Through the Valle di Zai to the Angelo Piccolo

Alpine tour from the mountain station of the Pulpito chair lift via the Rif. Serristori until the glacier snout of the Angelo Piccolo mountain.

In Solda we take the chair lift up to the mountain station of the Pulpito mountain (Kanzel) at 2,351 m asl. Here our tour starts quite comfortably, along the wide path towards north (marker no. 12). Slightly downhill into the Valle di Zai valley, then across the Zaibach stream until the junction we walk along the path no. 5 uphill to the Rif. Alfredo Serritori mountain hut (Düsseldorfer Hütte or Zayhütte). Behind the mountain hut we explore a magic landscape with rocks, little waterfalls and delicate green meadows. Then we have to hike uphill again and reach a bleak rocky area. Sometimes it’s not easy to follow the sporadic markers between the rocks.

We stay on the path no.5 until the junction to the Croda di Cengles mountain face, then we follow the marker no. 5B towards the Passo di Zai ridge. Past small lakes we finally reach the glacier snout of the Angelo Piccolo mountain at about 3.000 m asl. which runs into a lake. The heat wave of the last weeks has made the icecap of the glacier fragile, so it’s not possible to climb up the summit. We enjoy the fresh air and the rugged landscape before we start our way back along the same route.

Author: AT

Attention: if you want to do this alpine tour please take information about the current conditions on site! Sturdy shoes and terrain experience are obligatory!

Starting point: Solda, mountain station of the Pulpito Chair Lift
Route: Pulpito – Düsseldorfer Hütte mountain hut – Angelo Piccolo mountain (and back)
Markers: 12, 5, 5B (towards “Zayjoch” ridge)
Altitude difference: approx. 700 m
Altitude level: between 2,340 and 3,000 m
Distance: approx. 6.5 km (each direction)
Walking time: about 2.5 hours (way there), 2 hours (way back)
Experienced in: August 2015

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