Lechtal High Trail


Few times in life do hikers get the opportunity to enjoy a wonderful trekking adventure along a high, Alpine ridge in a stunning wilderness area: Widely regarded as the crown jewel of hiking in the Lechtal Alps, the all-in-all 100-kilometer long “Lechtaler Höhenweg” (Lechtal High Trail) traverses its main ridge at elevations between 2,000 and 2,500 meters and exceeds even the wildest of superlatives. The Lechtal High Trail is broken up into 18 segments. Keeping a pace of roughly 6 to 10 kilometers per day, experienced mountaineers will complete the trail in ten to 15 days. There are 13 mountain huts runs by the Alpinist Association along the route, all providing shelter, lodging, good food and good times to avid hikers.

The Lechtal High Trail follows the North Alpine Long-Distance Hiking Trail (01) and the European Long Distance Path or E4 Path. To hike this steep, rough, and technical Alpine route, you should be an experienced mountaineer willing to hike rugged high-altitude terrain, and prepared for demanding rock scramble. This route requires superb mountaineering experience, careful footing, excellent technical climbing abilities and gear. It should not be attempted by those with a fear of heights. When the snow is not melted, you will need a climbing rope, crampons and ice axe on some sections. The hardest parts of the trail are the demanding scramble section up Rosskar Notch on the stage from Steinsee Hut to Württemberger Haus Lodge and the traverse of spectacularly rugged Vorderseespitze Spire’s southeast face on the stage from Ansbacher Hut to Kaiserjochhaus Lodge.

For more information on the Lechtal High Trail visit www.lechtaler-hoehenweg.at

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Starting point  

Stuttgarter Hut

Finishing point

Anhalter Hut

Mountain Chain

Lechtal Alps

Length

100 km

Duration

15 day(s)

Features

  • Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
  • Circular Hike

Difficulty Rating

difficult (black trails)

Altitude

2,500 m

Elevation uphill 10,160 m
Vertical descent 10,460 m

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Trail description


Stage 1: Stuttgarter Hut (elev. 2,305m) – Leutkircher Hut (elev. 2,261m)
Difficult | Hiking Time: 4 hours

Trailhead of the Lechtal High Trail is Stuttgarter Hut, located atop Krabachjoch Saddle in the Lechtal Alps. The hut is readily accessible from Steeg in Lechtal Valley. From the hut, walk eastward to gain 2,430-meter Erlijoch Saddle, located between the twin summits of Erlispitze Peak and Fanggekarspitze Peak. Continue walking past Erlachalpe in Almajurtal Valley, below the summit of Valluga Mountain to get to Stapfe-Tobel Gorge. This section can be treacherous in snow or adverse weather conditions and intimidating to an unseasoned hiker. In early season and after heavy rainfall, it may have you walking an alternative route past Erlachalpe and Bodenalpe. Check conditions and proceed accordingly. At the end of the day, Leutkircher Hut at smoothly polished Almajur Col extends a warm welcome and a sincere invite to call it a day.

 

Stage 2: Stuttgarter Hut (elev. 2,305m) – Ulmer Hut (elev. 2,288m)
Difficult | Hiking Time: approx. 2 - 3 hours

The astounding views along the short day trek from Stuttgarter Hut to Ulmer Hut come at a quite low admission price. Traverse the vigorously steep tussock slopes below Erlispitze Spire and the perpendicular rock walls of Roggspitze Peak along Robert-Bosch-Weg on your way to gain Trittscharte Notch (elev. 2,580m). Catch your breath and scan the horizon. How many of the summits can you identify? Silvretta and Verwall Ranges and 3,056-meter Patteriol Mounting are dominating the skyline. From Trittscharte Notch, follow the trail down to Ulmer Hut, situated below prominent Valluga Mountain. The popular shelter provides a perfect rest stop for hikers and a good night’s sleep at comfy beds.

 

Stage 3: Ulmer Hut (elev. 2,288m) – Leutkircher Hut (elev. 2,261m)
Difficult | Hiking Time: approx. 3 hours

As you travel from Ulmer Hut across Matunjoch Col (elev. 2,569m) and through the famous ski runs of Valluga Mountain, the incredible hulking Weißschrofenkamm Ridge makes its presence known: If you're feeling ambitious, consider to scale the demanding via ferrata here, negotiating roughly 500 handles and rungs, 1,050 staples and a 200-meter long network of fixed steel cables. The High Trail itself provides some thrills, too, on its traverse of the rugged terrain below Bacherspitzen. Eventually, you will reach your base for that night, Leutkircher Hut at Almajurjoch Col.

