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Trekking in the Stubai Alps
Walking the Stubai Rucksack Route and the Stubai Glacier Tour by Allan Hartley
An essential guidebook for anyone trekking the scenic Stubai Alps, in the Austria Tyrol. Two multi-day hut to hut hikes are described. The Stubai Rucksack Route links eight huts without crossing glaciers or difficult passes, whereas the challenging Stubai Glacier Tour involves much glacier work. Both treks easily fit into a two week holiday. More...
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The Stubai Alps are situated southwest of the old Austrian city of Innsbruck, in the province of the Tyrol. The area has no access difficulties and is easily reached by local bus service from Innsbruck in about one hour.
Generally the main peaks of the Stubai follow the Wilder Freiger–Zuckerhuetl chain, straddling the border with Italy and embracing the area known as the South Tyrol, the name referring to the previous Austrian territory annexed to Italy after World War One.
The boundary of the Stubai is generally recognised as the Brenner Pass and the junction with the Zillertal range to the east, the Soelden valley in the Oetztal mountains to the west, the mountains of the Italian South Tyrol to the south and the Inn valley to the north.
The Stubai’s highest mountain is the Zuckerhuetl at 3505m, and the range has a further 130 peaks over 3000m, many of which have glaciers and permanent snow cover.
This guidebook concentrates on two tours from the Stubaital valley, the Stubai Rucksack Route and Round Tour (known in German as the Stubai Hoehen Weg) and the Stubai Glacier Tour or Gletscher Tour.
Each tour comprises a multi day hut-to-hut tour with a comprehensive route description for each day, along with information about the huts and recommended climbs and excursions that may be undertaken en route. This guidebook has been written to provide as much flexibility as possible. On the Rucksack Route tour you will not require more than the ubiquitous rucksack and a pair of boots, while on the Glacier Tour you will require mountaineering paraphernalia. Both are great options to fill a two week holiday.
Whatever your aspirations the Stubai is a splendid area for mountain enthusiasts to explore. It is rightly recognised as ideal for first time visitors to the Alps, particularly family groups with adventurous children, but aspiring alpinists should not judge the Stubai to be a tame area in comparison to the higher mountains of the Western Alps: these mountains can challenge even the most experienced.
Whatever your aspiration you will not be disappointed: Gruss Gott und gut Stubaier Bergtouren!