The Rofan circuit in four stages – hiking on the Achensee

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The Rofan circuit in four stages – hiking on the Achensee

Hiking Collection by Achensee

Picturesque mountain landscapes, wonderful views and cozy huts – the Rofan Mountains are a dreamlike place. This four-day circular hike takes you to the most beautiful spots in the mountain region. Along the 25 mile route (almost 40 km), you will experience the tranquility and uniqueness of the Rofan region as you climb the Vordere Sonnwendjoch, Rofanspitze and the Hochiss peaks, enjoying fantastic views. The deep blue Tyrolean Lake Achen emerges time and again in the valley below.

The Rofan circuit starts in Maurach am Achensee, a pretty town in the Brandenberger Alps.
While the first and last days of the route are quite relaxed, days two and three are tough. Alpine experience, sure-footedness, a head for heights and good preparation are therefore prerequisites for these stages. On the second day there are two alternative routes: you can choose between a more demanding summit tour or a relaxed pleasure hike. A magnificent landscape with great views awaits you on both routes.

Each stage ends at a cozy mountain hut where you can tuck into regional delicacies and enjoy the sunset on the mountain after an exciting day hiking. It is best to reserve your overnight stays in advance to guarantee yourself a place as the huts fill up quickly during the summer season.

The Rofan Mountains are also very popular with climbers that have welcomed mountaineering legends such as Mathias ‘Hias’ Rebitsch and Peter Habeler. Hias Rebitsch and his colleague Sepp Spiegl were the first to climb the difficult eastern face of the Rofanspitze. If climbing is your thing, you can extend your hike to include a day of climbing. There are routes of all levels of difficulty in the area.

There are also other great day hikes around Lake Achen. Here you can find inspiration: Would you prefer to go on a multi-day tour? Then the three-day Karwendel circuit is a great addition to your hiking holiday at Lake Achen:

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Tours & Highlights

    3.06 mi
    1.2 mph
    2,725 ft
    0 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    With its five kilometers, the first stage on the Rofan circuit is a relaxed start to your four-day hiking tour. There are 830 meters of altitude ahead of you, but you can take it easy.The hike starts at the valley station of the Rofan cable car in Maurach. You can also park there if you are arriving by car. You hike uphill, leave the place and soon dive into the forest. You cross the Kasbach and walk right along the bank to the Buchauer Alm at 1,385 meters.It continues over the Schützensteig directly to the Durrakreuz. You have a fantastic view of the Achensee and the Karwendel Mountains - the perfect place and the perfect time for a breather.You hike on and follow the yellow signs on the slightly ascending path to your today's destination, the Erfurter Hütte. Here you can enjoy the rest of the day on the sun terrace. If you are still looking for some thrills, the Airrofan Skyglider is your perfect end to the day. It is located right next to the Erfurter Hütte. You are pulled backwards 600 meters up the mountain and then hurtle down from the Gschöllkopf at 80 kilometers per hour.

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    5.81 mi
    1.6 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,925 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    So on day two of the Rofan tour, you opted for the 9.4 km long pleasure hike. Look forward to lots of hiking fun in a beautiful mountain landscape. The red marker shows you the way.You start after a good breakfast at the 1,831 meter high Erfurter hut. Right at the beginning the path rises and leads you past the Mauritzalm. Once you have climbed, the relaxed part of your hike begins. The fantastic landscape of the Rofan Mountains offers you a fantastic backdrop.We continue downhill, then on a flat stretch to the junction before the Gruba staircase. You hike towards Krahnsattel, past the Haidachstellwand and to the unmanaged Schermsteinalm at 1,855 meters. If you are hungry, you can fortify yourself a little later in the Sonnwendbühelalm and take a break.With renewed energy you cover the last part to the Bayreuther Hütte, your today's destination. Let the evening end comfortably and enjoy the beautiful view of the valley and the surrounding mountains.

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  • Difficult
    5.39 mi
    1.4 mph
    1,450 ft
    2,275 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    So on day two of the Rofan tour, you opted for the more demanding summit tour. The 8.7 kilometer hike starts from the Erfurter hut at 1,831 meters. To warm up, hike uphill past the Mauritzalm.Then it goes a bit downhill until the path leads you to the Gruba staircase via two steep steps. You hike over alpine meadows up to the fork in the road. Keep right until you reach the Grubascharte.You cover the last stretch uphill on serpentines. You will soon reach the grassy summit of Rofanspitze at 2,259 meters. You have a magnificent panorama and you have really earned a break.You hike over the Schafsteig saddle and turn towards the rocky spikes of the Sagzahn towering to the south. The path leads you through a rock chimney, which is insured with a steel cable. You hike over a steep mountain meadow to the Sagzahn. From the summit you continue on a fairly flat route to the summit cross of the Vorderer Sonnwendjoch (2,224 meters). From here the path only leads you downhill to your today's destination, the Bayreuther Hütte.For this route you should definitely pack some provisions and enough to drink, as there are no refreshments on the way.

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    7.54 mi
    1.3 mph
    2,925 ft
    2,500 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The third stage of the Rofan circuit is the most demanding tour with almost 13 kilometers and almost 900 meters of altitude. You can look forward to beautiful mountain landscapes and wide views - pure hiking pleasure!After a promising breakfast at the Bayreuther Hütte you start your hike strengthened and run to the Marchgatterl. From here you can enjoy a great view of the Zireiner See. How about a little break on the shores of the legendary lake?From Marchgatterl you continue over the steep and narrow Schafsteig to the Schafsteigsattel. The path is secured with a wire rope, surefootedness is still important for this section. You cross the Rofanspitze on the grassy south side and reach the Spieljoch via the Grubascharte. On the way up to the summit you will find ropes to hold on to.It is a little steeper uphill over rocky and partly secured terrain. You will soon have reached the summit of the 2,299 meter high Hochiss and you will be standing on the highest peak in Rofan. You absolutely deserve the wonderful view from the summit cross on the surrounding mountains.You will reach today's destination via the Enzianweg. In the Dalfaz Alm you can look forward to a delicious Kaiserschmarrn.

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    2.57 mi
    1.3 mph
    0 ft
    2,225 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The fourth and final stage of the Rofan circuit is a relaxed conclusion with a good four kilometers. After breakfast on the Dalfaz Alm you still have time to visit the Sennhütte from 1664 with the old milk processing equipment.Today's hike will only take you downhill. On the Durrawand you walk over a rocky path to the unmanaged Durraalm. Again and again you have great views of the turquoise Achensee.You cover the last part downhill quickly over switchbacks until you get back to your starting point, the valley station of the Rofan cable car in Maurach. You will find several places to stop in the village. If you still have time, you can walk along the shore of the Achensee or take a boat trip around the water.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    24.4 mi
  • Duration
    17:55 h
  • Elevation
    8,100 ft

The Rofan circuit in four stages – hiking on the Achensee