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 a.s.l. - 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 a.s.l.). The Cima Tessa is located in the Val Senales valley and can be scaled starting from the Val di Fosse, strictly speaking from the Vorderkaser farm (1,676 m a.s.l.). A narrow and steep mountain road with gradients of about 20% leads to this farm. From the Vorderkaser farm you can also scale the Similaun Glacier.
The Cima Tessa is less popular among mountaineers than with those who love ski touring and it is a well-frequented mountain in late spring (April, May). The tour takes you to the Mitterkaser and further on towards the Eishof farm at 2,000 m a.s.l. 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 during 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.