Long-distance hiking in the uppermost region
The high-alpine Ötztal Trek provides plenty of crisp and clean mountain air: 6 routes with a total of 22 stages, covering about 17,000 altitude meters on a distance of 215 km, require a really a huge amount of stamina. However, there is nothing more beautiful for mountaineering aficionados than hiking from Ötztal-Bahnhof eastwards over ridges and peaks, from hut to hut to Obergurgl and Vent and back again on the western mountain ridge.
Prior mountain experience is an absolute must
Most stages of the Ötztal Trek are classified as black mountain trails (difficult), some parts even as Alpine routes. A couple of stages lead across the eternal ice: If a path leads across a glacier, trail markers will most likely be missing. Knowing the weather forecast for the area where you are hiking and detailed tour planning are also essential. Proper Alpine hiking equipment is absolutely required: ankle-high hiking boots, wind and rain protection, sunscreen, a hat and gloves. First aid kits are vital pieces of hiking equipment. Here you can take a closer look at even more useful tips on Tour planning and Alpine equipment.