Eagle Walk Stage 5, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
Eagle Walk Stage 5, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
Eagle Walk Stage 5, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
Eagle Walk Stage 5, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
Eagle Walk Stage 5, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
Eagle Walk Stage 5, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
Eagle Walk Stage 5, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
Eagle Walk Stage 5, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz

Eagle Walk Stage 05: Gasthof Buchacker - Pinegg

This walk is largely for those who love hiking uphill, steeply! The gradient will keep you busy as you follow the trails up, up, up. However, all that hard work is certainly worth the effort thanks to the majestic views of the Rofan Mountains. Plessenberg mountain, also called “Blessinger” by the locals, is part of the “triple treat” comprising the Kienberg, Plessenberg and Heuberg peaks, which are located in close proximity to one another. Once you have summitted this peak and the easier Kienberg, an area with the tempting name “Einkehrboden” – "retreat area" – awaits. However, for a bite to eat and warm bed you will have to wait until you get to Pinegg, the destination of this stage. We recommend the Gwercherwirt inn. Pinegg is a part of Brandenberg, an idyllic settlement on a sunny plateau.

Interesting Facts

Eagle View ·Two mountains offering magnificent views take centre stage on this beautiful but demanding stage: the 1,743-metre Plessenberg and the Kienberg. The latter is actually 43 metres higher, but from the Inn Valley it is the Plessenberg that seems more impressive than the two adjacent peaks of the Heuberg and the Kienberg.

Eagle Kick ·The Eagle Kick in this hike is definitely more about the journey than the destination. The trail taking you up to the top of the Plessenberg peak is rated difficult (black), supported by a fixed anchoring system of cables, steps and ladders. This hike should only be attempted by those who are sure footed, comfortable on unstable ground and have appropriate mountaineering skills and experience.

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Starting point  

Gasthof Buchacker

Finishing point

Gwercherwirt (Pinegg)

Mountain chain

Brandenberg Alps (Rofan)

Length

18 km

Approximate hiking time

6h

Features

  • Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
  • Circular hike

Difficulty rating

difficult (black trails)

Altitude

1,770m 670m

Elevation uphill 980m
Vertical metres downhill 1,630m

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: Gasthof Buchacker (closed Mondays, no overnight stay possible from Sunday to Monday; from Monday to Tuesday overnight stay possible from 17:00, but please book in advance)

From the Gasthof Buchacker inn it is a gentle downhill stroll along a forest road until you reach a turnoff. Bear right towards “Hasatal” and continue walking. At the next fork aim left and head up, then right onto a signed track (“Nachbergalmen”). Climbing steeply, the trail works its way up to Nachberg Hochleger and across wide open alpine pastures to the Ascherjoch ridge at an elevation of 1,458 metres. This is where your vertical adventure is just beginning, taking you up, up, up  to the top of the 1,743-metre Plessenberg mountain, assisted by a fixed anchoring system of cables, steps and ladders. Catch your breath and scan the horizon. Savour one of the finest vantage points for admiring the rugged and lofty Kaiser Mountains. And if you can ever move your eyes away from these mesmerising mountains, a multitude of others demand your attention as well, from the Kitzbühel Alps and Rofan Mountains to the Zillertal Alps and Stubai Alps. If the weather is clear, you’ll even have views of Großglockner and Großvenediger, two of Austria's highest mountains. Walk down to Heubergsattel ridge and bear right towards Kienberg. The trail works its way up to the summit of Kienberg mountain through dwarf pine fields. At an elevation of 1,786 metres, this is the highest point on this stage. And from the highest elevation, the only way is down! Keep heading down along wide open alpine pastures, passing the two huts of Einkehralm and Heubrandalm, with a short, steep plunge from “Prama” to Pinegg at the end. Enjoy a hearty dinner at the Gasthof Gwercherwirt inn and call it a day, surrounded by the awesome beauty of the Brandenberg Valley.

Finishing point: Gasthof Gwercherwirt (Brandenberg)

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