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.

Long Distance Hiking Stage

Ötztal Trek Stage 15

Long Distance Hiking · Tiroler Oberland
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  • Brandenburgerhaus
    / Brandenburgerhaus
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  • / Fluchtkogel
    Photo: Ötztal Tourismus
  • / Vernagthütte
    Photo: Ötztal Tourismus
  • / Vernagthütte
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    Photo: Ötztal Tourismus
2800 3000 3200 3400 3600 3800 m km 1 2 3 4 5 6 Brandenburger Haus Kesselwandferner Fluchtkogel Oberes Guslarjoch Guslarferner Vernagthütte

Brandenburger Haus (3.274 m) –> Fluchtkogel (3.497 m) –> Vernagthütte (2.755 m)

6.5 km
2:30 h
332 m
845 m

BRANDENBURGER HOUSE (3.274 m) –> FLUCHTKOGEL (3.497 m) –> VERNAGTHUT (2.755 m)

 Route: Climbing, path Requirements: tread safety, dizziness, high alpine experience; Mountain path black, intermittent alpine route Difficulties: Passage over boiler wall, Guslarferner and over glacier slope from the yoke to the escape creek (in each case columns); Mountain guide recommended equipment: usually crampons, pimples; In any case rope; Climbing on the glacier Walking time: approx. 4,5 h Difference in altitude: approx. 250 Hm ascent, approx. 800 Hm descents Highest point: 3,497 m Distance: approx. 5,5 km Stay, return: Brandenburger Haus, Vernaghütte Cross- From Vent through the Rofental to Hochjoch Hospiz, from Hochjoch Hospiz via Deloretteweg and Kesselwandferner to Brandenburger House (about 6 h ascent, approx. 4,5 h descent); From Vent via the Vernagtegg to Vernagthütte (about 3.5 h ascent, about 2.5 h descent)

Highest point
3482 m
Lowest point
2750 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Brandenburger Haus

Safety information

Trittsicherheit, Schwindelfreiheit, hochalpine Erfahrung; abschnittsweisealpine Route

Passage über Kesselwand-, Guslarferner und über Gletscherhang vom Joch zum Fluchtkogel (jeweils Spalten); Bergführer empfohlen!


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: 


Brandenburger House (3269 m)
46.844306, 10.778049
32T 635568 5189397



Turn-by-turn directions

BRANDENBURGER HOUSE (3.274 m) –> FLUCHTKOGEL (3.497 m) –> VERNAGTHUT (2.755 m)


The glacier castle and a magnificent summit  


We walk from the Brandenburger House through blockwork about 50 meters down to the Kesselwandferner. In succession we cross the glacier in north-east direction to the Upper Guslarjoch. Not even 150 meters of altitude separates us on the Upper Guslarjoch from the 3.497 m high escape coaster, the summit climb to the fabulous views is obligatory. From the yoke, you climb up to the summit on the right side of the glacier slope. Then back to the Upper Guslarjoch and from there to the relatively steep terrain down to the Guslarferner. It is now flat over the first distant floor, until you have to cross a terrain camp (especially here danger of splitting). After another steep slope, we descend south-eastwards. Finally, a trail leads in the moraine area or directly down the Mora's Ridge to Vernagt

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

Vent 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 Vent:

In front of the village and at the valley station from the chair lift (payable)

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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6.5 km
2:30 h
332 m
845 m
In and out Scenic With refreshment stops


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