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Long Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 3

Ötztal Trek Stage 3

Long Distance Hiking · Oetztal
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m 3200 3000 2800 2600 2400 2200 2000 1800 10 8 6 4 2 km Winnebachseehütte Zwieselbachjoch Zwieselbach Alm
Schweinfurter Hütte (2.036 m) –> Winnebachseehütte (2.361 m)
Distance 10.4 km
4:00 h
842 m
510 m
2,871 m
2,030 m
  • Route: Track, Climbing
  • Requirements: Endurance
  • Bergweg red Difficulty: no special difficulties
  • Equipment: normal hiking equipment
  • Accommodation: Schweinfurterhütte, Winnebachseehütte
  • Acess / exit point: from Niederthai (Umhausen) to the Schweinfurt hut (about 2 h ascent, approx. 1,5 h descent); From Gries in the Sulztal (municipality of Längenfeld) to the Winnebachsee hut (about 2.25 h ascent, about 1.75 h descent)
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Update: April 15, 2021
Highest point
2,871 m
Lowest point
2,030 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Schweinfurter Hütte
Zwieselbach Alm

Safety information

Keine besonderen Schwierigkeiten

Tips and hints

Did you know that…

... above Winnebachseehütte is a rock climbing garden at 2360 Meter altitude.

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


Schweinfurter Hütte (2,030 m)
47.158191, 11.020081
47°09'29.5"N 11°01'12.3"E
32T 653121 5224723


Winnebachsee Hütte

Turn-by-turn directions


Take the marked forest trail into Zwieselbachtal, following the signs to Winnebachseehütte. Hike past Zwieselbacher Sennhütte and continue through the verdant Zwieselbachtal Alpine side valley. The forest trail ends at 2150 meters altitude - then continue on the footpath through rubble and boulders. The trail eventually climbs through a scree slope on the right, which can be a bit difficult and tiring as there is no signposted route leading across the gravelfield. Good stamina required! In the summer months there is no ice or snow on the way to Zwieselbachjoch ridge which is located to the right of the glacier. To the west you can see the glacier-topped peak of Grieskogel. Once you have crossed the saddle, the trail descends quickly through Winnebachkar cirque until you reach Winnebachseehütte.


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-Niederthai:
  • Umhausen Parking Mure - free of charge
  • Umhausen Bischoffsplatz - payable from 07:00 to 18:30 hour
  • Niederthai Parking Sennhof, payable from 07:00 to 18:30
  • Niederthai Ortsweiler Lehen (football pitch), free
  • Niederthai Ortsweiler plate floor, free of charge
  • Tumpen / Lehn-Platzl At the parking place Engelswand climbing garden (payable)
  • Parking Köfels (payable)


47.158191, 11.020081
47°09'29.5"N 11°01'12.3"E
32T 653121 5224723
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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  • Ötztaler Urweg E10 Längenfeld - Umhausen
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10.4 km
4:00 h
842 m
510 m
Highest point
2,871 m
Lowest point
2,030 m
Scenic Refreshment stops available Linear route


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