Named after a local mountaineer, the Peter-Habeler-Route circumnavigates the awe-inspiring peaks of the western Zillertal valley. It takes around 4-6 days to complete, so take advantage of the six traditional mountain huts dotted along the route. If you’re short on time, you can also just walk a section or two.
Mayrhofen-born Peter Habeler is a local hero. In 1978, he and the Italian climber Reinhold Messner became the first people in the world to conquer Everest without bottled oxygen. But despite climbing all over the world, Habeler considers his home mountains of the Zillertal valley to be the most beautiful of all. And the Peter-Habeler-Route, created to honour his 70th birthday, will show you exactly why.
The 56.1 kilometres path circumnavigates the peaks of the western Zillertal, crossing through awe-inspiring high mountain landscapes along the way. Divided into six stages, the entire route involves a heart-thumping 4,230m of ascent – and with a predicted walking time of 25.5 hours, it usually takes hikers four to five days to complete. There are six traditional mountain huts dotted along the route, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get some well-deserved rest and fill up on tasty local cuisine.
The hike traditionally starts and ends at Olperer Hut, above the mountaineering village of Ginzling, and can be walked in either direction. If you’re short on time, you can also just walk a section or two, with plenty of access points along the route making it easy to reach from all directions. Either way, you’ll experience a taste of the mountain lakes, glaciated terrain and rocky landscapes that make the Zillertal an outstanding destination for hardy hikers.