Page Type Page Type: Area/Range
Location Lat/Lon: 47.01890°N / 10.81370°E
Activities Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Sport Climbing, Mixed, Scrambling, Skiing
Seasons Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Additional Information Elevation: 11594 ft / 3534 m
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Seekogel (3352m)
Seekogel (3352m)

The Mighty Rofelewand (3354m, W-Face)
The Mighty Rofelewand (3354m, W-F.)

Verpeilspitze by Selinunte01

The Kaunergrat ridge is a fine mountain range with many impressive peaks. . The Kaunergrat consists of as many as 39 peaks of over 3000 meters in altitude and has a total length of about 30km. Watzespitze is with its 3534m the highest peak of this subrange of the Otztal Alps. Furthermore, Watze is among the highest peaks in Tirol and even in Austria. It has a striking appearance from all angles and it’s normal route is among the most difficult of the high mountains in Austria.

The Kaunergrat 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 glaciated Ölgrubenjoch (3044m) forms the official southern boundary. All mountains are on Austrian ground and carry only German names. At the west side it is bordered by the Glockturmkamm and in the east by the Geigenkamm ridge. In comparison to the two neighbouring ranges the Kaunergrat ridge is most glaciated and holds many peaks above 3300 meters of altitude like Rofelewand (3350m), Verpeilspitze(3420m), Watze(3534m), Rositzkogel (3392m) and Ölgrubenspitze (S:3456m, N:3451m).

The upper northern part of the ridge is oriented NNW– SSE. The first main peaks of the ridge are Venet and Hohe Aifnerspitze. The peaks are all below 3000meters at this point. The first 3000meter peak is Dristkogel (3054m). From this point on the ridge is oriented N-S, and the peaks gradually become higher in altitude with Watze being the highest at 3534 meters. Towards the southern half of the Ridge the peaks remain between 3000 en 3500 meters in altitude. The southern part is therefore more glaciated compared to the lower northern part of the ridge.

Annotated Kaunergrat Panorama (see text below for the names of the peaks) by GijsJ
The Kaunergrat ridge from the Taschachferner near the base of the Wildspitze.
From left to right the main summits are: 1. Ölgrubenkopf 3392m, 2. Vordere Ölgrubenspitze 3452m, 3. Bliggspitze 3453m, 4. Eiskastenspitze 3371m, 5. Südlicher Hapmeskopf 3240m, 6. Nördlicher Hapmeskopf 3289m, 7. Löcherkogel 3324m, 8. Rostizkogel 3394m, 9 Watzespitze south summit 3501, 10. Watzespitze 3532m, 11. Seekogel 3357, 12. Schwabenkopf 3378m, 13. Verpeilspitze 3423m, 14. Gsallkopf 3277m, 15. Rofelewand 3353m, date: 14 september 2012.

Directly to the west of the Kaunergrat ridge lies the Kaunertal valley with its main villages from north to south: Kaunerberg, Kauns, Nufels, Boden,Feichten im Kaunertal and Kuphoff. More to the south lies the Gepatch-Stausee
. Directley to the east of the ridge lies the Pitztal valley with the main villages being from N to S: Jerzens,  Zaunhof, St Leonard im Pitztal, Bodele, Kofels, Tieflehn and Mittelberg.

The Kaunergrat ridge is great for mountaineering. There are many rock climbing routes on high and steep peaks like the Seekogel, Rofelewand and Watzespitze. Seekogel is, together with Watze, the most difficult mountain to climb in the area: AD+ (III+/IV). The area is great for hiking as well. Popular destinations are the Rifflsee above Mittelberg and the Hohe Aifnerspitze with great views towards the Samnaun Group en Otztal Alps. Tourists mostly go to the Pitztaler Glacier where a cableway leads up to the Hinterer Brochkogel at 3440meters. This is the highest lift in Austria. The glacier is popular for skiing in spring, winter and autumn. Views over the Kaunergrat ridge are fantastic  from here.

The Kaunergrat has seen some famous climbers in the past. Hermann Buhl opened two new routes & first ascents here: The Seekarlesschneid-Nordwestpillar (V+) with H. Klier, W. Purtscheller und W. Gruber in 1946 and the Rofelewand North Ridge. The latter has not been repeated since this day.


Vordere Ölgrubenspitze (3456m)
Vordere O–lgrubenspitze (3456m)

Rifflsee; Pitztal

Upper Kaunertal
Upper Kaunertal valley & Kaunergrat

The Kaunergrat holds a nature park and is home to the following mountain huts: Kaunergrathütte (2817 m), Taschachhaus (2434 m), Rifflseehütte ( 2293 m) , Verpeilhütte (2025m) and Gepatschhaus (1928 m).

