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Alpine tour

Hiking trail to the place of discovery of Ötzi

Alpine tour · Meranerland
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Schnals
  • Place of discovery Ötzi
    / Place of discovery Ötzi
    Photo: Tourismusverein Schnalstal, Schnals
  • Iceman‘s discovery site in Val Senales
    / Iceman‘s discovery site in Val Senales
    Photo: TV Schnalstal, Schnals
  • Mountain hut Similaun
    / Mountain hut Similaun
    Photo: www.similaun.com, Schnals
Map / Hiking trail to the place of discovery of Ötzi
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15.3 km
8:00 h
1607 m
1607 m

Challenging Alpine tour, which leads via the Similaunhütte mountain hut to the discovery site of the famous “iceman”.

Difficulty
IV difficult
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Highest point
3217 m
Lowest point
1699 m
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Turn-by-turn directions

Follow trail no. 2 from the Vernago/Vernagt car park along the dam wall of the lake (1,699 m) in a northwesterly direction up towards the Tisenhof (snack stop 1,814 m). Passing by the Tisenhof, head north and upwards on a gentle incline through the Tisental valley over stepped terrain. Tip: visit the "Schneck" archeological discovery site with Neolithic engraved stone near the trail’s edge. At the end of the valley, keep to the right and head up to the Similaunhütte mountain hut on the Niederjoch mountain (3,019 m). From here, one can enjoy magnificent views of the Similaun (3,599 m) and its glaciers. Follow a rocky ridge for about an hour via a partially secured rocky trail to reach the Tisenjoch, with the slender rock pyramid (3,210 m) which marks the discovery site of Ötzi the Iceman.

Important: before setting off, make absolutely sure you know the latest weather conditions and the opening hours of the Similaunhütte mountain hut.
Source/Map: Kompass, Blatt no. 051.

A guided tour to the place of discovery is possible.

Getting there

Naturno/Naturns - Val Senales/Schnalstal - Lake Vernago/Vernagt

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Difficulty
IV difficult
Distance
15.3 km
Duration
8:00 h
Ascent
1607 m
Descent
1607 m

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