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Alpine Tour recommended route

Glacier tour to Rofenkarferner

Alpine Tour · Bezirk Imst
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  • Rofenkarferner
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Distance 4.3 km
2:45 h
878 m
878 m
3,233 m
2,355 m
Rofenkarferner is an impressive glacier area near the mountain lifts of Vent and, due to its easy accessibility, a very popular destination for aspiring alpinists to gain their first glacier tour experience. Of course, only accompanied by a mountain guide in a group and with appropriate equipment.

Even though the tour to Rofenkarferner is mostly just for exercise purposes, it offers a fascinating opportunity to admire the majestic beauty of the high alpine landscape while exploring the imposing nature of this mountain area. Although the route is well marked, it is still challenging. You should therefore have a certain level of basic fitness and alpine experience.

Author’s recommendation

Summit tour to Wildes Mannle

On the way we recommend a tour to the panoramic mountain 'Wildes Mannle (3.019 m, secured by rope)'. The summit can be reached on the way back from the Rofenkarferner via the Rofenkarsteig (easy climbing sections); Walking time approx. 1 ½ hours.


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Update: March 19, 2024
Highest point
3,233 m
Lowest point
2,355 m
Best time of year

Track types

Dirt road 1.66%Forested/wild trail 12.68%Path 74.43%Traces of trail 11.22%
Dirt road
0.1 km
Forested/wild trail
0.5 km
3.2 km
Traces of trail
0.5 km
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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: www.oetztal.com

Tips and suggestions

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


Mountain station chairlift Wildspitze Vent
46.863890, 10.904092
46°51'50.0"N 10°54'14.7"E
32T 645125 5191798



Turn-by-turn directions

From Vent you take the Wildspitze double chairlift up to Stableinalm (2,356 m). From there the route briefly continues along a wide trail and then on a well-maintained hiking path towards Breslauer Hütte (2,844 m). Walking time: approx. 1 ½ hours

Once at Breslauer Hütte you continue to the right until you get to the turnoff to Rofenkarferner glacier after about 10 minutes. Keeping to the left, it is another walking hour on a little steeper footpath leading up to the broad, rugged glacier tongue. Walking time: approx. 1 ¼ hours

For those who would like to explore Rofenkarferner even further or gain first glacier ascent experience, there is the option of continuing along the beaten footpath over the glacier (only with suitable glacier equipment, mountain guide recommended!). 

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 Ötztal valley and further on through the valley.

Among the toll motorways you can also use the countryroads. A route planner will show you the easiest and most convenient way: https://www.google.at/maps


46.863890, 10.904092
46°51'50.0"N 10°54'14.7"E
32T 645125 5191798
Get there by train, car, bike, or on foot!


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. For glacier tours, glacier equipment is required (crampons, ice ax, etc.). It is also important to have enough food, as well as a first-aid package, a cell phone and a hiking map.

Similar routes nearby

  • From Vent to Fluchtkogel at 3,500 m
  • Vent - Ramolhaus
  • Vent - Hochjoch Hospiz - Brandenburger Haus
  • Three huts hike - Breslauer Hütte, Vernagthütte, Hochjoch Hospiz
  • Vent - Breslauer Hütte - Vernagthütte
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4.3 km
2:45 h
878 m
878 m
Highest point
3,233 m
Lowest point
2,355 m


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