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13 days along the Montafon Hut-to-Hut Hiking Trail in Western Austria

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13 days along the Montafon Hut-to-Hut Hiking Trail in Western Austria

Hiking Collection by Mareike

9-20

days

3-6 h

/ day

93.7 mi

30,475 ft

29,475 ft

Horseshoes are supposed to bring good luck. If that’s the case, then the U-shaped Montafon Hut-to-Hut Hiking Trail must also be lucky. Looping to the south, this long-distance alpine hike takes you through the Montafon Valley along three different mountain ranges. You’ll wander through the green Verwall, before climbing the Silvretta’s rugged rocks, marveling at its glaciers, and finally conquering the Rätikon’s limestone peaks. Expect to hear marmots whistle as you hike at high altitudes. If you’re lucky, you may even catch sight of an ibex.

This round trip is not a classic high-altitude trail. You will repeatedly descend into the valley and climb back up again, collecting a lot of altitude difference. On some stages, you’ll climb more than 1,000 metres (3,280 feet) and hike up to 20 kilometres (12.4 miles). So, you need to be in good shape to take on this adventure. You’ll hike 150 kilometres (93 miles) in total.

As you’ll often hike at alpine heights, you should have experience in the mountains, be sure-footed and not suffer from vertigo. The trail is usually open from July until September, although there may still be snow even in the height of summer. During the open season, you can stay at one of the huts along the route. Make sure you book in advance though, as spaces fill up fast. Some stages require you to bring your own packed lunch.

There are opportunities to shorten the route if you don't want to walk the whole distance at once. You could, for example, begin at stage 7 which ends in Gargellen in the valley. If you start here, you can either walk towards Rätikon, or hike to the east to walk stages 7 to 1 backwards, finishing in Schruns. The whole route can actually be walked anti-clockwise. If you would like to begin higher up, you can start from Bielerhöhe and ascend to the Wiesbadener or Saarbrücker Hut. Many of the other mountain huts also offer alternative ascents from the valley.

You can get to the starting point in Schruns easily by train. The last stage ends at the Golm cable car’s middle station. From here, you can either take the gondola or the bus down into the valley. You can also descend to one of the valley train stations Tschagguns, Kaltenbrunnen or Vandans. If you only want to walk one part of the hike, you can take the bus from Schruns to Gargellen or to Bielerhöhe.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    06:10
    10.6 mi
    1.7 mph
    3,500 ft
    2,850 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the first stage you slowly get used to the surroundings for the next few days. The path from Schruns to the Kristberg leads you slowly from the inhabited valley …

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  • Difficult
    04:21
    5.90 mi
    1.4 mph
    4,700 ft
    0 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    On this day it is only uphill - and the whole 1,400 vertical meters. So take your time and enjoy the beautiful Verwall on the way. The last one and a half kilometers sweeten a few picturesque mountain lakes.You quickly gain height between trees in the south of Silbertal. You will soon reach the Inner Chapel Alp above the tree line. Now it gets rockier and you walk across the Schwarzsee and the Herzsee to the Wormser hut.

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  • Difficult
    09:08
    13.9 mi
    1.5 mph
    3,475 ft
    3,575 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Well-rested you start this 20 kilometer stage. In addition there is a descent of 1,000 meters in altitude, but all of them also want to run up again. But the …

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  • Difficult
    07:24
    11.7 mi
    1.6 mph
    2,725 ft
    3,525 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    At this stage the crossing from Verwall to Silvretta is on the way. The beautiful Vallülaweg begins behind the Kops reservoir and leads you into the new mountain range.First …

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  • Difficult
    03:46
    5.13 mi
    1.4 mph
    2,075 ft
    750 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    In the morning, the beautiful Bieltal is on the program, which you follow from the lake along a stream. At the end of the valley, you climb onto the bike …

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  • Difficult
    04:41
    6.86 mi
    1.5 mph
    2,325 ft
    2,125 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    You climb through two high valleys on stage 6 to below the main ridge of the Silvretta. There you get very close to the rocky three-thousand meter peaks.From the …

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  • Difficult
    02:33
    2.91 mi
    1.1 mph
    1,100 ft
    2,125 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Stage 7 is one of the shortest on the Montafon hut tour. On this day you descend into a valley on the Swiss side of the Silvretta. Where there used …

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  • Intermediate
    04:30
    7.60 mi
    1.7 mph
    950 ft
    3,550 ft
    Intermediate mountaineering route. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On your last day in the Silvretta you descend into the valley to Gargellen. With the village you make a short detour into civilization and you can top up your …

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  • Difficult
    04:38
    6.18 mi
    1.3 mph
    3,375 ft
    750 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    After you have slept in the valley the last night, stage 9 is of course waiting for a long climb again. This will take you to the next mountain group, …

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  • Intermediate
    02:19
    3.01 mi
    1.3 mph
    575 ft
    2,125 ft
    Intermediate mountaineering route. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The comparatively short stage 10 takes you right into the Rätikon. The path on the Bilkengrat is wonderful. From here you have a great view of the Gauertal with the …

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  • Difficult
    05:02
    6.84 mi
    1.4 mph
    3,475 ft
    1,425 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Guess what comes to stage 10 after the descent into the Gauertal? Of course the renewed ascent. This leads you to the impressive rock gap at the Schweizer Tor and …

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  • Difficult
    03:13
    4.82 mi
    1.5 mph
    575 ft
    2,575 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    On this stage you can once again enjoy the view of the Lünersee from several perspectives. The route is not too far, so you can take your time.After breakfast …

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  • Intermediate
    04:51
    8.26 mi
    1.7 mph
    1,650 ft
    4,125 ft
    Intermediate mountaineering route. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Montafon Hüttenrunde not only ends with a long descent, but also a few small counter climbs. For the last stretch into the valley you can - if you want - be lazy and take the lift or a bus.In the morning you descend into the Rellstal to climb up to Alpe Platzis on the other side. A little further uphill you reach the top station of the Golmer Bahn. There the descent to Latschau begins.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    13
  • Distance
    93.7 mi
  • Duration
    62:35 h
  • Elevation
    30,475 ft29,475 ft

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13 days along the Montafon Hut-to-Hut Hiking Trail in Western Austria