The Peter Habeler Route is a circumnavigation of the western Zillertal Alps. Sub-divided into six stages, this high alpine hiking trail was named in honour of Austrian extreme mountaineer Peter Habelerer in celebration of his 70th birthday. This man from the village of Mayrhofen in the Zillertal Valley rewrote alpine history when he, together with Reinhold Messner, became the first to conquer Mount Everest without bottled oxygen in 1978. The starting point of the approximately 55-kilometre-long Peter Habeler Route is in the mountaineering village of Ginzling in the Zillertal Valley or St. Jodok in the Wipptal Valley. You can also access this long distance alpine hiking tour directly from the Pfitschtal Valley, the Brenner Pass, the Schlegeisspeicher reservoir or from the village of Hintertux.
- Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
- Circular hike
difficult (black trails)
Elevation uphill 4,230m
Vertical metres downhill 4,230m
Best time of year
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Free car park at the Nockeralmen in Vals
Description for the Trail
Vals – Geraer Hütte
Vertical metres uphill: 1,000 metres, duration: 3 hours
From the Gasthaus Touristenrast at the end of the Valsertal Valley (bus stop and free car park at the Nockeralmen) hikers walk along a wide path (502) for around an hour up to a small mechanical cable car used to transport material up to the Geraer Hütte hut. From the bottom of this cable car, take the winding trail up to the edge of the forest and then still on trail 502 all the way to the Geraer Hütte hut (2,324 metres).
Geraer Hütte – Tuxerjochhaus
Vertical metres uphill/downhill: 500/500 metres, duration: 5 hours
From the Geraer Hütte hut head towards the Steinernes Lamm (527) and over glacier moraines through the Vordere Höllwand and on to the Kleegrubenscharte, Kasererscharte and Frauenwand. After crossing a number of pastures and meadows hikers will reach the Tuxerjochhaus (2,313 metres).
Tuxerjochhaus – Friesenberghaus
Vertical metres uphill/downhill: 910/740 metres, duration: 5 hours
From the Tuxerjochhaus take trail 326 downhill to the Lärmstange mountain, before heading in a southeasterly direction to the Spannagelhaus (2,531 metres) and on to the Friesenbergscharte (2,911 metres). Here, at the highest point of the Peter Habeler Route, hikers can enjoy fantastic views of the surrounding mountains. The trail then winds its way down via several swichbacks to the Friesenberghaus (2,498 metres).
Friesenberghaus – Olpererhütte
Vertical metres uphill/downhill: 220/310 metres, duration: 2.5 hours
From the Friesenberghaus head downhill past the Friesenbergsee lake and then back uphill via a series of steep switchback corners. The trail then joins the well-known Berlin High Trail (526) for a section before taking hikers to the Olpererhütte (2,389 metres).
Stage 5: Olpererhütte – Pfitscherjochhaus
Vertical metres uphill/downhill: 430/570 metres, duration: 3.5 hours
From the Olpererhütte (2,389 metres) follow trail (502) towards the Unterschrammachkar ridge (2,280 metres). After a short ascent in the shadow of the Ameiskopf mountain (2,400 metres) a trail (528) takes hikers to the Kastenschneid and below the Stamplkee glacier to the Pfitscherjochhaus (2,276 metres).
Pfitscherjochhaus – Landshuter Europa-Hütte
Vertical metres uphill/downhill: 675/250 metres, duration: 3 hours
From the Pfitscherjochhaus the trail leads past several small lakes and through a barren rocky landscape following the Landshut High Trail (3 and 528) via the Friedrichshöhe to the Landshuter Europa-Hütte (2,693 metres).
Landshuter Europa-Hütte – Vals
Vertical metres uphill/downhill: 1.300 metres, duration: 4 hours
From the Landshuter Europa Hütte the "Geistbeckweg" trail (529) takes hikers past the Sumpfschaftl (2,666 metres) and on over the Lange Wand to the Innere Zeischalm and finally back to the starting point in Vals.
For details on the different ways of accessing the Peter Habeler Route visit www.mayrhofen.at