Starting point: Kurzras (2011 m)
Ascent: 646 m elevation gain, 3 hours, from the Hochjoch glacier (refuge lodge Bella Vista 2842 m)
Best time for departure A: December to May
Best time for departures B and C: March to May
This is a very pleasant tour on a mountain that is still very much glaciated on the north side but that is not without its risks in one part where the “icefall” east of the Hochjoch glacier is hazardous due to glacier crevasses. The ascent is from Kurzras to the Bella Vista lodge or with the Schnals valley glacier train to the Hochjoch glacier; you leave the east side by climbing through the icefall. Avoiding the crevasses, the trail rises steeply to the upper glacier terrace, and keeping to the west of the summit, very steeply to the ridge shoulder. Continue along the short but exposed ridge to the summit.
Descent A: go along the ascent route to the Hochjoch pass and descend to the valley as far as Kurzras or take the Schnals valley glacier train.
Descent B: Taking the first steep slope down, then to the right/north-east and continue south-easterly and southwards to the Niederjoch pass and on to the Similaun lodge.
Descent C: Northwards towards the Hochjoch-Hospiz hut and Vent (A)
For good skiers with Alpine experience