The Oetztal Alps in South Tyrol and North Tyrol are one of the biggest mountain groups of the Eastern Alps, with a wide extension and a diversified topography.
Parts of the Oetztal Alps have been opened up very well, while other areas are quite secluded, like for example the sout west. Important glaciers are the Hintereisferner (3,727 m asl), Grosser Vernagtferner (3,631 m asl), Vedretta della Croda (3,510 m asl) and Gurgler Ferner (3,420 m asl).
The Oetztal Alps border on the Lechtal Alps, Mieming Range, Stubai Alps, Sarentino Alps, Ortles Alps, Sesvenna Alps and the Samnaun Alps. However, in the Oetztal Alps, there are numerous reserves. One of these reserves is also situated on South Tyrolean territory, which is the Gruppo di Tessa Nature Park. Moreover the ridge of this mountain chain overlaps with the Alpine divide.
The most famous hiking path in the Oetztal Alps might be the Yellow Trail of the Via Alpina. There are also some glacial skiing areas, such as the Pitztal and Kaunertal glaciers in North Tyrol, as well as the Val Senales Glacier in South Tyrol. The Val Senales Cable Car, the highest located funicular of South Tyrol, takes you from Maso Corto at 2,011 m asl to the mountain station below the Croda delle Cornacchie (3,212 m asl).
Highest peak: Wildspitze (3,772 m asl), first ascent in 1848 by Leander Klotz
Major mountains: Palla Bianca, Cima Nera, Similaun, Oetztaler Urkund, Hinterer Brochkogel, Vorderer Brochkogel
Area: North Tyrol (Austria) and South Tyrol (Italy)