The terrain on this three day trek undergoes a radical transformation from the jagged limestone formations of Kalkkögel Peaks to the stark granite mountains of the Stubai Main Ridge. At Schlickersee Lake, the surroundings change dramatically, with the bare granite giving way to limestone. This trek is a front row seat for all that draws adventurous hikers upward. It is as well difficult and strenuous, but the astounding views of Stubai Valley from Starkenburger Hut make it all worth it.
Village Center of Neustift
- Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
- Circular hike
difficult (black trails)
Elevation uphill 2,620m
Vertical metres downhill 2,440m
Best time of year
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Day 1: Neustift – Starkenburger Hut
Departing from Neustift, the trail gains more than 1,200 meters on its way to Starkenburger Hut. You can either walk past Kartnall Höfe Farmsteads and Forcherkogel or climb meadows and scattered larches to the hut.
Either way, the ascent will take some 3.5 to 4 hours to complete. Starkenburger Hut is the place to spend the night.
Day 2: Starkenburger Hut - Senderjöchl - Franz-Senn-Hut
This day walk (the first stage of the Stubai High Trail) departs from Starkenburger Hut and traverses the south-western slopes beneath “Hoher Burgstall” Mountain. The trail sidles over a prominent talus and scree slope, towered by mighty Kalkkögel Peaks, and passes Seejöchl Col and Schlickersee Lake on its way to Sendersjöchl Col. From the col, a steep descent in switchbacks takes you down to Rote Wand from where the route gently climbs to Seducker Hochalm. Having crossed Viller Grube, the trail continues traversing the slopes of Inner Obernberg Valley with a final, steep climb taking you to Franz-Senn-Hut, your base for that night.
Day 3: Franz-Senn-Hut - Regensburger Hut - Falbeson
Departing from Franz-Senn-Hut, this day walk leads out of the valley into Kuhgschwetz and climbs atop Platzenturm. Having traversed Platzengrube Hollow to its eastern rim, a few, steep switchbacks and a final traverse to the right will bring you to Schrimmennieder. About 20 minutes above Schrimmennieder is 2,829-meter Basslerjoch Col, from where there are uninterrupted panoramic views of the Stubai Main Ridge. Retrace your steps from the col back down to Schrimmennieder until you reach the road that runs from Milderaunalm into the valley on almost level terrain to New Regensburger Hut. From there, it’s a long descent, passing Ochsenalm Alpine Pasture on your way down to the valley, to Falbeson.