Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 46.54171°N / 11.81650°E
Additional Information County: Trentino Alto Adige
Activities Activities: Trad Climbing
Seasons Season: Summer
Additional Information Elevation: 8540 ft / 2603 m
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Geographical classification: Eastern Alps > Dolomites > Sella Group > Sass dla Luesa


Sass dla Luesa 2603 m


Sass dla Luesa 2603 m is a dolomite tower located at short distance from Passo Gardena and belonging to the Sella Group, Subgroup Murfreid. The Sella Group extends towards Val Gardena a long rocky bastion, the Murfreid, formed by several towers, spurs and buttresses with a distinct individuality and mostly exposed to the North, very interesting for climbers in reason of the rock quality and the fast access. Just above the Gardena Pass it’s located a massive buttress beginning near Sass da Lec and bordered by the Val Setùs and the Val Culea. The central sector of this buttress is the beautiful tower of Sass da la Luesa, which projects a vertical and compact yellowish wall about 300 meters high, cut by various cracks and chimneys, towards the Gardena Pass.


Sass dla Luesa

Sass dla Luesa

The tower is flanked to the right by a slender tower, named Piccolo Sass dla Luesa, while on its left is located a small triangular bell tower called Campanile della Luesa, between Sass dla Luesa and Torre Campidel. The summit is a large and panoramic scree terrace welded to the middle Sella plateau, easily accessible just walking from Rifugio Cavazza. The setting is lovely and the views are breathtaking over the Sassolungo group and the surrounding peaks located in the Sella group.

Sass dla Luesa and Piccolo Sass dla Luesa
Sass dla Luesa and Piccolo Sass dla Luesa
The Murfreid subgroup seen from the approach to Passo Gardena
The Murfreid subgroup from the road to Passo Gardena

Getting There

The closest place to approach Sass dla Luesa is Passo Gardena 2.121 m connecting Val Gardena and Val Badia.

Road approach

- From Trento or Bolzano: take the Brennero motorway, exit Bolzano North, then follow the road leading to Ponte Gardena. From here take the road to Val Gardena, pass Ortisei and reach Santa Cristina and Selva di Val Gardena. Pass Selva and at the following crossroad take to the left the road to Passo Gardena. Parking.

Sass dla Luesa and Murfreid subgroup from the access to Passo Gardena

Sass dla Luesa and Murfreid subgroup

Road to Passo Gardena with Murfreid walls and Sassolungo

Passo Gardena road with Murfreid walls and Sassolungo

Via Vinatzer route report

Beta of Via Vinatzer, Sass dla Luesa


Via Vinatzer report (UIAA scale)

Summit altitude: m. 1645
Difficulty: V+, VI-
Equipment: equipped belays, pegs along the pitches
Climbing length: 290 m.
Exposure: North
First ascent: G.B. Vinatzer - L. Riefesser 1933
Starting point: Passo Gardena

Beautiful route on great rock, athletic and challenging climb. One of the masterpieces by Giovan Battista Vinatzer

Walking approach - From Passo Gardena 2125 m take the path n. 666 towards Rifugio Franco Cavazza al Pisciadù. When the path bends to the left near a grassy ridge - big cairn at the fork - leave the main path and ascend the scree towards a wide chimney between the main wall and the pillar to its right. Before reaching the chimney, where the scree becomes very narrow, it appears on the left the first pitch crack. Starting pointof the climb below the crack.

L1 - Climb the dihedral on the left of the scree-gully, closed by a small overhang. Pass the overhang to the right and belay above, V+, 30 m.
L2 - Up the dihedral to another small overhang. Exit left and directly to the stance below a yellow wall, V, 25m

Exposed climb on Via Vinatzer, Sass dla Luesa
Exposed climb on Via Vinatzer
L3 - A few meters directly, then traverse right under a small roof, then up directly and traverse right again to the stance, V+, 20m
L4 - Climb the crack above the stance, overcoming some small overhanging moves. Getting the ledge that interrupts the crack it's possible to continue vertically along the crack (athletic, old wood-wedge) or alternatively climb a slab without protection on the right, V, 30 m. Belay inside a yellow niche, pitch needing to be protected with nuts and friends.
L5 - Pass the overhang over the niche and continue on a vertical wall for a few meters to an area overhanged by yellowish rock. Traverse right about 10-15 meters, overtaking a pillar and to the right again towards the sance below a crack, VI or A0, 30 m
L6 - Take the slightly slanting left crack that becomes increasingly vertical to the stance, V +, 30 m
L7 - Up the crack again to small black overhang, pass it 1 meter left and belay above, V+, 20 m
L8 - Up directly than slightly to the left to take a deep chimney, climb it at first on the left, then inside, getting a scree-terrace. Small niche with the route-book to the left, V, 30 m
L9 - Continue up the chimney at first in the center, then on the right edge to another scree-terrace, IV+, 30 m
L10 - Up again on the chimney, gradually less steep, to the summit, IV, 45 m

Sass dla Luesa, Via Vinatzer route-book
Via Vinatzer route-book
Via Vinatzer, Sass dla Luesa
Via Vinatzer

Descent - From the exit head south (on the opposite side) and follow traces of passage leading to the path n. 677. Follow it and before getting the Rifugio Cavazza take on the left the path n. 666 (some stretchs half equipped with metal ropes, then scree and trail) coming down along the Val Setus towards the Passo Gardena. 1h and 30.

A joyful team on the summit of Sass dla Luesa
A joyful team on the summit
Sella Group middle summit plateau
Sella Group middle summit plateau

Other routes

North wall

There are other three routes on the same wall, not very frequently attended:

- Via Battisti-Bertoldi
- Right Chimney (Demetz)
- Left Chimney


Sass dla Luesa and Piccola Luesa
Sass dla Luesa and Piccola Luesa
Pizes da Cir view from the Sass dla Luesa descent trail
Pizes da Cir view from the Sass dla Luesa descent trail


Normal route

The ascent to the Sass of the Luesa is a walk with an easy stretch equipped by fixed iron ropes in the upper part. The trail can be attended starting from Passo Gardena with a difference of level of about 400 meters and it is quite advisable for the hikers thanks to the beauty and the breadth of the summit panorama. A possible point of support is:

Rifugio Franco Cavazza al Pisciadù 2585 m


Like a map! Sass dla Luesa broad view over Odle and Puez

Like a map! Broad summit view over Odle and Puez groups

Red Tape

No permits, no fees required

When to Climb

Best period goes from middle June to middle September

Where to stay

The closest places to stay are located on Passo Gardena and along the road to Passo Gardena. Otherwise you can stay in Selva di Valgardena or in Corvara in Badia, this latter on the Val Badia side.


Meteo Bolzano

Guidebooks and maps




Passo Gardena  map

"Arrampicare Dolomiti Nord-Occidentali" vol. I by M. Bertolotti, L. Galbiati, F. Vascellari - Vividolomiti

“Arrampicare in Val Gardena e dintorni Le vie più belle nelle Dolomiti” Vol. I by Mauro Bernardi, Ed. Athesia



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