At a height of more then 6.500 feet (about 2.000 meters), the Inntaler High Trail meanders promisingly over the Inn Valley through the Tuxer Alps. With its six daily stages, the long-distance hiking trail is a delight for all your senses: gourmets will be delighted by the excellent food in the huts, nature lovers will enjoy the fantastic panorama and the route through rustic valleys and romantic forests. You can expect more than 43 miles (about 70 kilometers) and almost 13.100 feet (4.000 meters) in altitude of pure hiking fun.
A highlight of the Inntaler High Trail, or Inntaler for short, welcomes you right at the start of the hike: the Zirbenweg. It leads you through the landscape protection area between Zirmberg, Viggartal and Glungezer above the Blue Lakes. The Swiss stone pine is one of the oldest in Europe and is simply beautiful. Breathe in the relaxing scent of the conifers and start your hiking adventure. After this great start, it continues impressively: The path leads you through the region of the „Seven Tuxer Summits“ and offers the unique views of a dreamy, alpine landscape. You climb mountain peaks, hike over narrow ridges and beautiful mountain paths – peppered with cozy evenings in the huts with regional dishes and promising terraces. It is worth registering your overnight stays in advance, then you will definitely be guaranteed a place to sleep.
The starting point of the multi-day tour is at the mountain station of the Patscherkofelbahn. You cover the first meters of altitude from Innsbruck-Igls in the gondola. From the main train station in Innsbruck you can take the bus line J directly to the valley station. If you are arriving by car, you will find a paid parking lot (6 euros per day). Access and descent are possible on every stage of the Inn Valley, if you don't want to walk the entire route. Just ask on the huts for the best way. You should have a certain level of fitness and sure-footedness for the hike. You can also bypass the only point on stage two that is marked as difficult if you do not feel safe or the weather is not right.
The Inntaler 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: get away from it all, experience real adventure and immerse yourself in particularly beautiful alpine mountain landscapes. In addition to the Inntaler High Trail, the Karnisch High Trail, the Berlin High Trail, the Lechtal High Trail, the Stubai High Trail and the belong to the Tyrolean hiking trail elite.
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You start the entry into the Inntaler Höhenweg completely relaxed: You cover the first meters in altitude with the Patscherkofelbahn. The gondola takes you from Innsbruck-Igls to 1,956 meters and to the actual starting point of the almost nine-kilometer hike. If you prefer to collect the vertical meters on foot, then you ascend via Heiligwasser.Immediately you dive into the beautiful nature of the Tux Alps and hike the first kilometers along the Zirbenweg. The perfect start for your multi-day hiking adventure. Just take a deep breath and enjoy. After almost four kilometers you will reach the Boschebenhütte, where you can fortify yourself on the sun terrace for the rest of the route, because from now on it is uphill.Via the Glungezersteig you hike up to the Glungezerhütte (2,610 meters), your today's destination. If you still feel like it and have energy, then it is worth climbing up the Glungezer (2,677 meters) before dinner. As a reward, you enjoy a magnificent all-round view of around 500 peaks.
Stage two of the Inntaler Höhenweg begins with a promising breakfast at the Glungezerhütte. Then you start on a relatively flat route over block rock on the marked ridge to the south. For the first section of the stage, sure-footedness is important. So you'd better stop if you want to enjoy the view.The path leads you into the area of the "Seven Tuxer Summits". These include: Glungezer (2,677 meters), Gamslahnerspitze (2,640 meters), Kreuzspitze (2,746 meters), Rosenjoch (2,796 meters), Grünbergspitze (2,790 meters), Grafmartspitze (2,720 meters) and the Naviser Sonnenspitze (2,619 meters). Summit as far as the eye can see. It is not for nothing that this section counts as an alpine highlight. From the Rosenjoch, the highest route point, you can enjoy a fantastic panorama of the area.We continue over the ridge to the Wattener Lizum and to the Lizumer Hütte, your today's destination. The hut is located in the area of the military training area "Lizum Walchen". Information about the shooting times and rules of conduct is available by phone at +4350201/6442010 or online at wattenberg.tirol.gv.at.Tip: For the first part of the tour sure-footedness and good weather conditions are important. If the first section is too alpine for you, you can also bypass this section via Tulfeinjöchl, Gwannsteig, Steinkaserers and Naviser Jöchl.
