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Mountain Hiking

Mountain Hiking in Tyrol

Enjoy the mountain world of Pitztal

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.

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Whole Pitztal
Hochzeiger
Gletscher
Rifflsee

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...

Arzl: Leiner Alm, Wennerberg
Wenns: Venet circular route, Aifner Alm
Jerzens: Hochzeiger, Riegetal
St Leonhard: Lake Mittelberglesee, Braunschweiger Hütte

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lake Mittelberglesee
lake Mittelberglesee
Groaßsee Riegetal
Groaßsee Riegetal
The Leiner Alm in the Hochzeiger hiking area
The Leiner Alm in the Hochzeiger hiking area
Circular route Venet with view to the Tschirgant
Circular route Venet with view to the Tschirgant

Pitztaler Almenweg, Stage 2 (catered mountain huts trail)

Ausgangspunkt
Scheibe (1390m)
Endpunkt
Plangeroß (1613m)

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.

Venet circular route

Ausgangspunkt
Plattenrain (1478m)
Endpunkt
Plattenrain (1468m)

Starting point: Plattenrainalm. From there walk in the direction of the catered mountain hut Venetalm (approx. 2 hrs). Continue further over the mountain ridge of the Venet, which affords fantastic panoramic vistas of the upper Inn valley, the Gurgltal and Pitztal valleys as well as the lower Inn valley all the way down to Telfs. After approx. 2 hrs you will reach Venet, where the path forks off in the direction of the cate red mountain hut Goglesalm. The three catered mountain huts Goglesalm, Galflunalm and Larcheralm each offer opportunities for a well-earned refreshment pit-stop. You may also wish to stay overnight on the Galflunalm or the Larcheralm. Continue your hike (possibly on the following day) in the direction of Audershof (approx. 1 hr walking distance from the 

Larcheralm). After another 1.5 hrs you will return to your starting point at Plattenrainalm.

Venet circular route

Ausgangspunkt
Audershof car park (1297m)
Endpunkt
Audershof car park (1276m)

Walk along the forest road from the car park to the catered mountain huts Larcher Alm (1.5 hrs) Galfun Alm (2 hrs). Continue to walk for approx. 1 h on a steep path to reach the catered mountain hut Gogles Alm. Once there, a slightly steeper path forks off towards the Venet peak that can be reached within 2 hrs. Continue further on an easy walk along the mountain ridge of the Venet, which affords fantastic panoramic views of the upper Inntal, Gurgltal and Pitztal v alleys and the lower Inntal valley all the way down to Telfs. Walk for approx. 2.5 hrs to reach the catered mountain hut Venetalm. It takes approximately another hour to reach the catered mountain hut Puitalm am Plattenrain and another 1.5 hrs to return to your starting point in Audershof. Each ‘alm’ is very inviting should you wish to take a rest and if you wish to break up your hike you may also stay overnight at the Galfun-, Larcher-, Venet- or Puitalm am Plattenrain.

Three lake tour (Brechsee,Krummersee,Kugletersee)

Ausgangspunkt
Rehwald (1463m)
Endpunkt
Rehwald (1463m)

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. 

Mittelberg – Braunschweiger Hütte (2,759 m) – Pitztaler Jöchl (2,995 m) – Mittelberg

Ausgangspunkt
Mittelberg (1731m)
Endpunkt
Mittelberg (1730m)

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.

Circular route: Klausboden/Forstgarten - Kielebergalm - Aifnerspitze – Aifner Alm

Ausgangspunkt
Klausboden recreational area (1261m)
Endpunkt
Klausboden recreational area (1256m)

From the starting point you walk along the forest path to the catered mountain hut Kielebergalm. Continue on a path, at times steep, through Wildkar cirque until you reach a fork, turn off to the right in the direction of the Schweinelieger peak. Once there, you may either take a right to walk straight to the catered mountain hut Aifner Alm or a left to climb the Kleine Aifnerspitze peak (very nice vista). Return by the same route to the Schweinelieger and descend on a well-signposted steep path to the Aifner Alm. From there, a 

waymarked steep path joins with a forest road. After a few meters on the forest road turn right to walk on a steep path in the direction of the Harbeweiher pond/Bärenbad. At the pond, take a right to return via Lachwies to Piller/Forstgarten.

Krabichl - Leiner Alm - Sechszeiger - Kalbenalm - Krabichl

Ausgangspunkt
Krabichl/Leins (1214m)
Endpunkt
Krabichl/Leins (1214m)

The start of the walk is at the hamlet Krabichl between Leins and Wald. Follow the forest path on the right to the next fork. Then follow the forest road in the direction of the Hilterboden Chapel. The forest road leads to a steep path up to the catered mountain hut Leiner Alm. Just overlooking Leiner Alm a path forks off to the left in the direction of Leiner Kögele/Sechzeiger. Return from Sechzeiger down to the catered mountain huts Kalbenalm and then on to Leineralm. From there, return via a forest road back down to your starting point in Krabichl.

Trail to the Kaunergrathütte (2,817 m)

Ausgangspunkt
car park between Plangeroß and Tieflehn (1615m)
Endpunkt
car park between Plangeroß and Tieflehn (1615m)

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

Circular route: Piller pond – Aifner Alm – Kreuzjöchl – Kielebergalm

Ausgangspunkt
Piller Landschaftsteich [artificial pond] (1358m)
Endpunkt
Piller Landschaftsteich [artificial pond] (1361m)

From the starting point turn left on a path in the direction of Lachwies. From the Lachwies farm onwards a steep footpath continues steeply downhill to Bärenbad. Once there, follow a forest road for a short while before turning right into a well signposted trail to the catered mountain hut Aifner Alm. After the Alm, turn left in the direction of Aifenspitze summit, turn left at Schweinelieger and walk uphill to the Kreuzjöchl on a path that is very steep in places. Continue to hike downhill through the Wildkar combe and on a path towards the catered mountain hut Kielebergalm. Finally return to Piller the forest road. 

Trail to the summit Grabkogel

Ausgangspunkt
car park between Stillebach and Piösmes (1405m)
Endpunkt
car park between Stillebach and Piösmes (1408m)

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.

Region: Hochzeiger

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. 

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A selection of Mountain hikes at Hochzeiger

Hiking tips from the Sechszeiger lift top station
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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. 
Walking time: approx. 5 hours. Longer mountain hike​

 

Hiking tips from the Gondola top station
(N) *

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. 
Walking time: 5 hours. Longer mountain hike​

* look up in the Hochzeiger hiking tips brochure

Region: Gletscher

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

 

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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.

More information:
Hut tenant - Fam. Auer, T +43(0)664 5353722.
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Braunschweiger Hütte and Mittelbergferner Glacier
Braunschweiger Hütte and Mittelbergferner Glacier

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
Pitztal Glacier Footpath - Taschach Glacier
Pitztal Glacier Footpath - Taschach Glacier
Pitztal Glacier Footpath - Taschach Glacier
Pitztal Glacier Footpath - Taschach Glacier
Pitztal Glacier Footpath - Taschach Glacier
Pitztal Glacier Footpath - Taschach Glacier
Pitztal Glacier Footpath - Taschach Glacier
Pitztal Glacier Footpath - Taschach Glacier

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
Pitztal Glacier Footpath - Taschach Glacier
Pitztal Glacier Footpath - Taschach Glacier
Region: Rifflsee

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.
 

Important Information:

  • 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
     
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  • 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
     
Rifflsee Lake and Rifflseebahn Top Station
Rifflsee Lake and Rifflseebahn Top Station
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