CRISTALLO MOUNTAIN GROUP | DOLOMITES
Monte Cristallo mountain group is in the Dolomiti Ampezzane, just to the northeast of Cortina d'Ampezzo, and its highest peak reaches 3,221 m. This mountain group includes within its natural, historical and administrative boundaries also part of the municipality of Auronzo di Cadore and is part of the Belluno Province in the Veneto Region.
Monte Cristallo is one of the highest, and famous mountains in the Dolomites; it crowns and closes to the north the Ampezzo basin ('Conca di Cortina'), while at the base its rocks seem to merge with those of the underlying Pomagagnon (2,450 m).
The Cristallo group separates the Ampezzo Dolomites from those beyond the Upper Ansiei valley; communication with this latter valley is possible through Passo Tre Croci (1,805 m; see below), which also represents the first pass to be encountered on the Cristallo roundtrip (anti-clockwise), with beginning and end in Cortina.
Travel Guide to the CRISTALLO MOUNTAIN GROUP
MAIN TOWNS AROUND THE CRISTALLO MOUNTAINS
PEAKS OF THE CRISTALLO
Highest PeaksThe highest peaks of the Cristallo group are Monte Cristallo (3,221 m), Piz Popena (3,153 m), Cima di Mezzo (3,154 m), and Cristallino d'Ampezzo (3,008 m). Cima di Mezzo and Cristallino d'Ampezzo can be reached by via ferrate while Monte Cristallo and Piz Popena both require climbing skills
VIE FERRATE IN THE CRISTALLO GROUP
On the Cristallo group there are two ‘Vie Ferrate’ (iron ways); both start at the Forcella Staunies, in the vicinity of Rifugio Lorenzi (see below), which can be reached also by chair lift/cable car.
VF Ivano Dibona follows the Zurlon-ridge. It is a historical route used in World War I, and later restored and made safe for tourists.At the beginning is the longest via ferrata suspension bridge in the Dolomites, the 27 metre long Ponte Cristallo.
The via ferrata VF Renato de Pol can be used for access from the western side of the Cristallo massif.
BIKE TOUR ROUTES IN THE CRISTALLO GROUP
- Passo Tre Croci