Oberer Sattelkopf measures 2596 meters above sea level and is part of the long ridge connecting Zwolferkopf (2596m) in the NE with Planskopf (2805m) in the SW. In-between are Oberer- & Hinterer Sattelkopf (2670m) and Vorderer Brunnenkopf (2682m). The full ridge of mountains can be seen very well, especially from Serfaus (1427m). A famous hiking route in this part of the Samnaun group leads over the entire ridge of these mountains starting at Oberer Sattelkopf and ending at the highest peak of the ridge: Planskopf at 2805 meters. This hiking trail is not too difficult and very popular: T3+. Oberer Sattelkopf can be climbed best during the summer months plus in spring and fall, when there is no snow present on the mountain.
Oberer Sattelkopf is the second highest peak of the ‘4 brothers’ carrying the same name. To the west of Oberer Sattelkopf is the highest one: Hinterer Sattelkopf (2670m) and towards the south of it are, in this order: Mittlerer Sattelkopf (2320m) and Unterer Sattelkopf (2091m).
Oberer Sattelkopf is located in the (far) eastern part of the Samnaun Group. The only peak more to the east is Zwolferkopf (2596m) and the altitude of the ridge decreases further to the East-NE down to the village of Fliess, which marks the ending of the Samnaun Group mountains. Because of this position on the edge of the Samaun Group one can enjoy the perfect summit view, especially towards the north and east. Towards the north rises the Venet region with Glanderspitze, towards the east the Kaunergrat, towards the southeast the Glockturmkamm and towards the west the Samnaun Group.
Route I From Fisser Joch
Route II From Steinech
‘Naturthermenweg’’, a broad path marked in orange on the map above and follow it in a western direction. At the first junction leave this broad path and follow hiking trail number 11 towards the Oberer Sattelkopf. At this point the trail becomes steeper and leads to Mittlerer Sattelkopf at 2320 meters. Keep following trail number 11 and after a steep hike you will reach Oberer Sattelkopf at 2596 meters. This route is a relatively steep, well-marked hiking trail with a gradation of T3. It takes 2 to 2,5 hours from Steinech to the summit. Of course it is also possible to start from Fiss (1436m). Take route 9 or 10 up to Steinegg from Fiss, or route 8 to the Moseralm and further up where it joins route 11. Starting from Fiss adds another 1,5 hours to the ascent time.
How to get there
The official website of Serfaus-Fiss and Ladis includes a route-planner. Fill in your home address for your route information. The route planner can be found here. This link also provides information about Train & Bus schedules as well as Taxi services.
When to climb
Maps and books
Kummerleyand Frey – Ischgl & Serfaus - 1:35.000 - ISBN 9783259007136
Kompass 42- Landeck Nauders Samnaun Group – 1:50.000 - ISBN 9783850265423
Bergfex Weather Fiss and Serfaus
Accomodation in Fiss