Otztal Ski Tour: Langtaufererspitze, 3527m

Sölden

Trentino-Alto Adige

Day 4: Day Tour from the Hospice up one of several possible peaks

Ski Touring Difficult

Distance
16 km
Ascent
1.4 km
Descent
1.4 km
Duration
7-8 hrs
Low Point
2.3 km
High Point
3.5 km
Gradient
25˚
Otztal Ski Tour: Langtaufererspitze, 3527m Map

The Hospice is an ideal location for many different day tours. There are obvious objectives including the Weisskugel at 3739m. This is a big day but rewards you with a view of Venice in the far distance, and is the second highest peak in this range. More realistic for many would be the excellent lower summit of Langtaufererspitze, described here but there are other shorter outings eg Kreuzkogeljoch.

Description

From the Hospice follow the long valley to the W, then SW leading onto the Hintereis Glacier. This is a slow gentle ascent which steepens and turns onto S facing slopes at about 3050m, leading to the summit at 3529m. There is a choice of descents, either down your line of ascent which might be spring snow if timed right, or steeper variants to the E or to the N, returning to the hut.

Difficulty

Difficult

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.

Remoteness

4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Best time to visit

March, April

Features

  • Bowl
  • Alpine
  • Single Descent
  • Ski Mountaineering

Equipment required

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

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