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Multi day hikes for beginners & alpinists in the Ötztal valley

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Multi day hikes for beginners & alpinists in the Ötztal valley

Hiking Collection by Ötztal

16

Tours

197:11 h

298 mi

84,200 ft

The Ötztal valley — only the name makes the heart of mountain hikers beat faster. The wide valley, framed by enormous, glaciated mountains, lined by magnificent alpine meadows and rustic forests, flowed through by countless streams and rivers, is an Eldorado for all hikers. Whether long-distance hiking trail or leisurely family tour — our selection has something for everyone.

For this collection, we have selected the two most famous long-distance hiking trails for you: The Ötzaler Urweg and the high alpine Ötztal Trek. The mid-difficulty Ötztal Urweg leads you through the picturesque nature of the Ötztal valley and to the most beautiful villages and towns. You should plan around twelve days for the entire hike — but thanks to the good bus connections, you can only choose your personal favorite section as well.

Especially practical: on your long-distance hike on the Ötztal Urweg you don't have to miss out on service and comfort. Plan and book your adventure via the information and booking center. There you will receive extensive advice from experienced staff, allowing you to tailor your trip to your individual wishes. With the shuttle service and luggage transport, you don't have to worry about the logistics of your hike — just drop your suitcase off at the host in the morning and take it back in the evening in your new accommodation. You can reach the online chat and the trail hotline (+43 4782 – 93093) daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Ötztal Trek, on the other hand, is a dream hike for experienced alpinists. Narrow alpine paths, numerous glacier crossings, summit ascents and rustic hut nights lure you to the 3,000 meter peaks of the Ötztal Alps. The Ötztal Trek has a total of 22 daily stages — for a better overview we have put together six partial routes that can also be perfectly planned as independent hikes. Thanks to the good hut infrastructure and various descent routes, you can also shorten the individual stages.

If you're not in the mood for alpine top performances, the Wasserläufer hiking trails are just right for you. These are family-friendly day hikes that take you to the most beautiful waters in the Ötztal valley: Whether Stuibenfall, Lake Piburg or the Rotmoosache, the Ötztal valley shows its most beautiful side here.

Now all you have to do is choose the right tour and your hiking experience in the Ötztal can begin.

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  • Difficult
    15:31
    28.2 mi
    1.8 mph
    7,325 ft
    4,450 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Varied landscape, impressive mountain worlds and gentle alpine pastures: in all its diversity, the Ötztal invites you to discover its culture, its culinary art and, above all, the unique nature. On the twelve-day Ötztal Urweg all three priorities will be linked. You wander from village to village and

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  • Difficult
    19:19
    31.9 mi
    1.7 mph
    8,875 ft
    7,825 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    While the other sub-routes of the Ötztal Urwegs run mainly in middle locations, the second part route takes you up to the exciting high mountain landscape of the Ötztal Alps. It is initially only very comfortable.

    

    Stage number four takes you from the hiking village of Gries without major differences in

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  • Difficult
    19:09
    32.2 mi
    1.7 mph
    7,325 ft
    9,650 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Not quite as high, but still promising, the third section of the Ötztal Urwegs begins. All three stages run high above the Ötztaler Ache, offering breathtaking panoramic views in many places.

    

    Let's start in the mountaineering village of Vent. To do this, you first climb up the exciting Ötztal mountain

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  • Difficult
    15:41
    31.9 mi
    2.0 mph
    4,150 ft
    5,725 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    On the fourth - and thus the last - partial route, your hike on the Ötztal Urweg trail slowly fades away. With sparkling mountain lakes and beautiful vantage points, you will of course also be spoiled on this section.

