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Sand in Taufers
Rieserfernergruppe/Dirreckgruppe / Tauferer Ahrntal
Naturpark Rieserferner-Ahrn
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A Tarred or paved road
B Dirt track
C Mule trail
D Mountain trail
E Equipped trail (cables, ladders)
F No trail

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R32 Rieserfernerhütte / Rifugio Vedrette di Ries » Ahornach / Acereto
  |   4h35   |   18 km   |   151 m   |   1267 m

This stage leads from the Rieserferner Hut (2,791m) into the Tauferer Boden area. The "Erlanger Weg“ trail no. 3 accompanies it through the entire Gelltal valley until reaching the level valley floor. In the Reintal valley, follow the road for 3km to Rein at around 1,600m. The end destination, however, is Ahornach, which can be reached by taking a dirt road marked with the number 10.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
Rieserfernerhütte / Rifugio Vedrette di Ries
2791 m
| ACD  9 km / 2h30
Rein / Riva di Tures
1598 m
| ABCD  9 km / 2h05
Ahornach / Acereto
1334 m
Detailed route description
Natural and cultural heritage
Other long-distance trails and alternative routes
Erlangerweg trail through the Gelltal valley.
Useful topographic maps
  • Nr. 82 Taufers - Ahrntal ~ Kompass (1:50.000)
  • Nr. 032 und Nr. 036 ~ Tabacco (1:25.000)
Useful guidebooks
  • Lexikon 82 Taufers - Ahrntal ~ Kompass (ISBN 3-85491-091-6)
  • Wanderführer Tauferer Tal ~ Rother (ISBN 3-7633-4186-2)

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  • Raphael - 2023-09-26
    I couldn’t find a place to stay for the night in Ahornach, therefore I continued to Sand in Taufers. This makes this leg very long with a total descend of 2300m. I stayed in the Burg Café in Sand, which is a simple and friendly family-run Bed&Breakfast with a restaurant and a large and nice Breakfast (40€ for 1 person). For me it was the only option for less than 80€ per night. I recommend staying there. Otherwise go to the tourist info in the city to ask for free beds, this actually saved me from staying in an expensive hotel.
  • Carsten - 2022-01-10
    (2) Trail from Reins to Ahornach first ascends close to 400m (elevation gain summary in guidebook misses out on this elevation gain) before descending to Ahornach. Macadam road, with half a dozen vehicles passing me and leaving me in a dust cloud.

    To get from Ahornach to the Talstation, follow the main road down out of town. At its first switchback (quite some ways), at a house with the name "Talblick" on its side, continue in the original direction (on a now different road). Signposts for trail 6 appear, while the app suggests a route with likely less road walking.

    The app shows the possibility of a 11km purely downhill walk from where one hits the road to Reins, before Reins (turn the other direction, downhill), mostly off road, and going through a larger village, Sand in Taufers (google map shows good-sized Despar and more), to the Talstation. This compares to the "official" "trail" of perhaps 16km and 600m elevation gain.
  • Carsten - 2022-01-10
    (1) No good water source all the way to Rein, water fountain in Rein not in use, a couple of meadow springs after Rein (perhaps fed by recent rains), otherwise no good water till the churchyard in Ahornach where the outlet carries a sign that the water is potable.

    Rein: Gol Supermarket similar to the one in Antholz-Mittert. Gol supermarket in Ahornach seems extremely small and was shuttered when I walked by at 15:24 on a weekday (may be out of operation, or opens only at 15:30, with the typical 12:30-15:30 siesta in this region).

    Roadwalk into Reins, 3km: Now replaced by dirt road parallel to road.
  • Teledahner - 2020-07-31
    A rather long hike, difficult to make this within 4:35 hours.

