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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

Double chair lift top station - Hochzeiger - intermediate station

Ausgangspunkt
Double chair lift top station (2366m)
Endpunkt
Middelstation (2024m)

This path follows the mountain ridge from its starting point to Hochzeiger. Descend via the Hochzeiger ridge to the mountain station of the Zollberg button lift and continue on to the gondola’s intermediate station.

Pitztal Glacier Express – From the glacier to the Braunschweiger Hütte

Ausgangspunkt
top station of the Glacier Express (2847m)
Endpunkt
Mittelberg (1749m)

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.

 

Gletschersteig (Glacier trail)

Ausgangspunkt
Bergstation Wildspitzbahn (1729m)
Endpunkt
Mandarfen (2847m)

Starting point: Mittelberg, Pitztal Glacier Express. This Alpine route is one of the highlights of Pitztal. Take the Glacier Express to the top station then take the Wildspitz gondola up to 3,440 m. From the highest café in Tyrol, enjoy breath-taking views of the Wildspitze,  the  topmost  summit  of  Tyrol.  The  magnificent  environment  of  this  café provides an ideal setting for reflecting and focussing on the trek and enjoying the panorama vistas before setting out. 



Around 200 m from the top station of the Wildspitz gondola the entrance to the Pitztaler Gletschersteig [Glacier trail]. The path starts by leading over a ridge secured by manmade climbing aids. After mastering the ridge you will reach a flat plateau with a small lake. From there, walk along a moraine towards the valley. Just before the 

Taschachferner Glacier, climb a crag, which was refurbished with climbing aids in the summer of 2013. The landlord of the catered mountain hut Taschachhaus marks the best way to cross the Glacier with tripods. Depending on the condition of the Glacier, mountaineers may require crampons. 



The hut landlord can advise mountaineers before they set out. After crossing the Glacier, continue to walk beneath the Urkundkopf peak on the Rimlsteig, which leads directly to the Taschachhaus at 2,434 m. It is advisable to have a refreshment break at the Taschachhaus, since mountaineers face a 2 km descent to the goods cable car and a 7 km long forest track before they reach Mandarfen on their return. 



Contact  details:  Pitztaler  Gletscherbahn.  Website:  www.pitztal.com

email: pitztal@tirolgletscher.com. Phone: +43(0)5413-86288. For ticket prices for 

the Gletscherexpress and Wildspitzbahn please see noticeboard. 

www.taschachhaus.com. email: office@taschachhaus.com

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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