 

Stage 4: Leutkircher Hut (elev. 2,261m) – Kaiserjochhaus Lodge (elev. 2,310m)
Difficult | Hiking Time: approx. 2 hours

Roam the slopes of Stanskogel Peak that are carpeted in vivid greenery. At 2,757 meters this is the highest point on this trek and it takes roughly one hour to nab its pinnacle. Then, walk through meadows brimming with brilliant wildflowers, all while enjoying the striking scenery of the jagged and craggy Lechtal Alps. Teaser views are granted along the way, look to the opposite valley to take in an excellent view of cloud-piercing, snow-catching 3,168-meter Hoher Riffler Peak, part of the mighty Verwall Range. As the terrain on this short yet demanding walk becomes more rocky and wind-exposed, you will soon reach Kaiserjochhaus Lodge, located deep in a sheltered hollow of Kaiserjoch between the summits of Grießkopf Peak and Bergleskopf Peak.

 

Stage 5: Kaiserjochhaus Lodge (elev. 2,310m) – Ansbacher Hut (elev. 2,376m)
Difficult | Hiking Time: approx. 4.5 hours

Follow the ridge-top track as it sidles south and north across cretaceous shale formations carpeted in vivid greenery. Eventually, the trail meanders across the dolomite scree and talus slopes of Grießkopf Peak on its way atop Kridlonscharte Notch. Up there, you're rewarded with a high view of Hintersee Lake far below. From here, the trail gains Hinterseejoch Col and traverses the south flank of Vorderseespitze Spitze on its way to Alperschonjoch Col (elev. 2,303m); this section is assisted by a fixed anchoring system of cables. Another climb brings you atop Flarschjoch to Ansbacher Hut, the highest-lying shelter in the Lechtal Alps.

 

Stage 6: Kaiserjochhaus Lodge (elev. 2,310m) – Simms Hut (elev. 2,002m)
Difficult | Hiking Time: approx. 5 hours

Leaving Kaiserjochhaus Lodge eastward, the trail to Frederic Simms Hut branches off below Hinterseejoch Col. From here, the trail runs northward. Having traversed Kridlonkar Cirque, you’ll get to “Klämmle”, a short descent through a steep gully on the northern slope of Vorderseespitze Spire, which has permanently fixed cables for protection. Below reddish Feuerspitze Spire, the trail climbs atop Kälberlahnzugjoch Col. From there, the trail zigzags down to Simms Hut, tucked beneath a towering mountain, 2,895-meter Holzgau Wetterspitze Summit, which is one of the loftiest peaks of the Lechtal Alps.

 

Stage 7: Simms Hut (elev. 2,002m) – Ansbacher Hut (elev. 2,376m)
Difficult | Hiking Time: approx. 5 hours

From Frederic Simms Hut, retrace your steps to Kälberlahnzugjoch Col and take the left fork towards Stierlahnzugjoch (elev. 2,596m). The trail sidles below the rugged limestone faces of Feuerspitze Spire. Hardy hikers aim to bag the summit of Feuerspitze which is a non-technical one hour climb. The High Trail traverses the north-eastern slopes of Vorderseespitze Spire and emerges onto the route coming from Kaiserjochhaus Lodge at Knappenböden. From there, the route brings you to Ansbacher Hut.

 

Stage 8: Ansbacher Hut (elev. 2,376m) – Memminger Hut (elev. 2,242m)
Difficult | Hiking Time: approx. 5 hours

This day trek takes you to Memminger Hut, one of the most popular shelters in the Lechtal Alps that offers 140 beds. Make your way across Kopfscharte Notch, Winterjöchl Col and Grießlscharte Notch.

From there, it’s a long way down into remote and pristine Parseiertal Valley, towered by mighty 3,036-meter Parseierspitze Peak, the highest peak in the Lechtal Alps. Having crossed Parseierbach Brook, the trail continues climbing Bärenpleis slopes on its way up to Memminger Hut. Experienced peak baggers may want to nab the pinnacle of Parseierspitze.

