The second highest mountain in the Zillertal Alps - after the Gran Pilastro - is the 3,480 m high Grande Mèsule.
The Grande Mèsule (Grosser Möseler or Mösele, in German) is located in the Zillertal Main Crest at the border between South and North Tyrol, thus between Italy and Austria. As second highest mountain in the Zillertal Alps, it is surrounded by further three-thousanders, like the Möselekopf (3,390 m asl), the Dosso Largo (3,215 m asl), the Furtschaglspitze peak (3,188 m asl) and the Cima di Campo (3,418 m asl).
In June 1865 G. H. Fox, Douglas William Freshfield and Francis Fox Tuckett with their mountain guides François Devouassoud from Chamonix and Peter Michel from Grindelwald climbed the Grande Mèsule for the first time. Today its summit (3,480 m asl) is accessible from the Furtschaglhaus mountain hut (2,295 m asl) in North Tyrol, a demanding glacial and rock tour of about 4 hours.
But the top can also be reached from the south in the same time. Starting at the Giovanni Porro mountain hut above Lake Neves in South Tyrol (2,419 m asl), via the Alta Via di Neves high route. Other starting points are the Passo Ponte mountain hut at the Ponte di Ghiaccio mountain pass and the Berliner Hütte in the Zillertal valley (2,042 m asl), one of the largest mountain huts in the Zillertal Alps.