darmstaedter huette
darmstaedter huette

To the Kartellspeicher and the Darmstädter hut

Easy but physically demanding hike from the Rendlbahn mountain station, passing by the Tritsch mountain pasture and the Kartellspeicher lake, to the DAV Darmstadt-Starkenburg mountain hut at an altitude of 2,390 m.

This tour leads directly into the heart of the Verwall mountains. It will take you a whole day to walk the 9.2 km (each direction) with its 1,100 m of difference in altitude on paths with gravel surface. The ideal starting point is the Rendlbahn mountain station. This cable car starts in the centre of St. Anton am Arlberg, but during the summer months it doesn’t operate daily. From the mountain station (2,020 m) the path leads downward to the Moostal valley (singpost “Tritsch Alpe”). There, at 1,700m, we follow the signpost “Darmstädter Hütte” until we reach our destination.

We walk uphill through the green valley, on the path with gravel surface. We pass by the Rossfall Alpe (possibility to stop for a refreshment) and reach the dam of the Kartellspeicher lake. The turquoise blue water of this artificial lake reflects the surrounding mountain peaks. From here it is still about 2.5 km to the Darmstädter Hütte, and the path rises more and more. After about 3.5 hours of walking we finally reach our destination and enjoy the dumplings (Knödel) at the hut, as well as the panorama of the valley and the surrounding mountains. Afterwards we return on the same path. It takes us almost 3 hours for the descent as well, as there is a final ascent of about 350 meters to the cable car mountain station at the end of the route.

Author: AT

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

Starting point: Rendlbahn mountain station (St. Anton am Arlberg)
Destination: Darmstädter mountain hut
Signposts: Darmstädter Hütte, Nr. 513
Experienced in: June 2019
Distance: approx. 9.2 km each direction
Walking time: approx. 3.5 hours (ascent), 3 hours (descent)
Altitude difference: approx. 735 m ascent, 370 m descent (and back)
Altitude level: between 1,690 and 2,390 m a.s.l.
Important: Check the current timetable of the Rendlbahn cable car!

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