Walk from Maranza to the Nesselhütte/Gitschberg

Up to the alpine pastures on the Gitschberg mountain the path proceeds through gentle woods, past lodges and above the timber line, to blooming fields of alpine roses.

Our starting point is the valley station of the Gitschberg funicular at Mittereggen near Maranza (Meransen). Following the marker no. 12 we walk across the meadows towards the forest (the first part is asphalted). Along the wide forest path we carry on higher and higher without any efforts. At 1,900 m asl. the path leaves the forest and we reach the alpine meadows near the Pichlerhütte (mountain hut).

Shortly afterwards we arrive at the Zasslerhütte (mountain hut, 2,050 m asl.), which is located in the valley between the Piccolo Monte Cuzzo (small Gitsch) and the main peak of the Gitschberg mountain. Here we follow the marker no. 21 to the top station of the Gitschberg funicular where our goal is located, the Nesselhütte (2,100 m asl.). The splendid panoramic view ranges from Maranza to the Valle Isarco and the Dolomites. For our way back we take the same route, there are several alternative trails which proceed down through the woods. Of course also the funicular can be used to come back to our starting point again.

Author: AT

Notice: If you want to do this walking tour please take information about the current conditions on site!

Starting point: valley station Gitschberg funicular
Markers: 12, 14, 12, 21
Distance: approx. 6.5 km (each direction)
Walking time: approx. 2.5 h ascent, 1.5 h descent
Altitude difference: approx. 735 m
Altitude level: between 1,390 and 2,110 m asl.
Experienced in: July 2013

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