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Hiking the Paznauner High Trail in 9 stages

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Hiking the Paznauner High Trail in 9 stages

Hiking Collection by Valerie

9

Tours

57:39 h

86.4 mi

30,200 ft

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, 138 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.

Get up close and personal with the most beautiful peaks of Tyrol and enjoy an incredible adventure – the Paznauner High Trail is waiting.

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Abenteuer Paznauner Höhenweg

88.3 mi

30,425 ft

30,425 ft

Last updated: November 19, 2021

Tours & Highlights

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    Etappe 1: Von See zur Ascher Hütte – Paznauner Höhenweg

    Difficult
    05:08
    8.58 mi
    1.7 mph
    4,325 ft
    425 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Section 1 of the Paznaun Höhenweg is the perfect start for your eventful circular hike through the mountains of Tyrol. From the heart of the dreamy village of See, it leads you to the Ascher hut at 2,256 meters above sea level.

    

    From the beautiful parish church in See, which you can easily reach by public

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  • Difficult
    08:15
    15.0 mi
    1.8 mph
    2,150 ft
    5,425 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Section 2 of the Paznaun Höhenweg leads you through the Untertal. Accompanied by a fantastic panorama and through unspoilt nature, you can go to the Tyrolean town of Kappl. To do this, you have to wake up a little downhill - woken up in the Ascher hut.

    

    You can start right at the top station of the 6-seater

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  • Difficult
    09:33
    14.6 mi
    1.5 mph
    6,225 ft
    5,700 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Stage 3 of the Paznaun Höhenweg is also affectionately known as the smuggler stage and takes you to the Tyrolean hotspot Ischgl in two different ways depending on your skill level, mood and mood. The tour is not only characterized by beautiful nature, but also takes you briefly over to Switzerland.

    

    You

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  • Difficult
    07:20
    10.3 mi
    1.4 mph
    3,975 ft
    3,275 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Stage 4 of the Paznaun Höhenweg is a real dream stage: it leads you past numerous highlights and magnificent views. The effort that it demands from you is definitely worth it.

    

    It starts fresh and lively at the gates of the parish church in Ischgl. You hike steadily uphill over the spectacular Kitzloch

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  • Intermediate
    03:47
    5.07 mi
    1.3 mph
    2,600 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    It's time for a little relaxation: the fifth stage of the Paznaun Höhenweg is therefore more relaxed. You will get to know the nature and landscape of the Paznaun region even better over a period of just over three and a half hours.

    

    It starts in Galtür: from the town center you walk towards Austschafein

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  • Difficult
    05:55
    6.57 mi
    1.1 mph
    3,150 ft
    2,450 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    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

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  • Difficult
    05:24
    6.21 mi
    1.2 mph
    2,625 ft
    2,750 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    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

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  • Intermediate
    04:02
    5.67 mi
    1.4 mph
    1,750 ft
    1,550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The penultimate stage of the Paznaun Höhenweg is coming up. It leads you past crystal-clear mountain lakes, over lush green meadows and to some stony viewpoints.

    

    You slept well at the Niederelbe Hütte on the way. Some grandiose views, including the first, are more enjoyable: always out of the valley along

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  • Difficult
    08:16
    14.4 mi
    1.7 mph
    3,450 ft
    7,775 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The day of your final Paznaun Höhenweg stage has come - can you believe it? You can be really proud of yourself now, that much is certain. And you will also master today's tour with links.

    

    You start, how could it be otherwise, in yesterday's stage goal, the Edmund-Graf-Hütte. From here you make your way

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    9
  • Distance
    86.4 mi
  • Duration
    57:39 h
  • Elevation
    30,200 ft

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