The ten highest mountains of the Kaunergrat are (in order of descending height): Watzespitze ( 3533 m), Bliggspitze ( 3454 m) ,Vordere Ölgrubenspitze (3452 m), Verpeilspitze ( 3423 m), Rostizkogel (3394 m), Ölgrubenkopf ( 3392 m) ,Schwabenkopf ( 3378 m) ,Eiskastenspitze (3373 m), Seekogel ( 3358 m) ,Rofelewand ( 3353 m) & Löcherkogel (3324 m).

Kaunergrat Panorama by Jurgen

2 - Kaunergrat on SP

Nauderer Berge up front, Glockturmkamm mid range and Kaunergrat in the back

3 - The Summits

Hand drawn schematic map of...
Peak Map of the Kaunergrat (by Gangolf Haub)

Schematic Map of the Kaunergrat Mountain Ridge
Schematic Map of the Kaunergrat Mountain Ridge

  • Venet(2512m)
  • Hohe Aifenspitze (2786m)
  • Falkauner Köpfle (2834m)
  • Falkauner Ölgrubenköpfe
  • Southern Ölgrubenkopf (2825m)
  • Hinterer Ölgrubenkopf (2855m)
  • Äusserer Ölgrubenkopf (2887m)
  • Stupfarriköpfle (2808m)
  • Schalwand (2941m)
  • Aherkogel (2803m)
  • Stallkogel (2603m)
  • Kitzmörder (2435m)
  • Vorderer Stupfarri (2870m)
  • Mittlerer Stupfarri (Neuberg, 2912m)
  • Steinmannle (2898m)
  • Gallrutt-Stangenkogel (2870m)
  • Hinterer Stupfarri (2896m)
  • Peischlkopf (2914m)
  • Wallfahrtsköpfl (2850m)
  • Kleiner Dristkogel (2934m)
  • Großer Dristkogel (3059m)
  • Brehnkopf (Hoher Radlstein, 3016m)
  • Unterer Muttler (Brühkopf, 2703m)
  • Gsallkopf (Griesskogel, 3278m)
  • Hochrinnegg (3027m, 3067m)
  • Schweikert (2881m)
  • Rofelewand (3354m)
  • Totenkarköpfl (3193m)
  • Sonnenkögel
  • Eastern Sonnenkogel (3163m)
  • Central Sonnenkogel (3130m)
  • Western Sonnenkogel (3008m)
  • Gamezkogel (3125m)
  • Verpeilspitze (3425m)
  • Parstleswand (3091m, 3085m)
  • Weisser Kogel (2678m)
  • Parstleskogel (2741m)
  • Schwabenkopf (3379m)
  • Madatschtürme
  • Eastern Madatschturm (2829m)
  • Central Madatschturm (2829m)
  • Western Madatschturm (2777m)
  • Madatschkopf (2783m)
  • Mooskopf (2532m)
  • Waze (M:3533m, S:3503m)
  • Wazekopf (2918m)
  • Seekarlesschneid (3208m)
  • Zuragkogel (2891m)
  • Brandkogel (2677m)
  • Steingogel (2635m)
  • Seekogel (3358m)
  • Rositzkogel (3392m)
  • Löcherkogel (3326m)
  • Hapmesköpfe
  • Northern Hapmeskopf (3292m)
  • Southern Hapmeskopf (3237m)
  • Wurmtaler Kopf (3228m)
  • Grubenkarspitze (3002m)
  • Grubengrat (2839m)
  • Vorderer Eiskastenkopf (3087m)
  • Eiskastenspitze (3378m)
  • Bliggspitze (3454m)
  • Äusserer Bliggkopf (2896m)
  • Mittlerer Eiskastenkopf (3260m)
  • Hinterer Eiskastenkopf (3299m)
  • Vordere Ölgrubenspitze (S:3456m, N:3451m)
  • Innerer Bliggkopf (2865m)
  • Hintere Ölgrubenspitze (3296m)
  • Wannetspitze (3100m)
  • Hohe Aifner Spitze
    Hohe Aifner Spitze (2786m)

    Moon & Olgrubenkopf (2879m, S-SW Face)
    Olgrubenkopf (2879m)

    Kleiner & Grosser Dristkogel (3058m)
    Kleiner & Grosser Dristkogel (3058m)

    Gsallkopf (3277m) and Rofelewand (3354m) above the Clouds
    Gsallkopf (3277m)

    The Mighty Rofelewand (3354m, W-Face)
    Rofelewand (3354m)

    View across the Pollestal to Sonnenkogel (3166m) and Puitkogel (3343m)
    Sonnenkogel (3166m)

    Verpeilspitze (3427m) & Watzespitze (3537m)
    Verpeilspitze (3427m,left)

    Zoomed in view west to Parstleswand (3096), a subsidiary of Verpeilspitze (3423m)
    Parstleswand (3096m)

    Schwabenkopf (3378m), Watzespitze (3532m), Rositzkogel (3394m)
    Schwabenkopf (3378m)

