Mountain tour to the Cima Rossa di Martello

Mountain lakes, moraines and impressive peaks characterise the landscape in the rear Valle di Martello, the destination of our walking tour.

On a sunny day in August we decide to escape from the heat in the valley and to undertake a mountain tour. We would like to scale a three-thousander and therefore we decide to go to the Val Martello, where we are going to climb the Cima Rossa di Martello, 3,033 m high.

By car we drive into the Valle di Martello, where at the head of the valley, close to the Lago di Gioveretto, we park the car at the Rifugio Genziana (2,055 m, subject to charge).

From this place we follow the trail n° 37 towards the Rif. Martello, which is moderately steep in the first section. Soon we reach the tree line and walk up grassy slopes, where we see grazing cows. Then we stick to the path n° 31, leading directly to the cross at the summit of the Cima Rossa di Martello.

After about 1 hour of walking, the path becomes steeper and in serpentines the path winds up the mountain. Far away we can already see the cross at the summit. The last ascent takes across a steep draw which is secured by ropes. This is where you really need to be sure-footed and some passages are easy climbs. Once the summit is reached, we can enjoy an amazing 360° panorama. The Lago Gioveretto lake stretches at our foot, the Vedretta di Grames, the Punta Martello and the Ortles mountain range can perfectly be admires from this peak.

After an extended break we start the descent and climb back down the steep draw. We decide to walk back via the Rif. Martello, from where we can also reach our starting point. At the first junction, we follow the path no° 37 A to south-west, leading us up and down the glacial landscape. After about 2 hours of walking, we reach the Rif. Martello, where we stop to have a piece of cake.

Afterwards we follow the path n° 103 and 40 and finally reach, exhausted but happy, our starting point, with a series of new impressions in our rucksack.

Author: ED

If you would like to do this tour, please inform yourselves in advance about the current conditions.

Starting point: parking space Rif. Genziano, head of the Valle di Martello (2,055 m)
Signpost: 37, 31, 37A, 103, 40, 37
Path: Rif. Genziano (2,055 m) - Cima Rossa di Martello (3,033 m) - Rif. Martello (2,610 m) - Rif. Genziana
Character: beautiful mountain tour, only advisable to those who are sure-footed and free from vertigo
Walking time: about 5 hours
Altitude difference: about 1,200 m
Experienced: August 2012
Further information: Tourist office Laces-Val Martello, tel. +39 0473 623109,

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