Tyrol: The Complete Otztal Trail

9 Days & 8 Nights
  • Hike Tyrols high peaks on the long-distance Ötztal Trail
  • Enjoy the changing landscapes from lush green valleys to majestic white glaciers
  • Cross the Ramoljoch Pass which sits are 3’189 meters
  • Admire the Stuibenfall waterfall, the highest waterfall in Tyrol (159m)
  • Stay in a small mountain refuge hut close to the Gurgler Glacier in the Ötztal Alps
Hike deep into the mountains on Tyrol’s Otztal Trail, through alpine meadows, alongside turquoise-blue rivers, through forests and on high trails with panoramic views of the surrounding peaks. Ascend from Oetz to the high plateaus with striking views of the Rettenbach and Tiefenbach glaciers and the Austrian Alps. En route glimpse the highest waterfall in Tyrol and explores the idyllic mountain village of Niederthai. Follow the Otztal Ache, a river which meanders its way through the valley floor, and take in the birds-eye view of the Alps from the Burgsteiner suspension bridge as you hike to Sölden, admiring lush green surroundings. Journey into the mountains, where the highlight of the trip awaits, the Ramoljoch Pass, which sits at 3189m. Finish your hike in Vent, a charming Tyrolean village, a perfect place to relax and reflect on your adventure.
This hike is the ideal choice for fit and experienced hikers looking for a rewarding week’s walking on varied trails. Hike a strenuously rated trail which follows well waymarked paths through the scenic Austrian Alps. With some more demanding days you will need a good level of fitness to enjoy this hike and have a head for heights. Stay in carefully selected 3* hotels, one mountain hut and benefit from daily bag transfer

Tour Type:

Classic Routes | If you’re the active, outdoorsy type, who’s interested in taking on the great routes of the world or looking for a challenge, then our Classic Routes are for you. We’re talking the West Highland Way, Tour Du Mont Blanc and the Passau to Vienna Danube Cycle Path, to name but a few!


Inn to Inn Walking | Walk from place-to-place changing accommodations each night. Generally staying in B&B’s, inns, and guesthouses.

Ideal if you have an interest in:

Long-Distance Trails, Accessible by Rail, Alpine Walking

Activity Level & Terrain

The Ötztaler Urweg is a beautiful, well-signposted long-distance hike, on which you will discover a fascinating mountain scenery.

This tour is rated strenuous with the last two days being the most strenuous,  The trails are mainly on well-developed and marked paths, as well as on non-technical mountain trails.

On your final two days, you will need alpine hiking experience and a head for heights as there are exposed sections with ropes to ensure safe crossings. The trails are mainly on well-developed and marked paths, as well as on non-technical mountain trails. You should have a good level of fitness to manage daily distances and ascents/descents.


All of the walks are way-marked and we also provide you with turn-by-turn instructions for each walk, maps and access to our GPS smartphone navigation app, so you will have no problem finding your way.

Experience & Fitness


Spend 7 nights in good quality 3* standard small hotels and guest houses and 1 night in the Ramolhaus Hut where you will stay in a mixed-sex dorm room. We have chosen properties that we believe give the best insight into the hospitality and culture of the region and give a warm welcome to walkers.

We regularly use the following properties but may accommodate you elsewhere if these are not available. However, they will be of a similar standard.


8 Breakfasts are included in the cost of your trip & your dinner in the Ramolhut and Niederthai is included. Breakfast is always buffet-style with various options available. Expect a continental breakfast with bread, jams, pastries, yoghurt,  muesli, local meats and cheeses, eggs and fruit on offer.

Dinners and lunches are not included, so you have the freedom to choose from what’s on offer each day. You may be able to order a packed lunch at your accommodation, or you can find bakeries and shops to stock up on food for your hikes. There are plenty of options for dinner each night, either at your hotel or in nearby restaurants.

Food in this part of the Alps is hearty and traditional, with meat and cheese being some of the dominant ingredients! Tyrolean specialities include ‘Tiroler Gröstl’, a bacon onion and potato fry-up topped with a fried egg, or ‘Kiachl’ a fried yeast dough pastry that can be served sweet or savoury. If you have any dietary requirements, please let us know at the time of booking.

Solo Walkers and Single Rooms 

This trip is not available to solo walkers. Single rooms are available on request, and again a supplement is payable.

  • 7 Nights Accommodation in 3* Hotels
  • 1 night in a mountain hut
  • 8 Breakfasts
  • Dinner in the Ramolhut and Niederthai
  • Detailed Information Pack and Maps
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to the start and end of the trip
  • Lunches & Dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk
  • Solo walker supplement
  • Single room supplement

When To Go

This walking tour is available to start from the beginning of July to the end of September. Please keep in mind that the weather can be changeable at high altitudes, and cold fronts can occur even in the summer (snowfall in the Alps at the height of summer is not unheard of).

On the 9th of July 2023, the Otztal Cycle Marathon takes place which involves road closures, limited public transport and in-demand accommodation. For this reason, we are unable to confirm any bookings starting around the time of the marathon.

Weather and Climate

The Alps have generally warm and sunny summers and cold and snowy winters. However, the weather in the Alps can change very quickly, particularly at altitude. You should be prepared for all weather eventualities as even snow can fall in the summer in the mountains, regardless of the time of year

Getting to the Start

You can fly into Innsbruck or Munich Airport. From there you can travel by train, bus or shuttle to the Ötztal. We can arrange an airport shuttle if needed (40 min or 2.5h)

You can travel directly to Ötztal Bahnhof by train. From there, buses run frequently to Oetz. For more information visit the Deutsche Bahn and vvt.at website.

Getting from the End

With the local bus you can travel from Vent to the Ötztal train station (1.5 h) and from there continue on one of the long-distance trains to Innsbruck (1h), Munich (2.5h) or Zurich(3h)

Luggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred between your accommodation as per your itinerary. Your baggage can not be delivered to the Ramolhaus Hut due to its remote location, your baggage will be moved directly to your next hotel. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

General Information

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all the necessary items, for example, proper rain gear, sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has detailed advice and a kit list on what to take. This includes good waterproof gear, walking shoes/boots, and lots of other useful bits and bobs.


In your information pack you will find a detailed packing list which includes walking boots, walking poles and waterproof clothes amongst other things.
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Day 1 Arrive in Oetz and Overnight Day 2 Bus to Ötztal Bahnhof and walk to Oetz 6 miles / 10 km Day 3 Walk to Niederthai 12 miles / 18 km Day 4 Walk to Längenfeld 7 miles / 11 km Day 5 Walk to Sölden 12 miles / 20 km Day 6 Walk to Obergurgl 10 miles / 15 km Day 7 Hike to the Ramolhaus Hut 5 miles / 8 km Day 8 Hike across the Ramoljoch Pass to Vent 5 miles / 8 km Day 9 Onward Travel

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