The starting point is the village of Acereto/Ahornach 1334 m.
Picco Palù Normal route from Maso Gasteiger (Acereto)Summit altitude: 3059 m
A truly beautiful climb in the wild, with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains belonging to the Vedrette di Ries and the Aurine Alps. The route is signposted by white-red marks and by several cairns.
Take the paved road at the bend to the left of the parking lot, following the signpost n 10B. Continue briefly along the road, then take a path in the fine coniferous forest (signpost Picco Palù and Schlafhauser). After about half an hour we cross a fence and arrive near an alm; the trail continues in the midst of a slope with vegetation on a sparse forest of "cirmoli" up to the Schlafhauser Alm 2010 m, a wooden shelter with stove. It is placed in a wonderful position at the junction of our itinerary and the trails to Riva di Tures (Vegetation Weg) and to Poja Valley (Durreck Hohenweg). The alm is unguarded. At the crossroad near the alm, continue directly on the path 10B (signposted "Moosstock") in the sparse forest of "cirmoli" pines, then on open pastures, reaching a steep slope.
After an easy and short rocky passage, the route crosses slanting left up to the base of a rocky stretch, equipped with a metal cable to facilitate the overcoming of a small overhang (easy). Always on rocky ground and a chaotic slope of boulders (cairns) the route reachs the summit of the wall and a marked shoulder at about 2700 m, from which it appears Picco Palù.
No fees no permits required. Picco Palù is situated inside a protected natural area established in 1988, the Parco Naturale Vedrette di Ries-Aurina, bordering directly with the Parco Nazionale Alti Tauri and comprising an area of 31,320 hectares. The Vedrette di Ries-Aurina Nature Park includes the largest number of glaciers in the South Tyrolean nature parks and includes the following municipalities: Campo Tures, Valle Aurina, Predoi, Gais, Perca and Rasun-Anterselva, To the east it is bounded by the Passo Stalle and the state border with Austria, while the border to the south-east is the Valle di Anterselva and to the south the Val Pusteria. Characteristic in the Vedrette di Ries-Aurina Nature Park is its richness of water. There are also different varieties of animals such as the golden eagle, the marmot of the Alps, the alpine chamois, the roe deer and the red deer. The flora is also widely represented, with the Arnica montana, the Cinquefoglia fior d'oro,
Summer and early Fall are the good season to climb. It is advisable to carry out the ascent in good weather, as the route is long and with a noticeable difference in level and without any possibility of shelter after the Schlafhauser Alm at 2010 m of altitude.
Different kind of accomodation in Campo Tures, Riva di Tures and Acereto.
"Alpi Pusteresi - Vedrette di Ries" - F. Cammelli, W. Beikircher - Collana Guide dei Monti d'Italia CAI/TCI
"Prestigiosi 3000 del Sud Tirolo"- Hanspaul Menara Athesia, Bolzano
Map: I monti della Valle Aurina - sheet 16 - Mapgraphica Bolzano 1:25000