Hiking terrain near Praxmar/Lüsens, © Innsbruck Tourismus/Helga Andreatta
Hiking terrain near Praxmar/Lüsens, © Innsbruck Tourismus/Helga Andreatta
Hiking towards Westfalenhaus, © Innsbruck Tourismus/Helga Andreatta
Hiking towards Westfalenhaus, © Innsbruck Tourismus/Helga Andreatta
Potsdamer Hütte, © Innsbruck Tourismus/Ascher
Potsdamer Hütte, © Innsbruck Tourismus/Ascher

Long-Distance Hike
Sellrain Mountain Hut Hike

The seven-day hike through the Sellrain and Stubai Alps starts in pretty alpine-rose-strewn terrain impressing visitors with its scenic beauty and cosy mountain huts. Potsdamer Hütte Hut, Westfalenhaus, Pforzheimer Hütte, Schweinfurter Hütte, Bielefelder Hütte and Dortmunder Hütte provide accommodation on this circular hike with 80 kilometres and, depending on the variant chosen, around 7,300 metres in altitude. Most of the trails are moderately difficult to challenging. Gentle walking trails meandering through magnificent landscapes alternate with challenging crossings along this trek, which is rounded off with rewarding summit ascents. Schöntalspitze peak is the highest point of this long-distance hike at 3,008 metres above sea level.

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Starting point  

Sellrain; hike can also be started in Oetz, Umhausen/Niederthai, Längenfeld/Gries

Finishing point

Sellrain; hike can also be terminated in Oetz, Umhausen/Niederthai, Längenfeld/Gries

Mountain chain

Stubai Alps

Length

84.3 km

Duration

7 day(s)

Features

  • Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
  • Circular hike

Difficulty rating

difficult (black trails)

Altitude

3,008m

Elevation uphill 7,300m
Vertical metres downhill 7,290m

Trail description

Day 1: Gasthaus Neuwirt – Potsdamer Hütte Hut
Uphill/downhill 1,101/20 vertical metres, walking time: 3.5 hours, distance: 9.3 kilometres

Start in Sellrain (908 metres) at the Gasthaus Neuwirt bus stop. A moderately difficult trail leads from here through the beautiful Fotschertal Valley and via the Bergheim Fotsch hut to the Potsdamer Hütte (2,009 metres)

Day 2: Potsdamer Hütte – Westfalenhaus
Uphill/downhill 1,465/1,198 vertical metres, walking time: 7.5 hours, distance: 15.9 kilometres

Take trail number 119 past Schafalm to the Roter Kogel mountain (2,873 metres). Descend from there into the Lüsenstal Valley and follow trails 36 and 35 to Lüsens (1,634 metres). Take the "Dr.-Siemon-Weg" trail for the ascent to the Westfalenhaus (2,273 metres). Option: take trail 35 over the Hochgrafljoch ridge into the Lüsenstal Valley. At the Westfalenhaus there is the option of adding the Ötztal Loop to the hike. If you do not wish to do so, continue to stage 3.

Day 3: Westfalenhaus – Pforzheimer Hütte
Uphill/downhill 780/745 vertical metres, walking time: 5 hours, distance: 6.9 kilometres

Take trail number 143 from the Pforzheimer Hütte hut to Zischgenscharte (2,936 metres) and cross the Zischgelesferner glacier into Gleirschtal Valley and head for the Pforzheimer Hütte hut. It is possible to climb the Schöntalspitze peak (3,008 metres) onthis stage, the highest point of this hike. Option: traverse the Äußeres Schwarzjöchl ridge (2,654 metres) and pass Oberstkogel mountain on the way to the Pforzheimer Hütte hut (a hike of approx. 7.5 hours).

Day 4: Pforzheimer Hütte – Schweinfurter Hütte
Uphill/downhill 440/715 vertical metres, walking time: 4 hours, distance: 5.8 kilometres

Take trail number 145 from the Pforzheimer Hütte to Gleirschjöchl (2,751 metres) and continue via Schneeloch into the Zwieselbachtal Valley and on to the Schweinfurter Hütte (2,034 metres). Option: traverse Walfeskar to Zwieselbacher Roßkogel (3,081 metres) and continue through Fidaskar to the Schweinfurter Hütte (a hike of approx. 6.4 hours).

Day 5: Schweinfurter Hütte – Bielefelder Hütte
Uphill/downhill 878/800 vertical metres, walking time: 9 hours, distance: 12.3 kilometres
From the Schweinfurter Hütte, head over the Hochreichscharte (2,912), Niederreichscharte (2,728), Lauser (2,616 metres) and Achplatte (2,423 metres) to the Bielefelder Hütte (2,112 metres). Option: hike directly to the Dortmunder Hütte via the Finstertaler Scharte or Niederreichscharte (takes 5.5 and 6.5 hours respectively).

Day 6: Bielefelder Hütte – Dortmunder Hütte
Uphill/downhill 518/681 vertical metres, walking time: 4 hours, distance: 9.4 kilometres

Take trail number 149 from Bielefelder Hütte up to Mittertaler Scharte (2,630 metres), followed by a descent through the Mittertal Valley to the Dortmunder Hütte (1,949 metres). Option: hike directly to the Dortmunder Hütte via Balbachalm and Längentalspeichere (takes 3.5 hours). The hike can be extended from the Dortmunder Hütte by taking the Inntal Loop.

Day 7: Dortmunder Hütte – Sellrain
Uphill/downhill 560/1,601 vertical metres, walking time: 9 hours, distance: 24.7 kilometres

From Dortmunder Hütte (1,949 metres), walk via Kühtai to Zirmbachalm (1,792 metres) and Sonnbergalm (1,950 metres) and along the Sellraintaler Höhenwanderweg (Sellrain High Trail) to Sellrain. Option: from Dortmunder Hütte via the Rosskogel Hütte (1,777 metres) and via Gfas and Hinterburg to Sellrain (walking time 11.5 hours, Dortmunder Hütte to Rosskogel Hütte 10 hours).

Detailled information on the hike and on alternative access points: www.alpenvereinaktiv.com

High alpine version with Ötztal Loop and Inntal Loop

Experienced hikers can take on the high alpine version of the Sellrain Mountain Hut Hike: from the Westfalenhaus to the Winnebachseehütte in the Ötztal Valley and then to the Pforzheimer Hütte and the Dortmunder Hütte Peter-Anich-Hütte in the Inn Valley back to Sellrain.

Detailled information on the hike and on alternative access points: www.alpenvereinaktiv.com

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