Hut-trek with wild swimming

What to expect:

In recent years I have developed the habit to take dip in every mountain lake I pass given it is allowed. Hence, the idea of creating a trek that embraces wild swimming has been on my mind for a while. This remote corner of the Stubai Alps between Austria and Italy is ideal for such a trip, as we pass numerous lakes of which at least ten are large enough to have a proper swim in. Besides, the trails are not much frequented by trekkers, which adds to the feeling of being wild and free.   

Physical requirements:

The 5 sections of the trek are quite different and vary in length from 5 to 13 kilometres and especially in altitude gain from 250 to 1200 meters. On average, we hike about 4 hours each day (not including breaktime) on narrow hiking trails in the mountains. We are constantly above 2200 meters in alpine terrain and the paths are quite rocky with some technical sections, hence you should be sure-footed and free of giddiness. Day 5 is very long and with 1200 meters of altitude gain quite strenuous for which a good fitness level is required. 

Service included:

  • Organised hiking by a qualified mountain guide
  • A group of max. 8 guests (min. 4 guests)
  • 2 hotel nights in Innsbruck in double or twin rooms
  • 4 hut nights in shared rooms
  • 2x breakfast, 4x vegetarian half-board
  • Public transport from Innsbruck to the start and from the end of the trek

Extra costs on tour:

  • Transport to Innsbruck
  • Dinner on the first and last evening in Innsbruck
  • Lunch and beverages during the trip

Accommodation:

In Innsbruck we stay in double or twin rooms with bathroom in a simple hotel, which is within 5 minutes walking distance to the main station. The huts are simple mountain huts, and all offer shared rooms, which are shared with other hikers if we don’t fill all beds and the hut is fully booked. All huts have shared washing facilities, and some huts offer showers at additional cost. The huts serve buffet-style continental breakfast and a set vegetarian three-course dinner. Many huts offer (at least) one vegan dish by now and the huts aim to cater for dietary restrictions. However, it is not always possible given their simple facilities and remoteness of their location. If you have any dietary requirements, please communicate them in advance.

Travel:

It is possible and highly recommended to travel to Innsbruck via train. The hotel and meeting point in Innsbruck is in 500 meters from the main station. Innsbruck also has an airport, which is a 15-minute bus ride from the hotel. Munich airport is two hours away by train. Parking is not provided at the hotel. I will travel by train only and am more than happy to assist with booking tickets. Please  get in touch!

Programme:

Day 1 – Arrival
We meet at the hotel in Innsbruck, where we'll also spend our last night, so extra luggage can be stored at the hotel during the tour. There is a pre-tour briefing and discussion of the packing list in the afternoon, once everyone has arrived, and a joined dinner in the city centre in the evening. 

Day 2 – Hildesheimer Hütte (2899 m)
7 km, ↑ 950 m, 3 hrs 
We start our trek from Windachalm, where we walk along the river up the valley until a narrow hiking path steeply turns uphill to Hildesheimer Hütte. With some energy left we may hike up to the outskirt of the Pfaffen Glacier in the afternoon.

Day 3 – Siegerlandhütte (2710 m)
5 km, ↑ 350 m, ↓ 500 m, 3 hrs 
It’s a short hike via the saddle of Gamsplatzl and passing the gorgeous lake Triebenkarsee to Siegerlandhütte. We can hike to another lake in the afternoon not far from the hut.

Day 4 – Schneeberghütte (2355 m)
9 km, ↑ 450 m, ↓ 800 m, 4 hrs 
The path goes straight uphill to the Windach saddle from where we can already see the big lake of Timmler Schwarzsee. From here we follow through rocky terrain to the Karl saddle before we reach Schneeberghütte. The hut is located in an old mining area, which includes a museum, an old pit and of course a hike to a lake. 

Day 5 – Teplitzer Hütte (2586 m)
13 km, ↑ 1200 m, ↓ 1000 m, 6 hrs 
Our longest day rewards us with more than ten lakes until we reach lake Trüber See. The steep incline just before Teplitzer Hütte is a bit harsh at the end, but the incredible views across the glacier world of the Stubai Alps makes up for it. For a last dip of the day, we find a lake 15 minutes above the hut.

Day 6 – Maiern (1370 m)
9 km, ↑ 250 m, ↓ 1400 m, 4 hrs 
A beautiful panoramic route leads us via the lake of Pfurnsee and the hut Aglsalm to the village of Maiern from where we take public transport back to Innsbruck.

Day 7 – Departure
We finish our hiking week over dinner the night before. Everybody can meet up for breakfast, yet you can start your travel home at any time today.

Note that our hiking days may differ from the described programme due to weather and path conditions or the physical ability of the group.

Event Information

Start 21-07-2024
End 27-07-2024
Slots 8
Registered 0
Available 8
Price 1.145,00€
Location Innsbruck, Austria