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Sunrise on the Peitlerkofel mountain

Sunrise on the Peitlerkofel mountain: the burning sky

Sunrise on the Peitlerkofel mountain
Watching the sun come up from a mountain peak is a really impressive sight . Especially on the Peitlerkofel, one of the finest mountains for viewing the surrounding area in the Dolomites.
The imposing rock massif of the Peitlerkofel mountain rises up to the sky over the crest of  of Lusental valley. At 2,875 metres high, it is the highest mountain of the Peitlerkofel mountain group in the middle of Puez-Geisler Nature Park in St. Martin in Thurn in Gadertal valley. Keen hikers and nature-lovers should not miss out on an ascent via the southern side of the mountain. A nighttime hike to wonder at the sunrise from the Peitlerkofel is particularly spectacular.

High up and close to the sun
A nighttime hike to watch the sun come up is quite different from going on a hike during the day. There is not a soul to be seen and absolute peace and quiet. When you get to the top, the sky is already starting to turn pink on the horizon. It's not long before it starts to take on a yellowy shimmer and then shines red or orange, until it seems to glow. Then the sun rises into the sky and bathes the countryside in soft light. The sky appears to burn over the Zillertal Alps, the Marmolata range, the Kreuzkofel mountain and the whole of the Dolomites. Yet, a sunrise seen from Peitlerkofel is not just an impressive sight when the weather is good: clouds  conjure up ever-changing images and colours in the sky over the Peitlerkofel. When you start to feel the warmth of the sun's first rays at the very latest, the strenuous ascent and early start will be forgotten. You can feel particularly close to the sky here.

 A challenging mountain hike
All hikers opting to watch the sun come up from Peitlerkofel mountain should have plenty of stamina and the necessary mountaineering experience. It involves a difference in altitude of 1,050 metres and you should allow around two and a half hours for the ascent.
The path, which is enshrouded in darkness at the start and only lit by headlamps, leads through woodland and across meadows at first. It gets increasingly narrower the closer you come to the rock face. You reach the Peitlerscharte col at 2,357 metres above sea level through a long gorge along a little stream and via a path that gets steeper and steeper as you go. The terrain becomes more Alpine here and the last 100 metres of ascent start on the ridge between the large and small Peitlerkofel along a secured route with new wire cables. You should have a head for heights as well as be surefooted on these exposed stretches and should hook yourself onto the wire with a harness.
 
Another detour
It's hard to say whether the sunrise from Peitlerkofel is more beautiful in summer beneath clear skies or in autumn, when the clouds make the colours even more impressive. You have to get up much earlier in summer to be there on time, but you are rewarded with views of the splendid flowers that cover the famous Peitler meadows every year after the snow melts.
You should allow one and a half hours to get down again, but if you fancy doing another few metres' ascent, then you can take a detour to the Kleine Peitlerkofel mountain. This may be reached in around a quarter of an hour from the ridge and you can see the peak of the Peitlerkofel from there. You can continue your tour after the Peitlerscharte col by taking the left-hand path to do the circular walk around the Peitlerkofel, which ends at Würzjoch, too.
 
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Farms in the surrounding area of the Peitlerkofel mountain

Lüch Dl Tascia
Fam. Verginer
St. Martin in Thurn
Distance 10,9 km
Position on map
Gostnerhof
Fam. Dorfmann
Villnöss
Distance 13,6 km
Position on map
Lüch Chi Plans
Fam. Paratscha
St. Martin in Thurn
Distance 8,1 km
Position on map
Ritzhof
Fam. Putzer
Villnöss
Distance 13,7 km
Position on map
Perseiderhof
Fam. Steiger
Lüsen
Distance 12 km
Position on map
Unterpoz
Fam. Gasser
Enneberg / Welschellen
Distance 14,2 km
Position on map
Ciasa Pradel
Fam. Trebo
St. Martin in Thurn
Distance 14,7 km
Position on map
Sorgenhof
Fam. Hinteregger
Lüsen
Distance 14,1 km
Position on map
Watscherhof
Fam. Niederkofler
Lüsen
Distance 13,9 km
Position on map
Lüch da Pespach
Fam. Sorà
St. Martin in Thurn
Distance 14,5 km
Position on map
Tulperhof
Fam. Devall
St. Martin in Thurn
Distance 5,6 km
Position on map
Colmesanhof
Fam. Clara
St. Martin in Thurn
Distance 7,3 km
Position on map
Niedermunthof
Fam. Obexer
Villnöss
Distance 11,9 km
Position on map
Lüch de Tor
Fam. Trebo
St. Martin in Thurn
Distance 13,1 km
Position on map
Vikolerhof
Fam. Kofler
Villnöss
Distance 14,7 km
Position on map
Bacherhof
Fam. Malfertheiner
Lüsen
Distance 14,6 km
Position on map
Planhof
Fam. Verginer
St. Martin in Thurn
Distance 14,9 km
Position on map
Col de Tlames
Fam. Flöss
St. Martin in Thurn
Distance 9,9 km
Position on map
Gscnara
Fam. Zingerle
St. Martin in Thurn
Distance 8,8 km
Position on map
Putzerhof
Fam. Fischnaller
Villnöss
Distance 12,4 km
Position on map
Heinzlerhof
Fam. Messner
Villnöss
Distance 13,6 km
Position on map
Fiung
Fam. Tavella
St. Martin in Thurn
Distance 14,8 km
Position on map
Pineiderhof
Fam. Obexer
Villnöss
Distance 13,1 km
Position on map
App. Rungg
Fam. Verginer
St. Martin in Thurn
Distance 8,9 km
Position on map
Lüch dl Cajer
Fam. Unterweger
St. Martin in Thurn
Distance 12,3 km
Position on map
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Passo delle Erbe/Würzjoch
Via ferrata
Funes Tourism Association
Peterweg 10
39040 Funes/Villnöss (Italy)
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Difficulty medium
Route length 5,788 km
Duration 3 h 3 m
Ascent 935 m
Descent 52 m
Altitude difference 882 m
Altitude 2874 m 1990 m
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• A challenging mountain hike with a stunning view of the surrounding Dolomites. The last part beneath the summit consists of a via ferrata on which belaying with a climbing harness is recommended.

• Hiking time: 2h 50min • Trail numbers: 8A, 4, 4B • The hike starts at the car park Passo delle Erbe/Würzjoch (2006 m). Follow trail no. 8A passing by several alpine huts. At the intersection which you reach after 20 minutes, keep to the right and continue on trail no. 8A. You get to the beginning of the Forcella de Putia/Peitlerscharte from where you follow trail no. 4 which becomes steeper and leads up to the highest point of the Forcella de Putia (2357 m). Trail no. 4B starts to your left and it leads in serpentines to the access to the via ferrata. There you can find enough space to put on you climbing harness. Then continue on the via ferrata (equipped with steel ropes) to the summit of Mount Sas de Putia (2875 m).

• Through the Isarco Valley to Chiusa/Klausen; turn into Val di Funes/Villnöss and drive to S. Pietro/St. Peter. Continue from there on the road to Passo delle Erbe/Würzjoch. • Public transport: by bus from Chiusa/Klausen or Bressanone/Brixen through Villnöss Valley to S. Pietro/St. Peter – change to the bus to Passo delle Erbe/Würzjoch.

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