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A family-friendly Alpine pasture inn or a tour amid high Alpine terrain including a glacier crossing, an instructive theme walking route or a multi-day mountain hike at high altitude: The following list comprises the complete range of hiking tours in Ötztal at a glance. Find out more about suitable tours including directions, walking times, how to get there and up-to-date information.

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Kraspesspitze

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Information Niedethai - Horlachtalway - Schweinfurter hut - Wide Kar - Kraspesspitze

9.9 km
5:00 h
1404 m
1404 m

From the Sennhof car park (next to Information Office) in Niederthaiyou walk along the leisurely Horlachtal trail (7 km) to SchweinfurterHütte (2034 m). Before you get to the hut, you turn into „GubenerWeg“ on the left. On a quite steep slope the route continuestowards Weites Kar. Follow the trail until you reach the fork-off: theleft route takes you to Finstertaler Scharte and Schartenkogel peakwhile the path on the right leads up to the peak slope of Kraspesspitze(2954 m).

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Highest point
2954 m
Lowest point
1543 m
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Rest Stop

Schweinfurterhütte
Kleinhorlachalm

Safety information

Avalanche Hazard Scale

1 (LOW)

Triggering is generally possible but only from high additional load in isolated areas of extremely steep terrain. Only small-sized sluffs and natural avalanches are expected. Snow layers are generally stable.

2 (MODERATE)

Avalanches may be triggered in case of truly heavy loads, especially on a few explicitly indicated, steep slopes. Large spontaneous avalanches are not expected. In general, the snowpack is well bonded except on some very steep slopes. Choose your route carefully, avoid the indicated slopes and exposed sections.

3 (CONSIDERABLE)

Triggering is very probable even from low additional loads, particularly on the indicated steep slopes. On some steeper slopes, medium or even fairly large spontaneous avalanches may occur. On most steepslopes the snow layer is only moderately or weakly stable. Expertavalanche knowledge is required. You must avoid the indicated steepslopes and highly exposed sections.

4 (HIGH)

Avalanches are likely to be triggered on many of the indicated steepslopes even if only light loads are applied. In some places, numerous medium-sized and also large-sized natural avalanches are expected.The snowpack is poorly bonded on most steep slopes. Choose your route according to these criteria, select only moderately steep terrain by avoiding the avalanche runout zones. Very expert avalanche knowledge is required.

5 (EXTREMELY HIGH)

Numerous huge or very large-sized natural avalanches are expected also in moderately steep terrain. Safe skiing is not possible anymore, not even in the marked ski area. The snowpack is poorly bonded and largely unstable. Don‘t go ski mountaineering at all!

 

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Equipment

Recommended Ski Mountaineering Equipment

The „standard ski mountaineering equipment“ is: touring skis with touring bindings, telescopic poles, climbing skins, ski crampons, digital avalanche transceiver, avalanche shovel, avalanche probe, firstaid kit and mobile phone. A „complete glacier equipment set“ contains: sit harness, two prusik loops of different lengths and ascenders, two HMS biners, icepick, climbing irons and rope. Pack your rucksack carefully and don‘t forget extra clothes for the descent, sun protection/cream, cold protection, enough food and drink. If you stay overnight at a mountain hut take toiletry articles and a hut sleeping bag with you!

 

LEVELS OF DIFFICULTY

  • Easy: Short or moderately long tours, always easy, with ascents not steeper than 25° or slightly steeper only on short sections.
  • Intermediate: Moderately long or long tours of intermediate difficulty with ascents up to 35° or slightly steeper only on short sections.
  • Difficult: Very challenging and long or very long tours with ascents that can exceed 40°, comprising also climbing sections up to difficulty grade II (UIAA).

Tips, hints and links

Ski Mountaineering Rules
  • If you enjoy activities amid nature always respect the local guidelines when you set out on a ski tour (for example: wildlife preserves, hunting enclosures, reforestation areas, information boards, etc.).
  • Don‘t enter protected wildlife zones or feeding areas amid naturelandscapes, and avoid noise.
  • Cross forest areas in winter only on sign posted trails or marked routes as wild animals can panic if they hear loud voices or noise.
  • Learn more about the habitat of wild animals in the mountains, avoid getting too close to them. Watch them only from a safe distance. Please put your dog on a lead, it is absolutely irresponsible to take dogs into the forest without leashing them because wild animals suffer from food deficiency and weakness in winter.
  • Excellent planning and time management: start your tour early enough and return before darkness. In spring you should be back on the hut or in the valley at 12 noon (avalanche hazard!) at the latest.
  • Never cross forestation zones and areas with young plants and trees.

Ötztal Tourismus doesn‘t take any responsibility for the suggested tours. It is strongly recommended to enlist a certified local mountainguide. Glacier crossings are allowed only in a group by using a rope.

Before you set out on a tour you should inform someone down in the valley about the tour‘s destination and when you plan to be back. Anavalanche transceiver is an absolute must for Alpine ski mountaineering tours.

 

More details about ski mountaineering tours in Ötztal: https://www.oetztal.com/skitouren 

Start

Parkplatz Sennhof, Niederthai (1542 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
47.128325, 10.968487
UTM
32T 649294 5221304

Destination

Kraspesspitze

Turn-by-turn directions

From the Sennhof car park (next to Information Office) in Niederthaiyou walk along the leisurely Horlachtal trail (7 km) to SchweinfurterHütte (2034 m). Before you get to the hut, you turn into „GubenerWeg“ on the left. On a quite steep slope the route continuestowards Weites Kar. Follow the trail until you reach the fork-off: theleft route takes you to Finstertaler Scharte and Schartenkogel peakwhile the path on the right leads up to the peak slope of Kraspesspitze(2954 m).

Public transport

Travel by train comfortably and safely to the station station Ötztal. End station or exit point is the station ÖTZTAL. Then travel comfortably and quickly by public transport or the local taxi company through the entire valley! The current bus schedule can be found at: http://fahrplan.vvt.at

 

For all aviation fans the airport Innsbruck is connected by direct scheduled flights directly to destinations all over Europe. In addition, numerous charter flights are carried out. A convenient and time-saving journey is guaranteed. For more information about your flight search: https://www.checkfelix.com/

 

Getting there

Niederthai is located in the western part of Austria in the state TYROL, in a southern side valley of the Inn valley - the ÖTZTAL. For your arrival by car, you can plan the best route from your home town with the route planner online at https://www.google.at/maps

 

Parking

The following parking facilities are available in Niederthai:
  • Niederthai Parking Sennhof, payable from 07:00 to 18:30
  • Niederthai Ortsweiler Lehen (football pitch), free
  • Niederthai Ortsweiler plate floor, free of charge
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Distance
9.9 km
Duration
5:00 h
Ascent
1404 m
Descent
1404 m

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