Mountain herbs and wild bees line the path at its beginning. Silvia, my mountain guide, chose the route from Fiegl's Hütte because of the “surprise effect”. The steep footpath meanders through three vegetation zones, from the Alpine meadows of Windachtal side valley to barren terrain above the tree line and finally into high Alpine regions marked by the Himmelsleiter (“ladder to heaven”). These vertical stairs in the rock take us up to the high plateau, on which Hochstubaihütte sits majestically. Fairly imposing: From here, the landscape offers a 360 degree panoramic view of the entire Ötztal, the water reservoir below Hochstubaihütte, a summit cross, glacier fields and rugged mountain slopes.