The Punta di Finale, or Punta Finale, is located at the border between South Tyrol and North Tyrol in the Val Senales mountain range.
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The Punta di Finale (3,514 m a.s.l. - Finailspitze in German) belongs to North Tyrol, that is to say to Austria. The priest Franz Senn scaled this mountain for the first time in 1865, starting from Vent in North Tyrol. The panoramic view it provides on the glaciers and mountains of the Oetztal Alps is breathtaking. Generally speaking, the tour to the Punta di Finale is one of the most beautiful tours in the Oetztal Alps.
In the west and north of the Cima di Finale, there is the Giogo Alto Val Senales Glacier, in the south east, there is the Giogo di Tisa, place of discovery of the glacial mummy Oetzi, the Iceman, and the Monte Similaun, and in the west, there is the Croda Nera. The closest villages, that is to say the starting points for scaling, are Madonna di Senale or Vernago al Lago in Val Senales, South Tyrol, and the mountain village of Vent in North Tyrol. This tour is reserved for those who are mountaineering experts.
From Vernago, a gravel road takes you up to the Tisenhof farm al 1,822 m a.s.l. From this place you proceed on a well-marked trail across the Valle di Tisa, before you follow a trail that is hewn in stone, proceeding to the Rif. Similaun at the Niederjoch pass. The Rif. Similaun at 3,071 m a.s.l. is an alpine refuge in which you can also stay overnight. From the refuge you can reach the place of discovery of the glacial mummy Oetzi, the Iceman, at the Giogo di Tisa (3,210 m a.s.l.) and further on to the Hauslabjoch saddle. At the edge of the Giogo Alto Val Senales Glacier you reach the summit ridge which you follow to reach the top of the Cima di Finale.