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Ascents to Olpererhütte

Direct ascent

COURSE OF THE TRAIL
Schlegeisspeicher (1,795 m) along the Riepenbach on route No. 502 to Olpererhütte (2,389 m) - ascent: 600 m 

HIKING TIME
approximately 1 ½ hours 

CHARACTER - RED
Constant increasing and narrow, but sheltered trail with wonderful views of the glaciers of the peaks of the  Zillertaler Alps like Möseler, Schwarzenstein, Hochfeiler as well as Hochferner and the Schlegeisspeicher (marked). 

DESCRIPTION

From the car park proceed along the road of the lake in a southwesterly direction. Cross the Riepenbach stream - just behind the Riepenbach the track starts to the right (northwest) - first through forest and afterwards over switchbacks through pine trees along the creek - crossing of the Riepenbach in the open field - farther north over grassy slopes, at the end over switchbacks to the hut.


Ascent via Neumarkter Runde

COURSE OF THE TRAIL
On the Neumarkter Runde (track No. 535) from Schlegeisspeicher (1,795 m) to Unterschrammachkar (2,300 m) continue on path no.  502 for Olpererhütte (2,389 m) - ascent: 650 m 

HIKING TIME
approximately 3 ½ hours 

CHARACTER – RED
Constant ascending, but sheltered trail - the Neumarkter Runde always offers wonderful views of the surrounding peaks and Schlegeisspeicher. Also the ascent through the Unterschrammachkar offers wonderful deep views (marked). 

DESCRIPTION
from the car park proceed along the road of the lake in a southwesterly direction approximately 1.5 km to Zamsergrund - from this point through pines southwesterly on the track No. 535 through the Unterschrammachkar – at the crossing with the track no. 502 to the north along track no. 502, then eastwards and again north on the panorama trail to Olpererhütte. 


Ascent via Friesenberghaus

COURSE OF THE TRAIL
On the track No. 532 from Schlegeisspeicher (1,795 m) via Friesenbergalm (2,036 m) to Friesenberghaus (2,477 m), continue via Berlin Höhenweg (track No. 526) to 2,600 m and continue to Olpererhütte (2,389 m) - ascent: 830 m 

HIKING TIME
approximately 4 ½ hours 

CHARACTER - BLACK
easy hike, no exposed areas (marked).

DESCRIPTION
From the car park at Schlegeisspeicher passing the Dominikushütte through a beautiful pine forest to Friesenbergalm, then in the Lapenkar - the trail goes right through the valley in switchbacks to Friesenberghaus - from here westward just down to the Friesenbergsee and again steeply uphill to the Berliner Höhenweg - turn left and walk on a slightly falling way to Olpererhütte. 

Summit tours

Riepenkopf 2.905 m

COURSE OF THE TRAIL
Olpererhütte (2,389 m) - Riepenkopf (2,905 m) - Olpererhütte (2,389 m) - ascent: 520 m 

HIKING TIME
approximately 3 ½ hours 

CHARACTER – RED 
Summit near the hut below the Olperer - Summit tour with no exposed areas, easy climbing (grade I) in the final meters to the summit, the way there and back (marked) are identical.

DESCRIPTION
From the hut follow the trail northwards "Olperer" - first slightly uphill and without difficulty until it forks and runs westerly in a rough block field - from the junction you reach the south ridge – after you arrive on the south ridge you turn to the south – after a short way you run again in an easy climb about 10 meters to the summit plateau - there is a magnificent view of the surroundings of Olpererhütte, the glaciers of the Hochfeiler and the Zillertaler Alps.


Hoher Riffler 3.231 m

COURSE OF THE TRAIL
Olpererhütte (2,389 m) - on Berliner Höhenweg (track No. 526) to Friesenberghaus (2,477 m) - ascent to High Riffler (3,231 m) - descent to Friesenberghaus (2,477 m) - over Berliner Höhenweg (Route No. 526) back to Olpererhütte (2,389 m) - ascent: 850 m 

HIKING TIME
approximately 7 - 8 hours (round trip) 

CHARACTER – BLACK
Very nice and especially in autumn a great and moderate walk over the south-southeast ridge   to the summit of Hoher Riffler. The normally snow-free ascent has some slight climbs, which are also covered in descent (marked) - however good condition and concentration are required. 

