Hohe Mut Ridgetop, © Nationalpark Ötztal/T. Schmarda
Hohe Mut Ridgetop, © Nationalpark Ötztal/T. Schmarda

Nature Park Walk: Obergurgl - Hohe Mut

At Hohe Mut Ridgetop, you’re greeted by awesome views of 21 lofty and rugged "Three-Thousanders". Venturing further atop Granatenkogel Peak, grab your camera and gaze into Ötztal Nature Park. The views in every direction are spectacular and will keep you occupied for a long rest—with awe-inspiring Seelenkogel, Schalfkogel and Zirmkogel Peaks and dark gray craggy massifs to the south, dotted with snowfields and cloaked by glaciers. Sheep can be viewed on the glacially carved grassy benches, too, if you are fortunate. In Inner Ötztal Valley, nature has carved one of the magnificent places of this world—an Alpine paradise of splendorous scenery and giant and mighty glaciers. Intimate ice is what this hike is all about. Popping up around the Ötztal Nature Park, the majestic world of 67 mountains with icy dressing will be right in front of you. The most popular glacier is Vernagtferner, which has been a research natural area for centuries. The scientific study has resulted in the Interpretive Trail named “Of Glaciers, Garnets and Bluebells”. The trail was installed by the Ötztal Nature Park and tells the story of how glaciers shaped this impressive place. From the valley to its highest mountains, the Ötztal Nature Park rises roughly 3,000 meters and offers a multitude of Alpine habitats for a rich variety of native plants and wildlife.

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Starting point  


Finishing point

Hohe Mut

Mountain chain

Ötztal Alps


12.4 km


1 day(s)


  • Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
  • Circular hike

Difficulty rating

intermediate (red mountain trails)


2,670m 1,903m

Elevation uphill 775m
Vertical metres downhill 775m

Fitness level


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* These are approximate values and recommendations. Please take your personal fitness level, technical ability and the current weather conditions into account. Tirol Werbung cannot guarantee that the information provided is correct and accepts no liability.


Trail description

Hohe Mut Ridgetop is accessed along a trail of intermediate difficulty that winds across the natural monument of the Obergurgl Stone Pine Forest, past Schönwies Hut and through  Rotmoostal Valley. The 3 to 4 hour climb gains 700 vertical meters in about 6 kilometers. You can either walk back down the same route (which takes some 1.5 to 2 hours to complete) or ride Hohe Mut Gondola down to the valley. Schönwies Hut provides the perfect rest stop for avid walkers.

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