Hiking Route

Several stages take the hikers from Rofenhöfe farms, Austria's highest permanently settled farmhouses at 2011 meters above sea level, across a suspension bridge and on a broad walking trail towards Vent.

The Route

Start of the hike: 8.45 am, wooden hut behind "Hotel Vent"
Time required: Theater performance (6-7 acts) and walking hours approx. 5.5 hours & way back 2 hours
Hiking route: approx. 19.5 km
Rofenhöfe farms - towards Vent - through Niederes Tal to Martin Busch Hütte - back again
Altitude gain: 660 meters
Trail description: broad and comfortable hiking trail
Equipment: ankle-high hiking boots with non-slip sole, hiking poles, enough to drink
depending on weather: warm functional clothes (woolen hat, gloves), sun protection - sunglasses and sunscreen


Stages of the Hike

70 hikers will head towards Niederes Tal high Alpine valley from morning to night.
Several stages take the hikers from Rofenhöfe farms, Austria's highest permanently settled farmhouses at 2011 meters above sea level, across a suspension bridge and on a broad walking trail towards Vent. Here they turn into scenic Niederes Tal, hiking past a prehistoric stone cave and a picture-book Alpine pasture (Spiegelalm on the opposite side) to the vantage point next to Diembach brook. Following Niederes Tal valley, they reach Martin Busch Hütte where they cross a footpath leading over Niederjochbach brook and further on to Marzellkamm ridge and its glacier fields. As there is no other way out the point of return is here at 2700 meters above sea level.

Martin Busch Hütte, a mighty stone building dating back to the heyday of alpinism, is the hike's destination. Rest, provisions, peace. If hikers don't want to return the same day they are warmly invited to stay overnight (advance booking). Some 400 meters above you find the lovely Brizzisee Alpine lake amidst Sömen area: a truly unique natural gem, offering ice cold, crystal clear waters in the foothills of Kreuzspitze peak.

Overnight stay Martin Busch Hütte:
T +43 (0) 5254 8130
email: info@hotel-vent.at

More Hiking Tips

Brizzisee 2920 m
A steeply ascending and winding trail takes you from Martin Busch Hütte to picture-book lake Brizzisee. Hiking time: approx. 1 hour

Kreuszpitze 3455 m
Follow the steeply climbing trail from Martin Busch Hütte - past the remaining walls of Brizzihütte - to lake Brizzisee and further on to Kreuzspitze peak. Breathtaking panoramic view of the entire Ötztal Alps and the highest mountains of the Eastern Alps.
Hiking time: approx. 2.5 hours

Similaunhütte 3019 m
From Martin Busch Hütte a level trail leads towards Niederjoch ridge. Turn into the steeply ascending path on the right after about 30 minutes. Keep to the lateral moraine of Niederjoch glacier and continue another 30 minutes to Similaunhütte (no crevasses).
Hiking time: approx. 2 hours

Diemweg Trail to Vent
From Martin Busch Hütte you walk towards Vent. Behind the old shepherd's hut you turn right, heading towards the dwarf pine area. Continue on this trail until you reach a small bridge leading over Niedertalache brook (signpost!). Following this route, you cross Diembach brook and ascend to Spiegelkar. A descending trail takes you down to Ramolam and across the splendid stone pine forest back to Vent.
Hiking time: approx. 5 hours