The long-distance hike starts at the tourist information office Matrei in Osttirol at the place Rauterplatz (village center). First you walk on the right side of the stream Bretterwandbach down to the Dammweg. Against the direction of flow of the stream Tauernbach or along the hiking trail Tauerntalwanderweg, you head towards the hamlet of Prossegg (71), which you reach after about 45 minutes. Then you cross the bridge Prosseggbrücke and walk slightly uphill through the rows of houses of the hamlet. At the magnificent Hergott Marterl turn left and follow the signs to the track Thiemeweg (54).
After following the Thiemweg to its end, you descend in a southerly direction for a short distance to the parking space Dirnburg (1.450 m) and further to the mountain village of Zedlach.
From the parking lot in Zedlach, first take trail no. 42. When you reach the fork in the trail, follow the signposts in the direction of Obersonnberg. At the next fork, choose the Rabsteinweg (35) and again follow the signpost to the Obersonnberg.
Via the hiking trail, which leads through an enchanting larch and spruce forest, you reach the road to the Lahntaleralm.
After about 200 meters you leave the road and change to the access road to the Obersonnberg. Walk down to the right of the Mellitzgraben and then follow the path up to the Rabenstein ruins.
Then take the Rabensteinweg, descend in the district of Göriach and follow the municipal road to Marin. After the parking lot in Marin, follow the signpost no. 16 in the direction of the hut Gottschaunalm (15) via the chapel Allerheiligenkapelle.
From the hut Gottschaunalm you hike across blooming mountain meadows and the valley kleines Niltal first to the hut Schmiedleralm (34,34b, 2.085 m) and then to the hut Nilljochhütte (1.990 m).
From the Nilljochhütte you hike along a path (20) to the Bodenalm (1,960 m). From there, take the driveway into the vallwy Timmeltal to the Wallhorner Alm. In this area, look out for the so-called "Liegstätten " - the historical resting places of the farmers and follow the circular walk Liegstätten Rundwanderweg Timmelal (28). Turn around again and follow the Wiesachweg (20) in the direction of Bichl. Change to the Katinweg (23) in the direction of the hut Sajathütte. Go via the so-called Hell-Maurach (22a) to the hut Stabanthütte (1.777 m).
From the Stabanthütte (22) take the road past the Lumalm to Hinterbichl to the inn Gasthof Islitzer. Follow the campsite and cross the Isel river. Proceed to the fork in the road and follow trail no. 67 to Ströden. Cross the pedestrian bridge and walk along the road (911) to the Islitzeralm and Pebellalm.
The crowning conclusion of the Virgentaler Sonnseitenweg is the Umbalfälle water show trail. From the wonderful platforms you can enjoy the glory of the element of life.