With beautiful peaks, rustic huts, and dreamy mountain lakes, the Paznaun Valley in Austria is a wonderful area to explore on foot, be it hiking or trail running. As part of the Paznaun Challenge, you are now invited to explore this region, virtually.
Whether you are an ambitious trail runner, keen hiker, or active family, you can all take part in the Paznaun Challenge. The region’s magnificent mountains are a magical place for everyone to explore. This year, we’ve come up with something special – the Silvrettarun 3000 and the Silvretta Ferwall March – which will take place throughout the summer. You can participate in the events virtually from 8 July to 30 September 2020 using the Paznaun Challenge App.
You can choose from four routes through the Paznaun as part of the Silvretta Ferwall March
Challenge: Hike the Breitspitze peak on the Silvretta route, explore two lakes on the family variant, or take on one of the longer routes – the Marathon or the (slightly) shorter Ferwall route.
If you prefer running rather than hiking, then you can run one of the two Silvrettarun 3000 variants. Leading through stunning nature, both of the routes are wonderful to explore.
But how can you participate in the challenge given the current pandemic? Simply download the Paznaun Challenge App, choose a route, and get started! The app records your hike or run and when you finish one or more of the routes, you have the chance to win a nice prize. Challenge accepted? We are already looking forward to it!
Save-the-date: If you prefer to hike together, you can run the Silvretta Ferwall March on 22 August 2020 on the day of the real event. However, the Silvrettarun 3000 cannot be held in 2020 due to current coronavirus regulations.
Families should of course also enjoy the Silvretta-Ferwall march. At 14.5 kilometers, the family route is therefore not quite as long, but is nevertheless peppered with wonderful highlights and can also be mastered with a pram. Don't be put off by the altitude: 350 of them are taken over by the Alpkogelbahn.The tour starts in the village square of Galtür. You walk along the beautiful valley hiking trail and Wirl to the valley station of the Alpkogelbahn. Only a short time and many beautiful gondola views later you will find yourself at their mountain station, from where you first hike slightly uphill, then steadily downhill towards the Kops reservoir.The lake can be circumnavigated in two ways - but we strongly advise you to take a closer look at the dam. It will not only amaze you, but also possible smaller hiking colleagues.Passing the point where the Kops reservoir merges into the Zeinissee, you then start to march again over the Zeinisjoch and Wirl towards the starting point of your hike.When you arrive at the Galtür sports and cultural center, you have to hit the stop button. This means that the "Paznaun Challenge" app knows that you have reached the destination of the family route.
The Silvretta route is one of the tours that definitely demand a bit of physical fitness, but also lead you to some real natural treasures. Among other things, you hike a promising summit and two beautiful lakes.But let's get started in the village square of Galtür. Via Wirl and the Zeinisjoch you get to the Zeinissee and shortly afterwards to the Kops reservoir, on the mighty dam wall an impressive view awaits you.Then it goes high up to the 2,196 meters of the Breitspitze. Up here you can enjoy a fantastic panorama and - if brought with you - your snack. A little refreshment will do you good after the ascent. From now on it's just going downhill and leisurely.The path leads you to the Alpkogelbahn - on the way you can once again enjoy a clear view of the Kops Reservoir that you hiked earlier. Then you get on the train and let yourself float comfortably into the valley. You finally come back to Galtür via the idyllic valley hiking trail, where your destination is located at its sports and cultural center.Do not forget to press the stop button so that the "Paznaun Challenge" app also understands that you have successfully completed the Silvretta route.
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Ambitious mountain enthusiasts love the Ferwall route. With a total length of over 30 kilometers and almost 1,500 vertical meters to complete, it demands a lot of fitness - but it also brings you to all the more beautiful places.As always, the starting point of your tour is in the village square of Galtür. From here you make your way to Wirl, then up to the Zeinisjoch and shortly afterwards stand on the banks of the Zeinissees and the Kops reservoir. It goes uphill: from here steadily, past the Kleinzeinissee, the Verbella Alpe and the Heilbronnerhütte until you finally reach the Grieskogeljoch.The view from the summit, which is over 2,600 meters high, is phenomenal. You should only climb it if you are not afraid of heights. If you have enjoyed the summit flair long enough, you will start the descent again.A refreshment stop - the Friedrichshafener hut - is still waiting for you. Then you march over Tschaffein and through the magical Maaswald back to Galtür.Don't forget to press the stop button of the "Paznaun Challenge" app at the local sports and cultural center. With this you have reached the goal of the Ferwall route.
Ready for the marathon under the Silvretta-Ferwall-Marching routes? You should be: The 1,700 vertical meters and over 40 kilometers that await you here are not for the faint of heart.This time the tour starts in the heart of Galtür. Via Wirl and the Zeinischjoch you hike through beautiful nature, always past smaller and larger lakes - until you finally reach the Heilbronner hut. You have already completed a good quarter of the tour, so you can treat yourself to a well-deserved break.Then there is another decent climb to the 2,641 meter high Grieskogel. Hold on! It will be the last major climb on the tour and will be worth it. The view of the valley and the surrounding giants is simply awesome. However, you do not have much time to enjoy it. It’s going downhill now and then going a bit flatter - but you’re still quite a bit ahead of you.Passing the Friedrichshafener Hütte you make your way to Tschaffein. You finally get back to Galtür via the Larein Alpe - the last stop before reaching your destination - the Stafali pond and the Jamtal valley.At the gates of the local sports and cultural center, it is time to press "stop". So that the "Paznaun Challenge" app knows that you have successfully completed the marathon route.
It all sounds fine and good for you, but you would rather run your part of the Silvretta-Ferwall march? No problem: with the Silvrettarun 3000, runners also get their money's worth. Either in the small or light version.The small version starts at Silvrettaplatz in Ischgl. The Dorfstrasse and later the Stöckwaldweg take you to Mathon. You will sooner or later come to the forest chapel via a wonderful forest path, which after a while is less overgrown and leads along the Trisanna.You finally walk via Tschaffein to Galtür, in front of whose sports and cultural center is the end point of your tour. Don't forget to press the stop button of your "Paznaun Challenge" app here and record your performance.The Silvrettarun 3000 Small is a total of almost eleven and a half kilometers long and largely consists of a forest road and asphalt. You can also do about 5% of the route on a natural trail.Tip: If you are not a runner, but the path still irritates you, you can of course also hike it.
It is not enough with a trail run - the light version of the Silvretta Run also belongs to the group of the Silvretta-Ferwall-Marsch. It is slightly longer than the small version with over 19.5 kilometers, which lead to a good part on forest roads, but also asphalt and trails.The run starts at Silvrettaplatz in Ischgl. You reach Mathron via the Dorfstraße and the Stöckwaldweg. Here you turn and walk through wonderful nature up to the Innerbergli. First through the wonderful alpine pasture, then you come down the steep path to the Larein Alpe. Always accompanied by great views, you finally walk across Tschaffein to the sports and cultural center of Galtür.And with that you are already at the end of the run. Press stop so that the "Paznaun Challenge" app can record your performance.Tip: If you like the course of this route, but you are not one of the runners in the world, you can of course conquer the Silvrettarun 3000 Light by hiking.