Gschnitztal Hut Tour

A secret tip among the hut tours in the mountaineering village

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This high-altitude hike leads in 7 days in a loop around the mountaineering village of Gschnitztal, where you can stay overnight in 6 different mountain huts. The tour is classified as difficult (black) and has its start and end point at the car park of the Bergeralm mountain railway in Steinach. With approx. 5,200 metres of ascent (depends on route), 6,293 metres of descent and 53.2 km of trail, it is a sporting challenge. However, you can shorten the round as you wish - there is an ascent or descent into the Gschnitz valley to every hut.

Arrival by public transport: with the S-Bahn (S4) from Innsbruck or Brenner to Steinach a. Br. (10 min walk from the station to the Bergeralm valley station) and for access to individual huts in the Gschnitz valley continue with the regional bus 4146 Steinach - Trins - Gschnitz (for stops at individual stages have a look at the descriptions below). Timetables:

Accommodation search in the valley before or after the hut tour:  to accommodation list
Reservations at the mountains huts are strongly recommended, see contacts further down on the page.

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All mountain huts are open, please follow the rules of the huts regarding Covid-19. The hiking path is okay, but there are still some snowfields, which probably cover parts of the marked path. Waterproof shoes and sticks are especially important!

Facts and numbers:

Type: circular trail
Start point: Bergeralm valley station/ Steinach
End point: Bergeralm valley station/ Steinach
Mountain range: Stubai Alps

about 54 km
Duration: 6 or 7 days with about 3 - 7 hours walking time each
Ascent: 5,200 m when using cable car, about 5,700 m if not
Descent: 6.293 m
Highest point: 2,750 m
Lowest point: 1,066 m
Difficulty: Difficult (black mountain paths) - absolute surefootedness, freedom from vertigo and very good physical fitness required!
Best time of the year: mid-June to mid-September
Ascents: to all huts (see descriptions below)
Parking: Free of charge at the car park at the Bergeralm valley station in Steinach if you take the gondola up.

Attention: all data are approximate values and recommendations. No liability can be assumed for the correctness of the information!

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Route description

Stage 1: Steinach - Middle Station Bergeralm – Truna Hut
Vertical ascent/descent: 860/230 metres, walking time: 3-4 hours, distance: 4 kilometres, highest point: 1,722 metres, difficulty: medium (red path)
Take the lift to the middle station and from there you hike along path nr. 43 to the Gerichtsherralm (mountain pasture) and continue on the small road (nr. 43 and later 125) through the woods until you reach the Trunahütte. Optional: start your hut hike from the bottom station of the Bergeralm and use path nr. 45 to get to the Gerichtsherralm, afterwards continue as above.
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)
Other ascents to the Truna Hut:
Trins, path no. 125
Access to public transport:
bus line 4146 Steinach - Trins, bus stop: Gemeindeamt Trins

Stage 2: Truna Hut - Tribulaun Hut
Vertical ascent/descent: 1,100/750 metres, walking time: 5 hours, distance: 5 kilometres, highest point: 2,540 metres, difficulty: hard (black path)
From the Truna Hut continue on path nr. 125 to the Truna ridge, which is the border to the Obernberg Valley in the south. From there you hike westwards on the rigde and continue on path nr. 94 and later on nr. 38 (also Tiroler Höhenweg) to the Gstrein Jöchl (ridge). This will be the highest point and from the ridge you cross back to the Gschnitztal Valley and descend the last part to the Triublaun Hut.
Other ascents to the Tribulaun Hut:
Gschnitz (Sandestal) path no. 127
Gschnitz (over Garklerin) path no. 63
Gschnitz Fahrweg path no. 59
Obernberg valley (middle or end of valley) path no. 127
Access to public transport:
Gschnitz - bus line 4146 Steinach - Gschnitz, bus stop: GH Feuerstein
Obernberg - bus line 4145  Steinach - Obernberg, bus stop: GH Waldesruh/end of valley

Stage 3: Tribulaun Hut - Sandesjöchl - Kuhberg - Bremer Hut
Vertical ascent/descent: 1,350/1,050 metres, walking time: 6-7 hours, 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.
Other ascents to the Bremer Hut:
Gschnitz (GH Feuerstein/Laponesalm) path no. 02/102
Access to public transport:
bus line 4146 Steinach - Gschnitz, bus stop: GH Feuerstein
There is a taxi to the Laponesalm. Tel. 0043 664 1634190

Stage 4: Bremer Hut - Innsbrucker Hut
Vertical ascent/descent: 950/1,000 metres, walking time: 6-7 hours, 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).
Other ascents to the Innsbrucker Hut:
Gschnitz (GH Feuerstein) path no. 60
Karalm (Pinnistal) path no. 123
Access to public transport:
Gschnitz - bus line 4146 Steinach - Gschnitz, bus stop GH Feuerstein
Stubai - bus line 590a/b Innsbruck - Neustift i. Stubaital, bus stop: Neder (taxi to Karalm) 

