Habicht (3277m) is one of the most impressive mountains in the Stubai vallley. It is the highest peak in the Habicht ridge, which has some advantages and disadvantages. The views are amazing, if the day is clear you can see the Northern Alps, the Zillertaler Alps and the Dolomites. Sadly, it is not easy to have a total clear day because the clouds usually get stuck in the summit and hide the nice views. Although the route is not very long, because of the high elevation gain, it is common to stay overnight in Innsbrucker Hutte, a nice and big hut.
We drive to the Gschnitz valley and park the car in a parking lot named Parkplatz Innsbrucker Hütte, between Gurns and Gschnitz.
More than 3000m
The route is considered easy to be an alpine tour, although experience in mountaineering is required. From Innsbrucker Hütte there are some rocky areas secured with ropes and easy boulders to scramble. However, due to its fame, we saw people lacking the necessary technical and physical skills to climb which produce dangerous situations for them and the other climbers. We start the route in the Gschnitz valley, however you can also start in the Stubai valley. From Neustift you can walk about 4.5 hours through the Pinnis valley to Innsbrucker Hutte or take a taxi to Karalm and then walk 2 hours to the hut.
00:00 Start. We follow the path besides the stream direction W and cross some crop fields. We arrive straight to the woods and the path gets steeper and zigzags. The forest gets less dense and the path continues zigzagging.
01:40 Turn to the left (SW). When we are about to reach a rocky area, the path turns to the left and makes a big diagonal. It is less steep and goes around the mountain to the hut.
02:45 Innsbrucker Hütte. From the hut we can see the summit. The path continues behind the hut, direction W. It goes straight to a wide ridge, that we follow.
03:20 Boulder area. Most of the area is a mix of boulders, rocks and meadows and we need to scramble and use fixed ropes in several parts. Since it is usually crowded, we want to emphasize the importance of the security and the respect to the other mountaineers in this part.
04:00 Diagonal through the glacier. We cross the rest of the glacier, that is very small and not even crampons are needed, and walk through a rocky area.
4:30 Last boulder area. The last section of the route is another rocky area with secured rope along the ridge. It is pretty exposed but not too difficult.
04:50 Habicht. We arrive to the summit and enjoy the nice views. To descend we follow the same path and arrive in 06:30 to Innsbrucker Hütte and in 07:50 to the parking lot in the valley.