Stubai Alps Peaks Traverse

Alps/Austria and Italy

5 Days Hut to Hut on Glaciers and Mountain Trails with Peak Ascents in one of the highest Ranges of the Tyrolian Alps 

Stubai Alps Peaks Traverse Highlights

  • Luxurious huts, often double rooms
  • Great Tyrolian food a la carte
  • Stunning glaciers and panoramic trails
  • Hike 70% on trails, 30% on glaciers
  • Ascent of the Stubai’s highest peaks
  • Sept: The REAL Octoberfest in Munich

The Stubai Alps are one of the most popular areas for hut treks and peak ascents in the Austrian Alps but relatively undiscovered by the English speaking world. The high peaks reach an altitude of 3500 meters (12000ft), are moderately glaciated and can mostly be climbed with little technical skill. The high peaks also mark the divide of the Alps with the northern side in Austria and the southern aspect in Italy’s South Tirol Province.

Very importantly, the huts are some of the most luxurious to be found in the Alps and often offer double rooms, dinners a la carte and showers. Rather comfortable mountain lodges than huts, but still a lot of ambiance, as most of them were built at the turn of the last century – truly a European trekking experience!

While you can expect full days of trekking with glacier travel and easy scrambling, the trip lends itself for our clients, who enjoy a certain amount of comfort in the mountains. The relatively short distance of 2.5 hrs to the Munich International Airport is an additional appeal for our overseas guest.

Itinerary

Day 1

Meeting in our Hotel in Neustift, Stubai Valley (Austria).. (Air port pick-up in Munich (2.5 hrs drive) or from the train station in Innsbruck available (30 min).

Day 2

Trip briefing, distribution of rental equipment with the guide.
Warm up day trip. A chair lift takes us from the town center of Neustift to the Elferkofel hut. Traverse of the Elferkofel and Elfertuerme, partly on exposed trails with via ferrata sections. Return trail to the Elferkofel Hut and chairlift back into town.

Day 3 

Taxi ride to the Obertal and easy trail hike to the rustic Bremer Hut at 2413 m = 7915 ft. (9 km, 5.5 mi distance with 915m, 3000ft uphill climb).

Day 4

Trail hike with some cable protected sections across the steep pass of the Simmingjoechl 2764m (9070 ft.), where we can leave our backpacks behind for an optional ascent of the glaciated Eastern Feuerstein (3268 m = 10720 ft). Descent to the Nuernberger Hut (2280 m = 7480ft), a very comfortable and spacious lodge with showers available!

Day 5

Ascent of the wildly glaciated Wilder Freiger (3418m = 11211ft.) and descent to the Italian side of the range to spend the night in the spectacularly located and very high Mueller Hut (3140m = 10300ft).

Day 6

The big summit day. We start with a roped scramble along an exciting rock ridge to the Wilder Pfaff (33460m = 11350ft). A quick descent on talus and glacier leads us to the Pfaffensattel (3330m = 10920 ft), where we can deposit the backpacks for the ascent of the Zuckerhuetl (3505 m = 11500 ft), the highest peak in the Stubai Alps. Descent down the Sulzenau Glacier to the Cable Car station of the Stubai Glacier summer ski area and return to the valley. Transfer by bus or taxi back to our Hotel in Neustift. Dinner with the guide.

Day 7

Departure after breakfast. Transport to Innsbruck Airport or Train Station (30 min) or munich Airport (2 hrs) available for a surcharge.Alternatively, why not add on one of our via ferrata treks in the Dolomites

On a custom trip basis, we offer a 3 day extension for this itinerary:

Day 7

Instead of descending we spend the evening of day 6 at the Hildesheimer Hut. From there, we traverse four glaciers and three passes: Via the Bildstoeckeljoch (3144m = 10310ft), Wuetenkarscharte (3187m = 10540ft) and the Wuetenkarsattel (3115 m = 10215 ft) to the Amberger Hut (2135m = 7000ft).

Day 8

Last big day: To the Wildgratscharte (3170m = 10400 ft) with the option to climb the majestic Schrankogel (3450m = 11320f ft) on the way. Descent to the Franz Senn Hut (2150 m = 7050ft), one of the largest and most comfortable mountain lodges in Austria. Showers available.

Day 9

Beautiful panoramic trail high above the Stubai Valley to the Starkenburger Hut for a late lunch and descent back to the Valley to lodge in our Hotel in Neustift. Dinner with the guide.

Day 10

Departure after breakfast. Transport to Innsbruck Airport or Train Station (30 min) or munich Airport (2 hrs) available for a surcharge.

Detail and Logistics

Meeting Point

Meet your guide at 8AM on the first hiking day at our Hotel in Neustift in the Stubai Valley after breakfast.

