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Ilmspitz via ferrata C

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  • / Ilmspitz-Klettersteig
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m 2800 2700 2600 2500 2400 2300 5 4 3 2 1 km Innsbrucker Hütte Innsbrucker Hütte
Fascinating ridge crossing, passing two towers like the Dolomite´s, from Elferkofel to Zwölfernieder
Distance 5.8 km
5:00 h
280 m
280 m
The via ferrata has been built in 1986 and belongs to the most beautiful and interesting via ferrata of Austria. Originally “Extra’s” change with exposed passages, cleverly getting over the steep “Dolomite-style” rock. The access is very long from both sides, so the Innsbruck Hut is an ideal base. Commendable is the 2-days excursion by passing the “Elferkofel via ferrata” the day before with overnight stay in the hut. The descent from the Ilmspitze leads unfortunately through very uncomfortable, brashly territory, in early summer there could be remaining snow. As well as the via ferrata, the descent demands absolute foot-sureness and experience. So not suitable for inexperienced hikers and children!


From Neustift (locality Neder) leads a signposted, long road towards south into the upper valley to mountain inn Pinnisalm (2 h walking time or drive-up by taxi;)

Upwards on signposted walking trail towards south and ascent to Pinnisjoch (2370m, just behind there is located the Innsbrucker Hut). Now towards north-east along the signposted, rocky ridge up- and downwards to the access just behind a little material cot.

Route course:

Behind the material cot starts a little gorge, which is built by an upstream pylon. In the gorge short way upwards to the steep entry wall.


The upper part of the via ferrata climbing down to the crossing of the signposted descent at the last big break. Brashly, exposed bends (partly secured, A) lead angular downwards to a detrital gorge. Over secured step (B) and uncomfortable steep area to the bottom of the wall. Back towards south on exposed path below the walls and short two-way ascent to the access, further on as accesses.

Author’s recommendation

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Update: November 14, 2018
C moderate
Highest point
Ilmspitz, 2,692 m
Lowest point
2,100 m
Best time of year
Cardinal direction

Safety information

Danger of falling rocks at descent; Attention in early summer because of remaining snow (please ask the hut host!)

Before starting the tour please take care of the weather conditions. Also get information about the tour conditions in the Stubai mountain guide offices. You receive the updated list of the hut openings in the offices of the Tourist Board Stubai Tirol.    

Tips and hints


Pinnisalm, 1560 m (Taxi-Bus) or Neustift (2,364 m)


Innsbrucker Hütte

Turn-by-turn directions


Difficult, many exposed passages C, then A to B; also descent partly secured, A to B

Best season:

July – October

Duration / Difference of Height:

Access: from Pinnistal 3 h / 850 Hm

Fixed rope route: 1,5 h / 280 Hm

Descent: 2,5-4 h


Via ferrata west to south-west, descent south-east


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

From the train station Innsbruck are regularly running busses to Neustift - Neder.

Getting there

From Innsbruck over Brenner motorway (toll fee) or on the federal road to exit Stubai valley and further on to Neustift.


Parking bus stop Neder (Gasthof Zegger)


Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


 Via ferrata set, mountain boots

Basic Equipment for Via Ferratas

  • 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
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Via Ferratas

  • Via ferrata set
  • Climbing harness
  • Climbing helmet
  • Via ferrata or hard-wearing safety gloves
  • Positioning lanyard / personal anchor system with screwgate carabiners for resting
  • Via ferrata belay kit if required (when accompanying beginners and / or children)
  • 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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Vesna Mazanek 
October 21, 2018 · Community
14.10.2018. Dieser Track stimmt, unser Meinung nach, nicht. Bitte um Prüfung! Wir haben am Vortag drei Jungs getroffen die den Einstieg laut Track gesucht und nicht gefunden haben. Haben uns dann bei den Einheimischen erkundigt - der einzige Weg ist von der Innsbrucker Hütte. Ausserdem passt die Beschreibung zum Track nicht. Wir haben von der Hütte zum Kreuz 2:45 gebraucht, sind dann auch über den Klettersteig abgestiegen da es extrem windig war und außer uns keine Leute da waren. Zustieg ist meistens nicht seilversichert, zum Teil sehr abschüssig, Klettersteig selbst fast durchgehend versichert, Seile nicht so fest gespannt, aber daran gewöhnt man sich bald. Nichtsdestotrotz hat der Steig dem Habicht vom Vortag fast die Show gestohlen. Sehr interessant angelegter Steig, beeindruckende Tour, geniale Panorama.
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Ilmspitze Klettersteig
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Ilmspitze Klettersteig
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Blick zur Innsbrucker Hütte
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Dirk Völkel
August 10, 2018 · Community
Eigentlich sehr schöner Steig mit tollen Blicken - in Erinnerung bleibt jedoch leider vor allem der ekelhafte und bröckelige Abstieg!! Zudem würde ich den Steigteil kurz unterhalb des Gipfels in dem sich auch der Klemmblock befindet persönlich äußerst ungern begehen wenn sich über mir weitere Kletterer im Steig befinden... Zeitansatz von/bis zur Innsbrucker Hütte: ~ 5 h
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When did you do this route? July 26, 2018
Daniel Büttner
October 04, 2016 · Community
Dienstag, 4. Oktober 2016 8:33:41 nachm.
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Ilmspitze Klettersteig
Ilmspitze Klettersteig
Blick zur Innsbrucker Hütte
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C moderate
5.8 km
5:00 h
280 m
280 m
Scenic Refreshment stops available Geological highlights


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