Winter walking & snowshoe
hiking in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl

Winter Hiking

White, whiter, whitest is everything you will see…

Really big eyes for all winter hikers in the rear Ötztal: the pace is excellent to admire the unspoilt beauty of the Alpine mountains and landscapes. 12 km of cleared, signposted winter walking trails lead through snow-covered stone pine forests, white meadows and along the frozen Gurgler Ache brook. Take an even deeper insight into marvelous backcountry areas on guided snowshoeing adventures.

Ski Touring

Finstertaler Schartenkopf, 2856m - Umhausen-Niederthai

Ski Touring · Oetztal
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  • Skitour Finstertaler Schartenkopf
    / Skitour Finstertaler Schartenkopf
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  • Finstertaler Scharte
    / Finstertaler Scharte
    Photo: Ötztal Tourismus
  • Skitour Niederthai
    / Skitour Niederthai
    Photo: Ötztal Tourismus
  • Ortsaufnahme Niederthai
    / Ortsaufnahme Niederthai
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Map / Finstertaler Schartenkopf, 2856m - Umhausen-Niederthai
1500 2000 2500 3000 3500 m km 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Jausenstation Larstighof Groß-Horlach-Alm

CAR PARK (next to the information Niederthai)->Larstigalm->Schweinfurter hut->Finstertaler Scharte->FINSTERTALER SCHWARTENKOPF
9 km
4:00 h
1306 m
0 m
You starts by the parking space Sennhof (next to the information Niederthai) and walk to Larstigalm and on to Schweinfurter hut. From there you walk left to "Finstertaler Scharte" and along to Finstertaler Schartenkopf

Highest point
2848 m
Lowest point
1542 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Jausenstation Larstighof

Safety information

Please pay attention to the current weather- & avalanche report: &



Appropriate equipment such as breathable suitable outdoor clothes for the weather, wind-, rain-, snow- and sun protection, hat and gloves is for all hikes and tours necessary. Please bring a first-aid box, a mobile phone, a walking map and if there is no hut on the way a snack and enough to drink.  

Tips, hints and links

Ski Mountaineering Rules
  • If you enjoy activities amid nature always respect the local guidelines when you set out on a ski tour (for example: wildlife preserves, hunting enclosures, reforestation areas, information boards, etc.).
  • Don‘t enter protected wildlife zones or feeding areas amid naturelandscapes, and avoid noise.
  • Cross forest areas in winter only on sign posted trails or marked routes as wild animals can panic if they hear loud voices or noise.
  • Learn more about the habitat of wild animals in the mountains, avoid getting too close to them. Watch them only from a safe distance. Please put your dog on a lead, it is absolutely irresponsible to take dogs into the forest without leashing them because wild animals suffer from food deficiency and weakness in winter.
  • Excellent planning and time management: start your tour early enough and return before darkness. In spring you should be back on the hut or in the valley at 12 noon (avalanche hazard!) at the latest.
  • Never cross forestation zones and areas with young plants and trees.


Ötztal Tourismus doesn‘t take any responsibility for the suggested tours. It is strongly recommended to enlist a certified local mountainguide. Glacier crossings are allowed only in a group by using a rope.

Before you set out on a tour you should inform someone down in the valley about the tour‘s destination and when you plan to be back. Anavalanche transceiver is an absolute must for Alpine ski mountaineering tours.


More details about ski mountaineering tours in Ötztal:




car park Sennhof (1542 m)
47.128550, 10.968132
32T 649267 5221328


Finstertaler Schartenkopf

Turn-by-turn directions

You starts by the parking space Sennhof (next to the information Niederthai) and walk to Larstigalm and on to Schweinfurter hut. From there you walk left to "Finstertaler Scharte" and along to Finstertaler Schartenkopf

Public transport

Travel safe and comfortable with the train to the Ötztal Bahnhof train station. Last stop and exit point is the train station Ötztal Bahnhof. Afterwards you can travel smoothly and quick with the public transport or out local taxi companies through the valley to your desired destination. Please find the current bus timetable here:  

Getting there

The car drive to the Ötztal valley. Situated in Tirol, the Ötztal valley set off in southerly direction and is the longest side valley in the Eastern Alps. The journey with the car leads you through the Inntal valley to the entrance of the vallly and further on through the valley. Among the toll motorways you can also use the country roads. A route planner will show you the easiest and most convenient way:  


The following parking facilities are available in Niederthai:
  • Car park Sennhof, payable from 07:00 to 18:30
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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1306 m
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  • -6.0°C

  • 77–167 cm

  • 20/25

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