Muttler is beautiful pyramid-shaped mountain which holds the honor to be the highest of the Samnaun-group. It was climbed for the first time in 1858. With its 3294 meters it is an important landmark in the area and of the village of Samnaun (Switzerland).
Although Muttler is just over the border in Switzerland, most of the Samnaun Group is situated on the Austrian side of the border (towards Ischl and Serfaus). Muttler is very popular for hiking/climbing, because the summit can be reached in summer without any technical difficulties. With good hiking shoes, a reasonable endurance level and enough experience with difficult 'high alpine' hikes, you can get up to almost 3300 meters! The normal route is graded T4.
Its height over 3000 meters & being the highest of the Samnaun Group makes Muttler an attractive mountain for hikers/climbers. Muttler is also known to be the ‘home mountain’ of the Samnaun-village. From Samnaun, the mountain can be climbed best.
Climbing Muttler is definitely worth the effort, because the views are great. You can see towards the Oetztal area, Ortlergruppe, Bernina Alps and of course the other peaks of the Samnaun-Group.
If you want to know more about other Samnaun-Group mountains, check out the Furgler and Planskopf SP-sites.
How to get to Samnaun
From within Switzerland
One reaches Samnaun on the Engadiner route: via the Vereina Tunnel in winter or the Flüela Pass in summer, road junction Vinadi to Samnaun.
If you are traveling to Samnaun from within Switzerland, you require a valid travel document (passport, Identity card) as in Martina you have to pass through Swiss Customs and could be stopped for a customs check, because Samnaun is a duty-free area.
One reaches Samnaun over the Inn valley road: via Landeck as far as Pfunds, branch off at Kajetans Bridge, then via Spiss to Samnaun.
Samnaun - Bern 350 km 4,5 h
Samnaun - Innsbruck120 km 1,5 h
Samnaun - Wien 590 km 6,5 h
Samnaun - Berlin 800 km 9,0 h
Samnaun - Frankfurt 600 km 6,5 h
Samnaun - München 210 km 3,0 h
Samnaun - Milano 270 km 4,5 h
Samnaun - Amsterdam 950 km 11,0 h
Getting to the Top
The starting point for this route is the village of Samnaun (1800m). Start your route just by walking in the direction of the mountain (towards the South). You will automatically come on a marked trail, which leads straight to the mountain and into the Val Masais valley.
The trail leads through the Maisas valley where the route starts to become a little bit steeper in comparison with the start in Samnaun (T2/3). Even so, the route stays relatively easy in this part of the ascent.
Follow the path until you eventually come to a split-up of the road. This is near the end of the Val Masais valley floor. The path which goes to the right goes to Stammersjoch, so you have to take a left. At this point, the route get’s steeper since it leaves the valley floor up the mountans North Flank. During the climb you pass a little lake with red water: the Rooten Seeli. (The water gets this color from Algae).
After the Rooten Seeli the routes leaves the North-West Flank of the mountain and arrives at the South ridge of Muttler. The trail follows the entire south ridge until you eventually reach the summit. This last part, that goes straight to the summit, will take about 1 to 2 hours of climbing/hiking. On the summit there is the possibility to take another route down, just follow the trail over the summit ridge and on the other side the trail goes down again (see Map), which eventually comes out on the path to Stammersjoch, which you follow down to get down to the split-up where you passed by on the way up.
The last part back to Samnaun therefore is the same path you took after leaving Samnaun into the Masias valley. The time you need is about 7,5 hours for this trip. The route is graded T4
<----- PS: Check out the route on the MAP at left.
What to take + When to climb
As already said, Muttler is a relatively easy 3000-er. Climbing equipment is not necessary. If you are an experienced hiker , it is a great summit to climb in a single (long) day. Although climbing the mountain isn’t too hard, do watch out for loose stones on the upper side of the mountain!
Best time for climbing Muttler is the summer months (june,july,august), but winter (skiing) ascents can also be done, for those climbs it’s advisable to take a guide (from Samnaun)
There are plenty of hotels where you can stay in the village of Samnaun. Samnaun is a well-known winter sports village and is therefore home to a lot of hotels.
If you want to know more about these hotels check : Hotels in Samnaun
A campsite in the area is called: camping Chapella, for more info about this camping check:Camping Chapella