Stubai Trek, Austria
On July 21st, 2017; I started on a 5 day hike along the Stubai Trek.
The Stubai High Trek is one of the most beautiful high-altitude hikes in the Alps. However, at a length of nearly 100 km and a total ascent / descent of over 24,000 ft., the Stubai High Trek was also a real challenge for me. I started in the Gschnitztal valley and hiked to the Dresdner Hutte where I took a gondola down to the Mutterbergalm.
Sure-footedness, good physical condition, a head for heights and the right equipment were the basic requirements to discover the Stubai Valley mountain range at its most beautiful.
A special feature of the Stubai Trek was that the hike could be interrupted at any hut. Every base hut offered the opportunity to descend to the valley below, in case the weather got too bad. And, yes it snowed 3 of the 5 days I hiked.
From the Bremer Hut the route goes west up stoney alps and over the Simmingsjochl Pass, (pictured above at 2764m). The descent down the west side of the Simmingsjochl pass was quite steep. There were great views to Wilder Prieger, 3419m. Looking back up the west descent from the Simmingsjochl. The route which is protected with cables initially comes down steeply from the centre, to the snowfield on the left and then
comes down the left of it to this meadow pictured below.
En route from Sulzenau hut to the Peiljoch saddle the route leaves the pastoral valley floor and traverses a small buttress to gain a lateral
moraine ridge. This buttress was an exposed scramble but is now aided with a metal platform, (pictured below).
The descent to the Dresdner Hutte, 2306m, was quite steep in places but these were secured by cables. However, the view was quite spectacular, (picture below). Unfortunately the area around Dresdner Hutte is polluted with cable cars and ski equipment