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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

5

Tours

17:55 h

24.4 mi

8,100 ft

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: komoot.de/collection/848/grandiose-aussichten-klettersteige-wanderwege-am-tiroler-achensee. 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: komoot.de/collection/898398.

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Rofanrunde Achensee

18.0 mi

7,050 ft

7,050 ft

Last updated: November 20, 2021

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    Etappe 1: Von Maurach zur Erfurter Hütte – unterwegs auf der Rofanrunde

    Difficult
    02:37
    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

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  • Difficult
    03:37
    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

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  • Difficult
    03:57
    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

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  • Difficult
    05:50
    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

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  • Difficult
    01:55
    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

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    5
  • Distance
    24.4 mi
  • Duration
    17:55 h
  • Elevation
    8,100 ft

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