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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Hochreichkopf, 3.010m - Umhausen-Niederthai

Ski Touring · Oetztal
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Map / Hochreichkopf, 3.010m - Umhausen-Niederthai
2000 2500 3000 3500 m km 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Kleinhorlachalm

CAR PARK SENNHOF (next to the information Niederthai)->Klein Horlachal->Finstertaler Sennhütte->HOCHREICHKOPF 
difficult
9.1 km
7:00 h
1448 m
0 m
From the Sennhof car park (next to Information Office) in Niederthai you walk along the leisurely Horlachtal trail (7 km) to Schweinfurter Hütte. Past Klein Horlachalm (1900 m), then take the climbing trail on the left and cross the first slope towards Finstertaler Sennhütte (2147m). Here you continue on the valley floor, choose the ascent through the eastern basin that takes you right to the peak. Once you reach the peak ridge (ski storage area), you follow the route to its highest point - Hochreichkopf (3010 m).

Difficulty
difficult
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2988 m
Lowest point
1540 m
Best time of year
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Exposition
NESW

Rest Stop

Kleinhorlachalm

Safety information

Please pay attention to the current weather- & avalanche report: https://www.oetztal.com/de/winter.html &

https://avalanche-report/albina-web/bulletin/2019-01-07?lang=de 

Equipment

Appropriate equipment such as breathable suitable outdoor clothes for the weather, wind-, rain-, snow- and sun protection, hat and 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.  

Tips, hints and links

Ski Mountaineering Rules
  • If you enjoy activities amid nature always respect the local guidelines when you set out on a ski tour (for example: wildlife preserves, hunting enclosures, reforestation areas, information boards, etc.).
  • Don‘t enter protected wildlife zones or feeding areas amid naturelandscapes, and avoid noise.
  • Cross forest areas in winter only on sign posted trails or marked routes as wild animals can panic if they hear loud voices or noise.
  • Learn more about the habitat of wild animals in the mountains, avoid getting too close to them. Watch them only from a safe distance. Please put your dog on a lead, it is absolutely irresponsible to take dogs into the forest without leashing them because wild animals suffer from food deficiency and weakness in winter.
  • Excellent planning and time management: start your tour early enough and return before darkness. In spring you should be back on the hut or in the valley at 12 noon (avalanche hazard!) at the latest.
  • Never cross forestation zones and areas with young plants and trees.

 

Ötztal Tourismus doesn‘t take any responsibility for the suggested tours. It is strongly recommended to enlist a certified local mountainguide. Glacier crossings are allowed only in a group by using a rope.

Before you set out on a tour you should inform someone down in the valley about the tour‘s destination and when you plan to be back. Anavalanche transceiver is an absolute must for Alpine ski mountaineering tours.

 

More details about ski mountaineering tours in Ötztal: https://www.oetztal.com/skitouren 

Start

car park Sennhof (next to the information) (1540 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
47.127986, 10.967765
UTM
32T 649240 5221265

Destination

Hochreichkopf

Turn-by-turn directions

From the Sennhof car park (next to Information Office) in Niederthai you walk along the leisurely Horlachtal trail (7 km) to Schweinfurter Hütte. Past Klein Horlachalm (1900 m), then take the climbing trail on the left and cross the first slope towards Finstertaler Sennhütte (2147m). Here you continue on the valley floor, choose the ascent through the eastern basin that takes you right to the peak. Once you reach the peak ridge (ski storage area), you follow the route to its highest point -Hochreichkopf (3010 m).

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 out local taxi companies through the valley to your desired destination. Please find the current bus timetable here: http://fahrplan.vvt.at  

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 vallly 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.  

Parking

The following parking facilities are available in Niederthai:
  • Car park Sennhof, payable from 07:00 to 18:30
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
9.1 km
Duration
7:00 h
Ascent
1448 m
Descent
0 m
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