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Schnalser Kamm / Schnalstal
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B31 Karthaus / Certosa » Similaunhütte / Rifugio Similaun
  |   6h10   |   12.5 km   |   2342 m   |   667 m

From Karthaus, walk along the valley floor to reach Unser Frau in Schnals. A steep section on trail no. 15 takes you to the Vernagt reservoir. From Vernagt, the discovery site of "Ötzi“, the Tisenjoch pass at 3,210m, can be reached in 4 hours. The trail then climbs to the Tisenhof farmstead and heads northwards into the Tisental valley, in which the 1,300m climb to the Niederjoch pass begins.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
Karthaus / Certosa
1327 m
| ACD  5 km / 1h20
Unser Frau in Schnals / Madonna di Senales
1508 m
| ABD  2.5 km / 0h50
Vernagt / Vernago
1710 m
| D  5 km / 4h00
Similaunhütte / Rifugio Similaun
3001 m
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Archaeological hiking trail; climb from the Similaun Hut to the discovery site of the "Ice Man".
Useful topographic maps
  • Nr. 52 Vinschgau ~ Kompass (1:50.000)
  • Nr. 04 Schnalstal ~ Tabacco (1:25.000)
  • WKS 12 ~ Freytag & Berndt (1:50.000)
Useful guidebooks
  • Lexikon 52 Vinschgau ~ Kompass (ISBN 3-85491-058-4)
  • Wanderführer Rund um Meran ~ Rother (ISBN 3-7633-4267-2)
  • Wanderführer Vinschgau ~ Rother (ISBN 3-7633-4205-2)
  • Via Alpina Gelber Weg, Evamaria Wecker ~ Bruckmann (ISBN 978-3-7654-4858-7)

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  • Jean-Louis Giraud - 2014-03-23
    Depuis Vernagt, et aprés avoir atteint Similaunhutte, il est relativement facile de rejoindre le site ou a été trouvé la momie d'Otzi. Compter 2h30 / 3 heures aller-retour depuis le refuge. Sentier sécurisé et quelques névés.
    Similaunhutte est trés fréquenté...
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Since Vernagt, and after reaching Similaunhütte, it is relatively easy to reach the site or found the mummy of Otzi. Counting 2:30 / 3:00 roundtrip from the refuge. Secure Path and some snowfields. Similaunhütte is very popular ...
  • Thierry M - 2014-01-25
    Monaco - Trieste
    Karthaus have B&B at 26euros.
    The trail after Karthaus is quiet and it can pitch right on the trail
Last update : 2011-06-20