Hut hopping between mighty peaks – the Great Walk Lechtal Mountain Trail


Hut hopping between mighty peaks – the Great Walk Lechtal Mountain Trail

Hiking Collection by Tirol
7-14 days
3-6 h / day
54.7 mi
20,475 ft
20,175 ft

Fantastic views, rustic huts and exhilarating summits: welcome to the Lechtal Mountain Trail. Taking you along the incredible main ridge of the Lechtal Alps, this route is not for the faint-hearted. But, your adventure rewards with panoramic trails along narrow ridges over 6,500 feet (2,000) meters interspersed by gentle alpine pastures.

We have put together the eleven main stages for you in this Collection. You can choose between different route options to suit adapt the hike to your own level. Not including the ascent and descent route, there are nine many stages plus nine route variations between the Stuttgarter and Anhalter Hut. You can find more information about this, here:

The mountain trail starts in the tranquil village Steeg in the Lechtal. The first stage takes you to the Lechtal Mountain Trail’s official start point at the Stuttgarter Hut, marking the first of a total of ten breathtaking overnight stops at lofty heights.

High in the sky, the trail leads from the Stuttgarter Hut to the most impressive peaks of the Lechtal Alps – the 2,635 meter-high Großbergspitze. Here, you can enjoy an incredible 360-degree panorama before returning back to earth via gentle meadows and rippling streams in the idyllic Parseier Valley. Along the way, you can cool off in picturesque mountain lakes such as the Steinsee, a deep blue lake reflecting the dramatic mountain scenery.

As the route is a high-alpine trail, you should have alpine experience, a strong fitness level and excellent surefootedness to take on this adventure. The Roßkarscharte, which requires ropes, and the south-eastern crossing of the Vorderseespritze are especially challenging. You should also pay close attention to the snow conditions as you may encounter large snow fields at high altitudes, even in summer. Along the route, you can relax and warm up at the cozy alpine huts. Like the other Great Walks, the Lechtaler Mountain Trail allows you to dive into deserted mountain landscapes and leave everyday life behind you.

The Lechtal 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 Lechtal Mountain Trail, the Tyrolean hiking trail elites include the Berlin High Trail, Eagle Walk, the Stubai High Trail and the Inntal High Trail.

Does this adventure make you dream? You can find information about more ‘Great Walks’, here:
Hiking in the Zillertal Alps on the Berlin High Trail:
Great hiking on the Eagle Walk East Tyrol:
Awesome challenges on the Karnisch High Trail:
Fresh mountain air on the Stubai High Trail:
Amazing views on the Inntal High Trail:
Royal Wandering on Eagle Walk Tyrol:

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Tours & Highlights

    8.72 mi
    1.8 mph
    4,075 ft
    250 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    From the rustic town of Steeg in the Lechtal you climb up to the Stuttgarter Hütte, which marks the actual starting point of the Lechtaler Höhenweg. To shorten the stage a bit, you can also take the bus to the Prenten stop and get on there.You walk steadily uphill through the idyllic Krabach valley with its countless streams. From the end of the valley it goes up to the promising Krabachjoch, on which the Stuttgarter Hütte is enthroned. There you can choose between private rooms and camps and end the first day on the terrace.

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    5.45 mi
    1.5 mph
    1,600 ft
    1,850 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Rested you start on the second day from the Stuttgarter Hütte in an easterly direction: soon you will pass the Erlijoch at 2,430 meters, which is the highest point of this stage. Between the Erlispitze and the Fanggekarspitze the Lechtaler Höhenweg leads you through the wonderful landscape. The path zigzags down to Alpe Erlach in the Almajur valley. In the summer months, the hut is managed on weekends below the Valluga. Otherwise you can eat your provisions on the sun terrace.After a well-deserved break, the steep ascent to Stapfe-Tobel follows. This section can be dangerous in snow and wet conditions, so we recommend you to go over the Erlachalpe and Bodenalpe if the conditions are bad. Otherwise you hike on to the Fallersteinkopf and Almajurjoch. From there it is only a short distance to the quaint Leutkircher hut on the rounded Almajurjoch. The hut has stood in this exposed location since 1912 and offers hikers a comfortable night's lodging.

