Breath-taking and unique day tours are awaiting you in Pitztal. Hiking in the mountains is the best way to enjoy nature and forget the everyday stress of life. Planning on a longer hiking tour? Then why not make use of one of our three mountain railways on the way up to save time and spare your legs – Hochzeiger Bergbahnen, Rifflsee Bergbahnen and Pitztal Glacier.
Mountain Hiking in Tyrol
Enjoy the mountain world of Pitztal
Mountain hiking in Pitztal
Mountain hiking in Austria through fragrant mountain meadows and rugged steep rock faces. Our cosy catered mountain huts invite you to take a break: get pampered with local delicacies in a charming scenic setting. Beautiful images of this colourful landscape will be etched in your holiday memories and create a longing to return.
Top mountain hiking tours in our villages...
The second stage of the Pitztaler Almenweg starts in St Leonhard in the district of Scheibe at 1,390 m. Follow a forest path for a short while, then a steep forest track for approx. 1.5 hrs until you reach the Arzler Alm at 1,875 m. This is the first and only catered mountain hut on this hike. After the Arzler Alm follow a wide forest road for approx. 1 km, then turn off south just below the Rappenkopf. This steep path climbs up gradually. After about 500 m there is another turn-off (this part is hard/black), where you should bear off again in a southerly direction. From here, the high-level trail starts and continues on almost the same altitude level (between 2,000 m and 2,400 m) below the Seirlöcherkogel summit in the direction of the Neururer Berg. Along this route, enjoy several fantastic vistas of Mandarfen, the Mittagsk ogel mountain and the Pitztal Glacier. Once you reach the Neururer Berg after a hik e of about 4 hours, cross a wooden bridge over the Seebach brook and continue to follow the track southwards until you reach a lake (Mittelberglesee at 2,446 m). From there the track climbs to 2,783 m. Follow the path in the direction of the catered mountain hut Kaunergrathütte at 2,817 m (trail number 927) for approx. 3.5 hrs. This is where you will stay overnight. Please note that you must allow between 9 and 9.5 hrs walking time for this Alpine trek. On the following morning, leave the Kaunergrathütte, at the foot of the mighty Watzenspitze (3,532m) and follow trail number 926 to return to Pitztal/ Plangeroß, which will take about 3 hrs.
Cross the road at the Gasthof Liesele pub in Eggenstall and walk along the continuously steep agricultural road to Neubergalm mountain hut. Then continue on a very steep but well signposted path to Sturzmahd and the Sturzmahd ridge and then further upwards to the Wallfahrtsjöchl peak. Once there, enjoy magnificent panoramic views of the Pitztal valley below and far beyond its borders.
CAUTION: the path up to the Wallfahrtsjöchl is very difficult and is often covered in snowfields. We only advise experienced mountaineers to attempt this route and we recommend a direct descent route to the Sturzmahd saddle via a well-signposted steep trail leading to the Tiefentalalm mountain hut. From this catered mountain hut you can return via the agricultural road back down to St Leonhard/Eggenstall.
From the starting point hike along a very steep trail up to the Mittagskogel summit. On this long hike your efforts will be rewarded with spectacular panoramic views of Pitztal and the Kaunergrat and Geigen ridges. The Muttler peak is also along this route and has equally beautiful vistas in store. Return via the same route. There is an alternative return route that will spare your knees: you can reach the top station of the Glacier Express within ca. 1.5 hours and can take the underground train back to your starting point. Please note the train timetables!
Der Pitztaler Almenweg links five idyllically located catered mountain huts: Söllberg-, Mauchele-, Neuberg-, Tiefental- and Arzler Alm. About 100 m before Wiese, take the agricultural road on the right to the Söllbergalm.
From there, continue your hike through a larch and Swiss pine forest on a moderately steep track in the direction of the Brechsee lake. After walking for approximately 30 minutes turn off in the direction of Stallkogel – Mauchele Alm. There, the path joins up with a recently built moderately steep track to the Mauchele Alm. After approximately 500 m (red markings) turn left until you cross a stream. Then turn left again and walk
over stony terrain in the direction of the Neubergalm. This part is hard/lback mountain path. Please note that hikers should be sure-footed and not be afraid of heights for this passage. Enjoy the spectacular views of the valley. After the Neubergalm a shaded track takes you through forest to the Tiefentalalm, which is in a picturesque setting. Next, continue your hike bearing right, following the footpath and then the agricultural road to the Arzler Alm. Descend either via the agricultural road or via the forest path to Scheibe. Please note that it is possible to descend from any of the Alms at any point.
