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Long Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 22

Ötztal Trek Stage 22

Long Distance Hiking · Oetztal
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  • Erlanger Hütte
    / Erlanger Hütte
    Photo: Ötztal Tourismus, Ötztal
  • / Maisalm
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  • /
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m 3500 3000 2500 2000 1500 1000 500 20 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Erlanger Hütte Maisalm Forchheimer Weg Mutkopf
Erlanger Hütte (2.541 m) –> Forchheimer Weg –> Maisalm (1.631 m) –> Ötztal-Bahnhof (704)
Distance 21.5 km
8:00 h
647 m
2,491 m
2,665 m
681 m
  • Route: Ascending, footpath, (asphalted) route
  • Requirements: stability, dizziness, condition, endurance;
  • Mountain road red
  • Difficulties: no special difficulties;
  • Huts: Erlanger Hut, Maisalm Hut
  • Acess / exit point: from Umhausen to the Erlanger hut (about 4,5 h ascent, approx. 3,5 h descent),
    alternatively taxish shuttle from Umhausen to the Vordere Leierstalalm - then about 2 h ascent to the Erlanger hut, approx 2 h descent);
    Taxi Scharfetter: T +43 (0) 5255 5858
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Update: April 15, 2021
Highest point
2,665 m
Lowest point
681 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Erlanger Hütte

Safety information

Trittsicherheit, Schwindelfreiheit, Kondition, Ausdauer

Keine besonderen Schwierigkeiten; stabile Wetterverhältnisse besonders wichtig

Tips and hints

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


Erlanger Hütte (2,536 m)
47.144665, 10.847377
47°08'40.8"N 10°50'50.6"E
32T 640066 5222896


Ötztal Bahnhof

Turn-by-turn directions


If it wasn’t for Maisalm where you can spend the night on your way between Erlanger Hütte and Ötztal-Bahnhof you would be forced to climb down 2350 meters in only one day. From Erlanger Hütte the trail descends northwards, crosses a few slopes, climbs up to a ridge and drops steeply down into Tumpental valley. You ascend to Murmentenkarjoch col where the route descends in a northern direction and travels along a ridge down to the small Forchheimer Bivouac (a basic mountain shelter left unlocked; sleeps four persons).

The trail contours along the ridge to Hahnenkamm which is bypassed through a scree field to the east. Then the route heads towards Vorderer Geigenkamm and continues to Mutkopf peak and Muthütte (not serviced). Follow a descending cart road until you reach Maisalm hut (approx. 6 hours from Erlanger Hütte) where you spend the night (advance booking absolutely required).

The next day you continue along cart roads and trails down to Roppen where you follow the road parallel to the rail tracks in an eastern direction. From Ötztaler Ache mountain brook you continue on the Ötztal Cycle Trail until you get to the village of Ötztal-Bahnhof.


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

Umhausen-Niederthai 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 Umhausen:
  • Parking Mure - free of charge
  • Bischoffsplatz - payable from 07:00 to 18:30 hours
  • Tumpen / Lehn-Platzl
  • At the parking place Engelswand climbing garden (payable)
  • Parking Köfels (payable)


47.144665, 10.847377
47°08'40.8"N 10°50'50.6"E
32T 640066 5222896
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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21.5 km
8:00 h
647 m
2,491 m
Highest point
2,665 m
Lowest point
681 m
Scenic Linear route Refreshment stops available


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