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Ascent to the Pitztaler Jöchl and Polleskogel

Amazing view to the ice arena

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Ascent to the Pitztaler Jöchl and Polleskogel
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The best of this moto trip around Ötztaler Gletscherstraße is a short ascent to the pass Pitztaler Jöchl (2990 m asl), from where is an amazing view of the ice arena closing smaller, but more dramatic valley of Pitztal. In the distance towers above all this the highest mountain in Tyrol – Wildspitze. Just above the pass is a small peak with rock fractured by the glacier – Polleskogel (3032 m asl). Pitztaler Jöchl is also a tourist connection of Ötztal and Pitztal valleys – so the place where tourists undertake multi-day treks in the Ötztaler Alps.

View of Pitztaler Jöchl

It is only 190 altitude meters from the car park to the pass through debris that remained here after the glacier that was here a few years ago. It at least cleared the way for less technically savvy tourists. Polleskogel looks from this side just like a small rock above the pass.

View of Pitztaler Jöchl
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Traverse to the pass

After the ascent of the twists in piles of debris above the glacier begins the most demanding but also the most dangerous part of the hike – the final traverse above the glacier. There is a risk of frequent stones falls from cracked mountain walls, especially in late summer when the ice is melted away the most.

Traverse to the pass
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Ascent to the pass

The ascent is sometimes secured with steel ropes, but these can be sometimes damaged by falling stones.

Ascent to the pass
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Mainzer Höhenweg

From the pass further leads the ridge of three thousand high peaks, over which leads a challenging ferat path Mainzer Höhenweg.

Mainzer Höhenweg
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Look down to the car park

You can clearly see the car park during the ascent and far into the valley of Rettenbachtal leading up to Sölden.

Look down to the car park
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Pitztaler Jöchl (2990 m asl)

After less than an hour you finally ascent into the pass and can enjoy beautiful views of the glaciated giants.

Pitztaler Jöchl (2990 m asl)
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Parade of the ice giants

The view from the pass belongs among the most impressive ones in the whole Ötztal.

Parade of the ice giants
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Panorama of the end of Pitztal valley

At stunning location directly above the glacier lies the hut of Braunschweiger. It is much more difficult and longer ascent to the pass from Pitztal valley than from the car park by the ski center. The path to the hut descends along the green hillside of Karleskopf.

Panorama of the end of Pitztal valley
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Rifflsee

Another amazing view is towards the mountains towering over the lake Rifflsee – a popular trip place at the end of Pitztal Valley.

Rifflsee
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Under Polleskogel

Polleskogel is only fissured rock towering above the pass. Even so it attracts for an ascent and offers even higher views.

Under Polleskogel
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Polleskogel (3032 m asl)

It is only a few minutes to the top from the pass. There is also a small crucifix and excellent view to all directions.

You can go back along the same path or descend down in the direction of Pitztal.

Polleskogel (3032 m asl)
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