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Road bike tours in Ötztal

Long Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 15

Ötztal Trek Stage 15

Long Distance Hiking · Ötztal
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  • Brandenburgerhaus
    Brandenburgerhaus
    Photo: Katharina Nösig, Ötztal
Brandenburger Haus (3.274 m) –> Fluchtkogel (3.497 m) –> Vernagthütte (2.755 m)
difficult
Distance 6.5 km
2:30 h
332 m
845 m
3,482 m
2,750 m
  • Route: Climbing, path
  • Requirements: tread safety, dizziness, high alpine experience;
  • Mountain path black, intermittent alpine route
  • Difficulties: Passage over boiler wall, Guslarferner and over glacier slope from the yoke to the escape creek (in each case columns); Mountain guide recommended
  • Equipment: usually crampons, pimples; In any case rope; Climbing on the glacier
  • Huts: Brandenburger Haus, Vernagt Hut
  • Acess / exit point: from Vent through the Rofental to Hochjoch Hospiz,
    from Hochjoch Hospiz via Deloretteweg and Kesselwandferner to Brandenburger House (about 6 h ascent, approx. 4,5 h descent)
    From Vent via the Vernagtegg to Vernagthütte (about 3.5 h ascent, about 2.5 h descent)
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Author
Roland Grüner 
Update: April 26, 2024
Difficulty
difficult
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Highest point
3,482 m
Lowest point
2,750 m
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Rest stops

Vernagthütte
Brandenburger Haus

Safety information

For high alpine experienced mountaineers that are free from vertigo & 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

Tips and suggestions

Did you know that…
...despite the glacier meltdown, Kesselwandferner has increased in size since 1971?

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

Start

Brandenburger Haus
Coordinates:
DD
46.844306, 10.778049
DMS
46°50'39.5"N 10°46'41.0"E
UTM
32T 635568 5189397
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Destination

Vernagthütte

Turn-by-turn directions

THE GLACIER CASTLE PLUS A SUPERB SUMMIT

From Brandenburger Haus the trail descends (some 50 meters of altitude change) through boulders and rubble to Kesselwandferner and crosses the glacier in a northeastern direction towards Oberes Guslarjoch. It’s only another 150 altitude meters up to Oberes Guslarjoch ridge from 3.497 m tall Fluchtkogel peak: it offers fabulous views and is an absolute must!
Back at Oberes Guslarjoch, you descend through steep terrain down to Guslarferner glacier. The trail levels out and continues flat across the first glacier field until you reach a hill which has to be climbed (beware of crevasses here!). After another fairly steep slope the route descends in a south-eastern direction. The last part of the trail takes you through moraine terrain and along the moraine ridge down to Vernagthütte.

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://fahrplan.vvt.at

 

Directions

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 Vent:

- Vent village entrance | chargeable | Multi-day ticket available

- Chairlift valley station | chargeable | Multi-day ticket available

Coordinates

DD
46.844306, 10.778049
DMS
46°50'39.5"N 10°46'41.0"E
UTM
32T 635568 5189397
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Get there by train, car, bike, or on foot!

Author’s map recommendations

Kompass Hiking Map (available at the Ötztal Tourism information offices)

Equipment

Appropriate equipment such as breathable suitable outdoor clothes for the weather, 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.

Ice axe, crampons, rope | Mountain guide recommended.

Similar routes nearby

  • Ötztal Trek Stage 16
  • Ötztal Trek Stage 14
  • Ötztal Trek Stage 17
  • Ötztal Trek Stage 12
  • Ötztal Trek Route 4
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
6.5 km
Duration
2:30 h
Ascent
332 m
Descent
845 m
Highest point
3,482 m
Lowest point
2,750 m
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