DESCRIPTION 
From the Olpererhütte proceed over the suspension bridge eastwards of the Berliner Höhenweg to a point above the Friesenbergsee - at the fork do not follow the way to the Friesenbergscharte, follow the track with steeply increasing turns to the Friesenbergsee. This runs up to the Friesenberghaus - farther northwards, then more in an easterly direction to the broad saddle at the beginning of the ridge to Hoher Riffler. From the saddle on the broad, gravel-covered ridge up, it gives way to a flag on the left onto a grassy area – on the broad ridge up about 3,000 m - with little climbs up over a big stone covered area, depending on the choice of route directly on the ridge with climb (climbing level II), into the lateral flanks of mild up to climbing level I, partially marked - the ridge is quite soon into a scree slope, which finally ends in the southwest ridge, go on to the nearby peaks - the descent and return to Olpererhütte follows the same route. 


Olperer 3.476 m

COURSE OF THE TRAIL
Olpererhütte (2,389 m) - Riepenkar - Olperer (3,476 m) – back to Olpererhütte - ascent: 1,090 m 

HIKING TIME
approximately 4 hours to the top 

CHARACTER – BLACK
Demanding and alpine hiking trail - Climbing in the second grade - (equipment for glacier and alpine hikes necessary) to secure on ridge -. The Olperer with its pyramidal summit has a striking appearance and due to its geographic dominance over its neighboring peaks, is a popular vantage point. The trail from the Olpererhütte is still the normal and easiest one.

DESCRIPTION 
From the hut follow the trail northwards "Olperer" - first slightly uphill and easy until it forks and runs westerly in a rough block field - from the junction you reach the south ridge. Follow the right track to the Olperer- the track runs at first over boulders and the south-east ridge to the approx 30 ° inclined snowfield Schneegupf – at first flat, but later on steep snow and ice rink to the nearly horizontal snow ridge – on this snow ridge until the beginning of the rock - from here on slightly rocky terrain on the left (westward) to the beginning of the rope holding insurance.  This runs to the proper south east ridge (END of the ROPE INSURANCE!) - from here in an unsecured area, partly exposed along the ridge to a rock tower, this one bypass on the right (climbing level II) - then in a few minutes to the summit - the descent runs back on the ascent route, via the southeast ridge.


Petersköpfl 2.677 m

COURSE OF THE TRAIL
Olpererhütte (2,389 m) - on Berliner Höhenweg (track  No. 526) to Friesenberghaus (2,477 m) - descent to Friesenberghaus (2,477 m) - over Berliner Höhenweg (Route No. 526) back to Olpererhütte (2,389 m)

HIKING TIME
approximately 5-6 hours (round trip)

CHARACTER – RED
Easy tour - no exposed areas - there and back the same way - the Petersköpfl is a magical place with an army of stone men - this stone (dis)order creates a mysterious mood, a "Mystical Garden" for which the Petersköpfl is known.

DESCRIPTION
From the Olpererhütte over the suspension bridge eastwards of the Berliner Höhenweg to a point above the Friesenbergsee - at the fork we do not follow the track to the Friesenbergscharte, we follow the steeply increasing turns to the Friesenbergsee and runs up to the Friesenberghaus - at first along north, then more in east direction to reach the broad saddle of the Hoher Riffler - from here to the nearby Petersköpfl - the descent and return to Olpererhütte follows the same route.


Schrammacher 3.411 m

COURSE OF THE TRAIL
Olpererhütte (2,389 m) - via track No. 502 to Unterschrammachkar (2,300 m) - Continue on the trail Wipptaler (track No. 528) to Ameiskopf (2,466 m) - on top of moraine through Oberschrammmach to Schrammacher (3,411 m) - ascent: 1,200 m

HIKING TIME
approximately 6 hours to the top

CHARACTER – BLACK
medium heavy alpine hike (climbing level II) - equipment for glacier and alpine hikes necessary - there is a risk of falling rocks beneath the Schrammacher.

DESCRIPTION
We follow from the Olpererhütte on the Neumarkter Runde - it runs in a southerly direction away from the hut - after the descent into Unterschrammachkar we follow the signs to Pfitscherjochhaus - we circle on the trail the Ameiskopf - then right over boulders on a moraine, which drops down eastwards from the main ridge and limits the Oberschrammachkees in the east - one ascends the shallower part of the moraine, about 2,770 m – from here to the top of the Oberschrammachkees - on firn (caution columns) southwest increasing to the Oberschrammachkarscharte on the south ridge of the Schrammacher - through the runway to the south ridge and with beautiful rock climbing over the ridge– from this point over a small wall (climbing level II) below the summit - then shortly to the small summit cross on the Schrammacher - the descent and return to Olpererhütte takes the same route.


