February 9th 2013





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Region 4, Ortler mountain and Stilfserjoch


overview map of region 4The region of the Ortles mountain group does not only consist of the mountains around the Ortler directly, but of an area that抯 about 77km long and 34km wide. The western boundary of this area is the Veltin (ital. Valtellina) all the way up from Tirano to Bormio, then the northern border is the Passo di Stelvio and the Vinschgau (ital. Val Venosta) to Merano. The eastern boundary is the Adige Valley, in the north with Merano via Bolzano down the Kaltern Lake and further down to Mezzocorona and the Val di Sole in the south with the Tonale Pass (ital. Passo di Tonale).

Not much people live in the Ortler Mountains since the region is relatively low populated and a round-trip by motorcycle, starting in Bolzano via Mendel Pass, Passo Tonale, Passo Gavia, Stelvio and Passo Palade something takes more than 6 hours, with breaks included. An ideal day trip, with huge differences in height. The Ortler (3.905m), second highest mountain in the Eastern Alps after the Piz Bernina gave the region the name and the face. Traveling here will lead you through two language regions and several provinces - German and Italian and the provinces of South Tyrol, Trento and Sondrio.

Today the Ortler group belongs, with the Dolomites, to the most visited areas in the eastern Alps. This tackles mainly the central part with the Stelvio and Passo Gavia. On one weekend in August with good weather, the summit of the Stelvio turns into a traffic emergency zone and it is even difficult for motorcyclists to find a parking space. Ideal time frame to ride in that region is late June and early July, whereby you have to closely watch the weather forecast. Additionally, it is always better to plan the trip during the week and avoid weekends.

You should also not miss the Ulten valley (ital. Val d'Ultimo). Riding up from Merano and the village Lana coming up the Adige Valley you will find that nice little valley just a few miles behind the dam. Since now the tunnel is open over to the Val di Sole, you can continue to the south and plan an excellent short day trip with breathtaking scenery and many sightseeing stops.


Hotel Riederhof

Nice and cosy hotel near the three country corner of Switzerland, Austria and Italy. Perfect location for daytouring. Toolbox, repair area, drying room, bike washing area, guided tours, wellness area. Upper quality level for an excellent price.
Recommended by Alpentourer TOURGUIDE

All inclusive
starting at 70,- Euro.

A-6531 Ried-Ladis/Inntal

GPS N47񳭝1 E0113859


Hotel & Gasthof zur Post

15 bedrooms with bathroom, phoneand Sat-TV. Parking garage for up to 20 motorbikes, drying room, beer garden, wellness area, tour support. Central located in the three country corner. Upper quality level..
Recommended by Alpentourer TOURGUIDE

single bedroom with breakfast starting at 37,- Euro.
with half course starting at 45,- Euro.

A-6542 Pfunds/Inntal

GPS N46587 E010322

Stifser Joch


GaviapassPasso Tonale



Alpine pass name

period opened


from - to

driving time


Stilfser Joch - Passo dello Stelvio

July - September


Prato allo Stelvio - Bormio

90 min


G醰iapass - Passo di G醰ia

July - October


Bormio - Ponte di Legno

60 min


Aprica Pass - Passo di Aprica

the whole year


Tirano - Edolo

40 min


Foppapass - Passo della Foppa
Passo del Mortiolo

May - September


Monno - Mazzo del Valtellina

35 min


Tonalepass - Passo del Tonale

the whole year


Edolo - Dimaro

55 min


Mendelpass - Passo di Mendola

the whole year


Bozen - Fondo

30 min


Gampenjoch - Passo delle Palade

the whole year


Marling - Fondo

35 min

38km/23.6mls - TOP Alpen-Sites


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