The Stubai Alps are one of the most popular areas for hut treks and peak ascents in the Austrian Alps but relatively undiscovered by the English speaking world. The high peaks reach an altitude of 3500 meters (12000ft), are moderately glaciated and can mostly be climbed with little technical skill. The high peaks also mark the divide of the Alps with the northern side in Austria and the southern aspect in Italy's South Tirol Province.
Very importantly, the huts are some of the most luxurious to be found in the Alps and often offer double rooms, dinners a la carte and showers. Rather comfortable mountain lodges than huts, but still a lot of ambiance, as most of them were built at the turn of the last century - truly a European trekking experience!
While you can expect full days of trekking with glacier travel and easy scrambling, the trip lends itself for our clients, who enjoy a certain amount of comfort in the mountains. The relatively short distance of 2.5 hrs to the Munich International Airport is an additional appeal for our overseas guest.
Can I do it?
Up to 8 hrs / day of strenuous trekking with passages of roped glacier travel and some easy scrambling, at times secured with cables to hold onto. The trek can be considered a bit less demanding than our Haute Route Trek in terms of cardio-vascular endurance but has some short passages, that are a bit more technical. Our Via Ferrata Trek "Best around Cortina" requires less endurance but more technical "scrambling". The use of crampons might sometimes be required (Introduction and training session during the trek!).
Either Munich International (closest Airport, about 3 hrs drive, mostly on highway, airport shuttle available) or at 5PM on the first day at our Hotel in Neustift in the Stubai Valley.
Climate, Weather, Temperatures:
High season for all mountaineering in the Austrian Alps is July through mid-September, mainly due to the stable weather that time of the year. Day time temperatures can vary between 30C (86F) in the valleys to -10C (14F) on clear mornings, when we start our day from a high level hut. Snow is possible at any time in the higher elevations.
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