Follow the well-marked agricultural road to the catered mountain hut Ludwigsburger Hütte. Then continue to walk to the Lehnerjoch and turn right after approx. 10 minutes and follow the well-waymarked track southwards. After crossing a few cirques and streams, follow a steep, secured descent to another cirque, the Hairlacher Kar. Next, climb up the steep track (secured with ropes) to the stunning Mauerköpfl summit. Continue to walk over Alpine pastures beneath the Hairlacher Seekopf summit to the fork a little east of the Am Gampen. Then climb uphill in the direction of the Wilder See until you reach the Brandsee lake at the same altitude as the Schoaßkogel peak. At another cirque, the Biedere Kar, continue to walk on to the so called Luibisböden. It is possible to descend via the Luibisalm to Piösmes.
Please note that no one should attempt this Alpine trek unless confident of good fitness levels and stamina.
Follow the agricultural road from Rehwald to the catered mountain hut Mauchele Alm. From there turn off on a trail towards Lake Brechsee which you will reach within 30 minutes from the hut. It is another 1.5 hours walk to Lake Krummer and Lake Kugletersee. Return to the start via the same route.
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.
Starting point: car park just before Plangeroß. Walk by a path, which starts off wide before narrowing and becoming increasingly steep – through the forest to the Plangeroßalpe. Once there, cross over the river at two points, continuing next to ascend on the moderately steep path along the river to the second plateau, where the path is joined by a high-level trail, the Cottbuser Höhenweg. From there, follow the trail over loose stones and rocks to the last very steep ascent of the route up to one of the highest catered mountain huts of the Ötztal Alps, the Kaunergrathütte (2,817 m). Descend by the outward route. For experienced and fit mountaineers, there is an alternative descent from the Kaunergrathütte via the Mittelberglesee lake to Trenkwald (this alter -native descent adds another 2 hrs walking time to the high Alpine trek).
Tip: From the Kaunergrathütte, within about an hour, you can also climb the summit
to enjoy beautiful panoramic views of the Plangeroßkopf. Grade: moderate
Walk by a road to the left towards the broadcasting mast for a short while, then turn left onto a footpath leading in the direction of the mountain hut Luibisalm (not catered). This Alm is a peaceful destination for a day trip and affords walkers panoramic views high over the valley opposite the steep Rofelewand rockface (3,354 m). Continue on past a hunting lodge to the so called Luibisböden. Straight ahead this track leads to the Luibiskogel peak: from there turn right and walk through a rubble cirque to a crevasse behind which the beautiful Moalandlsee lake nestles against a stunning backdrop of rocks. Please note that this trail is only suitable for fit, experienced and sure-footed mountaineers. Passing Lake Moalandsee on your right, the last stage of this tour leads up to the Grabkogel summit cross, which can already be spotted from the lake. You will reach the summit at 2,651 metres after a 20 minute climb and enjoy a 360 degree view of Lake Moalandsee and the course of Pitztal valley. Return via the outward route.
From the starting point, climb up to the catered mountain hut Ludwigsburger Hütte. Then continue to walk in the direction of the Lehnerjoch. After approx. 10 minutes tak e a right and follow the waymarked trail leading south. After crossing a few cirques and brooks, there is a secured track to the Hairlacher Kar. Following this, there is another ascent to the Scharte am Westgrat of the Hairlacher Seekopfs summit. Continue after this to the Maurerköpfl peak. Keep on southwards to the crossroads ‘Am Gampen’, then downhill to the derelict mountain hut Äußere Schwarzenbergalm and then continue on to Enger/Bichl.
Please note that this trail is only suitable for experienced hikers with good stamina.
Mountain hikes Hochzeiger
Enjoy 360 degrees mountain panorama
Hochzeiger hiking resorts offers great choice with 100 kilometres of marked hiking trails. Enjoy the magnificent mountain panorama on a day tour and discover the “magic of the pine” as Hochzeiger hiking resort has an especially beautiful pine forest. Some trees are almost 400 years old and pinewood is said to promote relaxation and indulge the senses.
