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Hiking for human dynamos on the Lechtal Mountain Trail – Great Walks

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Hiking for human dynamos on the Lechtal Mountain Trail – Great Walks

Hiking Collection by visittirol

11

days

2-6 h

/ day

55.2 mi

20,600 ft

20,400 ft

Fantastic views, rustic huts and exhilarating summits: welcome to the Lechtal Mountain Trail. Taking you along the incredible main ridge of the Lechtal Alps, this route is not for the faint-hearted. But, your adventure rewards with panoramic trails along narrow ridges over 6,500 feet (2,000) meters interspersed by gentle alpine pastures.

We have put together the eleven main stages for you in this Collection. You can choose between different route options to suit adapt the hike to your own level. Not including the ascent and descent route, there are nine many stages plus nine route variations between the Stuttgarter and Anhalter Hut. You can find more information about this, here: tirol.at/reisefuehrer/sport/wandern/wandertouren/a-lechtaler-hoehenweg

The mountain trail starts in the tranquil village Steeg in the Lechtal. The first stage takes you to the Lechtal Mountain Trail’s official start point at the Stuttgarter Hut, marking the first of a total of ten breathtaking overnight stops at lofty heights.

High in the sky, the trail leads from the Stuttgarter Hut to the most impressive peaks of the Lechtal Alps – the 2,635 meter-high Großbergspitze. Here, you can enjoy an incredible 360-degree panorama before returning back to earth via gentle meadows and rippling streams in the idyllic Parseier Valley. Along the way, you can cool off in picturesque mountain lakes such as the Steinsee, a deep blue lake reflecting the dramatic mountain scenery.

As the route is a high-alpine trail, you should have alpine experience, a strong fitness level and excellent surefootedness to take on this adventure. The Roßkarscharte, which requires ropes, and the south-eastern crossing of the Vorderseespritze are especially challenging. You should also pay close attention to the snow conditions as you may encounter large snow fields at high altitudes, even in summer. Main season is from July till the end of September. Along the route, you can relax and warm up at the cozy alpine huts. Like the other Great Walks, the Lechtaler Mountain Trail allows you to dive into deserted mountain landscapes and leave everyday life behind you.

The Lechtal High Trail is one of the six most beautiful long-distance hiking trails in Tyrol, the so-called ‘Great Walks’. All routes promise you three things: escape from your everyday, beautiful alpine landscapes and real adventure. As well as the Lechtal Mountain Trail, the Tyrolean hiking trail elites include the Berlin High Trail, Eagle Walk, the Stubai High Trail and the Inntal High Trail.

Does this adventure make you dream? You can find information about more ‘Great Walks’, here:
Hiking in the Zillertal Alps on the Berlin High Trail:
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High altitude air on the Stubai High Trail:
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Between borders on the Karnisch High Trail:
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The Inntal High Trail:
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Hut-Hopping on the Lechtal High Trail:
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Following eagle wings on the Eagle Way East Tyrol:
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Majestic hiking along the Eagle Walk – Great Walks
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„Great Walk“ Lechtaler Höhenweg

54.1 mi

20,425 ft

19,625 ft

Last updated: February 13, 2023

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    Etappe 1: Aufstieg zur Stuttgarter Hütte – Lechtaler Höhenweg

    04:59
    8.77 mi
    1.8 mph
    4,075 ft
    250 ft
    Expert
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    From the rustic town of Steeg in the Lechtal you climb up to the Stuttgarter Hütte, which marks the actual starting point of the Lechtaler Höhenweg. To shorten the stage a bit, you can also take the bus to the Prenten stop and get on there.

    

    You walk steadily uphill through the idyllic Krabach valley with

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  • 03:43
    5.48 mi
    1.5 mph
    1,625 ft
    1,875 ft
    Expert
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Rested you start on the second day from the Stuttgarter Hütte in an easterly direction: soon you will pass the Erlijoch at 2,430 meters, which is the highest point of this stage. Between the Erlispitze and the Fanggekarspitze the Lechtaler Höhenweg leads you through the wonderful landscape. The path

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  • 02:34
    3.20 mi
    1.2 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,000 ft
    Expert
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    With a view of the Stanskogel, which sets the scene at 2,757 meters, you hike over colorful mountain flower meadows. From the Leutkircher hut it goes to the Hirschpleiskopf, where a wooden summit cross awaits you. The 360-degree panorama is breathtaking and your gaze wanders over the mighty Verwall group

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  • 03:57
    5.15 mi
    1.3 mph
    1,350 ft
    1,325 ft
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    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    On this stage, wonderful views of the surrounding peaks and two shimmering blue lakes await you: from the Kaiserjochhaus, the Höhenweg leads you north and south of the main ridge. At the beginning you hike relaxed over grassy slopes between semolina and Malatschkopf. The underground soon changes and

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  • 05:59
    6.27 mi
    1.0 mph
    2,475 ft
    2,875 ft
    Expert
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Sleep well you start the fifth stage from the Ansbacher hut. The first section runs effortlessly over flower-filled meadows to the Kopfscharte, from where it continues over the Winterjöchl to the 2,632-meter-high Grießlscharte: the ascent leads through a steel rope-secured chimney, for which you should

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  • 03:54
    4.38 mi
    1.1 mph
    1,550 ft
    1,750 ft
    Expert
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The stage begins with a leisurely hike through colorful flower meadows to the Lower Seewisee. The mighty peaks are reflected in its clear water. You follow the Sewiseebach upstream and come to the Middle Seewisee. The narrow, secured climb leads you up to the 2,599-meter-high Seescharte. The Lechtaler

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  • 03:59
    4.40 mi
    1.1 mph
    1,475 ft
    1,975 ft
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    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This stage begins with the demanding ascent to the building yoke. In countless hairpin bends you overcome the vertical meters and can take a look at the varnishes, a refreshing mountain lake above the Württemberger Haus. From the building yoke you can already see your destination at the Steinseehütte

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  • 02:20
    2.46 mi
    1.1 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,625 ft
    Expert
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    After a restful night at the Steinseehütte, the path first leads you across pastures to the Steinsee. The idyllic water is perfect for cooling off in the morning. In summer, cows and haflingers graze on the lakeside, making this scenery even more kitsch. Then it goes with caution in a zigzag over scree

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  • 06:25
    6.64 mi
    1.0 mph
    3,475 ft
    3,425 ft
    Expert
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    In the ninth stage it goes up again: Starting from the Hanauer Hütte, you first hike down to the small lake and cross the Gstreinbach there. Then the ascent follows a wonderful panoramic path to the Galtseitejoch. A colorful mix of alpine herbs and wild flowers stretches over the slopes and wonderful

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  • 04:23
    4.67 mi
    1.1 mph
    2,350 ft
    2,175 ft
    Expert
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    After an invigorating breakfast, you set off for the last official stage of the Lechtaler Höhenweg: from the Muttekopfhütte, the path leads up the steep slope to the Guggersattel. You hike through the Scharnitzkar to the saddle of the same name at 2,441 meters. Watch out for the loose rock under your

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  • 02:52
    3.75 mi
    1.3 mph
    0 ft
    2,125 ft
    Expert
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Rested and relaxed you start the last section of your long hike. There is a gentle descent from the Anhalter Hütte to the bus stop on Hahntennjochstraße. The six-kilometer stage leads you through the picturesque Plötzigbach valley, in which you follow the course of the babbling brook. Again and again

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    11
  • Distance
    55.2 mi
  • Duration
    45:04 h
  • Elevation
    20,600 ft20,400 ft

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