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There are plenty of reasons to come and experience Obergurgl on foot:

the pollen-free air, the rich green alpine pastures, the unique world of the mountains and, last but not least, the joy of physical activity! That’s why 3 times a week we organise a hiking day, led by an experienced mountain guide. And when you get to the summit, there’s a substantial snack awaiting all the hikers. Throughout the Ötz Valley there are state certified mountain guides at your disposal who, with their great experience and careful supervision, will enable you to explore the wonders of nature and the mountains at close quarters.


A summit cross and summit book are the symbols of a successful ascent after a demanding summit tour. Entry in the summit book confirms you have passed the examination of a school which has introduced you to the majesty of the high mountains.

Whether on a tour on the rocks or the ice, on a course or a week of tours, you’ll be in the safe hands of the state registered mountain and ski guides from the Obergurgl and Ötz Valley High Mountain School to enjoy the "greatest experience" of your life.

Bergführerstelle Obergurgl
6456 Obergurgl
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Zirbenwald via ferrata

Main features – even the access via the suspension bridge demands skill and courage, though the via ferrata set does have a safety cable. The family-friendly via ferrata has two rather difficult C passages where some experience is needed. The gentle path up to and from the exit is particularly nice, enabling non-climbers to get quite close to the action.

Difficulty/equipment – On a scale of difficulty from A to E (from easy to extreme), this via ferrata is rated B to C, most of the route being B. This means that families with children aged 10 and over can enjoy the climb with an additional safety cable without any problems. Equipment: helmet, harness with via ferrata set, gloves, suitable footwear.

Length of trail and time - 100 metres altitude difference and 400 m long trail. approx. 1½ to 2 hours, with descent about 3 hours.

Descent - on hiking trail no. 9 direction Obergurgl.

Access - It’s about 30 minutes to Obergurgl on the main road from Sölden. The car park by the church is pay and display, but you can park for free by the Festkogel lift. From there you take the Zirbenwald/Davids hut hiking trail back to the starting point.

Schwärzenkamm via ferrata

Description - A magnificent panoramic via ferrata at the heart of the Obergurgl glaciers. Although not extremely difficult, the ascent is quite demanding and experience on a via ferrata is necessary because of its altitude and alignment on the north face. There are plenty of footholds and also two emergency exits which are clearly signed, making it possible to shorten the route.

Difficulty/equipment - The easy passages (A-B) enable you to summon up your energy to face the short but rather difficult ascents (C/D). After the first third of the route the distinctive ribbon of grass enables you to take a break or exit via one of the two emergency paths. Equipment: helmet, harness with via ferrata set, gloves, suitable footwear, possibly sticks for the descent.

Length of trail and time - 350 altitude difference (2,410 – 2,760 m) and 700 m climbing. Approx. 3 hours, with the descent to the Langtalereck hut 4 hours.

Descent - After the exit it’s 40 minutes to the Hochwilde Haus and 60 minutes to the Langtalereck hut, 2½ hours to Obergurgl.

Access - From Obergurgl it’s about 2½ hours to the Langtalereck hut. From there you follow trail 35 direction Hochwilde Haus and it’s 20 minutes to the entrance to the via ferrata. (Clearly signposted)