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Mühlwald, Vintl
Zillertaler Alpen / Tauferer Ahrntal/Pfunderer Tal

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A Tarred or paved road
B Dirt track
C Mule trail
D Mountain trail
E Equipped trail (cables, ladders)
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R34 Chemnitzer Hütte / Rifugio G. Porro » Dun (Pfunders / Fundres)
  |   4h05   |   14.5 km   |   106 m   |   780 m

From the Nevesjoch pass (2,405m), trail no. 1 takes a wide curve at an altitude of around 2,500m to the Edelraut Hut on the opposite side of the valley. The 8km long ""Neveser Höhenweg“ trail is secured in several places (stream crossings) or paved in stone. From the hut at the Eisbruggjoch pass, climb over 1,000m in altitude on the ""Pfunderer Höhenweg“ trail down into the valley to Dun (1,468m).

Easier alternative route (difficulty )

From the Nevesjoch pass along trail 24 on a descent of 550m in altitude to the Neves reservoir, then a climb of 700m in altitude to the Edelraut Hut on the opposite side of the valley (marked as no. 26).

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
Chemnitzer Hütte / Rifugio G. Porro
2419 m
| DE  8 km / 2h00
Edelrauthütte / Rifugio Ponte di Ghiaccio
2545 m
| ACDF  6.5 km / 2h05
Dun (Pfunders / Fundres)
1468 m
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Other long-distance trails and alternative routes
The 8km-long section of the trail between the Nevesjoch Hut and the Edelraut Hut is called the ""Neveser Höhenweg“. The ""Pfunderer Höhenweg“ trail (follows after the Edelraut Hut) is a high altitude trail through wonderful countryside, which stretches from Sterzing right through the southern foothills of the Zillertal Alps to Bruneck.
Useful topographic maps
  • Nr. 82 und Nr. 44 ~ Kompass (1:50.000)
  • Nr. 036 und Nr. 037 ~ Tabacco (1:25.000)
  • WKS 4 ~ Freytag & Berndt (1:50.000)
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
    Instead of descending to Dun and staying the night there, I stayed at the Walter-Brenninger-Biwak, which I enjoyed a lot! From the Edelrauthütte don’t descend to the lake but take the Pfrunderer Höhenweg towards the Gamsscharte. Path is poorly marked in many parts and leads above large boulders, which is not easy. The Gamsscharte has to be climbed with a cable and steps, which can be difficult with a heavy backpack. After the Gamsscharte you almost pass the Biwak, which is around 200m below the actual path. Check komoot or another app for the correct navigation. The Biwak provides a gas stove, kitchen equipment, mattresses, sheats and a water source nearby. Food is not provided! Staying there was a unique experience on my via Alpina tour
  • Carsten - 2022-01-10
    [2] Continuing from Edelraut hut (which looked very modern): At the end of the lake about 15min down from Edelraut hut towards Dun, a signpost states trail 18 to Dun; it leads over massive boulders and then across a low and flat ridge, before descending to an Alm and continuing from there on a macadam road the c.5km to Dun. Good trail, medium scenic. Guidebook, GPS, and ignore this trail and go for the guidebook's shorter way (and perhaps better-quality trail/road) to Dun.

