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The summit of the Hohe Wilde - Altissima, in the Ötztal Alps.
Photo: Edith Runer
Distance 25.2 km
Climbing new heights Boasting 3480 meters, the Hohe Wilde (also called Hochwilde) is true to its name - very high and, with some exposed sections and fixed ropes in places, also pretty wild. In 2012 the route was altered due to falling rock hazard. The lengthy ascent is rewarded with spectacular views.
A tip up front: it would be more enjoyable to allow two days for the Hohe Wilde rather than trying for a day's outing. The ascent to Stettiner Hütte (2875 m) is quite lengthy, and completing just the first stage of the walk requires a lot of energy. But let's get started: Set off in Vorderkaser in Pfossental, and an initially wide path (No. 24 – Merano High-Altitude Trail) leads you to the Eishof guest house. From around 2100 m above sea level the valley narrows, as does the ascent path to Eisjöchl at 2900 m, from where the Stettiner Hütte is in full view and only 10 minutes away. Climbers should allow around 3.5 hours to reach the hut. Right next to the hut, track 48 leads further north. On the old ascent path to Hohe Wilde, climbers had been threatened by falling rocks, and the path was officially blocked off for longer periods, but in 2012 a decision was finally made to create a new route to the summit was created, partly secured with steel ropes. First follow the old signposting
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