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Thurwieser Spitze  (Punta Thurwieser)

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Sondrio, Italy, Europe

Lat/Lon: 46.49473°N / 10.52422°E

Object Title: Thurwieser Spitze (Punta Thurwieser)

County: Lombardia

Activities: Mountaineering, Trad Climbing, Ice Climbing, Mixed

Season: Summer

Elevation: 11982 ft / 3652 m


Page By: AlbertoRampini

Created/Edited: Dec 16, 2012 / Sep 6, 2017

Object ID: 830090

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Thurwieser Spitze (Punta Thurwieser) 3652 m

Punta Thurwieser is an icy pyramidal peak belonging to Trafoi-Thurwieser subgroup and lying on a mighty branch West to Ortles-Koenigs Spitze main ridge; its West ridge joins it to another mighty threethousander peak, the Trafoier Eiswand (Cima di Trafoi), while a high icy col, named Passo Thurwieser, separates it from a couple of other interesting peaks, Grosser Eiskogel and Kleiner Eiskogel (Gran Cono di Ghiaccio and Piccolo Cono di Ghiaccio).
The superb snowy North-East ridge, starting just from the Thurwieser Col, gives to Punta Thurwieser an unmistakable shape.

Punta Thurwieser North-East ridge
Punta Thurwieser North-East ridge

Though not much frequented because of its secluded position, Punta Thurwieser is one of the finest peak of Ortles-Cevedale massif. The place-name Thurwieser had been given in honour of Peter Carl Thurwieser from Salzburg (Austria), one of the first summiters of Ortles.
Being the peak surrounded by the most important summits of the group, the superb Gran Zebrù, Monte Zebrù, Ortles and Cima di Trafoi, the summit view is quite spectacular.
The most attended route is the one running on the North-East ridge, approachable from V Alpini Hut in upper Val Zebrù.

Getting There


The starting point is the little settlement of San Nicolò Valfurva, 3 km. from Bormio, a main destination which can be approached from Milan following the Valtellina and from Alto-Adige through the Stelvio Pass.


From San Nicolò Valfurva follow the narrow road entering Val Zebrù, crossing the small settlement of Plazzola and Niblogo and leading to Tre Croci parking m. 1610, besides which the private cars are not allowed. From here carry on walking along the main gravel road running inside Val Zebrù, reaching the alpine “baita” Zebrù di fuori and Zebrù di Dentro m. 1870, then Baita del Pastore m. 2168 and ending at m. 2525 (about 3 hours by walking from the parking). From here a good path follows the moraine, leading to the V Alpini Hut m. 2877 (about 4 hours from Tre Croci parking).

A deep crevasse on Vedretta Zebrù
A deep crevasse on Vedretta Zebrù
Starting point of the glacier
Starting point of the glacier


From V Alpini Hut follow the path towards Vedretta dello Zebrù (Zebrù Glacier); cross the Eastern branch of the glacier, then follow the Western one towards North keeping yourself in the middle and reaching a 300 m. high snowy gully facing SE, leading to Passo Thurwieser.

Punta Thurwieser best routes

NE Ridge

Difficulty: Alpine AD
Length: 300 m.
Exposure: NE
First ascent: Theodor Harpprecht with Josef Schnell 21-8-1869
Starting point: Passo Thurwieser (Thurwieser-Joch) m. 3480

From V Alpini Hut follow the path towards Vedretta dello Zebrù (Zebrù Glacier); cross the Eastern branch of the glacier, then follow the Western one towards North keeping yourself in the middle and reaching a 300 m. high snowy gully facing SE, leading to Passo Thurwieser.

Beautiful ascent, the most frequented on the mountain.

Triplets: Zebru, Thurwieser & Eiswand
M. Zebrù, Thurwieser and Trafoier - ph. Lodewijk

Thurwieser Spitze NE ridge
Punta Thurwieser NE ridge; Baeckmann ridge on the right


Difficulty: Alpine D-
Length: 250 m.
Exposure: N
First ascent: Eugen Guido Lammer alone 19-8-1893
Starting pont: Passo Thurwieser m. 3480 or Pelliccioli Bivouac m. 3230

The most classic climb amongst the lines running on North and North West faces; as all the routes on this face, it counts few repetitions.


Difficulty: Alpine D
Length: 800 m.
Exposure: W
First ascent: Carl Backmann with Alois Kuntner and Alois Pinggera 16-9-1890
First integral ascent: Richard and Rudiger Weitzenboch
Starting point: Cima di Trafoi summit

Descent: following the NE ridge.

Vedretta dello Zebrù
Vedretta dello Zebrù

Huts and Bivouacs

***Rifugio V Alpini m. 2877 - C.A.I. Milano – 60 beds, open from middle june to middle September RIFUGIO V ALPINI

***Bivacco Città di Cantù al Giogo Alto (Hochjoch) m. 3535 – C.A.I. Cantù – 9 places, always open

***Bivacco Leone Pelliccioli m. 3230 – C.A.I. Bergamo – 6 places, always open

V Alpini Hut
Rifugio V Alpini

An eagles'nest - Città di Cantù Bivouac
Bivacco Città di Cantù, an eagles'nest

Red Tape

A wild environment lying inside Parco Nazionale dello Stelvio. No particulary restrictions in hiking and climbing. Cars are not allowed beyond the Tre Croci parking.

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When to climb

Best season goes from the end of June to middle September





Guidebooks and maps

Thurwieser Spitze map

“Ortles-Cevedale – Parco Nazionale dello Stelvio” by Gino Buscaini – Collana CAI-TCI Guide dei Monti d’Italia

Map “Ortles-Cevedale” , foglio 72 - Kompass 1:50.000


Thurwieserspitze & Trafoier EiswandThurwieser Spitze NE ridgeTriplets: Zebru, Thurwieser & EiswandVedretta dello Zebrù Schafberg - Piz MinschunsThurwieser Spitze topoPunta Thurwieser and Eiskogel
A deep crevasse on Vedretta dello ZebrùA cairn near the starting of the glacierThurwieser Spitze mapAn eagles\'nest -  Città di Cantù BivouacV Alpini HutOrtler and co from TrafoiOrtles Cevedale map
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