Page Type Page Type: Area/Range
Location Lat/Lon: 46.98948°N / 10.91009°E
Activities Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Scrambling, Skiing
Seasons Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Additional Information Elevation: 11142 ft / 3396 m
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Annotated Geigenkamm Panorama with a part of the Weisskamm; as seen from Schwarzkogel (3016m)

The Geigenkamm is a wild and rugged mountain ridge at the eastern border of the Otztal Alps. It lies in the heart of the Eastern Alps and is great place for hiking, climbing and enjoying nature as a whole. The Geigenkamm is one of the more quiet ranges in the Otztal Alps, which makes it, in my opinion, even more attractive. You can hike along the famous Mainzer Hohenweg for many hours without meeting a single person on the way. There are many mountain huts in the range as well, which makes the Geigenkamm a great destination for a multiple day visit, since you can travel from hut to hut through the whole range. The rugged, sharp peaks like Hohe Geige and Puitkogel offer a great scenery. To summarize the above: The Geigenkamm is a great place for a (multiple day) visit.

Between 1953 and 1957 Ibex were imported in Tirol. First they settled in the Kaunergrat and somewhat later in Geigenkamm range. Today you are, particularly in the area around the Rüsselsheimerhut, likely to meet  one.

Hohe Geige
Hohe Geige (3396m)

Wassertalkogel (3252m)


The Geigenkamm (kamm is the German word for ridge/crest) has as many as 28 peaks of over 3000 meters in altitude and over 40 main peaks with an altitude between 2500 and 3000 meters. The highest peak of this range is Hohe Geige with an altitude of 3395 meters.  The Geigenkamm is a popular area for hiking as well as climbing. It is home to the Mainzer Hohenweg;  a well-known high alpine mountain trail that crosses a large part of the Geigenkamm ridge.  This route starts at the Braunschweiger Hutte and the trail goes over a large part of the Geigenkamm ridge to its highpoint: the summit of Wassertalkogel at 3254 meters of altitude. The Mainzer Hohenweg ends at the Russelheimer Hutte at 2323m. The Hohe Geige itself is a popular destination for experienced hikers and climbers. The normal route is a relatively easy  (F+ / T4; for the experienced hiker) for a mountain of this altitude and can be reached in 3,5 hours from the Russelheimer Hut.

Another, somewhat more difficult but popular destination is the 3110m high Luibiskogel. It can be climbed from both the Pitztal valley and the Otztal valley and is graded PD-. Last but not least there is Fundusfeiler, a 3080 meters high mountain which is also relatively easy to climb for the experienced hiker. It is located at the northern end of the Geigenkamm and offers great views in all directions. For more demanding mountaineering routes you can climb the Puitkogel Nordostgrat (AD, III) or go the the neighbouring Kaunergrat ridge with famous peaks like Watzespitze and Seekogel.

Wassertalkogel (3252m) as seen from the upper part of the route to Schwarzkogel (3018m)
Wassertalkogel (3252m) and Puitkogel (3340m)

Rosskirpl (2942m)
Rosskirpl (2942m)

Puitkogel and hohe Geige from Schwarzkogel Summit ridge
Puitkogel and Hohe Geige (3396m)

The Geigenkamm ridge is oriented in a North-South direction and is bounded by the Inntal Valley to the North and the Weisskamm Ridge to the South, where the Pollesjoch forms the southern boundary. All mountains are on Austrian ground and carry only German names. At the west side the Geigenkamm is bordered by the Kaunergrat and in the east by the Stubai Alps. In comparison to the two neighbouring ranges the Geigenkamm ridge is least glaciated although it holds many peaks above 3200 meters ofaltitude like Hohe Geige (3395 m),Puitkogel ( 3345m),Silberschneide (3343m),Hoher Kogel ( 3296m),Breiter Kogel (3256m) and Wassertalkogel ( 3247m).

Directly to the west of the Geigenkamm ridge lies the Pitztal valley with its main villages from north to south: Jerzens, Zaunhof, St Leonard im Pitztal, Bodele, Kofels, Tieflehn and Mittelberg. Directly to the east of the ridge lies the Otztal main valley with the main villages being from N to S: Sautens, Oetz, Umhausen, Langenfeld, Huben, Solden and Zwieselstein.

