The Oetztal Alps in South Tyrol and North Tyrol are one of the biggest mountain groups of the Eastern Alps and include reserves such as the Gruppo di Tessa Nature Park.
Parts of the Oetztal Alps with their wide extension and diversified topography have been opened up very well, while other areas are quite secluded, like for example the south-west. Important glaciers are the Hintereisferner (3,727 m a.s.l.), Grosser Vernagtferner (3,631 m a.s.l.), Mt. Vedretta della Croda (3,510 m a.s.l.) and the Gurgler Glacier (3,420 m a.s.l.). Also the famous Val Senales Glacier in South Tyrol is one of them. The beautiful world of the Oetztal Alps - Alpi Venoste in Italian and Ötztaler Alpen in German - can be explored in the Vallelunga Glacier World.
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 cable car of South Tyrol, takes you from the village of Maso Corto at 2,011 m a.s.l. to the mountain station below Mt. Croda delle Cornacchie at 3,212 m a.s.l.
Highest peak: Mt. Wildspitze (3,772 m a.s.l.), first ascent in 1848 by Leander Klotz
Major mountains: Mt. Palla Bianca, Mt. Cima Nera, Mt. Similaun, Mt. Oetztaler Urkund, Mt. Hinterer Brochkogel, Mt. Vorderer Brochkogel
Area: North Tyrol (Austria) and South Tyrol (Italy)