Glacier Trek, Oetztal
Austria - Austria
Period :June till September
Price :From 1080 €
Physical Condition :
Technical level :
Group :From 6 to 8 personnes
Duration :7 jours
Trekking in Austria : in the heart of the Tyrol, the group of Oëtztal reflects the tradition of warm reception of the Austrian mountaineers: each hut has been designed by brilliant decorators, and each hut-keeper will make you taste the tasty and tonic tyrolese meals. In this country of the "art de vivre", nearly two hundred peaks higher than 10,000 feet can be climbed in Oëtztal; our tour will bring you on the top of four of them, of which is Wildspitze (12,369 feet), highest peak of Tyrol, and second highest summit of Austria. During our tour, we will visit the spot where was found "Oëtzti", the Mummy of the Glaciers, the ancestor of all mountaineers. With thirty years of experience of Tyrol, in Summer, Winter and Spring, we offer you the best services in the comfortable austrian mountain huts.
Day 0 : Meeting in Vent at 6 pm, ON THE DAY BEFORE THE FIRST STAGE (free transfer from Chamonix to Vent in the guide's car for the first registered participants), night in hotel . Day 1 : small valley of Niedertaler, Similaun hut (9,905 feet). Day 2 : with light backpacks, Similaun peak (11,831 feet), Similaun hut. Day 3 : HauslabJoch (10,758 feet), HochJoch Hospitz (7,913 feet) Day 4 : Fluchtkogel (11,483 feet), Vernagt hut (9,039 feet). Day 5 : with light backpacks, Wildspitze peak (12,369 feet), Vernagt hut. Day 6 : Rofenhöfe, separation in Vent by 10 am. Day 7 : extra day to be used in other ascent, or in case of bad weather.
* The price includes : - guiding by a mountain Guide, and all his expenses (food, lodgings, transfers) - the following group equipment: radio linked to the relief organization, pharmacy, survival blanket, ropes, maps, compass, GPS, altimeter - the loan of a mountaineering harness - free roundtrip shuttle from Chamonix for the first participants registered - the reservation of the places in the mountain huts - lodging and half-board in the mountain huts from Day 1 dinner included to Day 7 breakfast included (dinner and breakfast are prepared and served by the hut-keepers) - one liter of tea for your thermos bottle offered each morning by the hutkeeper * The price does not include : - optional insurances EUROP ASSISTANCE - your lunchs - your drinks in the huts (in Similaun hut, where water is not pure, you can buy mineral water, tea or beer) - your personal expenses - the personal equipment and the technical equipment required for this tour - transfer from your residence to Vent, and from Vent to your residence - around 30 EUR for parking in Vent, if you come with your private car - generally speaking, all the expenses not indicated in the paragraph " the price includes " - one night in half-pension in an hotel in Vent (FOR THE DAY BEFORE THE FIRST STAGE OF THE TOUR)
During all this programme, Le Pays d'En Haut will loan you freely a mountaineering sit-harness. Please, take care of this safety equipment, and, when you do not use it, store it in your mountaineering backpack. You can rent in any sports shop in Chamonix the following technical equipment: mountaineering shoes, ice axe, crampons. Ask the shop assistant to show you how to put on your crampons, and ask him to adjust them perfectly to your shoes. Your clothes : * for your head : - a scarf - a balaclava or a high quality woollen hat - a cap for the sun - a pair of high quality sun glasses * for your upper body : - warm underclothing (wool, or light polar fur) - a warm long sleeve shirt: on a glacier, the underarms must be protected from the sun rays - a thick and warm polar fur, or a high quality pullover sweater, or a down jacket - to protect you from the wind or from bad weather : a Goretex mountaineering jacket, with a hood (you may use a high quality windproof and waterproof skiing jacket) * for your legs : - warm sports skin-tights - light cotton mountaineering trousers (to wear in a hut, or while walking on the footpaths) - windproof and waterproof Goretex trousers (you may use high quality windproof and waterproof skiing trousers) * for your feet : - two pairs of woollen socks, a pair of cotton socks - a pair of mountaineering gaiters * for your hands : - a pair of silk undergloves - a pair of high quality mountaineering gloves (you may use high quality skiing gloves), waterproof and windproof, designed to endure a temperature of - 10 Fahrenheit degrees ___________________________________________________ In your mountaineering backpack : - additional underwear - a few toilet paper sheets - tooth paste, tooth brush, light razor - large plastic bags to store your clothes in your backpack in case of rain (no backpack is perfectly hermetic) - a very light LED Head Lamp. Place a new alkaline battery in your head lamp, and bring with you an additional battery.- to sleep in the huts, do not bring a sleeping bag. The hutkeeper will deliver you woollen blankets. For Glaciers Treks in Switzerland (including Chamonix-Zermatt Haute Route), Italy and Austria, you must bring a silk or cotton sheet (obligation imposed by the hut-keepers). - a water bottle ( 1.5 liter minimum ), light, isothermal (thermos) - a pocket knife - sun cream, lipstick - medicines : "Compeed" to prevent blisters, Aspirins, eye-drop lotion, earplugs (many people snore in the huts !), personal drugs, elastic adhesive wrap (3-Cut tape) - a survival blanket (made of aluminium) - a hermetic bag containing : your passport, Euros (for your drinks in the huts; most of the huts do not accept Visa or American Express Cards), your Alpine Club Card (if you are a member of this Club, tell it to your guide ) - camera ___________________________________________________ Technical equipment : - a mountaineering backpack with a volume between 50 and 60 liters. For your comfort, your backpack should have broad and comfortable straps to carry it, and small straps on its back to fix your ice-axe when you will be walking on footpaths. - a light ice axe (length between 60 and 70 cms). Do not choose a technical ice axe, choose a ice axe designed for beginners. - a pair of crampons with automatic bindings. Your crampons must be perfectly adjusted to your shoes (this is the job of your shop-assistant). Choose crampons of category C 2 : semi-flexible crampons that can be used for both walking and climbing at harder grades, suitable for most alpine routes. Your crampons must imperatively be equipped with "Anti-balling plates" (plastic sheets placed under the crampons, in contact with the snow when you walk and climb). These "Anti-balling plates" will prevent the wet snow from sticking to your crampons, and will avoid accidents due to this hoof of wet snow covering the pins of the crampons, transforming them into skis ... All the good mountain sports shops hire only crampons with "Anti-balling plates". - a pair of mountaineering boots , with Vibram stiff soles. We advise you to test your boots before your training course, and to protect the zones of friction on your feet with "Compeed". Choose boots of category B 2 : stiff 4-season boots with a supportive upper, having facility for heel clip bindings to be fitted. Boots designed for hiking, even expensive hiking boots are inefficient and dangerous when climbing or walking on glaciers.
6 nights in mountain huts, with hot shower. One night with half-pension in a hotel in Vent (not included in the price of the tour.
- technical level : you are a complete beginner in Glacier Trek and mountaineering, but you are used to hike through hills and low-altitude mountains. Your Mountain Guide will teach you the basic techniques of mountaineering, to walk safely with your crampons, linked with the rope to the other members of your roped party (two roped parties will be formed). - fitness level : you practise twice a week either walking, running, or biking. The average pace is 1,000 feet of rise per hour, with a difference of level climbed each day rising from 1,245 to 4,450 feet. The average time of walking is 5 hours per day.