Alpine Climbing Adventures in the Ötztal

3 big days out in one of Austria's most legendary mountain valleys!

Alpine Climbing, Hiking Moderate, Difficult

Scrambling across to the northern summit of the Wildspitze
Scrambling across to the northern summit of the Wildspitze Photo: Charlie Boscoe


The Ötztal valley, 50 kilometres west of Innsbruck, is a rightly famous mountain destination, home to epic skiing, rock climbing, hiking, biking and mountaineering. The valley has produced a string of strong and talented climbers so hopefully by doing these 3 routes a little of their stardust will rub off on you!

All of these routes can be reached easily from the Ötztal valley itself, but it's so long (around 50 kilometres top to bottom) that basing yourself in the middle (somewhere between Längenfeld and Sölden) makes the most sense. From there you can easily drive north to Kühtai to reach the Zwölferkogel (the lowest of the 3 peaks described here), nip up to the Polleskogel mountains and then finish your trip on Tirol's highest mountain, the Wildspitze.

The Wildspitze can be climbed in one huge day but we've described it as a 2 day adventure, split by a night in the lovely Breslauer Hut. The other 2 routes in here are day routes, albeit - in the case of the Zwölferkogel - long ones.

So if you're keen to escape the crowds in the Alpine honey pots, get to the Ötztal and enjoy some epic views, fun routes and solitude!

Routes included

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