Whether you're planning a day hike or a six day thru hike from Hopfgarten to Fieberbrunn, you will find the new KAT Walk to be a great outdoor experience. This 104-kilometer long walk across the gorgeous Kitzbühel Alps is broken up into six segments and offers a wide range of elevations and levels of difficulty, accommodating a variety of skill levels and hiking preferences. A number of places and experiences along the trail are so special that you’ll have the images etched into your memory for years to come: From quaint farmsteads over the world's most notorious, dangerous, blood-curdling downhill ski racecourse for men, called the "Streif" (or the "Stripe") to mouth-watering “Dumpling Tris” specialties served at Labalm Alpine Pasture Hut. If you prefer hiking in the knowledge that your luggage transfers have all been pre-arranged, consider a Kitzbühel Alps Self-Guided Walking Holiday where your luggage will be transferred.For more details on the KAT Walk please refer to: www.kat-walk.at
- Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
- Circular hike
intermediate (red mountain trails)
Elevation uphill 6,299m
Vertical metres downhill 6,057m
Best time of year
* 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.
Day 1: Hopfgarten – Kelchsau
Elevation Gain/Elevation Loss: 800/650 Meters, Hiking Time: 5 Hours, Distance: 17.5 Kilometers
Day one of this wonderful long distance trail begins with a gradual climb through groves and meadows, passing the quaint farmsteads of Penningberg. A short, level section runs toward Innerpenningberg, where the trail starts to climb to Haagalm. The ascent is moderately steep; from Haagalm it’s a gentle stroll with a few easy ups and downs to Höhenbrandalm. From there, it’s a long way down to Kelchsau on a forest road.
Day 2: Kelchsau – Windautal Valley
Elevation Gain/Elevation Loss: 1,200/1,100 Meters, Hiking Time: 6 Hours, Distance: 15.5 Kilometers
This day trek follows easy to intermediate paths and forest roads. The route has many trailside Alpine pasture huts and eateries. The ascents are moderately graded, with a few, steeper pitches. Because of an elevation gain of 1,200 meters, the rating on this hike is strenuous, but in general the grade is good with no difficult spots. On this day you will reach the highest point on the KAT Walk, Lodron Mountain, one of the best vantage spots of the Kitzbühel Alps. On a clear day, the exposed summit provides outstanding 360 degree views all around and down, from Hohe Tauern to Wilder Kaiser Ranges.
Day 3: Windautal Valley – Aschau
Elevation Gain/Elevation Loss: 1,050/900 Meters, Hiking Time: 6.5 Hours, Distance: 19 Kilometers
The trails of this segment are generally easy; the section on both sides of Hintenkarscharte Notch is intermediate. Because of distance (19 kilometers), the rating on this day trek is strenuous.
Day 4: Aschau – Kitzbühel
Elevation Gain/Elevation Loss: 1,000/1,250 Meters, Hiking Time: 6.5 Hours, Distance: 16.5 Kilometers
Footpaths winding up through wide open Alpine pastures will bring yout atop Schwarzkogelscharte Notch. From there, the trail follows the ridgeline at an elevation of almost 2,000 meters, traversing the world famous ski resort of Kitzbühel. Eventually, you will reach Hahnenkamm Mountain, from where you descend to Kitzbühel on the notorious "Streif" racecourse. Information panels stand along the downhill course, containing historic and factual information about the legendary race. The route follows intermediate trails and paths up and down; some sections are on dirt roads.
Day 5: Kitzbühel – St. Johann in Tirol
Elevation Gain/Elevation Loss: 1,250/1,350 Meters, Hiking Time: 6.5 Hours, Distance: 17 Kilometers
Day five is a strenuous hike over Kitzbüheler Horn Peak to St. Johann and definitely requires stamina. However, you can cut miles from the route and spare many meters of vertical gain and loss by taking scenic gondola rides. The efforts will be rewarded with incredible views in all directions, a wonderful Alpine Garden, a waterfall and many delightful on-mountain eateries. The descent from Kitzbüheler Horn Peak to Harschbichl follows a truly spectacular trail.
Day 6: St. Johann in Tirol – Fieberbrunn
Elevation Gain/Elevation Loss: 1,100/1,000 Meters, Hiking Time: 6.5 Hours, Distance: 18.5 Kilometers
On day six you will traverse a remote and pristine upland plateau filled with a variety of karst formations and arid Alpine pastures. You’ll wander through fields of dwarf pines and through wonderful forests and outstanding views all around will be visible for most of your hike. The route follows footpaths, meadow trails and dirt roads and is rated easy, with only a few intermediate sections.