    

    From Längenfeld, the starting point of the partial route, you first wander across wide

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  • Difficult
    25:41
    37.3 mi
    1.5 mph
    15,825 ft
    7,750 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    In six sub-routes and a total of 22 daily stages, you can experience the impressive mountains of the Ötztal Alps on the high-alpine Ötztal Trek. In total, over a distance of around 400 kilometers, you can expect more than 30,000 vertical meters in ascent. You should have enough experience in altitude

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  • Difficult
    16:24
    21.5 mi
    1.3 mph
    7,400 ft
    8,825 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The stages of six to nine lead through picturesque high mountains and along huge glaciers, but still enough here your normal mountain hiking equipment. Therefore, this sub-route is also a true classic among mountain hikers. On old smugglers' paths you will cycle through the rocky landscape, over the

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  • Difficult
    12:28
    18.5 mi
    1.5 mph
    7,400 ft
    3,775 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The third section of the Ötztal Trek takes you up to the highest peaks of the Ötztal Alps. All three stages are real mountain adventures, but here too, the only glacier crossing can be done without crampons and ice picks. The Gurgler Ferner has meanwhile declined sharply and so you can walk through the

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  • Difficult
    22:17
    26.9 mi
    1.2 mph
    7,850 ft
    8,775 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    On the fourth part of the route you can expect the most exciting, but also most demanding glacier tours of the entire Ötztal Trek. On almost all tours is a crossing of the column-rich Ötztal glacier and the highlight is certainly the night in the Brandenburg House. In inhospitable heights stands the

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  • Difficult
    18:08
    17.9 mi
    1.0 mph
    6,600 ft
    8,425 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Teilroute Fünf takes you to the Geigenkamm, the northernmost part of the Ötztal Alps. Here are only a few glaciers, but this is the least hikers on the way. In the natural mountain landscape you can enjoy the tranquility of the mountains. For experienced mountain hikers, this section is a particularly

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  • Difficult
    15:32
    21.0 mi
    1.4 mph
    5,000 ft
    9,900 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    On the sixth part route, it goes back from the violin comb back to civilization. But before that, you will still be wandering your last few kilometers on quiet and lonely mountain paths and spending the night at the romantic Erlanger Hütte. The last stage is divided by most hikers again, otherwise you

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  • Intermediate
    03:28
    6.20 mi
    1.8 mph
    1,625 ft
    1,625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The highlight of this water walk is the Stuibenfall, the largest waterfall in Tyrol. On quiet forest trails you climb from Umhausen uphill towards the waterfall. The Stuibenfall itself you come on a metal staircase very close - the fine spray on the face is guaranteed. Your hiking tour is rounded off

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  • Difficult
    04:40
    8.26 mi
    1.8 mph
    650 ft
    3,000 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    A family hike through high alpine landscapes - this is exactly what the Rotmoostal waterfall trail promises. Even if pushchairs are out of place up here, the hike, which is classified as "moderately difficult", can be easily created for sporty children. On this hike up to the water of the Rotmoosferner

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  • Intermediate
    02:34
    5.23 mi
    2.0 mph
    950 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Two bodies of water accompany you on this watercourse hike. On the one hand you are looking at the calm waters of the Piburger lake, where the huge peaks of the Ötztal Alps are reflected. On the other hand, you will get to know the roaring Ötztaler Ache, which flows foaming and bubbling in the direction

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  • Intermediate
    02:01
    3.96 mi
    2.0 mph
    850 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This watercourse trail has everything that makes for a perfect family hike in the mountains: a bubbling mountain stream, a retreat on a quaint alpine pasture, a petting zoo and a swinging suspension bridge with fantastic views. In addition, there is a manageable route and good hiking trails - the hike

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  • Intermediate
    01:54
    3.64 mi
    1.9 mph
    800 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This waterway path leads you from Sölden to the Windache valley. At this point, a Waalweg was modeled. These are narrow, wooden canals on which the valley dwellers once directed the water into the valley. The Waalwege in Windachental are equipped with all sorts of barriers, basins and water wheels

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  • Intermediate
    02:24
    3.59 mi
    1.5 mph
    1,625 ft
    1,625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    At the far end of the Venter Valley, a side valley of the Ötztal, this waterfall hike begins. It takes you from the contemplative mountaineering village of Vent to the scenic summit of the Mutsbühel - easy to reach and yet breathtaking views. On the way, you walk over lonely mountain meadows and through

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    16
  • Distance
    298 mi
  • Duration
    197:11 h
  • Elevation
    84,200 ft

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