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Pforzheimer Hütte - Roßkarscharte - Winnebachseehütte: The High Alpine Passage

Alpine tour · Stubai Alps
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  • Pforzheimer Hütte
    / Pforzheimer Hütte
    Photo: Bruno Kohl, DAV Sektion Pforzheim
  • / Seen auf dem Weg
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  • / Die Roßkarscharte in der Mitte mit Firn bedeckt.
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  • / Blick zum Zischgeles, Schöntalspitze und Zichenscharte.
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    Photo: Blick ins obere Gleirschtal von der Haidenspitze 2975m. Die Hütte im Vordergrund., DAV Sektion Pforzheim
  • / Blockfelder zum Weg zum Rest von Gleirschgletscher
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  • / Enzian am Wegrand
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  • / Die Roßkarscharte fest im Blick.
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  • / Die letzten Meter bis zur Scharte.
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  • / Auf der Roßkarscharte
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  • / Die Steigspur hinunter auf den Firn vom Winnebacher Weißkogel.
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  • / Panoramablick von Winnebachjoch.
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  • / Am Winnebachjoch
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  • / Das Winnebachjoch
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  • / Wegweiser am Abzeig zur Schweinfurter Hütte
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  • / Winnebachseehütte in Blick.
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  • / Die Winnebachseehütte mit neuem Anbau.
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m 3400 3200 3000 2800 2600 2400 2200 8 6 4 2 km Winnebachjoch Der … Winnebachseehütte Roßkarscharte Winnebachseehütte
The direct route from the Pforzheimer Hütte to the Winnebachsee hut. A unique experience for experienced alpinists.
First easy and lovely to the lakes. Then over blockfields and pathless terrain.
Distance 9.4 km
5:00 h
766 m
714 m
3,043 m
2,309 m
The Arial in the rear Gleirschtal is characterized by the extensive vegetation with old side moraine of the retired Gleirsch glacier. The farther you enter the valley are the block fields. Up to the lakes we follow the marked "circular route". The, usually snow-capped, horse-cart road is clearly visible from here. It is the lowest point of the prolonged degree of the mighty pit wall. The trail from the lakes is now marked with stone men. Over the block fields it goes to the edge of the ice layers covered by debris. In early summer the area is usually provided with a good old snow cover, which facilitates the advance. About the remaining fields to the foot of the ridge with some bends we get up well on the horse cart road. In the late summer crampons are necessary.
After the broad ridge, a wire rope at the southern edge shows the route. Depending on the snow situation, it is necessary to secure a rope length even further until the firn is reached by Winnebacher Weißkogel.
The Winnebachjoch in view goes down to the Winnebachtal and the Winnebachsee hut.
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Bruno Kohl 
Update: November 15, 2016
II+, 35° difficult
Risk potential
Highest point
3,043 m
Lowest point
2,309 m
Best time of year
Cardinal direction

Rest Stop

Pforzheim hut

Safety information

Übliche hochalpine Ausrüstung.

Steigeisen und Seil sind hilfreich. Bei Blankeis auch eine Eisschraube.


Pforzheimer hut (2,309 m)


Winnebachsee hut

Turn-by-turn directions

Zunächst der Wegmarkierung "Rundweg Seen" bis zu den Seen folgen. Ab den Seen weiter ins Tal über die mit Steinmänner kennzeichnete Wegspur. Über die Firnfelder im freien Gelände und mit Kehren zur Roßkarscharte hinauf. Nach der Scharte in einer Felswand steil hinunter und weiter bis zum Winnebachjoch. Die breite gut gekennzeichnet Wegspur führt in östliche Richtung direkt hinunter zur Winnebachseehütte.


all notes on protected areas


Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


Basic Equipment for Alpine Routes

  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • 35-45 liter rucksack  (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Water- and windproof mountaineering jacket and trousers with ankle adjustment or separate gaiters
  • Water- and windproof gloves plus thin fleece inner gloves
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Hiking poles
  • Sunglasses
  • 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

Technical Equipment for Alpine Routes

  • B2 or B3 mountaineering boots
  • Climbing harness
  • Climbing helmet
  • Ice axes (basic or technical with hammer and adze as required)
  • C2-C3 crampons with anti-balling plates (as required by route and to match boots)  
  • Single rope
  • Half ropes
  • Twin ropes
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  • Set of nuts
  • Double set of nuts
  • Small nuts
  • Medium nuts
  • Large nuts
  • Nut tool
  • Tricam(s)
  • Ball nut(s)
  • (Active) Camming device(s) for wider cracks such as the Gipsy
  • Hexentric(s)
  • Progress capture pulley(s) such as the Petzl Traxion
  • Micro ascender(s) such as the Petzl TiBloc
  • Pitons and hammer
  • Set of ice screws
  • Short ice screws
  • Medium ice screws
  • Long ice screws
  • V-Thread tool
  • 2x Harness tool holder such as the Ice Clipper or Caritool
  • Quickdraws
  • Locking device

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
  • 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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II+, 35° difficult
9.4 km
5:00 h
766 m
714 m
Highest point
3,043 m
Lowest point
2,309 m
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