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Glacier trek in Oëtztal, detailed chart

 

In the heart of the Tyrol, the group of Oëtztal reflects the tradition of warm reception of the Austrian mountaineers: each hut has been designed by brilliant decorators, and each hut-keeper will make you taste the tasty and tonic tyrolese meals.

 

In this country of the "art de vivre", the summits will offer you great emotions: nearly two hundred peaks higher than 10,000 feet can be climbed in Oëtztal, and our tour will bring you on the top of four of them, of which is Wildspitze (12,369 feet), highest peak of Tyrol and second highest summit of Austria. During our Oëtztal Glacier Trek, we will visit the spot where was found "Oëtzti", the Man of the Glaciers, the ancestor of all mountaineers.

 

A superb programme, with 2 stages with light bagpacks (ascent and descent from the same hut).

With fifteen years of experience of Tyrol, in Summer, Winter and Spring, we offer you the best services in the comfortable austrian mountain huts.

 

Dates, price:  Click here

 

Travelling to Oëtztal : three possibilities to reach easily the starting point of our programme in Austria, Vent village :

from Geneva airport, in the guide's car, free roundtrip shuttle to Vent (limited number of places available)

flying to Innsbrück airport, located at 63 miles from Vent. Innsbrück airport is linked to Europe main airports : London, Rotterdam, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Lyon. From Innsbrück airport, regular buses each 15 minutes to Innsbrück trains and buses station, where you will catch a train to Oëtztalbahnhof + bus from Oëtztalbahnhof to Vent.

night train from Paris till Oëtztalbahnhof + then bus from Oëtztalbahnhof to Vent.

 

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Do not forget:

 - your food for snacks

- your Alpine Club or BMC card if you are a member of one of these clubs

- your passport

- a few Euros for your drinks, and your personal expenses

 

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the Route

 

Day 1) Meeting Place : Vent, Post-Office, at 02. 00 p.m. From this typical Tyrolean village, height 6,220 feet, we follow Niedertaler small valley till Martin Busch hut, a beautiful hut built with granite stones, height 8,205 feet, our first stopping place. From the hut, nice wiew on Similaun peak, to be climbed in two days. Night by the hut.

Duration of the stage : 3 hours. Difference of level : 1,980 feet up, 0 feet down.

 

Day 2) At dawn, going up through the slopes above the hut, the footpath leads us to Samoar's lake, 9,580 feet. We will lighten there our backpacks, to climb Kreuz Spitze peak, 11,342 feet, a superb viewpoint on all our glacier trek route, on Tyrol Alps, and on the nearby Italian group of Ortler. Back to Samoar's lake, we have picnic, and then follow the long footpath leading to Similaun hut, 9,905 feet, a gastronomic place (taste Apfelstrübel or Kaiserschmarren !), built on the Italian border, where we will spend two nights. Night by the hut.

Duration of the stage : 6 hours and a half. Difference of level : 3,957 feet up (including 1,762 feet with light backpacks), 2,257 feet down.

 

Day 3) This third stage is quite short, allowing us to leave the warm duvets of the hut only by 7 am for breakfast. We will climb Similaun peak, 11,831 feet, with light backpacks. A easy ascent on Similaun glacier brings us to the height 11,500 feet, the point where begins the final ridge leading to the summit's cross. If the final ridge is not in perfect conditions, the guide will first guide up and down on the final ridge a roped party of four participants, and then pick up the four other participants for his second ascent on the ridge. Way down back to the hut for a relaxing afternoon. Night by the hut.

Duration of the stage : 4 hours. Difference of level : 1,926 feet up, 1,926 feet down (with light backpacks).

 

Day 4) on the way up to the Hauslabjoch pass, 10,758 feet, we will make a short detour to visit the peat bogs site where was found Oëtzi, the famous mummy. From Hauslabjoch pass, we will go down more than 3,000 vertical feet till the Hintereis glacier and the tiny Rofen Ache bridge, through nice slopes on the North side. A short ascent of 15 minutes will bring us to the beautiful Hochjoch Hospitz, 7,913 feet. Night by the hut.

Duration of the stage : 4 hours and a half. Difference of level : 1,247 feet up, 3,238 feet down.

