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Otztal Ski Tour: Hochjoch Hospice to Vernagt Hut via Fluchtkogel Summit


Trentino-Alto Adige

Day 5: Less horizontal distance today but a solid ascent to the Fluchtkogel summit, then down through a col to the Vernagt Hut

Ski Touring Difficult

9 km
1.1 km
786 m
5-6 hrs
Low Point
2.4 km
High Point
3.5 km
Otztal Ski Tour: Hochjoch Hospice to Vernagt Hut via Fluchtkogel Summit Map

Another day, another fine summit! In the event of bad weather you can miss the summit out by simply passing through the col below the top and descend direct to the hut. But given the opportunity the summit of the Fluchtkogel at 3500m is well worth a visit. From the Hospice skin diagonally up to the NW, steeply as you traverse under cliffs, then more gently as you get onto the glacier above. The angle then becomes much easier as you slowly skin towards a final steepening towards the summit itself.


Descend down the first steep part, then pass through the Ober Guslar Joch col, descending the glacier on the far side on mainly E and S facing slopes to the Vernagt Hut at 2755m. This is our highest hut, positioning us well for our big final day.



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


  • Bowl
  • Alpine
  • Ski Mountaineering

Equipment required

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

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