Snowshoe hiking & winter walking

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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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Via Ferrata

Ferrata Kühtaier Panorama

Via Ferrata • Innsbruck and surroundings
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This wonderful via ferrata amid the granite rocks of Sellrain, leads up to 2807-meter high Pockkogel peak. Due to its high altitude and the quite low temperatures an excellent physical shape is required. Truly breathtaking panoramic views await climbers at the end of the via ferrata.

 

Trail length and time required

Pitch length 750 m. 3 – 3.5 hours, both ways (incl. descent) approx. 4.5 – 5 hours. Descent via signposted hiking trail leading down to the ridge in south-western direction. Further on past Finstertaler Stausee water reservoir. At the dam you turn-off to the right towards Dreiseenhütte. From here you walk down to the village of Kühtai.

Difficulty
medium
Technique
C/D
Experience
Landscape
Altitude
2789 m
2702 m
Climbing length
750 m, 3:30 h
Descent
1:30 h

Safety information

Climbing Rules:

1. GET FAMILIAR WITH THE EQUIPMENT

Use only standardized mountain sports equipment (CE-sign) & study instructions for use.

 

2. PARTNER CHECK BEFORE STARTING

Double-check your knots, harness buckle, belay system and the end of the rope.

 

3. LET THE PARTNER KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON

Communication prevents misunderstandings, let your belayer know when he has to take your weight on the rope.

 

4. ACT RESPECTFULLY

Respect other climbers & inform them of mistakes and dangers. Stick to climbing bans.

 

5. PROTECT YOUR HEAD

A helmet prevents head injuries in case of falling rocks & if you fall.

 

6. NO ROPE ON ROPE CONTACT

Always use metal karabiners for rappelling. Never use two ropes in one karabiner / toprope link plate.

 

7. WARM UP BEFORE STARTING TO CLIMB

Warm-up climbing protects your joints, tendons and muscles.

 

8. FULL ATTENTION WHILE BELAYING

The life of your partner is in your hands.

 

9. NO NEW CLIMBING HOOKS

It is strictly forbidden to fix new climbing hooks.

Equipment

Equipment: helmet, climbing harness and complete via ferrata set, via ferrata gloves, appropriate shoes, hiking poles for the descent (optional).

Tips, hints and links

More details about climbing in Ötztal: 

https://www.oetztal.com/klettern

Start

Kühtai (2784 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
47.197665 N 11.042286 E
UTM
32T 654690 5229153

Destination

Kühtai

Turn-by-turn directions

The first section features already a very difficult part graded C+. Most parts of the second section are graded D. Please note that there are less step ladders but many natural foot and hand holds in the rock. Especially the last climbing efforts towards the summit and the northern wall are the undisputed highlight of this climbing tour.

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

Kühtai is located in the western part of Austria in the state TYROL. 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

 

In Oetz you leave the roundabout in direction Ochsengarten/Kühtai. After approx. 30 minutes you reach Drei-Seen chair lift in Kühtai. Take the lift and follow the signposts in direction Gaiskogl/ Klettersteig (via ferrata). Continue along the red marked route in the foothills of Gaiskogl ridge, crossing the gravel field, until you reach the access point (20 minutes).

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Duration
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Ascent
17 m
Descent
89 m
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