Ötztal Trek

Mountain Hiking to the Peak of Tirol

The splendid long-distance Ötztal Trek allows hikers and mountaineers to experience Ötztal's highest regions and pristine natural beauty!

6 route sections comprise 22 hiking stages and 15 variations offering a total elevation gain of some 30,000 meters on a distance of 400 kilometers. The scenic Ötztal Trek travels from its trailhead in Ötztal-Bahnhof in eastern direction from hut to hut and across saddles, ridges and peaks to Obergurgl and Vent, before it heads back westwards along the Geigenkamm ridge to Ötztal-Bahnhof.

6 route sections with 2 - 5 day stages are just perfect for a memorable holiday at the Peak of Tirol, amidst the awe-inspiring Ötztal Alps. Of course, prior hiking experience is needed for all routes. The trails are signposted according to the "Tirolean Mountain Trail Concept": most of the routes are "black mountain trails" which are difficult and demanding while other sections have "red" trail markers and are of intermediate difficulty.

However, if a path leads across a glacier blazing and signs will most likely be missing. Knowing the weather forecast for the area where you are hiking and detailed tour planning are also essential. Proper hiking equipment is required for all tours: ankle-high boots with sturdy soles, wind and rain protection, sunscreen, possibly hiking poles, and a hat and gloves for the higher regions. First aid kits are vital pieces of hiking equipment.

Routes 1 - 6

Routes 1 - 6



Route 1

An ocean in the Alps

Stage 1 - 5
Ötztal-Bahnhof (704 m) - Dortmunder Hütte (1949 m) - Schweinfurter Hütte (2036 m) - Winnebachseehütte (2361 m) - Amberger Hütte (2136 m) - Hochstubaihütte (3174 m)

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Route 2

Sölden's silent part

Stage 6 - 9
Hochstubaihütte (3174 m) -> Hildesheimer
Hütte (2900 m) -> Siegerlandhütte (2710 m) -> Gasthaus Hochfirst (1860 m) -> Brunnenkogelhaus (2738 m)

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Route 3

Ötztal loop tour

Stage 10 - 12
Obergurgl (1930 m) - Langtalereckhütte (2430 m) - Hochwildehaus (2866 m) - Ramolhaus (3005 m) - Martin-Busch-Hütte (2501 m) - Similiaunhütte (3017 m)

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Route 4

Following the Iceman's traces

Stage 13 - 17
Similaunhütte (3017 m) - Hochjoch-Hospiz (2412 m) - Brandenburger Haus (3274 m) - Vernagthütte (2755 m) - Breslauer Hütte (2844 m) - Restaurant Tiefenbach (2789 m) - Rettenbachjoch (2990 m) - Braunschweiger Hütte (2758 m)

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Route 5

Across Geigenkamm-Mainzer Höhenweg

Stage 18 - 20
Braunschweiger Hütte (2.758 m) - Mainzer Höhenweg - Rüsselsheimer Hütte (2.328 m) - Luibisscharte (2.914 m) - Hauerseehütte (2.383 m) - Felderjöchl (2.797 m) - Frischmannhütte (2.192 m)

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Route 6

Across Geigenkamm - Forchheimer Weg

Stage 21 - 22
Frischmannhütte (2.192 m) -> Fundusfeiler (3.079 m) -> Erlanger Hütte (2.541 m) -> Forchheimer Weg -> Maisalm (1.631 m) -> Ötztal-Bahnhof (704 m)

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Ötztal Trek Stage 1 - 22

Stage 1 - 22



stage 1

Hamlets, Moor Lake & Secluded Trails

Ötztal-Bahnhof (704 m) -> Marlstein -> Mareil ->
Dortmunder Hütte (1949 m)

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stage 2

Like an Ocean in the Alps

Dortmunder Hütte (1949 m) -> Schweinfurter Hütte (2036 m)

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stage 3

Through Zwieselbachtal

Schweinfurter Hütte (2036 m) -> Winnebachseehütte (2361 m)

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stage 4

Along the Gries Glacier Hike Route

Winnebachseehütte (2361 m) -> Bachfallenferner -> Amberger Hütte (2136 m)

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stage 5

Glacier Tour to Hochstubaihütte

Amberger Hütte (2136 m) -> Wütenkarsattel (3103 m) -> Hochstubaihütte (3174 m)

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stage 6

Conquering Safely the Eternal Ice

Hochstubaihütte (3174 m) -> Scharte am Windachferner -> Hildesheimer Hütte (2900 m)

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stage 7

pellbound by Mighty Zuckerhütl

Hildesheimer Hütte (2900 m) -> Gamsplatzl (3018 m) -> Siegerlandhütte (2710 m)

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stage 8

Along the Smugglers' Trails

Siegerlandhütte (2710 m) -> Windachscharte -> Gasthaus Hochfirst (1860 m)

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stage 9

An Exceptional High Elevation Trail

Gasthaus Hochfirst (1860 m) -> Timmelsjoch -> Brunnenkogelhaus (2738 m)

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stage 10

Diversity at its Best

Obergurgl (1900 m) -> Langtalereckhütte (2430 m) -> Hochwildehaus (2866 m) -> Ramolhaus (3005 m)

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stage 11

Across Ramoljoch to Niedertal

Ramolhaus (3005 m) -> Ramoljoch (3189 m) -> Martin-Busch-Hütte (2501 m)

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stage 12

A Side-Trip to South Tyrol

Martin-Busch-Hütte (2501 m) -> Similaunhütte (3017 m)

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stage 13

Hiking on the Traces of the Iceman

Similaunhütte (3017 m) -> Hauslabjoch (3283 m) -> Hochjoch-Hospiz (2412 m)

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stage 14

A Majestic Glacier Castle

Hochjoch-Hospiz (2412 m) -> Brandenburger Haus (3274 m)

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stage 15

Glacier Castle and Spectacular Summit

Brandenburger Haus (3274 m) -> Fluchtkogel (3497 m) -> Vernagthütte (2755 m)

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stage 16

Hiking Above Rofental

Vernagthütte (2755 m) -> Breslauer Hütte (2844 m)

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stage 17

Above Venter Tal in the Eternal Ice

Beslauer Hütte (2844 m) -> Restaurant Tiefenbach (2789 m) -> Rettenbachjoch (2990 m) -> Braunschweiger Hütte (2758 m)

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stage 18

Ibex Goulash after a Strenuous Alpine Hike

Braunschweigerhütte (2758 m) -> Mainzer Höhenweg -> Rüsselsheimer Hütte (2328 m)

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stage 19

Saddles and Small Glaciers

Rüsselsheimer Hütte (2328 m) -> Kapuzinerjöchl (2710 m) -> Breitlehnjöchl (2637 m) -> Sandjöchl (2826 m) -> Luibisscharte (2914 m) -> Hauerseehütte (2383 m)

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stage 20

Lake Hike on Mittlerer Geigenkamm

Hauerseehütte (2383 m) -> Felderjöchl (2797 m) -> Frischmannhütte (2192 m)

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stage 21

3000-Meter High Peak and Scenic Mountain Lake

Frischmannhütte (2192 m) -> Fundusfeiler (3079 m) -> Erlanger Hütte (2541 m)

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stage 22

Two Days on Vorderen Geigenkamm

Erlanger Hütte (2541 m) -> Forchheimer Weg -> Maisalm (1631 m) -> Ötztal-Bahnhof (704 m)

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