Hiking trail to the place of discovery of Ötzi

General description

Challenging Alpine tour, which leads via the Similaunhütte mountain hut to the discovery site of the famous “iceman”.

Route description

Follow trail no. 2 from the Vernago/Vernagt car park along the dam wall of the Vernagt reservoir (1,699 m a.s.l) in a northwesterly direction up towards the Farmstead Tisenhof (snack stop 1,814 m a.s.l). Passing by the Farmstead Tisenhof, head north and upwards on a gentle incline through the Tisental Valley over stepped terrain. Tip: visit the "Schneck" archeological discovery site with Neolithic engraved stone near the trail’s edge. At the end of the valley, keep to the right and head up to the Refuge Similaun on the Niederjoch mountain (3,019 m a.s.l). From here, one can enjoy magnificent views of the Similaun (3,599 m a.s.l) and its glaciers. Follow a rocky ridge for about an hour via a partially secured rocky trail to reach the Tisenjoch, with the slender rock pyramid (3,210 m a.s.l) which marks the discovery site of Ötzi the Iceman.

Important: before setting off, make absolutely sure you know the latest weather conditions and the opening hours of the refuge Similaun .
Source/Map: Kompass, Blatt no. 051.

A guided tour to the place of discovery is possible.

Description to arrive at destination

Naturno/Naturns - Val Senales/Schnalstal - Lake Vernago/Vernagt

Parking places directly at the lake Vernago, free, unguarded
Public transport

With the SAD bus nr. 261 to Vernago/Vernagt (bus stop Vernago/Vernagt)

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