The "Small Geißler Round"

The 3,000 m high Geißler Mountains between the Villnöss Valley and Gröden, in the middle of the South Tyrolean Dolomites, look like skyscrapers reaching to the sky.

They are among the most beautiful massifs in the whole Dolomites' area. Particularly when you look at them in the sunset, when the usually white mountains shimmer in the most beautiful red and orange, you will stay speechless. The Geißler Mountains make part of the Nature Park Puez-Geißler and are framed by beautiful mountain pastures full of edelweiss and gentian.

A rewarding excursion in the Geißler Mountains is the "Small Geißler Round". The hiking tour begins at the Zanser Alm mountain pasture at the end of the Villnöss Valley. It is reachable by car. From here you follow the forest track to the Glatsch Alm mountain pasture. From there you take the "Adolf Munkel Path" (no 35) to the Panascharte. The Panascharte is nestling between the mighty rock faces of the Geißler Mountains. At the end of this track you follow the paths 6 and 2a down to the Cisles meadows in Gröden and then up to the Mittagsscharte Pass beneath the Sass Rigais mountain. From the Mittagsscharte pass you cross the Gschnagenhardt Alm mountain pasture. In the middle of this beautiful pasture you can take a break and recover from the 6 hour long hiking trip. To get back to your starting point, the Zanser Alm mountain pasture, take path 34 and 35.

Even if the excursion is called "Small Geißler Round", it is pretty arduous. 7 hours of walking and 1,400 m of difference in altitude are to be conquered. Being in good physical shape is a necessary condition for this excursion!

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