Self-catering traveller? Always a good thing in high alpine terrain, but not absolutely necessary along this impressive high trail between Innsbruck/Igls and Schwaz. Because the “Inntaler”, which leads high above the Inn Valley through the Tux Alps at around 2,000 metres above sea level, is quite rightly described as one of the region's top adventures for foodies. All huts en-route offer excellent regional cuisine, which provides strength and sustenance for the six moderately difficult day stages between Patscherkofel and Kellerjoch, during which hikers must overcome around 4,000 vertical metres uphill and around 5,400 vertical metres downhill. The primary motivation for undertaking this hike, however, is the unique alpine landscape. The trail passes by blue lakes and through the Patscherkofel – Zirmberg – Viggartal – Glungezer conservation areas and touches on many romantic valleys: Voldertal, Navistal, Wattental, Nafingtal, Nurpenstal, Sidantal and Finsinggrund. The only section on this stage that is categorised as “difficult” is on day 2 and can be bypassed. There is the option to head down into the valley from each of the huts along the Inn Valley High Trail.
"The Zirbenweg Trail takes walkers through Europe's largest pinewood forest. The views of the Inn Valley far below are just as impressive as the trees themselves."
- Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
- Circular hike
intermediate (red mountain trails)
Elevation uphill 3,930m
Vertical metres downhill 5,376m
Best time of year
* These are approximate values and recommendations. Please take your personal fitness level, technical ability and the current weather conditions into account. Tirol Werbung cannot guarantee that the information provided is correct and accepts no liability.
- Accessible using public transport
Parking at the bottom of the Patscherkofelbahn cable car
Places serving food and drink
- Day 1: Schutzhütte Patscherkofel, Restaurant Kofel (top of Patscherkofelbahn cable car), Boscheben, Glungezerhütte
- Day 2: Lizumer Hütte
- Day 3: Weidener Hütte
- Day 4: Rastkogelhütte
- Day 5: Kellerjochhütte
Day 1: Innsbruck/Igls – Glungezer Hütte
683 vertical metres from the top of the cable car, walking time: 3 hours 15 minutes, distance: 7.1 kilometres
Make your ascent with the Patscherkofelbahn cable car from Innsbruck/Igls or walk up via Heiligwasser. From Patscherkofelhaus (1,970 metres), take the Zirbenweg Trail to Boscheben, then head up via the Glungezersteig to the Glungezer Hütte (2,610 metres). From here the short climb to Sonnenspitze Peak (2,639 metres) is recommended, then on to the Glungezer (2,677 metres) offering fabulous panoramic views of around 500 peaks and ridges.
Day 2: Glungezer Hütte – Lizumer Hütte
Uphill/downhill: 705/1,295 vertical metres, walking time: 7 hours 30 minutes, distance: 14.5 kilometres
Glungezer – Gamslahner – Kreuzjöchl – Kreuzspitze – Rosenjoch – Grünbergspitze – Grafmartspitze – Naviser Jöchl – Mölsjoch – Klammjoch – Lizumer Hut.
From the Glungezer Hütte the route is marked along the ridge and passes in part over rock slabs in a southerly direction over the panoramic Seven Tuxer Summits. The highest point of the route is the Rosenjoch mountain at 2,796 metres. Continue over the mountain ridge to Wattener Lizum and the Lizumer Hütte (2,019 metres). The Lizumer Hütte is located in the Lizum Walchen Federal Army training area; information on shooting times and general rules of conduct can be obtained by phone by calling +43.50201.6442010 or online at www.wattenberg.tirol.gv.at.
Day 3: Lizumer Hütte – Weidener Hütte
Uphill/downhill: 672/891 vertical metres, walking time: 5.5 hours, distance: 11.7 kilometres
From the Lizumer Hütte take the Zentralalpenweg 02A (Central Alpine Trail) past the Soldatenkirche church, through ancient pine forests beneath the Torspitze peak, the Eiskarspitze mountain and the Hippold mountain the trail leads up to Grafensjoch (in old maps "Krovenzjoch"), 2,450 metres. Climb down from here to the valley, walk alongside the Weerbach river to Grafennsalm and on to the Weidener Hütte (1,799 metres). If you fancy scaling a summit, the Geier (2,858 metres) is recommended here, the Lizumer Hütte’s local mountain. The ascent takes around 3 hours from the Lizumer Hütte.
Tip! from Grafensjoch you can additionally climb the Hippoldspitze (approx. 1 h extra).
Day 4: Weidener Hütte – Rastkogel Hütte
Uphill/downhill: 1,049/733 vertical metres, walking time: 6.5 hours, distance: 12.4 kilometres
From the Weidener Hütte on the Zentralalpenweg 02A (Central Alpine Trail), walk alongside the Nafingbach river into the valley, past the Nafingalm at the foot of Halslspitze mountain and on to Nurpensjoch. Continue along trail 318 to Rastkogel (2,762 metres). Descend along the ridge, past two small mountain lakes and on to Sidanjoch (2,762 metres) and the Rastkogel Hütte (2,124 metres).
Day 5: Rastkogel Hütte – Hochfügen - Kellerjoch Hütte
Uphill/downhill: 878/759 vertical metres, walking time: 6 hours, distance: 14 kilometres
From the Rastkogel Hütte, walk back to Sidanjoch (2,127 metres) and down the easy descent via trail 316 to Pfundsalm-Mittelleger (1,832 metres), alongside the Finsingbach river to Hochfügen (1,470 metres), where you will find overnight accommodation. Alternatively, continue along trail 316 up to Maschentalalm (1,717 Meter) and on to Loassattel (1,675 metres). Now take either Hochebenweg trail 311 via Naunzalm to the Kellerjoch Hütte or continue along trail 316 up to Kuhmesser with fabulous views of Innsbruck and the Zillertal Valley. The trail leads below the summit from here to Kellerjoch Hütte.
Day 6: Kellerjoch Hütte – Schwaz
Downhill: 900 vertical metres to Grafenast, 1,730 vertical metres to Schwaz, walking time: 2 hours to Grafenast, 5 hours to Schwaz, distance: 6 kilometres to Grafenast, 11.6 kilometres to Schwaz
It is well worth making a detour to the summit chapel at Kellerjoch (2,344 metres) to check out the stunning views of the Karwendel Mountains before heading back down into the valley. Take the same trail back down to the hut and continue along the Jägersteig (Hunter’s Trail) to the Naunzalm hut. Continue along the Jägersteig before taking the "Alter Kellerjochweg" trail 312 to Hochpillberg and the top of the Grafenast chairlift (1,347 metres) and on to Schwaz.