Starting at a little under 2,400 metres in elevation and never dropping below 1,700 metres, this stage along the airy ridges of the Lechtal Alps will provide miles of dramatic views. After passing over the Flarschjoch ridge, the Knappenböden area and the Alperschonjoch ridge, hikers tackle the steep, rough and technical Haas-Weg trail or can opt for an easier alternative. The final push to the Kaiserjochhaus, taking you up to an elevation of 2,310 metres, is another exposed scramble with a fixed anchoring system of cables. But all that hard work is worth it. At the end of the day, the Kaiserjochhaus lodge extends a warm welcome and a sincere invite to call it a day.
Eagle View · Peak baggers may want to nab the pinnacle of the 2,388-metre Malatschkopf peak east of the Kaiserjochhaus lodge, from where the ascent starts. Steep, rough and technical, it should not be attempted by those with a fear of heights. If you can safely navigate this trail, though, the rewards of this 30-minute detour are breathtaking views of the Stanzertal Valley below.
Eagle Kick · The section across the rugged terrain south of the Vorderseespitze mountain is called the "Haas-Weg" trail. This rock scramble can be treacherous and intimidating to unseasoned hikers. The steep drop-offs and jagged flanks are assisted by a fixed anchoring system of cables; it's not dangerous, but hikers anxious on ledges may want to opt for another trail, descending from the Alperschonjoch ridge and passing Vordersee lake to get back to the original hiking trail.