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Mountain Hike recommended route

Hochfirst - Obergurgl

Mountain Hike · Oetztal
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OBERGURGL -> Gaisbergvalley -> Gaisberg glacier-> Hochfirst glacier -> HOCHFIRST
difficult
Distance 14.9 km
4:00 h
974 m
1,705 m
3,403 m
1,915 m
Along the gravel road from Obergurgl south-eastwards to the middle station of Hohe Mut mountain gondola, steep ascent to Gaisbergtal valley. Continue to Gaisbergferner glacier (end of marked hiking route!), keeping to the left on the glacier. A steeply climb path travels up the side moraine on the (orthographic) right side that takes you to the small glacier field of Hochfirstferner. Roping up is absolutely necessary here: follow the northern edge of the glacier (crevasses!) until you get to the peak flank (below), cross the mountain fissure (can be quite challenging if there is no snow!) and ascend on the 45-55 degree steep flank to the rocky but rather easy-to-reach summit of Hochfirst.

 

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Update: July 06, 2021
Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Highest point
3,403 m
Lowest point
1,915 m
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Safety information

For high alpine experienced mountaineers that are free from vertigo and surefooted. Excellent physical condition, extensive mountain experience, alpine climbing gear, safety- and orientation guide, good weather conditions recommended. Please pay attention to the current weather report: https://www.oetztal.com/summer.html

Start

Obergurgl center (2,645 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.848630, 11.029491
DMS
46°50'55.1"N 11°01'46.2"E
UTM
32T 654726 5190342
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Destination

Hochfirst

Turn-by-turn directions

Along the gravel road from Obergurgl south-eastwards to the middle station of Hohe Mut mountain gondola, steep ascent to Gaisbergtal valley. Continue to Gaisbergferner glacier (end of marked hiking route!), keeping to the left on the glacier. A steeply climb path travels up the side moraine on the (orthographic) right side that takes you to the small glacier field of Hochfirstferner. Roping up is absolutely necessary here: follow the northern edge of the glacier (crevasses!) until you get to the peak flank (below), cross the mountain fissure (can be quite challenging if there is no snow!) and ascend on the 45-55 degree steep flank to the rocky but rather easy-to-reach summit of Hochfirst.

 

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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

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 was: https://www.google.at/maps

Parking

The following parking facilities are available in Gurgl: 
  • Parking garage (center of Obergurgl), chargeable | € 2,00/hour
  • Parking garage - bottom station Festkogl, chargeable | € 2,00/hour
  • 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) 

Coordinates

DD
46.848630, 11.029491
DMS
46°50'55.1"N 11°01'46.2"E
UTM
32T 654726 5190342
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

It is recommended to wear hiking equipment such as outdoor clothing, weather-resistant outdoor clothing, ankle-high mountain boots, wind, rain and sun protection, cap and gloves. It is also important to have sufficient food and a first-aid package, a cell phone and a hiking map. 

 

Similar routes nearby

  • Hangerer - Obergurgl
  • Langtalferner
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  • Festkogl Obergurgl
  • Gaisberg glacier
  • Smugglers hike - Obergurgl
  • Seelenferner - Obergurgl
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
14.9 km
Duration
4:00 h
Ascent
974 m
Descent
1,705 m
Highest point
3,403 m
Lowest point
1,915 m
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