Stubai Alps High Routes Guided Walking Holiday

Duration: 7 nights
Type: High Routes & Hutting
Walking Grade: 6

This walking holiday takes you to the heights of the Austrian Tyrol and includes crossing exciting ‘knife-edge’ ridges and some scrambling on rocky terrain. Our base in Neustift is served by an excellent network of lifts to quickly gain elevation to high mountain paths. Walks include ascending Serles, an almost isolated pyramid of rock which is the Stubai Alps’ most famous peak and one of its ‘Seven Summits’. An ascent of Rinnenspitze – another of the summits – rewards with amazing views of the Luener Glacier.

Holiday Highlights

  • Ascend the spectacular Stubai summits for breathtaking panoramic views
  • Stay in pretty Neustift at the heart of the valley, surrounded by majestic mountains
  • The Hotel Sonnhof offers a warm Tyrolean welcome and wonderful 5-course evening meals
  • Enjoy a well-earned rest in the hotel’s extensive wellness and relaxation areas

What’s included

  • A full programme of guided walks with 2 options every walking day
  • All transport to and from walks
  • The Stubai Supercard; a transport card and much more; a bonus for your free day offering  free access on some of local gondalas, as well as some rail travel, free and reduced entries to lots of attractions in the areas (see local area for full details).
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays’ leaders
  • Return flights from the UK and hotel transfers on ‘with flight’ holidays 
  • 7 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Half Board – continental buffet breakfast and 5-course evening meal

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

Reach new heights as we take on summits and cols that are normally 'off-limits' on our Guided Walking holidays. In the heart of the Austrian Tyrol, amidst the 3,000 metre peaks of the Stubai Alps, and enjoy outstanding walks and among the clouds. From spectacular mountain summits to lush, flower-filled valleys this holiday will give you a rush of adventure like no other! Our High Routes holidays offer challenging high-level walks, reaching high summits and ridges normally out of reach on our Guided Walking holidays. These routes may be exposed and will often feature sections with fixed wires or ladders for reassurance. Whilst high levels of fitness and stamina are required, the rewards will be bird’s eye panoramas and an immense sense of achievement. In the Stubai valley, you will have the opportunity to ‘bag’ up to four of the valley’s iconic ‘Seven Summits’ including one peak of over 10,000ft (3,000m).

Welcome to Hotel Sonnhof. Unpack and settle in.

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Total ascent: 3,600 feet (1,080m)

In summary:  A truly dramatic circuit from the valley passing a high-level glacial lake and then crossing a knife-edge ridge before descending to a high hut and back to the valley. This walk shows off the Stubai ‘Wild Water’ at its best.

Highlight:  A stunning high level walk.

Distance: 12 miles (19km)

Total ascent: 4,200 feet (1,260m)

In summary: The chance to ascend the Stubai’s most famous peak, towering over the entrance to the valley. We use the cable car to gain height and then pass the pretty Maria Waldrast Monastery before traversing through woodland and then up through scree to a high pass and the summit cross to enjoy stunning views of the Inn Valley and Zillertal Alps. A long steep descent takes us back to the hotel.

Highlight: Ascend Serles, the Stubai's most famous peak and one of its Seven Summits.

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 3,100 feet (930m)

In summary: A traverse of the ‘fairy castle’ overlooking Neustift, followed by a scramble onto its neighbouring peak. Magnificent rock scenery and fascinating geology.

Highlight: Incredible views of the surrounding peaks.

Each week there is a free day when no guided walks are offered. This is an ideal opportunity to relax around the hotel, walk independently (making use of the free travel afforded by the Stubai Supercard), or visit local places of interest. Some options may include:

Innsbruck: The capital of the Tyrol offers an interesting day out via bus or train. Places to visit include the Imperial Palace, Royal Gardens, Cathedral and the Golden Roof, or enjoy a stroll around the Old Town.

Mutterberg Glacier: Using the Stubai Supercard, it is possible to ascend to the top stations above Mutterberg for wonderful views, and even to walk on the glacier with optional visits to the Ice Cave.

