Inntaler high route (Höhenweg)

4 day hike along a beautiful high route with stunning views of the surrounding Alps.

4 days and 5 nights Sleeping on the train (Nightjet)
Hiking the Inntaler high route (4 days) Suitable for fit individuals / small groups

1. How to get there

You want to get to Innsbruck, main station and take a bus from there to the trail head. Read my post about the Nightjet on how to travel to Innsbruck overnight.

Click here for the up to date timetable: DeutscheBahn website*

Once you have arrived in Innsbruck you want to get to the station Igls, Patscherkofel.

Check the Innsbruck public transport (IVB) site for the up to date timetable.

Start: Innsbruck, main station Walk to the bus stop Sillpark (see map below)
Change: Innsbruck, Sillpark Take bus J towards Patscherkofel
Arrival: Igls, Patscherkofel (the last stop) From here follow the hiking map of day 1

Good to know:

Travel duration on bus J: approx. 20 minutes (one way)

2. Activity on site

Hiking the Inntaler high route (Höhenweg):

Day 1 – Hike up to the Glungezer hut

Start at the station of the Patscherkofel cable car and hike up through the forest. Once you are above the tree line you will walk on a beautiful path lined with swiss pine trees. Enjoy the great views of the Inn valley.

Check the map below for details.

Day 2 – Hike 7 peaks in one day: Glungezer to Lizumer hut

On this beautiful hike you will pass the following peaks, make sure to sign the summit register at the summit crosses:
1) Glungezer summit
2) Gamslauer peak
3) Kreuz peak
4) Rosenjoch summit
5) Grünberg peak
6) Grafmart peak
7) Naviser Sonnen peak

Check the map below for details.

Heads up:
The Lizumer hut is within a restricted military area. But no worries, it is allowed to pass through.

Restricted military area

Day 3 – Long day from the Lizumer to Rastkogel hut, passing Weidener hut

This day is going to be long, but beautiful. Start the day early and make sure to arrive at 6:30 pm the latest to get a hot meal at the Rastkogel hut.

Check the map below for details.

Day 4 – Long day down into the Inn valley

The last day will bring you down into the Inn valley to a town called Schwaz. It is at the Inn valley train tracks and you can catch a train to Jenbach or Innsbruck there, and then hop back on the Nightjet to Frankfurt.

Check the map below for details.

3. Map

Day 1
Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

4. Tips

Start early on day 3 and 4

You’ll hike at least 20 km on each of these days. It is absolutely doable, but you want to start your hiking day early.

Arrive at Schwaz train station (day 4) at 8 pm the latest

You still need to catch a local train to Jenbach or Innsbruck in order to get on the Nightjet taking you to Frankfurt.

Bring poles

Day 4 will lead you downwards 2400 meters in altitude, therefore poles will help your knees to not suffer so much.

5. How to get back

Check the Innsbruck public transport (IVB) site for the up to date timetable.

Start: Schwaz, train station Take a local train (S1) to Jenbach
Arrival: Jenbach Take the Nightjet back to Frankfurt, check my my post about the Nightjet for timetable details

Good to know:

Timetable Schwaz – Jenbach Sundays:
7:02 pm – arriving in Jenbach at 7:09 pm
8:02 pm – arriving in Jenbach at 8:09 pm

6. Costs

Nightjet (one way): Check out the section 6. Costs from my post about the Nightjet
Local train to Jenbach or Innsbruck: Adult – one way: € 2.9

Click here to get your ticket: DeutscheBahn website*

7. Highlights

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Flowers in the valley - Enjoy great views of the Karwendel mountains.
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