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Long Distance Hiking

European E5 long-distance hiking trail – King's Segment – Braunschweiger Hut to Vent (alternative route)

Long Distance Hiking · Pitztal
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moderate
Distance 16.8 km
6:30 h
450 m
1,310 m
This particularly challenging segment of the trail starts at the Braunschweiger Hut (2,758 m) with a rather steep and difficult ascent to the Pitztaler Jöchl saddle (3,000 m), the highest point of this E5 segment. Once you reach the saddle, you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Braunschweiger Hut, the Wildspitze mountain, the Rettenbachtal valley and the Riffelsee lake. You may encounter large snowfields in spring and early summer. There is an alternative shorter route via the Rettenbachjoch saddle.  Both ways lead to the Rettenbachferner glacier, where a bus will take you through the Rosi Mittermaier tunnel to the Tiefenbachferner glacier. From there, the Vent Panoramic Trail slopes past cattle herds, the Weißkarsee lake and beautiful meadows down along the magnificent Ventertal valley before reaching the famous mountaineering village of Vent (1,890 m) with its quaint restaurants and inns.

 

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,994 m
Lowest point
1,892 m

Start

Coordinates:
DD
46.935061, 10.909319
DMS
46°56'06.2"N 10°54'33.5"E
UTM
32T 645331 5199717
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Public transport

Enjoy a both comfortable and relaxing train ride to the train station in Ötztal Bahnhof. You get off the train in ÖTZTAL Bahnhof where you change to a public bus or local taxi. The current bus schedule can be found at: http://fahrplan.vvt.at

 

Getting there

The Ötztal is a southern side valley of the Inn valley. For your arrival by car, you can plan the best route from your home town with the route planner online at https://www.google.at/maps

 

Coordinates

DD
46.935061, 10.909319
DMS
46°56'06.2"N 10°54'33.5"E
UTM
32T 645331 5199717
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Basic Equipment for Long-Distance Hikes

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

Similar routes nearby

  • European E5 long-distance hiking trail – King’s Segment – Braunschweiger Hut to Zwieselstein (original route)
  • Ötztal Trek Stage 18
  • Ötztal Trek Route 5
  • Taufkarkogel
  • Braunschweiger Hut
  • Tiefenbachglacier - Mountaineering Village Vent
  • Sölden - Breslauer Hütte
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
16.8 km
Duration
6:30 h
Ascent
450 m
Descent
1,310 m

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