Stubai High Path:

The stubai high path trail with 9 mountain huts.

The route does not lead over glaciers, but it is definitely Alpine in character, but it is definitely Alpine in character, the altitude usually being between 2 200 and 2 700. The highest point is the Grawagrubennieder (2 880 m.). Alpine experience and suitable equipment are therefore essential. Sturdy walking boots are required. An ice axe is advisable in the early summer. Further requirements: warm clothing, rainproof clothing, protection from the sun and Alpine club maps 31/5 (Innsbruck and surroundings) and 31/1 (Stubai Alps, Hochstubai).
Innsbrucker Hütte – Bremer Hütte
With a total walking time of approx. 6-7 hours this stage is one of the longest. From the Innsbrucker Hütte it takes approx. 45 minutes to the first ridge where walkers can enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of the Stubai and Zillertal Alps and the Karwendel range. The route, marked no. 124, descends slightly over three extensive hollows, approximately 100 – 200 m. difference in altitude being covered each time. Immediately after the Innsbrucker Hütte and just before the Bremer Hütte the route passes a small lake. Some of the rocky sections on this stage are secured by wire ropes.
Bremer Hütte – Nürnberger Hütte
The Simmingjöchl (2 730 m.) is the apex of this crossing. There is an impressive view of the Simmingferner during the ascent. As from the Bremer Hütte the route is marked no 102 for three stages. From the Simmingjöchl there is a steep descent to the valley beneath the Grüblerferner. Before the Nürnberger Hütte there is a climb of 60 metres over extensive glacial erosion. This stage takes approx. 3 hours.
Nürnberger Hütte – Sulzenauhütte
The highest point of this stage is the Niederl; at 2 680 m., it is some 50 m. lower than the Simmingjöchl. Numerous serpentine bends facilitate the direct approach from the Nürnberger Hütte. Once at the top, there is a marvellous panorama. For a few meters the path descends steeply before flattening out and passing several lakes en route for the Grünausee which is dammed up by a moraine. Here, too a brief ascent before the hut ensures that one arrives thirsty. This stage is short, too (2,5 hours), and can, therefore, be replaced by a peak tour such as that via the Seescharte to the Wilder Freiger.
Sulzenau Hütte – Dresdner Hütte
This stage is one of the shortest, only taking 2,5 hours. An easy day is sensible, however, in view of what is to come. There is a lot to see on this stage. Ascending across a striking moraine, formed when the glacier advanced in 1850, the walker’s eye is caught by the impressive serac on the Sulzenauferner. Here, the glaciated shapes have the character of the Western Alps. The brief ascent to the Peiljoch is but a mere formality. Descending, the view of the Stubai glacier skiing area reminds us of civilization again. By ascending to the Eisgrat by lift, one can easily climb a three thousand metre peak, the Schaufelspitze (3 333 m.) in an afternoon.
Dresdner Hütte – Regensburger Hütte
This is more lengthy – a 5-hour stage across the Egesengrat (2 506 m.), through the Wilde Grube and past the Mutterberger See. A brief detour to the Mutterberger See is rewarding! It follows a prolonged ascent of approx. 400 meters over the Schafspitze (2 760 m.) to the Grawagrubennieder (2 880 m.) with a magnificent view of the Stubai glacier world. We descend steeply to the glacier projection of the Hochmoosferner and pass the emerald Falbesonsee to the Hohenmoos, where we are rewarded for completing this tour by the lovely sight of the cotton-grass.
Regensburger Hütte – Franz-Senn-Hütte
Taking about 4 hours, this stage starts off on flat terrain. After approx. 20 minutes the ascent to the Schrimmennieder ( 2 706 m.) commences. Anyone so inclined can make a rewarding detour to the Baslerjoch. The stony descent leads down to green pastures and the last section of the path approaches the hut – not visible until the final 10 minutes – on flat ground.
Franz-Senn-Hütte – Starkenburger Hütte
This is the most balanced route. From the Seduker Alm the path leads through mountain meadows, but sure-footedness is required nevertheless and particular care must be taken not to stumble on the steep terrain above the Oberissalm. The striking geological boundary is impressive: at the Schlicker See the scene is marked by the strange chalk formations, last observed during the ascent through the Pinnistal. The impressive view of Neustift down below is a reminder that the round tour is nearly at an end – in the other direction walkers have practically the entire main Stubai ridge ahead of them.