It’s 3pm on a beautiful late summer day in Tyrol, Austria. You look down over the long valley below, surrounded by countless mountain peaks in every direction. You are now on the final summit of the Paznauner High Trail. Nine days, 135 kilometres (83 miles) and over 9,000 metres (29,500 feet) of altitude difference lie behind you. When you think about it now, you were not so aware of these impressive figures on the way. The magnificent nature, the constant switch from lofty heights to gentle alpine meadows and glistening lakes left kept you distracted.
And then, you stopped at the cozy huts along the way, complete with typical Tyrolean hospitality, of course. If you booked in advance, they provided you with a comfortable bed to rest your legs at the end of each hike. Not to mention the delicious dishes and pastries you devoured, keeping you energized for your unforgettable days in the mountains.
Welcome to the Paznauner High Trail, a well-known circular hike which every passionate mountain hiker should take on at least once. You can take on the high alpine stages through the varied Paznaun region all at once or one at a time. One thing is certain: this path is an adventure, a story waiting to be written by yourself that you will remember forever.
The starting point of the first stage can be reached the environmentally friendly way – by public transport. First take the train to Landeck-Zams station and then the bus line 260 to See. You should come prepared with alpine experience and the appropriate equipment. If you decide to hike stages 3 and 6, the more demanding sections, bring ice axes and crampons as a minimum. It’s also a good idea to bring a helmet. For the easier hikes, make sure you have good shoes, waterproof clothing, snacks and water.
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Time for stage 6 of your Paznaun adventure: It is not as long as some other sections of the high trail, but it has it all. It's a good thing that you can choose between two options depending on your mood, your ability. Attention: For the first variant (which I describe to you in this collection) you have to be an experienced alpinist and also have ice ax and crampons with you in late summer!
Stage 7 is waiting and you have no plans yet to hike back down towards the valley. On the contrary: you prefer to sniff some mountain air and climb a decent peak over the upcoming kilometers. But more on that later.First you throw your backpack over your shoulders and leave your cozy milestone of yesterday. You use boulders and blocks to make your way - the lawyer’s path, to be precise - through the rear cartel.