The Habicht, with his dominant and lonely position over the Stubaital was a long time considered as the highest mountain of the region. He towers above the Stubaital in the north and Gschnitztal in the south, both 2000 meters lower situated.
Habicht, also called Hager is the highest peak of the Habicht-Elfer Ridge, part of the Stubai Alps between Serles Ridge and Middle Hauptkamm and is the 26 th highest summit of the Stubai Alps.
The normal route from Innsbrucker Hut is easy but not without danger; there is a path to the summit, and the Habicht is the second highest summit after Schrankogel in the Stubai with a marked way.
From the summit, two parallel ridges spread in northern direction surrounding the Mischbach glacier. On the SE flank the Habicht glacier converts more and more into an icy snowfield.
Start points are :
These two valleys can be reached by using the Brenner highway from Austria or from Italy :
- exit Steinach for Gschnitz
- exit Schoenberg for Stubaital
From these two valleys you must go to Innsbrucker Hut (see under Huts)
*Innsbrucker Hut (2369 m)
Open summer from end june to end september, if good conditions until mid October
40 beds 120 lager
Tel 2: 5276 295
1) From Pinnistal.
From Stubaital go to Neder, hamlet before Neustift. From Neder use the trail to Schmieden at the beginning of the valley (car park). The trail is now forbidden for cars but you can use a Jeep-Taxi to Pinnisalm (call 43/5226/2380), if you want to win 2 hours. Walk to the pastures of Pinnisalm and Karalm (2,5 hours). From here, in S direction under the NW face of the Kalkwand, then in bends, steeper to the Pinnisjoch and to the Hut (4 hours)
2) From Elfer
From Neustift, Stubaital, use the chairlift Elferbahn. From the top you can :
- take the Panoramaweg to Pinnisalm (1 hour) and continue as 1)
- climb to Elfer Hut , use the path to Karalm (1,5 hours) and continue as 1)
3) From Gschnitz
- The new path direct from Gschnitz to Pinnisjoch cannot be used, due to rock fall.
- The old path
The walk begins 2 kms after Gschnitz near the Gasthof Feuerstein and leads steep in 3 hours to Pinnisjoch and the Hut. A cable-lift carries your rucksack for 4 euros up !
Schicenter, Open summer and winter
Adress: Elfer 294
Tel 2: 2526
*Pinnisalm Jausenstation 1560 m.
Open until 10. november and from 25. december.
- Normal route from the E (Innsbrucker Hut)
- Glaetteferner (south route)
- North face direct North face direct : ice, 50% (Habichtschnabel = Hawk's beak)
- North E face North E face : difficult but easier than N face direct.
´The mountains in Austria are free, but if you come by motorway you have to pay a "pickerl"(Maut) and for the Brennerautobahn from Insbruck you have to pay seperatly
When To Climb
Ascent recomended from july to september. In late summer the snowfield under the summit can be very icy. The stones in wet conditions are very slipery. Snow covered, the mountain is dangerous.
A- 6167 Neustift- Volderau
Telefon, Fax 0043 5226 3484
The Keeper of The Insbruck hut Knows the area very well. You find the huts phone number in Directorys about alpine huts(from DAV or ÖAV)
AV-Karte 31/3; Brennerberge 1:50.0000
Kompass Nr. 35; Innsbruck Brenner 1:50.000
BEV ÖK 147 u. 148 1:25.000 bzw. 1:50.000
First ascent : Thurwieser and Krösbacher 1836.
Thurwieser, Peter Karl, born 30. 5. 1789 Kramsach (Tirol), † 25. 1. 1865 Salzburg, Meteorologist , Alpinist, Theologist. Professor in Salzburg. Numerous scientific publications about his first ascents.
NE face : W. Pfurtscheller + O. Biermann + F. Löwl (1883)
Route description with pictures (in German)
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