Gschnitztal hut tour
difficult - black
This hut tour is certainly an insider tip among the multi-day high-altitude hikes, because you can still enjoy the peace and solitude of the mountain for most of the time.
It passes through seven stages in a loop around the Gschnitz Valley, where participants can spend the night in six different mountain huts. The entire tour is classified as difficult (black) and starts and ends at the car park of the Bergeralm cable car valley station in Steinach. With approx. 5,200 altitude metres of ascent, 6,293 altitude metres of descent and 53.2 km of distance, it truly is a fine sporting challenge and should only be completed if you are absolutely sure-footed and fit.
More detailed information with descriptions of the individual stages and an interactive map can be found on the website www.wipptal.at/ght or in a brochure which is available from the information offices of the Wipptal Tourist Board.
However, you can shorten the round as much as you like or go in the other direction – there is an ascent/descent into the valley at every hut. There is also a return journey by public transport (regional bus) at each points.
1^st^ stage: Steinach – Bergeralm valley station/Bergeralm middle station – Truna Hut
3 – 4 hours, 700 altitude metres up/2 hours, 200 altitude metres up
Alternative to this stage: ascent with the cable car to the Nösslachjoch, then hike along the Kammweg trail no. 42 and the Gstreinjöchl 38/94 directly to the Tribulaun Hut (approx. 6 hours)
2^nd^ stage: Truna Hut – Tribulaun Hut (Tribulaunhaus)
5 – 6 hours, 1,000 altitude metres up, 700 altitude metres down
3^rd^ stage: Tribulaun Hut – Sandesjöchl – Kuhberg – Bremer Hut
6-7 hours, vertical ascent/descent: 1,350/1,050 metres, distance: 9.5 kilometres, highest point: 2,599 metres, difficulty: hard (black path)
Ascent from the Tribulaunhütte in the direction of Sandesjöchl (ridge) and northwards of the Weißwand on the Jubiläumssteig to the Bremer Hütte (2,411 m) – paths no. 63 and then 130 Jubiläumssteig path.
4^th^ stage: Bremer Hut – Innsbrucker Hut
6 – 7 hours, vertical ascent/descent: 950/1,000 metres, distance: 9 kilometres, highest point: 2,411 metres, difficulty: hard (black path)
From the Bremer Hütte proceed downhill to the Simmingsee (lake) and continue on the Stubaier Höhenweg (nr. 124, high mountain trail), in part uphill and downhill over steep meadows and stony landscape to the Pramarnspitze and further to the Innsbrucker Hütte (2,370 m).
5^th^ stage: Innsbrucker Hut – Pinnistal – Silbersattel – Padasterjochhaus
7 hours, vertical ascent/descent: 1,250/1,350 metres, distance: 9 kilometres, highest point: 2,740 metres, difficulty: hard (black path)
From the Innsbrucker Hütte on path no. 123 downwards into the Pinnis Valley (Stubaital) and between the Karalm and Pinnisalm huts right on the Jubiläumssteig path upwards towards the Kirchdachspitze (2,840) on the Silbersattel and downwards to the Padasterjochhaus. PLEASE NOTE: The ascent from the Pinnis Valley requires absolute sure-footedness and a head for heights. Warning: Slippery when wet!
6^th^ stage: Padasterjochhaus – Kesselspitze – Peilspitze – Blaser Hut
5-6 hours, vertical ascent/descent: 850/890 metres, distance: 8 kilometres, highest point: 2,728 metres, difficulty: hard (black path)
From the Padasterjochhaus to the Wasenwand and over different ridges and the Rote Wand to the Kesselspitze (2,728 m). Descent on the path via the Wasenwand to the Kalbenjoch and after a short ascent over the Peilspitze (2,392 m) to the Blaserhütte (2,180 m).
7^th^ stage: Blaser Hut – Steinach – Bergeralm valley station
3 hours, 1,150 altitude metres down
Alternative to this stage: descent via trail no. 31/31a/30 to Trins or trail no. 13 to Steinach to the Bergeralm valley station without overnight stay at the Blaser Hut (approx. 10 hours)
moderate - red
The Romediusweg is a historic pilgrimage trail that takes you through 12 stages from the Romedius church in Thaur near Innsbruck over the Alps to San Romedio in Trentino, Italy.
The pilgrimage route leads back to the St. Romedius and covers 180 km and 9,600 altitude metres. Hikers travel from Thaur via Innsbruck, Mieders and the Maria Waldrast monastery to the mountaineering village of Trins (overnight stay).
More detailed information with descriptions of all stages can be obtained in a brochure which is available from the information offices of the Wipptal Tourist Board.
Then from Trins you ascend on the opposite side of the valley to the Truna Hut (refreshment stop and overnight accommodation at 1,723 m) and continue to the Trunajoch (2,101 m), which forms the transition to the Obernberg Valley. From there several stages to San Romedio.