More than 5,000 metres of altitude gain, 100 kilometres of hiking, 8 mountain huts – and all in just one valley! The Stubai High Trail is one of the most beautiful high altitude hiking trails in the Alps and leads through the Stubai Alps. Among the many highlights are the majestic glacier views between the Bremer Hütte and the Dresdner Hütte. This high-altitude walking trail is classified as a challenging “black” mountain route and leads exclusively through alpine terrain. For this reason, sure-footedness, appropriate levels of fitness, a good head for heights and the right equipment are prerequisites before attempting to explore the mighty mountain world of the Stubai Valley along the Stubai High Trail. The trail can be walked in both directions. Another special feature of the Stubai High Trail is that the hike can be interrupted at any hut. Every base offers the opportunity to descend into the valley, and alternatively you have the possibility to ascend to each hut from the valley, enabling hikers to complete this long-distance trail in stages.
Innsbrucker Hut or Starkenburger Hut
Starkenburger Hut or Innsbrucker Hut
- Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
- Circular hike
difficult (black trails)
Elevation uphill 5,081m
Vertical metres downhill 6,225m
Best time of year
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Ascent from the valley: Kreuzjoch gondola – Starkenberger Hut
Elevation gain/loss: 394/263 vertical metres, walking time: 2.5 hours, distance: 4.4 kilometres
The ascent to the Starkenburger Hut can be made by either taking the Kreuzjoch gondola from Neustift to the top station of the Schlick 2000 lifts and then continuing on foot along the footpath (walking time: 1 ½ to 2 hours), or from Neustift via the Kartnall Höfe (farms) and Forcherkogel, or direct through the Lärchenwiesen fields, to the Starkenberger Hut.
Stage 1: Starkenburger Hut – Franz Senn Hut
Elevation gain/loss: 739/829 vertical metres, walking time: 6 hours, distance: 15.3 kilometres
The first stage of the Stubai High trail leads from the Starkenburger Hut to just below the Kalkkögel mountain and past the Seejöchl above the Schlickersee lake. The route then carries on to the Sendersjöchl ridge, down to the Rote Wand, past the Seducker Hochalm and finally along the slopes of the inner Oberbergtal Valley to the Franz Senn Hut.
Stage 2: Franz-Senn-Hut – Neue Regensburger Hut
Elevation gain/loss: 671/534 vertical metres, walking time: 4.5 hours, distance: 9.1 kilometres
From the Franz Senn Hut, the second stage leads initially out of the valley towards Kuhgschwetz – from where the ascent to Schrimmennieder begins. After 20 minutes’ walk above the Schrimmennieder you will reach the 2,829m Basslerjoch ridge, where stunning views of the Stubai Main Ridge can be enjoyed. After walking back down to Schrimmennieder the route takes you along a by-path, which is a virtually flat trail leading from the Milderaunalm into the valley and the Neue Regensburger Hut.
Stage 3: Neue Regensburger Hut – Dresdner Hut
Elevation gain/loss: 1,009/991 vertical metres, walking time: 7 hours, distance: 12.9 kilometres
Stage three of the Stubai High Trail starts from the Neue Regensburger Hut and leads past the Falbesonersee lake, before heading up a steep ascent to the Grawagrubennieder. From there the trail takes you under the “tongue” of the Grawawandferner glacier and past the Mutterbergersee lake before an easy descent leads to the base of the Glamergrube. After a climb, follow the trail through the Wilde Grube and along a ridge before heading down to the Dresdner Hut.
Stage 4: Dresdner Hut – Sulzenau Hut
Elevation gain/loss: 400/517 vertical metres, walking time: 3 hours, distance: 4.6 kilometres
The fourth stage leads initially from the Dresdner Hut to the middle station of the Stubai Glacier Lifts, before heading in the direction of the Fernaubach River. After an uphill climb you will reach a fork in the trail signposted "Trögler" or "Peiljoch". Experienced hikers have the opportunity here to climb the Trögler (walking time: 2 hours, descent to the Sulzenau Hut: 1 hour). The regular high trail route continues along a steep but well-secured, trail. After hiking down the winding trail and crossing the ice moraines of the Sulzenau glacier, you will finally reach the Sulzenau Hut.
Stage 5: Sulzenau Hut – Nürnberger Hut
Elevation gain/loss: 472/382 vertical metres, walking time: 4 hours, distance: 4.5 kilometres
The fifth stage leads from the Sulzenau Hut to Lake Grünausee, the largest lake in the Stubai Alps, and onwards in a north-easterly direction to the Nürnberger Hut. This stage also offers hikers the opportunity to climb two mountains: the Mairspitze or the Gamsspitzl.
Stage 6: Nürnberger Hut – Bremer Hut
Elevation gain/loss: 631/500 vertical metres, walking time: 3 hours 50 minutes, length: 5.9 kilometres
During this stage of the Stubai High trail you will be able to see at firsthand the formative influence glaciers have had on the landscape. From the Nürnberger Hut, the trail leads initially over an extensive area of glacial erosion, before leading onto the ZollHut at Simmingjöch and your final destination for this stage, the Bremer Hut.
Stage 7: Bremer Hut – Innsbrucker Hut
Elevation gain/loss: 850/894 vertical metres, walking time: 6 hours, distance: 10.3 kilometres
On good weather days, more experienced hikers can start this stage of the tour by climbing down a short, well secured with steel cable and rungs, hollow to Lake Lauterer. Those less experienced should descend via the regular route below the material haulage system. The route continues on to Trauljöch and a crossing of the large and cable secured Trailgrube, followed by an ascent of the Wasenwand to the Pramarspitze. Carry on over the Glättegrube and after a final climb at the Sendesgrad, the trail leads past the foot of Mount Habicht and Lake Alfaier and on to the Innsbrucker Hut.
Descent into the valley: Innsbrucker Hut – Neder
Elevation loss: 1,391 vertical metres, walking time: 4 hours, distance: 10.9 kilometres
The descent from the Innsbrucker Hut to the Stubai Valley can be made either through the Pinnistal Valley to Neder (walking time: 1.5 hours) or via the top station of the Elfer lifts (walking time: 2.5 hours), where you can catch the cable car back to Neustift.