Snowshoe hiking & winter walking

Step by step towards a holistic experience

The hiking paradise of Sölden also has a marvelous winter season: 49.5 km of cleared, signposted winter hiking trails take walkers straight through snow-covered forests, white meadows and along Ötztaler Ache mountain brook. Adventure-seeking vacationers grab their snowshoes and listen to the crunching snow under their feet while lively Sölden disappears in the background. Trudging  through the untouched white either on your own or accompanied by a local guide you will take new insights on the way to rustic mountain huts.

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Ötztal Trek Stage 06

Long Distance Hiking • Oetztal
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  • Hochstubaihütte
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  • Hildesheimer Hütte
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  • Hildesheimer Hütte
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    Photo: Ötztal Tourismus
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Map / Ötztal Trek Stage 06
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Hochstubaihütte (3.174 m) –> Scharte am Windachferner –> Hildesheimer Hütte (2.899 m)

difficult
7.4 km
6:00 h
650 m
900 m

Hochstubaihütte (3174 m) -> SCHARTE AM Windachferner -> HILDESHEIMER HUT (2900 m)

Route: Climbing, groomed path along the glacier Requirements: Safety, dizzying; Black mountain trail Difficulties: steep descent on the ladder to heaven Equipment: standard hiking equipment, glacier equipment for passages about Windachferner and Gaiskarferner not required Walking time: about 5.5 hours Elevation gain: about 650 meters climbing, 900 meters descending Highest point: 3,174 m Distance: approximately 7 km Lodging, refreshment stops: Hochstubaihütte, restaurant Jochdohle, Hildesheimer Hütte Access Exit points: from Sölden via Gasthaus Fiegl in Windachtal and Seekarsee to Hochstubaihütte (about 5.5 hours ascent, about 4.5 hours Descent); From Sölden through the Windachtal and via Aschenbrenner- or Gaiskarweg (steep) to Hildesheimer Hütte (about 5 h ascent, approx. 4 h descent); alternatively bus from Sölden to Fiegl's cabin in Windachtal - continue for approximately 3.5 h rise to Hochstubaihütte (about 2.5 h descent) and 3 h rise to Hildesheim cabin (about 2 h down);

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Altitude
3174 m
2498 m
Highest point
Hochstubaihütte (3174 m)
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Rest Stop

Hochstubaihütte

Safety information

Trittsicherheit, Schwindelfreiheit

Steiler Abstieg über die Himmelsleiter

Equipment

It is recommended to wear hiking equipment such as breathable and weather-adapted outdoor clothing, ankle-high mountain boots, wind, rain and sun protection, cap and possibly gloves. It is also important to have enough food, as well as a first-aid package, a cell phone and a hiking map.

Tips, hints and links

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

Start

Hochstubaihut (3169 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.981650 N 11.064831 E
UTM
32T 657031 5205194

Destination

Hildesheimer hut

Turn-by-turn directions

HOCHSTUBAIHÜTTE (3.174 m) –> SCHARTE AM WINDACHFERNER –> HILDESHEIMER HÜTTE (2.900 m)

Ice-free from hut to hut From the hut, we first take the approach route in the opposite direction over Lake Seekarsee. Then follows the passage through the so-called heavenly ladder, through which the path descends in serpentine lines. Ropes and staircases facilitate the passage. We walk flat out to an emergency stop (key hangs next to the door), before the path leads to the Seekarsee in steeper terrain. Below the lake, you turn left and take the trail that goes east. After the swampy foothills of the shopping cart, the path winds its way upwards to the top of the Windachferner. You descend to the glacier and follow the path up to the Jochdohle restaurant in the ski area. Beyond the Gaiskarferner, we descend south-east to a rocky ridge until we reach further down the Hildesheimer Hütte.

Public transport

Enjoy a both comfortable and relaxing train ride to the train station in Ötztal Bahnhof. You get off the train in ÖTZTAL Bahnhof where you change to a public bus or local taxi. The current bus schedule can be found at: http://fahrplan.vvt.at

 

Getting there

Sölden is located in the western part of Austria in the state TYROL, in a southern side valley of the Inn valley - the ÖTZTAL. For your arrival by car, you can plan the best route from your home town with the route planner online at https://www.google.at/maps

 

Parking

The following parking facilities are available in Sölden:
  • Parking lot
  • parking lot Stiegele
  • stair parking
  • Giggijochbahn + underground garage
  • Gaislachkoglbahn + underground garage
  • Parking Hochsölden
  • parking garage Hochsölden 1. parking lot
  • parking Zwieselstein
  • parking Zwieselstein / sports ground

 All parking is free during the day.

 

Parking for several days (eg hike tour):

  • Postplatz, Parkticket available at the information Sölden Parkgarage Gaislachkoglbahn
  • Parkticket either online or directly at the cash desk of the Gaislachkoglbahn
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
7.4 km
Duration
6:00 h
Ascent
650 m
Descent
900 m
Tour route Nice views With refreshment stops

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