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Long Distance Hiking recommended route

Ötztal Trek Route 6

Long Distance Hiking · Ötztal
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  • Frischmann Hütte
    Frischmann Hütte
    Photo: Roland Grüner, Ötztal

ETAPPE 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)

Distance 36.1 km
14:00 h
1,906 m
3,413 m
3,059 m
667 m


Frischmannhütte (2192 m) – Fundusfeiler (3079 m) – Erlanger Hütte (2541 m) – Forchheimer Weg – Maisalm (1631 m) – Ötztal- Bahnhof (704 m)

Changes in elevation: ascent 1750 meters / descent 3250 meters

Distance in kilometers: 29 km

The last Ötztal Trek Route covers 2 stages, on the last stage an overnight stay is recommended. Otherwise you descend some 2350 meters on a single day! From Erlanger Hütte you hike on the scenic Forchheimer Weg high elevation trail.




Route: steep path

Requirements: surefootedness, good head for heights; black mountain trail

Difficulties: none

Equipment: standard hiking equipment

Walking time: approx. 6 hrs

Changes in elevation: ascent approx. 1250 m / descent 900 m

Highest point: 3079 m

Distance in kilometers: approx. 10 km

Lodging, refreshment stops: Frischmannhütte, Erlanger Hütte

Access/exit points: from Umhausen to Frischmannhütte (ascent approx. 3.5 hrs / descent 2.5 hrs; alternatively by taxi from Umhausen to Hintere Fundusalm from where it’s a 30-minutes hike to Frischmannhütte); from Köfels (Umhausen) to Frischmannhütte (ascent approx. 2.5 hrs / descent 2 hrs); from Umhausen to Erlanger Hütte (ascent approx. 4.5 hrs / descent 3.5 hrs; alternatively by taxi from Umhausen to Vordere Leierstalalm from where it’s another 2-hours hike to Erlanger Hütte /descent approx. 1.5 hrs)

3000-Meter High Peak and Scenic Mountain Lake

From the refuge hut the trail leads to Funduskar Cirque and then switchbacks up steeply to Fundusfeilerrinne and further on to Feilerscharte Ridge. A scenic ridge walk takes you to the panoramic peak of Fundusfeiler (3079 m) featuring 150 meters of altitude gain, an absolute must for passionate hikers! Head in northern direction through scree areas down to Schwarzes Loch. At the fork, make a right turn and continue westwards through the gently rolling pasturelands of Leierstal. Later on the trail climbs in switchbacks to a mountain dip past which you can already see crystal-clear Wettersee, one of Ötztal’s most pristine mountain lakes. From the lake it’s only a few more minutes down to Erlanger Hütte.




Route: steep path, footpath, (sealed) road

Requirements: surefootedness, good head for heights, good physical condition and stamina; red mountain trail

Difficulties: none; stable weather conditions essential

Equipment: standard hiking equipment

Walking time: approx. 9 hrs, 2-day hike

Changes in elevation: ascent approx. 500 meters / descent 2350 meters

Highest point: 2660 m

Distance in kilometers: approx. 19 km

Lodging, refreshment stops: Erlanger Hütte, Maisalm

Access/exit points: from Umhausen to Erlanger Hütte (ascent approx. 4.5 hrs / descent 3.5 hrs; alternatively by taxi from Umhausen to Vordere Leierstalalm from where it takes 2 hrs up to Erlanger Hütte and 1.5 hrs down)

Two Days on Vordere Geigenkamm

If it wasn’t for Maisalm where you can spend the night on your way between Erlanger Hütte to Ötztal-Bahnhof you would be forced to climb down 2350 meters in one day. From Erlanger Hütte the trail descends northwards, crosses a few slopes, climbs up to a ridge and drops steeply down to Tumpental Valley. You ascend to Murmentenkarjoch where the trail descends in a northern direction and travels along a ridge down to the small Forchheimer Bivouac (a basic mountain shelter left unlocked; sleeps four persons; 3-hour walk).The trail contours along the ridge to Hahnenkamm which is circumvented through a scree field to the east. Then the route heads to Mutkopf Peak and Muthütte (not serviced). Continue down on a cart road and follow it to Maisalm Hut (approx. 6 hrs from Erlanger Hütte) where you spend the night (advance booking required!). The next day you continue along a cart road & footpath, then a cart road again down to the village of Roppen. In Roppen you follow the road parallel to the rail tracks in an eastern direction, from Ötztaler Ache Mountain Brook you continue on the Ötztal Mountain Bike Trail until you get to Ötztal-Bahnhof.