View to Wildgrat, 2974 m
Wildgrat (2974m) by EricChu

Mainzer Hohenweg
Mainzer Hohenweg

Südliche Polleskogel
Sudlicher Polleskogel (3035m)

The Geigenkamm is home to the following mountain huts: Armelenhutte(1750m), Innerbergalm (1990m), Stabele Alm (1908m), Forchheimer Biwakschachtel  (2443m), Erlanger Hütte (2550m), Hochzeigerhaus(1876m), Ludwigsburger Hütte (1935m),Frischmannhütte (2192m), Hauerseehütte (2383m), Rüsselsheimer Hütte (former Chemnitzer Hut; 2323m), Hahlkogelhaus (2042m),Rheinland-Pfalz-Biwak (3247m, on the summit of Wassertalkogel)

The ten highest mountains of the Geigenkamm are (in order of descending height): Hohe Geige  (3395 m), Puitkogel ( 3345m), Silberschneide(3343m), Hoher Kogel ( 3296m), Breiter Kogel (3256m),  Wassertalkogel( 3247m).Gschrappkogel (3194m), Ampferkogel (3186m), Sonnenkogel (3170m) and KleineGeige (3163 m).

Geigenkamm on SP

The mountains of the Geigenkamm on SP:

Geigenkamm Panorama (Southern Part) as seen from Gaislachkogel (3056m)

The Summits (Names)

Hand drawn schematic map of...
Hand drawn schematic map (Northern Part) by Gangolf Haub

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Hand drawn schematic map (Southern Part) by Gangolf Haub

  1. Erster Karkopf (2511m)
  2. Mitter Karkopf (2588m)
  3. Hoher Karkopf (2686m)
  4. Weiter Karkopf (2777m)
  5. Blose (2538m)
  6. Murmentenkarspitze (Murmentenkarkopf, 2784m)
  7. Kreuzjochspitze (2675m)
  8. Brechkogel (2918m)
  9. Wildgrat (2974m)
  10. Dreirinnenkogel (2679m)
  11. Schwendkopf (2786m)
  12. Hochzeiger (2582m)
  13. Riegelkopf (Rifflspitz 2936m)
  14. Kreuzjöchlspitze (2908m)
  15. Schafhimel (2821m)
  16. Gemeindekopf (2771m, 2566m)
  17. Leierskopf (2812m)
  18. Fundusfeiler (3080m)
  19. Lehner Grieskögel
    1. Northern Grieskogel (3032m)
    2. Central Grieskogel (3030m)
    3. Southern Grieskogel (3038m)
  20. Hairlacher Seekopf (3055m)
  21. Rotbleißkogel (Rotpleiskopf, 2894m)
  22. Blockkogel (S:3098m, N:3083m)
  23. Plattigkogel (3092m)
  24. Hinterer Felderkogel (2837m)
  25. Hohe Seite (2857m)
  26. Wenderkogel (2200m)
  27. Langkarlesschneid (3048m)
  28. Griesskogel (2986m)
  29. Dristenkogel (S:2996m, N:2976m)
  30. Äußere Feuerkögel (S:2950m, N:2940m)
  31. Luibiskogel (S:3112m, N:3090m)
  32. Hintere Feuerkögel
  33. Reiserkogel (3090m)
  34. Breitlehner Felderkogel (3075m)
  35. Hauerseekogel (Oppenkogel, 3059m)
  36. Hundstallkogel (N:2948m, S:3073m)
  37. Wildgartenkogel (2556m)
  38. Grabkogel (2651m)
  39. Sturpen (2718m)
  40. Niederer Breitlehnkogel (2820m)
  41. Kleine Geige (Hoher Breitlehnkogel, 3163m)
  42. Breiter Kogel (3256m)
  43. Wartkogel
    1. Innerer Wartkogel (2590m)
    2. Äusserer Wartkogel (2550m)
  44. Äusserer Hahlkogel (2658m)
  45. Innerer Hahlkogel (2739m)
  46. Hoher Kogel (3296m)
  47. Hoher Kopf (2784m)
  48. Hohe Geige (3395m)
  49. Silberschneide (3343m)
  50. Ampferkogel (3186m)
  51. Vorderer Ampferkogel (2911m)
  52. Puitkogel (3345m)
  53. Sonnenkogel (3170m)
  54. Wassertalkogel (3247m)
  55. Gschrappkogel (3194m)
  56. Wurmsitzkogel (3080m)
  57. Polleskögel
    1. Southern Polleskogel (3005m)
    2. Northern Pollekogel (3035m)
    3. Pollesfernerkopf (3015m)
  58. Graskogel (2766m)
  59. Schartlaskogel (2791m)
  60. Grahnsteinkopf (2800m)
  61. Söldner Grießkogel (2911m)
  62. Lange Wand (Polleswand, 2876m)
  63. Breitlehner (2793m)
  64. Breitlehnerturm (2765m)
  65. Roßkirpl (2942m)
  66. Rotkogel (2947m)
  67. Schwarzseekogel (2931m)
  68. Schwarzkogel (3016m)
  69. Vorderer Einzeiger (2982m)
  70. Roter Turm (2966m)
  71. Pollestürme
    1. Einzeiger (2957m)
    2. Zweizeiger (2975m)
    3. Dreizeiger (2980m

