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Hochstubaihütte 3175 über Seekarsee & Himmelsleiter - Sölden

Mountain Hike · Sölden
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m 3500 3000 2500 2000 1500 4 3 2 1 km Hochstubaihütte Fiegl's Hütte (Windachalm)
WINDACHALM / Fiegl's Hütte --> Seekarsee --> Unterstandshütte --> Himmelsleiter --> HOCHSTUBAIHÜTTE 
Distance 4.8 km
4:00 h
1,270 m
50 m
The Hochstubaihütte is located at 3175 m above sea level and is therefore the highest alpine hut of the DAV in the Stubaier Alps and the third highest hut in Austria.


The hike starts at the Windachalm / Fiegl's hut.

The narrow path leads to the Seekarsee over mountain meadows and then from the lake very steeply over stones to to the shelter hut (an old from stone made hut).

From there you go steeply uphill over the Himmelsleiter (stone stairs) to the hut.

Author’s recommendation

In summer there is a taxi, which runs from Sölden to the Windachalm. So you save  the way from Sölden to the Windachalm. 
Highest point
Hochstubaihütte, 3,168 m
Lowest point
Windachalm, 1,943 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Fiegl's Hütte (Windachalm)

Safety information

Black mountain paths are narrow, almost entirely steep and exposed paths. Who is on a black mountain path, should be ready to reckon with longer secured walking and climbing passages.

To indicate the difficulty Black mountain trails are marked on the yellow basic signs with a black circle.


For experienced mountaineers that are free from vertigo & surefooted, Very good physical condition, mountain experience & mountain equipment (see notice equipment) necessary, such as alpine security material, good weather conditions recommended.


Please pay attention to the current weather report under  Weather Sölden


We recommend to start the tour early in the morning. 

Tips and hints

More details about hiking In Ötztal: https://www.oetztal.com/wandern 


Windachalm - Sölden (1,943 m)
46.960204, 11.060812
46°57'36.7"N 11°03'38.9"E
32T 656788 5202803



Turn-by-turn directions

From the Windachalm/ Fiegl's Gasthaus, a well-marked trail leads in serpentines up to the Seekarsee.

From the Seekarsee the path becomes very steep up to the shelter hut (an old - out of stone made hut).

In the further course, blocks of stone and slabs are crossed. After a few meters of altitude, the ascent via layered steps (stone stairs), the so-called Himmelsleiter begins.

When you reach the ridge height, it is only a short while to the already visible Hochstubaihütte.


The descent is via the same route (about 2.5 hours) or via the Laubkarsee to the Kleblealm (3 hours).



all notes on protected areas

Public transport


Enjoy a both comfortable and relaxing train ride to the train station in Ötztal Bahnhof. You get off the train in ÖTZTAL Bahnhof where you change to a public bus or local taxi. The current bus schedule can be found at: http://fahrplan.vvt.at

Getting there

Die Autofahrt ins ÖTZTAL. In Tirol gelegen, zweigt das ÖTZTAL Richtung Süden als längstes Seitental der Ostalpen ab. Die Anreise mit dem Auto führt Urlauber über das Inntal bis zum Taleingang und weiter das Ötztal entlang. Neben der mautpflichtigen Autobahn können auch Landstraßen genutzt werden. Mit dem Routenplaner lässt sich die Fahrt schnell und bequem bestimmen:

Zum Routenplaner: https://www.google.at/maps   


The following parking facilities are available in Sölden:
  • Parking Postplatz
  • Giggijochbahn + underground garage
  • Gaislachkoglbahn + underground garage

All parking is free during the day.


Parking for several days (eg hike tour):

  • Postplatz, Parkticket available at the information Sölden
  • Parkgarage Gaislachkoglbahn, Parkticket either online or directly at the cash desk of the Gaislachkoglbahn



46.960204, 11.060812
46°57'36.7"N 11°03'38.9"E
32T 656788 5202803
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Ötztaler Wanderbuch | Helga Marberger | Verlag: Tyrolia 

Author’s map recommendations

Kompass # 042 | Inneres Ötztal und Pitztal, Gurgler Tal, Venter Tal | 1: 25.000


Appropriate equipment such as breathable suitable outdoor clothes for the weather, ankle-high walking boots, wind-, rain- & sun protection, hat, possibly gloves, is for all hikes and tours necessary. Please bring a first-aid box, a mobile phone, a hiking map and if there is no hut on the way a snack and enough to drink.

Basic Equipment for Mountain Hikes

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Mountain Hikes

  • Climbing helmet as required
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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4.8 km
4:00 h
1,270 m
50 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Exposed sections Secured passages Scrambling required Linear route Ridge traverse


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