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From Oberstdorf to Riva on the classic Heckmair route

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  • View in Rappenseetal
    / View in Rappenseetal
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  • / View from Ponalestraße to Riva
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  • / Refuge somewhat below the Schlappiner Joch.
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  • / View in Stillachtal
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  • / Port of Riva del Garda
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  • / Rifugio Garda
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  • / Ponalestraße
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A technically demanding long distance mountain tour on the classic Heckmair route from Oberstdorf to Riva del Garda over the Scalettapass, the Pass Chaschauna and along the Ortler massif.  

This route is located passes through an area where there is road closure and is therefore also closed. Current information

388.8 km
53:20 h
15,865 m
16,600 m
This long distance mountain bike route leads us on the tracks of the Oberstdorf mountain guide Andy Heckmair. He already explored this route in 1990 and has been considered a pioneer in mountain bike alpine crossing ever since. His route takes us over the Allgäuer Alps, the Lechquellengebirge, the Rhaetian and Engadine Alps and over the Adamello Mountains to Riva on Lake Garda. If you are not afraid of some carrying and pushing passages, if you know how to move in high alpine terrain and if you have your bike under control on technical trails, this legendary tour is suitable for you and you will be able to fully enjoy the highlights of the tour (trail from the Scalettapass, alpine panorama at the Pass Chauschauna).
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Hartmut Wimmer 
Updated: November 17, 2020
Highest point
Pass Chaschauna, 2,689 m
Lowest point
67 m
Best time of year

Safety information

Sure-footedness in carrying and pushing passages, especially on the Schrofenpass.


Oberstdorf (807 m)
47.410420, 10.277460
47°24'37.5"N 10°16'38.9"E
32T 596372 5251565

Turn-by-turn directions

Stage 1: From Oberstdorf over the Schrofenpass to the Freiburger HütteWe start our first stage at the train station in Oberstdorf and first follow the pedestrian zone towards the market place. At the market place we turn into Prinzenstraße and follow it until it flows into Lorettostraße. We now orientate ourselves towards the Fellhornbahn and cycle along the Stillach on gravel until we reach the turnoff to the parking lot of the Fellhornbahn. We continue along a cycle path, passing two branches, until we reach a fork in the road where we turn right towards "Schroffenpass". Now we follow the asphalt road for about 9 km through the Stillachtal valley. During this we pass the black hut and the lower Biber Alm. The asphalt ends at a forest and meadow path, which changes into a path after a few hundred meters. It is not possible to ride the trail for a long time. The path up to the Schroffenpass was blown up by the Germans in the Second World War to stop the approaching Allies. Today the path is so narrow that it is safest to put your bike on your shoulder and cross the pass on sure-footed feet. The descent is then partly rideable and leads us towards Lechleiten. From here we cycle to Warth and further steadily on asphalt to Lech. In the village we turn right at the Gasthof Post in the direction of Zug and turn left immediately after the bridge. Soon we pass the village of Zug and stay on the road for another 5 km. We reach a fork, keep right in the direction of "Formarinsee, Freiburger Hütte" and soon reach the Formarinsee. From here we continue on a gravel road to our stage destination, the Freiburger Hütte.

Stage 2: From the Freiburger Hütte over the Kristbergsattel and the Schlappinerjoch to Klosters

We return from the Freiburger Hütte to the gravel road we know and cycle on towards Dalaas. Soon the gravel road ends and a technically difficult trail begins. It is recommended to push here. At the following fork we turn left and continue towards Dalaas on a partly drivable trail, which leads into a gravel path. Here we turn right and follow the trail through a serpentine uphill. At the beginning of the settlement we continue on asphalt and at the next mouth we keep left towards "Dalaas Bahnhof". On asphalt roads we roll downhill to Dalaas. At the main road we turn left into the village, turn towards Kristberg and turn right, first on an asphalt road, then uphill through serpentines. Soon we get gravel under the wheels and after several hundred meters of altitude we finally reach the Kristberg saddle. We now arrive at the Kristberg Inn, have a snack here and continue cycling on asphalt towards "Schruns Silbertal". Soon we pass through a left-hand serpentine and turn sharp right behind it onto a gravel path. Now we are heading towards Innerberg and later towards Schruns. At the church we take an asphalt path, which we leave after the bridge and roll downhill first on gravel, then on asphalt. After about 900 m we turn left onto a trail in the direction of Schruns. At the house we first turn left and then right at the next T-junction. The trail leads into another asphalt path, we turn left and at the next junction we turn sharp right onto a forest and meadow path. At the next crossroads we go straight on, go through two hairpin bends and finally reach the village of Schruns. Here we turn towards the center of the village, pass the train station and head towards the church. At the church we enter the main street and leave the center of the village. After about 1.5 km we turn left onto the Bargunsweg. On cycle paths, we now head towards Sankt Gallenkirch until we reach the village of Galgenul and turn right here towards Gargellen. From Gargellen we now follow the signs to Schlappinerjoch. An alternation of asphalt and gravel road takes us up to 1800 m. Then we leave the gravel road, turn right over a bridge and get onto a hiking trail which leads us to the yoke. Here we have to get off our vehicle and push it up for about an hour. At the Schlappinerjoch, the magnificent view of the Swiss Alps compensates us for the long walk. A crisp trail down to Schlappin is now waiting to be taken under our studded tires. Shortly before the village the trail merges into a gravel path that leads us through Schlappin. After about 2 km we reach an asphalt road, on which we cycle to Klosters Dorf. In the village we orientate towards the train station, cross the railroad tracks, turn left after 100 m and then right along the forest and meadow path to Klosters, our stage goal.

