Merano High Mountain Trail - 1st stage: Hochmuth - Giggelberg

General description

On the Merano High Mountain Trail (trail n° 24), the entire Texel Group Nature Park can be circumnavigated in a hiking tour of four to six days. The best time to hike the Merano High Mountain Trail (trail n° 24) is: The northern part is a summer tour, walkable from the end of June to the beginning of October (depending on snow conditions). The southern and eastern sections can often be walked all year round and are suitable for one-day tours. The numerous typical South Tyrolean mountain inns and refuges inviting you to rest and have a snack, the varied world of peaks and the magnificent mountain lake landscape of the Spronserseen lakes make the Merano High Mountain Trail in the Texel Group Nature Park a unique hiking area!

Route description

The Hochmuth cable car takes you up to the Muthöfe farm group. From the mountain station, the trail climbs steeply for a short while to the Steinegg inn on the Meraner Höhenweg trail. Follow trail no. 24 to the left in a westerly direction. This section of the Meraner Höhenweg is called the Hans-Frieden-Weg. In approx. 1.5 h you walk up a slight incline to the Leiteralm (1,522 m). The trail continues through the forest to the Hochganghaus (1,839 m). Shortly before the Hochganghaus, you cross a 55 m long span bridge over the Töllgraben. From the Hochganghaus, the Meraner Höhenweg trail takes on more alpine features. The path, paved with large stones in parts, continues past the "Hohe Wiege" viewpoint (1809 m) to the Tablander Alm (1,788 m). Slightly descending, you reach the Zielbach stream and the Nasereithütte hut (1,523 m). The Zielbach stream feeds the Partschins waterfall, the largest waterfall in South Tyrol. Follow trail no. 24 through shady forest in the direction of Giggelberg. After about an hour you reach the stage destination, the Giggelberg mountain inn (1,565 m), which is located above the mountain station of the Texelbahn cable car (Partschins).

1st STAGE:
Hochmuth – Leiter Alm (ca. 1 h)
Leiter Alm – Hochganghaus (ca. 1,5 h)
Hochganghaus – Nasereit (ca. 2,5 h)
Nasereit – Giggelberg (ca. 1 h)
Time to walk / duration: about 6 h

Distance: 13,4 km
Altitude ascent: 850 m
Altitude descent: 550 m


Texelbahn cableway valley station ALTA MUTA - Hochmuth

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Safety instructions

Mountain trail of medium difficulty, some stages with staircases and rope protection!

Good equipment, surefootedness, good physical condition and a head for heights are prerequisites!
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