One of the hardest peaks to climb awaits you: enter the reign of perennial winter on the Presanella Glacier, one of the most extended glaciers in the entire Alpine mountain chain.
Ice and snow are present throughout every season of the year; try the feeling of walking on a glacier that never melts. While in winter is very hard to open a way in that snowy realm, in summer you have the possibility of walking on a beautiful white coat of snow on the ground.
Seize this unique opportunity.
Mountaineering Presanella Activity Detail
Who is the activity for & requirements
Activity for all who want to experience high altitude in the mountains between glaciers and rocky crests.
Beginner/Intermediate (Good level of fitness and basic knowledge of climbing techniques necessary)
Good level of fitness and basic knowledge of climbing techniques.
Necessary equipment: Harness, helmet, axe, crampons, sunglasses, sunscreen, clothes suitable to face an environment located in high mountain, boots suitable for crampons, gloves, backpack (approximately 35L).
We can provide the equipment (except boots) for an extra charge of £25pp.
Arrival at the airport and transfer to accommodation.
Initial brief, equipment check and dinner together.
7.30 am breakfast at our accommodation.
8.30 am departure from our accommodation to reach the cable car, which will bring us from Passo del Tonale (1880m above sea level) to Passo Paradiso (2573 m).
From here, we will ascend by a short walk to to Passo del Castellaccio (2963m). From there an equipped path starts, built up during the First World War, when it was used by soldiers; over this path it is necessary to wear the harness and the helmet.
We will be following the path that runs across very easy climbing passages on rocky crests until we reach a height of 3166 m at Corno di Lago Scuro and we reach its similarly named pass (2970 m).
From there we will descend on an excursion path until Mandrone Hut (2449 m) where we will sleep.
Difference in height ascending 600m
Difference in height descending 720m
Approximate length of the activity 6-7 hours.
6.30 breakfast at the shelter, 7.30 departure from Mandrone Hut and via a long excursion path, we reach the bottom of the Adamello Glacier (2600m).
From here, we will put on harnesses and crampons. We will ascend, roped up, until the glacier and the icy plain of Pian di Neve (3050 m); from here the path is considerably steeper and we carry on, still on the glacier, to Passo del Dosson (3250m), where we leave the glacier and we follow a crest – not equipped – with parts of easy climbing, to Cresta Croce (3305 m), a beautiful panoramic point from where we can enjoy the view on glaciers and the majestic surrounding peaks.
The descending path continues on the crest until a mountain pass at 3280 m above sea level, where we climb down to the glacier below and follow the path to the shelter Lobbia Alta 3040m, where we will sleep.
Difference in height ascending 860m
Difference in height descending 300m
Approximate length of the activity 8 hours.
Packed lunch purchasable at Mandrone Hut.
5.00 am breakfast at the shelter, 6.00 am departure from Lobbia Alta Hut and descend to Vedretta della Lobbia (3000 m.).
From here, we continue, roped up, on a glacier to Cavento pass (3191 m) and from here on easy rocks until the summit of Corno di Cavento (3405 m).
We'll come back to Lobbia Shelter on the same route.
Difference in height ascending 500m
Difference in height descending 500m
Approximate length of the activity 6-8 hours.
Packed lunch purchasable at Lobbia Alta shelter.
7.00 am breakfast at the shelter, 8.00 am departure from the hut and descent to the hanging glacier of Mandrone, which will bring us on to a path to the shelter of the same name.
From Mandrone Hut (2449 m) we will go up, walking on an excursion path, to Presena pass (2997 m) where we will take the cable car to go down to Passo del Tonale.
Arrival back at our accommodation, approximately at 5pm.
Difference in height ascending 600m
Difference in height descending 600m
Approximate length of the activity 7-8 hours.
Lunch at the shelter
Debrief and transfer to the airport.
What is included in the participation fee
You are free to book your preferred flights as long as you are on time for our transfers.
Pick up participants from
Drop off participants at
Please note that the schedule may change for organisational reasons or may be delayed due to traffic. In both cases, we will notify you promptly.
Upcoming dates and bookings
The next Mountaineering adventure in Presanella is from July 20th to July 22nd.
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