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Summit experience

Summit experience

Discover Pitztal’s diverse summit tours

The summits of Pitztal are truly powerful places. Experience the sensation of being at the top of the world and enjoy panoramic views of the breath-taking mountain scenery with its deep valleys and steep rock faces. This unique experience will leave you with memories of a lifetime. 

Summit tour tips: Pitztal’s impressive 3000 m peaks…

Apart from difficult and demanding tours such as the highest mountain of North Tyrol, the Wildspitze at 3,774 metres, Pitztal also offers easier and more achievable summit tours. 

For beginners, we recommend the Rappenkopf peak in St Leonhard in Pitztal. The summit can be reached in an easy hike starting from the Arzler Alm mountain hut. 

Further easy, moderate and difficult summit tour tips are the Rofelewand, Stallkogel, Gemeindekopf, Hochzeiger, Venet, Sechszeiger and more. 

Don’t forget an indulgent stop at one of the mountain huts…

After a demanding summit tour, stop in one of our rustic and idyllic mountain huts. 

Regions:
Whole Pitztal
Hochzeiger
Gletscher
Rifflsee

Summit tours in Pitztal

Enjoy tranquillity and unforgettable vistas from one of our summits. At the very top and far removed from problems and stress – that’s how relaxing a hiking holiday is in Pitztal. To magnify this peak experience many of Pitztal’s summits have been designed and built with care using natural materials and providing information boards about history, flora and fauna.

Top summit tours in our villages…

Arzl: Walder Gipfelkreuz
Wenns: Venet circular route, Aifnerspitze
Jerzens: Wildgrat, Hoher Gemeindekopf 
St Leonhard: Mittagskogel, Stallkogel

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summit tour to the summit Hohe Geige
summit tour to the summit Hohe Geige
to climb up the summit
to climb up the summit
tour to the summit Aifnerspitze
tour to the summit Aifnerspitze
circular route Venet with the view of the valley
circular route Venet with the view of the valley

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 ( 1h 30 min) 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 (3 h) 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.

Mainzer Höhenweg (high-level trail)

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car park between Plangeroß andWeißwald (1601m)
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bus stop Mittelberg (1732m)
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.

Venet circular route

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Plattenrain (1478m)
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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.

Circular route to summit Wallfahrtsjöchl

Ausgangspunkt
Eggenstall (1341m)
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Eggenstall (1340m)
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. 

Mittagskogel summit tour starting in Mittelberg

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Mittelberg (1731m)
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Mittagskogel (1730m)
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!

St Leonharder Höhenweg (high-level trail)

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car park goods cable car near Zaunhof/Grüble (1396m)
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Piösmes (1423m)
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.

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

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Mittelberg (1731m)
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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

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Klausboden recreational area (1261m)
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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.

Hike to Aifner Alm and Aifenspitzen

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Naturparkhaus [Nature Park Centre] at Gachenblick (1584m)
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Naturparkhaus [Nature Park Centre] at Gachenblick (1588m)
From the starting point, take a forest path left in the direction of a pond [Harbeweiher]. The forest path reaches a steep trail, which you continue to follow, keeping to the right. Just before the Harbeweiher, take a left turn. Continue to walk on this trail to the catered mountain hut Aifner Alm. Once there, turn off left via a well-prepared steep path until you reach the Schweinelieger summit. From there, keep right and walk along the ridge to the Aifenspitze summit. Please note: only cross over to the Hohen Aifenspitze peak if you are sure-footed and an experienced mountaineer. Return by the same route you came on.

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.
Region: Hochzeiger

Summit tours Hochzeiger

Riegetal nature reserve

Discover absolutely pristine nature with a glistening green mountain lake at its centre at Riegetal nature reserve. Visit the "Groaßsee" lake in the heart of this nature reserve. The three summits "Hochzeiger", "Wildgrat" and "Gemeindekopf" are rewarding destinations for experienced hikers.

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A selection of Summit tours at Hochzeiger

Hiking tips from the Sechszeiger lift top station
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To the Hochzeiger, into the upper Riege Valley and continue to the "Groaß" Lake, before eventually reaching the "Wildgrat" ridge (approx. 4 hours). Return to the gondola top station (approx. 2 hours 45 min.). Walking time: approx. 6 hours 45 min. Longer mountain hike​

 

Hiking tips from the Gondola top station
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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​

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Hike to the Wildgrat at 2,971 m: Walk to the top station of the "Zollberg" draglift. Walk to the "Groaß" lake before eventually reaching the "Wildgrat" ridge. Return using the same route. Walking time: 6 hours 30 min. Longer mountain hike​

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Hike to the "Gemeindekopf" at 2,771 m. Walk to the top station of the "Zollberg" draglift. Walk to the "Groaß" lake and then turn right to the "Gemeindekopf" peak. Return using the same route. Walking time: 5 hours 30 min. Longer mountain hike​

* look up in the Hochzeiger hiking tips brochure

Region: Gletscher

Illustrious Names - High Alpine Peak Tours at Pitztal Glacier

North Tirol's Highest Mountain – Wildspitze Peak & more summits higher than 3,000 meters

Thanks to the Gletscherexpress mountain lift you conquer some 1,100 altitude meters quite effortlessly in only 8 minutes.
After such a record-beating ascent you enjoy new perspectives when it comes to high Alpine peak tours that can be made within one day. One of the classic highlights is the tour to Wildspitze peak.
Additionally, many more rewarding summits and Alpine ridges are accessible from the Gletscherexpress top station at 2,840 meters above sea level.


