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Grosser Stubaier Höhenweg, day five

This day was a long day, as I combined two stages into one. When I left the Dresdner Hütte at 6:30 am, heavy mist was hiding everything around, except the immidiate surrounding. The rain made the path slippery and treacherous. At the start of my walk, I stepped on a nearly polished rock and slipped,  Luckily, I did not injure myself. After that, I was extremely careful! Soon, the mist disappeared. The weather was so beautiful that I climed the nearly 3000 m high Grossen Trögler. Heavy wind made it difficult to balance. After having lunch at the  Sulzenauhütte, the path was leadig up to the turquois green Grünau See and into another High Valley. Rain and hail started when I climed over a moutain pass secured by iron ropes and iron stairs. After nine hours of walking,  I was happy to arrive safely at the Nürnberger Hütte.

Grosser Stubaier Höhenweg, day three

It was a gorgeous day! The early morning sun reflected the uncountable dewdrops from grasses and moss. The path was leading over milky white water rushing down from the melting glaciers. On the steep slopes, the path was cut as a narrow band, hardly visible. Often it was leading over a  grey ocean of rocks and boulders where the eye had to search for the red and white stripes marking the way. Each step was important, needed to be grounded. I arrived at the Dresdner Hütte about 3 pm and jumped into the little lake near the cabin AAAHHH……cold and refreshing!

Grosser Stubaier Höhenweg, day four

My shadow was long when I passed the edge of a gorgeous marsh on the way to the highest point of this tour (2881m). Yesterday, a rockslide destroyed the way up to the pass. A hastily marked new path was leading over boulders to a nearly vertical slope of ice and gravel. A rope was there  to pull oneself up over the dangerous area. It was difficult. However, the view to the surrounding glaciers was stunning.  There was a roar of crushing ice and falling rocks in the air. Mountain goats were gracing in the distance. It was a long and beautiful day. 

Grosser Stubaier Höhenweg,day two

The weather forecast was true- thunderstorm and continous rain. The spectacular view turned out to be a view into dense fog. Soon after the start of our hike, our hair was covered with pearls of water, like the grass beside the narrow path. New waterfalls rushed doown and our path turned into little creeks. The steep meadows turned into a field of intense green, dotted with colorfol flowers. Despite the really bad weather, the day was beautiful!

Grosser Stubaier Höhenweg, a 9 day hike in one of the most beautiful parts of the Alps

Robert and I started the hike today on the Oberisshütte near Neustift/Tirol. The whole tour is 55km long, walking up 5712 m, walking down 5568m. Already at the beginning of our hike we enjoyed ripe rasberris, wild strawberries, blueberries and found a lot of chanterrelles peaking out of the mossy ground. We hiked up to the Starkenburgerhütte with roughly about 1000 m elevation change. Tomorrow, we will go to the Franz -Senn -Hütte. The weather forecast is bad- rain and sometimes thunderstorm “

Three Day Hike in the Stubaier Alpen/Tirol/Austria

We started our hike in Neustift (990 m), a town near Innsbruck. We, that is my son Robert, my daughter Anna-Sophie and I. 

    

At noon, we stopped at the Elferhütte to eat Kasknödelsuppe and drink fresh milk mixed with strawberry sauce.
 

From the Elferhütte (2004 m), we hiked farther up to the Innsbruckerhütte, were we stayed overnight.  

Starting from the Innsbruckerhütte (2370m), we climbed the Habicht,  a mountain with the altitude of 3277m.  During the first hour of climbing, thick fog covered the area. It was good to see the red and white trail markers.

 

The Habicht is a mountain made out of pure granite. In German, it is called “Urgestein”, translated as primordial stone. We had to pass large snow fields and hold on to steel ropes in the exposed areas.
      

The view from the summit was fantastic. In the south, we could see the mountains of Italy( South-Tirol). 

Like on the way up, every step on rocks needed to be grounded and carefully done. However, it was fun to run down the snow fields. 
 

Robert had to leave for Innsbruck in the evening. Anna-Sophie and I stayed in the Innsbruckerhütte for one more night. The next day, we climbed up the Kalkwand (2564 m). The peak of this mountain consists of limestone and is rugged and dramatic.     
From the Kalkwand, we walked back to the Innsbruckerhütte to get our backpacks and hiked down into the Pinnistal. The last part took us up to the Elfer from where we took a gondola to Neustift.

In Innsbruck, we went for dinner at the restaurant “Mount Everest”. It was six years ago that we hiked together in the Himalayas, where we did the 3 weeks hike around the 8th highest mountain of the world, the Manaslu in Nepal.

Petra, the Ancient City of the Nabateans

Walking through the 1,2 km long narrow Siq with its 600 feet high vertical walls to the major sites of Petra is already an experience of its own. The former sacred way into Petra is spotted with niches for Gods. A sophisticated water system can be seen all along the way.

This mysterious rock ( Djinn block) stands guard in front of the entrace to the Siq.
The Siq was created once by tectonic forces which tore apart a single huge rock. On the left side you can see the carved out channel of the water way.
Part of a statue of an Nabatean trader with his camel.

The carved out tomb for the Nabatean king Aretas III (100 BC) with its Hellenistic facade is a masterpiece of craftsmanship.

There are about 500 registerd tombs in Petra. 2 major earthquakes (4th and 6th century) destroyed the city of Petra. Bedouine tribes used the site for centuries and could keep it a secret until the beginning of the 19th century.
The Romans also left their footprints in the city by building many public buildings.

This typical Bedouine music instrument is the forerunner of the violine.

Theater carved out of the red lime stone seating 3000 people.

Many Bedouines live from offering camel and donkey rides. I decided to walk the path to the monastery. My left side of the body was still hurting from the fall the day before and also I lost trust in the camel.

Path up to the monastery

High up in the cliffs stands the monumental tomb called Monastery. The crosses inside are indicators that it was once used as a Byzantine church.


From the highest point one could see into Palestinien and Israel territory.

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