5 Summer Hikes In & Around Ischgl

The Austrian resort of Ischgl and the Paznaun Valley provide the backdrop for these summer adventure hikes.

There’s a variety of itineraries for all abilities and ages from the very challenging to the family-friendly.

Ice Safari on the Jamtal Glacier 

Led by experienced mountain guides, this one is for committed hikers aged 16 and over who will learn about the proper use of crampons and safety ropes as well as glaciology.

The route takes trekkers past glacial mills, glacier gates and rock formations created from the ice.

After a refreshment stop in Jamtalhütte, it’s back to Galtür.

Glacier safari – © TVB Paznaun – Ischgl

This medium-to-difficult day tour involves 5hrs 30m walking and a 650 metre ascent.

It’s available every Saturday from July to September, whatever the weather.

Cost per person is €49 or €39 (with the Silvretta Card Premium). Taxi transfer, mountain guide, climbing belt and crampons are included.

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Sunrise on the Mittagkopf

Early risers can take in the sunrise and views towards Paznaun on the summit of the Mittagkopf.

You set out before dawn on Tuesday mornings, travelling by taxi into Visnitztal for a guided sunrise hike.

The hike begins in semi-darkness and around 45 minutes later you reach the Mittagkopf at 2,249m.

From there you watch the sun slowly rise above the Samnaun before walking back down past the blossoming Alpine roses for breakfast at an inn.

Sunrise on the summit of the Mittagkopf  – © TVB Paznaun – Ischgl

A leisurely forest path leads back into the valley, passing Rotwegkapelle to get to Kappl.

This medium-difficulty tour includes some 300 metres of ascent over five hours.

The price includes taxi, breakfast and guide. Children up to the age of 10 pay €27 and adults pay €44. Silvretta Premium Card holders pay €20 (children up to 10) or €29 (for adults).

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3 x 3,000 Metre Mountains in a Day

Experienced, fit hikers, this guided adventure is one is for you.

Scale three 3,000m peaks in one day, surrounded by the glaciers of the blue Silvretta.

For most people it takes around six hours, with more than 1,100m of climbing and a good level of fitness is essential.

3 x 3,000m peaks – © TVB Paznaun – Ischgl

It takes place every Thursday from the end of June until the end of September.

The mountains are the Breite Krone (3079m), the Grenzeckkopf (3047m) and the Bischofspitze (3029m).

Cost: Adults €31, children up to the age of 16 €23, Premium Card holders hike for free.

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Family Adventure Hiking Trail

This 7.5 km hiking trail, Idalp, is for walkers and active families.

It goes through three Alpine vegetation zones and four adventure-stops up to the Idalp.

On the Walk of Lyrics, follow in the famous footsteps of Rihanna, Udo Jürgens and Sting – all of whom have travelled to Ischgl – with three staged music points –  continuing to the Kitzloch ravine.

After crossing the ravine, it’s then on to the Fimbabach on two suspension bridges more than 100 metres in length and up to 70 metres high.

Those who want to can have a short stop at the Adventure Stage.

Here, Schwarzwassersee and Pardatscher See lakes provide refreshment, a forest and lakeside path, a bouldering wall, two climbing towers, a reed boat and a slack line course.

7.5km hike & adventure stops – © TVB Paznaun – Ischgl

The route continues through high Alpine scenery to the Vider Truja Adventure Park at Vidersee.

Around the small reservoir lake are an adventure path with water mills, a water and sand pit play area and a climbing frame.

New for 2021, families can tackle slack lines, bouldering sections, slides and trampolines.

From here, it is just five minutes to the Idalp and a refreshment stop in Alpenhaus.

The journey down can be via cable car or the Skyfly zipline, which travels of speeds up to 85 km/hr.

Barbecue areas are available on the route at Pardatscher See and Vider Truja Park.

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Hikes on the Paznauner High Altitude Trail

This series of hikes covers 11,000 metres altitude, 120 kilometres in distance, and nine stages that can be tackled individually.

The Paznauner high-altitude trail is for performance-oriented hikers who want to discover the varied natural landscape.

The Paznauner high altitude trail – © TVB Paznaun – Ischgl

The circular route from See via Kappl, and also Ischgl to Galtür and back to See, is as challenging as it is impressive.

Whether it is one, two, three or even more of the nine stages, the ascents vary between 700 and 2,000 metres.

There are traditional Alpine inns, serving regional Paznaun foods and providing sleeping areas on the route.

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All information about Paznaun can be found at:

www.ischgl.comwww.galtuer.comwww.kappl.com and www.see.at.

All photographs courtesy of Tirol Tourism.