The Rettenbachferner is situated in Tyrol
and belongs to the
Starting from Sölden,
the Rettenbachferner ascent is 12.11 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1298 heightmeters.
The average percentage thus is 10.7 %.
Stories, information and comments from Rettenbachferner climbers
Story by Olivier from , The Netherlands, submitted on 15/11/2011
This is the Ötztaler Gletscherstrasse, the road from Sölden to the glacier area. The road leads to the Rettenbach glacier (''ferner''), with a right turn in the direction of the Pitztaler Jöchl (a mountain pass, after 1.5 km asphalt further accessible by hikers and mountain-bikers) and a left turn to the Tiefenbach glacier. So there are 4 names for roughly the same climb. The glacier street is in the top 20 of most difficult climbs in Europe. It starts in Sölden directly with 10 % and only drops under 10 at the toll booths (the 8 % in the profile, actually a few hundred meters flat). The road is averaging 11 to 12 % for so long, not many bikers will have sufficient gears. This is brutal. For statistics lovers: the road to the left, to the Tiefenbach glacier, goes through a 2 km tunnel (very cold!) and ends at 2829 meters, the highest asphalted road in the Alps. Because the road technically is a pass (there is a path down at the other side), this is also the highest mountain-pass, accessible by road-bike in Europe. Tips: bring winter-clothing, also in high summer. We were there in july; temperatures dropped to a nice 6 degrees Celcius with a nice 0 degrees at the entrance of the tunnel).One final remark: it''s a stunning climb!