Stage 5: Innsbrucker Hut - Pinnistal - Silbersattel - Padasterjochhaus
vertical ascent/descent: 1,250/1,350 metres, walking time: 7 hours, 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!
Other ascents to the Padasterjochhaus:
Trins path no. 122 
Access to public transport:
bus line 4146 Steinach - Trins, bus stop: Gemeindeamt Trins 

Stage 6: Padasterjochhaus - Kesselspitze - Peilspitze - Blaser Hut
Vertical ascent/descent: 850/890 metres, walking time: 5-6 hours, 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).
Other ascents to the Blaser Hütte:
Trins path no. 31/ 31a/ 30
Steinach path no. 13
Ochsenalm Maria Waldrast path no. 4, Matrei Statz path no. 30
Access to public transport:
Trins - bus line 4146 Steinach - Trins, Haltestelle Gemeindeamt Trins
Matrei - suburban train (S4) to Matrei, then acsent to Maria Waldrast by taxi 

Stage 7: Blaser Hut - Pflutschwiese - Steinach Bergeralm valley station
Vertical descent: 1,130 metres, walking time: 3 hours, distance: 6 kilometres, highest point: 2,176 metres, difficulty: medium (red path)
Descent from the Blaser Hütte to Trins and on the forest path and meadow trail (nr. 30) along the Gschnitzbach stream back to the bottom station of the Bergeralm Bergbahn in Steinach am Brenner. Alternatively: take the direct descent to Steinach on path nr. 13
Access to public transport for getting back to Steinach by bus:
Trins - bus line 4146 Steinach - Trins, bus stop: Gemeindeamt Trins

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Blog: My first Alpine hut tour

Experiences on my way along this hut tour with packing list and more!

Contact details to mountain huts

Opening hours

20 Schlafplätze 
Hüttentaxi auf Anfrage

Anfang Juni - Ende September geöffnet!

Die Blaser Hütte liegt in den Stubaier Alpen und ist ein beliebtes Ausflugsziel bei Familien und Bikern. Der nahegelegene Blaser ist als Blumenberg und für seinen Reichtum an Edelweiß bekannt. Von der Hütte hat man einen wunderbaren Ausblick zu den Tuxer Alpen, zum Zillertaler Hauptkamm, hinüber zur Serles, zur Kirchdachspitze und Peilspitze.

Hüttenbetreiber: Familie Nocker

Opening hours

85 Schlafplätze

Ende/ Mitte Juni (je nach Schneelage) - Ende September geöffnet!

Wir sind Stefanie und Christian Höllrigl, und bewirtschaften die Bremer Hütte der Sektion Bremen e.V. des deutschen Alpenvereins im hinteren Gschnitztal. Wir sind bemüht das Sie sich auf unserer Hütte wohlfühlen und Sie in und um die Hütte Entspannung und Erholung finden. 

Opening hours

130 Schlafplätze
Rucksacktransfer (Aufzug Gschnitz)

Mitte Juni -  Anfang Oktober geöffnet!

Willkommen auf der Innsbrucker Hütte! Die Innsbrucker Hütte befindet sich auf 2.369 m über dem Meeresspiegel und ist Ausgangspunkt für zahlreiche Bergtouren und Wanderungen.

Inhaber: Familie Marlene und Franz Egger

Opening hours

70 Schlafplätze

Mitte Juni - Ende September geöffnet!

Das Padasterjochhaus befindet sich in den Stubaier Alpen und ist nicht nur bei Wanderer sondern auch bei Biker ein sehr beliebtes Ausflugsziel. Die Hütte ist ein idealer Ausgangspunkt für landschaftlich reizvolle Wanderungen und Bergtouren wie zum Beispiel dem Padaserkogel (20 Minuten), Kesselspitze (2 Stunden), Kirchdachspitze (2 Stunden), Hammerspitze (1 Stunde) und noch weiteren Touren.

Opening hours

32 Schlafplätze

Anfang Juni - Anfang Oktober geöffnet!

Opening hours

Mitte Juni bis Mitte September
Täglich geöffnet!

Die Trunahütte befindet sich in den Stubaier Alpen und ist für Familien und Biker ein beliebtes Ausflugsziel. Außerdem ist die Trunahütte ein idealer Ausgangspunkt für zahlreiche Bergwanderungen und Bergtouren. Weiters ist die Trunahütte auch ein Etappenziel der bekannten Gschnitztaler Hüttenrundtour.