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Hiking Trail recommended route

Gaisbergtal valley - Rotmoostal valley - Obergurgl

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  • Hohe Mut Alm mit Panorama
    Hohe Mut Alm mit Panorama
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OBERGURGL -> Gaisbergy Valley -> Hohe Mut Saddle -> Rotmoos Valley -> Schönwies Hut -> Zirbenwald -> OBERGURGL


Distance 11.1 km
5:00 h
650 m
600 m
2,321 m
1,922 m
Turn left after the Hotel Jenewein and follow the Gaisbergstrasse and over the meadow slopes to the entrance of the Gaisberg valley. The path runs close to the Gaisbergbach. Soon you come to a fork, both routes lead to the saddle of the Hohe Mut. The shorter and steeper path takes approx. 1.5 hours, the climb over the stamping point of the Gaisberg glacier 1 hour longer. The long ridge from the mountain station to the Kirchenkogel separates the Rotmoos from the Gaisberg valley. From the Mut saddle, take path 29a, descending to the Schönwieshütte. The stone pine forest, past the Rotmoos waterfall, is ideal for returning to Obergurgl.
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Update: March 21, 2024
Highest point
2,321 m
Lowest point
1,922 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 1.58%Dirt road 6.06%Forested/wild trail 26.80%Path 65.53%
0.2 km
Dirt road
0.7 km
Forested/wild trail
3 km
7.3 km
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Rest stops

Zirben Alm
Schönwies hut

Safety information

Moderate mountain trail; for sure-footed and experienced hikers. Good physical condition, mountain experience & mountain equipment (see notice equipment) necessary. Please pay attention to the current weather report: https://www.oetztal.com/summer.html.  

Tips and suggestions

More details about hiking In Ötztal: https://www.oetztal.com/wandern 


46.866543, 11.024132
46°51'59.6"N 11°01'26.9"E
32T 654266 5192322



Turn-by-turn directions

From Obergurgl on foot or by mountain lift up to Hohe Mut - to the highest point on the left next to the lift station (location HM) - back on the hiking trail along Hohe Mut ridge in the direction of the glacier (southeast) - stop (location BH) at the so-called Bärenhoppet, where you will find a research hut run by the University of Innsbruck - follow the path on Hohe Mut ridge - descent into Gaisbergtal towards Gaisbergferner - stop at the moraines of Gaisbergferner (location GG) - out of the valley towards the last moraine wall - stop after the moraine wall (location EG) - further out of the valley towards Obergurgl - stop at the valley’s end (location TG), great view of the opposite part of the valley – continue towards Obergurgl along the road through Obergurgl’s ski area (location SG).

Public transport

Travel safe and comfortable with the train to the Ötztal Bahnhof train station. Last stop and exit point is the train station Ötztal Bahnhof. Afterwards you can travel smoothly and quick with the public transport or our local taxi companies through the valley to your desired destination. Please find the current bus timetable here: http://fahrplan.vvt.at.



The car drive to the Ötztal valley. Situated in Tirol, the Ötztal valley set off in southerly direction and is the longest side valley in the Eastern Alps. The journey with the car leads you through the Inntal valley to the entrance of the valley and further on through the valley. Among the toll motorways you can also use the countryroads. A route planner will show you the easiest and most convenient way: https://www.google.at/maps


The following parking facilities are available in Gurgl: 
  • Parking garage (center of Obergurgl), chargeable | € 2,00/hour
  • Parking garage - bottom station Festkogl, chargeable | € 2,00/hour
  • Parking Hochgurglbahn valley station, free of charge - no parking at night
  • Parking Top Mountain Crosspoint, free of charge
  • Parking Hochgurgl, free of charge (very small parking) 


46.866543, 11.024132
46°51'59.6"N 11°01'26.9"E
32T 654266 5192322
Get there by train, car, bike, or on foot!

Book recommendation by the author

Ötztaler Wanderbuch


Appropriate equipment such as breathable suitable outdoor clothes for the weather, ankle-high walking boots, wind-, rain- & sun protection, hat, possibly gloves, is for all hikes and tours necessary. Please bring a first-aid box, a mobile phone, a walking map and if there is no hut on the way a snack and enough to drink.  

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  • Rotmoos waterfall - Obergurgl
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  • Seenplatte - Obergurgl
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11.1 km
5:00 h
650 m
600 m
Highest point
2,321 m
Lowest point
1,922 m
Round trip Scenic Refreshment stops available Geological highlights Flora


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