Safety on the mountain

Categorization of paths

In order to be able to estimate which of the hiking trails and tours are feasible, the mountain trail classification provides an initial overview of the degree of difficulty of the hiking trails and tours.

  Technical difficulty requirements of the hikers
Hiking trail Generally accessible walking route
wide facility with low gradients/slopes
no mountain experience and mountain equipment necessary
Red mountain track moderately difficult, mainly narrow, often steep
short, secured walking and climbing passages possible
alpine experience necessary
appropriate physical condition
minimum mountain equipment
Black mountain track difficult, narrow, almost entirely very steep, often exposed
long, secured climbing passages
good alpine experience
good physical condition
absolutely sure-footed and free from giddiness
appropriate mountain equipment
High mountain range very difficult
high-alpine terrain, partly unmarked and exposed paths
unsecured walking and climbing passages
absolute surefootedness, no fear of heights, strong physical condition
appropriate mountain equipment
excellent orientation skills

Note: In adverse conditions (snow, storm, fog, etc.) the hiking trails and tours become considerably more challenging or impassable!

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First Aid

Emergency numbers

☎ 140: mountain rescue – alpine emergency call
☎ 112: European emergency call (works with every mobile phone and with every available provider)

No mobile network?

Without a mobile network or in a location with no reception, no emergency call is possible. Change your position and continuously dial 112.
Euro emergency call: access to every available mobile network if you type 112 instead of the pin code after switching on the phone or use the SOS emergency call feature.

Notification of accident

  • Who is on the phone? / leave a number to call back
  • Where did the accident exactly happen?
  • What happened?
  • How many people are injured?

Emergency App of the Tyrolean mountain rescue

Smartphone users can install the new emergency app of the Tyrolean mountain rescue. This app assists with sending an emergency call and at the same time transmits the current position

Hiking Checklist

Tour planing

  • extensive tour planning in advance (gather information about routes, destination and group members)
  • get weather forecast and follow the information about the current weather situation
  • adapt the hiking tour and your destination to your own fitness and technique – in groups, watch out for the weakest member
  • consult the alpine centers and mountain guide offices


depending on the summit destination:

  • maps
  • solid, ankle high trekking or hiking boot
  • hiking gear
  • harness
  • glacier tools (crampon, ice axe, etc.)
  • orientation tools (compass, GPS, etc.)
  • bad weather clothing (rain coat, rain pant, gloves, beanie)
  • sunscreen
  • mobile phone, water bottle, first aid kit, flashlight
  • hygiene products, slippers and sleeping bag for the hut

Tips and advices

  • constantly orient yourself
  • watch out for alpine risks (rock falls, avalanche danger, weather changes)
  • best to choose your clothing on the principle of layers
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