Hohe Schneide (Monte Cristallo)

Elevation (feet): 11,266
Elevation (meters): 3,434
Continent: Europe
Country: Italy
Range/Region: Ortler Alps
Latitude: 46.49585
Longitude: 10.46053
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Year first climbed: August 26, 1872
First successful climber(s): Oster and Mazagg
Nearest major airport: Milan
Convenient Center: Bormio

Thanks to J. Vranjes for adding this peak.

Hohe Schneide (Italian name Monte Cristallo, 3434 m) is a mountain in the Stelvio Pass area, and it should not be mixed with the peak of the same Italian name (3221 m) in Dolomites.

The normal route to the summit is the north side approach from the Stelvio Pass, first following the gravel road to the hotel Ortler and then over glacier towards the Passo di Sasso Rotondo (3335 m, from where ski runs start), after passing the Livrio hut (3174 m, which is accessible by lift as well), and then along the narrow and icy east ridge to the summit. Ice climbing gear (crampons, ice axe) are compulsory. The peak can be climbed in combination with Geister Spitze (Punta degli Spiriti, 3467 m) and Punta del Naso (Grosse Nagler Spitze, 3272 m).

The access road to the Stelvio Pass (2757 m) from both sides is exceptionally attractive, with 48 sharp turns from the east side (village Gomagoi) and 39 from the west Bormio side.

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