The Stubai High Trail is one of the most adventurous long-distance hiking trails in Tyrol. You will still find snowfield crossings and icy glacial lakes here until the height of summer. Green alpine meadows, high moors, ibex and snow grouse as well as numerous rope sections make every step on the almost 50 mile (80 km) long high mountain trail a dream for experienced mountain hikers.
Lead you along scenic ridge paths, the seven stages in this Collection and will get your heart racing. You will conquer around 16,404 feet (5,000 meters) in altitude in this rugged high mountain landscape. If you're hungry for even more, you will find recommendations for detours to other magnificent summits during the stage descriptions, turning one of the most demanding long-distance hiking trails into an ultimate challenge.
To help you relax, there are eight cozy mountain huts along the way. Each of them has its own unique charm and offers the chance to enjoy a fabulous alpenglow at sunset. The best time for your hike begins in mid-July. As this is also the most popular time, it makes sense to book the huts well in advance.
The Stubai Valley and the starting point at the Starkenburger Hut can be easily reached by rail. The best way to reach the Tyrolean village of Fulpmes is to take the train from Innsbruck which is served by the Stubaitalbahn. From here, you can take the Kreuzjochbahn up into the mountains and start your ridge walk to the Starkenburger Hut. The Stubaitalbus line 590 takes you comfortably back from Neder to the Stubaitalbahn.
The Stubai High Trail is one of the six most beautiful long-distance hiking trails in Tyrol, the so-called ‘Great Walks’. All routes promise you three things: escape from your everyday, beautiful alpine landscapes and real adventure. As well as the Stubai High Trail, the Tyrolean hiking trail elites include the Lechtal Mountain Trail, the Berlin High Trail, the Eagle Way, and the Inntal High Trail.
Majestic hiking along the Eagle Way – Great Walks
Hiking in the Zillertal Alps on the Berlin High Trail:
Following eagle wings on the Eagle Way in East Tyrol:
Hiking between borders on the Karnisch High Trail:
The picturesque the Inntal High Trail in six stages:
Hut-Hopping on the Lechtal High Trail:
On the first stage you hike from the Kreuzjochbahn mountain station above Neustift to the Franz-Senn-Hütte. You can expect almost 1,000 meters of ascent, but also breathtaking views of rugged granite mountains along the Stubai main ridge.It starts at the Starkenburger Hütte above Neustift in the Stubai Valley. After you slowly floated up on the mountain railway, you set foot on the rocky mountain landscape yourself. From the Kalkkögel, the so-called Dolomites of the Stubais, you follow a promising ridge path. It goes up to the summits of the Gamskogel and Steinkogel, where rocks and rubble alternate with green alpine pastures.It is worthwhile to stop at the Seducker Hochalm. Fresh milk and delicious, home-made cakes are a welcome refreshment with the most wonderful view of the surrounding peaks. From there it continues over the Oberissalm to the Franz-Senn-Hütte, your stage destination at 2,147 meters.
Proud 700 meters of altitude await you on the second stage - and yet this stage is one of the easiest on the Stubai High Trail. The view from the Basslerjoch to the Stubai main ridge will definitely sweeten your strenuous ascent.You start on flat terrain out of the valley into the Kuhgschwetz. From now on it's always uphill. Via the Schrimmennieder you get to the Platzenturm and the upper Platzengrube. Numerous serpentines allow you to gain altitude quickly and enjoy the mountains with the best views. If you are lucky, you will spot an Alpine ptarmigan, a living relic from the last ice age. It once immigrated from the Arctic and is now native to the Alps.You now follow many hairpin bends down to the Neue Regensburger Hütte. As soon as the path becomes flatter, you can see the beautiful hut and your destination today in the distance.
