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Tracciati per bici da strada in Ötztal

Long Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 6

Ötztal Trek Stage 6

Long Distance Hiking · Oetztal
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  • Hochstubaihütte
    / Hochstubaihütte
    Photo: Ötztal Tourismus, Ötztal
  • / Hildesheimer Hütte
    Photo: Ötztal Tourismus, Ötztal
  • / Hildesheimer Hütte
    Photo: Ötztal Tourismus, Ötztal
  • / Hildesheimer Hütte
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  • / Hildesheimer Hütte
    Photo: Ötztal Tourismus, Ötztal
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m 3400 3200 3000 2800 2600 2400 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 km Hochstubaihütte Jochdohle TOP OF TYROL Gaiskarferner Seekarsee 2655 m
Hochstubaihütte (3.174 m) –> Scharte / Windachferner –> Hildesheimer Hütte (2.899 m)
Distance 7.6 km
3:30 h
640 m
909 m
3,170 m
2,498 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
  • Huts: Hochstubaihütte, restaurant Jochdohle (no overnight stay), Hildesheimer Hütte
  • Acess / exit point: from Sölden via Fiegl`s Gasthaus 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 Gasthaus in Windachtal - continue for approximately 3.5 h rise to Hochstubaihütte (about 2.5 h descent) and 3 h rise to Hildesheimer Hütte (about 2 h down);

Author’s recommendation


Hildesheimer Hütte – Zuckerhütl (3.507 meter) – Hildesheimer Hütte

Ascent via Pfaffenferner glacier up to Pfaffenjoch at 3.212 m. Right admist the glacier world you cross Sulztalferner, proceeding towards Pfaffensattel and further on to the peak of Zuckerhütl at 3.507 m. Adjacent Wilde Pfaff (3.456 m) summit can be climbed easily from the saddleback!

Level, walking time: difficult hike via glacier (mountain guide recommended), about. 5 h
Altitude meters: 600 hm descent and ascent

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Update: April 13, 2021
Highest point
Hochstubaihütte, 3,170 m
Lowest point
2,498 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Jochdohle TOP OF TYROL
Hildesheimer Hütte

Safety information

Trittsicherheit, Schwindelfreiheit

Steiler Abstieg über die Himmelsleiter

Tips and hints

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


Hochstubaihütte (3,169 m)
46.981650, 11.064831
46°58'53.9"N 11°03'53.4"E
32T 657031 5205194


Hildesheimer Hütte

Turn-by-turn directions



From the hut you first hike in the opposite direction along the access route via lake Seekarsee. Here you take the so-called Himmelsleiter “sky ladder” (ropes and stone stairs make the passage easier). Special tip: Himmelsleiter really gives you the feeling of climbing into heaven. After this challenging section you continue on a level trail towards the small shelter (the key can be found right next to the door), and further on to lake Seekarsee along the precipitous path. Below the lake, branch off to the left and take the path to the east. Leaving behind the marshy foothills of Warenkar, the path meanders in serpentines up to Windachferner glacier. Descend to the glacier field, following the route up to Jochdohle restaurant. At Gaiskarferner glacier you keep to the southeast, downhill to a rocky ridge until you continue downwards to Hildesheimer Hütte.


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


46.981650, 11.064831
46°58'53.9"N 11°03'53.4"E
32T 657031 5205194
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
  • Kit para bolhas
  • 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.

Similar routes nearby

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  • Ötztaler Urweg Umleitung E5 Sölden - Hochgurgl Crosspoint (Weiterfahrt Bus nach Obergurgl)
  • Ötztal Trek Stage 7
  • European E5 long-distance hiking trail – King's Segment – Zwieselstein to Moos in Passeier (original route)
  • Ötztal Trek Stage 5
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7.6 km
3:30 h
640 m
909 m
Highest point
3,170 m
Lowest point
2,498 m
Scenic Linear route Refreshment stops available


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