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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.

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Via Ferrata

Ferrata Schwärzenkamm

Via Ferrata · Oetztal
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moderate
8.1 km
4:00 h
350 m
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A truly breathtaking panoramic via ferrata amid Obergurgl's glacier world. The route is not extremely difficult but quite demanding due to its high Alpine location and the north-facing walls. Previous via ferrata experience is absolutely required. There are enough footholds and also two emergency exits (marked) which allow shortcuts.

 

Trail length and time required 

350 meters altitude gain (2410 - 2760 m), 700 m climbing trail length, approx. 3 hours; 4 hours incl. descent to Langtalereck Hütte.

Difficulty
B/C moderate
Technique
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2762 m
Lowest point
1902 m
Wall height
350 m
Climbing length
700 m, 3:00 h
Descent
1:00 h

Safety information

SAFETY ON THE VIA FERRATA

The Austrian Alpine Club has published 10 recommendations for climbing on via ferratas in order to increase safety:

 

  1. Plan carefully
  2. Destination should correspond to personal abilities
  3. Use complete set of professional climbing equipment
  4. Don’t access the route in the event of a thunderstorm
  5. Check wire rope and anchors accurately and critically
  6. Partner check at the access point
  7. Maintain sufficient distance
  8. Talk clearly when overtaking someone
  9. Watch out for falling rocks
  10. Respect nature and environment

 

Equipment

Equipment: helmet, harness and complete via ferrata climbing set, via ferrata gloves, appropriate climbing shoes, hiking poles for the descent (recommended).

Tips, hints and links

More details about climbing in Ötztal:

https://www.oetztal.com/klettern

Start

Obergurgl (1906 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.870165, 11.026544
UTM
32T 654440 5192729

Destination

Obergurgl

Turn-by-turn directions

Starting with easy grade-A/B sections, the route becomes more difficult at the end (C/D). The eye-catching grass area after the first third of the via ferrata makes a perfect place for a rest stop. Here you can also leave the route via two emergency exits.

 

Descent

From the exit area you reach Hochwilde Haus in about 40 minutes, Langtalereck Hütte in 60 minutes and Obergurgl in about 2.5 hours.

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 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

 

From Obergurgl you walk towards Langtalereck Hütte (2.5 hrs), keeping to the trail (no. 35) in direction Hochwilde Haus. After 20 minutes you reach the via ferrata access point (follow signposts).

 

Parking

In Obergurgl 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

 

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Difficulty
B/C moderate
Distance
8.1 km
Duration
4:00 h
Ascent
350 m
Descent
0 m

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