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Pfunderer Mountain Trail in South Tyrol – high alpine hiking

Romy von Etappen-Wandern

Pfunderer Mountain Trail in South Tyrol – high alpine hiking

Hiking Collection by Romy von Etappen-Wandern



28:46 h

52.1 mi

19,500 ft

The lonely, alpine Pfunderer Höhenweg (Pfunderer Mountain Trail) in South Tyrol in the North of Italy tests the limits of alpine mountaineers. The path, marked by a red circle with white border, leads through unspoiled mountain landscape. Following secluded paths, you won’t meet many other hikers on this challenging route.

The steep and exposed trails will take you up 19,685 feet (6,000 m) of altitude in total. Some sections have ropes, whilst others require you to use your hands to navigate the tricky terrain. As long as you are sure-footed, have a good sense of orientation, and don’t suffer from vertigo, you will enjoy the technical paths.

Your effort is rewarded at every step with fantastic alpine panoramas, wild rocky landscapes, picturesque alpine meadows and lonely mountain lakes. From the high peaks, you have an unforgettable view across the Dolomites, the gigantic Zillertal Alps and even as far as the Ortler and Marmolata mountains. A hike along the Pfunderer Höhenweg is an unforgettable adventure.

You can find a more detailed travel report on my blog.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Pfunderer Höhenweg, Tag 1: Anstiege zum Verfluchen und Alpenidylle pur 😍

    10.1 mi
    2.0 mph
    4,600 ft
    1,025 ft

    What did I miss the high mountains! I'm on a lonely mountain trail. Where? South Tyrol again and again. I was only in the impressive mountains of Pfunder last autumn. Until then, I did not know that there was a demanding mountain trail with a lot of space / height meters between the huts. A path that

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  • 03:26
    6.72 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,875 ft
    2,000 ft

    What a day! I honestly don't know how to get this day in one post. We spent a long time thinking about whether we should even start the night before: A storm front should move across the Zillertal Alps today. We threw the ascent of the 3,135 meter Wilden Kreuzspitz overboard and started our boots around

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  • 03:52
    6.88 mi
    1.8 mph
    2,975 ft
    3,300 ft

    I tell you, this mountain trail is definitely not for the faint of heart. So in all respects. Here curses alternate cheerfully over steep and demanding paths with jubilant cheers about this untouched and exciting mountain world.


    There were three passes to conquer today, one more promising than the next

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  • 01:41
    3.89 mi
    2.3 mph
    2,125 ft
    925 ft

    So on this hut tour the weather god is not on our side. Yesterday we started around six, because the weather was super unstable all day. In addition, we did not go the original route via the Gaisscharte, a heavy rope-insured passage. We should have rappelled Lotte over a few places, I had practiced that

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  • Difficult
    3.22 mi
    1.0 mph
    2,100 ft
    850 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This is the "normal route" from the Brenniger bivouac to the Edelrauthütte via the Gaisscharte. You should only go this route in very good and stable weather conditions. Fog, wetness or even thunderstorms are life-threatening. It would not be the first time that mountain rescue has to intervene here

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  • 06:37
    9.10 mi
    1.4 mph
    2,500 ft
    3,150 ft

    From mountain lake to mountain lake, from hut to hut, from sea of clouds to sea of clouds. Again we tried to defy the unstable weather today. We started from the Edelrauthütte around 7 a.m. in the mild light of the rising sun. A minute later I was just about to start laughing. In the morning, it's actually

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  • 05:05
    12.3 mi
    2.4 mph
    2,325 ft
    7,050 ft

    Done! After six days we reached Bruneck this evening, so to speak on the last groove. Man, this high-altitude trail really demanded everything from us again. However, contrary to the forecast, the weather was very good. All around us are clouds, above us a blue hole in the sky that happily wandered with

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    52.1 mi
  • Duration
    28:46 h
  • Elevation
    19,500 ft

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