From See to the Ascher hut

Stage 1: the beginner’s stage

The first stage leads from See – a neighbouring town of Ischgl – to the Ascher hut at 2,256 metres above sea level. You’ll see: this moderately difficult stage is the perfect prelude to the rest of the exciting Paznaun High Route. 

Details about stage 1: from See to the Ascher hut 

  • walking time: 5.5 hours 
  • distance: 12.5 kilometes 
  • difference in altitude – ascent: 1,480 metres 
  • difference in altitude – descent: 270 metres 
  • level of difficulty: moderate 
  • stop options: Ascher hut 
  • parking options: parking ground See cable cars 


You would like to find out more about the classification of the stages and the hiking trails in and around Ischgl? Read more about the easy, moderately difficult and difficult hiking routes at the Paznaun! 

Route: from See to the Ascher hut 

  • Starting point: parish church in See at 1,050 metres above sea level 
  • an asphalt trail leads to the eastern hamlet Oberfrödenegg at 1,270 metres above sea level (walking time: approx. 35 minutes) 
  • past the “Giggler Tobel” path and the former snack station “Almstüberl” to the fork in the route in Giggl 
  • following the signposts “Ascherhütte”, continue to the next fork in the route and select the upper trail
  • Start of the actual route: at the little chapel 
  • continue to the wildly romantic – and unfortunately, abandoned – Giggler Alm hut 
  • walk towards the valley through romantic larch forests and across the Gigglbach brook 
  • following the signposted paths, you’ll reach the first stage goal after about 1.25 hours: the Ascher hut at 2,256 metres above sea level. 

Stage details as a download 

Download the route description via GPX Track onto your smartphone or tablet and find out more about stage 1 from See to the Ascher hut. 

Download: GPX Track Paznaun High Route – all stages 
Download: GPX Track Paznaun High Route – stage 1 
Checklist Long-distance hiking (PDF-Download)

Lookout and photo points along stage 1 

After you’ve crossed the Gigglbach brook, a challenging fixed-rope section rewards you with an impressive view of the entire lower part of the Paznaun. Tip: Take a break and take a couple souvenir pictures! This spot is perfect to take a breather, take in the mountain views and forget the world around you for a few minutes. 

Well-prepared for the hiking adventure! 

Do you have everything you need for your hike to the Ascher hut? Appropriate clothing, plenty of food, etc.? Have a look at the long-distance hiking checklist of the federal state of Tyrol and find out more about how to plan the perfect tour! 

You’ve got some more questions about the Paznaun High Route or would like some assistance in planning your holiday in Ischgl? Our holiday experts at the tourism office Paznaun-Ischgl will be happy to help you!