Cima Calotta is a mighty ice-capped mountain, well visible from the upper Val Camonica, belonging to the Veneròcolo Subgroup, a sub-range situated within the Adamello Group, amongst the cols of Tonale, Presena and Garibaldi. The peak is located on the ridge running between Cima di Salimmo and Monte dei Frati and it’s delimitated by Bocchetta della Calotta and Bocchetta della Val dei Frati. The Eastern side dominates the Pisgana Glacier, while the Western side projects a long rocky ridge towards the Avio Lake. Running on the Northern side of Cima Calotta there is a classic and easy route, the normal one to reach the summit, advisable also in reason of the wide and interesting view over Adamello and Ortles-Cevedale Groups.
This route is one of the most popular ascent of Adamello Group, involving a varied climb inside a wild and spectacular environment; it can be approached from Valle Camonica, spending the night at Petitpierre – Corno d’Aola shelter or putting a tent on the Pozzuolo basin.
The starting point is the village of Ponte di Legno m 1258 in the upper part of Val Camonica, the Western (from Lovere to Edolo) and Northern (from Edolo to Tonale pass) border of the Adamello group.
Getting to Val Camonica
- From Brescia or Bergamo; the roads coming from Brescia and Bergamo combine near Darfo in to the only state road SS 42 of Tonale and Mendola, which is running near the western limits of the Adamello Natural Park, crossing the villages of Boario Terme, Breno, Cimbergo, Paspardo, Cedègolo, Edolo, Temù and getting to the important resort of Ponte di Legno m. 1258 (66 km from Darfo).
Getting to Petitpierre Hut or Corno d’Aola Hut m. 1920
By car - Just before entering the village leave the main road and take on the right an unsurfaced road to Valbione and the Petitpierre Hut, starting nearby a chair-lift and reaching the shelter after 7,5 km
By the Valbione – Corno d’Aola chair-lift
By foot – 2 hours from the chair-lift lower station
Another possibility is to put a tent on the Baita di Pozzuolo meadows
First summiters: A. Gstirner, Schumann and Karl Schulz with F. Caola and G. Collini 1892, July, 27th
Cima Calotta North Flank Normal Route report
Summit altitude: m 3225
Difficulty: Alpine F
Difference in level: 1300 m from Rif. Petitpierre al Corno d’Aola
First ascent: B. Cavalieri – D. Ferrari – B. Bettoni 1895, September 2nd
Hut: Rifugio Petitpierre al Corno d’Aola m 1920
Starting point: Ponte di Legno m 1258, upper Valle Camonica
A very interesting and panoramic route inside a wild environment, following at first a good path, then the Northern ice slope and the summit ridge
From the hut follow a well worn path (CAI n° 40) to the charming basin of Baita Pozzuolo m. 2006, cross the basin and reach a fork at 2475 meters. Leave the track on the left (leading towards Cima di Salimmo) and continue along the path n. 40, getting the narrow and rocky saddle named Bocchetta dei Buoi m. 2475. Descent on the opposite side and skirt the slopes on the left side, heading toward the obvious Northern ice-slopes of the peak and gaining the bottom of the face. Rope up and climb the regular 45° ice-slope, reaching the summit ridge. Turn to left and follow the beautiful and panoramic ridge, getting to the summit.
Descent: following the same route
Rope, axe and crampons.
- Rif. Petitpierre al Corno d’Aola m 1920
No fees no permits needed and no particular restriction in climbing and hiking. Cima Calotta is located within Adamello-Brenta Natural Park.
When to climbBest season goes from the end of June to the end of September.
- "Adamello" volume II by Pericle Sacchi, Guida dei Monti d’Italia CAI – Touring Club
- "Adamello" by Piermario Soregaroli
- Tabacco "Adamello-Presanella" 1:25000
- Kompass n. 71 Adamello-Presanella 1:50000