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Long Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 13

Ötztal Trek Stage 13

Long Distance Hiking · Ötztal
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  • Similaunhütte
    Similaunhütte
    Photo: Roland Grüner, Ötztal
Similaunhütte (3.017 m) –> Hauslabjoch (3.283 m) –> Hochjoch-Hospiz (2.412 m)
difficult
Distance 8.5 km
3:30 h
390 m
997 m
3,279 m
2,286 m
  • Route: Climbing, Path
  • Requirements: Step safety, dizziness, condition, high alpine experience
  • Mountain path black, intersection alpine route
  • Difficulties: Passage over Hochjochferner (columns); Mountain guide recommended
  • Equipment: normal hiking equipment, crampons, pimples according to circumstances; In any case rope; Climbing on the glacier
  • Huts: Similaun Hut, Hochjoch-Hospiz Hut
  • Acess / exit point: from Vent through the Niedertal to the Martin-Busch-Hütte and further to the Similaunhütte (about 4.5 h ascent, approx. 3.75 h descent)
    from Vent through the Rofental to Hochjoch-Hospiz (about 2,5 h ascent, about 2 h descent)
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Author
Roland Grüner 
Update: April 26, 2024
Difficulty
difficult
Technique
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Landscape
Highest point
3,279 m
Lowest point
2,286 m
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Rest stops

Similaunhütte
Hochjoch-Hospiz

Safety information

For high alpine experienced mountaineers that are free from vertigo & surefooted. Excellent physical condition, extensive mountain experience, alpine climbing gear, safety- and orientation guide, good weather conditions recommended. Please pay attention to the current weather report

Tips and suggestions

Did you know that…
...a memorial was erected at the finding site of the stone age mummy „Ötzi“, which is around 5250 years old?

More details about hiking In Ötztal: www.oetztal.com/hiking

Start

Similaunhütte
Coordinates:
DD
46.772371, 10.854696
DMS
46°46'20.5"N 10°51'16.9"E
UTM
32T 641600 5181539
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Destination

Hochjoch-Hospiz

Turn-by-turn directions

ÖTZI - THE ICEMAN AND GLACIER MUMMY

From the refuge hut a trail climbs steeply up a wide ridge which later turns into a boulder ridge with fixed cables for assistance. The last section of the trail to Tisenjoch saddle in South Tyrol takes you through flatter terrain. Ötzi‘s finding place at Tisenjoch is among the highlights of this stage. Once at Tisenjoch, the trail climbs for another 100 meters to Hauslabjoch before descending northwards on the Hochjochferner glacier fields. Leaving behind the glacier at approx. 3000 m, the trail joins the path coming down from Saykogel. Continue to Rofental, descending moderately at the beginning and steeply at the end. Cross Hochjochbach brook at 2500 m. In steep switchbacks down to the brook of Hintereisferner. Another challenging 100 altitude meters before you reach Hochjoch-Hospiz.

Public transport

Travel safe and comfortable with the train to the Ötztal Bahnhof train station. Last stop and exit point is the train station Ötztal Bahnhof. Afterwards you can travel smoothly and quick with the public transport or our local taxi companies through the valley to your desired destination. Please find the current bus timetable here: http://fahrplan.vvt.at

 

Directions

The car drive to the Ötztal valley. Situated in Tirol, the Ötztal valley set off in southerly direction and is the longest side valley in the Eastern Alps. The journey with the car leads you through the Inntal valley to the entrance of the valley and further on through the valley. Among the toll motorways you can also use the country roads. A route planner will show you the easiest and most convenient way: https://www.google.at/maps

Parking

The following parking facilities are available in Vent:

- Vent village entrance | chargeable | Multi-day ticket available

- Chairlift valley station | chargeable | Multi-day ticket available

Coordinates

DD
46.772371, 10.854696
DMS
46°46'20.5"N 10°51'16.9"E
UTM
32T 641600 5181539
w3w 
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Get there by train, car, bike, or on foot!

Author’s map recommendations

Kompass Hiking Map (available at the Ötztal Tourism information offices)

Equipment

Appropriate equipment such as breathable suitable outdoor clothes for the weather, is for all hikes and tours necessary. Please bring a first-aid box, a mobile phone, a walking map and if there is no hut on the way a snack and enough to drink.

Ice axe, crampons, rope | Mountain guide recommended.

Similar routes nearby

  • Ötztal Trek Route 4
  • Ötztal Trek Stage 12
  • Ötztal Trek Stage 14
  • Ötztal Trek Stage 16
  • Ötztal Trek Stage 15
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
8.5 km
Duration
3:30 h
Ascent
390 m
Descent
997 m
Highest point
3,279 m
Lowest point
2,286 m
Linear route Scenic Refreshment stops available

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