The best hikes in and around obergurgl

Top tips on the best routes at the end of the Ötztal Valley

At the four-star superior Hotel Edelweiss & Gurgl the hiking trails start at our front door and lead up into the mountains around Obergurgl.

Explore the protected Obergurgl pine forest, take a break at one of the many huts in the region and enjoy unforgettable moments in the Ötztal Alps.

There really is something for all ages and abilities, from relaxing family walks near the village to challenging high-alpine treks up to the most majestic peaks in the region.

Hiking holidays in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl
Wandern im Obergurgl pine forest

forest & water hike

Type: family hike

Walking time: approx. 2 – 3 hours

Highlights: protected Obergurgl pine forest, Alpine research station, information boards along the way, Rotmooswasserfall waterfall, Schönwieshütte mountain hut

Glacier views on holiday in Obergurgl

garnet hike for geologists

Type: family hike (advanced)

Walking time: approx. 4 hours

Highlights: ascent via the Hohe Mut Bahn cable car from the hotel, moraine fields in front of the Gaisberg glacier, search for Almandin garnets typical of the Ötztal Valley


Hikes and treks to the glaciers above Obergurgl

Piccard hike

Type: trek for hikers with good fitness levels

Walking time: approx. 8 1/2 hours

Highlights: high-alpine trek with excellent views and diverse flora, visit to Ramolhaus mountain hut, crossing of the Gurgler Ferner glacier to the location where Dr Auguste Piccard landed in his Stratos balloon in 1931, descent via Langtalereckhütte and Schönwieshütte huts back to Obergurgl – only for hikers with Alpine experience and/or accompanied by a mountain guide!

Long-distance hikes in the Ötztal Valley

smugglers' hike via the Königsjoch ridge

Type: challenging family hike

Walking time: approx. 5 hours

Highlights: meadows with Alpine roses above Hochgurgl, ascent via Königstal Valley to the Zollhütte hut at the Königsjoch ridge, cross the border into Italy via a 'secret path' to a beautiful high-alpine pasture in South Tyrol – return journey from Timmelsjoch ridge to Hotel Edelweiss & Gurgl by taxi or bus.

Almost at the summit in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl

hike to the summit of Zirmkogl mountain (3280 metres)

Type: hike to over 3000m for walkers with moderate Alpine experience

Walking time: approx. 8 hours

Highlights: several mountain lakes on the way, crossing of the Loobferner glacier, unique views over the Ötztal Valley from the 3278m summit – for more information speak to our mountain guide at the regular hikers' get-together.

Glacier views on holiday at the Hotel Edelweiss & Gurgl im Ötztal

glacier hike

Type: adventurous glacier hike over the border to Italy

Walking time: approx. 4 hours

Highlights: ascent via the Hohe Mut Bahn cable car from Hotel Edelweiss & Gurgl, crossing of the Mutsattel ridge to the Rotmoosferner glacier, glacier crossing (don't forget to rope up!) via the Rotmoosjoch ridge over the border to the Zwickauer Hütte hut in Italy – return on the hiking bus via the Timmelsjoch High-Alpine Road.

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