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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|
|Ascent||About 900m (and 800m down)|
This is a wonderful walk that is characterised by lots of up and down and plenty of challenge and ever-changing scenery. The scenery throughout the day embraces some of the finest of the Stubai Rucksack Route. If you have children with you, you should allow all day for this route. It's best to be on your way by 07:00hrs and no later than 08:00hrs.
Pick up the trail from behind the hut and follow Route 124 southwest, contouring across the hillside over rocky broken ground to an obvious col at 2559m, with a large stone cairn on a spur off the Alfairkamm, above a tiny lake (a short 1hr). From first leaving the hut until this point unrivalled views of the Tribulaun peaks dominate the horizon.
The col is clearly visible from the hut and the approach is frequently snow-covered early in season. At the col, you are greeted with a particularly fine retrospective view of the Innsbrucker Hut and rock pinnacles of the Serleskamm group.
From here the route continues to traverse the hillside southwest above Pfann Alm and Glatte Alm roughly on or around the 2500m contour to a saddle (2504m) at the foot of the Grosser Glatte Spitze southeast ridge, west of the rock outcrop of Pramarn Spitze (2½–3hrs). By this point, the magic of the Tribulaun has given way to the snow-capped peaks of the Feuerstein and Pflerscher Hochjoch and a fabulous view of the Gschnitztal valley.
The path descends steeply west, with fixed ropes in places to aid stability, into a broad couloir of Beilgrube above Traul Alm. Continue around the open rocky combe and ascend the slopes south to round the Ochsenkogl's east ridge, traversing west along the 2200m contour into the boulder strewn slopes above Traul Alm to a stream at Plattental, 2400m.
Ascend broken rocky ground south crossing a number of small spurs to an obvious col at 2590m, on the east ridge of the Aussere Wetter Spitze (4hrs). The slope just before the col is often snow-covered late into season and will require a little extra care to climb. Once on top of the col, the Bremer Hut is clearly visible across the Simming Alm void, complete with little Simming See Alpine tarn.
From the col, descend steep rocks, protected by fixed ropes, zigzagging southeast to round the foot of the ridge then traverse south on the northern slopes of the Simming Alm. Cross the Simming Alm basin southwest where, after a short distance, a junction of paths and a signpost is reached: both lead to the hut. If the weather is good continue to the Lauterer See (2425m), thereafter following the track to the foot of the Innere Wetter Spitze east ridge. Ascend steep broken rocks, with good scrambling following fixed ropes, to emerge on the broad plateau just below the hut (6hrs).
Alternatively, if the weather is poor or you are feeling all but done in, continue to follow the slightly longer but easier normal way on Route 124 over rock-strewn boulder slopes around the head of the Simming Alm couloir, then climb through the steep rock face making use of fixed ropes, metal staples and a ladder that eventually emerges some distance below the hut, joining up with the main track from the Gschnitztal valley head at Feuerstein and onto the magnificently sited Bremer Hut (about 7hrs). This track variation came into being several years ago when the Jubilaumssteig Weg was established along with the Gschnitztal Runde Tour.
All the steep down parts are protected by fixed wire ropes but the path descending from the Pramarn Spitze is on the scrappy side due to a combination of poor ground and lack of maintenance.
Also, because the route crosses a number of ridges and spurs patches of old snow tend to linger on the north facing slopes and in the gullies, in particular north of the Alfeirkamm opposite the Innsbrucker Hut and on the northern side of the col when crossing the Aussere Wetter Spitze. Neither is insurmountable, but they can be problematic and the route is best avoided in bad weather.
Should you experience bad weather at the Innsbrucker Hut but still want to make the journey to the Bremer Hut the most straightforward way is to follow Route 60 down the steep track of the Alfair Alm into the Gschnitztal valley to Feuerstein (2hrs). You can also arrange for rucksacks to be transported between the two huts, making use of the seilbahn. From Gasthof Feuerstein follow Route 102 on the Central Alpine Way to the hut (3hrs).
Alternatively, abandon this stage and proceed to the Nuernburger Hut by returning down the Pinnistal valley making use of the jeep-cum-taxi service then Stubaital bus service from Neder to the bus stop for the Nuernburger Hut and on to the hut.