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Stubai mountain lakes: Turmferner See (2.890 m)

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Just a few decades in age, this glacial scour lake stands at 2,890 m above sea level.
difficult
Distance 17.9 km
7:30 h
1,160 m
1,160 m
2,905 m
1,745 m
Lake Turmferner was formed by the most recent retreat of the glacier known as “Turmferner”. This glacier forged its basin and filled it with its own melted snow and ice. Even after the most recent ice age, lakes of this type have continued to spring up in many different places. One prominent example is Lake Constance. The water found in Lake Turmferner is clouded by what is known as “glacial milk” – water that contains very fine stone deposits that have been ground by the ice. Its surface area spans approximately 14,500 m² and is situated in the barren high-mountain landscape beneath the “Apere Turm”. Despite its location at nearly 3,000 metres above sea level, its summit can be reached without having to traverse a glacier. That is why its name includes the term “aper”, meaning snow-free. The lake’s surrounding landscape is dominated by glacial deposits and moraines, the scars left behind by once-mighty glaciers. Lake Turmferner is roughly 175 metres long and 100 metres wide.
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Update: March 09, 2021
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Highest point
2,905 m
Lowest point
1,745 m
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Rest Stop

Franz-Senn-Hütte
Alpeiner Alm
Oberissalm

Start

Oberissalm / Oberbergtal (1,745 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.094758, 11.193544
DMS
47°05'41.1"N 11°11'36.8"E
UTM
32T 666467 5218029
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Destination

Parkplatz Oberiss Alm

Turn-by-turn directions

The tour starts at the Oberissalm in the Oberbergtal, which can be reached from Neustift (Milders). There are paid-for parking spaces at the Oberissalm. Alternatively, you can take the bus to the ‘Neustift Milders Ort’ bus stop and from there use the shuttle service for a fee (tel.: +43 (0)5226 3500).

Follow the summer path on many winding paths, initially briefly through trees, until you reach the Alpeiner Alm, from where the Franz-Senn Hut is already visible. The hut can be reached in about 1.5 hours. From the Franz-Senn Hut, continue along the stream in the direction of Alpeiner Ferner. On the Alpeiner Ferner plateau, at approximately 2,500 metres, the trail leads to the lateral moraine, in the direction of the Verborgener Berg Ferner. Continue along the path in the direction of the Aperer Turm. Shortly below the summit, you reach Turmferner See lake. The walking time from the Franz-Senn Hut is about 3 hours. The same route leads back to the starting point.

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Public transport

Mit dem Bus geht es bis zur Haltestelle „Neustift Milders Ort“ und von dort mit dem kostenpflichtigen Shuttleservice (Tel.: +43 (0)5226 3500) bis zur Oberissalm.

Getting there

Die Tour startet bei der Oberissalm im Oberbergtal, das von Neustift (Milders) erreicht wird.

Parking

Kostenpflichtige Parkplätze bei der Oberiss Alm.

Coordinates

DD
47.094758, 11.193544
DMS
47°05'41.1"N 11°11'36.8"E
UTM
32T 666467 5218029
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
17.9 km
Duration
7:30 h
Ascent
1,160 m
Descent
1,160 m
Highest point
2,905 m
Lowest point
1,745 m

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