A truly breathtaking panoramic via ferrata amid Obergurgl's glacier world. The route is not extremely difficult but quite demanding due to its high Alpine location and the north-facing walls. Previous via ferrata experience is absolutely required. There are enough footholds and also two emergency exits (marked) which allow shortcuts.
Trail length and time required
350 meters altitude gain (2410 - 2760 m), 700 m climbing trail length, approx. 3 hours; 4 hours incl. descent to Langtalereck Hütte.
SAFETY ON THE VIA FERRATA
The Austrian Alpine Club has published 10 recommendations for climbing on via ferratas in order to increase safety:
Destination should correspond to personal abilities
Use complete set of professional climbing equipment
Don’t access the route in the event of a thunderstorm
Check wire rope and anchors accurately and critically
Partner check at the access point
Maintain sufficient distance
Talk clearly when overtaking someone
Watch out for falling rocks
Respect nature and environment
Equipment: helmet, harness and complete via ferrata climbing set, via ferrata gloves, appropriate climbing shoes, hiking poles for the descent (recommended).
Starting with easy grade-A/B sections, the route becomes more difficult at the end (C/D). The eye-catching grass area after the first third of the via ferrata makes a perfect place for a rest stop. Here you can also leave the route via two emergency exits.
From the exit area you reach Hochwilde Haus in about 40 minutes, Langtalereck Hütte in 60 minutes and Obergurgl in about 2.5 hours.
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
Obergurgl 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
From Obergurgl you walk towards Langtalereck Hütte (2.5 hrs), keeping to the trail (no. 35) in direction Hochwilde Haus. After 20 minutes you reach the via ferrata access point (follow signposts).
In Obergurgl the following parking facilities are available:
Car park Village center Obergurgl (in front of the church on the right, behind the multi-purpose building where the information office is located)
Parking lot with coin entrance Parking Place entrance - valley station Festkoglbahn, free of charge
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
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