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Hafelekar to the Pfeisshütte and Thaurer Alm



A long and beautiful trip which is almost all downhill and stops at 2 traditional mountain huts.

Hiking Difficult

15 km
440 m
2.1 km
3-4 hrs
Low Point
613 m
High Point
2.3 km
Hafelekar to the Pfeisshütte and Thaurer Alm Map

This is a great trip which takes you on a lovely loop through the Karwendel.


Start by riding the Nordkette cable car network up to the Hafelekar and then get hiking. The walk doesn't need to begin with a trip up to the Hafelekarspitze peak but it's only a 10 detour and well worth it for the excellent views. The line drawn here goes over the peak but it's simple enough not to bother with it.

Drop down off the peak and follow the clear path which hangs high above the Inn valley and follow it east underneath the Gleirschspitze. This traverse beneath the Gleirschspitze is amazing, with epic views and the path constantly winding in and out of tiny valleys so that it never feels tedious.

Shortly after passing under the Gleirschspitze there is a short climb up to a col, from where you drop onto the north side of the Nordkette ridge. Once on the north side the hiking becomes a little more challenging and there are some sections of scree and the path is steep in places. Follow the path as it heads due north and then climbs up to the Mandlscharte col, from where the Inn valley is visible once again.

Drop off the col and follow the zig zag paths down almost to the Arzlerscharte col before heading north-northeast on a gorgeous path path down to the Pfeishütte itself. The hut sits beneath some towering Karwendel limestone peaks and is a traditional Tirolian hut, with a long and fascinating history. It also serves the usual array of excellent, hearty Austrian food and for most hikers, getting their hands on some of this is more important than studying the history of the hut when they first arrive! Once you've refuelled, take the time to study the artefacts around the hut.

Hike south-east out of the hut and climb up to the broad Thaurer Joch col. Descend down a steep and at times narrow path through ever thickening forests to reach a jeep track. Turn left on this to reach the lovely Thaurer Alm hut in a couple of minutes. Grab a quick drink and then make the deceptively long descent down into Thaur village, from where an excellent bus network connects you with Innsbruck.



Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

between June and October


  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Wild flowers

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