Ultentalkamm / Cresta Val d'Ultimo

Ultentalkamm / Cresta Val d'Ultimo

Page Type Page Type: Area/Range
Location Lat/Lon: 46.47206°N / 10.95703°E
Activities Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Skiing
Seasons Season: Summer, Fall, Winter
Additional Information Elevation: 9701 ft / 2957 m
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1 - Overview

Ultentalkamm / Cresta Val d UltimoUltentalkamm / Cresta Val d'Ultimo from Gleckspitze / Collecchio

Ultental / Val d'Ultimo stretches deep into inside the Ortler / Ortles Group from the east. It starts at Lana near Meran / Maerano and ends in several branches near the central part of the greater Group. The most important of these branches is Kirchbergtal / Val Montechiesa, which ends in Passo di Rabbi. Ultental / Val d'Ultimo is accompanied by two long ridges, which are both considered subgroups of the Ortler / Ortles Group: Marteller Hauptkamm / Cresta Principale di Martello in the north and west and Ultentalkamm / Cresta Val d'Ultimo in the south.

In fact, there is no real naming convention for this latter subgroup. The Guidebook of the German Alpine Club (see Maps & Books Section) calls it "der das Ultental nach Süden begrenzende Kamm", which translates into "The Crest which bounds Ultental / Val d'Ultimo to the south", a clumsy name for a group. Therefore I'll use the abbreviation defined in the title.

Ultentalkamm / Cresta Val d'Ultimo, much like its northern counterpart, starts in the south-east, close to the centre of the Ortler / Ortles Group. It is separated from Marteller Hauptkamm / Cresta Principale di Martello by Schwarzer Joch / Giogo Nero, an only slightly pronounced saddle at 2822m. Right to the south of the saddle you can find the highest mountain of the group, Gleckspitze / Collechio (2957m). Unlike the northern subgroup, however, it is composed of several ridges, all separated by the important passes of the group. The northern boundary, quite obviously, is Ultental / Val d'Ultimo, the southern boundaries are Valle di Rabbi and Val di Sole while the eastern boundary is composed by Val Pescara and Marauntal / Val Marano. These latter valleys separate the Ortler / Ortles Group from the Nonsberg Group and it is here that the Peradriatic Fault separates the North-African from the Eurasian tectonic plate.

Speaking of boundaries: the language border between the German speaking Südtirol / Alto Adige and Italian speaking Trentino runs across these mountains. While most of them carry names in both languages those to the south there are only Italian names. This is also true for any other names, like villages, valleys or passes.

Ultentalkamm / Cresta Val d'Ultimo is a good and popular hiking (and ski touring) destination. Many of its summits can be reached by multiple hiking trails. The most popular mountains are Ultener Hochwart / Vedetta Alta, Ilmenspitze / Cima d'Olmi and Gleckspitze / Collecchio. All three are wonderful lookout summit but to reach them, however, you have to scale huge elevation differences. Rock quality in the area is poor, erosion is pronounced so that you can find interesting cirques with lots of old glacier lakes. The glaciers themselves have retreated a long time ago.

2 - Ultentalkamm / Cresta Val d'Ultimo on SP

Ultentalkamm / Cresta Val d'Ultimo seen from Pradont

3 - The Summits

Google Terrain map of Ultentalkamm / Cresta Val d'Ultimo. Zoom in to see the mountain names

Ultentalkamm / Cresta Val d'Ultimo consists of several ridges. There is a short northern ridge, Gammerwandkamm, which is separated from the remainder of the group by Passo di Rabbi. Eastward two ridges, one to the south-east, the other to the north-east turn off from Karspitze / Punta di Quaira: Kachelstubenkamm and Cresta Pagano, only here, separated by Klapfbergjoch / Passo Val Clapa starts the main ridge, which runs all the way to the east, to Hofmahdjoch.