The Summits (Photos)

9. Wildgrat (2974m)

Fundusfeiler (3079m, left)...
18. Fundusfeiler (3079m)

Luibiskogel (3110m)
31. Luibiskogel (3110m)

Reiserkogel (3082m) and Felderkogel (3071m) from the SSW
33. Reiserkogel (3082m)

Looking back from Gahwinden to the Kapuzinerjoch, with Felderkogel (3071m) sticking out above
34. Felderkogel (3071m)

Breiter Kogel (3256m)
42. Breiter Kogel (3256m)

Äußerer Hahlkogel (2655m) and Innerer Hahlkogel (2734m)
44. AussŸerer Hahlkogel (2655m)

View of the Innerer Hahlkogel
45. Innerer Hahlkogel (2739m)

Hoher Kogel (3293m) from the west
46. Hoher Kogel (3293m)

Hohe Geige from the Kapuzinerjoch
48. Hohe Geige (3396m)

Silberschneid (3341m)
49. Silberschneid (3341m)

Ampferkogel (3183m) and Silberschneide (3341m) from the southeast
50. Ampferkogel (3183m)

52. Puitkogel

Gschrappkogel, Wassertalkogel and Sonnenkogel (E-faces)
53. Sonnenkogel (3176m)

54. Wassertalkogel (3252m)

Gschrappkogel, Wassertalkogel and Sonnenkogel (E-faces)
55. Gschrappkogel (3196m)
Wassertalkogel (3250m)
56. Wurmsitzkogel (3076m)
Nordlicher Polleskogel (3015m0
57;2. Nordlicher Polleskogel (3015m)
Rising Clouds
57;1. Sudlicher Polleskogel (3035m)
Breitlehner (2793m)
63. Breitlehner (2793m)
Rosskirpl (2942m)
65. Rosskirpl (2942m)
Schwarzsee and Rotkogel from the southwest
66. Rotkogel (2947m)
Schwarzseekogel from ENE
67. Schwarzseekogel (2931m)
Schwarzkogel (3016m, E-SE Face)
68. Schwarzkogel (3016m)
Vorderer Einzeiger
69. Vorderer Einzeiger (2982m)
Roter Turm (2966m)
70. Roter Turm (2966m)
The Pollesturme
71. The Pollesturme

Geigenkamm Schematic Map

Geigenkamm Schematic Map
Geigenkamm Schematic Map

Geigenkamm; View North to Wassertalkogel

Main mountains to be climbed

Hohe Geige
Hohe Geige

Hohe Geige (3396m)

Difficulty: F+(I)

Altitude Gain: 1050m

StartingPoint: Russelheimer Hut (2323m) 

Duration(up& Down): 5/6hours

Luibiskogel (3110m)

Luibiskogel (3110m)

Difficulty: PD-(I)

Altitude Gain: 750m

StartingPoint: Hauerseehutte (2383m) 

Duration(up& Down): 4 hours

Fundusfeiler (3079m, left)...

