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Tyrolean High-Altitude Trail: Overview

Val di Vizze (Pfitsch)
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Informationen zur Tour Tyrolean High-Altitude Trail: Overview

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  • Duration
    65:00 h
  • Distance
    158km
  • Altitude
    9900 m
  • Altitude
    11380 m
  • Max. height
    2938 m
The Tyrolean High-Altitude Trail (Tiroler Höhenweg): a clearly structured overview of the entire route and its 13 stages. The Tyrolean High-Altitude Trail links the northern and southern parts of Tyrol.

Directions

The Tyrolean High-Altitude Trail is a route of contrasts and superlatives. It comprises almost 12000 vertical meters and a total length of nearly 160 kilometers, from the upper Ziller valley in Austria all the way to Merano. It offers the mountaineer a wide range of different impressions and experiences. With a few exceptions, the altitude level of the Tyrolean High-Altitude Trail is between 1500 and just under 3000 meters. The route is divided into 13 stages, and there are opportunities to join or to leave the trail at the Brennerpass, in the Obernberg valley, in the Pflerscher valley, in Ridnaun, in Val Passiria (Passeirer Timmelstal) and in the Pfelderer valley.

Walkers intending to cover the Tyrol High-Altitude Trail in its entirety will need to set aside just under 2 weeks for this endeavour. Excellent psychological as well as physical fitness and stamina are an absolute must! There are a number of sections which demand absolute surefootedness and a head for heights, a sense of orientation and mountain experience. The trail offers a number of staging posts. Shelters should be booked beforehand to ensure comfortable overnight accommodation and to enable the wardens to plan in advance.

Stage 1: Schlegeisspeicher to Landshuter-Europahütte 5:00 hrs

Stage 2: Landshuter-Europahütte to Sattelbergalm 5:00 hrs.

Stage 3: Sattelbergalm to Obernberger See 5:00 hrs.

Stage 4: Obernberger See to Tribulaunhütte 6:00 hrs.

Stage 5: Tribulaunhütte to Innerpflersch 5:00 hrs.

Stage 6: Innerpflersch to Maiern 6:00 hrs.

Stage 7: Maiern to Schneeberghütte 6:00 hrs.

Stage 8: Schneeberghütte to Hochfirst 4:00 hrs.

Stage 9: Hochfirst to Zwickauer Hütte 6:45 hrs.

Stage 10: Zwickauer Hütte to Stettiner Hütte 3:30 hrs.

Stage 11: Stettiner Hütte to Pfelders 3:45 hrs.

Stage 12: Pfelders to Bockerhütte 5:00 hrs.

Stage 13: Bockerhütte to Merano 4:30 hrs.

Starting point

Ziller valley, Schlegeis reservoir

Target point

Merano

Specificity

In the course of some of the stages, you may find a number of snowy fields, frozen solid, right until mid-summer. So don't forget your ice axe and crampons!

Parking

At Schlegeis reservoir

Public transportation

By train to Jenbach, then by local railway (Zillertalbahn) or bus on to Mayrhofen. By bus from Mayrhofen to the Schlegeis reservoir.

Directions

Via the Brenner pass to Innsbruck. Then towards Kufstein, taking the Ziller valley exit to Mayrhofen. From here via Ginzling to Schwemmalm and the Schlegeis reservoir.

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