A not-to-be-missed alpine tour: the conquest of the Hochfeiler (3.509 m)
Challenging alpine tour for experienced mountaineers
Are you an experienced hiker with good physical condition and you love challenges? Then we recommend the mountain tour in the Sterzing Ratsching / Vipiteno Racines hiking area to the Hochfeiler / Gran Pilastro (3,509 m) in the Pfitsch Valley. Along the way you can admire various rock formations, including gneiss and green slate.
Difficulty level: difficult
Start: 3rd hairpin bend of the forest path leading to the Pfitscherjoch
Route: 17.7 km
Hiking time: 9.5 hours
Altitude difference: 2,052 m uphill / 2,052 m downhill
The 9.5 hour mountain tour in Sterzing Ratschings and along the bends until you reach a fork in the path. Keep to the left and follow the signs. The route continues along paths no. 8A and no. 1A winding up to the Hochfeiler hut the path becomes steeper and leads to the summit ridge. Depending on the season, snow conditions may vary, so you can expect both scree and slabs of hard snow. The summit is located at 3,510 m, the highest point of the Zillertal Alps. During the alpine tour in Sterzing Ratschings you can make a stop at the Hochfeiler hut. For the return trip, return to hairpin bend no. 3 and follow the outward route.