Idyllic Lake Zirmtal is named after the huge Swiss pine population in this area of the Val Venosta - it is said that already since the Middle Ages the lake attracts hikers.
Image gallery: Hike to the Malga Zirmtal hut
To reach the starting point of our hike we take the Val Venosta State Road. At the junction to Ciardes (Tschars) we branch off towards south (not towards the village) and cross the railway tracks and the Adige river. We pass the village of Tomberg and follow the forest road until the Schartegg parking space, where we leave our car.
We follow the forest path no.4 until the junction with path no. 9 which we take and walk to a large meadow where it crosses path no. 18. This path leads us to our destination. The Malga Zirmtal mountain hut (Zirmtaler Alm) won the "Most beautiful mountain hut of South Tyrol" award in 2014.
It is said that the adjacent lake already since the Middle Ages the lake attracts hikers who are looking for peace and quiet. For our way back we take the path no. 18A which proceeds via the Altalm Mountain Hut (or Tomberger Alm) to the forest road no. 4 and to the parking space again.
Author: Giacomo Roccabruna
If you want to do this hike, please take information about the weather and the current conditions of the trail on site!
Starting point: parking space Schartegg
Signposts: no. 9, 18, 18A, 4
Trail length: approx. 10 km
Walking time: approx. 2.5 hours (ascent), 2 hours (descent)
Altitude difference: approx. 800 m
Altitude level: between 1,440 and 2,114 m a.s.l.
Rest points: Malga Zirmtal (ascent), Malga Altalm (descent)
Experienced in: August 2015