Rafting in Ötztal
Rafting tours in Ötztal
Ötztal is one of the most renown rafting hotspots in the Alps. Around the 3 mountain rivers Ötztaler Ache, Sanna and Inn a modern and vast infrastructure for rafting tours has been established over the last few years. Nowadays, several providers offer a broad and diverse selection of rafting tours for adventurers of all experience levels and every age.
Depending on your ambitions and stamina you can choose, for example, between a recreational ride for 2.5h or a more demanding 6.5h tour. Rafting in Ötztal is also well suited for families, which can embark on one of the several family tours. Depending on the trip chosen, kids from an age as early as 4 years or with a minimum height of 1.20m are invited to take part in this adventurous activity.
The rafting routes are all scattered around Imst, a town where the Ötztaler Ache flows into the Inn. The base camps of most providers, which often serve as the meeting point for the tours, are located in Sautens and Haiming. These villages can be easily reached either by car from Innsbruck (1h) and Munich (2.5h) or by public transport via the close-by “Ötztal” railway station.
Most of the tours are structured in a similar way. They usually start with an introduction given by the guides, followed by the hand out of the rafting equipment. After a ride to the river, you will receive the final safety instructions. Once you have the necessary tools and information at hand, the adventurous ride through the amazingly beautiful Tyrolean mountains starts. Together with your companions you’ll conquer the wild mountain river and enjoy the impressive nature of the steep valleys you pass through. Upon arrival at the end of the rafting route, you will be brought back to the base.
The best rafting providers in Ötztal
Haiming is the home of 3 of our most popular providers: “Wiggi Rafting” offers tours covering all difficulty levels and welcomes you in its spacious base camp, which includes showers and sports facilities. “Faszinatour” wins you over with a broad and diversified offer and a pronounced focus on individualized care. Rafters looking for more demanding tours should opt for “feelfree - Outdoor Professionals” since this provider is specialized on more experienced and adventuresome rafters.
2 other top providers have their bases in Sautens: “CanKick” has more than 25 years of experience and its base at the “Freizeitzentrum” is well equipped with hot showers, changing rooms and outdoor pools. Furthermore, a photo service is included on all tours. The second provider, “Natur Pur Outdoorsports”, has a spacious base camp including showering facilities as well as a beach volleyball court. With 28 years of experience, this provider is one of the pioneers of rafting in Ötztal.
“H2O Adventure” was founded in 1998 and has its base in Ried im Oberinntal, a village close to the Arlberg. The modern base camp, which includes a restaurant, a bar and a terrace, serves as a starting point for rafting tours in Ötztal as well as other regions.
“Actionclub Zillertal” has more than 20 years of experience in organizing rafting tours. Its base, which is located in Mayrhofen in the Zillertal, is the meeting point for the rafting tours in the Imster Schlucht.
That's special about rafting in Ötztal
Rafting in Ötztal enjoys a great reputation, not only in Austria but also internationally. This is mainly due to the amazing environment and the perfect conditions for rafting as well as the vast and diversified portfolio of rafting activities.
The natural beauty of the region will strike you the moment you set foot in Ötztal. Surrounded by the impressive mountain ranges of the Tyrolean Alps, the near unspoilt rivers wind through steep valleys. All routes include more demanding white water passages, such as the “Waldschlucht” or the “Constructa”, that require the full commitment of all participants as well as more steady parts, where you can lean back and enjoy the green meadows and dark forests passing by.
The offers for rafting in Ötztal also comprise some extraordinary options, designed for groups, special occasions or ambitious adventurers. Tours in a 2- or 4-man raft, for example, are a very popular option for people seeking a challenge. Due to its size, the raft is agiler but also more difficult to keep in balance. If you can bring up enough strength and stamina an intriguing and spectacular ride is certain.
The “Girls Trip” caters to the wishes of young and young-at-heart ladies. A private raft and drinks after the tour are included. Last but not least, rafting is the ideal ingredient for a memorable stag or hen party. These tours include tricky challenges the stag/hen needs to accomplish during the ride, funny costumes as well as drinks. All these tours take place in the famous “Imster Schlucht”.