© Felbert Reiter
© Felbert Reiter
Ellmauer Halt, © Peter von Felbert
Ellmauer Halt, © Peter von Felbert
Hintersteinersee Lake, © Simon Oberleitner
Hintersteinersee Lake, © Simon Oberleitner

The Emperor’s Crown – Six Day Trek around Wilder Kaiser Mountain Range

One of the crown jewels of Tirol’s multi-day walks, Kaiserkrone (The Emperor’s Crown) takes you to the heart of one of the most spectacular mountain ranges in the Alps, Wilder Kaiser Mountain Range, literally ‘Wild Emperor’. This wonderful six-day trek is of moderate difficulty and is a truly magnificent and complete experience – feel the moods of the jagged and lofty mountains, overnight in quaint mountain huts and wake up to divine sunrises. Enjoy an alpine world flush in wildflower-bursting meadows and pretty alpine lakes. Enjoy breathtaking views, too, of imposing peaks and valleys and of Chiemsee Lake and Großglockner Mountain in the distance.

  • The first section of the route follows the Eagle Walk, and is lovingly dubbed a “photo hot spot” for its amazing natural beauty and gorgeous vistas. Breathtaking views open around you as you climb above Baumgartnerköpfl Peak, famous for its ‘Mountaineer’s Grave’.
  • Destination end of day one is Grutten Hut, the highest-lying mountain lodge of Wilder Kaiser Mountain Range. A special highlight here is the newly installed Eagle View, a state-of-the-art telescope viewer that shows the names of all mountains and peaks with a digital 360° panorama display .
  • There is nothing like a pristine mountain lake for relief from summer's heat. You might find it incomparably refreshing to take a break and cool off in crystal-clear Hintersteinersee Lake.
  • Savour every moment as you explore the tastes and textures of hearty culinary delicacies at lovely on-mountain eateries, from organic food over homebrewed beer and pork roast from the wood-burning stove to cheese from an Alpine dairy.
  • Watch for chamois grazing on the grassy knolls at Kaindl Hut, towered by the lofty summits of 1,968-meter Zettenkaiser Mountain and 2,111-meter Scheffauer Peak.
  • The views of legendary Totenkirchl and Fleischbank Peaks are most dramatic from the lower vantage at Stripsenjoch Col, with perpendicular rock walls rising several hundred meters high.
  • Stripsenjochhaus Lodge is a prime spot for watching one of nature's best shows: See the sun fill the air over the lofty peaks with its warming glow—the sunrise is simply divine.

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Starting point  

Aschauerweg 35, 6353 Going am Wilden Kaiser

Finishing point

Aschauerweg 35, 6353 Going am Wilden Kaiser

Mountain chain

Kaiser Mountains

Length

65 km

Duration

6 day(s)

Features

  • Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
  • Circular hike

Difficulty rating

intermediate (red mountain trails)

Altitude

1,813m

Elevation uphill 5,000m
Vertical metres downhill 5,000m

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Trail description

The terrain is moderate and the 65-kilometer trail is broken up into six segments. Keeping a steady pace, it takes 37 hours of walking to complete the trail in six days, climbing 10,914 meters.

Regalpspitze Peak Segment – Accessed from Going Swimming Lake (Day One)
From the trailhead at Going Swimming Lake’s free car park, a forest road climbs past Graspoint Niederalm Alpine Pasture (1,075 meters) up to Upper Regalm Alpine Pasture Hut, at an elevation of 1,313 meters. From there, follow the Eagle Walk toward Gaudeamus Hut. A steep path winds through fascinating Klamml Gorge and brings you to the highest-lying mountain lodge of Wilder Kaiser Mountain Range, Gruttenhütte hut at an elevation of 1,620 meters.

Important! Due to construction work to expand and adapt the hut, it is not possible to spend the night at the Gruttenhütte in summer 2017. For information on alternative routes click here.

Treffauer Mountain Segment (Day Two)
On day two, the trail meanders through thin woods and dwarf pines and around Treffauer Mountain to idyllic Kaiser Hochalm Alpine Pasture Hut. A stop at Steiner Hochalm Alpine Pasture Hut, at an elevation of 1,257 meters, is strongly recommended. Once you are replete and refreshed, hike down across mixed forest to scenic, spring-fed Hintersteinersee Lake, which has a picture-postcard setting wrapped along the rock faces of rugged and lofty Wilder Kaiser Mountain Range at an elevation of 883 meters. Perfect to cool off on a hot summers day!

Zettenkaiserkopf Peak Segment (Day Three)
On the third day of this enjoyable tour, skirt the south shore of the lake on a forest road. A trail winds from the west end of the lakeside up to Walleralm. On your way, you’ll traverse awesome, wide open alpine meadows on foot of Zettenkaiserkopf Peak. Climb the meadows steadily uphill and come to the cross on the summit of Hochegg (1,470 meters). From there, a path winds across a scenic upland plateau to Kaindl Hut, situated at an elevation of 1,293 meters.

Sonneck Segment (Day Four)
Bettlersteig Path, which has permanently fixed cables for protection, takes you down into Kaisertal Valley past two ravines and brings you to Anton-Karg Lodge (829 Meters). From there, a footpath climbs creeks and brooks and some stepping stones to Hans-Berger Lodge (936 meters). Another path heads steeply upslope and brings you to Stripsenjochhaus Lodge at an elevation of 1,577 meters, passing fields of dwarf pines. From the lodge, there are uninterrupted panoramic views of jagged and prominent Totenkirchl and Predigtstuhl Peaks.

Lärcheggspitze Spire Segment (Day Five)
From Stripsenjochhaus, scale 1,807-meter Stripsenkopf Peak and continue walking past Feldberg and Scheibenbichlberg and down into pristine Kaiserbachtal Valley to Griesenau. Gorgeous vistas of rugged Wilder Kaiser Range in the South and of the shimmering waters of Chiemsee Lake in the North will be visible for most of your hike. Eventually, follow Engelbach Brook on a forest road to Gasteig.

Maukspitze Spire Segment (Day Six)
From Gasteig, towered by prominent Maukspitze Peak, follow a forest road southwards until it emerges onto Wilder Kaiser Path. Passing Niederkaiser you will reach Graspoint-Hochalm and Graspoint Niederalm (1,075 meters) with the loop bringing you back to the swimming lake of Going.

For more details on the six segments, access and alternative routes, on-mountain eateries and accommodations please refer to www.wilderkaiser.info/kaiserkrone.

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Your destination address: Hüttling bei der Aschingerkapelle, Going

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