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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.
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Of all the many Alpine areas, few can match the Stubai Alps in the Austrian Province of Tyrol. With shapely peaks, good paths and some of the best huts in the Alps, it offers ideal hiking routes for mountain walkers. Trekking in the Stubai Alps offers two brilliant routes for the experienced walker: the Rucksack Route and Glacier Tour, both of which fit easily in a two week holiday.
The Rucksack Route
This 9 to 11 day route links eight huts each with connections directly to the main Stubaital valley, with the exception of one, which means it’s possible to start or end the route according to your preference and can be done in either a clockwise or anticlockwise direction.
Its complete traverse is possible without crossing glaciers or difficult passes which makes the route ideal for mountain walkers, families and others with limited alpine experience. However that is not to say you will not encounter snow, steep ground or the odd scramble here and there. The guidebook also recommends several summits that are attainable along this route for those with sufficient experience.
The Stubai Glacier Route
This 7 to 8 day route, also known as the Hoehen Weg, involves a lot of glacier work. It is essential that you have the necessary skills to deal with a great variety of terrain that will be crossed. Familiarity with the use of equipment such as ice axes and crampons as well as having good knowledge and experience on crevasses and rope management is essential.
Nevertheless this is a fantastic multi-day route which is ideal for climbers visiting the Alps for the first time as long as they have done the necessary preparation. This is also a hut to hut tour yet instead of avoiding the glaciers as in the first route, the very essence of this tour is to traverse the them. It will suit aspirant alpinists wanting to add to their alpine experience without feeling over-committed and out of their depth.
|Villages of the Stubai and Stubaital|
|When to Go|
|Getting to Austria|
|Places to Stay|
|Post and Post Offices|
|Places to Leave Luggage|
|Health and Fitness|
|Emergencies, Mountain Rescue and Insurance|
|The Austrian Alpine Club|
|Using this Guide|
|Maps and Guidebooks|
|Alpine Walking Skills and Equipment|
|THE STUBAI RUCKSACK ROUTE (RUNDE TOUR)|
|Stage 1A Mieders to Klostergasthof Maria Waldrast|
|Excursion from Klostergasthof Maria Waldrast|
|Stage 1B Klostergasthof Maria Waldrast to the Padasterjoch Haus|
|Stage 1C Padasterjoch Haus to the Innsbrucker Hut|
|Stage 1 Neder to the Innsbrucker Hut|
|Excursions from the Innsbrucker Hut|
|Stage 2 Innsbrucker Hut to the Bremer Hut|
|Stage 3 Bremer Hut to the Nuernburger Hut via Simmingjochl|
|Excursions from the Simmingjochl|
|Stage 4A Nuernburger Hut to the Sulzenau Hut via the Niederl|
|Stage 4B Nuernburger Hut to the Sulzenau Hut via the Mair Spitze|
|Stage 4C Nuernburger Hut to the Sulzenau Hut via the Wilder Freiger|
|Stage 5A Sulzenau Hut to the Dresdner Hut via the Peiljoch|
|Stage 5B Sulzenau Hut to the Dresdner Hut via the Grosser Trogler|
|Excursion from the Dresdner Hut|
|Stage 6 Dresdner Hut to the Neue Regensburger Hut via the Grawagrubennieder|
|Stage 7 Neue Regensburger Hut to the Franz Senn Hut via the Schrimmenneider|
|Excursions from the Franz Senn Hut|
|Stage 8 Franz Senn to the Starkenburger Hut|
|Excursion from the Starkenburger Hut|
|Stage 9 Starkenburger Hut to Neustift|
|Stage 9A Starkenburger Hut to Fulpmes|
|THE STUBAI GLACIER TOUR (HOEHEN WEG)|
|Stage 1 Milders to the Franz Senn Hut|
|Stage 2 Franz Senn Hut to the Amberger Hut via the Wildgrat Scharte|
|Excursion from the Schwarzenberg Ferner glacier|
|Stage 3 Amberger Hut to the Hoch Stubai Hut via the Wuetenkar Sattel|
|Stage 4 Hoch Stubai Hut to the Hildesheimer Hut via the Bildstoeckljoch|
|Excursion from the Schaufeljochbahn|
|Stage 5 Hildesheimer Hut to the Mueller Hut via the Zuckerhuetl and Wilder Pfaff|
|Stage 5A Hildesheimer Hut to the Siegerland Hut|
|Stage 5B Siegerland Hut to the Mueller Hut via the Sonklar Spitze|
|Stage 6 Mueller Hut to the Nuernburger Hut via the Wilder Freiger|
|Escape Routes from the Mueller Hut|
|Stage 7 Nuernburger Hut to Ranalt, Neustift and Innsbruck|
|Appendix A Useful Contacts|
|Appendix B German–English Glossary|
|Appendix C Further Reading|
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 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 area'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 (sometimes erroneously known in German as the Stubai Hoehen Weg, which is strictly speaking the name of the Glacier Tour) 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 (unless you are tackling the optional ascents, see Kit List), 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!