The Stubai High Trail is one of the most beautiful high routes in the alps. Hiking over green alpine meadows, rough cliffs, everlasting snow fields, you will pass by mighty glaciers, through high fenlands and over mountain peaks. The variety of the landscape on this trail is incomparable. But it also demands a certain amount of alpine experience, safe walking, endurance and the right gear. After all, you will hike above the 2,000 meter mark around the amazing alpine area of the Stubai valley, from hut to hut for eight to nine days, over mountain ridges and rough peaks.
The huts on the Stubai High Trail are amazing and everyone has its own charm. You will love the Tyrolean hearty food, which empowers you for the next day. In the evening you will have relaxed talks with other hikers and share experiences and stories around mountains and adventures. The sunsets are part of the “daily program” but especially the sunrises are worth getting up at 5 a.m. Well, at least do it once, you won’t regret it.
Depending on snow and weather, the Stubai High Trail can be hiked in full length from mid-July on. Before you go - or even plan it - always inform yourself about the conditions in the mountains, check in with the huts or the tourist office in Stubai.
On the first leg, it goes from the Starkenburger hut above Neustift to the Franz Senn hut. It is about 600 meters to overcome about 16 kilometers. But you hardly notice it. It always goes in the valley and if you are unlucky, it results in a one-sided sunburn. At more than 2,000 meters altitude, the power of the sun is also stronger, so you should always cream yourself well.As you wander to the Franz Senn Hut, you already have the feeling that you are leaving civilization and diving into the mountains altogether.The ascent to the Starkenburger hut can either be done on foot the day before or you can take the Schlick 2000 train from Neustift on the same day. In this case you walk directly from their mountain station to the Franz Senn hut. This will make the tour a bit longer, but it will definitely be well done.
The second stage of the Stubaier Höhenweg leads from the Franz Senn hut to the Neue Regensburger hut, which lies directly above a waterfall. There are about 700 meters of altitude to overcome about ten kilometers. The route runs on wonderful paths and will therefore seem quite easy to you. Especially if you set off early, you can be lucky on this stage and maybe meet fox and deer near the hut.At the beginning of the season, at the top of the Schrimmennieder, there may still be a high snow wall that has to be "climbed". But fortunately this is very easy and you are back on familiar paths. By the way, the view from the Basslerjoch to the Stubai main ridge is quite a sight, so be sure to take the few extra meters up and up to the Joch.
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The third stage leads from the Neue Regensburger Hütte through the magnificent high valley "Hohes Moos" towards Falbesoner See. Then it goes up steeply over a rope insured rise on the Grawagrubennieder. Below the glacier tongue you cross the rocks, before going downhill again. On the way, you should make a detour to Mutterberger See. A good 900 meters in altitude and around 14 kilometers you will conquer on this stage - if you take the lake with you.This section of the hike has a great adventure character. First through the beautiful high valley, then over old snow remains and a short insured climb up into the landscape of the Grawagrubenferner - absolutely impressive. Only in the end, the tour pulls a little, especially when it's hot. Therefore, you should definitely bring enough water and schedule enough breaks. So you are satisfied and with enough reserves to the milestone.
The fourth stage from the Dresdner Hütte to the Sulzenau hut is short and crisp. Many hikers put it together with another stage, which is a bit of a pity, because the Sulzenau hut is definitely worth a night and also offers plenty of employment for the afternoon. Depending on whether you go over the Big Trögler or as described here on the Beiljoch, expect up to 700 meters uphill and six kilometers route.The numerous Steinmänner am Beiljoch are as beautiful and wonderful as the Moränensee below the glacier with its turquoise-blue color. Around the beautiful Sulzenau hut there are many activities and a lot to discover. On warm days, hardened people can even cool off in the blue paint near the hut.
A short as well as crisp stage awaits you on the fifth day. From the Sulzenau hut it goes first flat and then up in a pleasant slope to Grünau lake. Through green meadows and rugged rocks, it goes past small paints and steadily upwards. Finally, a short rope insured piece follows up to the ridge, the so-called "Niederl". From this summit cross, it goes down steeply to the Nuremberg hut, which you can see from afar.A second variant leads shortly after the Grünau Lake to the left up to the Mairspitze. The summit is worth it, especially because the stage itself is very short, leaving you plenty of time for the exciting summit tour.
The stage from the Nürnberger Hütte to the Bremer Hütte is definitely one of the most beautiful of the entire Höhenweg. It takes you up to the summit of the Simmingjöchl at about 550 meters above sea level and rewards your ascent with an impressive glacier landscape and a phenomenal view. From Simmingjöchl it goes steeply downhill for a short distance - but a rope provides the necessary support. And at the latest the environment of the Bremen hut will finally enchant you.
The last leg from hut to hut is one of the longest and most demanding. There are two variants of the Bremer Hütte right at the beginning: One variant leads over a short via ferrata, which you descend through a chimney. The good thing about this variant: You do not lose any altitude and you pass the Lautersee. The second variant runs to the right and is easier, but goes hand in hand with a slight descent and a new ascent. Here we present the variant over the via ferrata.Steadily out of the valley, above the Gschnitztal with the magnificent Tribulaun in the field of vision, it goes on wonderful hiking trails. It is a bit more demanding on the so-called "Wasenwand", which is however rope insurance and provided with climbing aids. Although the section does not look very impressive, it requires great attention. If this is overcome, it goes downhill for a last time before it goes over the last climb back up to over 2,500 meters and then goes steeply down to Innsbrucker hut. After the long day, you definitely deserve a delicious refreshment!The next day you could climb the hawk, a very challenging and steep alpine hike with via ferrata passages to the 3.277 meter high summit behind the Innsbrucker hut. Depending on your fitness and ability, the summit can be reached in two to three hours.
The descent from the Innsbrucker hut is again a proper hike for itself. You can also hike down to the Karalm and take a hut taxi from there, but the nice option is the Elferkofel, from where you can take the cable car into the valley and save the rest of the descent with the scenic drive. After eight days, you have earned a leisurely train ride.