Hinterbichler Dorfertal

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The Dorfertal with the Johannishütte, in the background the Lasörlingkamm
The Dorferbach in one of the rocky gorges

The Hinterbichler Dorfertal , the valley of the Dorferbach, is a side valley of the Virgental in East Tyrol , Austria .

It starts at Hinterbichl at 1,331 m and runs parallel to the Maurertal up to the Venediger group . At the end of the valley is the Dorfergrund (2,121 m) with the Johannishütte , dominated by the Dorferkees (remnant of a former Isel glacier). The Obersulzbachtörl (2,922 m, see Obersulzbachtal ) is located above the Dorferkees . To the west, the Türmljoch (2,770 m) allows a transition to the Maurertal. Crossings to the east lead over the Wallhorntörl (3,045 m, partly glacier stretch) or over the Zopetscharte (2,950 m) into the Timmeltal , to the southeast a trail leads over the Sajatscharte (2,750 m) to the Sajathütte .

The ascent to the Defreggerhaus on Großvenediger is possible from the Johannishütte .

In the northern part the valley is surrounded by the following glaciers: Dorferkees (up to 2,270 m), Rainerkees (up to 2,322 m), Inneres and Outer Mullwitzkees (up to 2,446 m). The Dorferbach , also called Islitz , flows through the valley up to its confluence with the Isel partly through deep rocky gorges.

The economic importance of the valley consists in a significant mining site for the valuable serpentine rock and in a small power station in Hinterbichl , which is operated by the water of the Dorferbach, which is partly diverted via pressure pipes .

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