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From the Niederelbe hut to the Edmund Graf hut

Stage 8: the “Kieler-Weg” and the “Riffler-Weg” trail

In good spirits, we continue on to stage 8 of the Paznaun High Route! This stage leads past idyllic mountain lakes, across lush green mountain pastures and through rocky terrain. 

Details about the stage from the Niederelbe to the Edmund Graf hut 

  • walking time: 4.5 hours 
  • distance: 9 kilometres 
  • difference in altitude – ascent: 700 metres
  • difference in altitude – descent: 600 metres 
  • level of difficulty: moderate
  • options for a stop: Niederelbe hut, Edmund Graf hut 

You would like to find out more about the classification of the stages and the hiking trails in and around Ischgl? Read more about the easy, moderately difficult and difficult hiking routes at the Paznaun! 

Route: from the Niederelbe hut to the Edmund Graf hut 

  • starting point is the Niederelbe hut at 2,300 metres above sea level 
  • a pleasurable hike out of the valley along the Kieler-Weg awaits you
  • pass the ski resort Kappl – then, a steep and exhausting ascent follows up to the Schmalzgrubenscharte at 2,697 metres above sea level 
  • continue along the Riffler-Weg towards the Schmalzgrubenseen lakes 
  • last ascent is to the Edmund Graf hut at 2,408 metres above sea level

Tip: If your strength and the weather allow it, you should climb the Hoher Riffler (3,168 metres above sea level) in the afternoon! Walking time is about 2.5 hours from the Edmund Graf hut to the summit. 

Stage details as a download 

Download the route description via GPX Track onto your smartphone or tablet and find out more about this stage. 

Download: GPX Track Paznaun High Route – all stages
Download: GPX Track Paznaun High Route – stage 8 
Checklist Long-distance hiking (PDF-Download)

Lookout points and interesting facts about stage 8

Take a little breather at the Schmalzgrubenseen lakes and let the surrounding landscape and the crystal-clear water enchant you! 

Well-prepared for the hiking adventure! 

Thanks to the checklist for long-distance hikes, nothing is left up to chance! Have a look at the valuable tips and advice right way and start looking forward to your next hiking adventure in Tyrol! 

Your feet are tingling with excitement already? The hiking boots are prepped and ready? Then off you go to Ischgl! The Paznaun High Route awaits you …