When I decided to do the Sexten Dolomites / Dolomiti di Sesto Group Page I didn't know what was awaiting me. A first glance at the Guidebook of the German Alpine Club told me that here a major piece work needed to be done. Therefore this page will be “under construction” for quite some time.
Please feel free to include comments, info, pictures, routes, whatever. This page – similar to the effort we have made on the Pale di San Martino Group – will need a lot of cooperation. Simply the task of subdividing the group in several subgroups will lead to discussions and arguments. I will follow the recommendations by the German Alpine Club as given in their guidebook (see the “Maps ‘n’ Books” Section below) but will deviate in some places.
Rarely anybody who has been to the region hasn’t come away fascinated by the peaks, pinnacles spires and towers of the Sexten Dolomites. They form a confusing conglomerate of summits that at the same time draw thousands of tourists to Drei Zinnen / Tre Cime who watch climbers on the north faces towering almost 1000m over the plateau while others visit the idyllic valleys Fischleintal / Valle Fiscalina, Rienztal / Valle della Rienza or Innerfeldtal / Val Campo di Dentro. All in all – though in no way the largest Dolomite group – most of us will agree that it is the most beautiful one drawing us back again and again and again…..
When asking yourself about the fascinations of this mountain group you come to identify several:
The Sexten Dolomites are a mountain Group that – similar to most of the other Dolomite groups is surrounded by deep valleys which all can be accessed by car. The group forms an irregular quadrangle with Pustertal / Val Pusteria in the north, Höhlensteintal / Valle di Landro in the west, Rienztal / Valle della Rienza and Auronzo di Cadore in the south. In the east the Sexten Dolomites are limited by the valley of the Sextnerbach creek running from Kreuzbergpass to Innichen in Pustertal / Val Pusteria and Val Comelico running to the south.
A division of the Sexten Dolomites into subgroups is rather difficult because many of the summits stand for themselves. There are no solid ridgelines rather an up and down, north and south, east and west mixture. My division – as stated above tries to follow the one by the German Alpine Club but deviates in some places. These deviations are due to the fact that I find some of the groupings rather arbitrary and prefer to state additional groups rather than combining mountains that only “sort of” belong together. The several subgroups are:
Overview map of the Sexten Dolomites. The eight subgroups are indicated in different colours.
Each of these groups will be described in a section below. Where a SP-page exists only the single summits are listed, elsewhere a short note on the characteristics will be given.
The Haunold Group is located in the northwest of the Sexten Dolomites. It is limited by Pustertal in the north, Höhlensteintal in the east, Rienztal in the south and Innerfeldtal / Val Campo di Dentro in the west. The Haunold Group is the largest subgroup of the Sexten Dolomites and is formed by three ridges (one a double ridge) which run (on the average) from NW to SE. It is a lonely group, only two hiking trails traverse it from west to east, obviously between the three ridges. The access distances are rather long so that the summits are rarely climbed. Nevertheless they offer quite a number of interesting routes.
Lesser Central Ridge
Major Central Ridge
The highest group of the Sexten Dolomites is located centrally. It forms a long s-shaped ridgeline with multiple side ridges. Only at the south the ridge divides into two parts. Additionally three single standing summits are counted to this group, Toblinger Knoten / Torre di Toblin, Schwabenalpenkopf / Torre dei Scarperi and Morgenkopf / Monte Mattina. Geographically the subgroup is located between the lower Sexten Valley in the north, Innerfeldtal / Val Campo di Dentro in the west, Fiscleintal / Valle Fiscalina and Altensteinertal / Val del Sasso Vecchio in the west and the Drei Zinnen / Tre Cime Plateau in the south. Dreischusterspitze / Punta dei Tre Scarperi is the highest summit of the Sexten Dolomites
The Group has been described in detail on the respective Drei Zinnen page. Here only a listing of the respective summits is given. Additionally a couple of other summits which otherwise wouldn’t find a home in any subgroup are listed here.
The Drei Zinnen Group
Also described elsewhere – for more information look at the Paternkofel / Monte Paterno Page. Summits from west to east.
This subgroup in most publications either gets attatched to Paternkofel / Monte Paterno or Zwölfer / Croda dei Toni. It is, however separated from both by a kind of high plateau so that this subdivision seems quite arbitrary to me. Therefore I’ll put it up as a subgroup by itself. Einser – as well as the surrounding peaks – generally show steep (and high) north faces but mellow southern sides. Especially Oberbachernspitzen are quite popular among hikers since they don’t require much climbing knowledge and are easily accessible from two Rifugios: Büllelejochhütte / Rifugio Pian di Cengia and Rifugio Zsigismondy-Comici.
Also described elsewhere. Just look up the Croda dei Toni / Zwölferkofel Page. Lots of climbing routes here.