 

Day 5) Maybe the most beautiful stage of this tour, with the ascent, in the cool air of dawn, on Kesselwandferner glacier, through huge glacial domes. We will leave our backpacks near the Oben Guslar Joch, to climb up the last snow slope leading to Fluchtkogel, 11,483 feet, nice wiew point on Gepätsch valley. Easy way down on Guslar glacier till Vernagt hut, 9,039 feet. Night by the hut.

Duration of the stage : 6 hours. Difference of level : 3,602 feet up, 2,477 feet down.

 

Day 6) We will climb today the second highest peak of Austria, Wildspitze, 12,369 feet, with light backpacks. Way up on Klein Vernagt Ferner glacier, till Brochkogel Joch pass, 11,230 feet. From the pass, a flat traverse of nearly one mile will lead us to the final slopes of Wildspitze. The last ridge will be climbed roped with the guide, till the summit's cross. Fantastic wiew on the summits we have soon climbed : Kreuzspitze, Similaun, Fluchtkogel. We come back to Vernagt hut, where beer is so tasty !

Duration of the stage : 7 hours and a half. Difference of level : 3,461 feet up, 3,461 feet down (with light backpacks).

 

Day 7) We end this tour with the descent to Rofenhofe (6,726 feet), and then to Vent. Separation in Vent by 10 am.

Duration of the stage : 2 hours and a half. Difference of level : 100 feet up, 2,674 feet down.

 

End of the tour by 10 am in Vent.

Your mountain guide will do everything possible to make this tour being a success. But, in high altitude, exceptional risks may exist : storms, avalanches, .... Your guide, responsible for your life, may change the programme of this glacier trek for your safety.

 

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Training- technical level : you are a complete beginner in Glacier Trek and mountaineering, but you are used to hike through hills and low-altitude mountains. Your Mountain Guide will teach you the basic techniques of mountaineering, to walk safely with your crampons, linked with the rope to the other members of your roped party (two roped parties will be formed).- fitness level : you practise twice a week either walking, running, or biking. The average pace is 1,000 feet of rise per hour, with a difference of level climbed each day rising from 1,245 to 4,450 feet. The average time of walking is 5 hours per day.

 

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The Price


The price includes :

- guiding by a mountain Guide, and all his expenses (food, lodgings, transfers)
- the following group equipment: radio linked to the relief organization, pharmacy, survival blanket, ropes, maps, compass, GPS, altimeter
- the loan of a mountaineering harness
- free roundtrip shuttle from Geneva airport for the four first participants registered
- the reservation of the places in the mountain huts
- lodging and half-board in the mountain huts from Day 1 dinner included to Day 7 breakfast included (dinner and breakfast are prepared and served by the hut-keepers)
- one liter of tea for your thermos bottle offered each morning by the hutkeeper

 

The price does not include :

- optional insurances EUROP ASSISTANCE
- your lunchs
- your drinks in the huts (in Similaun hut, where water is not pure, you can buy mineral water, tea or beer)
- your personal expenses
- the personal equipment and the technical equipment required for this tour
- transfer from your residence to Vent, and from Vent to your residence
- around 30 EUR for parking in Vent, if you come with your private car
- generally speaking, all the expenses not indicated in the paragraph " the price includes "

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Detailed Informations



Access : Travelling to Oëtztal : three possibilities to reach easily the starting point of our programme in Austria, Vent village :

from Geneva airport, in the guide's car, free roundtrip shuttle to Vent (limited number of places available)

flying to Innsbrück airport, located at 63 miles from Vent. Innsbrück airport is linked to Europe main airports : London, Rotterdam, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Lyon. From Innsbrück airport, regular buses each 15 minutes to Innsbrück trains and buses station, where you will catch a train to Oëtztalbahnhof + bus from Oëtztalbahnhof to Vent.

night train from Paris till Oëtztalbahnhof + bus from Oëtztalbahnhof to Vent.

 

Attention : if you come with your private car, you will have to pay around 30 EUR for parking in Vent.

 

Accommodation : 6 nights in comfortable mountain huts, in dormitories. 

 

Ecology : Please respect the Nature : bring back your waste to the valley.

