Ascent to Similaunhütte:
From the car park next to the chapel across a small wooden bridge – ascending southwards in the village. Downhill on the right – across a steel bridge to the check point board. Southwards along the ski run – keep to the left into Niederes Tal and towards Schäferhütte (2230m). Depending on trail conditions: along the summer route to Martin Busch Hütte (very steep slopes) or slightly descending to Niedertalbach brook – across a ravine to Martin Busch Hütte (safer!). Westwards along the ascending route to Martin Busch Hütte – further on towards the upper valley – past the eastern glacier fields of Niederjochferner – slightly rising trail to the glacier basin of Niederjoch and Similaunhütte, 3019m.
Ascent to Similaun peak:
From the hut southwards for a short track – descending route to the western part of Niederjoch glacier – towards the steep section to the upper part of the glacier – continue in south-eastern direction, heading towards the rocky mountain ridge. Leave your skis in the ski storage area at 3460m – continue along the broad north-western ridge to the steep and narrow summit.
Follow ascent route from Similaunhütte to the peak.
It is also possible to climb the peak on the eastern part of the glacier before you reach Similaunhütte. But it is recommended to take a break on the hut and to leave some luggage there in order to conquer the peak easier!
- Walking time to peak: 6-7 h
- Total time required: 7-8 h
- Difference in altitude, ascent: 1803 m
- Difference in altitude, descent: 590 m
- Length of ascent: 15.5 km
- Length of descent: 2.9 km