    Possibly camping close to Dun on the approach to Dun, though probably only with difficulty.
    At the beginning of R35, where one leaves the main road to go straight up, are posted several hotel advertisements, including one that offers pickup if called.
  • Carsten - 2022-01-10
    [1] Two options from Chemnitzer hut to Edelraut Hut: (1) Descend to lake, then ascend to Edelraut Hut, 7km, 700m elevation gain, almost wheelchair accessible trail quality. (2) Neves highline trail (trail 1): 10-12km, 400-700m elevation gain, good, maintained trail over rough territory (rocks). One bridge over creek, one 5m long one-foot wide ledge with cable that in late afternoon resembles a waterfall (no problem, but one will get wet feet), signposted as 4 hours (which are much needed), very scenic. The guidebook in its elevation diagram shows option 1; the GPS coordinates are for option 1. The guidebook in its description covers option 2, giving 8km, 161m elevation gain for option 2 plus the remainder of R34, and states 2 hours.
  • Lolo - 2019-07-29
    Du refuge Ponte di Ghaccio, j'ai fait "l'alta via Pfundered" bien balisée et sportive. Marche sur gros rochers + une breche à passer de 20m de haut mais bien équipée câble + barreau). Transversale qui evite de descendre à Dun. J'ai rejoins la Via Alpina à l' altitude 2100m avant le lac Grindbergsee. Longue étape. Fin au refuge Passo Vizze. Beau refuge avec self service.
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    From the Ponte di Ghaccio hut, I made the "alta via Pfundered" well signposted and sporty. Walk on big rocks + a breach to pass 20m high but well equipped cable + bar). Transversal that avoids going down to Dun. I reached the Via Alpina at altitude 2100m before Lake Grindbergsee. Long stage. End at the Passo Vizze hut. Beautiful refuge with self service.
  • POPEYE GG - 2018-06-13
    9 juillet 2017
    Etape sans difficulté en prenant la variante
    Le site annonce un hébergement possible à la ferme Duner Heuschupfe, mais c'est plutôt une location de vacances. J'ai eu personnellement de la chance, c'était libre et les hôtes ont bien voulu me faire à manger pour le soir et le petit-déjeuner. Donc bien se renseigner ou descendre jusqu'à Pfunders, mais 4 à 5 km de route qu'il faudra remonter le lendemain.
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    July 9, 2017 Step without difficulty by taking the variant The site announces possible accommodation at the farm Duner Heuschupfe, but it is rather a vacation rental. I was personally lucky, it was free and the hosts kindly made me food for the evening and the breakfast. So inquire or get down to Pfunders, but 4 to 5 km of road that will have to go up the next day.
  • Eva - 2017-07-30
    The GPS track goes down to the big lake, it's not matching the text. In any case, the Neves Höheweg is gorgeous and easy hiking. From Edelrauthütte it is possible to follow the Pfunderer Höhenweg (also mentioned in the text, but the GPS track goes on the road to Dun). This Höhenweg is beautiful, but demanding, especially the climb to Gaisscharte is tricky with a heavy backpack. Nevertheless I surely recommend it, it's a "short cut" that avoids going down to Dun and it's super beautiful :-). This route brings you just above Engelberg Alm and from there you can continue to the Gliederscharte.
  • gianadda marie-jo - 2015-08-17
    Très beau parcours en balcon, au pied du glacier. Passage près d'un magnifique lac. Toujours ces temps bidons....très désagréable !!! Mieux vaut réserver la cab. Edelraut ( travaux pour cette année) Ne pas passer par Dun = pas de possibilités de logement. Descente sur Pfunders avec halte à un alpage pour un strudel. Il nous faudra presque 5 heures au lieu des 2.30 indiqué.....MEFIANCE.....Logement chez privé, Leitegger. (malheureusement plein ce jour là) Kienerfoff un peu plus bas dans la vallée.
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    Beautiful balcony path at the foot of the glacier. Passage near a beautiful lake. Always cans these days .... very rude !!! Best to book the cab. Edelraut (works for this year) Do not go through Dun = no housing options. Pfunders descent on a mountain pasture with a stop for a strudel. It will take almost five hours instead of 2.30 indicated ..... ..... distrust among private accomodation, Leitegger. (unfortunately full that day) Kienerfoff a little lower in the valley.
  • Tof - 2014-12-26
    Trieste-Monaco le 27/7/14

    Bon accueil au refuge G.Porro, très bonne cuisine. Légèrement au-dessus de 40 euros pour la 1/2 pension malgré le "tarif CAF".
    Utilisé la variante, plus courte.

