jaufenpass strasse oberhalb walten
jaufenpass strasse oberhalb walten

Hike across high saddles in the Val Passiria

This circular hike leads from Valtina to the Sailer Ridge and provides a breath-taking view on the neighbouring Val Sarentino valley.

Our hike starts at the Vannes Farm (Wannser Hof) at 1,410 m a.s.l. and proceeds via path no. 14. We remain on this path and reach the Vannes Mountain Hut (Wannser Alm) at 1,641 m a.s.l. We keep on walking further into the valley, first on the valley bottom, later on on the left on the other riverside across the slope and finally at the head of the valley on a military path, snaking its way in hairpin bends. This path was already been used during WWs. We are still walking on path no. 14 and reach the Passo Vannes at 2,247 m a.s.l., which represents the border to the Val Sarentino.

Now we proceed on the Sarentino side towards west on path no. 12B, we cross the steep southern slope to the Passo Sailer (Sailer Joch) at 2,330 m a.s.l., which is the highest point of the hike. We come back to the Val Passiria side, towards north, and reach the Sailer Alpine Pasture on trail no. 14A. Along the left riverside we reach the Sailer Farm at 1,424 m a.s.l.

Finally we cross the river towards Vannes Farm (trail no. 12) and we reach our starting point. As alternative to this tour you can also scale the Oetschspitze peak (2,590 m a.s.l.) starting from the Vannes Pass and return to Vannes. The trail from the Vannes Pass to the Sailer Pass is well walkable, but there are rather narrow passages and you need to be free from giddiness. Recommended equipment: sturdy shoes/alpine boots and mountain equipment.

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

Starting point: Wannser Hof, Valtina in the Val Passiria valley
Signposts: 14, 12B, 14A, 12, 15
Walking time: about 6 hours
Altitude difference: 950 m
Altitude: between 1,410 and 2,330 m a.s.l.

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