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Route excursion to Cima XII

Arrivo a Cima XII con croce in ferro

Iron Cross Cima XII

Route excursion on Cima XII - Asiago Plateau


Cima XII (or Cima Twelve) is also known as Ferrozzo from the Italianization of the name cimbro, Freyjoch which derives from Frey-joch or yoke of Frea (Scandinavian deity to which the name of the mountain had been dedicated.
It is the highest peak of the Asiago Plateau Seven Comuni and the entire province of Vicenza with its 2336 metrosand is located in the northern part of the Plateau, on the border with Trentino. In fact, the Cima is partly located in Veneto and partly Trentino. The current name Cima XII comes from a curious motivation: the village of Borgo Valsugana,in Valsugana, at 12 o'clock at certain times of the year sees the sun disappear for a few minutes,eclipsed by a cone of shadow coming from the top of the mountain.

Technical guidance
Degree of difficulty: medium-difficult
Climbing: 722m (traditional) - 1,341m (long)
Altitude-min-traditional: 1,641 m above sea level
Altitude-min-long: 995 m above sea level
Maximum altitude:2,336m above sea level
Length: 15 km traditional - 30 km long (round trip)
Walking time: 6/8 hours
Means: walking

It is one of the most classic excursions of the Plateau both for its height and for its particular historical-naturalistic importance:these places have also been affected by the war events of the Great War and the geomorphological aspect sees the presence of karst phenomena. Don't forget the panoramic aspect: from the top the gaze can range 360 degrees and, visibility allowing you can locate in addition to the Plateau of Asiago that of Folgaria,the Venetian plain,the Sella Valley, the Valsugana, the Dolomites of Brenta,the Lagorai etc.
The hike has been classified as medium-difficult as the last stretch of ascent is challenging and the distance to travel requires a minimum of training (especially for the "long" route) so that the pleasure of a day outdoors does not turn into a fatigue. However, the first part of the route does not present any particular difficulties. However, it is urged to always stay on the marked path and not to stray because of the presence of sinkholes even very deep.



From Asiago you follow the road that leads to Camporovere di Roana and then continue along the SS349 towards Pass Vezzena/Trento for 4.3 kM. At a semi-curve on the left starts the white road leading to Malga Galmarara.

For those who want to make the "traditional" route (kM 15 ca. round trip, recommended) must continue by car for another 7.3 kM along the white road, sometimes bumpy, until reaching the Bivio Malga Galmarara. In this case, the reading from the "Bivio-Malga Galmarara" point is continued.
The "long" route (kM 30ca round trip) that we propose, can start right where the white road begins: you can park the car in the small parking area present in front of the junction, along the highway.

Arrivo a malga galmarara

Malga Galmarara



In the case of the "long" route, parked the car (m. 1012), you walk the white road (m. 995) that leads to Malga Galmarara,and that develops in constant rise (average slope 10%) through the woods. After 2.5 kM you reach the Basa Senocio Crossroads (m. 1194) and turn right along the hairpin bend. From here the white road for 2.1 km gets steeper (average slope 12%) and leads us, always through the woods to the Cross Cross of the French (m. 1393) from where you can reach Mount Zebio. To reach Cima XII, however, we continue straight,always along the white road that becomes decidedly less steep (average slope 6%) until reaching after 1.3 kM, Malga Galmararetta (m. 1488). In this stretch look well to your right because it is not difficult to carefully and silently identify the cute animals. After a further 1.5 kM of white road with some semi-curve (average slope 8%), with the vegetation starting to give way to grazing,you reach the Bivio Malga Galmarara (m. 1614). At this point it is clearly visible Malga Galmarara on the left and it is possible to park the car to those who choose to face the "traditional" route. Mount Zingarella rises above us, mount Zingarellaon the right.

Mucche nel sentiero per Cima XII

Animals in the Trail


From Bivio Malga Galmarara (m. 1614) begins the "classic" route to Cima XII along the CAI 830 trail, heading north. From here you can travel 1500 meters on a white road on the rise (average slope of 10.7%), but it is possible, following the 830 trailcarefully, shorten the route by about 200 meters by following a short stretch of trail. As you progress, you begin to notice the quantitative decrease of firs and larches as mughetes increase. In this context you get to the Busa della Pesa (m. 1755) from which you can continue on the right along the white forest road that leads to the Conrad Bivio first and holding the left to the Bivio Italia then, in a quieter but kilometers longer way, or as below we recommend, on the left continuing to walk the path CAI 830. In this second case you advance on a path flanked by mughi in a series of salts and descend for about 2 kM. About 300 meters from the Busa della Pesa it is also possible to reach in about 10 minutes of walking the Bivio Tre Fontane where there is the bivou ac ill bivou ac.

Comando austroungarico lungo Kaiser Karl Strasse

Austro-Hungarian Command - Kaiser Karl Strasse

Along the series of salts and descends you can see the White Field Horn to your right and the Green Field Horn to your left. Coming out of the mughi you can see in front of us the Bivacco Bivio Italia and, in the distance, the goal: Cima XII. From Bivacco it is enough to advance a few tens of meters and lower just at altitude to reach the Bivio Italia (m. 1987) where they converge in addition to the path of our origin, the forest road coming from the Conrad Crossroads,the part of the path CAI 830 that from Malga Galmarara passes through Campo Gallina,and the path CAI 835 that leads right to Cima XII.

From Bivio Italia we continue for 1.2 kM on the white road named Kaiser Karl Strasse (cai 833 trail) along the Colombaretta of Galmarara on the right, until reaching the Bivio altitude (m. 1985). In this section you can also see what remains of the construction that during the First World War was the command post of the 12th Austrungaric Infantry Brigade. From the Crossroads of altitude you leave the road that leads to Mount Ortigara and continue on the path CAI 833 that first slightly and then more and more marked heads towards the base of the Twelve. In this stretch decidedly of karst origin, some mughi pinesare back to be seen. Routes about 1600 meters from the Altitude Crossroads you reach the Crossroads with Trail 208 (m. 2175) and continue on the path to the right.

Croce il legno su Cima XII

1900 wooden cross

From the Crossroads with Trail 208,the ascent gets steeper (average slope 21%) and as you pass on the east flank you get closer and closer to the goal. Surely the view that you can slowly admire pays off and gives you the necessary strength to reach the top. Proceeding with due attention and prudence between rocks and pines mughi in small steps you can see a wooden cross. The summit is very close.
When you reach the wooden cross, which was first placed on site in 1900 by the parishioners of Asiago in memory of theHoly Year,you will realize that it is not the only one. A few meters to the east is in fact placed an iron cross erected in September 1969 by the SAT Section of Borgo Valsugana,visible since Valsugana.

Altitude 2336 meters of Cima XII is reached. Now is the time to observe everything around us.
For the return you can retrace the same route of the round or choose one of the variants also proposed for the trip including the one that plans to pass through Campo Gallina, along the path 830 and that always leads to Malga Galmarara aware that in doing so you stretch the route.



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