Distance 26,7 km, vertical ascent 1,927 m, vertical descent 1.700 m
Leaving from Imst, the first few kilometres of the course take runners gently downhill to the banks of the Inn river. After crossing the river it is time to complete the first part of what is a long climb. Passing through alpine meadows and larch forests, the participants reach feed station 1 at the Gasthof Plattenrain and then continue on to the Venetalm hut. The trail then heads further up over a wide mountain ridge. The higher the runners climb, the more spectacular the views become: to the north the Inn Valley and the peaks of the Lechtal Alps and the Verwall Massif, to the south the 3000-metre-high giants of the Ötztal Alps. The route heads over the Imsterbergjoch ridge almost all the way up to the top of the Kreuzjoch. At around 2,300 metres above sea level, this is the highest point of the stage. The descent leads along a technical trail through blueberry fields and an area of high alpine moorland down to feed station 2 at the Galflunalm hut. From there, all that remains is a fast run downhill through larch forests and open meadows to the village of Wenns in the Pitztal Valley.