This superb three day trek travels the glorious eastern Lechtal Alps. Natural wonders along the way include scenic Rosengartenschlucht Canyon at Imst and Scharnitzsattel Col. The awesome trail from Anhalter Hut to Tarrentonalm Alpine Pasture Hut provides access to most remote mountain wilderness. You won’t meet many other hikers here and can take some quiet time listening to nature and absorbing the stunning mountain scenery. The steep northern flank of Heiterwand Face and the rugged surrounding ranges all add to the experience. This strenuous walk offers superb scenic values for the sure footed, physically fit and well equipped hiker.
- Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
- Circular hike
difficult (black trails)
Elevation uphill 2,380m
Vertical metres downhill 2,329m
Best time of year
* These are approximate values and recommendations. Please take your personal fitness level, technical ability and the current weather conditions into account. Tirol Werbung cannot guarantee that the information provided is correct and accepts no liability.
Day 1: Nassereith – Imst (by bus) – Hochimst – Muttekopf Hut
Elevation Gain: 1,100 meters | Hiking Time: 4½ hours | Distance: 9 kilometers | Highest Elevation: 1,934 meters
From Saint Johannes Church, follow signs for “Rosengartenschlucht, Hochimst”. Rosengarten, literally Rose Garden, is a narrow chasm, incised into the rock by the cascading waters of Schinderbach Creek. The scenic trail across the canyon is edged by Schinderbach Creek’s frothing white torrents and takes you up to Hochimst via a delightful series of beautiful wooden boardwalks, suspension bridges, stone steps, fixed cables and a tunnel, alternately left and right of the creek. From Hochimst, follow the forest road that gently zigzags up to Untermarkter Alm to the start of the Imst Alpine Coaster, the longest alpine coaster ride in the world. Follow the signs towards “Muttekopfhütte, Latschenhütte” and walk along Jägersteig Path to Latschen Hut. The last 300 meters of elevation gain are tackled along a forest road. At the base of the material ropeway take the footpath that winds up to Muttekopf Hut.
Strongly Recommended: Take some time to get an eagle’s eye view of the mountains at the new Eagle View Overlook “Muttekopf“, 2,050 meters above sea level. This special sightseeing telescope viewer offers breathtaking 360° views of the surrounding ranges.
Day 2: Muttekopf Hut – Hahntennjoch Saddle – Anhalter Hut
Elevation Gain/Elevation Loss: 850/750 meters | Hiking Time: 4¼ hours | Distance: 7 kilometers | Highest Elevation: 2,441 meters
From Muttekopf Hut, it’s a 500-meter vertical gain across Scharnitzkar Cirque atop 2,441-meter Scharnitzsattel Saddle. The trail can be loamy and slippery after rainfalls. Beyond the saddle, the route plunges into rugged terrain with various ropes and cables. Thereafter, the route continues to descend to Hahntennjoch Saddle. Cross the road and continue on a well maintained track up to Steinjöchl Saddle (elev. 2,198m) auf. From there it’s a very short walk to Anhalter Hut, your base for that night.
Day 3: Anhalter Hut t – Tarrentonalm Alpine Pasture Hut – Nassereith
Elevation Gain/Elevation Loss: 250/1,450 meters | Hiking Time: 6 hours | Distance: 16 kilometers | Highest Elevation: 2,202 meters
Start off at Anhalter Hut along a track that gently ascends verdant meadows on its way atop Kromsattel Saddle. From the saddle traverse a cirque where snow may remain until summer, so please proceed with caution. Beyond the cirque make your way up to Hinterbergjoch Saddle across a steep tussock slope ("Schwarze Erde"). Now, in open terrain below Heiterwand Face, follow the leisurely descending singletrack trail until you reach Schafer Hut and proceed to Hintere Tarrentonalm Alpine Pasture Hut (the last portion of the route follows a dirt road). At Hintere Tarrentonalm take the forest road that leads out of Tegestal Valley. It gently climbs atop Schweinsteinjoch Col in the beginning, before slightly descending high above deeply incised Tegestal Valley. Having crossed a rock tunnel, the forest road plunges into the valley (alternately left and right of Tegesbach Creek). Down in the valley, take Trail No. 1 towards Nassereith and follow this for around three kilometers until you reach the village center of Nassereith.