Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 46.49198°N / 10.62909°E
Activities Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Skiing
Seasons Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Additional Information Elevation: 10712 ft / 3265 m
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Cima Madriccio - Madritschspitze 3265 m 

As all the mountains in the county South Tyrol/Bolzano Alto Adige, located near the boundaries between Italy and Austria, this peak has two names: Cima Madriccio, the italian name, and Madritschspitze,  the original tyrolese place-name.  Cima Madriccio lies in the Eastern part of the Ortles Group and offers great views on some of the famous mountains all around, especially the big three, Ortles, Monte Zebrù and Gran Zebrù, but also the Cevedale.


Gran Zebru, Monte Zebru and Ortles
Gran Zebru, Monte Zebru and Ortles


Ortles, the Hintergrat
Gran Zebru east ridge
Gran Zebru
Cevedale from Madritschspitze

Cima Madriccio is the first peak on the ridge connecting Passo del Madriccio / Madritschjoch (3123 m) to Passo del Lago Gelato / Eisseejoch (3139 m). The other peaks on the ridge are Cima Pozzo / Butzenspitze (46.4862, 10.6230) (3300 m) and Punta del Lago Gelato /Eisseespitze (46.4805, 10.6087) (3230 m).
East of the peak lies the Valle Madriccio /Madritschtal, to the south east the Valle del Pozzo / Butzental, to the west lies the Solden ski area.

Cima Rossa di Martello annotated summit view
Annotated pano with Cima Madriccio seen from Cima Rossa di Martello



North Ridge direct variant, Cima Madriccio
North Ridge direct variant, Cima Madriccio

Passo del Madriccio

Passo del Madriccio lies about 2,5 km east by north east of the Rifugio Città di Milano / Schaubachhütte  (2581 m) and is the highest point in the route to the Rifugio Nino Corsi / Zufallhutte (2265 m). This route is popular for hikers and mountainbikers alike. If there isn't too much snow, the hike to the pass from the Rifugio Città di Milano takes about 1.5 hours, from the Rifugio Nino Corsi about 3. Just north of the pass lies the Punta Beltovo / Schöntaufspitze.

The Eisseejoch lies about 2 km south by south east from the Schaubachhütte and is on of the glacier route from the Schaubachütte to the Casati refuge, from where many people climb the Cevedale. In fact, quite a lot of people climb Cevedale directly from the Schaubachhütte, and considering the prices at the Casatihütte, I cannot blame them. Note that this is a glacier route, with lots of crevasses!

Getting There

The best access is either from the small town of Sulden / Solda, or from the Martell valley to the east. See Punta Beltovo / Schöntaufspitze for more information.

The Easiest Route

The easiest route is hiking up from the Rifugio Nino Corsi through the Martell valley and the Butzental. Count on 3-4 hours to the summit.

From the hut, follow a good path into the Martell valley, initially going south, but soon it turns westward. Ignore the turnoff to the left (or south) that descends to the river and the Martellerhütte and continue along the path up into the valley, ascending gradually. The path doesn't follow the valley floor, but stays on the slopes, and very gradually turns towards the north west.  

Hiking down the Butzental
Butzental / Valle del Pozzo

By now you're into the Butzental, which ends at the ridge connecting the Butzenspitze on the left and the Madritschspitze on the right.  

Hiking against the backdrop of Cevedale
Butzental / Valle del Pozzo

Basically, follow the good path up into the valley until it disappears. From there it doesn't really matter anymore, just continue up the valley. The last few hunderd meters to the summit can be approached directly from the south, or along either the south east or the south west ridge, all easy. The summit is marked by a big cross, which is visible from far away.
We followed this route on the descent.

North Ridge

The approach from the north, from the Madritschjoch, is a nice scramble along the north ridge leading to the summit, UIAA grade I-II.
The ridge is quite exposed at some places. Route finding is easy, just follow the ridge. You can see the summit cross on and off while on the ridge, but you'll have to pass quite a few false summits before you finally see it up close. We took a leasurely two hours, but it shouldn't be too hard to climb it within an hour.

The final pitch on the North ridge to the Madritschspitze / Cima Madriccio
The final pitch on the North ridge to the Madritschspitze / Cima Madriccio
Madritschspitze / Cima Madriccio summit cross
Madritschspitze / Cima Madriccio summit cross

Other Routes

There are two more easy routes worth mentioning, though I have no personal experience with these.

  • It's possible to hike in through the Madritsch valley and cross the SE ridge in a gap at about 500 m distance from the summit. From there, walk to the summit on or along the ridge.

  • Traverse the ridge from the Butzenspitze, which lies to the SW.

Red Tape

There are no fees or permits needed to climb Cima Madriccio. The peak is located inside Parco Nazionale dello Stelvio, one of the most important National Parks in Italy. You should take care of nature as usual within the boundaries of all the natural parks. Free camping is not allowed and fires are strictly forbidden. The whole fauna and flora are protected. Don’t disturb fauna and other mountaineering and hikers’ peacefulness with every kind of noise.

National Park Rules


Wild camping is not allowed, but there are plenty of alpine huts nearby. In winter, Sulden is a ski town, with lots of accommodation options. In summer, it is a pleasent town and not so busy anymore, so it's easy to find a place to stay.
The two most relevant huts are:

Rifugio Città di Milano
Rifugio Città di Milano




Rifugio Città di Milano   









Nino Corsi Hut (Val Martello)
Nino Corsi Hut (Val Martello)



Rifugio Nino Corsi

Before moving to the Schaubachhütte, we stayed at Garni Ortlerhof and I can certainly recommend that.


Meteo Provincia Bolzano

Cima Madriccio map
Cima Madriccio map

Guidebooks and maps


Ortles-Cevedale Guidebook
Ortles-Cevedale map

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


Ortles - Cevedale Tabacco, foglio 08, 1:25.000

External Links

Sulden tourist information



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