Eagle Walk Stage O4: Badener Hütte, © Badener Hütte
Eagle Walk Stage O4: Badener Hütte, © Badener Hütte
Eagle Walk Stage O4: Bonn-Matreier-Hütte, © Raimund Mühlburger
Eagle Walk Stage O4: Bonn-Matreier-Hütte, © Raimund Mühlburger

Eagle Walk Stage O4: Bonn-Matreier Hütte - Badener Hütte

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.

Interesting Facts

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.

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Starting point  

Bonn-Matreier-Hut

Finishing point

Badener Hut

Mountain chain

Venediger Mountains

Length

10 km

Approximate hiking time

5h

Features

  • Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
  • Circular hike

Difficulty rating

difficult (black trails)

Altitude

2,870m 2,240m

Elevation uphill 800m
Vertical metres downhill 950m

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: Bonn-Matreier-Hütte

From Bonn-Matreier Hut, walk up for about 10 minutes and take the right fork at the signpost. Traverse a rocky trough on your way to the slanting, jagged crags of Kälberscharte Crest (elev. 2,791m). The trail up both sides of the crest, the crossing into Kleines Niltal Valley and the steep climb atop Galtenscharte Notch are assisted by stone steps and a fixed anchoring system of cables, making it relatively easy to negotiate. From the notch, the trail drops down 600 metres, steeply and demanding, to reach Mailfroßnitzbach Creek. The upper section of the steep tread is assisted by a fixed anchoring system of cables;  snow may remain until summer in the steep middle section. If the tread is snow-free, the trail is well-defined. When you reach the creek, the steep grade lessens. The trail continues some 40 metres beneath the bridge across Mailfroßnitzbach Creek and heads north high above Froßnitztal Valley along the grassy slopes of Hohe Achsel Peak. The terrain varies greatly, passing rivulets and streams; some sections are assisted by a fixed anchoring system of cables. You'll get to explore a quiet little tarn set in a moraine-scoured cirque at the head of Achsel. This is where the Venediger High Trail intercepts the Valley Trail. The route proceeds towards “Badener Hütte”, traversing lateral moraines and eventually crossing Froßnitzbach Creek on a footbridge. Amble along ridges and through hollows, and thrill at the views, both at your feet and off to the horizon. Watch for white-tailed ptarmigans, a member of the grouse family that makes this beautiful but harsh Alpine environment its home. Eventually, you’ll get to the lateral moraine of Froßnitzkees Glacier; bear right and continue walking to reach the destination of this walk,  Badener Hut at Großvenediger Mountain, situated at an elevation of 2,608 metres.

Finishing point: Badener Hut

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Your destination address: 2, Matrei in Osttirol

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