Winter & snowshoe hiking in the Oetz Region

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All those who are true hiking lovers indulge in this passion also during the cold season. Warm clothes, woolen hat, scarf and winter-proof footwear: look forward to an adventure in the fresh winter air. Also snowshoe hikers are ready to go in almost no time. The trendy alternatives to skiing in Lower Ötztal have already become a new boom: well-groomed and signposted winter hiking trails lead through snow-covered meadows and forests while guided tours are also offered as an exciting off-road variant.

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Hemerkogel 2.759m - Umhausen-Niederthai

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  • Sonneuntergang
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  • untere Hemerachalm
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  • Ortsaufnahme Niederthai
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Map / Hemerkogel 2.759m - Umhausen-Niederthai
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CAR PARK HAMLET LEHEN->Hemerachalm->Hemerkogel->Grastalsee->Grastal->CAR PARK HAMLET SENNHOF (next to the information Niederthai)
difficult
12.4 km
7:00 h
1227 m
1248 m
Walk from Niederthai via the sports field in the direction of Wiesle. At the height of Mauslassattel you take the footpath on the right hand side, leading through Hemerwald forest to Untere Hemerachalm. Proceed to Obere Hemerachalm towards the timber line and a rock-strewn area. The last steep ascent to the peak ridge is quite challenging before you reach the summit cross. Descend on the same route. Very sporty hikers (enough time required!) can try the route via Hemerachscharte col down to lake Grastalsee. Continue towards the upper valley through Grastal. Important: this alternative tour takes another 4-5 hours!

 

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Highest point
2770 m
Lowest point
1543 m
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Safety information

For experienced mountaineers that are free from vertigo & surefooted;

Very good physical condition, mountain experience & mountain equipment (see notice equipment) necessary, such as alpine security material, good weather conditions recommended.

Please pay attention to the current weather report:

https://www.oetztal.com/de/sommer.html 

Equipment

Appropriate equipment such as breathable suitable outdoor clothes for the weather, ankle-high walking boots, wind-, rain- & sun protection, hat, possibly gloves, 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. 

Start

car park Lehen (1563 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
47.121060, 10.966082
UTM
32T 649132 5220492

Destination

Hemerkogel

Turn-by-turn directions

Walk from Niederthai via the sports field in the direction of Wiesle. At the height of Mauslassattel you take the footpath on the right hand side, leading through Hemerwald forest to Untere Hemerachalm. Proceed to Obere Hemerachalm towards the timber line and a rock-strewn area. The last steep ascent to the peak ridge is quite challenging before you reach the summit cross. Descend on the same route. Very sporty hikers (enough time required!) can try the route via Hemerachscharte col down to lake Grastalsee. Continue towards the upper valley through Grastal. Important: this alternative tour takes another 4-5 hours!

 

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://fahplan.vvt.at 

Getting there

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 Niederthai:
  • car park hamlet Sennhof (next to the Information Niederthai, payable from 07:00 to 18:30
  • car park hamlet Lehen (football pitch), free of charge
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Difficulty
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Distance
12.4 km
Duration
7:00 h
Ascent
1227 m
Descent
1248 m

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