A selection of Mountain hikes at Hochzeiger
|Hiking tips from the Sechszeiger lift top station|
Walk south along the ridge for approx. 900 m and descend into the valley on the far side of the Wenner Mountain before heading out of the valley towards the Kalben Mountain Hut. Climb up past the Trög Hut to the Leiner Alm from where you return to the bottom lift station.
|Hiking tips from the Gondola top station|
Hike to the Hochzeiger and then into the Riege Valley before reaching the "Groaß" lake (2 hours 45 min.). Return via the top station of the "Zollberg" lift and then to the bottom lift station.
* look up in the Hochzeiger hiking tips brochure
Hiking Tours for Mountain Aficionados
Alpine Hiking Tours at Pitztal Glacier
Majestic Pitztal Glacier makes a true heaven for experienced hikers with excellent stamina, as the area offers countless Alpine hiking tours of a special kind.
- Glacier Hiking Trail towards Braunschweiger Hütte
- On the Glacier Footpath towards Taschachhaus
Glacier Hiking Trail towards Braunschweiger Hütte
Braunschweiger Hütte, nestling at 2758 m altitude, is accessible on a marked Glacier Hiking Trail from the Gletscherexpress top station - Walking time (one way): approx. 1.5 hours
The ascent from Braunschweiger Hütte down to the valley takes about 2 hours.
Signposted hiking trail, on the glacier stretches you'll find snow poles for easier orientation.
Surefootedness and a good head for heights are absolutely required for this tour.
Always bring sturdy hiking boots, sun protection/sunscreen and warm clothes.
Hut tenant - Fam. Auer, T +43(0)664 5353722.
Hiking Tour at Pitztal Glacier
A "Day on the glacier for young and old" gives a deep insight into the eternal ice of Pitztal Glacier, especially suitable for active families. The exciting program features a short glacier crossing. The route travels past glacial mills, glacier snouts, glacial polish areas and bizarre rock formations shaped by the eternal ice. The local mountain guides can tell you many interesting stories about the glacier ice, dangerous crevasses and glaciology in general. A truly unique experience creating memories that will stay with your family forever.
- Guided tours take place every Tuesday and Thursday (fee: € 5.00 pp)
- Meeting point: 10:30 am, sun terrace of Kristall Glacier Restaurant
- Bring sturdy hiking bootsThe hike takes place in good weather only. Time required: approx. 2.5 hours
On the Glacier Footpath towards Taschachhaus
From the peak of Hinterer Brunnenkogel via Taschachhaus to Mandarfen. What's best, this tour covers all four Alpine altitude levels.
- Starting point: Wildspitzbahn top station
- From here you take the narrow footpath through the Alpine side valley of Taschachtal - leading across the glacier to Taschachhaus.
- Ascent through the valley down to Mandarfen.
- Only for very experienced hikers! Distance covered: 14.1 km
- We strongly recommend you to enlist a certified local mountain guide for this tour
Information and contact:
Taschachhaus T +43(0)664-1384465
Bergführervereinigung Pitztal / Mountain Guides T +43(0)5413 20366
- Short hikes/walks at Pitztal Glacier
- Walking tours in the Glacier Area
- High Alpine peak tours starting at Pitzal Glacier
Alpine Hiking Tours around Rifflsee Lake
Rifflsee makes a great Starting Point for Alpine Hikes
Wonderful Alpine hiking tours without conquering glacier-topped peaks await you at the Rifflseebahn top station which is a popular starting point for scenic tours.
Surefootedness and a good head for heights are absolutely required for all these routes suitable for already experienced hikers with a good stamina.
On some stretches glacier hiking equipment is needed.
- All walking times listed below are roughly estimated times
- Always plan a tour in advance according to your personal fitness and skills
- Take a look at the local weather report as for all these tours good weather conditions are required
- For an even more pleasant mountain experience we strongly recommend you to enlist a certified Pitztal Mountain Guides
- Rostizjoch 3,083 m: Alpine mountain hike across pasturelands and erosion areas
Walking time: approx. 4 hours
Difficulty level: red (the route is not marked on some stages)
- Cottbuser Höhenweg: challenging high Alpine hike to Kaunergrathütte 2,817 m
Walking time: approx. 3-3.5 hours
Difficulty level: red-black !!!rock climbing skills required!!!
- Wurmtaler Joch 3,089 m: high Alpine hiking tour incl. glacier crossings
Walking time: approx. 4 hours
Difficulty level: red - some stretches are well-marked
- Offenbacher Höhenweg: high Alpine mountain hike - Alpine crossing from Riffle via Wurmtalerkopf to Taschachhaus
Walking time: approx. 7-8 hours
Difficulty level: red, well-marked route