At the gates of Innsbruck lie the magnificent Sellrainer and Stubaier Alps with their mighty peaks. The Sellrainer Huettenrunde takes you to the most beautiful vantage points and the most rustic huts in the mountains in seven days. Challenging at times, this long hike takes you along clear mountain streams and over exposed ridges to over 9842 feet (3000 meters) above sea level. You will often have the dreamlike landscape to yourself.
The panoramic adventure starts in the tranquil Sellrain. From Innsbruck, you can easily reach the village by bus line 4166. The seven stages alternate between tranquil valleys, high alpine passes and unique summit climbs. In the Luesenstal valley, you will find wide alpine pastures and colourful meadows with grazing herds of cows. From the Schoentalspitze, the highest point of the Sellrainer Huettenrunde, you can enjoy stunning views. It's up to you how many peaks you want to climb: you can easily plan further ascents along the way. You will spend the nights in cozy and modern huts that serve Tyrolean delicacies. We recommend booking in advance.
For the ascent of the Sellrainer Huettenrunde, don't forget your weatherproof equipment and surefootedness. High up in the Sellrainer Alps, conditions can change quickly even in summer. Some stages are a bit longer so you will need enough water and food for these, which you can get from the huts. The last section between Kuehtai and Sellrain can also be shortened by post bus. The best time for these routes is between the end of June and the end of September, outside of these dates you can expect snow. Come prepared and seven days of untouched high mountain nature and fantastic views await you on the Sellrainer Huettenrunde .-
The starting point of the seven-day circular hike is the Gasthaus Neuwirt in Sellrain. Surrounded by the idyllic mountains of the Sellrain Alps, you follow the course of the Fotscher Bach. Again and again you cross the crystal clear water on small bridges and walk steadily uphill.Half way to the Potsdamer hut you will pass the Gasthaus Bergheim Fotsch. In the rustic parlor or in the cozy garden, you can take a break and watch the cows graze on the alpine meadows. The inn is also accessible by car and a popular meeting place for hikers.On well-walked paths, it continues through the beautiful nature. On the level of the vast Hintra Alm, the trail splits at the foot of the impressive Schwarzhorn. With a view to the summit, which is still snowy even in summer, you will reach the picturesque Potsdamer Hütte, your current destination. High above the Fotschertal you can indulge yourself with home-made Tyrolean delicacies at the end of the first day.
It all starts at the beginning of the second stage: from the Potsdamer Hütte, you climb the 2,832-meter-high Roten Kogel, the first summit on your tour. At the summit cross, you can enter the book and enjoy the wonderful panorama. Over the Zirmsteig, for which sure-footedness is required, you reach the tranquil Lüsenstal.Follow the gravel road along the course of the Melach up to the Alpengasthof Lüsens. Here you can take a rest and strengthen yourself for the last ascent of this day. The glacier path will take you to the remote soil, where several mountain streams meet and an extraordinary flora has emerged.Along the gurgling Längentaler Bach, you walk up to the Westfalenhaus of the German Alpine Club. At the roadside benches are always ready for a short break. The modern Westfalenhaus awaits you with cozy rooms and a wonderful sun terrace.
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After a relaxing night, on the third day you will hike up the Sellrainer Hüttenrunde towards Münsterhöhe. If you want, you can make a detour to the 2,473-meter summit. Otherwise you follow the narrow path through stony terrain to the Zischgenscharte. Sure-footedness is necessary for crossing the notch.The gray boulder fields and rocky slopes represent an impressive scenery and open wide views. From the Zischgenscharte you have the opportunity to climb the Schöntalspitze. The path is partially secured by wire ropes. At over 3,000 meters, it represents the highest point of the circular walk and rewards you with a breathtaking view.Then the trail winds down to the Gleirschbach, which is surrounded by wet meadows and colorful alpine roses. After a last, short ascent, you have reached your destination, the remote Pforzheim hut. End the day with a delicious apple strudel on the terrace or a beer in the hammock.
You can tackle the fourth stage in a relaxed way. At just under six kilometers, it is the shortest round trip. From the Pforzheim hut you wander through Tyrolean mountain idyll in its purest form: babbling brooks, mighty slopes and idyllic mountain pastures lie along the way.It zigzags up to Gleirschjöchl. The pass is surrounded by peaks of more than 3,000 meters, such as the Zwieselbacher Rosskogel, and offers views as if from a picture book. Following the clear Samerschlagbach, you reach the well-developed Gubener way.Past the quaint Zwieselbacher Sennhütte, where you can provide yourself with homemade delicacies, you walk to the Schweinfurt hut. In the renovated hut with sun terrace you can choose between double room and dormitory.
After a fortifying breakfast you start from the Schweinfurter Hütte westwards. High above the Ötztal valley you walk along impressive peaks. The partly steep ascent brings you to breathtaking heights on the flank of Hochreichkopf.Over the summit of the Lauser you reach the ruin of the old Bielefelder hut. This was destroyed by an avalanche in 1951 and forms an excellent vantage point: the dreamlike Ötztal lies at your feet. Then you follow the so-called Reflection Path to Acherberg Alm. Between cows, chickens and pigs you can enjoy a great panorama.From the Acherberg Alm, it is only a short distance to your final destination: The Neue Bielefelder Hütte, made of solid stones, offers delicious food and comfortable sleeping places. On warm days you can even watch paragliders from the garden.
The penultimate stage starts with an impressive view from the Bielefelder Hütte. At first you walk over green mountain pastures and through sparse forest, then the path becomes steeper and leads you up to the Mittertalscharte. On the mountain trail, you will always enjoy fantastic views of small lakes and turquoise streams in the Stubai Alps.The descent along the Mittertal stream is characterized by the view of the shimmering Speichersee in the Längental. Kühtaistraße snakes up the mountain like a gray ribbon and connects the popular winter sports resort with the valley.The path runs along the banks of the lake and takes you to the wood-paneled Dortmunder Hütte, your current destination. In summer as in winter here is a laid back activity. Hikers, cyclists and holiday guests enjoy the fantastic mountains around Kühtai.
The seventh stage takes you from the Dortmunder Hütte back to the valley to Sellrain. You walk along the road through the town of Kühtai with its chic hotels, restaurants and lift stations. Behind the Zirmbachalm you turn off onto the mountain trail and soon you are surrounded by beautiful nature. Over alpine meadows and through forests it goes gently uphill and downhill. On the Sonnbergalm you can take a break and strengthen yourself with Tyrolean home cooking.On the popular Sellraintaler Höhenweg you can once again feel the grandeur of the Stubai Alps. On the way, benches are available for rest at several stations, from which you have impressive views. On the descent into the valley, you will cross rippling streams, which in some places form small waterfalls.
In Sellrain you can make a detour to the colorfully painted church of St. Anna. Before you go home, you can review your varied tour in this peaceful place. The traditional Gasthaus Neuwirt at the bus stop in the center is ideal for a final meal.