Back in the 1980s it was local climbing legend Reinhard Schiestl from Längenfeld who started creating climbing routes in the Ötztal Alps, many of which still exist today.
Beginners can learn everything about rock climbing with a guide from the Obergurgl Alpine School, while more experienced climbers will find plenty of challenging routes in the sheer rockfaces throughout the valley, including:
The Hotel Edelweiss & Gurgl in the centre of the mountain village of Obergurgl is the ideal base for exploring the many climbing routes in the region. The via ferrata in Obergurgl-Zirbenwald and Schwärzenkamm are both within walking distance of the hotel.
Experienced climbing instructors from the Obergurgl Alpine School will be happy to give you tips and advice on climbing in the region. Speak to our hotel's qualified hiking guide or a member of staff at reception to find out more about the many routes in the Ötztal Valley – we will be happy to help you organise a climbing trip.
Via ferrata are becoming increasingly popular throughout the Alps. These climbing routes with metal handholds and footholds drilled into the rockface and steel ropes anchored into the rock for protection are graded from A ('easy') to E ('extreme') and provide a great experience for both families with children and those wishing to push themselves to the limit.
The six via ferrata in the Ötztal Valley cater for all ability levels. Explore the region around Obergurgl and get a new perspective on the Alps.
The Moosalm is around half an hour's drive from the Hotel Edelweiss & Gurgl towards Sölden. From the car park it is around a 20-minute walk to the start of the via ferrata.
Difficulty level: B to C
Vertical metres: 80
Climbing time: ascent: 30 minutes; descent: 20 minutes
The start of this via ferrata is just a 30-minute walk from the Hotel Edelweiss & Gurgl.
Difficulty level: B to C
Vertical metres: 100
Climbing time: ascent: 1.5–2 hours; descent: 1–1.5 hours
It is around a three-hour walk from the Hotel Edelweiss & Gurgl to the start of this via ferrata.
Difficulty level: A to D
Vertical metres: 350
Climbing time: 3 hours; descent: 1 hour
A beautiful via ferrata in Längenfeld overlooking the waterfall.
Difficulty level: B to D (includes an overhanging section that can be avoided)
Vertical metres: 160
Climbing time: from car park to start: 15 minutes; main section: 1.5 - 2 hours; descent: 1 hour
Via ferrata in Längenfeld named after professional climber Reinhard Schiestl.
Difficulty level: C (includes sections graded B and D)
Vertical metres: 200
Climbing time: from car park to start: 5 minutes; main section 1.5 - 2 hours; descent: 1 hour
Climbers attempting this via ferrata should be sure-footed and have a head for heights. This via ferrata in Niederthai is nevertheless suitable for families.
Difficulty level: C (lots of sections graded B; optional hire-wire section)
Vertical metres: 300
Climbing time: from car park to start: 20 minutes; main section: 3 hours; descent: 1 hour
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