Tullen (2653 m) is the highest summit in the Odle d’Eores/Aferer Geisler Group in the Italian Dolomites.
This mountain group is located within Puez-Odle Nature Park in South Tyrol and is easily accessible from Val di Funes/Villnösstal.
When visiting Val di Funes for the first time, it’s so easy to overlook the Odle d’Eores. These mountains are completely upstaged by the Odle/Geisler Peaks.
However, one of the best day hikes in the Dolomites leads you along the Oberer Herrensteig (“Upper Men’s Trail”) and eventually the Günther Messner Steig to Tullen peak.
We loved this trail because of the landscape variation and of course the views. You’ll hike through the forest and high alpine pastures before cutting across the slopes of the knobby Odle d’Eores pinnacles.
Tullen Peak Hike in Puez-Odle Nature Park
- Trailhead: Zannes/Zans Car Park in Val di Funes | Google Maps
- Distance: 12.6 km out-and-back
- Time Needed: 6 hours
- Elevation Gain/Loss: 1095 meters
- Difficulty: Moderately Difficult
- Minimum Elevation: 1673 meters
- Maximum Elevation: 2653 meters
- When to Hike: Late June – Mid-October, depending on snow conditions.
- Where to Stay:Appartements Pension Sonia (budget), Hotel Fallerhof (budget), Hotel Fines (midrange), or Hotel Tyrol (luxury) in Santa Maddalena, Val di Funes.
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Tullen Hiking Map
Tullen Hike Difficulty
Most of this hike is quite moderate. There’s nothing technically difficult about the Oberer Herrensteig. However, the hike involves a significant elevation gain.
The final stretch to the summit is a challenge. You need to be extremely surefooted as you hike along an exposed ridge to the peak. Though very short, this passage is extremely dangerous if you’re afraid of heights, or feel anxious on exposed trails.
This trail is so fabulous that we encourage you to hike it, even if you skip the summit. Follow the guide all the way to the Tullen/Günther-Messner-Steig trail intersection. The views are worth it, with or without the peak.
Where to Start the Tullen Peak Hike
Zannes / Zan Car Park
This hike begins at the Zannes/Zans Car Park, a very popular gateway to the Puez-Odle Nature Park. The Adolf Munkel Trail and the Rifugio Genova Circuit hikes also begin here.
The Zannes/Zans Car Park is located at the rear of the Val di Funes valley. You can reach this popular trailhead by transit, or by car. Read our Val di Funes travel guide for more information about getting here.
Zannes Car Park | Google Maps
- Cars: 8 EUR
- Valley Guests with Dolomiti Card: 4 EUR
- Camper Vans (during the day): 25 EUR
- Buses with more than 9 seats: 20 EUR
- Season Ticket for non-local visitors: 30 EUR
- 7 Days Parking Card: 30 EUR
Payment | Cash Only
Tip: Most accommodations in Val di Funes (like Hotel Tyrol and Hotel Fines) give their guests a free Dolomiti Card. Present your card to the person collecting parking fees and you’ll receive a discount.
Tullen Peak Trail Description
Zannes/Zans to Oberer Herrensteig Trail (50 minutes)
There are three car parks at Zannes/Zans. Park in the left car park. At the end of the lot, follow trail 25 (direction: Tullen and Herrensteige/Sentieri dei Signori). Tullen is signed 3:20 hours
Follow this trail through the spruce forest until you reach a trail intersection (20 minutes). Turn left in the direction of Tullen, signed 2:50 hours (Trail 25).
The narrow trail steadily ascends towards the Odle d’Eores, parallel to a dried-up riverbed (10 minutes). Ignore the trail on the other side of the riverbed, and head left instead (away from the riverbed).
You’ll gain elevation rapidly and soon see the Odle/Geisler Peaks. You’ll also see the sloping pastures of Gampenalm and Kaserill Alm.
At the next intersection, turn right onto the Oberer Herrensteig (Trail 25) in the direction of Tullen, signed 2:30 hours.
Oberer Herrensteig Trail (1 hour)
The trail continues to ascend (though more gently now), and you’ll find yourself amidst more stone pine (aka swiss pine). Though you’re still below the treeline, the views of the ever-present Odle peaks are fantastic.
Soon, you’ll cross barren tussock slopes, always heading in a northwest direction. It’s easy walking from here. After crossing a gated alpine pasture, you’ll come to another intersection. Head right to Tullen, signed 1:30 hours.
Günther Messner Steig to Tullen (1:30 hours)
You’re now hiking along the Günther Messner Steig Trail (GM). This hike circuits the Odle d’Eores. It’s considered a via ferrata (though we won’t be reaching that section on this day hike).
The GM trail maintains a northeasterly direction and you’ll soon be hiking below the bizarre, rocky pinnacles of the Odle d’Eores. This part of the trail feels unexpected and immensely rewarding.
The Geisler peaks are no longer visible, as you’re hiking amidst the Odle d’Eores. It’s almost like walking in a mini-valley or crevice along the main mountain ridge.
Eventually, you’ll cut across a scree slope and you’ll reach the Günther Messner Steig/Tullen trail intersection.
From here, it’s only a 20-minute climb to the peak. The trail traverses loose rock. As part of the trail is washed out, hiking poles are extremely helpful. We love these Unisex Black Diamond Trail Poles.
There are fixed cables that help you ascend to the Tullen ridge.
Once you reach the ridge, Sass de Putia/Peitlerkofel is already visible.
From the ridge, it’s a few meters along the exposed ridge to the summit, marked by a giant cross.
If you have any fear of heights or falling, we don’t recommend hiking to the summit.
