It is not without reason that the highest mountain in the Stubai Alps has the name it does. If you take a look at the summit from the east, you will understand why it is called Zuckerhütl (German term for sugarloaf), a brave pyramidal peak, like a sugarloaf on the one side, charming from the other; cool and denying, rocky and rough on the next side. The Zuckerhütl reigns over the region. The highest mountain of the Stubai valley is positioned at the border to South Tyrol, but yet is still solely on North Tyrolean territory. Despite its impressive height of 3,507 meters above sea level, the Zuckerhütl is a rather conservative mountain, however even it is not a ”walk in the park”. Above all, it is the climb to the peak that can pose challenging.
You must only cast a glance from the west, towards the south, and then to the east to know why it is worth making the effort to ascend the highest peak of the Seven Summits. Not only are there the Dolomites, which sparkle in the sun, but also the Zillertal Alps that smile back at you. Next to them, the Hohe Tauern mountain range with the Großglockner and the Großvenediger (Great Venetian) present themselves, and the Ötztal Alps as well as the Karwendel mountain range send their greetings. These mountains welcome you heartily.
In 1863 Joseph Anton Specht, one of the first mountaineers in the Alps with numerous first ascents, started together with the most qualified mountain guides of the Stubai valley, Alois Tanzer and
Pankraz Gleinser, the ascent from the south side of the Schaufelnieder across the Pfaffenjoch and the Pfaffenschneide to the peak of the 3,507 meter high Zuckerhütl. Some years then passed before mountaineers regularly summited the Zuckerhütl, thanks to the work of the Austrian and the German Alpine Associations. In 1875, the first alpine hut in the Stubai valley, the Dresdner Hütte, was built. Experienced mountain shepherds, chamois hunters and mountain guides also played a considerable role in the development of the mountain.