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Long Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 6

Ötztaler Urweg E6 Obergurgl - Vent

Long Distance Hiking · Oetztal
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  • Ramolhaus
    / Ramolhaus
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  • / Obergurgl
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  • / Ramolhaus Sonnenaufgang
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  • / Ramolhaus
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  • / Vent
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m 3500 3000 2500 2000 1500 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Ramoljoch Ramolhaus Niedertal



OBERGURGL –> Ramolhaus –> Ramoljoch –> Ramolalm –> VENT

Distance 14.9 km
6:30 h
1,329 m
1,342 m
3,175 m
1,882 m



With his emergency landing at Gurgler Ferner in 1931, Prof. Auguste Piccard made this small mountain and glacier village famous overnight. He started a scientific high-altitude flight together with his assistant in Augsburg, they were the first people who tried to reach the stratosphere at 16,000 meters altitude in a hot-air balloon. But then they had to make an emergency landing in the glacier village. This high Alpine tour reveals all the beauty of a truly unique glacier world. Ramolhaus mountain hut, resembling an eagle's eyrie, is the only constant element in this bizarre mountain world. On Ramoljoch col at 3187 m, you reach the undisputed highlight of this long-distance hiking trail: stunning summits and Alpine peaks such as Wildspitze, Similaun or Hochfirst make a lovely backdrop. The end of this high-altitude stage is the mountaineering village of Vent, the cradle of alpinism.

Highest point
3,175 m
Lowest point
1,882 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop


Safety information

Surefootedness, a good physical shape, stamina

Secured hiking and climbing sections

Tips and hints

Did you know that…


… the Ötztal Alps have the highest mountains of the Eastern Alps, including more than 250 peaks higher than 3000 meters and countless glaciers?




Obergurgl –> Stone Pine Forest –> Langtalereck Hütte –> Piccard Bridge –> Obergurgl

The Piccard Bridge spans the rear ends of Gurgl's Glacier where the iconic balloon landing took place. A stone pine forest older than 300 years lines the way to this nature treasure. The incredible age of the stone pine population ranks among the region's rarities, therefore the forest was declared a natural monument already in 1963.


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


Obergurgl (1,906 m)
46.870259, 11.026905
46°52'12.9"N 11°01'36.9"E
32T 654467 5192741



Turn-by-turn directions

From the village center you follow the signposted trail to Gurgler Ache mountain brook. Then follow the ascending route through steep grass slopes and cross small glacier brooks several times. At about 2300 meters altitude you reach Küppelealm (refreshment stop).
If you continue walking into the valley, you can already see majestic Ramolhaus on a rocky outcrop. Scenic Piccard Bridge can be found right below Ramolhaus. Take the rising footpathon the right and you reach Ramolhaus.
Continue across Ramolferner glacier and a steep section up to Ramoljoch. Here you descend in switchbacks past Spiegelferner glacier to Ramolalm (not serviced). Follow the signposted hiking trail down to the mountaineering village of Vent.


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)


46.870259, 11.026905
46°52'12.9"N 11°01'36.9"E
32T 654467 5192741
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


Mountain hiking equipment, sturdy hiking boots with grip sole

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

  • European E5 long-distance hiking trail – King's Segment – Obergurgl to Moos in Passeier (alternative route)
  • Ötztal Trek Stage 10
  • Ötztal Trek Route 3
  • Ötztaler Urweg V6 Obergurgl - Zwieselstein
  • Ötztal Trek Stage 11
  • Ötztaler Urweg E8 Gaislach - Granstein
  • European E5 long-distance hiking trail – King's Segment – Zwieselstein to Moos in Passeier (original route)
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14.9 km
6:30 h
1,329 m
1,342 m
Highest point
3,175 m
Lowest point
1,882 m


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