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Long Distance Hiking recommended route

Ötztal Trek Route 2

Long Distance Hiking · Oetztal
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  • Hochstubaihütte
    / Hochstubaihütte
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  • / Hildesheimer Hütte
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  • / Hildesheimer Hütte
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  • / Siegerlandhütte
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  • / Siegerlandhütte
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  • / Hochfirst
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  • / Brunnenkoglhaus
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  • / Brunnenkoglhaus
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  • / Brunnenkoglhaus
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m 3500 3000 2500 2000 1500 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 km Hochstubaihütte Hildesheimerhütte Brunnenkogelhaus Siegerlandhütte Gasthaus Hochfirst

ETAPPE 6 – 9

Hochstubaihütte (3.174 m) – Hildesheimer Hütte(2.899 m) – Siegerlandhütte (2.710 m) – Gasthaus Hochfirst (1.860 m) – Brunnenkogelhaus (2.738 m)

Distance 35.9 km
15:00 h
2,797 m
3,253 m

The first stage of this high Alpine loop hike leads to Brunnenkogelhaus at (2738 m) altitude. Here you continue on the panoramic high-altitude trail towards Timmelsjoch pass where the route crosses the South Tyrolean border and travels to Schneeberghaus (2355 m). The return hike to Ötztal follows an ancient smugglers' trail via Windacher Scharte ridge. Close by you'll also find Siegerlandhütte (2710m). Traversing Gamsplatzl you ascend to Hildesheimer Hütte (2899 m) with lovely Zuckerhütl as scenic backdrop. To get to Hochstubaihütte (3174 m), the tour's very last stage, you can choose between two options: The expert tour travels across several glacier fields at an almost equal altitude level (current information on the spot!) or along the nearly ice-free route through Warenkar cirque and via Himmelsleiter.

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Update: September 15, 2021
Highest point
3,174 m
Lowest point
1,755 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Gasthaus Hochfirst

Safety information

Diese Route verläuft über ein markiertes Gletscherfeld! (ev. nur mit Bergführer)

Tips and hints

Original Ötztal Trek Stage


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


Hochstubaihütte (3,163 m)
46.981895, 11.065034
46°58'54.8"N 11°03'54.1"E
32T 657046 5205221



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Solden's silent side

Hochstubaihütte (3,174 m) - Hildesheimer Hütte (2.900 m) - Siegerlandhütte (2.710 m) - Gasthaus Hochfirst (1.860 m) - Brunnenkogelhaus (2.738 m) A classic for all climbers is the route 2 of the Ötztal Treks - Söldens quiet side! The route around the Windach Valley leads us along the old smugglers' paths - including a trip to neighboring South Tyrol!



Hochstubaihütte (3174 m) -> SCHARTE AM Windachferner -> HILDESHEIMER HUT (2900 m)

Route: Climbing, groomed path along the glacier Requirements: Safety, dizzying; Black mountain trail Difficulties: steep descent on the ladder to heaven Equipment: standard hiking equipment, glacier equipment for passages about Windachferner and Gaiskarferner not required Walking time: about 5.5 hours Elevation gain: about 650 meters climbing, 900 meters descending Highest point: 3,174 m Distance: approximately 7 km Lodging, refreshment stops: Hochstubaihütte, restaurant Jochdohle, Hildesheimer Hütte Access Exit points: from Sölden via Gasthaus Fiegl in Windachtal and Seekarsee to Hochstubaihütte (about 5.5 hours ascent, about 4.5 hours Descent); From Sölden through the Windachtal and via Aschenbrenner- or Gaiskarweg (steep) to Hildesheimer Hütte (about 5 h ascent, approx. 4 h descent); alternatively bus from Sölden to Fiegl's cabin in Windachtal - continue for approximately 3.5 h rise to Hochstubaihütte (about 2.5 h descent) and 3 h rise to Hildesheim cabin (about 2 h down); Information on the bus: T +43 (0) 57200 200

Ice-free from hut to hut

From the hut, we first take the direction of the river via Seekarsee in the opposite direction. Then follows the passage through the so-called heavenly ladder, through which the path descends in serpentine lines. Ropes and staircases facilitate the passage. We walk flat out to an emergency stop (key hangs next to the door), before the path leads to the Seekarsee in steeper terrain. Below the lake, you turn left and take the trail that goes east. After the swampy foothills of the shopping cart, the path winds its way upwards to the top of the Windachferner. You descend to the glacier and follow the path up to the Jochdohle restaurant in the ski area. Beyond the Gaiskarferner, we descend south-east to a rocky ridge until we reach further down the Hildesheimer Hütte.




