This is one of the Alps' most classic hut trek, for those who enjoy challenging hiking with luxury huts featuring double rooms, showers and eating "a la carte". The views are stunning, since the route is lined with alpine lakes and the glaciated peaks that mark the divide of the Alps and the border to Italy.
The panoramic trails are generally well marked, however the high level character of the traverse maintains seriousness and commitment. Steep patches of hard snow can be encountered all summer and some of the sections of the trail are protected with metal cables, which adds some spice, especially in bad weather.
Flexibility to adjust the itinerary to a higher or lower challenge level is another strength of the itinerary. Many days offer optional afternoon programs including challenging via ferratas (cable protected scrambles) while the rest of the group can relax on the hut porch with a beer. This makes the trip very suitable for families and couples with different ability levels.
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Certified mountain guides: Although this is a trail hike, we use certified mountain guides for this trip instead of uncertified hiking guides. They are the experts in technical mountain terrain and gladly take you on a rope, should you ever start feeling uncomfortable if an exposed trail gets slippery in the rain or should there be steep snow encountered. It's your safety!
Lodging standard: Whenever possible we book double bunk bed rooms in the huts for you instead of mass dorms. You'll notice the difference after a GOOD night sleep!
Mid-trip hotel break: While at first glance at home it looks nice to spend all week in huts, after three days on the trip you will appreciate that we'll descend to the valley (by gondola) and indulge in a night at our hotel - with good beds and your private bath room - before heading into the second leg of the trip. This also adds flexibility for bad weather or should parts of the group want to skip a day.
Personal touch - assistance in your trip planning: We are a small family business. For many aspects of your trip planning, you will communicate directly with Jorg, who has been mountaineering in the Alps for 35 years, 20 of which as a professional guide. He will gladly help you with all aspects of your trip planning!
Hand-selected valley lodging: In the Stubai Valley, we have been using the same family owned hotel for almost 10 years. Hosts Hans & Patty (US native) take pride in the personal care they give to their guests, including the food: Hans is the chef himself!
Can I do it?
Up to 8 hrs / day of strenuous trekking on marked trails, at times exposed with sections that are protected with metal cables. Especially in early summer, hard snow fields might be encountered. The itinerary offers a fair bit of flexibility in order to accommodate different levels of ability and some of the days can either be extended or shortened. The trek lends itself well as a family trip for children 10 years and older, if they are fit and motivated.
The trek can be considered less demanding than our Haute Route Trek in terms of cardiovascular endurance but has some short passages that are a bit more technical. Our Via Ferrata Trek "Best around Cortina" requires comparable endurance but more technical "scrambling".
At 5PM on the first day at our Hotel in Neustift in the Stubai Valley. We gladly organize transport from either Munich International Airport (closest Airport, about 3 hrs drive, mostly on highway, airport shuttle available) or from the main train station in Innsbruck (30 min drive).
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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