We respect your
right to privacy!

Cookie settings

By clicking on "Accept" , you consent to use cookies and other technologies (provided by us and other trusted partners). We use such data for anonymous statistical purposes, tailor-made settings and to display personalized content and advertisements. It will help to provide you with an improved website experience. Please find out more about this topic in our Privacy Policy | Imprint

  • These cookies are absolutely necessary for the operation of this site and enable safety related functionalities, for example. Additionally, this type of cookie is as well used to save your personal cookie settings.

  • In order to further improve both our offer and website, we collect anonymized data for statistics and analyzes. By means of these cookies we can, for example, analyze the number of visitors and the effect of certain pages on our website by optimizing our content.

  • We use these cookies to improve usability of the site for you. For example, based on an accommodation search you already made, you can conveniently access the same lodging when you visit our website again.

  • These cookies are used to display personalized content that matches your interests. It enables us to provide you with offers that are particularly relevant to your personally planned trip.

Long Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 19

Ötztal Trek Stage 19

Long Distance Hiking · Oetztal
Logo Ötztal
Responsible for this content
Ötztal Verified partner  Explorers Choice 
  • Rüsselsheimer Hütte
    / Rüsselsheimer Hütte
    Photo: Ötztal Tourismus, Ötztal
  • / Breitlehntal
    Photo: Ötztal
  • / Hauerseehütte
    Photo: Ötztal
  • /
    Photo: Ötztal
m 3000 2800 2600 2400 2200 10 8 6 4 2 km Hauerseehütte Lubisscharte Rüsselsheimer Hütte Sandjöchl Kapuzinerjöchl Breitlehnjöchl
Rüsselsheimer Hütte (2.328 m) –> Kapuzinerjöchl (2.710 m) –> Breitlehnjöchl (2.637 m) –> Sandjöchl (2.826 m) –> Luibisscharte (2.914 m) –> Hauerseehütte (2.383 m)
Distance 11 km
5:00 h
1,246 m
1,187 m
2,911 m
2,324 m
  • Course: Climbing, Path
  • Requirements: Step safety, dizziness, condition, endurance, high alpine experience;
  • Mountain route black, intersection alpine route
  • Difficulties: hard ascent to Luibisscharte, glacier passage on Hauerferner (columns), assured passages; Stable weather conditions are particularly important; Mountain guide recommended
  • Equipment: normal hiking equipment, depending on the conditions Pickel, crampons, rope
  • Huts : Rüsselsheimer Hut, Hauersee Hut
    Acess / exit point: from Unterried or Oberried in Längenfeld to Hauerseehütte (approx. 3.75 h way, approx. 2.5 h descent);
    from Plangeross (municipality of St. Leonhard in the Pitztal) to Rüsselsheimer Hütte (about 2 h ascent, approx. 1,5 h descent)
Profile picture of Ötztal Tourismus
Ötztal Tourismus 
Update: April 15, 2021
Highest point
2,911 m
Lowest point
2,324 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Rüsselsheimer Hütte

Safety information

Trittsicherheit, Schwindelfreiheit, Kondition, Ausdauer; abschnittsweise alpine Route, hochalpine Erfahrung
mühsamer Aufstieg zur Luibisscharte, Gletscherpassage am spaltenfreien Hauerferner; stabile Wetterverhältnisse besonders wichtig

Tips and hints

Did you know that…

... ibexes feel particularly at ease in the Alpine area surrounding Rüsselsheimer Hütte?


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


Rüsselsheimer Hütte (2,324 m)
46.994063, 10.887998
46°59'38.6"N 10°53'16.8"E
32T 643550 5206234



Turn-by-turn directions


Hinter der Hütte folgt man dem Steig ein Stück nach Osten, und zweigt dann nach links ab zum Aussichtspunkt Gahwinden. Von dort führt der Weg durch Geröll hinab in das Rötkarle. Der Steig verläuft dann ansteigend zum Kapuzinerjöchl, wo man seilversichert im steilen Gelände hinunter steigt. Dann wandert man den Steig hinauf zum Breitlehnjöchl. Schließlich führt die Route hinauf zum Sandjöchl. Bei einer Steiggabelung beginnt eine äußerst mühsame Passage zur Luibisscharte. Bald betritt man den spaltenfreien Hauerferner (ein Steg führt auch rechter Hand vom Gletscherfeld hinunter!). Er wird in seinem flachen oberen Teil Richtung Osten gequert. Wegen Felssturz ist der weitere Weg zwischen dem Gletscher und der Hauerseehütte offiziell gesperrt. Die Ausweichroute führt nach Nordosten und im Anschluss an die Gletscherpassage rechts von einem Felskopf hinunter zur Hauerseehütte.


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

Längenfeld  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 Längenfeld:
  • Parking in Lehn - nearby Heimatmuseum - subject to charges
  • Parking Oberried - climbing garden – payable


46.994063, 10.887998
46°59'38.6"N 10°53'16.8"E
32T 643550 5206234
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 18
  • Ötztal Trek Route 5
  • European E5 long-distance hiking trail – King's Segment – Braunschweiger Hut to Vent (alternative route)
  • European E5 long-distance hiking trail – King’s Segment – Braunschweiger Hut to Zwieselstein (original route)
  • Ötztal Trek Stage 20
  • Ötztaler Urweg E9 Granstein - Längenfeld
  • Ötztaler Urweg Umleitung E5 Sölden - Hochgurgl Crosspoint (Weiterfahrt Bus nach Obergurgl)
 These suggestions were created automatically.
11 km
5:00 h
1,246 m
1,187 m
Highest point
2,911 m
Lowest point
2,324 m
Scenic Linear route Refreshment stops available


  • Content
  • Show images Hide images
Maps and trails
Distance  km
Duration : h
Ascent  m
Descent  m
Highest point  m
Lowest point  m
Push the arrows to change the view