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’.
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.