Fußstein 3.381m

COURSE OF THE TRAIL
Olpererhütte (2,389 m) - Fußstein (3,381 m) - Olpererhütte (2,389 m) - ascent: 1,000 m

HIKING TIME
approximately 4 hours to the top

CHARACTER – BLACK
Medium heavy alpine hike (climbing level II) - equipment for glacier and alpine hikes necessary - the Fußstein is surrounded on two sides by glaciers: in the north the Olpererferner, in the southeast the Unterschrammachkees.

DESCRIPTION
The easiest trail to the summit of Fußstein (Level I) leads from the Olpererhütte via the southeast side - from the hut westward steep up through the Riepenkar and over boulders and the ridge to the Unterschrammachkees - over the jagged glacier (you keep in the middle ) up toward the top of Fußstein –to a visible channel (45 °) over snow and brittle craggy up on the south ridge, which is reached in a notch between the main and southern summit – over the east side of the summit to the highest point - if the channel is impassable, you can ascend from the lower part to the right beyond the rocks to the summit - the descent and return to Olpererhütte takes the same route.


Gefrorene Wandspitzen 3.286m and 3.270m

COURSE OF THE TRAIL
Olpererhütte (2,389 m) - on Berliner Höhenweg (track No. 526) in direction to Friesenberghaus - Gefrorene Wandspitzen (3,286 m and 3,270 m) - Olpererhütte (2,389 m) - ascent: 880 m

HIKING TIME
approximately 3 hours to the top

CHARACTER – BLACK
medium heavy alpine hike (climbing level I) - equipment for glacier and alpine hikes necessary - the peaks are the highest points of the summer ski resort Hintertuxer Gletscher and since the late 1990s can be reached with cable cars and lifts from Hintertux. They have since become a popular destination for day trippers.

DESCRIPTION
From the Olpererhütte over the suspension bridge eastwards of the Berliner Höhenweg to the highest point about 2,600 m and when it turns to the north - pathless westwards to the Friesenbergkees, entered at about 2,850 m - on the glacier (some crevasse possible) to the uppermost part of the northeast ridge and from here to the summit - the descent and return to Olpererhütte takes the same route.

Trails

Neumarkter Runde

COURSE OF THE TRAIL
Olpererhütte (2,389 m) - via track No. 502 to Unterschrammachkar (2,300 m), on the Neumarkter Runde (track No. 535) down to Schlegeisspeicher (1,795 m) - along the river Riepenbach (track No. 502) to Olpererhütte (2,389 m) - ascent: 650 m

HIKING TIME
3rd stage approximately 2 hours
4th stage approximately 4 hours

CHARACTER – RED
Easy route but with especially beautiful views to the lake and surrounding mountain landscape, no exposed areas.

DESCRIPTION
We follow the sign Neumarkter Runde from the Olpererhütte - it runs in a southerly direction away from the hut - after the descent into Unterschrammachkar, we follow left the valley to the Unterschrammachbach, first descending parallel to the creek - continue through pine trees to Schlegeisspeicher - at the reservoir after 500 meters turn left (northeast) - first through forest and afterwards over switchbacks through pine trees along the creek - crossing of the Riepenbach in the open field - farther north over grassy slopes, at the end over switchbacks to the hut.


Round trip via Friesenberghaus

COURSE OF THE TRAIL
Olpererhütte (2,389 m) - on Berliner Höhenweg (track No. 526) to Friesenberghaus (2,477 m) - more on the track No. 532 down to Schlegeisspeicher (1,795 m) - along the river Riepenbach (track No. 502) to Olpererhütte (2,389 m) - ascent: 650 m

HIKING TIME
approximately 5 ½ hours

CHARACTER – RED
Easy route, no exposed areas.

DESCRIPTION
From the Olpererhütte over the suspension bridge eastwards of the Berliner Höhenweg to a point above the Friesenbergsee - at the fork we do not follow the track to the Friesenbergscharte, we follow the steeply increasing turns to the Friesenbergsee and runs up to the Friesenberghaus - from Friesenberghaus down via switchbacks into the valley and to Friesenbergalm - continue through beautiful pine forests to decline for Dominikushütte and Schlegeisspeicher - from the car park along the road of the lake in a southwesterly direction across the Riepenbach - just behind the Riepenbach leads the track to the right (northwest) - first through forest and afterwards over switchbacks through pine trees along the creek - crossing of the Riepenbach in the open field - farther north over grassy slopes, at the end over switchbacks to the hut.


