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Alpine tour on the summit of the „Große Windschar”

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Category
Difficulty
Difficult
Duration
7:30
Duration in hours
Distance
8.5
Distance in km
Suggested period
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This hike is demanding and recommended for those who are well-trained.
Route info
Difficult
Distance
8,5 km
Activity time
7 h 30 min
Ascent
1.430 m
Decent
1.430 m
Technical skills
Physical effort
Scenary
Highest point
3.041 m
Lowest point
1.590 m
Directions
Starting point is the car park in the village center of Mühlbach/Rio Molini. From there, you’ll walk partly on a footpath and partly on the access road (always following trail no. 5/2) up a moderate grade through the woods and later passing a couple of alpine farms as you continue into the valley towards the Oberwangeralm and Heiß Alm alpine pastures (2,027 m). Follow trail no. 5, following signs for „Windschar“ across alpine pastureland, going steeply up to the fork below Grubscharte wind gap, then left (signposted „Windschar“) onto a well-marked, but sometimes only faint path, which slopes down through the very steep and crumbling edge of the cliff, then to the ridge’s long shoulder (2,900 m), and finally almost flat, west to the foot of the eastern side of the mountain. Then, it’s a steep rock climb along a marked route to the summit (about 1 hour from the crossroads at Grubscharte wind gap); about 4.5 hours from the parking lot. Descent: same route as ascent; about 3 hours.
How to get there
Brenner Motorway A22, exit Brixen/Bressanone, Pustertal/Val Pusteria, Bruneck/Brunico – Mühlbach/ Riomolino can be reached up the valley via Percha/Perca (4.5 km) or direction into the Ahrntal via Uttenheim (approx. 8.5 km).
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