    Fin du tracé "rouge" de cette partie. A Dun, bifurcation sur l'Alta Pusteria pour rejoindre le tracé "jaune" en 5 jours.
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    Trieste-Monaco on 27/7/14 Good reception at G.Porro refuge, great food. Slightly above 40 euros for half board despite the "CIF price". Used the alternative, shorter. Route of the end "red" of that party. A Dun fork in the Alta Pusteria to join the "yellow" drawn in 5 days.
  • Daniel - 2013-09-15
    There are no places in Dun that offer one-night stay. Either go down to Pfunders, or ask the warden of the Chemnitzer -Ronald- for advice. He will direct you to a mountain farm directly on the route. (They do not want to be mentioned on internet). They will only accomodate single hikers that come in late, and will provide food and blankets. Conditions are very primitive there. They put me in the haystack!
  • Alpinisten - 2012-09-24
    Über den Neveser Höhenweg muß man ab der Chemnitzer Hütte 4h rechnen (nicht 2h). Eine mögliche spannende Variante für erfahrenere Wanderer ist dann eine Gletscherquerung zur Hochfeilerhütte über die untere Weißzintscharte (schwarzer Weg). Damit umgeht man Dun/Pfunders. Vorher unbedingt bei den Hüttenwirten nach der Begehbarkeit (ohne Steigeisen) erkundigen!
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    One must expect from the Chemnitz hut 4h (not 2h) Neveser on the trail. A possible variant exciting for experienced hikers is then a glacier traverse on Hochfeiler hut on the lower Weißzintscharte (black path). This eliminates Dun / Fundres. Previously necessarily inquire at the lodge hosts to the accessibility (without crampons)
  • E4 Walker - 2012-09-20
    Not sure about the timings quoted, are these based on the high level route or the low level route. The Kompass Map only shows the high level route but the local information boards for the Via Alpina show the low level. I don't think its possible to walk from Dun to Chemnitzer Hutte in 5 hours.
  • robert - 2012-07-28
    Une variante aux étapes 34 et 35 permet d'éviter le problème d'hébergement à Dun . D'Edelrauthutte suivre le sentier 1 jusqu'au col Unterweisszinscharte (2920) .De là traverser le glacier (cairns) etb atteindre la Hochfeilerhutte (2710) . Le lendemain , le sentier 1 rejoint la Via Alpina en fond de vallon . Se renseigner à
    Automatic translation [Google]
    An alternative to steps 34 and 35 avoids the problem of accommodation in Dun. On Edelrauthutte follow the trail to the pass Unterweisszinscharte 1 (2920). From here cross the glacier (cairns) etb reach Hochfeilerhutte (2710). The next day, the trail joins the Via Alpina one at the bottom of the valley. Learn to Edelrauthutte
  • Jean-Louis GIRAUD - 2012-03-28
    Trés bel itinéraire a parcourir impérativement avec une carte car le balisage n'est absolument pas sélectif... des marquages multiples et dans tous les sens !
    Dans la descente, peu aprés l’alpage Eisbruggalm , le vallon se retrecit brusquement et le balisage oriente à gauche vers une crète...Ne pas prendre ce sentier !
    Il faut ètre attentif à rester sur la rive droite du torrent et descendre directement sur DUN. En 2011, un chemin forestier etait en cours d'aménagement dans cette haute vallée d’Eisbruggtal .
    Ce jour là, sous la pluie et le brouillard je me suis égaré sur les crètes avant de redescendre dans un vallon trés raide au dessus de PFUNDERS, village situé beaucoup plus bas dans la vallée !
    Il n'y avait plus d'hebergement disponible à DUN et j'ai finalement trouvé un B and B chez des particuliers à PFUNDERS :
    Leitner Bernhard
    00 39 (0) 472 549 103
    Il y a deux chambres avec douches et WC . Pas de repas mais un petit déjeuner généreux .Tarif 2011: 23 €uro
    Quelques balises et/ou traces de peinture supplémentaires et surtout au bon endroit ...pourraient rendre l'étape trés agréable car la haute vallée est magnifique !
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    Very nice travel itinerary with a map is essential because the markup is not absolutely selective ... multiple markings in every sense! In the descent, shortly after the pasture Eisbruggalm, the valley narrows abruptly and marking guides left to a ridge ... Do not take this path!  We must be careful to stay on the right bank of the river and down directly DUN. In 2011, a forest road was under construction in this high valley Eisbruggtal. That day in the rain and fog I got lost on the ridges before descending into a valley very steep above Pfunders village located much lower in the valley! There was more accommodation available DUN and I finally found a B and B in individuals Pfunders: HAUS LEITEGGER Bernhard Leitner 00 39 (0) 472 549 103 There are two rooms with showers and toilets. No meals, but a generous breakfast. Rates 2011: 23 € uro Some tags and / or additional traces of paint and especially the right place ... could make the step very pleasant because the upper valley is beautiful!
Last update : 2019-12-15