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Long Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 22

Ötztal Trek Stage 22

Long Distance Hiking · Ötztal
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  • Maisalm
    Maisalm
    Photo: Katharina Nösig, Ötztal
Erlanger Hütte (2.541 m) –> Forchheimer Weg –> Maisalm (1.631 m) –> Ötztal-Bahnhof (704)
moderate
Distance 21.5 km
8:00 h
647 m
2,491 m
2,665 m
681 m
  • Route: Ascending, footpath, (asphalted) route
  • Requirements: stability, dizziness, condition, endurance;
  • Mountain road red
  • Difficulties: no special difficulties;
  • Huts: Erlanger Hut, Maisalm Hut
  • Acess / exit point: from Umhausen to the Erlanger hut (about 4,5 h ascent, approx. 3,5 h descent),
    alternatively taxish shuttle from Umhausen to the Vordere Leierstalalm - then about 2 h ascent to the Erlanger hut, approx 2 h descent);
    Taxi Scharfetter: T +43 (0) 5255 5858
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Author
Roland Grüner 
Update: May 02, 2024
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,665 m
Lowest point
681 m
Best time of year
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Rest stops

Maisalm
Erlanger Hütte

Safety information

Moderate mountain trail; for sure-footed and experienced hikers. Good physical condition, mountain experience & mountain equipment (see notice equipment) necessary. Please pay attention to the current weather report

Tips and suggestions

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

Start

Erlanger Hütte
Coordinates:
DD
47.144665, 10.847377
DMS
47°08'40.8"N 10°50'50.6"E
UTM
32T 640066 5222896
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Destination

Ötztal Bahnhof

Turn-by-turn directions

TWO DAYS ON VORDERER GEIGENKAMM


If it wasn’t for Maisalm where you can spend the night on your way between Erlanger Hütte and Ötztal-Bahnhof you would be forced to climb down 2350 meters in only one day. From Erlanger Hütte the trail descends northwards, crosses a few slopes, climbs up to a ridge and drops steeply down into Tumpental valley. You ascend to Murmentenkarjoch col where the route descends in a northern direction and travels along a ridge down to the small Forchheimer Bivouac (a basic mountain shelter left unlocked; sleeps four persons).

The trail contours along the ridge to Hahnenkamm which is bypassed through a scree field to the east. Then the route heads towards Vorderer Geigenkamm and continues to Mutkopf peak and Muthütte (not serviced). Follow a descending cart road until you reach Maisalm hut (approx. 6 hours from Erlanger Hütte) where you spend the night (advance booking absolutely required).

The next day you continue along cart roads and trails down to Roppen where you follow the road parallel to the rail tracks in an eastern direction. From Ötztaler Ache mountain brook you continue on the Ötztal Cycle Trail until you get to the village of Ötztal-Bahnhof.

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 our local taxi companies through the valley to your desired destination. Please find the current bus timetable here: http://fahrplan.vvt.at

 

Directions

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 valley 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: https://www.google.at/maps

 

Parking

The following parking facilities are available in Umhausen:

- Umhausen Parking Mure | free of charge

- Umhausen Bischoffsplatz | chargeable | Multi-day tickets available

- Tumpen / Lehn-Platzl At the parking place Engelswand climbing garden | chargeable | No multi-day tickets available

- Parking Köfels | chargeable | Multi-day tickets available

Coordinates

DD
47.144665, 10.847377
DMS
47°08'40.8"N 10°50'50.6"E
UTM
32T 640066 5222896
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Get there by train, car, bike, or on foot!

Author’s map recommendations

Kompass Hiking Map (available at the Ötztal Tourism information offices)

Equipment

Appropriate equipment such as breathable suitable outdoor clothes for the weather, 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.

Similar routes nearby

  • Ötztal Trek Route 6
  • Ötztal Trek Stage 21
  • Ötztaler Urweg E11 Umhausen - Sautens
  • Ötztaler Urweg E12 Sautens - Haiming - Ötztal Bhf
  • Ötztaler Urweg E2 Oetz - Niederthai
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
21.5 km
Duration
8:00 h
Ascent
647 m
Descent
2,491 m
Highest point
2,665 m
Lowest point
681 m
Linear route Scenic Refreshment stops available

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