Hiking Terrain Praxmar/Lüsens, © Innsbruck Tourismus/Helga Andreatta
Hiking Terrain 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

Sellrain Mountain Hut Tour (Sellrainer Hüttenrunde)

The seven-day hike through the Sellrain and Stubai Alps starts in pretty alpine-rose-strewn terrain, which impresses visitors both with its scenic beauty and well-equipped accommodation. Potsdamer Hütte Hut, Westfalenhaus, Pforzheimer Hütte, Schweinfurter Hütte, Bielefelder Hütte and Dortmunder Hütte are the Alpine Association hosts for this diverse round tour during which 80 kilometres and, depending on the variant, around 7,300 metres in altitude will need to be negotiated along predominantly moderately difficult to challenging mountain paths. Gentle hiking trails meandering through the magnificent landscapes alternate with challenging crossings along this tour, which is rounded off with rewarding summit ascents. Schöntalspitze Peak is the highest point of this tour at 3,008 metres.

Alternate access and exit points can be found in Oetz, Umhausen/Niederthai and Längenfeld/Gries. The tour can be extended by adding the “Ötztal Loop” after the second stage and the “Inntal Loop” after the sixth stage to the tour.

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Starting point  

Sellrain

Finishing point

Sellrain

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
Metres in altitude uphill/downhill 1,101/20 metres, Duration: 3.5 hours, Length 9.3 kilometres

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

Day 2: Potsdamer Hütte – Westfalenhaus
Metres in altitude uphill/downhill 1,465/1,198 metres, Duration: 7.5 hours, Length: 15.9 kilometres

Take Trail Nr. 119 past Schafalm to Roten Kogel (2,873 metres). Descend from there into Lüsenstal Valley and follow Trail Nr. 36 and Nr. 35 to Lüsens (1,634 metres). Take Dr.-Siemon-Weg for the ascent to Westfalenhaus (2,273 metres).  Option: Trail Nr. 35 takes you over Hochgrafljoch to Lüsenstal. The opportunity to add the Ötztal Loop to the tour opens at Westfalenhaus, otherwise continue to stage 3.

Day 3: Westfalenhaus – Pforzheimer Hütte
Metres in altitude uphill/downhill 780/745 metres, Duration: 5 hours, Length 6.9 kilometres

Take Trail Nr. 143 from 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) along this stage, the highest point of this round tour. Option: Traverse the Äußere Schwarzjöchl (2,654 metres) and pass Oberstkogel on the way to Pforzheimer Hut (a hike of approx. 7.5 hours).

Day 4: Pforzheimer Hütte – Schweinfurter Hütte
Metres in altitude uphill/downhill 440/715 metres, Duration: 4 hours, Length 5.8 kilometres

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

Day 5: Schweinfurter Hütte – Bielefelder Hütte
Metres in altitude uphill/downhill 878/800 metres, Duration: 9 hours, Length 12.3 kilometres
From the Schweinfurter Hut, head over the Hochreichscharte (2,912), Niederreichscharte (2,728), Lauser (2,616 metres) and Achplatte (2,423 metres) to the Bielefelder Hut (2,112 metres). Option: Hike directly to the Dortmunder Hut via the Finstertaler Scharte or Niederreichscharte (takes 5.5 or 6.5 hours).

Day 6: Bielefelder Hütte – Dortmunder Hütte
Metres in altitude uphill/downhill 518/681 metres, Duration: 4 hours, Length 9.4 kilometres

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

Day 7: Dortmunder Hut– Sellrain
Metres in altitude uphill/downhill 560/1,601 metres, Duration: 9 hours, Length 24.7 kilometres

From Dortmunder Hut (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 Hut via the Rosskogel Hut (1,777 metres) and via Gfas and Hinterburg to Sellrain (walking time 11.5 hours, Dortmunder Hut to Rosskogel Hut 10 hours).

For more detailed information as well as well as information on alternative access points, please visit www.innsbruck.info.

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