Montafon Hut to Hut Hiking Trail in Vorarlberg, Austria
The 39-km-long Montafon Valley in Vorarlberg, Austria, is bounded by the Verwall, Silvretta, and Rätikon Mountain Ranges. These three mountain ranges are linked together in one dramatic long-distance hiking trail known as the Montafoner Hüttenrunde (Montafon Hut to Hut Circuit).
After completing 5 stages of the 13-stage Montafon Hut to Hut Circuit, we were blown away by the scenery, the quality of the mountain huts, and the overall charm of the region. Along this enchanting hiking trail, water, snow, and ice are constant companions as are soaring 3000+ meter peaks that sharply pierce the sky.
Every day during our trek, I said to Kati: “Can we PLEASE move here?!?!… I want to move here… When are we moving here??… I’m a Vorarlbergerin at heart!!!”
This U-shaped Montafon hiking trail starts in Schruns and ends in Latschau (very close to Schruns). Though we set out to do the first 8 stages, we couldn’t start until Stage 4, because of the weather. In the end, we were really satisfied with our hike, despite missing out on the first few stages.
In this Montafon trekking guide, we’re outlining our 5-stage trek (4-5 days), which starts at Silvretta Bielerhöhe (accessible by bus from Schruns) and ends in Latschau/Schruns.
When can you hike the Montafon Hut to Hut Circuit?
July, August, September.
How difficult is the Montafon Hut to Hut Circuit?
Based on our experience hiking stages 4 through 8, we’d say that the hike is “moderately difficult” with some very easy sections and some challenging sections. We hiked in mid-July and there were still tons of snowfields in the Silvretta Mountains. Those snowfields can present a problem if you don’t have experience hiking in snow (especially early morning frozen snow).
Tips for Hiking the Montafon Circuit Trail:
- Bring enough cash to cover mountain hut expenses.
- Buy the Freytag & Berndt WK 374 Trail Map.
- Budget 60 EUR per day per person (with Alpine Club Membership).
- Bring hiking poles, a rain jacket, Cat 4 polarized sunglasses. Read our complete Hut to Hut Hiking Packing List.
- Recommended backpack: The Osprey Kyte 36 (for women) and the Osprey Kestrel 38 (for men).
For more tips, read our complete guide to Hut to Hut Hiking in Austria.