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Alpine tour on the summit of the „Große Windschar”

Bruneck and surroundings
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Category
Difficulty
Difficult
Duration
7:30
in hours
Distance
8.5
in km
Suggested period
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This hike is demanding and recommended for those who are well-trained.

Route data
Difficult
Distance
8,5 km
Duration
7 h 30 min
Ascent
1.430 m
Decent
1.430 m
Technical skills
Physical condition
Scenary
Highest point
3.041 m
Lowest point
1.590 m
Directions

Starting point is the car park in the village center of Mühlbach/Riomolino. From there, you will 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, as you continue into the valley, passing a couple of alpine farms until you reach Oberwangeralm and Heiß Alm mountain pastures (2027 m). Walk on, on 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 faint path, which slopes down through the very steep and crumbling edge of the cliff and to the ridge’s long shoulder (2,900 m). Finally, head almost level westwards to the base of the east flank of the mountain and up steeply on the marked rocky path to the summit cross at 3041 m (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

Public transport from Mobility Center Bruneck/Brunico:
With the bus 450 to Uttenheim/Villa Ottone, stop Brücke/Ponte, and after with the Mountain Bus Gais (no. 457 - Mit dem Linienbus 450 nach Uttenheim Haltestelle Brücke und anschließend mit dem Bergbus Gais (Linie 457 - runs only on working days eccept saturday) to Mühlbach/Riomolino.

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