Hike via the Malga Upi hut to the Lago Upi lake

The Upisee lake (also Lake Upia) is situated at an altitude of about 2,550 m a.s.l. in the Ötztal Alps: From the Glieshof in the Val di Mazia valley, a path leads to the Upialm and another one continues to the idyllic mountain lake.

The starting point of the hiking tour into the lonely Upital valley is the parking space at the Glieshof in the rear Val di Mazia valley. Here, passing the Hotel Glieshof, we follow the signpost no. 9 - this path leads us directly into the Upital valley. The first half of the route leads through the forest to the meadows and the Upialm alpine hut at 2,225 m a.s.l. Now, in early summer, the slopes of the entire valley are covered by flowering alpine roses - really impressive! Brooks plunge into the valley from all sides and unite to the wildly foaming Upitalbach brook.

At the Upialm the gravelled road ends and the route no. 9 leads as a path further uphill. Soon we reach a small waterfall, next to it the path leads through the rubble along the rock. This spot requires sure-footedness and special caution, as it can be a bit slippery. At the top we pass a wet meadow and further on across high alpine meadows partly steep, partly on a flat path up to the Upisee lake at 2.552 m a.s.l. The landscape, which is shaped by wind and weather, appears almost untouched and is dominated by the 3,175 m high Upiakopf mountain and its neighbouring peaks. For our way back we take the same route later.

Author: AT

If you want to do this hike, please take information about the weather and the current conditions of the trail on site!

Starting point: Matsch, parking space at the Glieshof
Destination: Upisee lake
Signposts: no. 9, Upialm, Upisee
Trail length: approx. 4.5 km (each direction)
Walking time: about 2 hours (ascent), 1.5 hours (descent)
Altitude difference: approx. 760 m
Altitude level: between 1,810 and 2,570 a.s.l.
Experienced in: June 2019

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