Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 46.78549°N / 12.25610°E
Activities Activities: Hiking, Skiing
Seasons Season: Summer, Fall, Winter
Additional Information Elevation: 8179 ft / 2493 m
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Golfen / Monte CalvoThe summit of Golfen / Monte Calvo as seen from the north-east

Golfen / Monte Calvo is an unimpressive mountain on a side ridge of the Riepenspitze Group of the Villgrater Berge Subgroup of Hohe Tauern. The side ridge is composed of four mountains, Hochhorn / Corno Alto, Golfen / Monte Calvo, Roßzogel / Monte Cavallo and Hühnerspiel / Dosso Gallina. The area is famous for its views, thanks to the location immediately above Pustertal / Val Pusteria with the Sexten / Sesto Dolomites and Prags / Braies Dolomites just across the valley. However, it takes an early start on a perfect to enjoy these views as the mountain ranges are located in the south. During noon and early afternoon you'll see shadowscapes only.

While not one of the tallest mountains of the region, Golfen / Monte Calvo still is a formidable destination. The summit may seem like a grass-covered hilltop (which indeed it is) but to reach it you have to scale 1200m from the closest trailhead. Starting from Toblach / Dobbiaco you have to add another 200m to the score. On the other hand the ascent is easy. It follows narrow mountain roads for its first third, then heads up on well-kept hiking trails which aim for the gap between Roßzogel / Monte Cavallo and Golfen / Monte Calvo. There are no rocky passages on this route so that it can be done by anyone with enough stamina.
Golfen / Monte Calvo
Golfen / Monte Calvo
Golfen / Monte Calvo

An even more picturesque route is the ridge traverse from Toblacher Pfannhorn, which climbs Gaishörndl / Cornetto Fana and Hochhorn / Corno Alto before reaching our summit. From Hochhorn the traverse heads down all the way to Golfen / Monte Calvo, not necessarily an ascent route. This traverse is part of Toblacher Höhenweg, a two day trekking trail, which traverses the complete southern part of the Riepenspitze Group. Starting from Toblach / Dobbiaco you have to account for a very long day with some 1600m elevation gain for the Pfannhorn - Golfen Traverse.
Golfen / Monte Calvo and Hocchorn / Corno Alto
Golfen / Monte Calvo
Hochhorn / Corno Alto, Gaishörndl / Cornetto Fana and Toblacher Pfannhorn / Corno Fana

The Riepenspitze Group Main Ridge has been the borderline between Austria and Italy ever since the end of World War I. For quite some time - until the 1960s - the border was patrolled and you can find numerous customs buildings all across the ridge. Today they are more or less ruined but they are the cause for the easiest ascent routes to the mountains of the area. Especially from the Italian side several support roads lead to the customs ruins. Golfen / Monte Calvo is not part of the border ridge but stands aside by only one kilometre. Still to the immediate north-east of its summit plateau you can find a trench with the remains of one of those buildings. Today, after the treaty of Schengen, the border is open and it is hard to imagine the tough old times.

360° Summit Panorama

360° summit panorama as seen from Golfen / Monte Calvo

Getting There

Shadowscape of the Sexten / Sesto and Prags / Braies Dolomites from Golfen / Monte Calvo

The best starting points for an ascent of Golfen / Monte Calvo is at Toblach / Dobbiaco in its south.

From the West (Brenner Motorway A22)
  • Leave the Brenner Motorway near Brixen / Bressanone and follow SS49 to the east through Pustertal / Val Pusteria.
  • At Toblach / Dobbiaco turn northwards for Silverstertal Valley / Valle San Silvestro
  • Park your car at the bridge across Silvesterbach Creek
From the North There are two possible roads:
    • From Kitzbühel over B108 through the Felbertauern Tunnel to Lienz
    • Then southeast to Oberdrauburg (B110)
    • Turn on to B100 west into Pustertal.
    • Go through the city of Lienz until you get to Sillian.
    • For Toblach / Dobbiaco stay on B100 / SS49. Later turn right for Silvestertal.
    • From Salzburg along motorway A10 to Spittal.
    • Turn west on B100 to Oberdrauburg, Lienz, Sillian and Toblach / Dobbiaco.

Red Tape

Golfen / Monte Calvo and Hochhorn / Corno AltoGolfen / Monte Calvo and Hochhorn / Corno Alto
No red tape here. However, remember that you are in the border region between two countries. Carrying an ID is not a bad idea.


Weather Conditions

Golfen / Monte CalvoGolfen / Monte Calvo seen from Roßzogel / Monte Cavallo

Maps & Books


  • Sextener Dolomiten / Dolomiti di Sesto
    Kompass Map WK58
    Kompass Verlag
    ISBN: 3-87051-065-X
  • Bruneck - Toblach / Brunico - Dobbiaco
    Kompass Map WK57
    Kompass Verlag
    ISBN: 3-85491-064-9


  • Osttirol Süd / Tirolo Orientale Sud
    W. Mair
    Rother Verlag
    ISBN: 3-7633-4132-3
    ISBN: 3-7633-4307-5 (Italian)
  • Pustertal
    E. Hülsler, M. Kostner
    Kompass Verlag
    ISBN: 978-3-85026-015-2
  • Rother-Skifuehrer "Pustertal"
    Rudolf and Sigrun Weiss
    Rother Verlag, 2004



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