Walking tour to the Cima Matatz

The Cima Matatz is a little peak in the east of the Gruppo di Tessa mountain range. Quite easy to scale, it offers a great view of the surroundings from the Zillertal Alps to the Monte Baldo, the Ortles mountains and the Brenta Dolomites.

Our little mountain tour starts at the parking space above the hamlet of Ulvas near Moso in Passiria. Along the wide forested trail, we walk to the lower Ulfaser Alm mountain hut. This is where actually the ascent to the little peak starts. Via a rather easy path, leading across steps through the forest and height towards the tree line (signpost 2B). This is how we reach the eastern ridge of the Gruppo di Tessa, and only 200 m of altitude difference are left to be overcome to reach the summit cross. (2,180 m).

Even if the weather is not the best, the view is astonishing. In the north we can admire the main Alpine divide with the Oetztal Alps, the Stubai Alps and the Zillertal Alps, in the south east there are the Sarentino Alps and in the south west, the mountains of the Trentino, the Brenta and the Ortles mountains strike our eyes. You can also look down to the valley, from the Passo del Rombo to Stulles and from Passo del Giovo to San Leonardo and San Martino, for example. For the return, we take the same route, but we shorten the trail via the Schartalmhütte mountain hut. Slightly lower, at the Untere Ulfaser Alm, we stop for a snack, before we finally walk back on the parking space.

The Cima Matatz might be a modest peak, but the feeling of having conquered and scaled the mountain and to be able to admire the surroundings from the top, is really a great feeling.

Author: AT

Before you do this walking tour, please inform yourselves about the current conditions.

Starting point: parking space, Ulvas
Route: Rauchegg - Untere Ulfaser Alm - Cima Matatz - Schartalm - Untere Ulfaser Alm - Rauchegg
Signpost: no° 2, 2A, 2B, Cima Matatz
Altitude difference: 685 m
Altitude: between 1,505 and 2,180 m
Length of the trail: about 4.5 km each direction
Walking time: about 4 hours (total)
Experienced: September 2013

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