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Long Distance Hikingrecommended routeStage6

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
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  • / Hildesheimer Hütte
    Photo: Ötztal Tourismus, Ötztal
  • / 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)
difficult
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

TIP OF THE DAY

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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Author
Ötztal Tourismus 
Update: April 13, 2021
Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Hochstubaihütte, 3,170 m
Lowest point
2,498 m
Best time of year
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Rest stops

Jochdohle TOP OF TYROL
Hildesheimer Hütte
Hochstubaihütte

Safety information

Trittsicherheit, Schwindelfreiheit

Steiler Abstieg über die Himmelsleiter

Tips and hints

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

Start

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

Hildesheimer Hütte

Turn-by-turn directions

CONQUERING THE ETERNAL ICE SAFELY

 

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.

Note


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

 

Parking

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

Coordinates

DD
46.981650, 11.064831
DMS
46°58'53.9"N 11°03'53.4"E
UTM
32T 657031 5205194
w3w 
///pickings.medleys.kindest
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

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.

Similar routes nearby

  • Ötztal Trek Route 2
  • Ötztaler Urweg E5 Sölden - Obergurgl
  • Ötztaler Urweg E9 Granstein - Längenfeld
  • 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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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
7.6 km
Duration
3:30 h
Ascent
640 m
Descent
909 m
Highest point
3,170 m
Lowest point
2,498 m
Scenic Linear route Refreshment stops available

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