    3.1 - Main Ridge

  • Schrummspitze / Cima Binazia (2645m)
  • Monte Pin (2420m)
  • Stübele (2671m)
  • Breitbühel / Monte Foggiola (2578m)
  • Seefeldspitze / Cima della Siromba (2539m)
  • Ilmenspitze / Cima d’Olmi (2656m)
  • Seekopf / Monte Lavazze (2415m)
  • Samerberg (2568m)
  • Manndlspitze (2425m)
  • Korb / Monte Ometto (2395m)
  • Ultener Hochwart / Vedetta Alta (2627m)
  • Schöngrubspitze (2459m)
  • Spitzer Kornigl / Monte Cornicoletto (2418m)
  • Kornigl / Monte Cornicolo (2311m)

    3.2 - Gammerwandkamm

  • Gleck / Collechio (2957m)
  • Sass Fora (2808m)
  • Gammerwand / Le Crode (2763m)
  • Nagelstein / Monte Chiodo (2469m)
  • Klunke (2287m)

    3.3 - Kachelstubenkamm

  • Karspitze / Punta di Quaira (2752m)
  • Nebelspitze / Cima Tuatti (2701m)
  • Äußere Seefeldspitze (2615m)
  • Kachelstubspitze ( Welscher Berg) / Cima Trenta (2636m)
  • Klapfberger Kachelstube / Monte Mattorna (2660m)
  • Kachelstubschneid / Monte Stanga (2644m)
  • Breitbühel / Colle Largo (2287m)

    3.4 - Cresta Pagano

  • Castel Pagano (2609m)
  • Cima Zoccolo (2561m)
  • Le Mandrie (2583m)
  • Cima Lainert (2462m)
  • Cima Lac (2439m)
  • Cima Vese (2400m)
  • Cima Candei (2190m)

4 - Getting There

Ultentalkamm / Cresta Val d'Ultimo seen from Naturnser Hochwart

Ultentalkamm / Cresta Val d'Ultimo can be most easily reached either from Ultental / Val d'Ultimo in the north, Val di Bresimo or Val di Rabbi in the south and Proveis / Proves in the east.

  • Ultental / Val d'Ultimo and Proveis / Proves
    • Take Brenner Motorway A22 to the exit Bozen Süd / Bolzano Sud
    • Switch to SS38 towards Meran / Merano.
    • Take the exit Lana and drive through the town
    • For the Ultental / Val d'Ultimo trailheads follow the signs into the valley
    • For Proveis / Proves leave Ultental south at St. Pankraz / San Pankrazio
  • Val di Bresimo and Val di Rabbi
    • Take Brenner Motorway A22 to the exit San Michela all'Adige
    • Take SS43 to Tasullo
    • For Bresimo take SP57 to Livo, then switch to SP68 to Bresimo
    • For Rabbi take SS42 to Male, then switch to SP86 to Rabbi

5 - Accommodation

6 - Red Tape

The western and highest part of Ultentalkamm / Cresta Val d'Ultimo belongs to Nationalpark Stilfser Joch / Parco Nazionale dello Stelvio. See the following link for more information:

Elsewhere there is no red tape.

7 - Weather Conditions

8 - Maps & Books

8.1 - Maps

  • Digital Maps

  • Regular Maps
    • Ortler / Ortles - Cevedale
      Kompass Map WK072
      ISBN: 3-85491-081-9
    • Meran / Merano
      Kompass Map WK53
      ISBN: 978-3-85491-059-2
      Tabacco Map 042
      ISBN: 978-8883150562
      Tabacco Map 011
      ISBN: 978-8883150111

    8.2 - Books

    • Rund um Meran
      H. Klier
      Rother Wanderführer
      Rother Verlag
      ISBN: 978-3-7633-4290-7
    • Meran / Burggrafenamt
      Kompass Wanderbuch 951
      Kompass Verlag
      ISBN: 3-87051-386-1
    • Ortleralpen
      P. Holl
      Rother Verlag
      ISBN: 3-7633-1313-3

  • Children


    Children refers to the set of objects that logically fall under a given object. For example, the Aconcagua mountain page is a child of the 'Aconcagua Group' and the 'Seven Summits.' The Aconcagua mountain itself has many routes, photos, and trip reports as children.



    Parents refers to a larger category under which an object falls. For example, theAconcagua mountain page has the 'Aconcagua Group' and the 'Seven Summits' asparents and is a parent itself to many routes, photos, and Trip Reports.

    Ortler / Ortles GroupAreas & Ranges