 

Stage 9: Ansbacher Hut (elev. 2,376m) – Augsburger Hut (elev. 2,289m)
Difficult | Hiking Time: approx. 9 hours

Crossing through the stunning Lechtal Alps’ wilderness, this rugged section follows the “Augsburger High Trail” and leads through the most beautiful and diverse surroundings along the Lechtal High Trail. Simply put, this is one of the most beautiful hikes in all of Tirol. Only one problem with this invitation—delivering your reply will be downright demanding as this is as well the longest and hardest section of the trail. On your way you’ll have to scale Winterjoch Col (elev. 2,528m) and Parseierscharte Notch (elev. 2,604m), where there’s a bivouac you can stay overnight in case of an emergency. This grand tour of the Lechtal Alps further includes Dawinscharte Notch (elev. 2,650m) and view-granting 2,968-meter Dawinkopf Peak, the Lechtal Alps’ second-highest summit. The very ambitious might press on to bag the highest summit in the Lechtal Alps, Parseierspitze Peak that tops out at 3,036 meters. Augsburger Hut has a stunning location perched atop the south flank of Gatschkopf Peak.

 

Stage 10: Augsburger Hut (elev. 2,289m) – Memminger Hut (elev. 2,242m)
Difficult | Hiking Time: approx. 5 hours

The peak-packed, view-granting and technical Spiehlerweg Trail links Augsburger Hut with Memminger Hut. First, the trail gains Gatschkopf Peak (elev. 2,945m) and continues atop Patrolscharte Notch and Wegscharte Notch. Eventually, you will reach secluded Seewiseen tarns. Tucked in a cleft high on the mountain, these little lakes’ setting is awesome. Gaze into turquoise waters reflecting sheer cliff faces spiraling to the heavens and walk down to Memminger Hut. The scramble section taking you down to the hut can be treacherous in snow or adverse weather conditions and intimidating to an unseasoned hiker. The footing is very loose in places, and rockfall is a real risk, particularly at the shoulder above Patrolscharte Notch. Situated on the shores of sparkling Lower Seewisee Lake, Memminger Hut is flanked by rocky peaks.

 

Stage 11: Memminger Hut (elev. 2,242m) – Württemberger Haus Lodge (elev. 2,220m)
Difficult | Hiking Time: approx. 3.5 hours

This stage begins with a ramble through flower-studded meadows—a multitude of blossoms proliferate along this walk on your way past Lower Seewisee Lake. Shortly before reaching the Middle Seewisee Lake, the trail branches off to Seescharte Notch (elev. 2,599 Meter) and winds between rugged and rocky outcroppings before it traverses Großbergscharte Notch. Once aloft on the ridgetop, the trail gains 2,612-meter Großbergkopf Peak and 2,657-meter Großbergspitze Spire, the highest elevation on the entire Lechtal High Trail. The surrounding summits are even more sky-scraping, such as Leiterspitze, for example, topping out at 2,750 meters. The destination end of this trek, Württemberger Haus Lodge, is nestled into glacier scoured Medriol Cirque and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountain scenery.

 

Stage 12: Württemberger Haus Lodge (elev. 2,220m) – Steinsee Hut (elev. 2,061m)
Difficult | Hiking Time: approx. 4 hours

Gebäudjoch Saddle reveals the shelter that is your destination, but don't be fooled. From your first sighting of Steinsee Hut it’s still about hours to go. Along the south side of the main ridge you will gain Rosskarscharte Notch (elev. 2,400 Meter) where the trail is assisted by a fixed anchoring system of cables. From the notch, it’s a gentle walk down to Steinsee Hut, which is tucked between rugged and jagged peaks. The environs of the hut are a popular rock climbing terrain, with Parzinn Spires and Steinkarspitze Peak nearby.

 

Stage 13: Steinsee Hut (elev. 2,061m) – Württemberger Haus Lodge (elev. 2,220m)
Difficult | Hiking Time: approx. 4.5 hours

Stage 13 is not exactly hiking the route of stage 12 counter-clockwise; in fact it’s a scenic and diverse route across two easier notches – grassy Gufelgrasjoch Col and Bitterscharte Notch that is assisted by a fixed anchoring system of cables. The climb atop the notch begins at splendid Bittrichsee Lake. In snow, though, this section can be treacherous for slippery conditions. It’s a long and physically demanding hike down to Württemberger Haus Lodge where you’ll even have to cross snowfields.