    Furglersee with Watze behind
    Watze (3534m)

    Seekogel(3357m), Seekarlesschneid (3207m) and Watzespitze (3532m) from the east
    Seekarlesschneid (3207m, middle)

    Seekogel (3352m)
    Seekogel (3352m)

    Rositzkogel and Glockturm
    Rositzkogel (3392m)
    Martini W.
    Locherkogel (3324m)
    Wurmtaler Kopf
    Wurmtaler Kopf (3228m)
    Eiskastenspitze (3371m), Bliggspitze (3453m), Vordere Ölgrubenspitze (3452m)
    Eiskastenspitze (3371m,left)
    Bliggspitze & Co
    Bliggspitze (3454m)
    Vordere Ölgrubenspitze (3456m, W-SW Face)
    Vordere O–lgrubenspitze (3456m)

    4- Main Mountains to be climbed

    Watzespitze towering above the clouds

    Difficulty: AD+ (IV)

    Altitude Gain: 717m

    Starting Point: Kaunergrat Hut (2817m) 

    Duration(up & Down): 6/7hours


    Difficulty: PD (II)

    Altitude Gain: 1400m

    Starting Point: Verpeil Hut (2015m) 

    Duration (up & Down): 7 hours

    Gsallkopf (3277m) and Rofelewand (3354m) above the Clouds

    Difficulty: PD (II)

    Altitude Gain: 1300m

    Starting Point: Verpeil Hut (2015m) 

    Duration(up & Down): 6/7hours

    Hohe Aifner Spitze
    Hohe Aifner Spitze

    Difficulty: T3

    Altitude Gain: 1200m

    Starting Point: Parking lot Piller hohe(1550m) 

    Duration(up & Down): 5/6hours

    5 - Getting There

    Seekogel (3353m) & Watze (3534m)
    Seekogel (3353m) & Watze (3534m)

    Gsallkopf (3277m) and Rofelewand (3354m)
    Gsallkopf (3277m) and Rofelewand (3354m)

    Kaunergrat can be reached from two sides, Kaunertal Valley in the west and Pitztal Valley  in the east.

    From Austria:

    • Take motorway A12 / E60 to Arzl/Pitztal
    • Switch to L60 into the Pitztal


    • Take motorway A12 / E60 to Landeck
    • Switch to B180 towards Prutz
    • At Prutz take the L18 into the Kaunertal

    From Italy:

    Take Motorway A22 to Bozen / Bolzano

    Switch to SS38 to Sponding / Spondinga

    Stay on course on SS40 to Reschenpass / Passo di Resia where it turns into B180 north of the Austrian border

    At Prutz take the L18 into the Kaunertal


    At Fliess take the L17 into the Pitztal

    From Switzerland:

    Take motorway A3 and A13 to Landquart

    Switch to B28 across Flüelapass to Susch

    Switch to B27 to Vinadi

    Across the border the road turns into B180 through Inntal Valley

    At Prutz take the L18 into the Kaunertal


    At Fliess take the L17 into the Pitztal


    6 - Accommodation

    Mountain Huts:

    mid June- end September
    Verpeil Hut
    Verpeil Hut

    end june - mid september
    Kaunergrat hut (2811 m,...
    Kaunergrat hut

    mid june- end september
    mid dec- mid april
    Rifflsee Hut
    Rifflsee Hut

    mid june- begin october
    self service for 16 (Winterraum)
    TaschachhausPicture credit...

    mid june- end september
    2 weeks around easter

    7 - Red Tape

    Annotated Kaunergrat Panorama by rgg

    There's no red tape to speak of on Kaunergrat. The southernmost part runs along the border between Austria and Italy so that taking an ID is mandatory.

    8 - Weather Conditions

    9- Maps & Books

    8.1 - Maps

  • Regular Maps
  • Alpenvereinskarte 30/3 Otztal Alps/Kaunergrat

    Kompass 43: 1:50.000 map

    • Ötztaler Alpen, Kaunergrat
      Map No: 30/3
      ISBN: 978-3928777414
    • Ötztaler Alpen, Geigenkamm
      Deutsche Alpenvereinskarte 30/5

    • Ötztaler Alpen
      Kompass Map WK43
      ISBN: 3-85491-049-5

  • Maps Online

    8.2 - Books

    Otztal Alps - 50 touren; Rother Verlag

    Herbert Mayer - 50 Touren - Kaunertal, Oberinntal

    3000er in den Nordalpen - Richard Goedeke

    • Ötztaler Alpen
      W. Klier
      Rother Verlag
      ISBN: 3-7633-1123-8
    • Kaunertal – Oberinntal
      Hubert Mayr
      Rother Verlag
      ISBN: 978-3-7633-4027-9
    • 3000er in den Nordalpen

      Richard Goedeke


      ISBN13: 9783765455438



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