Ascent to Marzellkamm

Ascent to Marzellkamm

Half-forgotten outlook to Similaun

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Time: 1:00 h

Nice half-day walk begins at the mountain hut Martin Busch Hütte and leads to two kilometers long ridge Marzellkamm dividing two impressive glaciers flowing down from the local most favorite mountain of Similaun. The way is not too crowded, because there are far higher mountain targets around. And the outlooks on the way are really impressive. In addition, photographers can stay here without any problems until sunset, because the journey back to the moutain hut is not difficult and long

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Bridge over creek Niederjochbach

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From the hut Martin Busch Hütte you need to go through the lower path to the bridge (2527 m asl) over a stream Niederjochbach (about 300 m walk), which significantly simplifies its overcoming towards the ridge Marzellkam. In the background towers Vorderer Diemkogel (3368 m asl), to which does not lead any hiking trail.

Bridge over creek Niederjochbach

Valley of the stream Niederjochbach

View up the valley Niederjochbach, through which leads a very popular way to the hut Similaun Hütte on the main Alpine ridge dividing Austria from Italy.

Valley of the stream Niederjochbach

Meadows under Marzellkamm

Meadows nearby the hut are far more romantic for a snack than crowded terrace. In addition, there is a greater chance to meet a sheep than a tourist.

Meadows under Marzellkamm

The outlook to Martin Busch Hütte

Immediately at the beginning of the hike it is possible to see that the hut stands at the crossroads of footpaths. There is mountain entertainment at least for three days.

The outlook to Martin Busch Hütte

Niedertal valley

During the ascent you pass the labeled turning (2612 m asl) for climbers heading to mountain Hintere Schwärze (3624 m asl). After about an hour of steeper ascent through winding paths there are views as from the bird’s eye view. Directly to the north stretches a long valley of Niedertal, so at one glance you can see 90% of the access path from Vent to Martin Busch Hütte.

Niedertal valley

At Marzellkamm

Some passages of the ridge (approx. 2800 m asl) are pleasantly wide, covered with grass – ideal for relaxation after the first stage of the ascent or while waiting for the sunset relatively close to the hut. The view in this direction is to the icy Hauslabkogel (3402 m asl), a small pyramid of Saykogel (3355 m asl), through which leads a very interesting crossing to the valley Rofental and Sennkogel (3400 m asl).

At Marzellkamm

Mountains above Marzellferner

The most beautiful views from the hike are to the glacier Marzellferner and the surrounding high mountains.

Mountains above Marzellferner

Similaun (3606 m asl)

Above all towers massive Similaun.

Similaun (3606 m asl)

Romantic view of Similaun

Some places, especially in the late afternoon, are really worth stopping and admiring their beautiful scenery.

Romantic view of Similaun

Final traverse

Just close to the top begins the toughest part of the ascent, where you traverse the debris slope. It is basically the only challenging place on the hike /view back on the whole traverse of the fractured part of the ridge/.

Final traverse

Marzellkamm (3147 m asl)

Navigate on the map

After more than 600 vertical meters from the hut Martin Busch Hütte and 2–3 hours you are finally on the top of the ridge with a shaky cross and a fancy view of the surroundings. On the left there is Marzellspitze (3522 m asl) and on the right a little higher Similaun.

Marzellkamm (3147 m asl)

Similaun Hut

From the top of Marzellkamm there is a nice view of the Similaun Hütte (3010 m asl) strategically located on the border ridge just above the glacier. You go back along the same path, about 2 hours. For those who did not start from the hut, but already from Vent or return back there, it's a nice whole day trip.

Similaun Hut



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