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Long Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 18

Ötztal Trek Stage 18

Long Distance Hiking · Ötztal
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  • Braunschweiger Hütte
    Braunschweiger Hütte
    Photo: Roland Grüner, Ötztal
Braunschweiger Hütte (2.758 m) –> Mainzer Höhenweg –> Rüsselsheimer Hütte (2.328 m)
difficult
Distance 9.5 km
9:30 h
979 m
1,408 m
3,241 m
2,329 m
  • Course: Climbing, Path
  • Requirements: Step safety, dizziness, condition, endurance, high alpine experience;
  • Mountain route black, intersection alpine route
  • Difficulties: extremely long tour, several times glacier passages (columns), assured passages; Stable weather conditions are particularly important; Mountain guide recommended
  • Equipment: normal hiking equipment, depending on the conditions Pickel, crampons, rope
  • Huts : Braunschweiger Hut, Rüsselsheimer Hut
    Acess / exit point: from the valley station of the Rettenbachfern over the Rettenbachjoch to the Braunschweiger hut (approx. 1.75 h way, approx. 1.5 h descent); from Plangeross (municipality of St. Leonhard in the Pitztal) to Rüsselsheimer Hütte (about 2 h ascent, approx. 1,5 h descent)
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Author
Roland Grüner 
Update: March 19, 2024
Difficulty
difficult
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Landscape
Highest point
3,241 m
Lowest point
2,329 m
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Rest stops

Braunschweiger Hütte
Rüsselsheimer Hütte

Safety information

Trittsicherheit, Schwindelfreiheit, Kondition, Ausdauer, hochalpine Erfahrung; abschnittsweise alpine Route

extrem lange Tour, mehrmals Gletscherpassagen (Spalten), versicherte Passagen; stabile Wetterverhältnisse besonders wichtig; Bergführer empfohlen!

Tips and hints

Did you know that…

... Mainzer Höhenweg high elevation trail leads across five peaks higher than 3000 meters and three glaciers?

 

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

Start

Braunschweiger Hut
Coordinates:
DD
46.935232, 10.909381
DMS
46°56'06.8"N 10°54'33.8"E
UTM
32T 645335 5199736
w3w 
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Destination

Rüsselsheimer Hut

Turn-by-turn directions

IBEX GOULASH AFTER A STRENUOUS ALPINE HIKE

Three peaks higher than three thousand meters are crossed here on Geigenkamm ridge. Walk uphill from Braunschweiger Hütte and follow the route below Pitztaler Jöchl to the left, then down into Silbergrube basin. The route permanently ascends and descends along the wide ridge. Scenic Wurmsitzkogl (3079 m) and Gschrappkogl (3197 m) are the first three thousand meter high peaks you climb on this tour. Followed by splendid Wassertalkogl (3252 m) on which you can find the orange-colored Rheinland-Pfalz bivouac (free use) for 12 people. When descending from Wassertalkogl, three glacier fields must be crossed. Afterwards a short scramble stage takes you back to a hiking trail.
The path leads down to Weißmaurachjoch saddle and cirque, where you reach Rüsselsheimer Hütte after about 10 challenging hours.

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

 

Directions

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
46.935232, 10.909381
DMS
46°56'06.8"N 10°54'33.8"E
UTM
32T 645335 5199736
w3w 
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Get there by train, car, bike, or on foot!

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 5
  • European E5 long-distance hiking trail – King's Segment – Braunschweiger Hut to Vent (alternative route)
  • European E5 long-distance hiking trail – King’s Segment – Braunschweiger Hut to Zwieselstein (original route)
  • Ötztal Trek Stage 19
  • Ötztaler Urweg E8 Gaislach - Granstein
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
9.5 km
Duration
9:30 h
Ascent
979 m
Descent
1,408 m
Highest point
3,241 m
Lowest point
2,329 m
Scenic Linear route Refreshment stops available

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