To the Rotmoosferner in the Ötztal Nature Park

At a dizzy height on the main Alpine ridge, but with a slight difference in altitude: getting so close to the glaciers in the Ötztal Nature Park without having to undertake a difficult or strenuous hiking tour becomes possible here.

In the Gurgeltal, a side valley of the back Ötztal valley, Obergurgl is located, the last village before the head of the valley. Here the Hohe Mut Cable Car starts and takes us up to 2,600 m a.s.l. The mountain station is located directly at the Hohe Mut Restaurant. We take the path no. 30 first slightly downhill and then uphill to the so-called Bärenhoppe, a mountain ridge covered with high alpine meadows, which separates the Rotmoostal and Gaisbergtal valleys.

The path continues at the northern slope of the Rotmoostal further into the valley. In front of us the three thousand metre peaks of the Gurgl Ridge with their glaciated mountainsides tower up: Granatenkogel, Hochfirst, Liebenerspitze, Seelenkogel are just some of the peaks we can see on this tour. The closer we get to the glaciers, the more the meadow landscape is replaced by a rocky desert. However, between the boulders and scree, delicate alpine flowers still bloom in bright colours. The trail leads to a ridge that reaches more than 2,700 metres a.s.l. Here, at the Rotmoosferner stamping station, a magnificent view opens up from the Rotmoosferner to the Wasserfallferner and countless smaller glaciers.

After enjoying the view on this breathtaking natural setting, we take the same route for our way back. Ambitious and experienced alpinists can walk across the glacier to the Rif. Plan mountain hut (Zwickauer Hütte) which is already on South Tyrolean terrain, above the village of Plan (Pfelders). But such a tour requires much more time and better equipment than it is needed for our easy to moderate hike.

Author: AT

If you want to do this mountain hike, please take information about the current conditions on site!

Starting point: mountain station of the Hohe Mut Cable Car
Destination: Rotmoosferner, stamping station
Markers: no. 30, Rotmoosferner
Distance: 4 km (each direction)
Walking time: about 1.5 hours (each direction)
Altitude difference: approx. 200 m
Altitude level: between 2,550 and 2,730 m a.s.l.
Experienced in: August 2018

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