Climbing on Piz Trovat II – a devilishly fun adventure
Piz Trovat ferratas I and II
With 300 metres of vertical distance, 500 steps, 600 metres of steel cables, a stunningly high rope bridge, a 35-metre-long Tyrolean traverse and incredible scenery of ice and rock, adventure awaits you on Piz Trovat.
At the Diavolezza mountain station, there is a small path that takes you down to the start of the Piz Trovat via ferratas at 2,846 metres above sea level. From here, you can take either the Piz Trovat I route (K1–3) or the Piz Trovat II route (K5–6). The descent takes you along the north-east ridge over uneven terrain and scree. Because the trail is quite steep in places, sure-footedness is a must. The route back to the Diavolezza mountain station is signposted.
Please note: The via ferratas are free to use. The via ferratas are open from July, depending on snow conditions.
Piz Trovat I
The ascent ranges from very easy (K1) to moderate (K3) in terms of technical difficulty and required fitness. After the steep initial ladder, there is an easy climb on fairly flat rock on the NW buttress. Then, after the more relaxing Cambrena section, you cross the gorge on the rope bridge. From the almost vertical headwall, you can enjoy a spectacularly deep view down to the Pers Glacier, and then take the easy path of stone slabs to the summit of Piz Trovat at 3,146 metres above sea level.
Please note: K2–K3 on the via ferrata difficulty scale. Use is under your own responsibility and at your own risk. For your first time on this route, it is recommended that you go with a professional mountain guide.
Piz Trovat II
Piz Trovat II is a via ferrata for experts: it is located on very difficult (K5) to extremely difficult (K6) terrain and therefore requires strong upper arms, nerves of steel and excellent physical fitness. This route branches off after the Cambrena section, shortly before the rope bridge. The descent on the stone slabs is the easiest part: after that, the difficultly level increases steadily. One of the highlights of the route is the 35-metre-long Tyrolean traverse. Afterwards, there is a long transverse section that reveals a fabulous panoramic view of the Bernina range. The final challenge is tackling the crux section with its longer overhanging sections (up to 30 metres!) at the biceps wall, which will test your mountaineering skills to the limit.
Please note: K5–K6 on the via ferrata difficulty scale. Use is under your own responsibility and at your own risk. For your first time on this route, it is recommended that you go with a professional mountain guide.
Relaxing at the Berghaus
After your adventures, you can stop by the Berghaus for a cool drink and something to eat as you take stock of your achievements. The terrace looks directly out on Piz Tovat and Piz Palü. If you need a bit more relaxation, try the jacuzzi. The jacuzzi is in a quiet spot on the terrace, just far enough away from the action, with a magnificent view of the Bernina range. But the epitome of relaxation is, of course, spending the night at the Berghaus.