Because December 2015 was a very bad month regarding snow in the Alps we decided to make a two-day trip to a remote valley deep in the Zillertal Alps by foot. The valley caught my attention earlier in the season during a stay at Ginzling, one of the southernmost villages in the Zillertal range.
If you are willing to go the extra mile it could offer good touring options at the valley end. Getting to the hut takes 4-5h so it is recommended for multiple day tours. As reward chances are good that you will meet no other persons there. Greizer Hut (2227 hm) has a separate winter shelter with wood stove and space for up to 14 persons. A fee of 14 EUR per night can be paid directly there so bring enough cash.
Follow the forest road at Tristenbachalm south until you reach the bottom station of the material ropeway.
From the bottom station of the material ropeway follow further south the valley until you reach the altitude of 1850 hm. On the right you should see the Mörchenscharte. To reach Greizer Hut turn left and follow the hiking trail across the rock wall. There is one section where the trail crosses an icefall so be prepared to attach your crampons.
Important notice: This section to the hut requires stable snow conditions and might be difficult to access.
Like ascent. Or from the hut head 20m south then ride around the rock falls. Then keep North West direction 150m away from the stream to circumvent to other rock section.
Option A (we committed), easy, <500 hm: Lapenscharte 2701hm
From the hut head North East around the first bigger rock section. The col can be reached within 1-2h.
Consider these as ideas, we haven't done the other options yet!
Option B, Großer Löffler: For really glacier experienced splitboarders and only with good views. Head southeast to the steep Floitenkees. The glacier has a lot of crevasses there. Then at the highest point of the glacier turn left and follow the southern ridge to the peak.
Schwarzensteinsattel, Trippachsattel, Mörchenscharte.
How to get there:
A12 highway, take exit 39 Wiesing into Zillertal. Follow B169 to Mayrhofen and further to Dornauberg Ginzling. In Ginzling, take the second road left to Tristenbachalm / Floitengrund. Parking spaces near Tristenbachalm available, maybe pay them a visit at the end of your trip. They offer good coffee and food.
Maps: Alpenvereinskarte 35/2 Zillertaler Alpen Mitte 1:25000 Topographische Karte