The Latemar massif
The Latemar Group is one of the smallest groups of the whole Dolomites. Latemar is best known for the view from Karersee /Lago di Carezza, an alpine lake in which the north faces of the group are mirrored perfectly. Moreover it is a popular hiking destination.
Name: The name of the mountain chain derives from a shortened form of the old Ladin description cresta de Lac-te-mara which approximates to mountain ridge over the lake in a cirque, i.e. the Lago di Carezza or Karer See (Kar means cirque or corrie). Lactemara developed into Latemar, the modern name first documented in the 12th century.
Location: the Latemar massif is situated in the Dolomites to the south of the Rosengarten, from which it is divided by the Carezza/Karer Pass. The pass and the ridge of the Latemar together form the border between the provinces of Bolzano/Bozen (Südtirol) and Trento.
Main peaks: The striking characteristic of this area is the way gently undulating Alpine pastures give way suddenly to sheer reefs of limestone. The Latemar group is characterised by a horseshoe shape which opens towards the east. The group is composed of two subgroups: the northern group extending from the Poppekanzel (2,460m/8,071ft above sea level) as far as the Torre dei Muss (2,402m/7,881ft), while the second group towers up around the Monte Agnello (2,358 m/7,736 ft). The Diamantidi-Turm at 2,842m/9,324ft) is the Latemar's highest peak. The peaks around the Diamantidi-Turm have no individual names but are grouped together as the western towers and the Latemar-Puppen (puppets).
Secured climbing routes: Called a via ferrata in Italian or Klettersteig in German, the only climbing route secured with wire ropes, steps etc is the Campanili del Latemar (scenic, medium-challenging) leads from the Carezza/Karer Pass (1,600m/5,249ft) up to the Latemar-Spitze (2,791m/9,157 ft). The E. Rigatti bivouac sits like an eagle's nest in the large Latemar col and provides rudimentary accommodation for climbers before setting of at daybreak for the Eastern Latemar-Spitze.
Walks and hikes:
To the Eastern Latemar-Spitze: a challenging mountain tour amid the impressive high mountain world of barren rock with stunning views, starting at the Passo Carezza; duration 7 hrs, nowhere to stop for refreshments. Just before the Carezza Pass it is worth making a detour into the Labyrinth: a massive rock avalanche has left behind a maze of stone with idyllic Alpine pastures in between and superb views of the Latemar opposite.
To the Latemar refuge: medium-challenging mountain tour starting at Obereggen, top terminal of Oberholz lift; duration 5 hrs; stops for refreshments: Latemar-Hütte/Rifugio Torre di Pisa, Maierlalm.
The ski resorts: Obereggen (Ski Center Latemar) and Carezza Ski are located beneath the rock faces. As members of the Alpine Pearls association, the mountain villages in the Val d'Ega/Eggental region Nova Ponente/Deutschnofen (Eggen, Obereggen, Petersberg), Nova Levante/Welschnofen, Tires/Tiers and Collepietra/Steinegg offer holidaymakers the opportunity to leave the car behind and enjoy their stay in this unspoilt mountain world leaving behind a "carbon-neutral footprint".