The route between the top station of the Glacier Express and the catered mountain hut Braunschweiger Hütte appears to be easy but a treacherous glacier crossing lies in between the two points that should only be attempted with the correct equipment and necessary experience (required equipment: crampons, Grödel crampons). Descend from the Braunschweiger Hütte via a trail that joins with the agricultural road and leads past the Gletscherstube mountain hut.
From there, follow the flat and even agricultural road to the catered mountain hut Gletscherstube. Keeping left, start the ascent to the catered mountain hut Braunschweiger Hütte. The steep and rocky so called Wasserfallsteig [waterfall trail] leads along the icefall of the Glacier steeply uphill to the foot of the waterfall of the Mittelbergferner Glacier. From there, a painstaking and very steep uphill climb over difficult, partly rocky terrain takes you to the hut. The fantastic views you will enjoy of the surrounding Glacier environment amply compensate your exertions on this arduous path. Continue to walk up to the Pitztaler Jöchl summit via a very well-kept trail to enjoy spectacular scenic views of the surrounding summits and Glaciers. Return back to the valley on the outward route. Please note that this route is only suitable for fit and sure-footed mountaineers!
Take the same way back.
From the bus stop in Mittelberg [Mittelberg Wendestelle] hike along the agricultural road past the catered mountain hut Gletscherstube until you reach the start of the steep trail. Keep on this trail following the signposts to Braunschweigerhütte. At this rustic mountain hut hikers will be rewarded with magnificent panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Return via the same route or via the hunter’s trail [Jägersteig].
From the bus stop in Mittelberg [Mittelberg Wendestelle] hike along the agricultural road past the catered mountain hut Gletscherstube until you reach the start of the steep trail. Keep on the trail following the signposts to Braunschweigerhütte. At this rustic mountain hut hikers will be rewarded with magnificent panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Continue to hike on this trail on the left towards Karleskogel. Return via the same route or via the hunter’s trail [Jägersteig].
From the starting point you walk on the well-prepared track to the catered mountain hut Rüsselsheimer Hütte. After the hut, turn right towards the Weissmaurachsee lake. The track is moderately steep at first, then becomes a steeper climb as you follow on up to the Weissmaurachjoch. Walk on to the southern Puitkogelferner Glacier and over two further Glaciers to the Rheinlandpfalz-Biwak (bivouac). Please note that mountaineers require crampons at the Wassertalkogel. On a partially steep trail continue via the Wurmsitzkogel summit to the Polleskogel summit. Next, climb up to the Pitztaler Jöchl peak and then descend to the catered mountain hut Braunschweiger Hütte. On the way to the Glaciers there are partially secured via ferrate.
Please note that the Mainzer Höhenweg is a high Alpine route. Mountaineers must be confidently sure-footed to master the rock ledge terrain, require grade II rock climbing abilities and good orientation skills. Be sure to not underestimate the length of this trek. As this trek crosses Glaciers, appropriate equipment and advanced mountaineering experience are essential.
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