Similaun

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Similaun is a easy mountain but a very beautiful peak. Normal route is not difficult. The approach is very tiring: from Vernago (1711 m.) to Similaun hutte (3019 m.) are 1300 m. of ascent, then from the "hutte" the normal route covers the easy (without cravasses) glacier to a pass under the final ridge: easy rock climb (I). The panorama is fantastic to all senses. There is a famous North route but it is quite difficult: 55 degree ice and II rock.

Elevation (feet): 11,831
Elevation (meters): 3,606
Continent: Europe
Country:
Range/Region: Otztal Alps
Latitude: 46.763611
Longitude: 10.880556
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug, Sep
Nearest major airport: Bolzano(Italy); Innsbruck(Austria)
Convenient Center: Vernago(Italy); Vent(Austria)

Thanks to Marco Micheli and Terrill Thompson for contributing to these details. (View history)

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 12 trip reports for Similaun.

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  • Log #14953 - by Tobias Eberlei on Sep 18, 2004
    Similaun is a great mountain with a great view from the top. The route from the Similaun hut is easy and the North Face iss famous and (from Marzellkamm(3147m)) very impressing. This was a great and...
  • Log #14954 - by Mikolaj Orzechowski on Mar 10, 2004
    Normal route from Similaunhuette was my first trial at a glaciered mountain. Nice climb, not much strain, low visibility but the weather still not so bad. Generally an interesting experience for the...
  • Log #14955 - by Sebastian G on Oct 03, 2003
    Nice and long day. We came from the Hinteren Schwärze N-Face and Marzellspitzen and went via Similaun back to the Similaunhut.
  • Log #14956 - by Tanja Schurig on Aug 15, 2003
    I have been strong, but Similaun has been stronger - so I did not succeed in climbing this mountain. May be next year....
  • Log #14957 - by Thomas Permanseder on Feb 26, 2003
    We started on Friday and walked up to the alpine hut. The weather wasn't very good. Despite that we did some crevasse rescue exercise. Saturday morning we started very early.
  • Log #14958 - by Nestor Lucas on Sep 18, 2002
    Excelent glacier conditions this september. Only 2 narrow crevasses had to be crossed at the lower part of the ascent. The narrow ridge leading to the top should not mean a problem even for...
  • Log #14959 - by Allex on July 19, 2001
    fine mountain for beginners, easy from rifugio Similaun
  • Log #14960 - by Dániel Marosffy on Aug 22, 2000
    Nothing else but a short walk up on the glacier. In 2 hours we were even back to Similaunhutte. As last climbe after a week in Oetztal we didn't even require more.
  • Log #14961 - by Peter Spijker on July 31, 2000
    Started at 7.30 in the morning at the Similaunhütte, arrived on the summit at 8.45. Very cold, a lot of snow, a lot of wind, but very worthwhile. My handgloves where frozen to the Gipfelkreuz when I...
  • Log #14962 - by Bastiaan Rademakers on July 31, 2000
    Nice cross on top, especially when the temperature is below zero. Very easy trip...
  • Log #14963 - by Nicolette on July 31, 2000
    We ascended this peak from the Similaunhutte in thick mist. Very easy. Then we descended to the Similaunjoch into an Italian valley. Got lost completely and found our way over goatpathes to the...
  • Log #14964 - by Marco Micheli on July 19, 2000
    Il tempo: stupendo!!! Il lungo avvicinamento da Vernago: stupendo!!! Il rifugio(Similaun Hutte): stupendo!!! Sveglia alle 5.00 am, partenza alle 6.00 am. Percorso semplice e molto frequentato: ne...