The rewards along this walk are great—stunning natural scenery, outstanding views, and clean air—but be prepared to work for every view you get. From Bonn-Matreier-Hütte Hut climb across talus and rock-laden terrain, slowing your pace as you clamber up to Säulkopf Peak. If you don’t want to summit it, head north to gain narrow Kälberscharte Crest and steep Galtenscharte Notch. The trail is a bit rough and can be hard to follow in places; but you’ll get your first occasional glimpses of majestic Großglockner. Clamber up and around large granite boulders at Galtenboden; and if you are up for the extra effort, summit Hohe Achsel Peak on a demanding trail that is assisted by a fixed anchoring system of cables. As you near Badener Hütte Hut, you’ll be greeted by a murmuring brook. The striking rock face above the hut resembles the notorious Eiger North Face and pays scenic dividends to tenacious trekkers.
Eagle View ·If the weather is clear, you can savour one of the finest vantages for admiring spiralling Großvenediger Peak's sprawling sparkling glacier from the top of Säulkopfgipfel. And if you can ever move your eyes away from this mesmerizing mountain, a multitude of others demand your attention as well, from close-ups of Großglockner Range all the way to the Central Alps and the jagged peaks of the Dolomites.
Eagle Kick ·Galtenscharte Notch is an Alpine traverse and a demanding scramble section across rock-laden terrain, slowing your pace as you clamber up and around large granite boulders. The tread is poor and consists of loose rock in places; in return, you’ll get a superb panorama of nearly every peak of the Tauern National Park.