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Garnet Hike

The Granatenkogl (3,304 m) is one of the most beautiful mountains in the Ötztal Alps.

The place where the largest garnet in the Alps was found enjoys a special reputation among geologists.

Searching for minerals is worthwhile in the Gaisberg Valley, too. Not least because there are also many guided hikes offered here.

Hiking suggestion: Garnet Hike

Walking time: approx. 4 hours. Walk or take the cable car (Gaisberg and Hohe Mut) up the Hohe Mut. From here go downhill to the Mut saddle to the Bärenhoppen basin. Then, turn left over the quite steep hairpin bend to the valley floor and the moraine in front of the Gaisberg glacier and search for almandine garnets typical of Ötztal. An alternative is the more challenging glacial trail (partially secured) directly to the lateral moraines of the Gaisberg glacier, after which the trail becomes easier. This hike can also be done in the reverse order, ending with a cable car trip down to Obergurgl.

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