Long Distance Hiking Stage

Ötztal Trek Stage 19

Long Distance Hiking · Pitztal
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  • Rüsselsheimer Hütte
    / Rüsselsheimer Hütte
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  • / Breitlehntal
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  • / Hauerseehütte
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2400 2600 2800 3000 3200 m km 2 4 6 8 10 Rüsselsheimer Hütte Kapuzinerjöchl Breitlehnjöchl Sandjöchl Lubisscharte

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)

11 km
5:00 h
1246 m
1187 m

RÜSSELSHEIMER HUT (2.328 m) –> KAPUZINERJÖCHL (2.710 m) –> BREITLEHNJÖCHL (2.637 m) –> SANDJÖCHL (2.826 m) –> LUIBISSCHARTE (2.914 m)–> HAUERSEEHUT (2.383 m)

Strecke: Steig, Pfad Anforderungen: Trittsicherheit, Schwindelfreiheit, Kondition, Ausdauer; Bergweg schwarz, abschnittsweise alpine Route Schwierigkeiten: mühsamer Aufstieg zur Luibisscharte, Gletscherpassage am spaltenfreien Hauerferner; stabile Wetterverhältnisse besonders wichtig Ausrüstung: normale Wanderausrüstung, je nach Verhältnissen Steigeisen und evt. auch Pickel Gehzeit: ca. 7 h Höhenunterschied: ca. 1.200 Hm Aufstieg, ca. 1.200 Hm Abstieg Höchster Punkt: 2.914 m Entfernungskilometer: ca. 10,5 km Übernachten, einkehren: Rüsselsheimer Hütte, Hauerseehütte Quereinstieg, -ausstieg: von Plangeross (Gemeinde St. Leonhard im Pitztal) zur Rüsselsheimer Hütte (ca. 2 h Aufstieg, ca. 1,5 h Abstieg); von Unterried bzw. Oberried (Gemeinde Längenfeld) zur Hauerseehütte (jeweils rund 3,75 h Aufstieg, ca. 2,5 h Abstieg)

Highest point
2911 m
Lowest point
2324 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


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.

Tips, hints and links

More details about hiking In Ötztal: 


Rüsselsheimer Hütte (2324 m)
46.994063, 10.887998
32T 643550 5206234



Turn-by-turn directions

Rüsselsheimer Hut (2.328 m) – Kapuzinerjöchl (2.710 m) – Breitlehnjöchl (2.637 m) – Sandjöchl (2826 m) - Luibisscharte (2.914 m) – Hauerseehut (2.383 m)

Saddle and a Small Glacier

This hike along Geigenkamm takes you across several saddles.From the refuge walk down in an eastern direction, make a left towards Gahwinden vista point (parts of the trail are equipped with fixed cables). From Gahwinden the trail descends through scree to Rötkarle and then ascends moderately, later steeply, to Kapuzinerjöchl (also known as Rötkarljoch). Beyond Kapuzinerjöchl the trail drops down through steep and rocky terrain (there are fixed cables to hold on to for safety) before leveling out and climbing leisurely towards Breitlehnjöchl.From Breitlehnjöchl the trail first climbs, then descends, then climbs again towards Sandjöchl – the last part is very steep!

From Sandjöchl the trail falls steeply and flattens out a bit before climbing through a very steep scree and boulder field to Luibisscharte. Past Lubisscharte the trail descends to crevasse-free Hauerferner and crosses it in an eastern direction. The trail between the glacier and Hauerseehütte has been closed off due to a rockslide – a by-pass trail follows the glacier in a north-eastern direction and then descends to the right of a rocky knoll to Hauerseehütte. The old route (use at own risk) descends steeply and straight down the glacier before making a left and zigzagging down to Hauerseehütte.<br/>Alternatively you can avoid the glacier section by following the rock ribbon below Luibiskogels.


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:


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



The following parking facilities are available in Längenfeld:
  • Parking in Lehn - nearby Heimatmuseum - subject to charges
  • Parking Oberried - climbing garden – payable
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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11 km
5:00 h
1246 m
1187 m
In and out Scenic With refreshment stops


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