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Long Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 8

Ötztal Trek Stage 8

Long Distance Hiking · Oetztal
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  • Siegerlandhütte
    / Siegerlandhütte
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  • / Windachscharte
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  • / Hochfirst
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m 3000 2500 2000 1500 8 6 4 2 km Windachscharte (2.846 m) Siegerlandhütte Großer Schwarzsee … Passeiertal Gasthaus Hochfirst Timmelsalm
Siegerlandhütte (2.710 m) -> Windachscharte -> Gasthaus Hochfirst (1.860 m)
Distance 9.3 km
3:30 h
274 m
1,163 m
2,877 m
1,759 m
  • Route: Climbing, cart track
  • Requirements: Safety, dizzying;
  • Mountain route red
  • Difficulty: no special difficulties
  • Equipment: normal hiking equipment
  • Huts: Siegerland Hut, Gasthaus Hochfirst Hut
  • Acess / exit point: from Sölden through the Windachtal to Siegerlandhütte (about 5 h ascent, approx. 4 h descent);
    from Moos / Passeier to the Gasthof Hochfirst (approx. 3,5 h ascent, approx. 3 h descent);
    from the Timmelsstraße to the Timmelsalm (about 0.5 h ascent and descent) by bus from Sölden to the Timmelsjoch, walking time to the Gasthof Hochfirst (approx. 1.5 h in the descent)

Author’s recommendation


Siegerlandhütte – Schneeberghaus (2.355 Meter) – Gasthof Hochfirst
Those who want to extend the tour can take the fork-off to Schneeberghaus (T +39 (0) 473 6470 45) mountain hut at the height of lake Schwarzsee.
Enjoy a rewarding journey back in time to South Tyrol‘s deeplyrooted mining history. Also renowned for excellent lunchtime meals.

Level, walking time: average hike, about. 4 - 5 h Siegerlandhütte - Schneeberghaus; Schneeberghaus - Gasthaus Hochfirst 2,5 h
Altitude meters: 500 hm ascent and 1.610 descent

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Update: April 13, 2021
Highest point
2,877 m
Lowest point
1,759 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Gasthaus Hochfirst

Safety information

Trittsicherheit, Schwindelfreiheit

Keine besonderen Schwierigkeiten

Tips and hints

Did you know that…

... goods were smuggled to Ötztal via the hidden smugglers‘ trail?

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


Siegerlandhütte (2,709 m)
46.940828, 11.147701
46°56'27.0"N 11°08'51.7"E
32T 663457 5200827


Gasthaus Hochfirst

Turn-by-turn directions



Following the secret smugglers‘ routes you walk towards the ridge of Windachscharte at 2862 meters. Here you cross the border between Austria and Italy on a trail deeply rooted in history. Overlooking scenic Passeiertal valley, a descending path leads down to Timmelsalm hut. Right below you also reach the Timmelsjoch High Alpine Road, the Eastern Alps’ highest border crossing point and popular panoramic route leading from upper Ötztal to South Tyrol. Nearby Gasthof Hochfirst is located right on the Timmelsjoch Road.



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

Sölden 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 Sölden:
  • Parking lot
  • parking lot Stiegele
  • stair parking
  • Giggijochbahn + underground garage
  • Gaislachkoglbahn + underground garage
  • Parking Hochsölden
  • parking garage Hochsölden 1. parking lot
  • parking Zwieselstein
  • parking Zwieselstein / sports ground

All parking is free during the day.


Parking for several days (eg hike tour):

  • Postplatz, Parkticket available at the information Sölden Parkgarage Gaislachkoglbahn
  • Parkticket either online or directly at the cash desk of the Gaislachkoglbahn


46.940828, 11.147701
46°56'27.0"N 11°08'51.7"E
32T 663457 5200827
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.

Similar routes nearby

  • Ötztal Trek Stage 7
  • Ötztal Trek Stage 9
  • Ötztal Trek Stage 6
  • Ötztal Trek Route 2
  • European E5 long-distance hiking trail – King's Segment – Zwieselstein to Moos in Passeier (original route)
  • Ötztaler Urweg E5 Sölden - Obergurgl
  • Ötztaler Urweg Umleitung E5 Sölden - Hochgurgl Crosspoint (Weiterfahrt Bus nach Obergurgl)
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9.3 km
3:30 h
274 m
1,163 m
Highest point
2,877 m
Lowest point
1,759 m
Scenic Linear route Refreshment stops available


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