The ultimate Montafoner family tour

The ultimate Montafoner family tour – 9 days

Level: T2, with some parts T3
Period: End June – mid September

In this epic eight to nine day hut hike is located in the Rätikon range of the Alps, on the border between Austria and Switzerland. You will hike to the Lünersee, the Schesaplana and around the Sulzfluh. You will cross the border into Switzerland and hike back into Austria via the Drusentor. And it’s all family-friendly! This is the ultimate trip voor hut hiking families. Many of these huts can be booked by using alpsonline.org, so it’s quite easy to organize.

Hiking times mentioned below are adjusted to hiking with kids.

Day 1: Take the gondola from Latschau – Talstation Golmerbahn to Golmerbahn Bergstation (1900 m) – Heinrich Hueter-Hütte (1766 m) (alpsonline) – 7,8 km, 3;15, 400 m, 540 m,

Day 2: Heinrich Hueter-Hütte (1766 m) – Douglass-Hütte (1979 m) – 4,7 km, 2:00, ↑ 400 m, 180 m. With extra hiking options at the Douglas Hütte: around the Lünersee – 7 km, 3:00, 200 m, 200 m

Day 3: Douglass-Hütte (1979 m) – Mannheimer hütte (2679 m) – 8 km, 4:30, 950 m, 250 m

Day 4: Mannheimer hütte (2679 m) – Totalphütte (2385 m) – 5 km, 3:00, 570 m, 270 m

Day 5: Totalp hütte (2385 m) – Lindauerhütte (1744 m) – 10,4 km, 4:30, 500 m, 1150 m

Day 6: Lindauer Hütte – Tilisunahütte (2211 m) – 5 km, 4:00, ↑ 810 m, ↓ 330 m, level: T2/3. A challenging hike that starts with a descent followed by a steep ascent of 800 meters. The last part of the ascent – the Birkengrat – is a bit difficult for people with vertigo. The first 50 meters have cables, but after that there is a steep part of about 100 meters without cables. Stijn was having a hard time here. The children and I found it quite manageable.

Day 7: Extra night in the Tilisunahütte. Hike to the top of the Sulzfluh (2.818 m) – 4:00 – 650 m ↓ en ↑ T2/3. This is a beautiful hike on high altitude terrain, on a lunar landscape.

Day 8: From the Tilisunahütte across the Swiss border to the Carschinahütte (2236 m) – 6,4 km, 4:00, 400 m ↓ en ↑, level: T2/3.

Day 9: From the Carschinahütte (Switzerland) to the Lindauerhütte (Austria) and on to middle station Golmerbahn – 12 km, 5:30, ↑ 500 m, ↓ 1200 m, level: T2/3. It’s a small climb from the Carschinahütte to the Drusentor where you cross the border back into Austria. At this point you will have a magnificent view. From here it’s steep downhill to the Lindauerhütte.
From the Lindauer Hütte you will have several options. You can hike to the top station, middle station and ground level station of the Golmerbahn.

Good to know:
– Lunch packets can be pre-ordered (the night before) in most huts (around €7 pp).
– In most huts it is cash only.
– Swimming is possible at the Tilisunasee and Partnunsee (nice and cold!)
– In Latschau there is ample parking space ate the gondola (Golmerbahn) – free of charge.