Vent Loop trail


Exploring the highest peaks of the Ötztal Alps within only 5 days! The Vent Loop Trail for ski mountaineers ranks among the truly outstanding highlights and "hautes routes" in the Eastern Alps. As the Hochjochhospiz mountain shelter was reopened again this classic tour has become again one of the most scenic routes in the upper Ötztal Valley. Skiing enthusiasts from Switzerland, France and all over Europe spare no effort in getting together here.

The challenging 5-day ski mountaineering tour starts in Vent, leading across the central area of the Ötztal Alps. Some of Tirol's most attractive and demanding 3000 meter high peaks are climbed in the course of this outstanding ski mountaineering tour:

  • Similaun (3.606 m)
  • Finailspitze (3.514 m)
  • Weißkugel (3.739 m)
  • Fluchtkogel (3.500 m)
  • Wildspitze (3.774 m)

Day 1 - Similaun, 3.606 m

Vent (1,900 m) - ascent through Niedertal valley to Martin Busch Hut (2,501 m, 3 hours) and further to Similaunhütte refuge hut (3,019 m, 2 hours)
Total time: 5 hours
Alternative Route: ascent to Similaun peak (3,606 m, 2 hours)

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Day 2 - Fineilspitze, 3.514m

Similaunhütte Hut - ascent to Tisenjoch saddle where Ötzi the Iceman was found, further to Hauslabjoch area (1 1/2 hours) - via north-eastern rock ridge up to Fineilspitze summit (3,514 m, 1 hour) - descent/downhill skiing across glacier fields and crossing of Hochjochferner glacier - short ascent to Schöne Aussicht peak (2,846 m) - Total time: 5 hours

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Day 3 - Weißkugel, 3.739m

Schöne Aussicht hut - ascent towards the saddle between Am Hinteren Eis (3,270 m) and Egg (3,219 m) - descent/downhill skiing to Hintereisferner glacier - ascent via Hintereisferner glacier to Hintereisjoch saddle (3,460 m, 4 - 4 1/2 hours) - along the southern ridge up to Weißkugel peak (3,739 m, 1 hour) - descent/downhill skiing via Hintereisferner glacier to Hochjoch Hospiz Hut (2,413 m, 2 hours)
Total time: 7 - 8 hours

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Day 4 - Fluchtkogel, 3.500m

Hochjochhospiz Hut - ascent via Kesselwandferner glacier to Oberes Guslarjoch saddleback (3,361 m, 3 - 3 1/2 hours) and then towards Fluchtkogel peak (3,500 m, 30 minutes) - descent/downhill skiing across Guslarferner glacier to Vernagt refuge hut (2,755 m);
Total time: 4 1/2 - 5 hours

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Day 5 - Wildspitze, 3.774m

Vernagt refuge hut - across Großer and Kleiner Vernagtferner glacier to Brochkogeljoch ridge (3,423 m, 2 1/2 - 3 hours) - via Taschachferner glacier to Wildspitze peak (3,774 m, 1 1/2 - 2 hours) - descent/downhill skiing to Mitterkarjoch saddle (3,470 m) and along the steep route down to Mitterkarferner glacier - past Mitterkar cirque to Breslauer Hut (2,848 m), then further to Stablein ski area and on the ski trail down to Vent
Total time: 5 1/2 - 7 hours

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Vent Loop Tour – Ötztal’s White Fineness

Five days, five peaks higher than three thousand meters and heaps of memorable moments. The unparalleled Vent Loop Tour for ski mountaineers ranks among the most renowned Alpine crossings of the Eastern Alps, replacing the classic Ötztal Loop Tour. A fabulous ski mountaineering trail offering a great variety of secluded variant routes...

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