Monte de le Cianpedele

Monte de le Cianpedele

Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 46.60322°N / 12.29713°E
Activities Activities: Hiking, Via Ferrata
Seasons Season: Summer, Fall
Additional Information Elevation: 7697 ft / 2346 m
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Monte de le CianpedeleComing out of the tunnel with Monte de le Cianpedele's summit

Without its neighbours Monte de le Cianpedele could be an impressive mountain. Located between Valon de Lavaredo in the north and Val de le Cianpedele in the south its summit rises about 1000m above the confluence of the two valleys. The east face is a typical Dolomite face, though maybe a bit more brittle than is usual. On the other hand its mother range doesn't show more solidity. On the western side, however, easy slopes gradually head down to Lago di Misurina through the wide Val Longeres, from where you barely can distinguish our summit among its neighbours.

What neighbours are they? To the south, the mother range of Monte de le Cianpedele rises with an uncounted number of towers and spires: the Cadini di Misurina. To the north, only slightly more than one kilometre away, tower the south faces of Drei Zinnen / Tre Cime di Lavaredo. And all around on the mid-range horizon there are the Sexten / Sesto-, Cortina- and Prags / Braies Dolomites. And thus our mountain vanishes from sight.
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Heading ledgeways towards Monte de le Cianpedele
Monte de le Cianpedele
Sentiero Attrezzato Alberto Bonacossa

Still, many hikers visit its summit and not because of the exceptional views you have there. Monte de le Cianpedele is the northern end of Sentiero Bonacossa the famous Via Ferrata (rather Sentiero Attrezato) through the Cadini. Since most hikers climb the ferrata south to north, our mountain usually is the final climax after so many that come before. Senntiero Bonacossa climbs a 50m step in the east face of Cima Cadin de le Bisse from where it follows a beautiful ledge through and across Monte de le Ciandedele.

Yes, in one point close to the summit the path runs right through the mountain. Back in WW I, when the nearby Drei Zinnen / Tre Cime where the border between Austria and Italy, the whole mountain and its direct neighbours where fortified by the Italian Alpini. Between Forcella de Rinbianco and Forcella Longeres the natural protection was used to establish support routes which followed ledges and bands across the mountains. Today these routes are used for the ferrata and everywhere you can witness the old positions. Monte de le Cianpedele was the northernmost outpost south of the border and here a tunnel of 100m length protected one of the otherwise unprotectable sections.
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Tower in the south face of Monte de le Cianpedele
Zwölfer / Croda dei Toni

Views from the mountain are exceptional, thanks to its impressive neighbours. Also, there are quite a number of gullies which drop through the east face down into Val de le Cianpedele. They offer wonderful saddle views to the Cadini di Misurina. Monte de le Cianpedele has several summits, the highest of which can be found in its easternmost part. From there Rifugio Auronzo can be reached in a mere stroll. Both the rifugio and the summit are located at roughly the same elevation and Forcella Longeres is a barely pronounced saddle only 100m lower.

360° Summit Panorama

360° summit panorama Monte de le Cianpedele

Getting There

Cadini di Misurina seen from Monte de le Cianpedele

The closest trailhead for Monte de le Cianpedele is Rifugio Auronzo beneath the south faces of Drei Zinnen / Tre Cime. To reach the summit from there you basically have to stroll across a plateau. Misurina or Auronzo can serve as trailheads as well.

From Veneto
  • Take motorway A27 from Venezia (Venice) to Ponte nelle Alpi
  • Take SS51 (Alemagna) to Cortina d'Ampezzo
  • Take SR48 across Passo Tre Croci
  • Turn left on SP49 to Misurina Lake
  • Take the toll road to Rif. Auronzo from the northern end of the lake

From Südtirol / Alto Adige
  • Take Brenner motorway A22 to Bressanone (Brixen)
  • Take SS49 through Val Pusteria (Pustertal) until you reach Dobbiaco (Toblach)
  • Turn south onto SS51 to Cortina d'Ampezzo.
  • At Carbonin (Schluderbach) turn left onto SS48bis to Misurina and on to Rif. Auronzo.

From Trentino
  • Take Brenner motorway A22 to Trento
  • Take SS621 or SP71 into Val di Fassa
  • Take SS48 across Passo Pordoi to Arabba
  • Stay on SS48 and drive across Passo Falzarego to Cortina
  • Take SR48 across Passo Tre Croci
  • Turn left on SP49 to Misurina Lake and on to Rif. Auronzo

Red Tape

Saddle ViewSaddle View Cadini di Misurina

There's no red tape here. As the trails date back to WW I treat everything you find (tunnels positions) with the respect it deserves.


Drei Zinnen / Tre Cime behind Cima Cadin de Rinbianco and Monte de le Cianpedele

The closest Refuges are
  • Rifugio Auronzo
  • Rifugio Lavaredo
  • Rifugio Fonda Savio

Down in the Valleys Misurina and Auronzo offer the closest hotels and apartments.

Weather Conditions

Maps & Books


Digital Maps

  • Online Map:
  • Free South Tyrol Map for Garmin: Map Toolkit

    Regular Maps

    • Sextener Dolomiten / Dolomiti di Sesto
      Tabacco Map 010
      ISBN: 978-8883150104
    • Cortina d'Ampezzo e Dolomiti Ampezzane
      Tabacco Map 003
      ISBN: 978-8883150036
    • Sextener Dolomiten / Dolomiti di Sesto
      Kompass Map WK58
      ISBN: 3-87051-065-X
    • Sextener Dolomiten / Dolomiti di Sesto
      Kompass Map WK625
      ISBN: 3-85491-749-X


    Monte de le Cianpedele features everywhere you find a description of Sentiero Bonacossa.
    • Dolomiten 5 / Sexten - Toblach - Prags
      Franz Hauleitner
      Rother Verlag
      ISBN: 3-7633-4199-4
    • Klettersteige Dolomiten
      Werner Höfler
      Rother Verlag
      ISBN: 3-7633-3096-8
    • Hüslers Klettersteigführer Dolomiten
      Eugen E. Hüsler
      Bruckmann Verlag
      ISBN: 3-7654-4161-9

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