Ice climbing in Ötztal
Ötztal is a worthwhile holiday destination both in winter and summer. It is 67km long and located in the middle of the Ötztal Alps. In Ötztal, you can find Tirol’s highest waterfall, Stuibenfall, and Austria’s second highest mountain, the Wildspitze (3.772m). Ötztal is well known for its beautiful and versatile possibilities for climbing. Both families with kids and seasoned climbers will find suitable climbs in Ötztal. If you don’t want to go climbing, you can go rafting, canyoning, kayaking, canoeing or visit the Aqua Dome thermal bath in Längenfeld or the Piburger See lake close to Oetz.
Ice climbing in Ötztal – the 4 most popular areas
Ötztal offers 40 ice climbing routes in all difficulty levels. Here is a list of the four most popular ice climbing areas:
- Längenfeld/Griesslehnfall ice fall:The Griesslehnfall ice fall in Längenfeld is an easy, long ice fall. There are hardly any vertical passages. It takes 1,5h to climb the ice fall. The descent via abseiling takes approximately 20min.
- Längenfeld/Burgsteiner ice fall: The Burgsteiner ice fall in Längenfeld is very popular. It is very demanding as it has several vertical passages and partly icicles only. It takes two to three hours to climb the ice fall. To descent, you walk down for 20 minutes on a forest road.
- Innerötztal/Alzenlehnerfall ice fall:The Alzenlehnerfall ice fall in Innerötztal isn’t very hard, but very long – with a climbing time of approximately 4,5 hours. The descent takes two hours and either leads via the ice fall or via a hiking path which passes the Brunnachalm hut and, from there, leads down to Zweiselstein.
- Ochsengarten/Kühtaibacherl ice fall: The Kühtaibacherl ice fall is a very beautiful, easy and not too steep ice fall in Ochsengarten. It is also suitable for beginners. There are bolted belay points from where you can abseil.