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Long Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 19

Ötztal Trek Stage 19

Long Distance Hiking · Ötztal
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  • Rüsselsheimer Hütte
    Rüsselsheimer Hütte
    Photo: Roland Grüner, Ötztal
Rüsselsheimer Hütte (2.328 m) –> Kapuzinerjöchl (2.710 m) –> Breitlehnjöchl (2.637 m) –> Sandjöchl (2.826 m) –> Luibisscharte (2.914 m) –> Hauerseehütte (2.383 m)
Distance 11 km
5:00 h
1,246 m
1,187 m
2,911 m
2,324 m
  • Course: Climbing, Path
  • Requirements: Step safety, dizziness, condition, endurance, high alpine experience;
  • Mountain route black, intersection alpine route
  • Difficulties: hard ascent to Luibisscharte, glacier passage on Hauerferner (columns), assured passages; Stable weather conditions are particularly important; Mountain guide recommended
  • Equipment: normal hiking equipment, depending on the conditions Pickel, crampons, rope
  • Huts : Rüsselsheimer Hut, Hauersee Hut
    Acess / exit point: from Unterried or Oberried in Längenfeld to Hauerseehütte (approx. 3.75 h way, approx. 2.5 h descent);
    from Plangeross (municipality of St. Leonhard in the Pitztal) to Rüsselsheimer Hütte (about 2 h ascent, approx. 1,5 h descent)
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Roland Grüner 
Update: April 26, 2024
Highest point
2,911 m
Lowest point
2,324 m
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Rüsselsheimer Hütte

Safety information

For experienced mountaineers that are free from vertigo & surefooted, Very good physical condition, mountain experience & mountain equipment (see notice equipment) necessary, such as alpine security material, good weather conditions recommended. Please pay attention to the current weather report

Tips and suggestions

Did you know that…

... ibexes feel particularly at ease in the Alpine area surrounding Rüsselsheimer Hütte?


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


Rüsselsheimer Hütte
46.994063, 10.887998
46°59'38.6"N 10°53'16.8"E
32T 643550 5206234



Turn-by-turn directions

SADDLES AND SMALL GLACIERSBehind the hut you follow the trail a little to the east, then it branches off to the left towards the Gahwinden vista point. From there the trail leads down through scree into Rötkarle. Then the route ascends up to Kapuzinerjöchl where you descend across steep terrain, secured by ropes. Then you hike up the path to Breitlehnjöchl and further uphill to Sandjöchl. An extremely strenuous stretch to Luibisscharte starts at the climb’s fork-off point. Soon you enter crevice-free Hauerferner glacier (there is also a footbridge leading down from the glacier field on the right!).You cross it in the upper, flatter part in an easterly direction. The trail between the glacier and Hauerseehütte has been officially closed off due to a rockslide. A bypass route follows the glacierin a north-eastern direction and descends to the right of a rocky knoll down to Hauerseehütte.

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



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


The following parking facilities are in Längenfeld:


- Parking lot in Lehn near the Heimatmuseum | chargeable | more information about multi-day tickets at +43 57200 300

- Parking lot Oberried – Climbing Garden | chargeable  | more information about multi-day tickets at +43 57200 300


46.994063, 10.887998
46°59'38.6"N 10°53'16.8"E
32T 643550 5206234
Get there by train, car, bike, or on foot!

Author’s map recommendations

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


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.

Similar routes nearby

  • Europäischer Fernwanderweg E5 - Variante - von der Braunschweiger Hütte nach Vernagt am See im Schnalstal
  • Ötztal Trek Stage 18
  • Ötztal Trek Route 5
  • European E5 long-distance hiking trail – King’s Segment – Braunschweiger Hut to Zwieselstein (original route)
  • European E5 long-distance hiking trail – King's Segment – Braunschweiger Hut to Vent (alternative route)
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11 km
5:00 h
1,246 m
1,187 m
Highest point
2,911 m
Lowest point
2,324 m
Scenic Linear route Refreshment stops available


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