At the border between South and North Tyrol, thus between Italy and Austria, the 3,463 m high Cima di Malavalle is located.
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About 7 km far away from the Passo del Rombo, the Cima di Malavalle is located in the main ridge of the Stubai Alps. Therefore it is west of the South Tyrolean Val di Fleres and southwest of the North Tyrolean Stubaital valley. Neighbouring mountains are the Wilder Pfaff (3,456 m asl) and the Hohes Eis (3,392 m asl). Also Mt Zuckerhütl, 3,505 m high and the highest mountain in the Stubai Alps, can be found here.
In 1869 the Cima di Malavalle was climbed for the first time by Richard Gutberlet and his companions via the north ridge. This route is still today the normal path. Base for this hike either is the Cima Libera mountain hut (3,143 m asl) or the Bicchiere mountain hut (3,190 m asl). From there, the high alpine hike proceeds via the Malavalle Glacier up to the Malavalle saddle, and from there across the north ridge to the summit (about 3 hours walking time).
The mountain (Sonklarspitze, in German) was named after Carl Albrecht Sonklar von Innstädten, an imperial-royal geographer, one of the developer of the Eastern Alps and a pioneer in research of the Alps in the 19th century. In winter, however, the Cima di Malavalle is a popular destination among ski tourers.