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Update: March 19, 2024
Highest point
3,059 m
Lowest point
667 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 7.71%Dirt road 25.64%Forested/wild trail 7.54%Path 55.22%Road 3.86%
2.8 km
Dirt road
9.3 km
Forested/wild trail
2.7 km
19.9 km
1.4 km
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Tips and hints

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


Frischmann Hut
47.102814, 10.884091
47°06'10.1"N 10°53'02.7"E
32T 642962 5218311


Ötztal Bahnhof

Turn-by-turn directions

Etappe 21:

Zunächst wandert man von der Hütte ins Funduskar. Der gute Steig verläuft dann in steilem Gelände in Serpentinen nach oben bis unter die Fundusfeilerrinne und zieht in die Rinne hinein. Es ist fast bergsteigerische Pflicht, auf der Feilerscharte noch rund 150 hm anzuhängen und den 3.079 m hohen Aussichtsgipfel Fundusfeiler zu erklimmen. Dann gehts nach Norden ins sogenannte „Schwarze Loch“ hinab. Anschließend hält man sich bei einer Routengabelung rechts und wandert in schönem Almgelände westlich über dem Leierstal dahin. Der Steig windet sich später in Serpentinen einen steilen Hang empor zu einer Art Einsattelung. Jenseits zeigt sich der glasklare Wettersee, eines der schönsten Berggewässer überhaupt im gesamten Ötztal. Wir gehen ein paar Meter hinunter zum See und erreichen in wenigen Minuten die Erlanger Hütte.

Etappe 22:

Auf der Tour von der Erlanger Hütte über den Forchheimerweg nach Ötztal-Bahnhof ist es sehr ratsam in der Maisalm zu übernachten, da sonst an einem Tag über 2.350 Abstiegshöhenmeter bewältigt werden müssen. Von der Hütte geht es nördlich hinunter, bis wir die Hänge auswärts queren. Auf einem Steig geht es auf einen Kamm hinauf und jenseits steil ins hinterste Tumpental. Wir steigen in das Murmentenkarjoch empor.


Jenseits zieht die Route nördlich abwärts bis zur kleinen Forchheimer Biwakschachtel (Notunterkunft, ohne Schlüssel zugänglich, vier Schlafplätze, 3 h). Es geht den Grat entlang hinunter, der Hahnenkamm wird ostseitig umgangen. Weiter geht’s zum Vorderen Geigenkamm von dort führt der Steig zum Mutkopf und zur Muthütte (nicht bewirtschaftet). Auf einem Karrenweg weiter abwärts bis zur Maisalm (6 h ab Erlanger Hütte) – hier wird übernachtet (im Voraus reservieren). Über einen Fahr- und Fußweg und anschließend erneut über einen Fahrweg erreichen wir am nächsten Tag den Talort Roppen. Dort wandern wir östlich auf dem Fahrweg entlang der Bahnlinie und folgen ab der Ötztaler Ache dem Ötztal Radweg nach Ötztal-Bahnhof.

Public transport

Enjoy a both comfortable and relaxing train ride to the train station in Ötztal Bahnhof. You get off the train in ÖTZTAL Bahnhof where you change to a public bus or local taxi. The current bus schedule can be found at: http://fahrplan.vvt.at



Umhausen  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




The following parking facilities are available in Umhausen:

  • Umhausen Parking Mure - free of charge
  • Umhausen Bischoffsplatz - payable from 07:00 to 18:30 hour
  • Parking Köfels (payable)


47.102814, 10.884091
47°06'10.1"N 10°53'02.7"E
32T 642962 5218311
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It is recommended to wear hiking equipment such as breathable and weather-adapted outdoor clothing, ankle-high mountain boots, wind, rain and sun protection, cap and possibly gloves. It is also important to have enough food, as well as a first-aid package, a cell phone and a hiking map.

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36.1 km
14:00 h
1,906 m
3,413 m
Highest point
3,059 m
Lowest point
667 m


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