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Long Distance Hiking recommended route

Ötztal Trek Route 3

Long Distance Hiking · Oetztal
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  • Obergurgl
    / Obergurgl
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  • / Langtalereckhütte
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  • / Piccard Hängebrücke
    Photo: Judith Schöpf, Ötztal
  • / Ramolhaus
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  • / Ramolhaus
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  • / Martin-Busch-Hütte
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  • / Similaunhütte
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ETAPPE 10 – 12

Obergurgl (1.930 m) – Langtalereckhütte (2.430 m)  – Ramolhaus (3.005 m) – Martin-Busch-Hütte(2.501 m) – Similiaunhütte (3.017 m)

Distance 31.7 km
15:30 h
2,933 m
1,820 m
3,187 m
1,891 m


Stage 10 – 12

Obergurgl (1930 m) – Langtalereckhütte (2430 m)  – Hochwildehaus (2866 m) – Ramolhaus (3005 m) – Martin-Busch Hütte (2501 m) – Similiaunhütte (3017 m)

Changes in elevation: ascent 2800 meters / descent 1700 meters<br>Distance in kilometers: 32 km

This scenic route takes hikers to Obergurgl in the rear Ötztal Valley. You follow the tracks of stratosphere expert Auguste Piccard and Ötzi - The Iceman. From Obergurgl you also explore the glacier world high above Vent. Glacier trekking at its finest!



OBERGURGL (1900 m) –> LANGTALERECKHÜTTE (2430 m) –> HOCHWILDEHAUS (2866 m) –> RAMOLHAUS (3005 m)

Route: road, cart road, steep path, path

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

Difficulties: on this route you have to cross the remains of a glacier snout on Gurgler Ferner (flat and no crevasses)

Walking time: approx. 7 hrs

Changes in elevation: ascent approx. 1600 meters / descent 500 meters

Highest point: 3005 m

Distance in kilometers: approx. 16 km

Lodging, refreshment stops: David‘s Hütte (no overnight), Schönwieshütte (no overnight), Hochwildehaus, Ramolhaus

Access/exit points: from Obergurgl along Ramolweg Trail to Ramolhaus (ascent approx. 4 hrs / descent 3 hrs)

Diversity at its Best

From the center of Obergurgl you walk into the valley to David’s Hütte. There you continue on the themed Stone Pine Trail through the dense forest until you reach the road to Schönwieshütte. The road leads past the hut, winding slightly to the left, and – after a short downhill section – climbs gently through the slopes above Gurgler Tal to Langtalereckhütte. From the mountain hut the path drops down to Langtal, crosses the valley and climbs steeply to the moraine of Gurgler Glacier. Follow the moraine parallel to the glacier to Hochwildehaus. After a rest stop retrace your steps down to approx. 2700 meters above sea level where you descend to the remains of the Gurgler Glacier snout on the left. Cross the glacier at its lowest and flattest point (no trail signs). Once you have crossed the glacier fields there is a steep ledge with metal rungs to help you along. The trail then travels slightly uphill before climbing up to Ramolhaus. Continue to Ramolhaus. The last section of the trail also has steep switchbacks all the way to the top.



RAMOLHAUS (3005 m) –> RAMOLJOCH (3189 m) –> MARTIN-BUSCH-HÜTTE (2501 m)

Route: steep path, footpath, road, cart road

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

Difficulties: the trail is equipped with fixed cables and metal rungs all the way to Ramoljoch

Equipment: standard hiking equipment

Walking time: approx. 6 hrs

Changes in elevation: approx. 700 meters climbing, 1,200 meters descending

Highest point: 3189 m

Distance in kilometers: approx. 11.5 km

Lodging, refreshment stops: Ramolhaus, Martin-Busch-Hütte

Access/exit points: from Obergurgl along Ramolweg to Ramolhaus (ascent approx. 4 hrs / descent 3 hrs); from Vent through Niedertal to Martin-Busch-Hütte (ascent approx. 2.5 hrs / descent 2 hrs)

Across Ramoljoch To Niedertal

From Ramolhaus we climb up to the dead ice of Ramolferner Glacier. Continue on the very section up to Ramoljoch by using fixed cables and metal rungs to assist your ascent through boulders, slabs and rubble areas. From here the trail switchbacks down quickly, then runs along the lateral moraine of Spiegelferner Glacier. Continue until you get to a trail junction at approx. 2800 meters above sea level. There turn left towards Martin-Busch-Hütte following Diemweg Trail. The trail then climbs moderately to a saddle and continues through gentle pasturelands and the slopes above Niedertal to Diembach Brook and down to the valley. Hike into the valley for a few meters, cross Niedertalbach Brook and follow the moderately ascending cart road to Martin-Busch-Hütte.