    Unlike written in the description, after getting down it is not necessary to walk along the road till Rein in Taufers. Instead, after about 200 metres or so, turn right and follow the footpath along the other side of the river (there's a sign). It is much nicer and also leads to to Rein.
  • Lolo - 2019-07-25
    Attention en prenant à gauche au bas de la descente pour aller directement à Sand in Taufers, pas de trottoir, on marche sur la route et il y a plusieurs paravalanches (tunnel) à passer sans trottoir non plus : vraiment trop dangereux ! ...vaut mieux prendre le bus à 50 m lorsque l'on rejoint la route pour faire les 5 premiers km en sécurité.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Be careful taking a left at the bottom of the descent to go directly to Sand in Taufers, no sidewalk, we walk on the road and there are several paravalanches (tunnel) to pass without sidewalk either: really too dangerous! ... it is better to take the bus at 50 m when you reach the road to make the first 5 km safely.
  • POPEYE GG - 2018-06-13
    7 juillet 2017
    Après être descendu jusqu'à la route, je recommanderais, plutôt que de prendre à droite en direction de Rein, puis de remonter à Acereto (c'est vraiment long, surtout s'il fait chaud comme aujourd'hui, et je trouve pas très intéressant!), puis redescendre, la variante suivante: prendre à gauche directement en direction de Sand in Taufers (4 à 5km), où l'on passe à proximité de cascades Cascate di Riva). hébergement pas possible à Acereto, j'ai justement trouvé à l'hôtel Bad Winkel, à l'entrée du village en venant directement.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    July 7, 2017 After going down to the road, I would recommend, rather than take a right towards Rein, then go back to Acereto (it's really long, especially if it's hot like today, and I find not very interesting!), then go down again, the following variant: take a left directly towards Sand in Taufers (4 to 5km), where we pass near cascades Cascate di Riva). accommodation not possible in Acereto, I just found at the hotel Bad Winkel, at the entrance of the village coming directly.
  • Eva - 2017-09-15
    Supurb hiking path and magnificent scenery. Sad to see the glaciers disappearing though.
  • gianadda marie-jo - 2015-08-17
    très jolie montée à la cab. Riesenferner, mais bien raide....juste échappé à l'orage. Rein fait faire un détour...Avons pris le bus jusqu'à Ahornach. Pension chez Alfred Niederkoffler. Très bien.Dimanche peu de liaison de bus. C'est Alfred qui nous conduit au départ du télé pour le lendemain.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    beautiful climb to the cab. Riesenferner but stiff .... just escaped the storm. Rein made a detour ... Took the bus to Ahornach. Pension Alfred Niederkoffler home. Very bien.Dimanche bit bus connection. This is Alfred leading us from the TV to the next day.
  • tof - 2014-12-25
    Trieste-Monaco le 25/7/14
    Nuit dans le bivouac sous le refuge Vedrette di ries. (1h de montée).
    Paysage glaciaire, haute montagne au refuge. Neige au début de la longue descente qui amène à la vallée du Reintal.
    Hors sentier puis le sentier n°10 qui mène à Ahornach.

    Nuitée en 1/2 pension à Pension Lärchenheim: 40 euros pour une chambre individuelle avec douche, un repas réalisé par par Alfred, cuisinier professionnel. Très bon accueil de la famille.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Trieste-Monaco on 25/7/14 Night in bivouac under Vedrette di ries refuge. (1 hour climb). Glacial landscape, high mountain refuge. Snow beginning of the long descent that leads to the Reintal Valley. Off-trail and the trail No. 10 that leads to Ahornach. Night in half pension Pension Lärchenheim: 40 euros for a single room with shower, a meal made by Alfred, professional cook. Very welcoming family.
  • Daniel - 2013-09-15
    Pension Lärchenheim is primarily for long staying guests but Alfred will be happy to offer a room for one night. If the place is full, he will do his best for you finding an alternative.
  • Alpinisten - 2012-09-24
    Eine sehr gute und sympathische Unterkunft in Ahornach bietet die Pension Lärchenheim (Familie Niederkofler, +30.0474.690003).
    Automatic translation [Google]
    A very good and friendly accommodation in Ahornach, Pension Lärchenheim (family Niederkofler 30.0474.690003).
  • Alpinisten - 2012-09-24
    Von der Rieserfernerhütte aus bis Ahornach benötigten wir 6,5 Stunden, die gehzeit ist definitiv zu kurz angegeben.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Of the Rieserfernerhütte from up Ahornach we needed 6.5 hours, the walking time is indicated definitely too short.
  • robert - 2012-07-28
    La durée de l'étape est sous-estimée .A Rein , monter vers l'église, passer le Reinerhof Hotel , le sentier 10 débute immédiatement à gauche
    Automatic translation [Google]
    The duration of the step is underestimated. Rein A, up to the church, pass the Reinerhof Hotel, the trail begins immediately left 10
Last update : 2019-12-15