Vallelunga/Langtaufers - high alpine trail to Melag

Langtauferer Höhenweg Blick über Langtaufers

At a glance: the still very peaceful valley Langtauferer Tal leads from Graun in the Upper Vinschgau valley to the foot of the Weisskugel (3738 m). The Langtauferer Höhenweg leads from Graun to Melag, this is a long hike and we suggest the second, more interesting part as a circular walk: from Gschwell up the south-facing slopes to the lakes Schwemmseen and then along the wonderful high alpine trail to Melag.

Best time: summer to autumn, rather hot in August.

Rewards: the panoramic views from the trail to the Weisskugel range with its glistening glaciers.

Effort: 800 m ascent, about 2.5 hours, total walking time 5.5 hours. Somewhat strenuous but very rewarding.

Starting point: Gschwell, 1816 m, small hamlet, reachable by car and bus from Graun.

The route: on path no. 8 first through larch forests and then up over treeless slopes to the

1) lakes Schwemmseen, then along the high alpine trail always signposted no. 4 gently up and down into the valley Melagtal. Then along path n. 1 down the valley Melagtal, keeping to the right side of the valley, via the hamlet of Melag until

2) Kappl. Return to Gschwell along the road.