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Alpine Tour recommended route

Breitlehn- und Kapuzinerjöchl (vom Ötztal ins Pitztal) - Längenfeld/Huben

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HUBEN -> Breitlehnalm -> Breitlehnjoch -> Kapuzinerjoch -> Gahwinden -> Rüsselsheimer Hütte -> PARKPLATZ WEISSWALD
Distance 14.8 km
9:30 h
1,863 m
1,445 m
Who chooses the ascent on foot, goes from the small group of houses "Mühl" in Huben on a trail directly to Breitlehnalm. From the pasture, a path leads into the entrance of the grazing high valley and ascends at a steady slope until you reach the bottom filled with boulders and rocks. From the Breitlehnjoch you can look for the first time at the characteristic Kaunergrat (Watzespitze, Verweilspitze ...). An overall picture that always amazes you. The climb to the Kapuzinerjöchl takes all the attention. After crossing a scree slope, small bends through rocky terrain lead very steeply to the yoke. By the Rötenkar first down and on the opposite hand is up to the viewpoint Gahwinden. The Rüsselsheimer hut (about 45 minutes away) can already be seen. During the descent into the Pitztal to the parking lot between the white forest and Plangeross, one is accompanied by the sight of the idiosyncratic rock forms of the Kaunergratberge.

Author’s recommendation

The hut taxi runs once a week during the summer season. A reservation is required. 
Ötztal Tourismus - Information Längenfeld

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Update: March 31, 2021
Highest point
2,704 m
Lowest point
1,188 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop


Safety information

For experienced mountaineers that are free from vertigo & surefooted, Very good physical condition, mountain

experience & mountain equipment (see notice equipment) necessary, such as alpine security material, good

weather conditions recommended. Please pay attention to the current weather report:

Tips and hints

In 2001, the former New Chemnitz Hut was renamed Rüsselsheimer Hütte. The important base in the middle part of the Geigenkamm Höhenweg is not only epic because of its location and its wildlife, but also in culinary terms. For example, you can enjoy delicacies from Capricorn here.

Due to the long walking time, the driveway to Breitlehnalm with the hut taxis makes sense. If one walks from Huben on foot, an overnight stay on the Rüsselsheimer hut is to be recommended.

The way back to the starting point can be done by bus via Imst.


Huben - Ötztal (1,188 m)


Weißwald - Pitztal

Turn-by-turn directions

The ascent to Breitlehnalm via a hiking trail which leads through dense forest. From the pasture, it goes through meadows at the beginning. The path is getting steeper and rougher. A rubble slope leads up to Breitlehnjoch. The climb to the Kapuzinerjöchl is cable insured and requires all the attention. Through the Rötenkar you descend to take on the opposite slope again the rise to the lookout point Gahwinden. The Rüsselsheim hut is already visible. The descent into the Pitztal runs on a well walkable path.


all notes on protected areas

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:


Getting there

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 country

roads. A route planner will show you the easiest and most convenient way: https://www.google.at/maps


The following parking spaces are available:
Huben - fun park - free


Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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.

Basic Equipment for Alpine Routes

  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • 35-45 liter rucksack  (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Water- and windproof mountaineering jacket and trousers with ankle adjustment or separate gaiters
  • Water- and windproof gloves plus thin fleece inner gloves
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Hiking poles
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Alpine Routes

  • B2 or B3 mountaineering boots
  • Climbing harness
  • Climbing helmet
  • Ice axes (basic or technical with hammer and adze as required)
  • C2-C3 crampons with anti-balling plates (as required by route and to match boots)  
  • Single rope
  • Half ropes
  • Twin ropes
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  • Set of nuts
  • Double set of nuts
  • Small nuts
  • Medium nuts
  • Large nuts
  • Nut tool
  • Tricam(s)
  • Ball nut(s)
  • (Active) Camming device(s) for wider cracks such as the Gipsy
  • Hexentric(s)
  • Progress capture pulley(s) such as the Petzl Traxion
  • Micro ascender(s) such as the Petzl TiBloc
  • Pitons and hammer
  • Set of ice screws
  • Short ice screws
  • Medium ice screws
  • Long ice screws
  • V-Thread tool
  • 2x Harness tool holder such as the Ice Clipper or Caritool
  • Quickdraws
  • Locking device

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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14.8 km
9:30 h
1,863 m
1,445 m
Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Exposed sections Linear route Secured passages


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