Terenten, the hiker’s paradise
Here’s a foretaste
Whether you are a fan of leisurely mountain hikes or a passionate mountaineer looking for the next high-mountain challenge, Terenten is an insider tip you might want to explore on your next holiday in South Tyrol. What you will find here is not only a variety of walking trails for all levels, but also an extra side of sunshine and vitamin D. In fact, this little village of 1,800 souls is the sunniest locality in South Tyrol!
Hiking in Terenten – in detail
In Terenten, you can hike up hill and down dale, quite literally. Options range from leisurely walks across the plateau to high-mountain trekking tours. The Mills trail, for example, is great for families with children. It leads past the impressive earth pyramids before merging with the Panorama trail, which offers a memorable view over meadows and mountains.
Adventure seekers can sink their teeth into Alpine routes such as the tour to the Tiefrastenhütte hut at 2,312 metres – a hike of about 11 kilometres that takes five and a half hours to complete. The way up leads past the Astner Bergalm mountain pasture and a waterfall, with the Pfunders and Pustertal mountains always in view. Make sure you bring your smartphone, because the Tiefrastensee lake, situated right behind the Tiefrastenhütte hut, is a sight that warrants a shot or two!
Are you ambitious enough to push farther and higher? Then you can climb from the Tiefrastenhütte hut to the Eidechsspitze peak. The way there leads first in the direction of the Kompfoßsee lake, which is located a 45-minute walk from the Tiefrastenhütte hut. From there, a trail with gentle ups and downs and some steep, exposed sections leads to the top of Eidechsspitze at 2,738 metres. The view from up there embraces the Pfunders mountains and Terenten area, and it’s one you won’t easily forget. The best time of year for this hike is July, which is when the rhododendrons blossom, painting the landscape with bright pink strokes. Other peaks you can reach in the area of Terenten are the Kempspitze peak (2,704 metres) and the Hochgrubbachspitze peak (2,809 metres).
The hike to the legendary Devil’s stone and to the Pertinger Alp pasture has in store its fair share of beauty and positive vibes, too.
Hiking in Terenten in detail
In winter, the Terenten plateau loses nothing of its sunny disposition and idyllic charm. Think vast carpets of snow shimmering like a sea of diamonds under the clear, blue sky. The village and its surroundings are wrapped in a shroud of peacefulness, making it easy to unplug and focus on your outdoor experiences.
A few examples? Well, you could start off with a winter walk to the Gols hill. It’s a one-hour walk on a well-kept path starting from the village lift in Terenten and leading to the Gols hill with its panoramic views. Here you can rest your legs on the benches and wooden loungers. The earth pyramids are a year-round attraction, and the snow lining their contours makes them look even more like a landscape from a fairy tale. If you are into ski-touring, we can recommend the Terner Jöchl tour. The starting point is by the Schneeberg car park, just above the Nunewieser inn, at an altitude of 1,534 metres. The tour lasts four to five hours in total, with an elevation gain of 910 metres. The uphill slide on skins takes you across meadows, skirting the edge of the wood and across the forest road, which in winter is used as a toboggan run. After reaching the Pertinger Alp, the route continues on open terrain towards the Hühnerspiel peak, and across the wide south-facing slope and a ridge to the summit cross at 2,405 metres. The view of the Pfunders mountains from the top defies words. As for the descent down the southern slope, you can choose from several options.
How to get there
The starting point for the Mills trail and the Panorama trail is by the large car park in the centre of Terenten – the Mills trail signposts will show you the way into the Ternertal valley. The best point of access to the Tiefrastenhütte/Eidechsspitze high-mountain tour is the Winnebachtal car park, two kilometres from the centre of Terenten.
How to get there
For the winter walks to the earth pyramids or the Gols hill, follow the signposts for the Mills trail from the large car park in the centre of Terenten. The best starting point for the Terner Jöchl ski tour is the Schneeberg car park, which is approximately five kilometres from the centre of Terenten.