Route: steep path

Requirements: surefootedness; red mountain trail

Difficulties: none

Equipment: standard hiking equipment

Walking time: approx. 2 hrs

Changes in elevation: ascent approx. 500 meters

Highest point: 3017 m

Distance in kilometers: approx. 4.5 km

Lodging, refreshment stops: Martin-Busch-Hütte, Similaunhütte

Access/exit points: from Vent through Niedertal to Martin-Busch-Hütte (ascent approx. 2.5 hrs / descent 2 hrs)

A Side-Trip to South Tyrol

Similaunhütte, a privately-owned refuge, is located at 3017 meters above sea level on the South Tyrolean side of Niederjoch, a mountain pass between Tirol’s Ötztal and South Tyrol’s Schnalstal. Similaunhütte and Similaun owe their fame to Ötzi The Iceman who was discovered at nearby Tisenjoch Saddle (about 1.25 hrs walk). This scenic tour to Similaunhütte leads into Niedertal Valley along Niederjochbach Brook. The trail then climbs gently through glacier moraines. From Seibach Brook you stay on the moraine ridge all the way to Bild area. Afterwards the route continues without much elevation change to the glacier. Usually hikers had to cross Niederjochferner, but since 2008 there is a new trail circumventing it. The last section of this trail is rather steep. This blazed trail leads west of Niederjochferner to Similaunhütte.


Similaunhütte (3017 m) –> Similaun (3599 m)

Similaun Peak from Similaunhütte: glacier tour requiring surefootedness, good head for heights, high Alpine experience; rope is a must on the glacier (crevasses!) and along the ridge; usually icepick and crampons required; black mountain trail; mountain guide strongly recommended! Difficulty level: intermediate hike, Walking time: ascent approx. 2.5 hrs, descent approx. 1.5 hrs, Changes in elevation: 580 altitude meters

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Update: December 22, 2021
Highest point
3,187 m
Lowest point
1,891 m
Best time of year

Safety information

Bei dieser Route ist Gletschererfahrung notwendig (ev. nur mit Bergführer)

Tips and hints

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


Obergurgl (1,906 m)
46.870168, 11.026556
46°52'12.6"N 11°01'35.6"E
32T 654440 5192730



Turn-by-turn directions

Etappe 10:


Im Zentrum von Obergurgl halten wir uns taleinwärts und folgen ab Zirben Alm dem alpinen Erlebnisweg durch den Zirbenwald. Die Route mündet in den Fahrweg zur Schönwieshütte, der einen Linksbogen legt und über dem Gurgler Tal ansteigend zur Langtalereckhütte führt. Anschließend folgen wir der Beschilderung Richtung Piccard Hängebrücke. Auf ca. 2.600 m steigt man über Gletscherschliffplatten hinunter zur Hängebrücke, welche über die Reste der Gletscherzunge des Gurgler Ferner führt. Weiter folgt man den Weg bis hinauf zum Ramolhaus am Köpfle. Im letzten Abschnitt führt der Steig in steilem Gelände nach oben.

Etappe 11:

Wir wandern vom Ramolhaus über das Toteis des Ramolferner. Es folgt die Passage in steilem Gelände zum Ramoljoch. Fixseile und Stahlbügel erleichtern den Aufstieg über Blockwerk, Platten und Geröll. Jenseits in Serpentinen hinab und dann – zunächst neben dem Spiegelferner – meist relativ flachabwärts. Auf der Seitenmoräne des Spiegelferner zweigt man in etwas mehrals 2.800 m links zur Martin-Busch-Hütte ab, hier beginnt der Diemweg. Es folgt ein leichter Anstieg, wo wir ins Almgelände eintauchen. Anschließend werden ohne nennenswerte Höhenänderung die Hänge über dem Niedertal gequert. Wir überqueren den Diembach, dann leitet der Steig oft in Serpentinen Richtung Talboden hinunter zur Martin-Busch-Hütte.



Etappe 12:

Die Similaunhütte, steht in 3.017 m Höhe auf Südtiroler Seite am Niederjoch, einem Übergang zwischen dem Nordtiroler Ötztal und dem Südtiroler Schnalstal. Untrennbar verbunden mit dem Schutzhaus ist der berühmte Similaun und die Fundstelle des Eismanns Ötzi am ca. 1,25 h entfernten Tisenjoch. Unsere Tour zur Similaunhütte verläuft durch das Niedertal einwärts. Man folgt dem Niederjochbach. Wir wandern dann gemütlich an Moränenhängen empor. Ab dem Seibach sind wir bis zum sogenannten „Bild“ direkt auf dem Moränenrücken unterwegs. Im Anschluss zieht der Steig flach dahin. Bis zum Sommer 2008 hat man den Niederjochferner betreten, seit 2008 lässt sich der Gletscher nun umgehen. Westlich oberhalb des Niederjochferners leitet eine markierte Route zur Similaunhütte.


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

Obergurgl-Hochgurgl 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 Obergurgl-Hochgurgl the following parking facilities are available:
  • Car park Village center Obergurgl (in front of the church on the right, behind the multi-purpose building where the information office is located)
  • Parking lot with coin entrance Parking Place entrance - valley station Festkoglbahn, free of charge
  • Parking Hochgurglbahn valley station, free of charge - no parking at night
  • Parking Top Mountain Crosspoint, free of charge
  • Parking Hochgurgl, free of charge (very small parking)


46.870168, 11.026556
46°52'12.6"N 11°01'35.6"E
32T 654440 5192730
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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31.7 km
15:30 h
2,933 m
1,820 m
Highest point
3,187 m
Lowest point
1,891 m


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