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Via Ferrata recommended route

Ferrata Kühtaier Panorama

Via Ferrata · Innsbruck and its surroundings · closed
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  • Klettersteig Kühtaier Panorama
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Schöner, sportlicher Klettersteig mit Stellen D/E, meist aber um C. An den steilen, teilweise überhängenden Passagen ist viel Armkraft notwendig.
Distance 0.1 km
5:00 h
267 m
87 m
2,807 m
2,540 m
This wonderful via ferrata amid the granite rocks of Sellrain, leads up to 2807-meter high Pockkogel peak. Due to its high altitude and the quite low temperatures an excellent physical shape is required. Truly breathtaking panoramic views await climbers at the end of the via ferrata.


Trail length and time required

Pitch length 750 m. 3 – 3.5 hours, both ways (incl. descent) approx. 4.5 – 5 hours. Descent via signposted hiking trail leading down to the ridge in south-western direction. Further on past Finstertaler Stausee water reservoir. At the dam you turn-off to the right towards Dreiseenhütte. From here you walk down to the village of Kühtai.

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Update: December 01, 2021
D/E difficult
Highest point
2,807 m
Lowest point
2,540 m
Best time of year
Cardinal direction
2,540 m, 0:30 h
Climbing length
750 m, 3:30 h
2,807 m, 2:30 h

Safety information


The Austrian Alpine Club has published 10 recommendations for climbing on via ferratas in order to increase safety:


  1. Plan carefully
  2. Destination should correspond to personal abilities
  3. Use complete set of professional climbing equipment
  4. Don’t access the route in the event of a thunderstorm
  5. Check wire rope and anchors accurately and critically
  6. Partner check at the access point
  7. Maintain sufficient distance
  8. Talk clearly when overtaking someone
  9. Watch out for falling rocks
  10. Respect nature and environment


Tips and hints

More details about climbing in Ötztal: 



Kühtai (2,788 m)



Turn-by-turn directions

The first section features already a very difficult part graded C+. Most parts of the second section are graded D. Please note that there are less step ladders but many natural foot and hand holds in the rock. Especially the last climbing efforts towards the summit and the northern wall are the undisputed highlight of this climbing tour.


all notes on protected areas

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

Kühtai is located in the western part of Austria in the state TYROL. 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


In Oetz you leave the roundabout in direction Ochsengarten/Kühtai. After approx. 30 minutes you reach Drei-Seen chair lift in Kühtai. Take the lift and follow the signposts in direction Gaiskogl/ Klettersteig (via ferrata). Continue along the red marked route in the foothills of Gaiskogl ridge, crossing the gravel field, until you reach the access point (20 minutes).


Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


Equipment: helmet, climbing harness and complete via ferrata set, via ferrata gloves, appropriate shoes, hiking poles for the descent (optional).

Basic Equipment for Via Ferratas

  • 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
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Via Ferratas

  • Via ferrata set
  • Climbing harness
  • Climbing helmet
  • Via ferrata or hard-wearing safety gloves
  • Positioning lanyard / personal anchor system with screwgate carabiners for resting
  • Via ferrata belay kit if required (when accompanying beginners and / or children)
  • 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.

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  • Climbing garden Niederthai
  • Climbing garden Nösslach - Längenfeld
  • Climbing garden Oetz
  • Climbing garden Auplatte
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D/E difficult
0.1 km
5:00 h
267 m
87 m
Highest point
2,807 m
Lowest point
2,540 m
Scenic Cableway ascent/descent


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