Fundusfeiler (3080m)

Difficulty: F

Altitude Gain: 530m

StartingPoint: Erlanger Hut (2550m) 

Duration(up& Down): 5/6hours

Südliche Polleskogel
Sudlicher Polleskogel

Sudlicher Polleskogel (3035m)

Difficulty: F

Altitude Gain: 300m

StartingPoint: Parking lot Soldener Glacier Street 

Duration(up& Down): 2/3hours

Heading towards the summit

Schwarzkogel (3016m)

Difficulty: F

Altitude Gain: 730m

StartingPoint: Giggijoch (2284m)

Duration(up& Down): 3/4 hours


Mainzer Hohenweg (Wassertalkogel)

Difficulty: PD(II)

Starting Point: Russelheimer Hut or Braunschweiger Hut 

Highpoint: Wassertalkogel (3250m)

Duration(up& Down): 9-12 hours (depending on conditions)


Ötztal accommodation

Pitztal accommodation


end July - mid Sept
self service for 4
Erlanger Hütte (2550m) in...

mid June - End Sept
End dec. - End April

end June - end Sept
two weeks around Easter
Frischmannhütte (2192m)...


Stabele Alm

end June - end Sept

Rüsselsheimer(Chemnitzer) Hütte
mid June - end Sept
sefl service for 12
Russelheimer Hutte


Ludwigsburger Hütte
end June - end Sept
self service for 12
+43 (5414) 20204
Ludwigsburger Hutte

Bivak / Shelters

Bivak / Shelter
AccomodationSummer/Winter Photo
 9 beds Always open (Self service)
View from Wasssertalkogel

Forchheimer Biwakschachtel 
 2 persons Always open (Self service)
Forchheimer Biwakschachtel

Weather Conditions

How to get There

Route Map Geigenkamm
Route Map Geigenkamm (Otztal and Pitztal)

The Geigenkamm can be reached from two sides, Pitztal Valley in the west and the Otztal valley in the east.

From Austria:

1) Take motorwayA12 / E60 to Arzl/Pitztal

2A) Switch to L16into the Pitztal


2B) Take motorway A12 / E60 to Otztal; Switchto B186 into the Otztal valley

From Italy:

1)Take Motorway A22 to Bozen / Bolzano

2) Switch to SS38 to Sponding / Spondinga

3A) Stay on course on SS40 to Reschenpass /Passo di Resia where it turns into B180 north of the Austrian border; At Fliess take the L17 into the Pitztal


3B) Take SS44 and SS44bis to the Timmelsjoch Hochalpenstrasse The passroad is opened from the start of June until the end of Oktober; Tollroad. Passroad is closed in Winter! At the border with Austria take B186 into the Otztal valley

From Switzerland:

1)Take motorway A3 and A13 to Landquart

2)Switch to B28 across Flüelapass to Susch

3)Switch to B27 to Vinadi

4)Across the border the road turns into B180 through Inntal Valley

5A)At Fliess take the L17 into the Pitztal


5B)Take motorway A12 / E60 to Otztal; Switch toB186 into the Otztal valley

Maps and Books


Alpenvereinskarte 30/5 Geigenkamm/Otztal Alps

Kompass 43: 1:50.000 map

  • Ötztaler Alpen, Geigenkamm
    Map No: 30/5
  • Ötztaler Alpen
    Kompass Map WK43
    ISBN: 3-85491-049-


Otztal Alps - 50 touren; Rother Verlag

Rother Pitztal

3000er in den Nordalpen - Richard Goedeke

  • Ötztaler Alpen
    W. Klier
    Rother Verlag
    ISBN: 3-7633-1123-8

  • Pitztal
    Henriette und Walter Klier
    Rother Verlag

  • 3000er in denNordalpen






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