Very important:

Prior Alpine experience and appropriate hiking equipment absolutely required.
We strongly recommend you to enlist a certified local mountain guide for this tour.

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  • Hinterer Brunnenkogel 3,440 m (Austria's highest mountain gondola) incl. ascent on Pitztal Glacier Footpath leading to Taschachhaus
    Walking time: 7 hours
    Difficulty level: black
     
  • Mitterkopf 3,344 m
    Walking time: 2 hours
    Difficulty level: blue-red
     
  • Vorderer Brunnenkogel 3,396 m
    Starting point: Wildspitzbahn top station
    Walking time: 1 hour
    Difficulty level: blue-red
     
  • Linker Fernerkogel 3,277 m
    Walking time: 3 hours
    Difficulty level: red-black
     
  • Rechter Fernerkogel 3,300 m
    Walking time: 3 hours
    Difficulty level: red-black
     
  • Innere Schwarze Schneid 3,367 m
    Walking time: 3-4 hours
    Difficulty level: black
     
  • Karleskogel 3,106 m
    Walking time: 3.5-4 hours
    Difficulty level: black
     
  • Tiefenbachkogel 3,307 m
    Walking time: 3 hours
    Difficulty level: red-black
     
  • Mutkogel 3,309 m
    Walking time: 3 hours
    Difficulty level: red-black
     
  • Weisser Kogel 3,407 m
    Walking time: 4 hours
    Difficulty level: red-black
     
  • Taufkarjoch 3,210 m
    Walking time: 4 hours
    Difficulty level: blue-red
     
  • Taufkarkogel 3,362 m
    Walking time: 4.5 hours
    Difficulty level: red-black
     
  • Brochkogel 3,423 m
    Walking time: 4-5 hours
    Difficulty level: black
     
  • Petersennspitze 3,482 m
    Walking time: 4 hours
    Difficulty level: red
  • Short hikes/walks at Pitztal Glacier
  • Walking tours in the Glacier Area
  • Alpine hiking tours around Pitztal Glacier
High Alpine Tour to Wildspitze (c) Dieter Wissekal
High Alpine Tour to Wildspitze (c) Dieter Wissekal
Region: Rifflsee

True Insider Tips for Mountain Aficionados

Unique Peak Conquests in the Rifflsee Area

The fabulous summits and mountain tops of the Rifflsee area still rank among the less crowded Alpine regions. Even true insiders and connoisseurs of Pitztal will find secluded side valleys offering beautiful ascent routes leading to less popular peaks.
As all these hiking routes are in high Alpine terrain and you are strongly recommended to enlist one of the certified Pitztal Mountain Guides in order to guarantee a safe ascent.

 
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  • Brandkogel 2,676 m - Demanding Alpine hiking tour
    Walking time: ascent 1 hour / descent 1 hour
    Difficulty level: red-black
     
  • Zurakogel 2,895 m
    Walking time: ascent 2 hours / descent 2 hours
    Difficulty level: black, no trail markers
     
  • Steinkogel 2,632 m
    Walking time: ascent 3 hours / descent 2 hours
    Difficulty level: black, no trail markers
     
  • Seekarlesschneid 3,207 m  - High Alpine crossing towards Kaunergrathütte
    Walking time: 3.5-5 hours
    Difficulty level: red-black, no trail markers
     
  • Rostizkogel 3,304 m - High Alpine hiking tour incl. glacier crossing
    Walking time: 4 hours
    Difficulty level: black, high Alpine terrain
     
  • Schneidiges Wandle 3,357 m - High Alpine hiking tour
    Walking time: 3 hours
    Difficulty level: black, no trail markers
     
  • K2 3,150 m - High Alpine hiking tour
    Walking time: 3.5 hours
    Difficulty level: red-black, no trail markers
     
  • Löcherkogel 3,324 m - High Alpine hiking tour
    Walking time: 4 hours
    Difficulty level: black, no trail markers
     
  • Wurmtaler Joch 3,089 m - High Alpine hiking tour incl. glacier crossing
    Walking time: 4 hours
    Difficulty level: red, some parts are perfectly signposted
     
  • Wurmtaler Kopf 3,225 m - High Alpine hiking tour incl. glacier crossing
    Walking time: 4.5 hours
    Difficulty level: red, some parts are perfectly signposted
     
  • Vorderer Eiskastenkopf (Hochkopf) 3,086 m - High Alpine hiking tour
    Walking time: 5 hours
    Difficulty level: red-black, no trail markers
     
  • Short hikes/walks at Rifflsee
  • Walking tours in the Rifflsee Area
  • Alpine hiking tours within Rifflsee
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