Round trip via Pfitscherjochhaus

COURSE OF THE TRAIL
Olpererhütte (2,389 m) - via track No. 502 to Unterschrammachkar (2,300 m) - continue on track No. 528 to Pfitscherjochhaus (2,248 m) - from there on track No. 524 to Schlegeisspeicher (1,795 m) and along the river Riepenbach (track No. 502) to Olpererhütte (2,389 m) - ascent: 900 m

HIKING TIME
approximately 7 hours

CHARACTER – RED
Tour along narrow rocky and boulder trails - mostly sheltered.

DESCRIPTION
We follow the sign Neumarkter Runde from the Olpererhütte - it runs in a southerly direction away from the hut after the descent into Unterschrammachkar we follow the signs to Pfitscherjochhaus - on the trail, we circle the Ameiskopf and run on narrow paths toward Italian border – from the crossing of the Zamser Bach it is still a short hike to Pfitscherjochhaus - from here on steep switchbacks on the mountain road (track 524) down to Lavitzalm and continue parallel to the Zamser Bach to Schlegeisspeicher - at the reservoir after 500 meters turn left (northeast) - first through forest and afterwards over switchbacks through pine trees along the creek - crossing of the Riepenbach in the open field - farther north over grassy slopes, at the end over switchbacks to the hut.


3rd and 4th stage of the Zillertaler Runde

COURSE OF THE TRAIL
3rd stage: Friesenberghaus - Olpererhütte
Friesenberghaus (2,477 m) via Berlin Höhenweg (track No. 526) to 2,600 m and continue to Olpererhütte (2,389 m) - ascent: 150 m
4th stage: Olpererhütte – Furtschaglhaus
Olpererhütte (2,389 m) - descend on track No. 502 to Schlegeisspeicher (1,795 m) - past Zamsgatterl and continue on track No. 502 along the Schlegeisspeicher to Furtschaglhaus (2,295 m) - ascent: 500 m

HIKING TIME
approximately 5-6 hours (round trip)

CHARACTER – RED
The Zillertaler Runde or Berliner Höhenweg leads through the heart of the mountain nature park Zillertaler Alps - from the Gamshütte to the Karl-von-Edel-Hütte. Tremendous views of the glaciated high mountains await the hiker, as well as wonderful insights into the natural beauty of the alpine landscape. The trail is a challenging route for experienced hikers. The hikers, who make the entire distance, cover in about a week more than 70 kilometers and climb a total of 6700 meters of altitude.
The daily stages of the high-altitude route lead along existing roads and trails in the alpine and high alpine terrain. It has been deliberately made sure that no glaciers and rocky passages are crossed and no climbs with ropes exist. Nevertheless, alpine dangers should not be underestimated. Good climbing equipment, endurance and sure-footedness are always required; at each stage a head for heights is also necessary! Note: In June and July can be still snow on the tracks.

DESCRIPTION
3rd stage: Friesenberghaus – Olpererhütte
from Friesenberghaus westward just down to the drain of the Friesenbergsee and again steeply uphill to the Berliner Höhenweg to an altitude of 2,600 m - at the fork, go left - onto a terrace the track runs comfortably to the south - just before the hut a short descent drops down to 2,400 m and then horizontally across the meadows to Olpererhütte.

4th stage: Olpererhütte – Furtschaglhaus
Steeply down, then southwards almost flat over the meadows and over the Riepenbach - now down in switchbacks and on the trail to Schlegeisspeicher - on the road to the right and immediately after the big parking lot across the bridge and turn left on to Zamsgatterl - from there on the road to the end of the lake and across the creek to the fork of the track –go right here and reach the Schlegeiskees after 1 km slightly uphill until the ascent to the hut turns to the left (east) – there are many turns of steep slopes between Wasserleklamm and Furtschaglbach up and afterwards most recently rising over the meadows to Furtschaglhaus.


