west of Sauris di Sopra follow the main road into the village. Right in the village centre the route to Sella Festons branches off to the left (signs for Casera Rioda. After passing the last houses of Sauris di Sopra the road starts to wind in numerous switchbacks up the south slopes of Monte Festons. At 1750m it turns to the west and heads for Sella Festons. From the saddle you have good views of the Terze and Creton di Clap Grande.
Return for about 200m to the south, where a path turns off from the road. It traverses the south slopes of Monte Morgenlait and reaches the next saddle, Sella Malins. For a short section the path turns away from the ridge, which it regains at 1900m. Now there is a rather flat section, before the path turns southward in direction of Monte Hoche Lanar. It reaches the Pieltinis south ridge, where after some 200m the eastern route from Malga Pieltinis joins. Together the two routes run towards the summit nearby.