Information & advise for your hikes
Basic safety rules for hiking in the Alps
Hiking rules in Tyrol
Rule # I:
Get directions before you start your hike. Find out how long and difficult the trail is.
Rule # II:
Pay attention to the weather and heed weather warnings.
Rule # III:
Bring appropriate gear and equipment. Wear sturdy boots with good grip along with warm and weatherproof clothes. The weather can change surprisingly quickly in the mountains.
Rule # IV:
Never leave the marked trails. Walking on steep grass slopes, especially on wet ones, or on steep snow fields or glaciers is very tricky and can be dangerous.
Rule # V:
Bring plenty to eat and drink, and don’t forget your first aid kit.
Rule # VI:
Never overestimate your ability, and don’t underestimate the mountain. Adapt your pace to your own and your companions’ physical condition. Walking to quickly will lead to overexertion. Keep in mind that you will still have to hike all the way back home.
Rule # VII:
Help us preserve the native beauty of our mountains and take your waste home with you.#
Rule # VIII:
Tell your host where you will be hiking and try to stick to your time schedule and route.
By adhering to these rules, you can ensure that you will return safely from your hiking adventures in the Oetz and Ötztal region.
Trails system in Tyrol
A consistent trail marking system has been introduced in the Tyrolean Mountains to provide orientation to hikers.
Hikers with limited experience in alpine terrain are encouraged to book a mountain guide for high alpine hikes and glacier crossings. Glaciers aredangerous because of crevasses and should only be crossed with a rope and in a group. Before you start off on your hiking or mountaineering adventure, you should let your host know where you are going and when you will be returning. Hike at a slow pace, take frequent breaks and drink regularly to stay hydrated.
Hiking trails in the valley or through woods do not require any alpine experience or specific equipment. Mountain trails, which are generally above the forest line, require some basic alpine experience.
Mountain trails are graded red or black in line with their level of difficulty.
Red mountain trails
Red mountain trails are of medium difficulty. These marked trails are narrow, often steep and sometimes exposed. In bad weather conditions, they do require some experience. Some red trails have short climbing parts with fixed steel ropes to hold on to. Red mountain trails are designated for sure-footed mountain hikers with adequate stamina and equipment.
Black mountain trails
Black mountain trails are difficult. These marked trails are narrow, entirely or sometimes very steep and often exposed. They can be dangerous in bad weather conditions. Black trails can have long stretches of climbing parts with fixed steel ropes to hold on to. They are designated only for absolutely sure-footed, extremely strong and experienced mountain hikers that are not frightened of heights. They require adequate equipment. “Via ferratas”, fixed-cable climbing routes, are considered black mountain trails as well.