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Tschigat (3,000 m) from the Leiter Alm mountain hut

Duration: 6h 22
Length: 17,22 km
Difficulty: Difficult
Altitude uphill: 1655 hm
Altitude downhill: 1655 hm
Highest point: 2990 m
Municipality: Algund
The popular Tschigat at almost 3,000 meters is one of 350 peaks over 3.000 m in South Tyrol.
General description

The Tschigat is a striking peak in the Texel Group. The pyramid formed from gneiss offers a magnificent view of many mountain peaks. The tour to the Tschigat is not just a hike, but a real mountain tour with easy climbing passages (grade 2) in exposed terrain. Experience, a good physical condition, sure-footedness, a head for heights and stable mountain weather are prerequisites (dangerous with ice and snow).


Route description

The starting point of this tour is the Leiter Alm mountain hut reachable by gondola basket lift from Vellau/Velloi. First hike along the Meraner Höhenweg high alpine trail no. 24 westwards until the Hochganghaus refuge (1,839 m) and continue along the steep, exposed trail no. 7 secured with ropes and chains up to the Hochgangscharte pass (2,455 m). Passing by the Langsee lake and the Milchseen lakes, the increasingly steeper trail leads over boulders towards the eastern flank and through the large gully up to the summit structure. Next comes a moderately difficult climbing part and a short, very exposed part to the right before you reach the large rock slabs leading to the summit. Descent: Either along the same route or a longer variant over the west ridge with short exposed and partly secured passages down to the Halsljoch pass. From there, the route leads eastwards to the Milchseescharte pass (Guido Lammer bivouac) and then over steep, secured rock steps down to the Milchseen lakes. Continue until the Hochgangscharte pass and descend to the Hochgangshaus refuge and to the mountain station of the gondola basket lift near the Leiter Alm mountain hut.

Description to arrive at destination
Through the Adige Valley to Algund and on to Vellau.

- Parking lot Algunder Waalweg
- Algund town hall
- Parking lot chairlift Mitterplars
- Parking at the terminal of the Vellói - Vellau cable car

Public transport
With the bus 235 to Vellau. There then continue with the Korblift to the top station of the Korblift.

With the bus 235 or 213 to the valley station of the chairlift.
Safety instructions
This tour is only suitable for hikers who are free from giddiness and sure-footed.