Discovering the trail of an Alpine mystery – the Edelweißsteig

Hiking Collection by Valerie

The edelweiss is a natural treasure which is unfortunately rarely seen today. However, lucky hikers still regularly come across this star-shaped Alpine flower in the Tyrolean Nauders on the Reschenpass. Starting in the heart of this dream-like place, the Edelweißsteig, as the name suggests, takes you to the hidden corners where you will find the alpine star. You can hike along two different routes towards the 7,637 foot (2,328 meters) mountain.

In this Collection, we present both alternative routes. It is up to you to decide whether you want to choose variant 1, the demanding and well-secured via ferrata, or the classic, but no less scenic, variant 2 hiking trail. On both routes, you will experience a unique and unforgettable side of nature.

To ensure your search for this rare plant is successful, you should keep a few things in mind. Firstly, plan your hike between July and September as the edelweiss blooms in the meadows along the route at this time. Secondly, don’t forget that the edelweiss is under strict nature protection. For you (and all other hikers) this means: admire it, but please don't pick it.

Last but not least you should, as always, wear comfortable shoes and, if you decide to go for the via ferrata variant, pack the appropriate equipment. Then, your journey into the fascinating world of the legendary mystery can begin.

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Tours & Highlights

    Difficult
    05:51
    8.75 mi
    1.5 mph
    2,975 ft
    2,975 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Your tour to the white alpine flower starts right in front of the landmark of Nauders - the parish church of St. Valentin. A look into the gothic halls pays off, then the path takes you to the first altitude.Route number 14 is your best friend for now. He guides you past beautiful viewpoints to the Parditschhof. If hunger greets you here, your palate will be delighted by the typical Tyrolean dishes that are served here. Otherwise it goes from here further towards Bazahler head.And then you see him in front of you - the entrance to the Edelweißsteig. Attention, from here it gets trickier. Over twelve steps, it's over the mountain edge up to the escape wall. A steel cable will stop you, but of course you can not miss out on the 500 meter long and 130 meter high climb.Once at the top of the escape wall, it is time to breathe deeply and enjoy the view. The one or the other edelweiss you have probably discovered so far. But the nature and the surrounding panorama are so breathtakingly beautiful.Back on the rustic cozy Labaunalm in the direction of the valley. If you have missed it before, on the way back you have another chance to strengthen yourself in the Parditschhof.I hope you came across one (or more) edelweiss on the way and if not: Come on, maybe even try the other variant. And who knows what other nature spectacles await you up there in the heights of Tyrol?

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    Difficult
    05:38
    9.67 mi
    1.7 mph
    2,925 ft
    2,900 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Start of the flowery tour is, as in variant 1, the parish church of St. Valentine in Nauders. An impressive property - and not only from the outside. But for too long you do not stay here, because you still have nearly 16 kilometers and almost 900 meters in front of you. And the way number 14 lets you enter directly into your tour.After a while (and several breathtaking viewpoints) you reach the Parditschhof. Already hungry? Then the typical Tyrolean delicacies will come here. Otherwise, you walk directly towards Bazahler head.Variation 1 of these two tours would let you enter the Edelweißsteig starting here. But you stick to the red marked mountain path, which leads you on medium difficulty way in the direction of the escape wall.At the top of its 2,328 meters, the escape wall opens up a magnificent view of the surrounding valleys and peaks. And you should have already discovered one or two edelweiss during the ascent. If you look at the nature and the panorama up here, the small alpine flowers are certainly not the only point that speaks for this tour.Back on the rustic cozy Labaunalm in the direction of the valley. If you are tired of having left the Parditschhof earlier, you have the chance to return on the way back. Before you make your way back to the valley - unforgettable memories of the rare natural phenomenon included.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    2
  • Distance
    18.4 mi
  • Duration
    11:28 h
  • Elevation
    5,875 ft