9 stages, 9 days, 11,000 metres in altitude difference, 120 kilometres, 60 hours – the fundamental facts of this challenging round tour sound every bit as spectacular as they actually are. A circumnavigation of the Paznaun High Trail belongs on the bucket list of every true alpinist. Seldom is one given the opportunity to discover Paznauns diverse alpine landscapes as on this high alpine tour. As one would expect, all stages can also be completed individually.
Parish Curch in See
Information Office in See
- Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
- Circular hike
difficult (black trails)
Elevation uphill 11,050m
Vertical metres downhill 11,170m
Best time of year
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Stage 1: See – AscherHut
Uphill/downhill metres in altitude: 1,480/270 metres, walking time: 5.5 hours, length: 12.5 kilometres
The first stage of the Paznaun High Trail begins at the Parish church and leads in an easterly direction to Frödenegg, through the so-called „Giggler Tobel“ and on to Giggl. From the Giggler Alm, the route leads through larch forests and on to the end of this stage, the AscherHut at 2,256 metres above sea level.
Stage 2: AscherHut – Kappl
Uphill/downhill metres in altitude: 920/2,000 metres, walking time: 8 hours, length: 21.5 kilometres
Starting from the AscherHut, this stage leads into the Furglertal Valley and on to Bergli. After passing the Fisser hunting lodge, the route leads on to Stial Alm and down to Flathtal, where the ascent to the Gamperthun Alm begins – now walk along the “Almweg” alpine trail to Grübeletal and on to Kappl via the “Panoramaweg” trail.
Stage 3: Kappl – Ischgl
Uphill/downhill metres in altitude: 1,800/1,600 metres, walking time: 7.5 hours, length: 16 kilometres
This stage starts from Kappl and leads past Rotweg Chapel and on to the Visnitz Alm. At the end of the Visnitztal Valley you will reach the lower, and shortly afterwards the higher ZollHut. A narrow trail leads to the Visnitzjoch in Switzerland. Above the Alp Bella, a narrow path below the Mullersattel Ridge takes you directly to “the lakes” and Flimjoch. From now on you are back on Austrian soil and the trail guides you down to Upper Velillalpe and then Ischgl.
Stage 4: Ischgl – Galtür
Uphill/downhill metres in altitude: 2,000/1,800 metres, walking time: 9.5 hours, length: 21 kilometres
The parish church in Ischgl is the starting point for this particular stage, which heads over a suspension bridge to the Tschamatschkopf. From there the route carries on to the 2,478 metre high Rauen Kopf, from where the trail leads along a ridge and into the valley. First you will reach Außerbergli and then Innerbergli, before arriving at the Lorein Alpe. From there it takes around half an hour to get to the ‘Stafali’pond with a barbecue area and the end of the Galtür High Trail at Galtür.
Stage 5: Galtür – Friedrichshafener Hut
Uphill/downhill metres in altitude: 850/250 metres, walking time: 3.5 hours, length: 7 kilometres
This is the most “leisurely” stage of the Paznaun High Trail and leads from the centre of Galtür village in the direction of Außertschafein and on to the Friedrichshafener Hut.
Stage 6: Friedrichshafener Hut – Darmstädter Hut
Uphill/downhill metres in altitude: 1,150/950 metres, walking time: 6.5 hours, length: 10 kilometres
This stage takes us from the Friedrichshafener Hut, along the notorious Ludwig-Dürr Trail and up to Matnaljoch. Continue on the sign-posted route via the ‘Schönpleisübergang’ on the ‘Zwischengrat’ at 2,770m, crossing a few snowy fields and steep sections, before reaching the ‘Rautejoch’ at 2,750m. After crossing the glacial foothills of the ‘Küchelferner’ you will have the end stage of this section within your sights, the Därmstädter Hut.
Stage 7: Darmstädter Hut – Niederelbe Hut
Uphill/downhill metres in altitude: 1,000/1,100 metres, walking time: 5.5 hours, length: 9 kilometres
This stage leads from the Darmstädter Hut and along the „Advokatenweg“, through the Hintere Kartell and up over boulders and rocks to the 2,841 metre high Schneidjöchl. The Hoppe-Seyler-trail begins here, which leads down a narrow path to the Vergrößkar, before heading back up to the Kieler Wetter Hut. This is followed by a descent to the Niederelbe Hut.
Stage 8: Niederelbe Hut – Edmund Graf Hut
Uphill/downhill metres in altitude: 700/600 metres, walking time: 4.5 hours, length: 9 kilometres
Stage 8 leads from the Niederelbe Hut out of the valley and along the beautifully landscaped „Kieler Weg“ trail. The ascent to the 2,697 metre high Schmalzgrubenscharte begins at the rear of the Kappl ski area. The Rifflerweg trail leads from here to the Schmalzgrubenseen lakes, before heading back down to the Edmund-Graf-Hut.
Stage 9: Edmund Graf Hut – See
Uphill/downhill metres in altitude: 1,150/2,600 metres, walking time: 9.5 hours, length: 22 kilometres
The so-called “crowning stage” of the Paznaun High trail leads from the Edmund-Graf-Hut up to the Kappler Joch, before passing the Blankaseen Lakes and down to the Durrichalpe. After a climb to the Spidur Alpe, follow signposts for Niederjöchl and you will reach a 2,550 metre high ridge offering absolutely magnificent views. Climb down to „Falgeneier“ via the Kleingfall Alpe and carry on to Lake Talort.