The Puez Group is a relatively small mountain chain located in the Dolomites of northern Italy. alongside the Odle and Peitlerkofel groups, the Puez Group is part of the Puez-Odle Nature Park.
The main feature of the Gruppo del Puez is the impressive Sassongher (2,665 m / 8,743 ft) peak, which looks like a giant tower. There are 42 named mountains in Puezgruppe.
The highest and the most prominent mountain is Westliche Puezspitze (2,918 m / 9,573 ft).
— The Puez Group is located in the West Dolomites range of the province of South Tyrol in the Trentino-Alto Adige/Sudtirol region in Italy. It is one of the westernmost and northernmost groups in the Dolomites.
The exact boundaries of the group run through the two large valleys that surround it: the Gardena Valley (Val Gardena) in the south and the Badia Valley (Val Badia or Alta Badia) in the east. These are two of the five well-known Ladins valleys, where the primary ethnic group of the Dolomites, the Ladins, have lived since ancient times.
To the north and west, the group is bordered by the Peitlerkofel and Odle groups. From these two groups, Gruppo del Puez is separated by Roa-Scharte / Nives-Scharte and Kreuzjoch passes (2,286 m / 7,500 ft), respectively.
But these are not the only mountains in the area. Puetz also neighbors the Langkofel and Sella groups to the south (from the latter it is separated by the Gardena / Grödner Joch pass) and the Fanes group to the west.
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Text: Ivan Kuznetsov
Cover photo: Val-gardena.com