On this stage 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 also long at about 14 kilometres, and more than mere time is required for this trek; you'll also need excellent fitness. The trail climbs steeply from the 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 the Birkkarhütte (emergency 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 steep descent takes you into the lovely Hinterautal Valley, where you can catch your breath while ambling along a gently graded forest road. Parallel to the cascading Lafatscherbach stream, the trail heads to Lafatscher Niederleger with its quaint hut. Soon after, it branches off towards the Hallerangerhaus, the destination end of the most challenging Eagle Walk stage in the Karwendel Mountains.
Eagle View ·Tucked into the forests, a beautiful gorge has been carved out by the Lafatscherbach stream. A white-ribboned waterfall streams down a cliff next to the hunting lodge below the Lafatscher mountain. 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. This is also the area where the Isar river has its source.
Eagle Kick ·On this walk you can propel yourself back to an age when it took time to reach coveted summits and high ridges, just like “peak bagger” Hermann von Barth. The craggy Birkkarspitze mountain is the most prominent peak in the Karwendel Mountains and towers over it at the maximum elevation of 2,749 metres. 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.
Tip! There is a Black Diamond Service Station at the Karwendelhaus, where hikers who have broken a walking pole or lost a glove can get a free replacement.