At 3312m, Piz Buin is the highest mountain in Vorarlberg, amid the imposing Silvretta Alps. The high altitude tour lasts 4 hours, starting at the Wiesbadenerhütte hut and leading across the glacier, with easy climbing passages, to the summit. The descent leads through the Ochsental glacier icefall and back to the hut. Bergschule Kleinwalsertal and Bergaufbergab mountaineering schools, Bergführer Montafon alpine school and Bergführer Vorarlberg offer regular tours up to the well-known peak.
www.vorarlberg.bergfuehrer.at (German only)
Bergaufbergab mountaineering school also offers the opportunity to experience sunrise on Piz Buin. Don your headlamps and set out from the Wiesbadenerhütte hut between 2 and 3 a.m., depending on the time of sunrise. Mountaineers can look forward to a fantastic sunrise on the highest peak in Vorarlberg.
With Bergaufbergab mountaineering school you can spend the night at over 3000m on the Piz Buin glacier in a bivouac. On nights when the moon is full, pitch your tents just below the summit, on the Buinlücke gap, and round off the evening with a three-course outdoor meal in the moonlight. Climb to the summit of Piz Buin before sunrise, where the mountain guides will prepare breakfast. Mountaineers can enjoy a cup of fresh coffee as they watch the sun rise. The tour will only take place if weather and visibility are good.
For high altitude touring novices, Bergführer Montafon mountaineering school offers a three day basic course on moving safely in the ice and snow. Tour planning, various safety techniques in the snow and ice, using crampons correctly, knot tying and handling the ice pick are just some of the points covered by the comprehensive training programme.
www.montafon-bergfuehrer.at (German only)
As an introduction to high altitude touring, the Kleinwalsertal mountaineering school offers a six day crossing from Kleinwalsertal to the Silvretta Alps. The tour is very varied and includes quiet valleys, gentle mountain pastures and prominent rocky peaks, as well as providing initial experience with glaciers during the tour on Piz Buin, using crampons, climbing harness and rope.
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An interesting high altitude tour in Montafon is the Silvrettahorn (3244m) with Schneeglocke (3223m) crossing. The crossing of the two peaks neighbouring Piz Buin is an impressive, scenic tour comprising ridges and glaciers. Booking 14 days before the start of the tour. Tours will go ahead whatever the weather, providing it is safe.
Vorarlberg mountain guides
The Vorarlberg mountain guides are your competent and professional partners for all recreational pursuits in the Alps. Climbing, via ferrata, canyoning, high rope courses, hiking, alpine tours and many more are sports that must be enjoyed responsibly and require both care and basic training.
The members of the Vorarlberg Mountain Guides Association are the specialists for outdoor activities in the mountains and canyoning. As well as going through outstanding basic training they are required by state law to take part in continuous professional training. Authorised guides can be identified by their badge and ID card.