Transport Options / Closest Airport

Neustift is located 30 min north of Innsbruck and 1.45 hrs north of Munich by car. If you arrive by air to Munich, we gladly arrange your airport shuttle directly to our hotel in Neustift for an additional cost of Euro 75. From Innsbruck, public buses leave every hour (even during the night) from the main train station (Hauptbahnhof) to Neustift. The bus takes about 50 min, cost are about 6 Euros and it stops right in front of our hotel.

Climate, Weather, Temperatures:

High season for all mountaineering in the Austrian Alps is July through mid-September, mainly due to the stable weather that time of the year. Day time temperatures can vary between 30C (86F) in the valleys to -10C (14F) on clear mornings, when we start our day from a high level hut. Snow is possible at any time in the higher elevations.

Services Included in the Total Price

5 days guiding by an internationally (UIAGM/IFMGA) certified, multilingual, mountain guide or guide aspirant under supervision. All lodging: Double rooms in 2 to 3 star hotel in Neustift, Stubai Valley, bunk bed rooms in huts of the Austrian or German Alpine Club. All dinners & breakfasts: 3 – course dinner (soup, meat entree and dessert) in the huts. All ground transport by taxi van, local bus or guide’s vehicle from the hotel to the trail heads and back, all fees for gondolas, parking fees and road tolls. Use of technical equipment: Harnesses, crampons, ice axes, rope, carabiners

Not Included Are

Air fares, lunch (Sandwiches, snacks can be purchased in the huts or in the valley), drinks (beer is about US$ 4 / pint glass, wine US$ 10 – 20 bottle), single room supplement for all lodging in the valleys, any additional cost related to itinerary changes.

Can I Do It?

Up to 8 hrs / day of strenuous trekking with passages of roped glacier travel and some easy scrambling, at times secured with cables to hold onto. The trek can be considered a bit less demanding than our Haute Route Trek in terms of cardio-vascular endurance but has some short passages, that are a bit more technical. Our Via Ferrata Trek “Best around Cortina” requires less endurance but more technical “scrambling”. The use of crampons might sometimes be required (Introduction and training session during the trek!)

Gear List

1. Technical Equipment

  • Leather or plastic mountaineering boots* sturdy with RIGID soles
  • crampon compatible
  • Backpack (40 – 45 liters) Best bring a big plastic (garbage) bag as an inside liner for your backpack or package clothing items in separate plastic bags.
  • Climbing helmet**
  • Ice axe for glacier travel (50-75cm, classic pick)**
  • Crampons that fit your boots or can be easily adjusted**
  • Anti-balling plates for your crampons (highly recommended)**
  • Collapsible ski poles* (One pole is very useful and recommended)
  • 1 harness**
  • 1 locking carabiner**
  • Crevasse rescue equipment, if you are familiar with using it. (Prusik slings, webbing, pulleys, auto-locking device). Your guide will bring a full set.

All items marked ‘*’ can be rented from a rental shop locally.
All items marked ‘**’can be provided by OnTop.
Please bring your own equipment if you have it.

2. Clothing
We suggest using the ‘layer system’: Light technical clothing that doesn’t take much space in your backpack and dries quickly if sweaty or wet. Layers can be put on and taken off fast if weather conditions change during the day.

  • Wind and waterproof shell jacket with hood (Gore Tex or similar)
  • Wind and waterproof over pants with side zippers (Gore Tex or similar)
  • Mountaineering pants
  • Fleece or heavy jacket
  • Medium weight fleece sweater
  • Long underwear or running tights (e.g. Capilene or polypro)
  • Undershirt – preferably long sleeves (e.g. Capilene or polypro)
  • Warm socks for mountaineering boots (wool/synthetic outers)
  • Thin “liner” socks
  • Warm hat, covering your ears
  • Lightweight gloves (fleece or leather)
  • Warm, waterproof pair of gloves
  • Gaiters (unless pants lock tightly to your boots)
  • Sun hat, with a wide brim if possible
  • Bandana (optional)

3. Hut lodging

  • Spare underwear, socks
  • Down vest or light insulated jacket (optional)
  • Light-weight sleeping bag liner (preferably silk) – wool covers are provided by the hut
  • Light hut slippers (optional) – we recommend to use the ones the huts provide
  • Light stuff sacs or zip lock bags to keep your backpack organized (optional)
  • Toiletries : only tooth-brush and tooth-paste
  • Alpine Club Membership Card (if you hold membership)
  • Ear plugs (optional but very useful)

