Enjoy the fragrant aroma of alpine herbs and the sounds of bells worn by goats and cows at the foot of the rocky slopes of Monte Cervina. Starting at Saltaus/Saltusio in Passeiertal/Val Passiria, the Hirzer Mountain Railway takes us up to 1985 metres above sea level in two stages. Here we can enjoy views of the Texelgruppe/Gruppo di Tessa and of the Burggrafenamt/Burgraviato; this is where our hike begins.
From the uphill station of the railway (1985 m) we set off on a path in a southerly direction to Stafell Alm. Here we turn off onto the Almenweg (Alpine Pasture Trail), which gradually climbs up to Tallner Alm (2022 m). We continue on the Almenweg, leading northwards into the Rotmoostal, veering gradually left before reaching Mahd Alm (1991 m). For a short time we follow the E5 European Long-Distance Path up to Hinteregg Alm (1970 m), and after another half an hour we reach the Hirzer Refuge. A comfortable stroll down to the uphill station of the railway completes our circular walk.
The food served in the rustic dairy huts in this region is excellent – genuine mountain quality! The landscape is a feast for the eyes, the cuisine is a pure delight and the joy of walking stays in our hearts. Such a day is good for the soul!
Route rating/description: easy hike
Mountain range: Sarntaler Alpen /Alpi Sarentine – Hirzermassiv/Monte Cervina
Length: 8.5 km
Time: 3 hours
Highest point: 2150 m
Elevation gain: 400 m
Ideal time of year: June to October