A long ridgeline (the longest in the group) which runs from Elferscharte / Forca Undici in the north to Zsygmondyscharte / Forca Zsygmondy in the south. It contains some of the wildest terrain of the whole Sexten Dolomite Group.Geographically it is wedged between Val Giralba and Bacherntal in the east and Val Comelico to the west. The summits are listed north to south.
A small ridge on the northeastern side of the Sexten Dolomites just above Kreuzbergpass / Passo Montecroce Comelico. Known for the WW I trails that nowadays are used as ferrate. It is a quite popular destination for all kind of hikers and climbers due to the fact that the pass is so near and that a cableway can take you you up from Sexten to approximately 1900m. The ferrate are rather long though not too demanding so that they give you quite a nice closeup impression of these famous mountains. Nevertheless you’ll ask yourself why anybody had to fight a war in this altitude. The summits are listed southeast to northwest
Take A22 Brenner Motorway to exit Brixen / Bressanone and turn off onto SS49 east. At Innichen / S. Candido turn south on SS52 towards Sexten.
Take A12 Inntalautobahn to exit Kufstein. There turn onto 178, later 161 south in direction Kitzbühel. At Mittersill 161 turns into 108 which heads through Felbertauern Tunnel. Take 108 until Lienz were you turn right (west) onto E66. At Innichen / S. Candido turn south onto SS42 to Sexten.
Take A23 north to exit Carnia. Turn off onto SS52 which leads through several detours to Sexten / Sesto.
Take motorway S27 north towards its end near Belluno. Turn onto SS51 towards Pieve di Cadore where you drive straight on on SS51a towards Auronzo di Cadore. Before you reach Auronzo at Santa Caterina take SP532 to Padola where you reach SS52 which you take in northwestern direction towards Sexten / Sesto.
In 1981 an area of 11650ha has been set aside for the natural Park Dolomiti di Sesto.
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The best time - as usual within the Dolomites is June through September. October days can be picture perfect but the risk of snowfall is too high. Due to the rugged terrain and compared to the other Dolomite Groups there are only limited possibilities for ski tours.
For Hotels and appartments have a look at the websites of the towns and villages of the region:
The following Mountain Huts, Refuges can be found in the Sexten Dolomites Group:
|Rifugio / Hut||Height||Open||Tel.|
|Angelo Bosi||2205m||June - Oct||+39 0436 39034|
|Auronzo||2330m||June - Oct||+39 0435 39002|
|Berti / Al Popèra||1950m||June - Sept||+39 0435 67155|
|Büllelejochhütte / Pian di Cengia||1950m||end June - mid Sept||+39 0337 451517|
|Carducci||2297m||July - Sept||+39 0435 400485|
|Città di Carpi||2110m||mid June - mid Sept / Dec - April||+39 0436 39139|
|Col de Varda||2115m||mid June - mid Sept / Dec - April||+39 0436 39041|
|Dreischuster / Tre Scarperi||1626m||summer only||+39 0474 966610|
|Drei Zinnen / Tre Cime||2405m||summer only||+39 0474 972002|
|Fonda Savio||2367m||mid June - mid Sept||+39 0436 39036|
|Lavaredo||2344m||June - Sept||+39 0436 39135|
|Lunelli / Selvapiana||1568m||June - Sept / Dec - March||+39 0435 67171|
|Rotwandwiesen / Prati di Croda Rossa||1924m||June - Oct / Dec - April||+39 0474 710102|
|Talschlusshütte in Fischleintal / Fondo Valle||1526m||June - Oct / Dec - April||+39 0474 710606|
|Zsigmondy-Comici||2224m||end June - end Sept||+39 0474 710358|
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Unfortunately I can only comment on the quality of books in German or English so that all of the books below are in these languages.Please feel free to post an addition to this section if you know worthwhile publications.
Sextener Dolomiten extrem - Alpenvereinsführer
ISBN: 3 7633 1255 2
Classic Dolomite Climbs: 102 High Quality Rock-Climbs Between the Uiaa Grades III and VII (also available on CD)
Anette Kohler, Norbert Memmel
ISBN: 0 8988 6693 6
H. Höfler, P. Werner
ISBN: 3 7633 3096 8
ISBN: 3 7654 4161 9
Hiking and Trecking
Höhenwege in den Dolomiten
ISBN: 3 7654 3860 X
ISBN: 3 7633 4199 4
ISBN: 3 8705 1409 4
I have been using the maps by Kompass Verlag. There are two which differ in scale:
Sextner Dolomiten / Dolomiti di Sesto
Kompass Map WK 625
ISBN: 3 8549 1749 X
Sextner Dolomiten / Dolomiti di Sesto
Kompass Map WK 58
ISBN: 3 8549 1065 7