The "Stilfser/Stelvio Höhenweg" alpine trail with panoramic views of the Ortler glaciers

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At a glance: A 1-day tour on a high alpine trail along the southern slopes of the Stilfs ridge, with wonderful views of the Ortler range, as far as the Stelvio Pass. This is a circular route, using regular busses and a chair-lift. Rest stop possible on the Stelvio Pass and on the hut Furkelhütte at the end of the walk.

Best time: summer and autumn, best months July to September

Rewards: high mountain walk but basically downhill, great for photography at the lake Goldsee and the hut Furkelhütte.

Effort: 700 m difference in altitude but gently downhill all the way to the hut Furkelhütte, medium difficulty, high mountain equipment and sure-footedness required. Total walking time: 3 hours, bus trip from Trafoi to the Stelvio Pass: about 1 hour.

Starting point: Stelvio Pass (2720 m), reachable from Trafoi or Prad using regular busses.

The route: from the 1) Stelvio Pass on path no. 20 going gently upwards towards the Dreiländerecke (remains of military barracks from the First World War are still visible), then on the level and then constantly downhill on a path that is in part exposed until the hut 2) Furkelhütte, with its wonderful panoramic terrace.

Descent: Trafoi, the starting point (1543 m) can easily be reached by chair-lift or on foot along the forest path (walking time about 40 minutes).