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 interested in heading up, steeply. The grade will keep you busy as you follow trails up, up, up. However, it more than makes up for the efforts with superior views; views to knock off your sweaty socks. Hike from lush pastures into remote Alpine terrain in the Rofan Mountains. Plessenberg Mountain, also called “Blessinger” by the locals, is part of the “triple star” Kienberg, Plessenberg and Heuberg Peaks, which are located in close proximity to one another. Once you have surmounted this peak and the easier Kienberg Peak, an area with the tempting name “Einkehrboden” – retreat area – awaits. However, for a bite to eat and an overnight stay, you will have to wait until you get to Pinegg, the destination of this segment – at Gwercherwirt Inn if you can. Pinegg is a part of Brandenberg – an idyllic holiday resort on a sunny upland plateau.

Interesting Facts

Eagle View ·Two mountains offering magnificent views take center stage in this beautiful but demanding segment: 1,743-metre Plessenberg Peak and Kienberg Peak. The latter is 43 metres higher, however, from Inntal Valley, Plessenberg Peak seems more impressive than its two counterparts, Heuberg and Kienberg Peaks.

Eagle Kick ·The Eagle Kick in this hike is definitely more about the journey than the destination; it is the vertical adventure taking you up atop Plessenberg Peak along a black-rated trail, assisted 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 Inn (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

Best time of year

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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 Buchacker Mountain 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 (“Nachbergalmen”) track. Climbing steeply, the trail works its way up Nachberg Hochleger and across wide open Alpine pastures to Ascherjoch Col at an elevation of 1,458 metres. This is where your vertical adventure is just beginning, taking you up, up, up  atop 1,743-metre Plessenberg Peak, assisted by a fixed anchoring system of cables, steps and ladders. Catch your breath and scan the horizon. Savour one of the finest vantages for admiring rugged and lofty Kaiser Mountain Range. And if you can ever move your eyes away from these mesmerizing mountains, a multitude of others demand your attention as well, from the Kitzbühel Alps and Rofan Range to Zillertal and Stubai Alps. If the weather is clear, you’ll even have views of Großglockner and Großvenediger Mountains. Walk down to Heubergsattel Col and bear right towards Kienberg. The trail works its way up to the summit of Kienberg Peak through dwarf pine fields. At an elevation of 1,786 metres, this is the highest point on this walk. And from the highest elevation, the only way is down: Keep heading down along wide open Alpine pastures, passing Einkehralm and Heubrandalm Alpine Pasture Huts, with a short, steep plunge from “Prama” to Pinegg at the end. Enjoy dinner at Gwercherwirt Inn and call it a day, surrounded by the awesome beauty of Brandenberg Valley.

Finishing point: Gasthof Gwercherwirt (Brandenberg)

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