Pirchkogl, also known as Pirchkogel, is the westernmost mountain of the chain seperating the Sellrain valley from the Inn valley to the north. Since the summit is about 800m/2600ft above the Sellrain valley and round about 1200m/4000ft above the Inn valley you have a splendid panorama into all directions. About halfway during the ascent from Kühtai the Schwarzmoos (engl: "black moss") with its lakes offers a perfect place for a break.
Since the ascent is quite short and without any difficulties, Pirchkogl is climbed frequently the hole year. The only chance to be anlone on this mountain is to be faster than the others. I summited at around 9:30am and there where already people descending it. Well, but the crowds came at around 12 o' clock. The route along the west ridge isn' t that crowded I guess... This also applies during the winter months, because there is a ski-area on the slopes towards Kühtai - the highest ski-resort of austria.
This ski-area is the biggest danger to the summit of Pirchkogl. Because there are plans to enlarge that ski-area up to the summit and to open a new ski-area on the gentle west ridge. This would ruin the mountain and destroy two popular ski-routes. For some more details visit www.seilbahn.net which has two overview maps online. Well, right now this is only a plan but I think it' s only a matter of time when it is going to be build...
So if you want to get to the summit without having cable-cars all the way up to the summit, you should hurry...
If you plan to visit Pirchkogl, I recommend to get to Kühtai by car, since getting there with puplic transportation lasts a long time.
|By car:||Kühtai is easily reached by car since the road through the Sellrain valley leads directly to Kühtai. Therefore you have easy access from Kematen and Ötz. From both of theses cities the Inn-Valley-Highway A12 isn' t far from where you have connection to Italy, Switzerland and Germany.|
|By train:||First of all you have to get to Innsbruck. Innsbruck is connected to international trains from Italy and Germany and there are various ways of getting there. A bus connection through the Sellrain-valley starts at Innsbruck central station (line 4166). The schedule of the bus is quite infrequently so check the table on the internet.|
There are no fees, permits or seasonal closures. Parking at Kühtai is free even for several days.
Kühtai is a touristic city with several hotels. Visit the homepage of Kühtai for more information. Additionally to the hotels you can stay at Dortmunder hut right next to Kühtai. This hut is located directly at the road through the Sellrain (well the hut has been there before the road was build...) and open the hole year.
Since the most of Pirchkogls south-east slopes belong the the ski-area I wouldn' t camp there. I guess Feldringer Böden is the better option if you like to camp for a night.