From the Menta-Alm through the Jamtal valley

The Jamtal is a sustained side valley in the Paznaun, stretching from Galtür to the glaciated Jamspitzen peaks at the transition to the Engadine. This hike leads us to the Jamtal Mountain Hut at the head of the valley.

From the village of Galtür a road leads into the Jamtal valley. Right in the lower part of the valley, at the Menta Alm hut (rest point), a small car park is located which is the starting point of our valley hike. We follow the asphalt road until the bridge over the Jambach brook. Here a gravel path towards the Schnapfenalpe hut branches off to the left. We follow this path to the mountain hut (rest point). It continues as a hiking trail through the green valley.

In this part of the valley, the slopes are still densely wooded, while the valley floor is covered with alpine meadows, heath and gravel bars. On the opposite side of the valley, the Scheibenalpe hut is located, another possible rest stop in the Jamtal valley. To reach it, however, you have to follow the path to the western side of the valley and cross the bridge over the Jambach brook. The Scheibenalpe marks about half of the way. You can walk through the valley either on the path on the east side or on the asphalted mountain road on the west side.

After about 2.5 hours both paths meet again and we have to master the last section uphill to the Jamtalhütte hut. It is located at the feet of the mighty glaciers between the Dreiländerspitze, Jamspitzen and Augustenköpfen mountains. From all sides waterfalls plunge into the valley. After a stop at the Jamtalhütte and enjoying the fantastic view on the wild high alpine world at the head of the valley, we return to our starting point on the same way.

Author: AT

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Starting point: Galtür, car park at the Menta-Alm
Route: Menta-Alm - Schnapfenalpe - Scheibenalpe - Jamtalhütte
Signpost: Jamtalhütte
Distance: 7.7 km (each direction)
Walking time: about 2.5 hours (each direction)
Altitude difference: approx. 500 m
Altitude level: between 1,670 and 2,170 m a.s.l.
Experienced in: July 2018

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