Hochflachkofel / Cima di Pianalto

Hochflachkofel / Cima di Pianalto

Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 46.89985°N / 12.12406°E
Additional Information County: Italy
Activities Activities: Mountaineering, Skiing
Seasons Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Additional Information Elevation: 10161 ft / 3097 m
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Geographical Classification: Alps - Eastern Part > Riesenferner Group > Hochflachkofel / Cima di Pianalto
Hochflachkofel / Cima di PianaltoThe Hochflachkofel / Cima Pianalto (3097 m)

Hochflachkofel / Cima di Pianalto is relative unknown summit in the Riesenferner Group. The summit's name refers to the wide summitridge wich can be easily recognised from Östlichen Rieserferner. The mountain is surrounded by the more famous Magerstein (West) and Wildgall and Hochgall (East). Especially the Wildgall on it's east-side is pretty impressive, unfortunatly it has no page on SP.

The mountain is probably vistited more in winter than in summer. This because of the fact that you can ski from the summit almost all the way to the Kasseler Huette. In summer the mountain is rather easy and a long walk. Still the summit is worth visiting because of it's great views. The Kasseler Hütte is the common starting point and a true cosy mountain hut.

Getting There

In general: Please look at the Riesenferner Group page for acces. Starting villages are: Rein in Taufers (1538 m) and Antholz - Obertal (1530 m).
Hochgallhuette / Rifugio Roma...Kasseler Hütte / Rifugio Roma

Kasseler Hütte / Rifugio Roma 2274 m
Fam. Seeber
39030 Rein in Taufers / Riva di Tures
Telefon Hut: +39 0474 672 550
E-Mail: info@kasseler-huette.com
Website: www.rifugio-roma.it / www.kasseler-huette.com

Getting to the Kasseler Hütte:
1. Rein in Taufers -> Kasseler Hütte: Path nr. 1
About 2 hours
2. Säge -> Kasseler Hütte: Path nr. 8
About 1,5 hours
3. Antholz Obertal -> Antholzer Scharte -> Kasseler Hütte: Path nr. 4
About 6 hours
4. Säge -> Hatdegenweg -> Kasseler Hütte: Path nr. 8°
About 6 hours.


Map Hochflachkofel / Cima di PianaltoMap of the ascent of Hochflachkofel

In summer: From the Kasseler hut slightly left on a good track (well marked) in direction of the upper left limit of the Westlichen Riesenferner. You pass the Tristennockl soon. Instead of going to the Magerstein follow the path to the Antholzer Scharte. Just before arriving there turn left on the östlichen Riesenferner. Traverse on the relative flat glacier below the summit of Hochflachkofel and reach a saddle between the Wildgall and Hochflachkofel. Then on the W slopes to the summit of Hochflachkofel, 3097 m.

Starting point: Kasseler Hütte (2274 m)
Highest point: summit of Hochflachkofel (3097 m)
Alpine grade: L (leicht)
Height gain: 820 m
Time: from the hut to the summit about 3 hours.

In winter: In Winter the ascent is pretty much the same. The descent is slightly different. In order to enjoy a long descent you can ski all the way down on the östlichen Riesenferner and further down the valley untill about 2300 m. Here you'll have to make a short climb towards the track you'll used in ascent, just above the Kasseler Hütte.

Starting point: Kasseler Hütte (2274 m)
Highest point: summit of Hochflachkofel (3097 m)
Skitour grade: WS
Height gain: 820 m
Time: from the hut to the summit about 3 hours

Red Tape

Animal tracksWildlife

Be aware of the fact that the Hochflachkofel lies in two different National Parcs. There are no restrictions for reaching the summit. Other rules and information can be found on:

When to climb

Mid June to end of September offer the best climbing conditions. Ski mountaineering is possible from February to April/May (depending on amouth of snow).

It is recommended to use high mountain equipment in summer: rope, ice-axe and crampons, depending on the glacier condition. In winter, if enough snow, you don't need a rope or crampons.
Ascent to Hochflachkofel Winterascent

Maps and Guidebooks

Map 1:25 000:
  • Naturpark Rieserferner-Ahrn
Map 1:25 000:
  • Ahrntaler Berge
Map 1:25 000:
  • Ahrntal - Rieserfernergruppe
    Tabacco #035
Map 1:50 000:
  • Tauferer und Ahrntal
    Freytag & Berndt WKS 18
Map 1:50 000:


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