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Beautiful views of the approaching glaciated landscape are your absolute highlight on the third stage of the Stubai High Trail. Today you climb as many meters in altitude as you descend. Magnificent mountain lakes and old snow fields make this a little adventure.After you have left the hut camp, you dive into the beautiful high valley "Hohes Moos" and hike in the direction of Lake Falbeson. From here it gets really steep: You climb the Grawagrubennieder via a rope-insured climb. Under the tongue of the Grawandferner you cross some slopes and snow fields broken through by rock ribs. The path now leads below the Mutterberger See - a detour to the turquoise alpine lake is always worthwhile. You can freshen up your tired feet in the cool mountain water.To reach your destination, the Dresdner Hütte, you now descend into the lower floor of the Glamersgrube. From here you only have to tackle another small climb before you can reward yourself with a Kaiserschmarrn on the hut.
At around five kilometers, the fourth stage is the second shortest on the Stubai High Trail. Since the next stage is similarly short, if you feel fit, you can hike these two in one day. Otherwise, the Sulzenau hut as the goal of the fourth stage offers an ideal starting point for further explorations.After you have left the Dresdner Hütte behind you, you will soon reach the middle station of the Stubai Glacier Railway. You cross the Fernaubach over a small bridge and suddenly find yourself in scree slopes that shape the ascent to the Großer Trögler and the Peiljoch. Here you can listen to yourself if you still have enough energy to make a detour to the Trögler. You should plan around two hours for the ascent. However, pay attention to the weather, as the path can be dangerous in wet conditions or snow.You then descend via serpentines over the ice moraine of the Sulzenau glacier to the Sulzenau hut. The highlight at the end is a unique panorama over the ice-blue glacial lake.
The fifth stage is considered the most scenic among hikers. Look forward to green mountain meadows, rushing streams and idyllic mountain lakes on this refreshingly short stage, which leaves plenty of space to enjoy.From the Sulzenau hut it is flat and then up to the Grünausee with a gentle incline. You will cross several crystal-clear streams and pass other beautiful mountain lakes. If the weather is nice and there is no risk of precipitation, you can take a summit tour to the Mairspitze, which takes about three hours. If you would like to take a longer detour instead, the Gamsspitzl beckons at 3,050 meters and takes around three to five hours to walk.To get to the Nürnberger Hütte, you go up a short rope-insured section to the ridge, the so-called “Niederl”, and then steeply down to the hut, which you can see from afar.
The penultimate stage on the Stubai High Trail really leads you to paradise. Here you can see how impressive glaciers are as landscape designers. With a distance of five kilometers, this stage is also short and leaves plenty of time to dream.First you start in fairly flat terrain and walk over extensive glacial slabs that slowly descend to the Langetalbach. Now it continues on the other side of the valley. You overcome a small steep step, then you go out of the valley and climb up to the so-called "paradise". Capricorns are at home in this wonderful landscape, which can be observed without hesitation if you keep calm.The high trail now takes you up to 2,754 meters, where you can enjoy a unique panorama at the Zollhütte am Simmingjöchl. The Bremer Hütte is waiting for you after a steep, then flattening section to stop.
The last stage from hut to hut is one of the longest and most demanding. From the Bremer Hütte there are two variants right from the start: one variant leads over a short via ferrata, which you climb down through a chimney. The good thing about this variant: You do not lose any meters in altitude and pass the Lautersee. The second variant turns to the right and is easier, but is accompanied by a slight descent and ascent again. Here we present the variant of the via ferrata.Steadily out of the valley, above the Gschnitztal with the great Tribulaun in the field of vision, it goes on wonderful hiking trails. It is a little more demanding on the so-called "Wasenwand", which is however secured by a rope and equipped with climbing aids. Even if the section is not particularly impressive, great care must be taken here. Once this has been overcome, it goes downhill one last time before going up over the last climb to over 2,500 meters and then steeply down to the Innsbrucker hut.After a long day, you definitely deserve a tasty refreshment. The Isangeralm is the last stop before you descend to Fulpmes at the end of your tour and end your adventure on the Stubai High Trail.If you decide to spend another night at the Innsbrucker Hütte instead of going downstairs,
you could climb the hawk the next day - a very demanding and steep alpine hike with via ferrata passages to the 3,277-meter summit. The hawk can be reached in two to three hours, depending on your fitness and ability.