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The third stage of the Inntaler Höhenweg takes you today over part of the Central Alpine Path through beautiful pine trees to the Weidener Hütte. The highest point of the tour is the Grafennsjoch at 2,450 meters.Freshly strengthened, you start the 11-kilometer hike from the Lizumer Hütte. You follow the Zentralalpenweg 02A, hike past the Soldier Church, over the Eiskarspitze and Hippold to the Grafennsjoch (2,450 meters). Here you have earned a breather while letting the beautiful Alpine panorama work its magic on you.The demanding part of the hike is already behind you, from now on it's only downhill. The path leads you along the Weerbach to the Grafennsalm and further to the Weidener Hütte (1,799 meters), today's stage destination. You can end the day relaxed on the terrace or in the cozy dining room. The first half of the Inntaler Höhenweg is now behind you.
Stage four on the Inntaler Höhenweg leads you from the Weidener Hütte via the Rastkogel to the hut of the same name. Look forward to fantastic views and alpine picture-perfect landscapes along the twelve kilometer route.From the Weidener Hütte you walk along the Zentralalpenweg 02A along the Nafingbach along the valley. The path takes you over the Nafingalm at the foot of the Halslspitze and on to the Nurpensjoch. From here, continue on trail number 318 to the Rastkogel. From the summit cross at 2,762 meters, you have a magnificent view of the neighboring peaks of the Tux Alps.After you have thoroughly enjoyed the view, you can relax down the ridge. You will pass two small mountain lakes and hike over the picturesque Sidanjoch (2,762 meters). It is not far from here to your destination today, the Rastkogelhütte. At a height of 2,124 meters, the cozy hut awaits you with hearty, regional dishes and a great view. What more do you need after an impressive day of hiking?
With almost 17 kilometers, the fifth stage is the longest tour of the Inntaler Höhenweg. So you have all the more time to enjoy the great scenery along the way. From the Rastkogelhütte it is only a short distance back to the Sidanjoch.Then you hike slightly downhill on trail number 316 to the Pfundsalm-Mittelelleger at 1,832 meters. On the banks of the Finsingbach, the path takes you out of the valley to Hochfügen. The place is particularly popular with winter sports enthusiasts. Of course, the hotels also offer you a place to stop in summer. If you have enough for today, you can already find a bed for the night here.We continue on beautiful, narrow hiking trails up to the Maschentalalm (1,717 meters) and the Loassattel (1,675 meters). The path climbs crisply the last kilometers up to the cow knife. You will be rewarded with beautiful views towards Innsbruck and Zillertal. You can then enjoy this great panorama all evening - from the terrace of your accommodation today, the Kellerjochhütte.
Before you start the sixth and last stage of the Inntaler Höhenweg, a short detour to the remarkable summit chapel on the Kellerjoch is worthwhile. For this you hike uphill from the Kellerjochhütte for about half an hour - and you will be rewarded with a fantastic view of the Karwendel Mountains. Best warm-up for the hiking day!On the same climb, it goes back to the hut and the official start of the hike. You only hike downhill on this stage and can once again enjoy the beautiful landscape to the fullest.Via the Jägersteig it goes to the high and low layers of the Naunzalm. You stay on the Jägersteig and then hike via the "Alte Kellerjochweg" number 312 to Hochpillberg. The path takes you past the Grafenast mountain station and the Lahnbach to Schwaz.Once in town, you can be proud of a good 70 kilometers and almost 4,000 vertical meters. As a reward, you will find several restaurants to stop off in Schwaz. From the train station you can get back to Innsbruck in half an hour by bus or train.