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  • Difficult
    3.15 mi
    1.2 mph
    1,125 ft
    975 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    With a view of the Stanskogel, which sets the scene at 2,757 meters, you hike over colorful mountain flower meadows. From the Leutkircher hut it goes to the Hirschpleiskopf, where a wooden summit cross awaits you. The 360-degree panorama is breathtaking and your gaze wanders over the mighty Verwall group down to the Stanzertal.Then the route runs on well-developed hiking trails through the landscape determined by streams. With the ascent to the Schindlekopf, you will make the last effort of the day behind you. At these heights, an icy wind can also blow during the summer months, so we recommend that you bring enough warm clothing. You will reach your destination at the Kaiserjochhaus via the 2,360 meter high Kaiserkopf, which lies in a depression between the semolina and the Bergleskopf.

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    5.13 mi
    1.3 mph
    1,325 ft
    1,275 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    On this stage, wonderful views of the surrounding peaks and two shimmering blue lakes await you: from the Kaiserjochhaus, the Höhenweg leads you north and south of the main ridge. At the beginning you hike relaxed over grassy slopes between semolina and Malatschkopf. The underground soon changes and the Lechtaler Höhenweg meanders over stony rubble fields where surefootedness is required.From the Kridlonscharte you can then see the picturesque Hintersee before going up to the Hinterseejoch. On the narrow path to the Alperschonjoch you will pass the lake in front of which you can cool your feet in the crystal-clear water. From the Alperschonjoch you ascend to the Flarschjoch on paths secured with steel cables. From here it is only a stone's throw to the Ansbacher Hut, the highest shelter in the Lech Valley Alps. At the end of this stage you can enjoy a breathtaking sunset on the terrace.

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    6.20 mi
    1.0 mph
    2,500 ft
    2,875 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Sleep well you start the fifth stage from the Ansbacher hut. The first section runs effortlessly over flower-filled meadows to the Kopfscharte, from where it continues over the Winterjöchl to the 2,632-meter-high Grießlscharte: the ascent leads through a steel rope-secured chimney, for which you should bring sure-footedness.Accompanied by babbling mountain streams and small waterfalls, you then hike down to the idyllic Parseier Valley. There you cross the clear Parseierbach and follow the route up the Bärenplei slopes to the Memminger Hütte. The climb is sometimes challenging and has an incline of up to 33% in some places. Your milestone, the Memminger Hütte, is one of the largest shelters in the Lechtal Alps with 140 beds and spoils you with Tyrolean home cooking.

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    4.30 mi
    1.1 mph
    1,575 ft
    1,725 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The stage begins with a leisurely hike through colorful flower meadows to the Lower Seewisee. The mighty peaks are reflected in its clear water. You follow the Sewiseebach upstream and come to the Middle Seewisee. The narrow, secured climb leads you up to the 2,599-meter-high Seescharte. The Lechtaler Höhenweg winds its way across rugged rock faces across the Großbergscharte to the Großbergkopf.On the promising main ridge you march on to the impressive Großbergspitze, which at 2,635 meters marks the highest point of the Lechtaler Höhenweg. Some neighboring peaks are even closer to the sky, such as the 2,750 meter ladder peak. The descent is through the rocky Schieferscharte and then the path winds down to the Württemberger Haus, your today's destination. The rustic hut is located in a basin of the Medriol and offers a unique panorama.

