© Tirol Werbung/Holger Gassler
© Tirol Werbung/Holger Gassler
© Tirol Werbung/Holger Gassler
© Tirol Werbung/Holger Gassler
© Tirol Werbung/Holger Gassler
© Tirol Werbung/Holger Gassler
Eagle Walk Stage 11: Hallerangerhaus, © Tirol Werbung/Holger Gassler
Eagle Walk Stage 11: Hallerangerhaus, © Tirol Werbung/Holger Gassler

Eagle Walk Stage 11: Karwendelhaus Lodge - Hallerangerhaus Lodge

Excelsior! On this walk, you will find yourself in a world almost as far removed as you can get from the forested valleys below. It's steep, brushy, challenging and technical. It’s a long journey at about 14 kilometres, and more than mere time is required for this trek; you'll also need excellent endurance and a good cardiovascular system. The trail climbs steeply from Karwendelhaus Lodge to the high ridgeline. Once aloft on those airy plains, you'll be in a true Alpine environment. The scramble route starts at Schlauchkar Cirque. Here, the trail becomes increasingly rock-laden, slowing your pace as you clamber up and around talus and scree slopes and you'll have to cross a snowfield. Beyond Birkkar Refuge, the final push to the summit of Birkkarspitze is an exposed scramble that contours along the western ridge of the mountain, assisted by a fixed anchoring system of cables. A knee-jarring descent takes you into lovely Hinterautal Valley, where you can catch your breath while ambling along a gently graded forest road. Parallel to the cascading Lafatscherbach Brook, the trail heads to Lafatscher Niederleger with its quaint Alpine Pasture Hut. Soon after, it branches off towards Hallerangerhaus Lodge and Alpine Pasture Hut, the destination end of what is often called the Eagle Walk's ‘hardest mile’.

Interesting Facts

Eagle View ·You will see plenty of gorgeous scenery along this walk: Tucked into the forests, a beautiful gorge has been carved out by Lafatscherbach Brook. A white-ribboned waterfall is streaming down a cliff next to the Hunting Lodge below Lafatscher. And don’t miss out on the “landmark” of Halleranger Alpine Pasture, a tiny chapel set against the backdrop of majestic mountains which allude to even higher destinations. Halleranger Alpine Pasture Hut is as well the place where Isar River has its headwaters.

Eagle Kick ·On this walk you can propel yourself back in time to when it took time to reach coveted summits and high ridges, just like “peak bagger” Hermann von Barth: Craggy Birkkarspitze Peak is the most prominent peak in the Karwendel Range and towers over it at the maximum elevation of 2,749 metres. But, it's a tough calling and a real calorie burner! The way is steep, rugged and entails a whole lot of vertical rise, assisted by a fixed anchoring system of cables in places. Do not summit it if you are prone to vertigo or are the least bit uncomfortable.

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Starting point  

Karwendelhaus Lodge

Finishing point

Hallerangerhaus Lodge

Mountain chain

Karwendel Mountains

Length

14 km

Approximate hiking time

8 h 30 min

Features

  • Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
  • Circular hike

Difficulty rating

difficult (black trails)

Altitude

2,750m 1,200m

Elevation uphill 1,440m
Vertical metres downhill 1,450m

Fitness level

Technique

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* These are approximate values and recommendations. Please take your personal fitness level, technical ability and the current weather conditions into account. Tirol Werbung cannot guarantee that the information provided is correct and accepts no liability.

Eagle Walk

This is a stage of the Eagle Walk, Tirol's most famous long-distance hiking trail.

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Trail description

Starting point: Karwendelhaus

The way-marked path to Birkkarspitze Peak starts right next to Karwendelhaus Lodge. This trail starts off very steep and you’ll make your way around and up the cliffs assisted by a fixed anchoring system of cables. The rugged terrain leads through dwarf pines and avalanche barriers. The next stage of the trail is not as steep as the previous. It leads to the southeast towards Schlauchkar Cirque that seems to be never-ending. You will pass a trail that branches off towards Hochalmkreuz Cross (to the left) and another fork that leads to Brendelsteig Path (to the right). Do not change directions here and continue the path uphill through the cirque. This is a demanding trail that takes you through rough, rugged terrain dotted by rock cairns. The path continues upward at a character-building grade with the last section towards Schlauchkarsattel Saddleback leading to the southwest. At this stage you usually have to cross a (frequently very hard) snowfield. The best thing to do is to follow the footsteps. From Schlauchkarsattel Saddleback (elev. 2,639m), walk past Birkkar Refuge and climb along the western ridge on a demanding trail that is assisted by a fixed anchoring system of cables. You will then reach the summit of 2,749-metre Birkkarspitze with its cross. From the top, retrace your steps to Schlauchkarsattel Saddleback and continue downhill on the southern side of the mountain. This steep descent towards Western Birkkar Cirque has fixed cables as well. There is a well-maintained – partly very steep – path leading through the cirque that takes you through talus. Walk down to Birkkarbach Creek and follow the left bank of the creek downstream, straight ahead into Hinterautal Valley until you reach the forest road. Walking along the valley floor, follow signage to “Kastenalm” and/or “Hallerangerhaus”. You will pass Kastenalm Alpine Pasture Hut and Kasten Hunting Lodge to your right.

Trailside Eateries: Kastenalm Alpine Pasture Hut, Hallerangeralm Alpine Pasture Hut

This section is followed by a steep ascent through thinning forest overlooking Lafatscherbach Brook. You will then reach a high valley which is an even path leading gently uphill parallel to Lafatscherbach Brook. Having passed the hunting lodge, the trail will become steeper, leading through the Alpine meadows of Lafatscher-Niederleger and past the rustic Alpine pasture hut. Walk along the meadows and take the right fork towards “Hallerangerhaus” (left: Hallerangeralm – either is in a walking distance of 10 minutes). After this last climb you have reached the destination end of this walk, Hallerangerhaus Lodge at an elevation of 1,768 metres, a popular base for mountaineers amid the rugged mountains of Karwendel Alpine Park.

Finishing point: Hallerangerhaus

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