Winter walking & snowshoe
hiking in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl

Winter Hiking
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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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Ötztal Trek Stage 12

Long Distance Hiking • Oetztal
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  • Martin-Busch-Hütte
    / Martin-Busch-Hütte
    Photo: Ötztal Tourismus
  • Similaunhütte
    / Similaunhütte
    Photo: Ötztal Tourismus
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    Photo: Ötztal Tourismus
Map / Ötztal Trek Stage 12
2600 2800 3000 3200 m km 0.5 1 1.5 2 2.5 3 3.5 4 4.5 Martin-Busch Hütte Similaunhütte

Martin-Busch-Hütte (2.501 m) –> Similaunhütte (3.017 m)

easy
4.8 km
2:00 h
500 m
0 m

MARTIN-BUSCH-HUT (2.501 m) –> SIMILAUNHUT (3.017 m)

Course: Climbing Requirements: Basic level of tread safety; Mountain route red Difficulty: no special difficulties Equipment: normal hiking equipment Walking time: approx. 2 h Difference in altitude: approx. 500 Hm ascent Highest point: 3.017 m Distance: about 4.5 km Overnight stay, stop: Martin-Busch Hut, Similaunhütte Cross- Exit: from Vent through the Niedertal to the Martin-Busch-Hütte (about 2,5 h ascent, approx. 2 h descent)

Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Altitude
3017 m
2490 m
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Rest Stop

Similaunhütte
Martin Busch Hütte

Safety information

Grundmaß an 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

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

Start

Martin Busch Hut (2500 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.801190 N 10.886800 E
UTM
32T 643974 5184799

Destination

Similaunhut

Turn-by-turn directions

Martin-Busch-Hut (2.501 m) - Similaunhut (3.017 m)

A Side-Trip to South Tirol

Similaunhütte, a privately-owned refuge, is located at 3017 meters above sea level, on the South Tirolean side of Niederjoch, a mountain pass between Tirol's Ötztal and South Tirol's Schnalstal. Similaunhütte and Similaun owe their fame to the Iceman, also called Similaun Man, who was discovered in 1991, eroding out of the glacier on Tisenjoch (about 1 ¼ hrs. walk from the hut). Many know the lodge also from the annual Large Trek during which thousands of sheep are driven from Schnalstal to the pastures in Niedertal and back. On their way the animals and shepherds walk past Similaunhütte. The tour from Martin-Busch- Hütte to Similaunhütte leads along River Niederjochbach into Niedertal. The trail then climbs gently through moraines. From Seibach River you stay on the moraine ridge all the way to "Bild". After "Bild" the trail continues without much elevation change to the glacier. Until 2008 hikers had to cross Niederjochferner, since 2008 there is a new trail circumventing it. This blazed trail leads west of Niederjochferner to Similaunhütte. The last section of this trail is rather steep.

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
easy
Distance
4.8 km
Duration
2:00 h
Ascent
500 m
Descent
0 m
Tour route Nice views With refreshment stops Suitable for families and children

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