Route: Climbing, Path Requirements: Step safety, dizziness; Mountain route red Difficulties: no special difficulties Equipment: normal hiking equipment Walking time: approx. 3.5 h Difference in altitude: approx. 350 Hm ascent, approx. 550 Hm descent Highest point: 3.018 m Distance: approx. 5 km Accommodation: Hildesheimerhütte, Siegerlandhütte Cross-way, exit: from Sölden through the Windach Valley and via Aschenbrenner- or Gaiskarweg (steep) to Hildesheimer Hütte (about 5 h ascent, approx. 4 h descent); From Sölden through the Windachtal to Siegerlandhütte (about 5 h ascent, approx. 4 h descent); Alternatively bus from Sölden to Fiegl's Hütte in the Windach Valley - approx. 3 h ascent to Hildesheimer Hütte and Siegerlandhütte (approx. 2 h descent); Information on the bus: T +43 (0) 57200 200

All under the spell of the Zuckerhüttl 

We first walk down the hut farm from the Windachal, then descend to the left to the Gaiskarbach. Afterwards the moraine of the impressive and famous Pfaffenfern is crossed, before it goes partly over Blockwerk to the Gamsplatzl (shortly before once rope safeguards). You can see the Zuckerhütl with 3.507 m and the most spectacular elevations in the Ötztaler Alps. On the other side, the trail climbs downhill in serpentines in steep terrain and leads us further down to the Triebenkarsee below the Triebenkarlasferner's tongue. Then follows a passage without a substantial change in altitude, the trail crosses the steep slopes of the Scheiblehn and finally leads comfortably upwards to the Siegerlandhütte.




Route: Climbing, cart track, track requirements: Safety, dizzying; Mountain route red Difficulty: no special difficulties Equipment: normal hiking equipment Walking time: approx. 4 h Difference in altitude: approx. 262 Hm ascent, approx. 1.112 hm descents Highest point: 2,862 m Distance: approx. 5 km Accommodation: lodge, Siegerlandhütte, Gasthaus Hochfirst Quereinstieg , Exit: from Sölden through the Windachtal to Siegerlandhütte (about 5 h ascent, approx. 4 h descent); From Moos / Passeier to the Gasthof Hochfirst (approx. 3,5 h ascent, approx. 3 h descent); From the Timmelsstraße to the Timmelsalm (approx. 0,5 h ascent and descent) by bus from Sölden to the Timmelsjoch, walking time to the Gasthof Hochfirst (approx. 1,5 h descent)

On the paths of smugglers

Along the old smugglers' paths we hike to the Windachscharte at 2.862 m. There we crossed the Austrian / Austrian border, already happily used the transition. With a nice view into the Passeier valley, you can easily downhill to the Timmelsalm. Just below we meet the Timmelsjoch Hochalpenstraße, a popular crossing from the Ötztal to South Tyrol. From here it is not far to the Gasthof Hochfirst, which is located directly on the Hochalpenstraße. DAY TIP If you want to extend the round, you have the possibility to take the turn-off at the Timmler Schwarzsee towards the Schneeberghaus (T. +39 0473 647045). A trip to the South Tyrolean mining history is worth it. In addition, the good lunch dishes are widely known. From Siegerlandhütte approx. 4 - 5 h walking time, ascent: 400 Hm, descent: 750 Hm; From the Schneeberghaus to the Gasthof Hochfirst approx. 2.5 h walking time, ascent: 100 m, descent: 860 m




Route: Climbing Requirements: Step safety, dizziness; Bergweg schwarz Difficulty: exposed passages on the ridge, stable weather conditions particularly important Equipment: normal hiking equipment Walking time: approx. 5 h Difference in altitude: approx. 1,200 Hm ascent, approx. 250 Hm descent Highest point: 2.966 m Distance: approx , Stop: Brunnenkogelhaus, Rasthaus at the Timmelsjoch (no overnight stay), Gasthaus Hochfirst Cross-country trail, exit: from Sölden over the Fiegl's hut in the Windach Valley to the Brunnenkogelhaus (about 5 h ascent, approx. 4 h descent); Alternatively bus from Sölden to Fiegl's Hütte - then another 3 h ascent to Brunnenkogelhaus (about 2 h descent); Information Bus to Fiegl's hut T +43 (0) 57200 200; Information Bus from Timmelsjoch to Obergurgl T +43 (0) 57200 100

A high-altitude trail of the special class

First you climb up from the Gasthof Hochfirst to the Timmelsjoch. From the Rasthaus at the Timmelsjoch, the path passes by several small lakes and now runs gently ascending. The karenkar is crossed as well as then the Röten- and the Wietenkar, in consequence one rises in serpentines through steep, rock-permeated terrain up to the Wannenkarsattel. From here, you continue along the ridge to the Wilden Rötespitz, the highest point of this hike. The Ötztaler Wildspitze, the highest mountain in North Tyrol, the magnificent white ball, the Stubaier Zuckerhütl are among the exhibitors. Now it is not too far, it is easy to descend to the Brunnenkogelhaus at the top of the Vorderbrunnenkogel. For the descent to Sölden, choose the route to Fiegl's hut in the Windach Valley (approx. 2 h), from here you can take the Windachlinie (bus) to Sölden (walking time approx. 2 h). To get to the starting point of the next stage, take the bus from Sölden to Obergurgl


all notes on protected areas

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

Sölden  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



The following parking facilities are available in Sölden:
  • Parking lot
  • parking lot Stiegele
  • stair parking
  • Giggijochbahn + underground garage
  • Gaislachkoglbahn + underground garage
  • Parking Hochsölden
  • parking garage Hochsölden 1. parking lot
  • parking Zwieselstein
  • parking Zwieselstein / sports ground

All parking is free during the day.

Parking for several days (eg hike tour):

  • Postplatz, Parkticket available at the information Sölden Parkgarage Gaislachkoglbahn
  • Parkticket either online or directly at the cash desk of the Gaislachkoglbahn


46.981895, 11.065034
46°58'54.8"N 11°03'54.1"E
32T 657046 5205221
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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.

Basic Equipment for Long-Distance Hikes

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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35.9 km
15:00 h
2,797 m
3,253 m


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