Alps / Austria
6 Days hut trek on high level mountain trails with easy cable protected sections in one of the highest ranges of the Tyrolian Alps
Stubai Alps Horseshoe Trek Highlights
- Stunning views from panoramic trails
- Luxurious huts!
- Great Tyrolian food a la carte
- Lots of options, great for families!
- Quick access from Munich Airport
- Sept: The REAL Octoberfest in Munich
This is one of the Alps’ most classic hut trek, for those who enjoy challenging hiking with luxury huts featuring double rooms, showers and eating “a la carte”. The views are stunning, since the route is lined with alpine lakes and the glaciated peaks that mark the divide of the Alps and the border to Italy.
The panoramic trails are generally well marked, however the high level character of the traverse maintains seriousness and commitment. Steep patches of hard snow can be encountered all summer and some of the sections of the trail are protected with metal cables, which adds some spice, especially in bad weather.
Flexibility to adjust the itinerary to a higher or lower challenge level is another strength of the itinerary. Many days offer optional afternoon programs including challenging via ferratas (cable protected scrambles) while the rest of the group can relax on the hut porch with a beer. This makes the trip very suitable for families and couples with different ability levels.
Stubai Alps Horseshoe Hut Trekking
Part 1: Three Days
From Oberberg via Bremer Hut, Nuernberger Hut, Sulzenau Hut, Dresdner Hut to Neustift – Eye to Eye with the Glaciers of the Divide of the Alps.
Travel Day – arrive at our hotel in Neustift, Stubai Valley (Austria). (Airport pickup in Munich (2.5 hrs drive) or from the train station in Innsbruck available (30 min).
8AM Trip briefing, distribution of rental equipment and breakfast with the guide. Taxi ride to the Gschnitzer Tal to the hamlet of Obertal. First along a paved road through forest and cow meadows for lunch at a nice mountain lodge. Finally, the trail turns narrower and leads steeply through lush mountain forest to a high plateau with several lakes. From there gentler and above tree line to the rustic, but newly renovated Bremer Hut at 2413 m (7915ft). 9 km (5.5 mi) distance with 915m (3000ft) uphill climb, 5 hrs.
Trail hike with some cable protected rocky sections across the steep pass of the Simmingjoechl 2764m (9070 ft.) with great views of the glaciated peaks along the divide of the Alps. Descent on the west side (again some rocky sections with cables) to the Nuernberger Hut (2280 m = 7480ft), a very comfortable and spacious lodge with showers available!
5km (3 mi), 350m (1150′) climb, 600m (1970′) descent, 5 hrs.
Note: In the afternoon optional short, but challenging via ferrata right behind the hut for the restless in the group.
Steep climb up an exposed path (sections with fixed cables) to the great view point of the Maierspitze 2800m. Descent, at first equally steep on a narrow trail (fixed cables in some places). The terrain mellows out and we pass through alpine meadows and lakes below the impressive Freiger Glacier to arrive at the Sulzenau Hut (2190m) for lunch. In the afternoon along the side moraines of the Sulzenau Glacier to the Peiljoch 2672m and descent to the Dresdner Hut 2300m (7540′) and descent by Gondola to the Mutterberg Alm in the Stubai Valley. Taxi or Bus ride to Neustift for a night in our Hotel. 10km (6.5 mi), 1020m (3350′) climb, 670m (2200′) descent, 8 hrs.
Note: This day offers a lot of options: Easiest would be a direct descent to the valley from the Nuernberger Hut (2 hrs), the longest would be too climb the Summit of the Troegler instead of going over the Peiljoch from the Sulzenau Hut to the Dresdner Hut (adds two more hours).
Part 2: Three Days
Neustift via Franz Senn Hut, Regensburger Hut, Desdner Hut back to Neustift – through the quieter Section of the High Stubai Alps
Partly a rest day with an afternoon start. Short taxi ride to Oberriss and casual 1.5 hrs hike to the Franz Senn Hut 2150m (7050′) – the largest and best equipped lodge in the Stubai.
Note: This day also lends itself to split the group and for those who are very fit, we would offer to do the traverse to the Franz Senn Hut from the Kreutzjoch 2100m (6888′), which is reached from the town of Fulpmes by gondola. 2 hours hike to the Starkenburger Hut 2237m (7340′), and from there 7 hrs to Franz Senn Hut – a long day – only for the fittest in good weather!
Beautiful trail via the Schrimmennieder 2715m (8900′) with a short side trip to the Basslerjoch 2830m (9280′) for the views down to the Regensburger Hut 2290m (7510′) 6.5 km (4 mi), 700m (2300′) climb, 550m (1770′) descent.
Note: In the afternoon optional ascent of the Knotenspitze 3085m (10120′), which offers great views and involves some via ferrata scrambling.4 hrs round trip.
Long day! After passing by the Falbesoner Lake steeply into the Grawagrubennieder 2881 (9450′) – possibly involving some snow or glacier ice. After traversing two lower saddles and eventually passing the Mutterbergsee, we’ll arrive at the Dresdner Hut 2300m (7550′).Gondola ride down to the Mutterberg Alm and taxi or bus ride back to our hotel in Neustift. 11km (6.75 mi), about 1000m (3300′) climb and descent.
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 2 day extensions for this itinerary on either side of this itinerary.
Detail and Logistics
Our Hotel in Neustift in the Stubai Valley.
