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The Merano High Mountain Trail in South Tyrol

Picturesque hiking tour of mountain huts in the Texelgruppe Nature Park

The almost 100km long Merano High Mountain Trail in South Tyrol/Südtirol leads around the majestic Texelgruppe Nature Park range. This multi-day hike leads between mountain huts in the northwest of South Tyrol, and offers breathtaking views of the Dolomites, the Rosengarten massif and the Ortler mountain massif. The Alpine route was opened in 1985. 

Structured as trips of five to eight days, surefooted climbers can hike through Alpine scenery and enjoy authentic South Tyrolean cuisine in the mountain huts along the way. Each stage is also accessible as a separate one-day hike, and some are also possible to do with a well-trained dog. A climb to the Spronser Seen lakes at 2,500m a.s.l., the highest Alpine lake district in Europe, is highly recommended. 

The Merano High Mountain Trail is one of the most beautiful hiking trails in the entire Alpine Region. Being at a constant height the path acts as intermediary between the high mountain climate of the Texel Group and the sub-mediterranean climate of the Etsch valley.There are numerous access paths to the Merano High Mountain Trail, and also several paths where you can enter and leave, so that the hike can be started and stopped at any point. In addition you can reach several farms next to the hiking trail. These can also be reached on access roads by car or by taxi, or by small ropeways. The tour is signposted No; 24. Exposed sections of the trail have been made secure by chains, ropes or railings. Steps and ladders also give access on the way up or down.

The Merano High Mountain Trail is divided into northern and southern circuits enabling one to hike along this trail in different seasons. The whole hike is 100 km long and takes between 4 and 6 days, and is open from early July until the end of September, depending on when snowfall begins. The Merano High Mountain Trail is not only a sporting challenge but also brings the hiker close to the exceptional flora and fauna that is so much part of the landscape. There are magnificient views of the Venosta valley, the Merano basin, the Alps of the Passeier and the Sarentino valley, as well as the Stubai and Ötz valley. You may even see the Dolomites, the Brenta Group and the Ortler-massif. Every turn offers you new impressions, and an insight in the world of  South Tyrol mountain farmers who throughout the centuries of hard work created and preserved the landscape of these mountains.

Possible starting points: Monte S. Caterina, Unterstell, Alta Muta, Ulfas, Velloi/Vellau, Giggelberg, Val di Fosse/Pfossental, Cresta/Christl, Matatz
Duration: 5 - 8 days
Length: about 100 km
Height difference: 5.100 m
Difficulty: difficult excursion

The Stettiner Hütte mountain hut was destroyed by an avalanche in 2013/2014. At this place, a temporary arrangement is provided from July 2017 (approx. 50 sleeping opportunities). The reconstruction phase of the mountain hut is planned for 2018.

Best hiking times

Merano High Mountain Trail South: May to October (depending on snow conditions, possible for longer)
Merano High Mountain Trail North: July to September (depending on snow conditions)
Full circular route: July to end of September

Suggestions for Stages

The suggestions for stages listed can be randomly combined. In addition, the stages can be walked in the other direction. Each individual stage can be walked as an independent day hike.

 
 

Hier finden Sie den Vorschlag für die 1. Etappe am Meraner Höhenweg von Hochmuth (Seilbahn Hochmuth - Dorf Tirol) bis Giggelberg (Seilbahn Texelbahn...

 
 

From Giggelberg to Monte San Caterina Walk duration in hours Giggelberg–Hochforch 1 Hochforch–Pirchhof 2 Grub-Galmein–Innerforch-Lint 1...

 
 

The fourth stage of the Merano High Mountain Trail involves a moderately difficult hike from Katharinaberg through Pfossental valley to the Eishöfe.

 
 

This route follows the forest road, along an old and gradually ascending military route (easy route), with some Alpine terrain (individual snow fields are...

 
 

From Plan, follow the signs for route No. 24, which leads after crossing three streams to the Bergkristall climbing garden. From there continue down to the...

 
 

The Merano High Mountain Trail is one of the loveliest circular hikes in the Alpine region. It runs around the edge of the Texelgruppe Nature Park and...

Useful information

 
 

Here you can find informations about access, parking and important phone numbers.

 
 

Here you find all the accommodation & catering facilities.

 
 

Read tips and informations for hiking in Merano and Environs.

 
 

Here you will find a checklist for your backpack with the most important things for the hike.