As you slowly but steadily hike further up, the landscape around you becomes more and more sparse and the once-green grass evolves into rubble heaps and heavy boulders. If you turn around, you'll already have a great view of the past valley, but when you reach the pass, you're almost speechless. The flat rocky plateau you just reached is surrounded by the rugged peaks of the Geigenkamm and underneath you is the vast Ötztal. As the wind whistles around your ears, you sit on a large rock to enjoy this unique panorama.
The Geigenkamm is an approximately 17 mile-long (28 kilometers) mountain range within the Ötztal Alps, which separates the Ötztal from the Pitztal. Although many of its peaks are over 9,500 feet high (3000 metres), there are surprisingly few glaciers. This has saved the mountain range from being developed as a skiing area and therefore an untouched high mountain nature still awaits you here today. And best of all: While the numerous ski lifts and cable cars in nearby Sölden lead to overcrowded summits, you will find peace and silence in the northern Ötztal. Only a few hikers go up to the wildly romantic peaks and slopes and so you have them all to yourself.
Our hike leads you in five days from Oetz over four mountain huts along fantastic peaks and lonely mountain lakes. For all summit collectors, two 9,000 feet (3,000 meters) peaks are also planned, which can be easily skipped by less ambitious mountain hikers. While numerous mountain pastures line the hiking trails in the valley, there is only a thin net of huts on the high mountain paths. The best thing to do before you start in Oetz is to get enough food and reserve a bed in the small mountain huts. When that's done, all you have to do is lace up your mountain boots and shoulder your backpack to conquer the lonely Ötz Valley peaks.
If you plan to shorten your hut tour to two or three nights, check out our alternative stage. With it you can customize your hike according to your needs.
The entrance to your hut tour along the Geigenkamm takes place in Oetz. From the bus stop, you stroll over the main road and then cross the Ötztaler Ache.
Your way leads you first up to the Piburger lake. The lake is one of Austria's oldest nature reserves and due to its location the water warms up early…
Your second day starts after a cozy night at the Armelenhütte. From there you climb into Tumpental, which rises evenly to the back of the violin ridge.
If you like, you can stop here at the Jausenstation Vordere Tumpenalm before continuing your climb to Erlanger Hütte.
For a while, the road still runs…
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The third stage of the day awaits you with unique views and lonely mountain paths and runs on the signposted hiking trail 911 of the Alpine Club. Your tour starts at Erlanger Hütte and leads you around the picturesque Wettersee and up to the ridge between Wildgrat and Dreirinnenkogel.
From the ridge…
Also on this stage, the trail follows the signposted trail 911. Starting from the Frischmannhütte, you can expect about 600 vertical meters in the direction of Felderjöchel. In the little-known north of the Ötztal Alps, you can concentrate on your breathing and on your steps as you master the slope to…
At over 3100 meters, the fifth day will see the highest point of the entire tour. After you have rested well during your overnight stay in the Hauerseehütte, it's all about the Hauersee around the small glacier.
Directly on the smooth-edged edge of the glacier, it goes along the insured climb to the summit…
If the five-day hut tour is too long or too strenuous for you, then you have the opportunity to shorten your tour to three or four days with this hike.
For a four-day hike, after your overnight stay in the Frischmannhütte, hike along the comfortable Köfler Waalweg to the Schartle. Then you descend to…
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