Tullen to Zannes/Zans (2:40 hours)
Follow the same trail all the way back to Zannes/Zans. The return journey is equally enjoyable. We always prefer a circuit hike to an out-and-back one, but because this trail was so gorgeous, we were thrilled to hike it again.
Where to Stay in Val di Funes
We recommend staying in the village of Santa Maddalena in Val di Funes. From this village, you can reach the Zannes/Zans car park (trailhead) by car in 10 minutes, or by bus.
Budget | Appartements Pension Sonia is a no-frills, budget-friendly guesthouse in Santa Maddalena. Breakfast is included in the room rate.
Budget | Fallerhof is an active farm and a great-value apartment-style accommodation with stunning views of the Geisler Group. It’s a short walk to the Santa Maddalena Church (5 minutes) and the famous Chiesetta di San Giovanni in Ranui (15 minutes). Breakfast is available upon request.
Midrange | Hotel Fines is a welcoming, 3-star hotel in Santa Maddalena, owned by a young and enthusiastic team. Guests love the rich breakfast buffet, central location, and hotel restaurant. Definitely book half board (breakfast and dinner) here. The DolomitiMobil Card is free for all guests.
Luxury | Hotel Tyrol Dolomites is a family-run hotel in Santa Maddalena. This is the best place to stay when you want to combine outdoor exploration with wellness and relaxation. Their wellness area encompasses a Finnish sauna, steam bath, outdoor pool, whirlpool, and a garden with sun loungers and parasols. However, the main reason to stay here is their South Tyrolean cuisine, made with locally sourced ingredients. The DolomitiMobil Card is provided. Tip: book half board and book a room with a Dolomites view (“Geisler Blick”).
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Dolomites Trip Planning Essentials
Use our Dolomites Travel Guide to plan an unforgettable trip to Northern Italy.
When to Hike in the Dolomites
The best time to hike in the Dolomites is between mid-June and mid-September. If the weather is stable, the hiking season can extend until late October.
How to Get to the Dolomites
Read How to Get to the Dolomites to find out how to travel to the Dolomites from the closest airports, train stations, and bus terminals.
If you’re traveling without a car, also check out How to Visit the Dolomites Without a Car.
The easiest way to travel between hiking destinations in the Italian Dolomites is with your own car. Check out our itineraries for trip inspiration:
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Tip: If you can only drive automatic transmission cars, as opposed to manual transmission cars (stick shift), book your car rental as early as possible.
Best Places to Stay
Figuring out where to stay in the Dolomites is probably the biggest hurdle to planning a trip to the Dolomites. We’ve created three guides to help you decide where to stay:
- Where to Stay in the Dolomites in Summer: best villages and towns in South Tyrol, Trentino and Belluno
- Best Hotels in the Dolomites: best boutique and luxury hotels in the Dolomites
- Dolomites Accommodation Guide: farm stays, mountain huts, wellness hotels, aparthotels
- Best Val Gardena Hotels: best accommodations in Ortisei, Santa Cristina, and Selva di Val Gardena
We suggest choosing 2-4 bases for your Dolomites trip and spending 2-4 nights in each base.
- Base 1: Val Gardena
- Base 2: Val di Funes
- Base 3: Alta Badia
- Base 4: Cortina d’Ampezzo
- Base 5: Alta Pusteria
- Base 6: San Martino di Castrozza
- Base 7: Val di Fassa
What to See & Do
During your trip to the Dolomites, you can go via ferrata climbing, culinary hiking, hut to hut hiking, cycling, paragliding, and so much more. We’ve highlighted our favorite experiences in Best Things to Do in the Dolomites.
Wherever you decide to stay, you’ll be surrounded by glorious mountain scenery and incredible natural landmarks.
In Best Places to Visit in the Dolomites, we’ve outlined the most iconic attractions as well as lesser-known destinations across the Dolomites, including Alpe di Siusi, Lago di Braies, and Lago di Sorapis.
Dolomites Packing List
- Day Pack: Osprey Tempest 30 Women’s Backpack / Osprey Talon 33 Men’s Backpack
- Grade B/C high-cut hiking boots: Meindl Schuhe Island Lady (Kati’s Boots), Women’s Hanwag Tatra II GTX (Sabrina’s Boots), Men’s Hanwag Tatra II GTX (men’s equivalent)
- CAT 4 Sunglasses: Julbo Shield Mountain Sunglasses
- Hiking Poles: Black Diamond Trail Trekking Poles
Outdoor Photography Gear
- Camera Body: Sony Alpha a6400
- Mid-range Zoom Lens: Tamron 17-70mm 2.8 Di III-A VC RXD
- Wide angle Zoom Lens: Sony – E 10-18mm F4 OSS Wide-angle Zoom Lens
- Backpack Camera Clip: Peak Design Camera Clip
Dolomites Hiking Guides
Hiking in the Dolomites is our passion. Year after year, we love discovering new trails and expanding our knowledge of the area. For day hiking, check out Best Day Hikes in the Dolomites. For trekking, take a look at our guide to Hut to Hut Hiking in the Dolomites and Alta Via 1.
For region-specific hiking trails, check out:
- Best Hikes in Val Gardena
- Best Hikes in Cortina d’Ampezzo
- Best Hikes in Alta Badia
- Sexten Dolomites Hiking Guide
- Puez-Odle Nature Park
Recommended Hiking Guidebook: Cicerone Guide: Shorter Walks in the Dolomites
Thanks for your wonderful descriptions and the pics. Also always good advice!
One (repeated) request: when you travel in Südtirol or Ladinien, please do use BOTH official languages for all places, huts, and hikes as well as peaks.
Aferer Geisler or Geislerspitzen or Vilnösstal are what hikers (from Europe) are used to.... Many locals in those areas are not comfortable using their Italian because amongst themselves they speak German only.