Olperer Randonnée

COURSE OF THE TRAIL
Geraer Hütte (2,324 m) - Tuxer Joch Haus (2,313 m) - Friesenberghaus (2,477 m) - Olpererhütte (2,389 m) – Geraer Hütte (2,324 m) - ascent: 1,500 m

HIKING TIME
approximately 19 hours in 4 to 5 day stages

CHARACTER – BLACK
Olperer Randonnée - a high-altitude mountain trail through the Olperer area and the Zillertaler Alps in about 4-5 days stages. It doesn’t matter at which hut the tour starts, the circular route always returns you to the starting point. On the tour you reach a vertical ascent of 1,500 m and you must expect a total walking time of approximately 19 hours. Depending on the weather, the trail is accessible from mid-June until the closure of the huts (about the end of September). Recommended only for experienced hikers, proper equipment, condition and a head for heights is required.

Transitions

Tuxer Joch Haus via Friesenbergscharte

COURSE OF THE TRAIL
Olpererhütte (2,389 m) - on Berliner Höhenweg (track No. 526) to Friesenberghaus (2,477 m) – ascent to Friesenbergscharte (2,912 m) - descent to Spannagelhaus (2,531 m) - Tuxer Joch haus (2,313 m) in Tuxertal

HIKING TIME
approximately 6 hours

CHARACTER – BLACK
The ascent to Friesenbergscharte is at the top very steep and secured with short pieces of ropes and clips – it is also accordingly exposed. The descent to Spannagelhaus is today without glacier crossings (in old maps the crossing is still marked), but sometimes pathless, but very well marked, over rough boulders.

DESCRIPTION
From the Olpererhütte over the suspension bridge eastwards of the Berliner Höhenweg to a point above the Friesenbergsee - at the fork we follow the track to the Friesenbergscharte (track No. 526), in steep switchbacks up to Friesenbergscharte - The ascent to Friesenbergscharte is at the top very steep and secured with short pieces of ropes and clips – and is accordingly exposed - after reaching the gap, we descend below the Hoher Riffler and the Gefrorene Wandspitzen over boulders steeply downhill - the well-marked path will become flat and it goes in ups and downs over more boulder fields - within sight of the hut we cross a suspension bridge over a glacial stream and hike over stairs on a narrow trail - soon the trail widens to a track which we follow to the Spannagelhaus, later down on a paved way and at the end up to the Tuxer Joch Haus


Tuxer Joch Haus via Riepensattel

COURSE OF THE TRAIL
Olpererhütte (2,389 m) – Riepensattel (3,072 m) - descent to Spannagelhaus (2,531 m) in Tuxertal

HIKING TIME
approximately 5 - 6 hours

CHARACTER – RED
Moderate high alpine tour - equipment for glacier and alpine hikes necessary

DESCRIPTION
From the hut follow the trail northwards "Olperer" - first slightly uphill and easy until it forks and runs westerly in a rough block field - from the junction you reach the south ridge – follow the right track to the Olperer - the track runs at first over boulders and the south-east ridge to the about 30 ° inclined snowfield Schneegupf – cross the snowfield northeastward on a pathless track and go down to the Riepensattel, afterwards cross the Gefrorene-Wandspitzen-Kees to the Spannagelhaus, later down on a paved way and at the end up to the Tuxer Joch Haus.


Friesenberghaus

COURSE OF THE TRAIL
Olpererhütte (2,389 m) - on Berliner Höhenweg (track No. 526) to Friesenberghaus (2,477 m)

HIKING TIME
approximately 2 hours

CHARACTER – RED
Very nice and simple hut hike!

DESCRIPTION 
From the Olpererhütte over the suspension bridge eastwards of the Berliner Höhenweg to a point above the Friesenbergsee - at the fork we do not follow the track to the Friesenbergscharte, we follow the steeply increasing turns to the Friesenbergsee and runs up to the Friesenberghaus.


Geraer Hütte via Alpeiner Scharte

COURSE OF THE TRAIL
Olpererhütte (2,389 m) - via track No. 502 to Alpeiner Scharte (2,957 m) - descent to Geraer Hütte (2,324 m) - ascent: 600 m

HIKING TIME
approximately 4 hours

CHARACTER
A high alpine mountain hike in Olperer area - only recommended for experienced hikers, proper equipment, condition and a head for heights is required.

