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Climb Tirol's Highest Peak on The Ötztal Ski Traverse

A classic ski touring loop which takes in the highest mountain in the Tirol.

Charlie Boscoe

Description

There is much to recommend about the crossing of the Ötztal Alps - the comfortable huts, the beautiful scenery and the elegance of the route which culminates in a famous and sought after peak.

Starting in Vent (at the end of the Ötztal valley) this trip feels wild before you've even left the carpark; the scenery is huge and yet the village feels small and other-worldly. Once underway with the tour you will be exploring huge, open glaciers and little known mountains which enjoy fabulous views.

The high point of the adventure, literally and figuratively, is the ascent of the Wildspitze - the highest peak in Tirol and the second highest in Austria. From the summit you can savour the moment and then it is downhill all the way back to a beer and a shower in Vent.

Otztal Ski Tour: Vernagt Hut to Vent via the Wildspitze Summit
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Otztal Ski Tour: Vernagt Hut to Vent via the Wildspitze Summit

Sölden
6 - 7 hrs
12.0 km
1,207 m
1,319 m
41 °
Day 6: The jewel in the Otztal crown, the Wildspitze summit day.
Difficult
Private
Otztal Ski Tour: Hochjoch Hospice to Vernagt Hut via Fluchtkogel Summit
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Otztal Ski Tour: Hochjoch Hospice to Vernagt Hut via Fluchtkogel Summit

Sölden
5 - 6 hrs
9.0 km
1,123 m
786 m
30 °
Day 5: Less horizontal distance today but a solid ascent to the Fluchtkogel summit, then down through a col to the Vernagt Hut
Difficult
Private
Otztal Ski Tour: Langtaufererspitze, 3527m
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Otztal Ski Tour: Langtaufererspitze, 3527m

Sölden
7 - 8 hrs
16.2 km
1,368 m
1,368 m
25 °
Day 4: Day Tour from the Hospice up one of several possible peaks
Difficult
Private
Otztal Ski Tour: Martin Busch Hut to Hochjoch Hospice via Similaun Summit
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Otztal Ski Tour: Martin Busch Hut to Hochjoch Hospice via Similaun Summit

Sölden
1 day +
16.6 km
1,591 m
1,682 m
23 °
Day 3: Similaun summit and Otzis memorial visit, before descent to the Hochjoch Hospice
Difficult
Private
Otztal Ski Tour: Hinter Schwarzenjoch from the Martin Busch Hut
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Otztal Ski Tour: Hinter Schwarzenjoch from the Martin Busch Hut

Sölden
6 - 7 hrs
13.1 km
1,282 m
1,282 m
33 °
Day 2: Day Tour up the Hinter Schwarzenjoch from the Martin Busch Hut.
Difficult
Private
Otztal Ski Tour: Vent to the Martin Busch Hut
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Otztal Ski Tour: Vent to the Martin Busch Hut

Sölden
3 - 4 hrs
7.1 km
664 m
55 m
21 °
Day 1: A positioning day to the Martin Busch Hut
Moderate
Private