 

Food, Water Bottle : half-board in mountain huts is adapted to the efforts of glacier trek : substantial meals, prepared by the hut keeper, with recipes of the Alps. For your snacks, you should take with you 300 to 400 grams of food for each day of the course : energy bars, cheese and bread, dry fruits. You may also buy some extra food for your snacks by the hut keeper (pay in hard cash, credit cards are not accepted in the huts). 
Your water bottle must contain one litre and a half minimum.

Pure water in all the huts, except Similaun where you can buy mineral water.

 

Formalities : during the tour, you will be in Austria. Bring your passport along.

 

Guiding : one French Mountain Guide, speaking fluently English, with 6 to 8 hikers. 

 

Health : this tour takes place in altitude. To make a success of this programme, you must be in good health. Have a medical check-up, and explain to your doctor the main characteristics of this programme: altitude, difficulty. A visit to your dentist is also strongly advised.

 

Hygiene : Hot showers (price 3 Euros) in all mountain huts.

 

Insurance : For your safety and by experience, we strongly advise you to subscribe to one of the three contracts EUROP ASSISTANCE that we propose to you, to complete your own protection for the following risks : Repatriation, Cancellation, Baggage loss, Interruption of stay. We remind to you that a payment by credit card provides limited guarantees.

 

We propose to you three contracts EUROP ASSISTANCE :

- "Repatriation" contract. This insurance costs 2.5 % of the price of your tour.

- "Cancellation" Contract (including baggage insurance). This insurance costs 4.0 % of the price of your tour.

- "Repatriation + Cancellation + Baggage Insurance + Interruption of Stay" contract. This insurance costs 6.0 % of the price of your tour.

 

The contract "Cancellation" covers only inhabitants of one of the following countries: France (metropolitan France and Monaco solely), Germany, Andorra, England, Belgium, Spain (excluded: Canary Islands), Italy (excluded: islands), Luxembourg, Switzerland. 

 

The contract "Repatriation" covers only inhabitants of one of the following countries: France (metropolitan France and Monaco solely), Germany, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Spain (excluded: Canary Islands), Finland, Gibraltar, Greece, Ireland, Italy and islands, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Netherlands, Portugal, United Kingdom, San-Marin, Sweden and Switzerland. 

 

If you do not wish to subscribe the insurance "Repatriation" EUROP ASSISTANCE, you must imperatively have an own insurance "Repatriation" covering you for both "Research" (with a minimum cover of 3,812 Euros, including research helicopters expenses) and "Assistance" expenses for the country of the tour and for the sports to be practised during the tour, and you will send us, with the filled and signed registration formulary, a copy of your contract, and the phone number of your Assistance line. 

We will be sorry to have to deny your registration if you do not hold an insurance "Repatriation" contract.

 

If you live off-Europe, we recommend you the "Repatriation" insurance contracts proposed by IHI Denmark ( www.ihi.com ) or International Medical Group ( www.imglobal.com ). If you live in USA, we recommend you the "Repatriation" insurance contract proposed by the American Alpine Club : www.americanalpineclub.org .

 

Maps : Austrian maps, scale 1 : 25,000°, "Alpenvereinskarte" number 30/1 "Ötztaler Alpen, Gurgl", and number 30/2 "Ötztaler Alpen, Weisskugel".

 

Medical care : a complete pharmacy is provided. It has been elaborated by a group of doctors specialized in high altitude sickness  in expeditions in altitude and it includes:
- drugs usually employed (aspirin, eye-drop lotion, antibiotics, .... ) and medicines for small problems
- drugs for high altitude sickness
- drugs and equipment for sprain, fracture 

Do not forget to bring with you your personal drugs and all the drugs included in the detailed chart "Personal Equipment".

 

Mobile phone : mobile phones can connect to the Austrian or Italian networks in all the huts : Martin Busch, Similaun, Hochjoch Hospiz, Vernagt.

  

Portage : your personal things, your technical equipment ( ice axe, crampons, mountaineering harness ), your snacks. 

 

Size of the group : the minimal number of participants is six, the maximum number of participants is eight. If the minimal number of participants is not reached, you will be informed of the cancellation of the course 21 days before the departure date. 

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