kleiner bergsee tuempel bei sidanjoch fr
kleiner bergsee tuempel bei sidanjoch fr

From Hochfügen to the Sidanjoch ridge

The 2,127 m high Sidanjoch ridge in the Tux Alps separates Schwendberg and the Sidantal valley from the Finsingtal valley near Hochfügen, embedded in a seemingly untouched high alpine natural landscape.

While the landscape in the Zillertal valley is still summery, the early September in the high mountains already presents itself in autumnal colourful splendour. On a hike to the Sidanjoch ridge one feels almost transported to the lonely Siberian tundra, although one is only a few kilometres away from villages and winter sports centres.

In one of the Zillertal wintersports centres, in Hochfügen, our hiking tour starts. From the parking space we follow the path no. 24 towards the Rastkogel. At the beginning our route follows the valley road through the Finsingtal, a gravelled forest road. Past the Pfundsalm-Niederleger hut we walk to the Mitterleger hut of the Pfundsalm. After a bend, the hiking route no. 24 leaves the driveway and climbs up the meadow slope as a narrow trail.

The higher we climb the more beautiful and wilder the landscape becomes. Just below the Sidanjoch ridge there are plenty of ponds in which the sky is reflected. At the ridge, various hiking routes are crossing. A nearby destination, about 30 minutes away, is the Rastkogelhütte mountain hut. But the ascent is also worthwhile without hiking any further: the view stretches from the Zillertal Main Ridge to the closer peaks of the Tux Alps.

Author: AT

If you want to do this hike, please take information about the current conditions on site!

Starting point: Hochfügen
Destination: Sidanjoch ridge
Markers: no. 24, Rastkogelhütte mountain hut
Distance: approx. 5.6 km (each direction)
Walking time: about 2.5 hours ascent, 1.5 hours descent
Altitude difference: approx. 670 m
Altitude level: between 1,460 and 2,130 m a.s.l.
Experienced in: September 2018

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