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Long Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 9

Ötztal Trek Stage 9

Long Distance Hiking · Oetztal
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  • Hochfirst
    / Hochfirst
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  • / Timmelsjoch
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  • / Brunnenkoglhaus
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  • / Brunnenkoglhaus
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m 3000 2500 2000 1500 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Brunnenkogelhaus Wilde Rötespitze Gasthaus Hochfirst Timmelsjoch Altkaser
Gasthaus Hochfirst (1.860 m) - Timmelsjoch - Brunnenkogelhouse (2.738 m)
Distance 12.8 km
6:00 h
1,623 m
715 m
2,961 m
1,817 m
  • Route: Climbing
  • Requirements: Step safety, dizziness;
  • Mountain path black
  • Difficulty: exposed passages on the ridge, stable weather conditions particularly important
  • Equipment: normal hiking equipment
  • Huts: Brunnenkogelhaus, Rasthaus at the Timmelsjoch (no overnight stay), Gasthaus Hochfirst
  • Acess / exit point: from Sölden over the Fiegl's hut in the Windach Valley to the Brunnenkogelhaus (about 5 h ascent, approx. 4 h descent);
    alternatively bus from Sölden to Fiegl's Hütte - then another 3 h ascent to Brunnenkogelhaus (about 2 h descent)
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Update: April 13, 2021
Highest point
2,961 m
Lowest point
1,817 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Gasthaus Hochfirst

Safety information

Trittsicherheit, Schwindelfreiheit

ausgesetzte Passagen am Grat, stabile Wetterverhältnisse besonders wichtig

Tips and hints

Did you know that…

... Timmelsjoch is the highest pass crossing of the Eastern Alps?


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


Gasthaus Hochfirst (1,819 m)
46.887984, 11.126613
46°53'16.7"N 11°07'35.8"E
32T 662012 5194911



Turn-by-turn directions


Ascend from Gasthof Hochfirst to Timmelsjoch. From Rasthaus Timmelsjoch the trail leads past several small lakes, gently ascending to Wannenkar. Hiking past Wannenkar, Rötenkar and Wietenkar, you walk in switchbacks through steep, boulder-strewn terrain up to Wannenkarsattel. Follow the constantly climbing ridge trail to Wilde Rötespitz, the tour‘s highest point. Awe-inspiringviews include Ötztal’s Wildspitze, North Tirol’s highest mountain, Weißkugel and Zuckerhütl in the Stubai Alps!
A slightly descending path takes you down to Brunnenkogelhaus at the peak of Vorderer Brunnenkogel. Hiking down to Sölden you take the trail via Brunnenberg Alm (approx. 3.5 h) or Fiegl‘s Hütte in Windachtal (approx. 2 h): here you can take the Windach bus line to Sölden (you save about 2 h). You reach the next stage by public bus from Sölden to Obergurgl.


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)


46.887984, 11.126613
46°53'16.7"N 11°07'35.8"E
32T 662012 5194911
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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12.8 km
6:00 h
1,623 m
715 m
Highest point
2,961 m
Lowest point
1,817 m
Scenic Linear route Refreshment stops available


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