Mount Antelao - climbing the King of the Dolomites

The Mount Antelao is the highest mountain of the Dolomites of Ampezzo. With its 3,263 m he tops the opposite Mount Monte Pelmo (3,168 m) and the Mount Civetta (3,220 m). If you want to climb the mighty King Antelao you should be in excellent physical shape and experienced in climbing and hiking. Also you shouldn't be afraid of heights.

The best starting point for excursions to the Mount Antelao is San Vito di Cadore. To get there you can take your car or a bus from Toblach in South Tyrol over Cortina d'Ampezzo. Arrived in San Vito di Cadore you have to take the chairlift to Rifugio Scotter. From there you hike following the signposts until you reach Rifugio San Marco at 1,823 m above sea level. The hike will take you about 3 hours. You can stay at the hut overnight in order be fit and rested for the demanding ascent on the following day.

The next day you take the high altitude trail in south-eastern direction to reach the Forcella Piccola at 2,120 m above sea level. There you follow the path southwards, until you reach the rocks. From here you go right hand over airy shelves to a small bank. Here the "Laste", the characteristic slides of the Mount Antelao, begins. After that you have to follow cairns and get over some tricky climbing-parts (I° and II° difficulty). Hiking on the ridge you come to the P. Cosi bivouac at 3,111 m above sea level. Going on climbing you will reach the peak of Mount Antelao after about 3 hours.

You will be flabbergasted by the magnificent panorama. The descent following the ascent is very demanding and requires a lot of concentration.

Please climb the Antelao only at good weather conditions. When it's cold and wet it could be very dangerous.

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