Cima delle Anime East ridge - NE slope traverse

Cima delle Anime East ridge - NE slope traverse

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 46.80162°N / 11.04401°E
Additional Information Route Type: Mountaineering, Ice Climbing
Seasons Season: Summer
Additional Information Time Required: Half a day
Additional Information Difficulty: PD
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Cima delle Anime/Hinterer Seelenkogel East Ridge-NE slopes crossing


Cima delle Anime/Hinterer Seelenkogel 3472 m is a mountain of the Eastern Rhaetian Alps, subsector Ötztal Alps, and it is located along the border between Italy and Austria, while the route described is entirely situated on the italian side of the peak. Cima delle Anime - meaning Mount of Souls - is the italian name of Hinterer Seelenkogel and it doesn't coincide with the original Tyrolean place name. The south-eastern part of the Ötztal Alps is home to the three Seelenkogels. Extending roughly from north-west to south-east these are the Vorderer, Mittlerer and Hinterer Seelenkogel, meaning front, middle and back, respectively. The first two lie in Austria, the Hinterer lies on the border with Italy.

Cima delle Anime - Hinterer Seelenkogel
Cima delle Anime - Hinterer Seelenkogel


The Normal route to the summit along the East ridge is an easy, fun and popular climb. An interesting alternative to the standard route is the East Ridge - NE slopes Crossing, which can be climbed in both directions (up Northern slopes and down the East ridge. You can climb it starting from Plan (Pfelders) of Moso in Passiria in a long day, overcoming a difference in level beyond 1800 meters. Anyhow it's advisable staying overnight at Refuge Plan m. 2980 (Zwickauer Hütte).

Cima delle Anime summit cross
Cima delle Anime summit cross
Cima delle Anime summit view
Cima delle Anime summit view


Getting There

From Brennero Motorway, exit Bolzano South and follow the road to Merano and then to Val Passiria/Passeiertal, reaching San Leonardo/St. Leonhard and Moso in Passiria; take now the Plan Valley (Pfelderer Tal) to the very nice little settlement of Plan/Pfelders m 1620. Parking in Plan.

Flowered balcony in Plan


Public transport

Take the train to Merano. From Merano railway station directly by bus to Plan- Pfelders (Line 240).

From Plan/Pfelder m. 1620 to Refuge Plan (Zwickauer Hutte) m. 2980

From Plan/Pfelders (hotels) the itinerary always follows the path 6a. Climb the steep grassy slopes and debris, touching Malga Schneid (Schneidalm - m. 2.159).

Mittlerer and Hinterer Seelenkogel
Mittlerer Seelenkogel and Cima delle Anime/Hinterer Seelenkogel (on the right) from Austrian side - Mathias Zehring

From the pasture we continue with steep serpentines up to the rocky buttress of Oberer Schneid (m. 2.371) and from here, along the back of a steep ridge, we arrive to Refuge Plan (Zwickauer Hütte - 2979 m, 4 hours), possible dinner and overnight.

Route Description


Cima delle Anime NE face

Cima delle Anime NE Face


Cima delle Anime (Hinterer Seelenkogel) East ridge - Northern slope traverse

Difficulty: PD (Alpine) - I grade (rocky section), 47° the snow section
Difference in level: 1850 m climbing directly from Plan, 500 m. from the shelter

A pleasant climb up the East Ridge standard route, a lot of fun on the final wrinkly rocks! East Ridge is very popular, because it doesn't cross any glacier, but choising the complete ring is more fulfilling; in that case be aware that it involves downclimbing along the icy Northern slopes and crossing a glacier, even if small. Ice-gear is needed.

From Refuge Plan take the red marked trail to a fork just beyond the shelter itself. Always following cairns and red marks, start to climb the East ridge up on easy rocks, steps and large blocks, overcoming some passages equipped with fixed steel cables, always without particular difficulty. The climb leads to the foresummit, then to the wooden summit cross on the top (about 1.30 hours from the shelter).The view from the top is 360° wide over all the major peaks of the Val Venosta and also the Dolomites. The descent along the North-East slopes to the Vedretta di Plan/Planferner (Plan Glacier) is a steep but short ice-downclimb (45°), advisable only with good snow and ice condition, otherwise it's better to downclimb on the same ascent route. From the summit head to left (West) and follow for few meters the large easy ridge and soon leave it, turning right to descent along the North-East slope, at first gentle-angled, than steeper, reaching the Vedretta di Plan/Planferner. After crossing the glacier, a track descents to the shelter. 


Cima delle Anime last wall
East standard route
Cima delle Anime, starting the descent on NE face
Starting the descent on NE slopes
Downclimb along Cima delle Anime Northern slopes
Downclimb along the Northern slopes


Essential Gear

Rope, axe, crampons, slings, glacier gear

Red tape

No fees, no permits required.

When to climb

Late Spring and Summer are the good season to climb.

Where to stay

Rifugio Plan - Zwickauer Hütte 2980 m.

Refuge Plan at sunrise seen from Cima delle Anime Normal route

Refuge Plan at sunrise seen from Cima delle Anime Normal route

The hut stands on a rocky outcrop, the White Node, at the edge of Plan Glacier in a dominant position over the Valle di Plan. It was originally built by the section of Zwickau DOAV back in 1899, was destroyed by an explosion in 1967 and has recently been rebuilt. It has 28 beds and 44 bunks in the dormitory. Belongs to CAI Merano and it's open from early July to late September. Shelter phone, fax: 0039-0473-646002 Guardian Phone: 0039-347-5164308

Early morning start from the shelter
Early morning start from the shelter
Zwickauerhütte / Rifugio Plan
Zwickauerhutte / Rifugio Plan
Rifugio Plan (Zwickauer Hütte - 2979 m)
Rifugio Plan


"Escursioni alle cime del Sud Tirolo" - Hanspaul Menara

Map Tabacco Nr. 039 Val Passiria 1:25 000

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