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