Where the trail branches off you follow the upper part of the route, circling an eyecatching rock column leading towards a secluded side valley. Past the high Alpine cirque you get to gravel and snow-covered fields that take you up to the ridge on a small saddleback. A short downhill trail merges into the upper part of Grüntatzenferner glacier where you cross the basin and proceed to the eastern saddleback and – through a rock-strewn part – to the summit.
Safety informationFor experienced mountaineers that are free from vertigo & surefooted, Very good physical condition, mountain
experience & mountain equipment (see notice equipment) necessary, such as alpine security material, good
weather conditions recommended. Please pay attention to the current weather report:
Getting thereThe car drive to the Ötztal valley. Situated in Tirol, the Ötztal valley set off in southerly direction and is the
longest side valley in the Eastern Alps. The journey with the car leads you through the Inntal valley to the
entrance of the valley and further on through the valley. Among the toll motorways you can also use the country
roads. A route planner will show you the easiest and most convenient way: https://www.google.at/maps
ParkingThe following parking facilities are available in Gries:
Gries at the end of the village - free of charge
EquipmentIt is recommended to wear hiking equipment such as outdoor clothing, weather-resistant outdoor clothing, ankle-high mountain boots, wind, rain and sun protection, cap and gloves. It is also important to have sufficient food and a first-aid package, a cell phone and a hiking map.