Capture the sheer beauty of nature and 360-degree views of the mountains on your demanding walk across the rugged Lechtal Alps. The trail runs over cols and cirques, with a new mountain world to discover around every corner. This pristine wilderness area is home to an unparalleled diversity of native plants and wildlife. The trail is edged by protected wildflowers and velvety green Alpine meadows in the spring and early summer. Hiking along, you’re likely to spot a few eagles, ibexes and marmots. This technical trek is demanding and requires endurance and sure footing. Make sure you have appropriate footwear and exercise due caution. If you ride the hiker’s shuttle bus up to Alfuzalm Alpine Pasture, this wonderful loop trail can be walked in two days.
Zams, Base of Venet Gondola
Zams, Base of Venet Gondola
- Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
- Circular hike
difficult (black trails)
Elevation uphill 1,468m
Vertical metres downhill 1,943m
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: Zams – Alfuzalm (by hiker’s shuttle bus service) – Steinsee Hut – Rosskarscharte Notch – Gebäudjoch Col – Württemberger Haus Lodge
Elevation Gain/Elevation Loss: 1,450/500 meters | Hiking Time: 6.5 hours | Distance: 11 kilometers | Highest Elevation: 2,452 meters
From the village of Zams, ride the hiker’s shuttle bus up to Alfuzalm Alpine Pasture and descend to the creek. A forest road takes you past a water catchment and crosses the creek. Follow the dirt road into the valley, slightly above the valley floor in the beginning and across Alpine pastures later; some sections of the trail run parallel to Starkenbach Creek. At the grade of the material ropeway’s base, the road merges onto a footpath that climbs through thick understory of dwarf pines on its way to Steinsee Hut. The hut sits at an elevation of 2,061 meters and it takes some 2.5 hours to get there from Alfuzalm. From the hut, the route coincides with the Eagle Walk. Follow signs for “Württemberger Haus, 601, E4”. The trail ambles through gentle terrain until it reaches the foot of Gufelgrasjoch Col, from where it climbs across rock-laden terrain to gain 2,400-meter Roßkarscharte Notch. Beyond the notch, steeply descend into a narrow rock gully (fixed wires are in place to aid stability) and thereafter into a slightly broadening rubble cirque and down to the glacier scoured basin of Roßkar Cirque. Towered by lofty Roßköpfe Peaks, the trail resumes its climb and runs above “Steiniger Boden”. From there, the route vigorously climbs the 2,452-meter pinnacle of Gebäudjoch Saddle in switchbacks. Beyond, steeply descend through rock-laden terrain where fixed wires are in place to aid stability. Finally, the route runs past a tiny mountain lake on its way down to Württemberger Haus Lodge (it takes roughly four hours to get there from Steinsee Hut).
Day 2: Württemberger Haus Lodge – Zammer Loch Gorge – Zams
Elevation Gain/Elevation Loss: 50/1,500 meters | Hiking Time: 4.5 hours | Distance: 11 kilometers (to the base of Venetbahn Gondola) | Highest Elevation: 2,220 meters
From Württemberger Haus Lodge, follow signage for Zams. In the beginning, the trail runs below the lodge and traverses Alpine meadows and dwarf pine fields on its way to Unterlochalm Alpine Pasture Hut. A gentle downhill stroll through a wonderful larch grove takes you to the entrance of Zammer Loch Gorge, a narrow chasm that is incised into the rock by the cascading waters of the churning creek. On the left side of the valley, the trail weaves high above the gorge in easy ups and downs. The last section runs high above Inntal Valley with a steep plunge taking you down to the first homes of Zams. At the tiny chapel follow signs for “Zams, Krahberg E5” and cross the Inn River on the bridge that leads into the village center. Pass the worthwhile parish church on your way to the destination end of this walk, which is the base of Venetbahn Gondola. If you want to catch a train, continue walking along the main road for another kilometer to get to the railroad station of Landeck/Zams.
Strongly Recommended: In Zammer Lochputz Gorge, the river plunges over cliffs of limestone, laid down many million years ago. Leading up through pine forest, a scenic Waterfall Trail with interpretive signs passes spectacular viewpoints and magnificent scenery via a series of stunning waterfalls and geological features – look out for the head of a bull and a nymph.