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Otztal Ski Tour: Hinter Schwarzenjoch from the Martin Busch Hut


Trentino-Alto Adige

Day 2: Day Tour up the Hinter Schwarzenjoch from the Martin Busch Hut.

Ski Touring Difficult

13 km
1.3 km
1.3 km
6-7 hrs
Low Point
2.3 km
High Point
3.4 km
Otztal Ski Tour: Hinter Schwarzenjoch from the Martin Busch Hut Map

Depending on the weather and fitness you could either do a big day up the peak of Similaun, which would lead to a smaller day the following day, or a slightly shorter day, over a high col, the Hinter Schwarzenjoch, which is the described and recommended tour.


From the hut cross the bridge to the W then double back to the E, then following the long Marzell glacier upwards, swinging out R in ascent at about 2800m to avoid a band of crevasses, then back left, heading E on gentler glacial slopes that lead slowly to the Hinterer Schwarzenjoch col at 3393m.

There is a beautiful shady cold snow descent the far side on the Schalf glacier that leads you down to the NE then N onto the valley floor, which swings you round to the L, bringing you back to the hut.



Serious gradient of 30-38 degrees where a real risk of slipping exists.

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.


3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

between March and April


  • Alpine
  • Ski Mountaineering

Equipment required

  • Rope
  • Skins
  • Ice axe
  • Crampons
  • Glacier kit

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