The village of Durnholz / Valdurna is located at the dead end of one of the major valleys of the Sarntal Alps / Monti Sarentini. Though it is surrounded by mountains, all over 1000m higher than the village, one mountain dominates: Tellerjochspitze / Montello. It rises at the eastern end of Durnholzer See / Lago Valdurna, a nice mountain lake, together with which it is the main attraction from the village or the lake promenade. A closer look reveals, however, that the mountain is connected on its eastern side with the west ridge of Jakobsspitze / Cima San Giacomo, the highest mountain of the western half of the Sarntal Alps. The separating saddle, Tellerjoch, gave rise to the mountain's name.
Tellerjochspitze / Montello rises very steeply from the surrounding valleys. While its base is covered with forests, its mid-slopes are covered with pastures and the top is considerably rocky. Though it doesn't rise much above the Tellerjoch Saddle, its summit crest is long rather than wide and it possesses two summits at 2508m and 2563m. The lower summit carries the cross and is the one visible from the village of Durnholz / Valdurna below.
There are two routes to the mountain, both of which head for Tellerjoch. The saddle is located on the Sarner Hufeisentour trekking trail, a multiday trail which follows the horseshoe-shaped Sarntal Alps Range. The routes pass by the mountains on either the northern or southern sides, before a slope traverse leads back to the saddle. The trail passes about 200m to the east of the saddle. To climb the mountain, try to reach the saddle from its northern side from where a short scramble of little exposure takes you to the summit. Views are open to the north, south and west only, as Jakobspitze / Cima San Giacomo obstructs views in the east. Tellerjochspitze / Montello is a good vantage point to see the whole Gentersbergkamm Ridge, which can be seen in the north-west, just across Durnholz / Valdurna.
There is only one reasonable trailhead for Tellerjochspitze / Montello, at the village of Durnholz / Valdurna in Sarntal / Val Sarentino.
- Durnholz / Valdurna trailhead
- Take Brenner Motorway A22 to Bozen / Bolzano
- Drive through the city, following signs to Sarntal / Val Sarentino on SS508
- At Astfeld / Campolasta turn off onto SP137, direction Durnholz / Valdurna. You have to park outside the village and will be charged a fee of 3€.
- You can also reach the village from Sterzing / Vipiteno across Penser Joch / Passo di Penes (also SS508). Again you have to torn onto SP137 at Astfeld / Campolasta.
There is no red tape in this area. Except for a few sheep and goats the area is not used for farming. In Durnholz / Valdurna you will have to pay a fee of 3€ for parking.
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