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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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Water Walk Rotmoostal

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Map / Water Walk Rotmoostal
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Obergurgl - Hohe Mut - Stempelstelle Rotmoosferner- Rotmoostal - Zirbenwald
medium
15.8 km
5:00 h
100 m
820 m
Discover the source of mountain waters on this high Alpine walk. You will be captivated by the breathtaking freshwater spring and the glacier as you follow its way down into the valley. Start your discovery with a comfortable ride on the Hohe Mut mountain gondola. The Hohe Mut saddle is a rounded peak high above Obergurgl which offers magnificent panoramic views of 21 3,000 m peaks. Once here, you can enjoy a relatively flat walk over easy terrain towards the Rotmoosferner glacier. Continue along a rough and rocky trail to a prominent landslide, at 2720 masl the highest point of the hike. At this point (also a stamp point), you will find yourself standing right before the powerful Rotmoosferner glacier. Leaving this spectacular and untouched world of stones, you will come across the red peat of the Rotmoostal Valley. The hike then continues towards Schönwieshütte where an intriguing display of high alpine flowers awaits you. After a refreshment break at the catered Schönwieshüttehut, your voyage of discovery leads on through a Swiss stone pine forest where some of the trees are more than 300 years old. The Rotmoos waterfall is another highlight of the walk and crashes down over 30 m of steep cliffs within a dark gorge.

Difficulty
medium
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Altitude
2720 m
1892 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Hohe Mut Hut
Nederhut

Safety information

Trittsicherheit
Keine besonderen Schwierigkeiten

Equipment

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

Rotmoostal valley
  • The high proportion of sediments (glacier flour) causes the glacial streams to constantly grind down the stream bed.
  • The striking red Riedmoos peat of the Rotmoostal valley. These metre-highlayers of peat enable the climatic conditions of vegetation of the past tobe explored as this moorland has developed over thousands of years since the last Ice Age.

WATER IN THE ÖTZTAL VALLEY

Water, the element which has shaped the Ötztal valley.

The glaciers are melted by the sunshine, releasing fresh water which feeds into the meadows and the Ötztaler Ache river which winds its way along the 65 km long valley. The Ötztaler Ache catchment area extends over 893 km² with an elevation from 700 to 3,774 m. This glacial meltwater fills the reservoir used by the local population and provides a supply of drinking water.

Glaciers store ¾ of the world’s freshwater reserves and therefore represent the biggest natural waterstorage in the world.

In the year 1770, the advancing ice dammed many of the big lakes here which triggered catastrophic flooding across the entire Ötztal and Inntal regions when they burst their banks. Natural hazards and disaster made people want to know more about and better understand nature, which also facilitated glacier research. The many facets of water in the Ötztal is not just of interest for scientists. The Ötztal glaciers are recreational destinations for locals and guests alike as these ice worlds offer great hiking and skiing in surroundings of outstanding natural beauty. Crystal clear river waters swollen by icy glacier meltwater make for superb rafting, white water canoeing and other action-packed activities.

 

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

Start

Obergurgl (1906 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.870225 N 11.026787 E
UTM
32T 654458 5192737

Destination

Obergurgl

Turn-by-turn directions

Discover the source of mountain waters on this high Alpine walk. You will be captivated by the breathtaking freshwater spring and the glacier as you follow its way down into the valley. Start your discovery with a comfortable ride on the Hohe Mut mountain gondola. The Hohe Mut saddle is a rounded peak high above Obergurgl which offers magnificent panoramic views of 21 3,000 m peaks. Once here, you can enjoy a relatively flat walk over easy terrain towards the Rotmoosferner glacier. Continue along a rough and rocky trail to a prominent landslide, at 2720 masl the highest point of the hike. At this point (also a stamp point), you will find yourself standing right before the powerful Rotmoosferner glacier. Leaving this spectacular and untouched world of stones, you will come across the red peat of the Rotmoostal Valley. The hike then continues towards Schönwieshütte where an intriguing display of high alpine flowers awaits you. After a refreshment break at the catered Schönwieshüttehut, your voyage of discovery leads on through a Swiss stone pine forest where some of the trees are more than 300 years old. The Rotmoos waterfall is another highlight of the walk and crashes down over 30 m of steep cliffs within a dark gorge.

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-Hochgurgl 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

 

Parking

In Obergurgl-Hochgurgl 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
  • Parking Hochgurglbahn valley station, free of charge - no parking at night
  • Parking Top Mountain Crosspoint, free of charge
  • Parking Hochgurgl, free of charge (very small parking)
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Difficulty
medium
Distance
15.8 km
Duration
5:00 h
Ascent
100 m
Descent
820 m

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