 

Stage 14: Württemberger Haus Lodge (elev. 2,220m) – Hanauer Hut (elev. 1,922m)
Difficult | Hiking Time: 6 hours

Climbing steeply from Württemberger Haus Lodge, the trail furiously works its way up to a tiny lake. There, the steep grade lessens for a short while before it continues upward at a character-building grade with 300 meters of elevation gain atop Bitterscharte Notch (elev. 2,550m). The exposed and rugged trail down from the col is assisted by a fixed anchoring system of cables. Having traversed a steep talus slope, the rewards are many. After that, the trail rambles along high meadows and Alpine pastures and areas of awesome natural beauty. Eventually, the trail climbs Gufel up to Gufelsee Lake and continues across Guflseejoch Col (elev. 2,375 Meter). From the col, descend to Hanauer Hut that is towered by majestic Dremelspitze Spire in the backdrop.

 

Stage 15: Steinsee Hut (elev. 2,061m) – Hanauer Hut (elev. 1,922m) (along West/Front Dremelscharte Notch)
Difficult | Hiking Time: 3 hours

From Steinsee Hut below Schneekarlespitz Spire the trail climbs grazing pastures on its way up to picturesque Steinsee Lake. The scramble section up West/Front Dremelscharte Notch (elev. 2,434m) is assisted by a fixed anchoring system of cables. Walking in this direction, the descent from the other side of the notch is less steep. It winds down over scree and talus first before entering the wide open Alpine world of Parzinn. All in all, it takes roughly 1.5 hours to get down to Hanauer Hut. Ambitious peak baggers might want to summit 2,733-meter Dremelspitze Peak from West/Front Dremelscharte Notch. Dremelspitze is considered the most beautiful peak in the Lechtal Alps.

 

Stage 16: Hanauer Hut (elev. 1,922m) – Steinsee Hut (elev. 2,061m) (along East/Back Dremelscharte Notch)
Difficult | Hiking Time: approx. 3.5 hours

This route from Hanauer Hut to Steinsee Hut takes in East/Back Dremelscharte Notch and skirts the left side of Dremelspitze Spire on its way to Steinsee Lake. Somewhat below lies the hut of the same name that is quite popular with rock climbers. The very ambitious can press on to scale the rocky walls of the unique climbing terrain that surrounds Steinsee Hut. Climbing tuition is available for all abilities.

 

Stage 17: Hanauer Hut (elev. 1,922m) – Muttekopf Hut (elev. 1,934m)
Difficult | Hiking Time: 6.5 hours

The penultimate stage of the Lechtal High Trail gains two more mighty notches. To start with, climb Galtseitejoch Saddle (elev. 2,421 Meter) before scaling the steep flanks below Muttekopf Peak to conquer Muttekopfscharte Notch (elev. 2,630 Meter). From there, it’s a steep way down to Muttekopf Hut. The rustic shelter has been restored to full splendor and is a very charming place to take a rest. Close to the hut you will find a popular terrain for rock climbing. Hardy hikers aiming to bag another summit are recommended to nab the pinnacle of 2,774-meter Muttekopf Peak, one of the most scenic and easiest vantage points in the Lechtal Alps.

 

Stage 18: Muttekopf Hut (1,934m) – Anhalter Hut (elev. 2,042m)
Moderate | Hiking Time: 3.5 hours

From Muttekopf Hut the route heads northward. You will have to traverse the rugged terrain of Scharnitzkar Cirque on your way atop Scharnitzsattel Col (elev. 2,441m). It’s a steep and challenging descent from the col down to Hahntennjoch Saddle (elev. 1,894m), taking you through an area of awesome natural beauty. Cross Hahntennjoch Pass Road and follow the popular hiking trail that ascends leisurely up to 2,198-meter Steinjöchl Saddle. A gentle stroll down through emerald carpets laden with dazzling wildflower bouquets brings you to Anhalter Hut. Towered by flower-studded Tschachaun Mountain (elev. 2,334m), the hut is a well deserved destination end to the awesome Lechtal High Trail.

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