Stage 3: From Klosters over the Scalettapass to S-Chanf

From the train station in Klosters we orientate to the south, drive on the Gotschnastraße until we turn right on the Davoserstraße. In the first left-hand bend we leave this road on a gravel road in the direction of Davos. At the following fork, we decide to take the right-hand path, which leads steeply uphill. We soon cross the railroad line and at the next left-hand bend we take a path parallel to the railroad line. We pass the train station Laret and orientate towards "Wolfgang Davos". Soon we cycle along the right bank of the Davos Lake. From Davos we reach the Dismatal and keep in the direction of Teufi. Then we orientate towards Dürrboden and cycle on asphalt to the Dürrboden parking lot. Now a path begins up to the Scalettapass, which we have to cover on foot. From the top of the pass, a technically demanding trail leads us down to the alpine pasture Funtauna. From the alpine pasture we follow gravel tracks to Susauna. At the next fork we keep right and take the asphalt road to S-Chanf, our stage destination.

Stage 4: From S-Chanf over the pass Chaschauna to Bormio

From S-Chanf we cycle back on the main road, turn right behind the "Arsenal Federal" and cross the Inn. We reach an asphalt road, turn right and at the coming junction turn sharp left onto a road towards Pass Chaschauna. Now we constantly follow the signs to the pass and cycle on gravel roads to the alp of the same name. Here we strengthen ourselves for the coming pushing passage. But first we take a drivable trail past the alp on the right until we come to a fork in the road, where we keep left and now push up to the pass. From the top of the pass we can get back on our bikes and ride downhill on a trail to the Refugio Chaschauna. Now we ride on a gravel road through the Valle di Federia to Livigno. We ride to Lago di Livigno, cycle along the southern shore and then follow the signs "28". Soon we turn right towards Passo di Valle Alpisella. The gravel road tapers later to a trail that leads us up to the pass. At the top of the pass, you get gravel under the tires for about 2 km, then descend on asphalt to Lago di San Giacomo di Fraele and cycle along its southern shore to Lago di Cancano. Continue in the direction of Torri di Fraele, then go down the asphalt road to Pradelle and reach the main road. Here we turn left to Turri Piano, where we take Via Costabella, pass through Molina and finally reach Bormio, our destination. 

Stage 5: From Bormio over the Gavia Pass to Edolo

In the center of Bormio we meet the main street behind Piazza Cavour and cycle towards Passo Gavia. We follow the road until we reach the pass after a long, hard climb. After a rest, we cycle downhill on the pass road, with the Lago Nero in sight and our fingers firmly on the brake lever. We drive around the road tunnel on the old pass road made of coarse gravel. Soon we reach the road again, which now leads us to Ponte di Legno. Shortly after the turn-off to Pezzo, we leave the road after a right-hand bend, thus shortening a little before we reach Ponte di Legno. Here we turn towards Edolo, passing through the towns of Vione and Vezza d'Oglio, among others, before we reach our stage destination, Edolo.

Stage 6: From Edolo over the Passo di Campo to Storo

From Edolo we follow the cycle route towards Malonno. Continue to the village of Cedegolo, turn into Via di Panzeri and ride slightly uphill to Fresine. Here we leave the main road and turn right in a left-hand bend and cycle towards Valle. Now we continue on the valley road to La Rasega. Soon we turn right and follow the signpost "20" towards Passo di Campo. From here we have to push our bikes up to the pass for about 2.5 hours. First the trail leads us uphill to Monte Zucchollo, then it runs north of Lago di Arno to the pass summit (2296), where we have earned a breather. From the pass, a technically very difficult trail descent to Malga Campo awaits us, where we will have to cope with the odd pushing passage. We later get onto a gravel path, ride towards Lago di Malga Bissina, then turn towards Pieve di Bono and cycle along the road through Val di Daone to Storo, our stage destination.

Stage 7: Over the Tremalzo to Riva del Garda

In Storo we take Via Ampola, which leads us up to the pass of the same name. There we turn right towards Tremalzo. We now follow the road steadily uphill and finally reach the Rifugio Garda. From here we continue on gravel and soon we see the famous pass road. With a lot of adrenaline in our blood we descend to Passo Nota and then continue towards Passo Rocchetta. Soon the gravel road tapers off and we continue on a wonderful trail on the slope. At the pass we turn left onto the trail towards Pregasina. Soon we reach the dirt road, we turn left and a little later we turn right on path n.422 and after a technical descent we reach the village of Pregasina. From here we descend on asphalt to Riva del Garda. We finish our crossing of the Alps exhausted but happy in the port of Riva. 


Wildlife refuge Bärenfalle, Dischma: December 20 - April 30
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Public transport

By train to Oberstdorf

Getting there

B19 to Oberstdorf


Collective parking lot at the north entrance of the village


47.410420, 10.277460
47°24'37.5"N 10°16'38.9"E
32T 596372 5251565
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Johannes Huber
September 05, 2014 · Community
Die Tour war hart, aber super. Möchte sie 2016 mit meinen Freunden wiederholen.
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Completed this Route on July 24, 1998
Günter Bernhard
July 31, 2014 · Community
Completed this Route on July 31, 2014
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16,600 m
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