RS ultner berge winter bei tuferspitz schafturm
RS ultner berge winter bei tuferspitz schafturm

Gioveretto Group

The mountain crest, which separates the Val d’Ultimo from the Val Venosta, is called Gioveretto Group and belongs to the Ortles Alps.

On the north side of the Val d’Ultimo valley the divide between the Val d’Ultimo and the Val Venosta valleys is located, the Gioveretto Group. It stretches from the Monte San Vigilio near Lana until the foothills of the Ortles Alps and Mt. Cima Gioveretto (3,439 m a.s.l.), the name-giving peak in the Val Martello valley. In this mountain crest, also Lake Gioveretto, a reservoir, is located.

Part of the Gioveretto Group - Zufrittkamm in German - are e.g. the Ultimo Mountains with the most eastern glacier of the entire Ortles Alps, Mt. Orecchia di Lepre (Rabbit Ear, 3,257 m a.s.l.). Besides the numerous mountain huts, there are other popular destinations in this area such as Mt. Gran Ladro (Big Thief, 2,730 m a.s.l.) and Mt. Il Sasso (Stone, 2,530 m a.s.l.). The Rif. Canziani mountain hut at the Green Lake is the only mountain hut with overnight accommodation in this area. It is accessible within only two hours from Fontana Bianca in the rear Val d’Ultimo valley.

Another hiking possibility is Mt. Guardia Alta (2,608 m a.s.l.) in Merano and surroundings, the path is rocky but not very difficult. Further important mountains are the 3,330 m high Cima Marmotta, Mt. Cima Venezia with its three summits and Mt. Cima Rossa di Saènt (3,347 m a.s.l.). Also beautiful alpine lakes can be found in the Gioveretto Group, such as the Covolo Lakes and the Green Lake in the Val d’Ultimo valley, and highlights such as the Plima Gorge Path in the Val Martello valley.

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