The Ortler Massif is surrounded by some of the most challenging high-altitude hiking paths and circuit trails in the Alps. Each lasting several days, they provide breathtaking views of the spectacular mountains in the Stelvio National Park.

The Ortler High Mountain Trail
7-day/stage hiking circuit around the Majestic Ortler, in the Stelvio National Park

Starting in the South Tyrolean Vinschgau Valley, the Ortler High Mountain Trail extends from the Stelvio National Park to the Valtellina in Lombardy. At times running above 3,000 m, it is considered one of the most challenging high-altitude trails in the entire Alpine region. This considerable difficulty-level is suited to the most experienced and fittest of mountain hikers, because it takes all you have! Since the route runs partly over glaciers, make sure you have all the necessary gear with you, a high fitness level, a good sense of balance and a head for heights. We recommend that you are accompanied by an experienced mountain guide, to ensure a safe and trouble-free trip.

Due to its length of 119.5 km, the Ortler High Mountain Trail is divided into 7-day stages of 6-8 hours each. The individual stages of the circuit can be completed as single-day hikes. Along the route, you’ll discover the rich flora and fauna of the Stelvio National Park. The ideal time for the hike is between June and September. It is especially in these months, that temperatures are at their mildest with optimal visibility, affording hikers with spectacular views of the Ortler Group's glaciers. Each section is uniquely beautiful, with its own scenic highlights.

All along the Ortler High Mountain Trail, you’ll come across Alpine huts and refuges serving sumptuous homemade meals and offering overnight accommodation.

The entire Ortler High Mountain Trail is well signposted and marked with a logo.