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
Guiding by an internationally (UIAGM/IFMGA) certified, multilingual, mountain guide or guide aspirant under supervision. Three nights double room lodging in a three star family owned Hotel in Neustift, Stubai Valley with multi-course dinners and breakfast. 4 nights bunk bed rooms in huts/lodges of the Austrian or German Alpine Club with three course dinners and breakfast. All ground transport during the week to and from the trailheads by taxi, van, bus or the guides’ vehicle. 2 gondola rides from the Desdner Hut to the valley bottom. Use of technical equipment: Harnesses and via ferrata sets.
Not Included Are
Air fares, airport shuttle can be arranged at additional charge, 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 due to changes in the itinerary, may they be caused by weather, mountain conditions or personal preferences.
Can I Do It?
Up to 8 hrs / day of strenuous trekking on marked trails, at times exposed with sections that are protected with metal cables. Especially in early summer, hard snow fields might be encountered. The itinerary offers a fair bit of flexibility in order to accommodate different levels of ability and some of the days can either be extended or shortened. The trek lends itself well as a family trip for children 10 years and older, if they are fit and motivated. The trek can be considered less demanding than our Haute Route Trek in terms of cardiovascular endurance. Our Via Ferrata Trek “Best around Cortina” requires comparable endurance but more technical “scrambling” on via ferrata trails.
Why Book with us? What to Consider When Comparing our Trip!
Certified mountain guides Although this is a trail hike, we use certified mountain guides for this trip instead of uncertified hiking guides. They are the experts in technical mountain terrain and gladly take you on a rope, should you ever start feeling uncomfortable if an exposed trail gets slippery in the rain or should there be steep snow encountered. It’s your safety!
Lodging standard Whenever possible we book double bunk bed rooms in the huts for you instead of mass dorms. You’ll notice the difference after a GOOD night sleep!
Mid-trip hotel break While at first glance at home it looks nice to spend all week in huts, after three days on the trip you will appreciate that we’ll descend to the valley (by gondola) and indulge in a night at our hotel – with good beds and your private bath room – before heading into the second leg of the trip. This also adds flexibility for bad weather or should parts of the group want to skip a day.
Hand-selected valley lodging In the Stubai Valley, we have been using the same family owned hotel for almost 10 years. Hosts Hans & Patty (US native) take pride in the personal care they give to their guests, including the food: Hans is the chef himself!
Stubai Alps Horseshoe Hut Trek — one of the Alps most classic hut treks
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.
“OnTop has this far provided excellent guides and Rudi was another example. Very skilled, social and understood fully our capability. Excellent!
Very good communication and organisation. Easy and clear.”
– Timo P,. Sweden
” A great trip to Austria. Paul Haas was great, very patient, knowledgeable guide. I would be happy to be with him again. I am always amazed how good the food is in these huttes. . I would highly recommend this trip to anyone interested in hiking in the Austrian Alps. thanks for great trip. ”
—Jim H,. CA, USA
MULTIDAY-TREK WITHOUT GLACIER TRAVEL
1. Technical Equipment
• Sturdy, waterproof leather trekking / hiking boots
• Backpack (35-45 liters)
• Collapsible trekking poles ( One pole is recommended)
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
• Light-weight hiking shorts
• 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)
• Warm hat, covering your ears
• Pair of warm gloves (warm finger gloves sufficient)
• Pair of thin leather gloves, bicycle or work gloves for via ferratas
• Light, “shorty” gaiters (for early and late season departures)
• Sun hat, with a wide brim if possible
• Bandana (optional)
3. Hut lodging
• Down vest or light insulated jacket (optional)
• Very light youth hostel sleeping bag or thin sleeping bag liner for the huts for sanitary reasons (lightest is silk, weighing less than ½ pound). Wool covers or duvets are provided by the huts
• Light hut slippers (optional). Some huts provide a limited selection of slippers.
• Light stuff sacs or zip lock bags to keep your backpack organized (optional)
• Small towel
• Alpine Club card (if you hold a membership)
• Ear plugs (optional but very useful)
4. Other Items
• Rain cover for backpack (unless already built into backpack) Otherwise bring a big plastic (garbage) bag as an inside liner for your backpack or pack everything that needs to stay dry in plastic zip-lock bags.
• Spare underwear, socks
• Clothing and shoes for hotels / B&B in the evening
• Sun glasses (with good UV protection)
• Sun screen and lip protection
• Water bottle, preferably insulated, minimum volume: 1 liter or Camelback
• Light head lamp
• 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)
• (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
Our Stubai Alps Horseshoe Trek 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.
Stubai Alps Horseshoe Trek
- 5-8 hrs/day
- Up to 3000m(10000′)
- Marked trails at times
- steep for hours
- rocky & exposed!
- cable protection
- snow covered
Stubai Alps Horseshoe Trek
8 Days Trip,
6 Days Trekking.
June 9 – 16
June 16 – 23
June 23 – 30
June 30 – July 7
July 7 – 14
July 14 – 21
July 21 – 28
July 28 – Aug. 4
Aug 4 – 11
Aug. 11 – 18
Aug. 18 – 25
Aug. 25 – Sept. 1
Sept. 1 – 8
Sept. 8 – 15
Sept. 15 – 22
Also 5 Day Trips available
Stubai Alps Horseshoe Trek
Guide and guide expenses, 3 x hotel *** double room, breakfast included, 4 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)
US $105, CA $135
€ 80, £ 70
High season surcharge:
US $105, CA $135
€ 80, £ 70