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Long Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 13

Ötztal Trek Stage 13

Long Distance Hiking · Oetztal
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  • Similaunhütte
    / Similaunhütte
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  • / Ötzi Fundstelle
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  • / Hochjoch Hospiz
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m 3800 3600 3400 3200 3000 2800 2600 2400 2200 2000 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 km Similaunhütte Hauslabjoch Hochjochferner Hochjoch-Hospiz
Similaunhütte (3.017 m) –> Hauslabjoch (3.283 m) –> Hochjoch-Hospiz (2.412 m)
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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Update: April 13, 2021
Highest point
3,279 m
Lowest point
2,286 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop


Safety information

Trittsicherheit, Schwindelfreiheit, Kondition, hochalpine Erfahrung; abschnittsweise alpine Route

Passage über den Hochjochferner (Spalten); Bergführer empfohlen

Tips and hints

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: https://www.oetztal.com/wandern 


Similaunhütte (3,017 m)
46.772371, 10.854696
46°46'20.5"N 10°51'16.9"E
32T 641600 5181539



Turn-by-turn directions


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.


all notes on protected areas

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


Getting there

Vent 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



In Vent the following parking facilities are available:

In front of the village and at the valley station of the chairlift (fee required)


46.772371, 10.854696
46°46'20.5"N 10°51'16.9"E
32T 641600 5181539
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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.

Basic Equipment for Long-Distance Hikes

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

Similar routes nearby

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  • Ötztal Trek Stage 16
  • Ötztal Trek Stage 15
  • Ötztaler Urweg E7 Vent - Gaislach
  • Ötztal Trek Stage 17
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8.5 km
3:30 h
390 m
997 m
Highest point
3,279 m
Lowest point
2,286 m
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