DESCRIPTION
We follow from the Olpererhütte on the Neumarkter Runde - it runs in a southerly direction away from the hut - after the descent into Unterschrammachkar we follow the signs to Geraer Hütte. Here we can see as the lowest transition the Alpeiner Scharte between the peak of Schrammacher on the left and the peaks of Fußstein and Olperer on the right. Follow now the mark straight towards the Alpeiner Scharte. Cross the water channel that was washed out deep during the thunder storm on 26/08/2012. On the other side you can see the trail markers, but you must descend a few meters to cross the channel safely. In the upper area a small stream is crossed on smooth rocks, this part is secured with a rope. Now the track goes to the left over a scree slope and over blocks until you reach a large rock with a striking cairn. From there you can ascend in steep terrain with slippery and fine gravel to the gap.

From the gap at first descend over steep scree, always below the big rock wall on the right, until you reach the remains of the mine with latticed gallery entrance, the site of a cable car and the foundations of the barracks. From here you can see the Geraer Hütte. Follow the track long time over flat scree slope.


Pfitscherjochhaus via Unterschrammachkar 

COURSE OF THE TRAIL
Olpererhütte (2,389 m) - via track No. 502 to Unterschrammachkar (2,300 m) – continue on track No. 528 to Pfitscherjochhaus (2,248 m) - ascent: 400 m

HIKING TIME
approximately 4 hours

CHARACTER – RED
Tour along narrow rocky and boulder trails with few exposed areas.

DESCRIPTION
We follow the sign Neumarkter Runde from the Olpererhütte - it runs in a southerly direction away from the hut after the descent into Unterschrammachkar we follow the signs to Pfitscherjochhaus - on the trail, we circle the Ameiskopf and run on narrow paths towards the Italian border – from the crossing of the Zamser Bach it is still a short hike to Pfitscherjochhaus.


Furtschaglhaus via Berliner Höhenweg 

COURSE OF THE TRAIL
Olpererhütte (2,389 m) - descent on track No. 502 to Schlegeisspeicher (1,795 m) - past Zamsgatterl and continue on track No. 502 along the Schlegeisspeicher to Furtschaglhaus (2,295 m) - ascent: 500 m

HIKING TIME
approximately 4 hours

CHARACTER – RED
The Zillertaler Runde or Berliner Höhenweg leads through the heart of the mountain nature park Zillertaler Alps - from the Gamshütte to the Karl-von-Edel-Hütte. Tremendous views of the glaciated high mountains await the hiker, as well as wonderful insights into the natural beauty of the alpine landscape. The trail is a challenging route for experienced hikers. The hikers, who make the entire distance cover in about a week more than 70 kilometers and climb a total of 6700 meters of altitude.

The daily stages of the high-altitude route lead along existing roads and trails in the alpine and high alpine terrain. It has been deliberately made sure that no glaciers and rocky passages are crossed and no climbs with ropes are existed. Nevertheless, alpine dangers should not be underestimated. A good climbing equipment, endurance and sure-footedness are always required; at each a head for heights is also necessary! Note: In June and July can still snow in the transitions is.

DESCRIPTION
Steeply down, then southwards almost flat over the meadows and over the Riepenbach - now down in switchbacks and on trail to Schlegeisspeicher - on the road to the right and immediately after the big parking lot across the bridge and turn left on to Zamsgatterl - from there on the road to the end of the lake and across the creek to the fork of the track –go right here and reach the Schlegeiskees after 1 km slightly uphill until the ascent to the hut turns to the left (east) – there are many turns of steep slopes between Wasserleklamm and Furtschaglbach up and afterwards most recently rising over the meadows to Furtschaglhaus.


Long-distance hiking trail from Munich to Venice 

COURSE OF THE TRAIL
10th stage: Tuxer Joch Haus – Olpererhütte
Tuxer Joch Haus (2,313 m) - Spannagelhaus (2,531 m) on track No. 526 to Friesenbergscharte (2,912 m) - continue to Friesenberghaus (2,477 m) - via Berliner Höhenweg (track No. 526) to Olpererhütte (2,389 m) - ascent: 490 m

11th stage: Olpererhütte – Stein
Olpererhütte (2,389 m) - on track No. 502 to Unterschrammachkar (2,300 m) - continue on track No. 528 to Pfitscherjochhaus (2,248 m) - descent to Stein (1,565 m) - ascent: 460 m

HIKING TIME
10th stage approximately 6 hours
11th stage approximately 5 ½ hours

CHARACTER 
There exist many trails across the Alps. In addition to the European long-distance hiking trails there are the classic mountain passes like the Brenner, where people crossed of the mountains for many centuries. What is special about the dream path as described by Ludwig Graßler in his first book "Walking across the Alps?" What gives it its charm? The answer is simple: it passes many of the most scenic places in the eastern Alps, avoids the all too blighted places in the Alps and allow us in a relatively short period (28 days of hiking) to cross the Alps from Munich to the Adriatic.