Distance: 12 miles (19km)

Total ascent: 3,000 feet (900m)

In summary: We ascend another of the Stubai ‘Seven Summits’, the Hoher Burgstall, then stay high, traversing across high passes down into a beautiful quiet side valley and a taxi back to the hotel.

Highlight: Ascend the Hoher Burgstall for fabulous views.

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Total ascent: 4,200 feet (1,260m)

In summary: Probably the most dramatic of our summits, this 3,000m peak is reached via a taxi into the Oberberg valley, then an ascent via the famous Franz Senn mountain hut. The sudden view of the Luener glacier is a ‘not to be missed’ moment.

Highlight: This is an exhilarating and challenging end to the week.

We hope to see you again soon.

Hotel Sonnhof - Stubai Alps

The Pfurtscheller Family and their team welcome you to their 4-star hotel: Hotel Sonnhof. Located in the heart of the traditional village of Neustift im Stubaital, this hotel offers easy access to the local transport and shops. The Sonnhof offers an extensive spa area and restaurant with summer terrace with panoramic views. Bedrooms are fitted with traditional wooden furniture, large bathrooms and balconies. Neustift is located about 25km from the Tyrolean capital, Innsbruck. On a clear day, it is possible to see the southern part of the Italian Alps and the western summits of the Swiss mountains.


The hotel features 38 cosy, traditional and well-equipped en-suite rooms, with:

  • Balcony
  • TV
  • Telephone
  • Hairdryer
  • Small room safe


The hotel has a delightful outside terrace with seating, the best place to relax and enjoy the views in the summer.

Guests can also relax and enjoy a drink at the atmospheric bar.

There is a wellness centre that features a sauna, steam room and a spa pool.

Food & Drink

Our holidays at Neustift are Half Board


Self-service buffet with cereals, fruit juices, fruit, cold meat & cheese, as well as pastries and some hot items.

Lunch (payable locally)

The hotel can provide pre-ordered packed lunches at an additional cost. Alternatively, ingredients for a picnic lunch can be purchased from local shops or it may be possible to eat at cafés or huts on certain days on the walks. Our leaders will advise you of the options.

Evening meal

A 5-course dinner is served in the restaurant. Vegetarian and special diets are catered for; we ask you to take a few moments to speak with the hotel management on arrival to advise them of your needs.


The hotel has a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

Your Evenings

The friendly atmosphere of our Guided Walking holidays continues into the evening.

Enjoy a glass of wine or beer whilst listening to your leaders outlining the next day's walks.

On some evenings there may be some live music and or you may just like to relax in the hotel bar or on the terrace outside chatting with your fellow guests.

Your leaders will be checking for local events going on nearby

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Getting to Hotel Sonnhof - Stubai Alps

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Essential Information

Passport Requirements

You may need to renew your British passport if you’re travelling from 1 January 2021.

On the day you travel, you’ll need your passport to both:

  • have at least 6 months left
  • be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left)

Use the government website to see if your passport is valid for this holiday

EHIC cards

The UK government has officially launched the Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). UK residents can now apply for one of the GHIC cards, which will gradually replace the EHIC cards as they reach their expiry dates. Every family member travelling requires a GHIC. You can make an application for yourself and on behalf of your partner and any dependent children under the age of 16. Both cards will offer equivalent protection for emergency and medically necessary healthcare needs when in the EU on a temporary stay, which includes holiday, study and business travel. Necessary healthcare includes things like

• emergency treatment and visits to A&E
• treatment for long-term or pre-existing medical conditions
• routine medical care for pre-existing conditions that need monitoring
• oxygen and kidney dialysis

The public only need to apply for their free GHIC cards when their current EHIC expires. The process is likely to take two weeks. For more information visit

The GHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance. We advise all holidaymakers to also invest in travel insurance that covers healthcare, so they are covered for other issues that may arise, as well as cancellations and lost luggage.

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents.
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares).
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended.
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers.
  • Warm hat and gloves. 
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks.
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner.
  • Thermos flask for hot drink.
  • Water bottle (at least 2 litre).
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch.
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Sun cream.

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Camera.
  • Gaiters.

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7 nights
High Routes & Hutting
Walking Grade:

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