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Long Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 15

Ötztal Trek Stage 15

Long Distance Hiking · Oetztal
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  • Brandenburgerhaus
    / Brandenburgerhaus
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  • / Fluchtkogel
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  • / Vernagthütte
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  • / Vernagthütte
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m 3800 3600 3400 3200 3000 2800 2600 6 5 4 3 2 1 km Oberes Guslarjoch Brandenburger Haus Fluchtkogel Kesselwandferner Guslarferner Vernagthütte
Brandenburger Haus (3.274 m) –> Fluchtkogel (3.497 m) –> Vernagthütte (2.755 m)
Distance 6.5 km
2:30 h
332 m
845 m
3,482 m
2,750 m
  • Route: Climbing, path
  • Requirements: tread safety, dizziness, high alpine experience;
  • Mountain path black, intermittent alpine route
  • Difficulties: Passage over boiler wall, Guslarferner and over glacier slope from the yoke to the escape creek (in each case columns); Mountain guide recommended
  • Equipment: usually crampons, pimples; In any case rope; Climbing on the glacier
  • Huts: Brandenburger Haus, Vernagt Hut
  • Acess / exit point: from Vent through the Rofental to Hochjoch Hospiz,
    from Hochjoch Hospiz via Deloretteweg and Kesselwandferner to Brandenburger House (about 6 h ascent, approx. 4,5 h descent)
    From Vent via the Vernagtegg to Vernagthütte (about 3.5 h ascent, about 2.5 h descent)
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Update: April 13, 2021
Highest point
3,482 m
Lowest point
2,750 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Brandenburger Haus

Safety information

Trittsicherheit, Schwindelfreiheit, hochalpine Erfahrung; abschnittsweisealpine Route

Passage über Kesselwand-, Guslarferner und über Gletscherhang vom Joch zum Fluchtkogel (jeweils Spalten); Bergführer empfohlen!

Tips and hints

Did you know that…
...despite the glacier meltdown, Kesselwandferner has increased in size since 1971?

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


Brandenburger Haus (3,269 m)
46.844306, 10.778049
46°50'39.5"N 10°46'41.0"E
32T 635568 5189397



Turn-by-turn directions


From Brandenburger Haus the trail descends (some 50 meters of altitude change) through boulders and rubble to Kesselwandferner and crosses the glacier in a northeastern direction towards Oberes Guslarjoch. It’s only another 150 altitude meters up to Oberes Guslarjoch ridge from 3.497 m tall Fluchtkogel peak: it offers fabulous views and is an absolute must!
Back at Oberes Guslarjoch, you descend through steep terrain down to Guslarferner glacier. The trail levels out and continues flat across the first glacier field until you reach a hill which has to be climbed (beware of crevasses here!). After another fairly steep slope the route descends in a south-eastern direction. The last part of the trail takes you through moraine terrain and along the moraine ridge down to Vernagthütte.


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



The following parking facilities are available in Vent:

In front of the village and at the valley station from the chair lift (payable)


46.844306, 10.778049
46°50'39.5"N 10°46'41.0"E
32T 635568 5189397
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.

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6.5 km
2:30 h
332 m
845 m
Highest point
3,482 m
Lowest point
2,750 m
Scenic Linear route Refreshment stops available


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