Route: Over the glaciers from Pitztal to Ötztal – Pitztal – Sölden via Pitztaler Jöchl.
Covering a distance of around 8km, this stretch is not long. However, due to the altitudes, terrain and challenging conditions on the 3000m high passes, its difficulty should not be underestimated.
In the morning, you will take the bus to Mittelberg at the end of the Pitztal valley. From there, you will hike along the clearly marked “Waterfall Trail (Wasserfallweg in German)” to Braunschweiger Lodge.
From Braunschweiger Lodge via Pitztaler Jöchl: An attractive route variant with a number of technical challenges. The path passes through large boulders and a 300m long exposed crossing equipped with wire ropes along a steep edge. Your efforts are rewarded with fantastic views of the ridge. The descent over rocks and boulders is very steep, with wire ropes for protection in some areas. In wet conditions, the rocky path across the Pitztaler Jöchl is very slippery. In rainy or foggy conditions, the route via Rettenbachjoch is recommended (see seperate notes) .
Both routes meet at the restaurant at the Rettenbach glacier valley station, where you can also find the road and bus stop for buses to Sölden.
You will take the bus to Sölden from the Rettenbach glacier valley station.
Today you may be walking past a few different areas where cows graze. Although generally very docile and used to walkers, keep your distance and never turn your back on a cow that is behaving strangely or aggressive. Be particularly vigilant around cows with calves.
If you’re feeling tired from the previous stages or have experienced problems with heights, do not attempt this stage – it is more challenging, both physically and technically, than the previous stages!
This route is NOT SUITABLE for poor weather conditions. Watch out for falling rocks and keep your distance from other walkers. At the start of the season, there may still be snow on this section of the route.
The path to the ridge is very exposed. A good head for heights and sure-footedness are essential!
Always allow plenty of time for your hike. The walking times indicated do not include breaks. Rest and photo breaks must be added to the times indicated.
Check the latest weather information and be on the lookout for changes in the weather. Storms can develop rapidly in the Alps.
Do not leave the marked hiking trails.
There are possibilities for refreshments at the following places:
Braunschweiger Hütte: https://www.braunschweiger-huette.at/
Berghof Steinbock: https://www.berghof-steinbock.at/de/sommer/e5-wanderer
Gletschertisch Bedienungsrestaurant mit Café-Lounge: https://www.soelden.com/infrastructure-summer?do=info&id=5499
Opening hours can vary so we recommend always carrying enough food with you to keep you going!