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    4.19 mi
    1.1 mph
    1,300 ft
    1,825 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This stage begins with the demanding ascent to the building yoke. In countless hairpin bends you overcome the vertical meters and can take a look at the varnishes, a refreshing mountain lake above the Württemberger Haus. From the building yoke you can already see your destination at the Steinseehütte in the distance. On the south side of the main ridge you walk alternately over scree fields and easier meadow paths.After a good three kilometers, the rope-secured Roßkarscharte is about to climb, from which you can enjoy a fantastic view. Afterwards, the Lechtaler Höhenweg gently leads you down to the Steinkarscharte. You can reach the Steinseehütte, which is exposed on a green mountain ridge, via intensely glowing fields of Alpine roses. The mighty Parzinn Towers and the Steinkarspitze are in the immediate vicinity.

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    2.43 mi
    1.1 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,625 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    After a restful night at the Steinseehütte, the path first leads you across pastures to the Steinsee. The idyllic water is perfect for cooling off in the morning. In summer, cows and haflingers graze on the lakeside, making this scenery even more kitsch. Then it goes with caution in a zigzag over scree slopes to the rope-insured Western Dremelscharte. Here you have the opportunity to climb the 2,733 meter high Dremelspitze.The descent on the other side of the Dremelscharte is much easier and more relaxed than the ascent. You hike through an unreal rock landscape and can enjoy wide views. You hike the last section to the Hanauer Hütte across the gentle meadows of the Parzinn. Your milestone awaits you with Tyrolean delicacies and cozy rooms.

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    6.64 mi
    1.0 mph
    3,475 ft
    3,400 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    In the ninth stage it goes up again: Starting from the Hanauer Hütte, you first hike down to the small lake and cross the Gstreinbach there. Then the ascent follows a wonderful panoramic path to the Galtseitejoch. A colorful mix of alpine herbs and wild flowers stretches over the slopes and wonderful views of the valley await you.The route then takes you to the climax of this stage: in the truest sense of the word, because you conquer the Imster Muttekopf. On the 2,774 meter high mountain there is a summit cross with a summit book, in which you can register. Then it goes back down the narrow path and you reach the Muttekopfhütte via the Muttekopfscharte. There are many climbing opportunities in the vicinity of the hut, which has been modernized with love, and you can end the day on the sun terrace.

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    4.73 mi
    1.1 mph
    2,425 ft
    2,225 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    After a hearty breakfast you set off for the last official stage of the Lechtaler Höhenweg: from the Muttekopfhütte, the path goes up the steep slope to the Guggersattel. You hike through the Scharnitzkar to the saddle of the same name at an altitude of 2,441 meters. Take care of the loose rock under your feet and find out about any snow fields that remain here for a long time.From the Scharnitzkarsattel, the route runs through the steep Schrofen des Hahnenkars down to the Hahntennjoch, where you cross a pass road. The last ascent of your hiking adventure follows, which takes you to the Steinjöchl. In summer you will meet many hiking colleagues here, because the 2,198 meter high peak is particularly popular.From the summit cross on Steinjöchl you hike to the destination of the Lechtaler Höhenweg, the cozy Anhalter hut. The building has stood in this dreamlike setting since 1912 and spoils you with delicious delicacies. Comprehensive renovation work has been taking place here since autumn 2019, so you cannot spend the night at the hut before the 2021 summer season. Until then, take a leisurely break here, gather your strength and descend to the bus stop on the same day using the descent route (stage 11). From 2021 you can crown the Lechtaler Höhenweg with a last rustic overnight stay in a hut and enjoy a sunset in the mountains.

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    3.79 mi
    1.4 mph
    0 ft
    2,150 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Rested and relaxed you start the last section of your long hike. There is a gentle descent from the Anhalter Hütte to the bus stop on Hahntennjochstraße. The six-kilometer stage leads you through the picturesque Plötzigbach valley, in which you follow the course of the babbling brook. Again and again you come to beautiful places where you can cool off. You always come downhill at the end of the green valley at the bus stop. There you can get on the 4266 bus that will take you to Elmen im Lechtal.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    54.7 mi
  • Duration
    44:47 h
  • Elevation
    20,475 ft20,175 ft

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Hut hopping between mighty peaks – the Great Walk Lechtal Mountain Trail