The Cima Tessa is famous with those who love ski touring and is the second highest summit of the Gruppo di Tessa mountain range.
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The Cima di Tessa (3,318 m asl - Texelspitze in German), which gives its name to the mountain range to which it belongs to, is only over-towered by the neighbouring Monterosso (3,337 m asl). The Cima Tessa is located in Val Senales and can be scaled starting from the Val di Fosse, strictly speaking from the Vorderkaser farm (1,676 m asl). A narrow and steep mountain road takes with gradients of about 20% takes to this farm. From the Vorderkaser farm you can also scale the Similaun Glacier.
The Cima Tessa is less popular with mountaineers than with those who love ski touring and it is a well-frequented tour in late spring (April, May). This tour takes you to the Mitterkaser and further on towards the Eishof farm on 2,000 m asl. This is where you traverse the Rio di Fosse and walk on to the foot of the Monterosso, towards the Tessa Glacier. The great views you can enjoy in this tour are just amazing.
The pre-summit can be reached with skis, if you want to scale the summit, crampons are necessary. Caution: the direct and steep descent across the rift towards the Mitterkaser is reserved for experienced ski mountaineers.