4. Other Items

  • Sun glasses (heavy duty – glacier use, with very good UV protection)
  • Sun screen and lip protection
  • Water bottle, preferably insulated, minimum volume: 1 liter or Camelback (if too cold, bladder tube might freeze up!)
  • Head lamp with spare batteries and bulb
  • Blister kit (optional)
  • Snacks (candy bars, dried fruit, sandwiches, nuts, etc.)
  • Personal items (prescription medicine, extra contact lenses and maintenance equipment, extra pair of prescription glasses, etc.)
  • Pocket knife or Leatherman (optional)
  • Passport
  • (Health/Travel) Insurance documents
  • Zip-lock bag for wallet and other documents to keep them dry (recommended)
  • Camera, batteries (optional)
  • Compass, maps and GPS (optional)

Transport Options:

Our Stubai Alps Peaks Traverse begins from Neustift im Stubaital which is reachable from either Munich International Airport (closest Airport, about 3 hrs drive, mostly on highway, airport shuttle available) or from the main train station in Innsbruck (30 min drive).

If you arrive by Air to Munich, Innsbruck, Zurich there are regular shuttle services to our preferred hotel in Neustift which you can book online with Four Seasons Travel. Cost is approx 50 euro / person one way from Munich airport, prices vary from other airports.

If you arrive by Train to Innsbruck, you can book private shuttle with Four Seasons Travel

If you’d prefer Public Bus transport: From Innsbruck, public buses leave every hour (even during the night) from the main train station (Hauptbahnhof) to Neustift. The bus takes about 50 min, cost are about 6 Euros and it stops right in front of our preferred hotel.

If you have a car: Neustift is located 30 min south of Innsbruck and 1.45 hrs south of Munich by car.

We gladly can help you arrange any of these transfers and pre or post hotel accommodations.

We will gladly put potential clients in touch with previous participants of each trip in order for interested guests to get more personalized references and their questions answered from a more objective point of view than what our office could provide.


Guest Feedback


“Excellent! Kurt is a professional. Felt very secure the best guide I had. Excellent organization and timely communication. Itinerary: Excellent! Fulfilled my expectations.” Veronia Q.,  Italy


“We found Moritz to be a very competent guide. This was our first time using a guide so we weren’t sure what to expect and have no standard to compare him with. He was a very skilled mountaineer and was able after the first couple days of hiking at the lower elevations to read our abilities and needs and adjust accordingly. For example my somewhat difficulty with heights was managed by him expertly. When he thought that we needed various forms of protection he employed them. He was also a good hiking companion and fun to be with. His English was a bit rough but we were able to communicate fine. At times he could be not clearly communicative as to what we were going to do and the route we were going to take. This was more the case on the last day when we were on our way back down from Muller Hut back down to the valley via Wilder Pfaff. This was exacerbated by bad weather namely freezing temperatures with blowing snow and slippery rocks and footing. He was hampered a bit by never having hiked in the area we travelled on the first three days but he dealt with it fine. He was familiar somewhat with the summit ridge on the last day although I’m not sure he had ever taken that exact route down off of the ridge to the ski area. I would use him again but it would be preferable that he be a bit more familiar with the high terrain. Overall I would give him a B+.
The itinerary was great. The high stuff especially on the last day in the less than good weather was a bit beyond our comfort zone but there isn’t anything wrong with stretching our limits and abilities.
The huts were fantastic! The only complaint was that the first 2 nights we seemed to have been given large bunk rooms with other people and Moritz had rooms to himself although for some reason at Bremer he would up in a spare bed in a utility closet. The food there was great.  I would give the trip a 9 and would recommend it to others.” John N., USA


GROUP SIZES:

Client / Guides
3-4 clients / guide

TRIP INFO LINKS
DIFFICULTY:
Stubai Alps Peaks Traverse
  • Up to 8 hrs/day
  • Glacier travel
  • Rock & ice ridges
  • Exposed, steep trails
  • Cable protected trail sections
2019 DATES
Stubai Alps Peaks Traverse

7 Days, 5 Days Tour
June 2 – 8
June 9 – 15
June 16 – 22
June 23 – 29
July 1 – 7
July 7 – 13
July 14 – 20
July 21 – 27
Aug. 11 – 17
Aug. 18 – 24
Aug. 25 – 30
Sept. 1 – 7
Sept. 8 – 14
Sept. 15 – 21

PRICES / PERSON:
Stubai Alps Peaks Traverse

3 Guests / Guide:
US $1690
CA $2025
€ 1350
£ 1215

2 Guests / Guide:
US $2100
CA $2520
€ 1680
£ 1515

Included
Guide and guide expenses, 3 x hotel *** double room, breakfast included, 3 x hut with half board, taxi and bus to trail heads, gondola fees, technical equipment rental
Not Included: Airport Shuttle from Munich (around Euro 60)

Single room
US $78, CA $95
€ 63, £ 57

High season surcharge
US $130, CA $155
€ 105, £ 95