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  • thedutch
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    • 20.11.2018
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    [IT] Meraner Höhenweg mit Hund, Oktober 2019

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    Meraner Höhenweg with my dog Lupa, October 2019


    I had a few days of vacation left over for a trekking tour in the beginning of October. As the weather forecast for the central alps was far from good I decided to go for süd Tirol and do the Meraner Höhenweg.
    Normally I try to take my dog Lupa on all my tours as long as the weather premits it.


    Day.1-I parked my car at the cemetery close to the Texelbahn Talstation (Partschins). For free!!!!!!
    With a slight drizzle we walked up towards the Nasereit Hütte. As we got there the weather turned better and we walked to the Hochgang Haus.



    View between Nasereit Hütte and Hochgang Haus


    I had a nice glass of wine and thought of staying and having another one but I decided to carry on and my dog Lupa was happy.
    By the way I do most of the treks in the alps with my dog and she is never on the leash. Dogs are smart animals with a great instinct and don´t drop down mountains (at least my dog doesn´t).



    Thirsty dog


    By the end of the afternoon I started looking out for a place to pinch my tent but couldn´t really find a nice spot. When I reached the Oberhochmuthof I asked if it was possible to have a room and if the dog was welcome and the answer was yes. So the first night on the trail was a real bed!!!!



    Hochmut


    Day.2-The weather was great and after a nice süd Tirolian breakfast we walked off with the sun giving us a good time.
    We just walked on for the day had a rest when we felt like it and had a cool beer in one of the many pensions on the way. On this trek there are not to many places where you can just pinch your tent as the area is pretty cultivated so I decided it would be a better to ask a farmer I I could camp on his land.



    Old sawmill



    Beautiful süd Tirol


    By the end of the day we passed the Valtelehof so I decided to ask if I could do so. They felt sorry for us as it was getting close to freezing at night so they offered us to sleep in the barn. They do have a kind of dormitory but that was full and no dogs allowed. The last Is one of the main problems if you take your dog hiking. I have full understanding that may (Alpine club) mountain huts don´t admit dogs for sleeping. I wouldn´t want to sleep next to a smelly (and dirty)dog , especially one that is not mine. I know lots of people do things the hard way but I am kind spoilt so when there is a hut close by I prefer a mattress to a tent and a decent meal to my instant noodles.


    Day.3-The weather was great again and I was happy that I chose süd Tirol for the trail. We made our way to Ulfas , partly on trial and parts of it on roads. Not a lot of traffic but quit boring. The Passeier valley is very broad at this point so we had some great views. The last few kilomters before reaching Pfelders were road again and I kind of had it. I decided to leave the Meraner höhenweg and cross straight through the Texelgruppe (fed up with paved roads). Walked up Faltschnal valley and put up my tent close to Spronserjoch (2581m). Just as I finished “dinner” it started to snow very lightly so of we went to bed.




    Upper Faltschnal valley


    Day.4-Next morning was cold with a bit of snow but the weather looked good. Had my cup of coffee and muesli and of we went. We crossed the Spronserjoch and looked down at all the beautiful lakes, truly a fantastic place.



    Spronserjoch



    Me!


    Made our way up bivac Lammer were we had a break in the bivac and enjoyed the views . From there we crossed the boulder fields towards the Halsljoch. From the bivac and it looks pretty close but it took us quite some time to get there.



    Route on our way to the Lodner Hütte


    From the joch we walked down to the Lodner Hütte that was already closed. Not far down there is the Zielalm where I had a glass of wine and watched the farmer gathering his pigs to bring them down the valley the next day. What a live these pigs have roaming these mountains.
    We walked further down looking for a spot to camp. I found a spot but that was so close to the Nasereit Hütte that I decided to ask if they had a room for me and Lupa. The answer was yes and the “Wirt” even brought a special dog mattress to the room ( I didn´t hear Lupa that night).
    I had a great Dinner and went to bed with full tummy.



    Nasereit Hütte


    Day.5-Last day of the trail. The sun was there again and we just felt lucky. We walked down to the Giggelberg (Texel) Seilbahn and from there walked all the way down to Partschinns passing small farms.



    Nice view on our last day


    We arrived around noon, got in the car and drove back to Germany.
    All in all a great tour with great views and very lucky with the weather.


    Conclusion:
    As I walked the trail in October with the Stettiner Hütte already closed there were still quite a lot of people on the trail but not overrun.
    I can imagine that things get very crowded in summer and to find a place to sleep without reservation will be almost impossible.
    One of the things I did not like about the trail is that fact that a lot of normal roads open to traffic are involved. I knew this in advance but did not really realize this.
    Zuletzt geändert von MaxD; 28.02.2020, 18:00.

  • Flachlandtiroler
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    AW: Meraner Höhenweg mit Hund, Oktober 2019

    Zitat von thedutch Beitrag anzeigen
    Meraner Höhenweg
    [...]
    I decided to leave the Meraner höhenweg and cross straight through the Texelgruppe (fed up with paved roads). Walked up Faltschnal valley and put up my tent close to Spronserjoch (2581m).
    [...]
    As I walked the trail in October with the Stettiner Hütte already closed there were still quite a lot of people on the trail but not overrun.
    I already wondered for this strange route... at last I got it. The hut was closed so you took a dertour. How about overnights in Lazins and Eishof so skipping the hut? IMHO the Pfossental is one of the most beautiful ones in the region...

    Do you know if there ist built up already a new "Stettiner Hütte" and if there is a winter room?

    Zitat von thedutch Beitrag anzeigen
    We made our way to Ulfas , partly on trial and parts of it on roads. Not a lot of traffic but quit boring. The Passeier valley is very broad at this point so we had some great views. The last few kilomters before reaching Pfelders were road again and I kind of had it.
    AFAIR at least for the last let's say 4km on the way to Pfelders you can follow a very beautiful path on the northern side of the creek (the road is on the southern side), which is almost level.
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    • thedutch
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      #3
      AW: Meraner Höhenweg mit Hund, Oktober 2019

      Hi,

      am not sure if the Stettiner Hütte has a winter room.

      I was just a bit tired and bored walking on roads and jeep tracks.
      I like paths and trails better, as I had my tent with me I decided to to the D-tour.
      Normally I take my tent as lots of alpine huts and pensions don´t admit dogs so I have to be flexible.

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      • Flachlandtiroler
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        AW: Meraner Höhenweg mit Hund, Oktober 2019

        Tried to find out...
        Quoting outdooractive the hut has no winter room, although I wonder if not one of these additional huts would stay open.
        Btw., there it says "Haustiere erlaubt"!
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