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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.

Regions:
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

Krabichl - Leiner Alm - Sechszeiger - Kalbenalm - Krabichl

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Krabichl/Leins (1214m)
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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)

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car park between Plangeroß and Tieflehn (1615m)
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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

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Piller Landschaftsteich [artificial pond] (1358m)
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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

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car park between Stillebach and Piösmes (1405m)
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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.

Audershof – Larcher Alm – Galflun Alm – Kreuzjoch – Audershof

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Car park Audershof (1305m)
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Car park Audershof (1343m)

Take the moderately steep forest road to the catered mountain hut Larcher Alm and then continue to walk in the direction of the catered mountain hut Galflun Alm. Just before the Galflun Alm a path, in parts very steep, takes you directly to the Kreuzjoch summit. To return, turn left after the Kreuzjoch and walk along the so-called Wannejöchl back to the Galflun Alm and from there, return by the same route you followed from Audershof.

Circular route: Piller – fishpond – Gogles Alm – Glanderspitze (summit cross) – Pillerkreuz (summit cross) – Galflun Alm

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Car park Piller Zentrum (1355m)
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Car park Piller Zentrum (1359m)

From the starting point you walk in the direction of Oberpiller passing the Piller fishpond. After walking on the Rodelbahn [toboggan run in the winter] for a short while you will reach a steep path in the direction of the catered mountain hut Gogles Alm. At the next fork, turn off right until the steep path joins up with a forest track. Follow this track to get to the Gogles Alm. Enjoy the vista from this mountain and after the Gogles Alm, continue to walk, bearing left on a steep path to the summit cross of  Glanderspitze. After this, walk along the ridge keeping right towards the Pillerkreuz (summit cross). To descend, retrace your steps for a few meters and then turn off left back to the Galflun Alm and then take a right towards Piller. This steep path forks off again to the right and then joins a path that takes you straight back to Piller.

Zaunhof/Grüble – Ludwigsburger Hütte – St Leonharder Höhenweg (high-level trail) – Bich

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car park, goods cable car near Zaunhof/Grüble (1329m)
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bus stop Zaunhof Grüble (1327m)

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.

Hike to Wildgrat

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gondola top station (2026m)
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gondola top station (2020m)

Starting point: gondola top station. From there, take the path to the Hochzeiger mountain and continue to the Riegetal valley. A second alternative route would be to turn right at the top station and take the path to the Zollberg peak and to the Groaßsee lake. From the lake at 2,416 m take a steep trail to the 2,971 m Wildgrat peak, keeping to the left at all times. It is advisable that hikers taking this path should not have any fear of heights or be prone to dizziness. Return via the Zollberg.

Trail to the Luibisalm and to the Moalandlsee lake

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car park between Stillebach and Piösmes (1405m)
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car park between Stillebach and Piösmes (1423m)

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. Return via the outward route.

Mittelberg - Braunschweiger Hütte - Karleskopf - Mittelberg

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Mittelberg (1731m)
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Mittelberg (1731m)

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].

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
(F) *

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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