DESCRIPTION
From the valley of the Inn, only 500 m high, you climb in the next few days up to Friesenbergscharte, with an altitude of nearly 3,000 meter the highest point of the dream-path. Despite the altitude no equipment for glacier and alpine hikes are necessary. The ice fields of the Tux glacier and the Olperer will be bypassed on this tour. After a night in the Olpererhütte you proceed to the border to Italy. Previously this border was well guarded; even at Pfitscherjoch was a frontier home. In the times of the Schengen Agreement and the Euro you can only recognize that you have left Austria because of the road signs.


Crossing of Olperer

COURSE OF THE TRAIL
Olpererhütte (2,389 m) - Riepenkar - Olperer (3,476 m) - Wildlahnerscharte (3,254 m) – Skiing region Hintertux - ascent: 1,090 Hm

HIKING TIME
approximately 8 - 9 hours

CHARACTER – BLACK
Demanding and alpine hiking trail - Climbing in the second grade - (equipment for glacier and alpine hikes necessary) to secure on ridge -. the ascent of the SO-ridge is easier than the north ridge and provided with brackets and steel cable - the north ridge is provided with iron clamps - with rope and quickdraws can be secured well continuously (climbing level II), it would be released sometimes more difficult - the first few meters down the ridge are very steep (35 °), crampons and ice axe are required - from the glaciers from Wildlahnerscharte on is also a ski resort, so you travel in a basically secured area. Nevertheless, beware of crevasse!

DESCRIPTION
From the hut follow the trail northwards "Olperer" - first slightly uphill and without difficulty until it forks and runs westerly in a rough block field - from the junction you reach the south ridge – follow the right track to the Olperer- the track runs at first over boulders and the south-east ridge to the about 30 ° inclined snowfield Schneegupf – at first flat, but later on steep snow and ice rink to the nearly horizontal snow ridge – on this snow ridge until the beginning of the rock - from here on slightly rocky terrain on the left (westward) to the beginning of the rope holding insurance. This runs to the proper south east ridge (END of the ROPE INSURANCE!) - from here in an unsecured area, partly exposed along the ridge to a rock tower, this one bypass on the right (climbing level II) - then in a few minutes to the summit - the descent is now the northeast ridge – we descend directly on the ridge – with help of some iron staples - just before reaching the Wildlahnerscharte, leaving the ridge to the left (west) and descend via a steep snow field - now through the gap and on the ski slopes of the Hintertux glacier to the Riepensattel between Olperer and Gefrorene Wandspitzen – return from the gap to the south across the Großen Riepenkees to the track No. 502 - now on as the ascent to Olpererhütte.

Climbing Park

Climbing park Olpererhütte 

COURSE OF THE TRAIL
Climbing park at Olpererhütte (2,389 m)

HIKING TIME
approximately ½ hour to the climbing park

CHARACTER
Different climbs with different climbing difficulties - climbing equipment including harness, helmet and rope required!

CLIMBING ROUTES
1. TRAUMPFEILER (project)
2. WEG DER FREUNDE (project)
3. VIA STEFANIE (project)
4. VIA KATHARINA (project)
5. CONVERSATION (project)
6. JEVES GOT DÜ EICHN VIII  12ZH 27m
7. VIA MANU IV 6ZH 18m
8. PLATTENDIAGONALE VII und VI 9ZH 20m

DESCRIPTION
In the summer of 2009 Katharina and Helli came up with the idea to set up a climbing area near the Olpererhütte. A suitable rock was found on the left above the hut. After a short planning period followed the work of drilling the routes. Over the summer followed the route in the steep granite. One of the most beautiful climbs located in the lower part of the wall, an overhanging route, called the Traumpfeiler. A slightly easier route, in climbing level IV, is located in the upper wall portion, namely the "Via Manu". It was built especially in honor of the young tenant of the hut and should be an encouragement to go climb between cooking times. But no matter in which of the 8 routes you climb the beauty of it is the unique panorama of the main alpine ridge with magnificent 3000m.They plan to create several additional routes to other rocks.