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Pustertal, Wipptal
Vintl, Pfitsch
Zillertaler Alpen / Pfunderer Tal/Pfitscher 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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R35 Dun (Pfunders / Fundres) » Pfitscherjoch / Passo Vizze
  |   6h55   |   13 km   |   1044 m   |   470 m

From Dun (approx. 1,500m), follow the Weitenbergbach stream to the north west. After crossing it, a gravel road leads up to the Engbergalm meadow. Continue across meadows and mountain slopes to the Grindler See lake, and then to the nearby Gliederscharte ridge. Descend 900m in altitude using a makeshift trail into the Unterbergertal valley, to climb up again to the Pfitscher-Joch-Haus (2,275m).

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
Dun (Pfunders / Fundres)
1468 m
| ACDF  7 km / 3h30
2644 m
| D  4 km / 1h40
1718 m
| BD  2 km / 1h45
Pfitscherjoch / Passo Vizze
2261 m
Detailed route description
Natural and cultural heritage
Other long-distance trails and alternative routes
Pfunderer Höhenweg, Landshuter Höhenweg trails.
Useful topographic maps
  • Nr. 44 Sterzing/Vipiteno ~ Kompass (1:50.000)
  • Nr. 037 Pfunderer Berge ~ Tabacco (1:25.000)
  • WKS 4, Sterzing, Jaufenpass, Brixen ~ Freytag&Berndt (1:50.000)
Useful guidebooks
  • Lexikon 44 Sterzing ~ Kompass (ISBN 3-85491-050-9)
  • Wanderführer Tauferer Tal ~ Rother (ISBN 3-7633-4186-2)
  • Wanderführer Rund um Sterzing ~ Rother (ISBN 3-7633-4167-6)

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  • Carsten - 2022-01-10
    (2) Water: At Obere Engbergtalalm on ascent, and on descent close to valley floor in form of a spring in a switchback. Plenty of water otherwise, but of questionable quality.

    Lowest point in this section (before ascent to Pfitscherjoch hut) on macadam road to Pfitscherjoch hut has 3 buses a day passing on way to the Pfitscherjoch hut; they run from Stein (a bit further down and from the “last bus stop,” yet a bit further down, to the Pfitscherjoch hut; departure times from Stein are 7:35, 8:59, 15:35.

    Pfitscherjoch hut is a nice hotel.
  • Carsten - 2022-01-10
    (1) No camping after Dun (too steep and a few remote possibilities filled with fresh cow dung), none at the Grindlbergsee (lake) (rocky) just before the Gliederscharte (pass); possibly poor campsite 10min after the lake and before the final ascent to the Gliederscharte if not snow-covered. Remote camping possibility on descent as one approaches the valley floor; none after to the end of this stage.

    Guidebook: "Gliederscharte should, however, only be tackled in good weather and on safe ground (i.e. no snow fields!)." – Ascent was unproblematic; the incline is such that one should be able to cross snowfields without problems. The descent also posed no difficulty but is steeper than the ascent (had only 1% snow coverage compared to the ascent from the Grindlbergsee with maybe 5% snow coverage). The descent to the valley floor is interrupted half-way down by a 500m long steep slope crossing in a grassy hillside that posed no difficulty (Used hands twice, no hiking poles).
  • Mackedr - 2018-07-05
    Comment about Pfiterjoch is out of date. Food good price, staff very helpful. Heading S the Gleidercharte is not technically difficult, just LONG. When you think you are there, and see a signpost, it is still 1
    hour. Be strong.
  • POPEYE GG - 2018-06-13
    10 juillet 2017
    Encore une belle étape, malheureusement avec un temps mitigé.
    Tout de même 1700m de montée et 900m de descente, cette descente est assez pénible car elle se fait dans des pierriers, puis un chemin étroit au bord du vide: il faut faire attention où on met les pieds!
    Refuge moderne avec salle panoramique, douche à volonté!
    Automatic translation [Google]
    July 10, 2017 Another great step, unfortunately with a mixed time. All the same 1700m of rise and 900m of descent, this descent is rather painful because it is done in scree, then a narrow way at the edge of the void: it is necessary to be careful where one puts feet! Modern refuge with panoramic room, shower at will!
  • Eva - 2017-07-30
    (Coming from Pfitscherjoch) Instead of going down to Dun, you can hike the Alte Via di Fundres. It's absolutely beautiful, maybe not shorter in time (it took me 4-5 hours to hike 10K), but I surely recommend it. Before you reach Engelberg Alm, there is a path to the left. It's very well marked, but has an interesting part, the descend from the Gaisscharte is kind of demanding, it's climbing rather than hiking and you certainly should not be afraid of heights. The route takes you to Edelrauthütte. I believe that this route is signposted as Pfunderer Höhenweg. So, if hiking coming from the Edelrauthütte you head towards the right instead of following the road down to Dun.
  • gianadda marie-jo - 2015-08-17
    l'étape étant beaucoup trop longue, sans possibilités de logement où ravitaillement intermédiaire...nous décidons de faire le tour en bus par la vallée. Possibilité de monter jusqu'au Passo di Vizze en bus privé pour 5€....Au diable le purisme.....Arrivée à la cab. en fin d'après-midi. Profitons du coucher de soleil et de l'apéro sur la terrasse....c'est aussi ça la montagne.
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    step being too long without housing options through which supplies ... we decide to do the bus tour through the valley. Possibility to climb to Passo di Vizze private bus for € 5 .... Damn purism ..... Arrive at the cab. at the end of the afternoon. Enjoy the sunset and a drink on the terrace .... it is also the mountain.
  • Elisabeth - 2012-12-10
    Des erreurs : contrairement à ce qui est dit dans le topo, après Engbergalm, le sentier est toujours balisé et ce jusqu'au lac. Quel lac ? Il manque manifestement un paragraphe important dans la description de l'étape R35 : le lac Grindler a été oublié et c'est en y arrivant qu'il faut prendre sur la droite un sentier balisé avec des cairns mais sans aucune indication de destination ! Surtout ne pas suivre sur la gauche du lac le sentier n° 20 au balisage tout neuf... La descente du col Gliederscharte ne pose pas de problème. C'est après que cela se corse : les intempéries de début août ont gonflé tous les torrents afférents et le sentier est coupé en plusieurs endroits. Enfin, le pont sur la rivière a été emporté : éviter de la traverser l'après-midi.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Errors: contrary to what is said in the topo after Engbergalm, the trail is still marked and the lake. What lake? It lacks clearly an important paragraph in the description of step R35: Grindler the lake was forgotten and it's arriving there that must be on the right a path marked with cairns but without any indication of destination! Especially not to follow the lake on the left the trail No. 20 to markup brand new ... The descent of the col Gliederscharte poses no problem. It was after this Corsican: early August weather swelled all related torrents and the trail is cut in several places. Finally, the bridge over the river was washed away: do not cross the afternoon.
  • roberrt - 2012-07-28
    L'étape peut etre prolongée jusqu'à la Dominikushutte : excellent accueil , petits prix et on vous lave meme le linge
    Automatic translation [Google]
    The stage can be extended to the Dominikushutte: excellent reception, low prices and even you wash clothes
Last update : 2019-12-15