Ellmauer Halt, © TVB Wilder Kaiser
Ellmauer Halt, © TVB Wilder Kaiser

The “Iron Crown”: Wilder Kaiser Three Day Tour

In this three day trip named “Eisenkrone” (literally ‘Iron Crown’), you will traverse over five via ferratas and scale six mountain peaks. You will visit the highest-lying mountain lodge of Wilder Kaiser Mountain Range, Grutten Hut, reach the highest summit of Wilder Kaiser Mountain Range, Ellmauer Halt at 2,344 meters, and experience some of the most remote edges of the Wilder Kaiser Mountain Wilderness. This hard alpine tour is demanding and should only be attempted by those who are physically fit, sure footed, comfortable on unstable ground and have appropriate mountaineering and via ferrata climbing skills and experience. But for those interested in getting gorgeous vistas of Wilder Kaiser Range, the Kitzbühel Alps, of Hohe Tauern Range in the South and of the shimmering waters of Chiemsee Lake in the North, the views are worth the extra effort.

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Starting point  

Going Swimming Lake

Finishing point

Scheffau, Village Center

Mountain chain

Kaiser Mountains

Length

30.2 km

Duration

3 day(s)

Features

  • Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
  • Circular hike

Difficulty rating

difficult (black trails)

Altitude

2,344m 740m

Elevation uphill 3,990m
Vertical metres downhill 3,960m

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.

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Trail description

Day 1: Going Swimming Lake - Ellmauer Tor – Grutten Hut
From the trailhead at Going Swimming Lake’s free car park, forest road #817 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 Wilder-Kaiser Trail #827 as it climbs steeply uphill across Alpine pastures. As the track climbs there are stunning views of the surrounding mountain scenery. A steep path leads to the summit of 1,572-meter Brennender Palven Peak, which is as well named Baumgartnerköpfl. From the peak, take Wilder-Kaiser Trail #823 that winds towards Ellmauer Tor through scree and talus slopes and dwarf pine fields. At the junction into Ellmauer Tor, beneath the southeast faces of Vordere Karlsspitze Pinnacle, take the fork onto rugged and exposed Jubiläumssteig (literally, ‘Anniversary Trail’). At the next junction, head southeast and follow Trail #824. A short descent through Klamml Gully brings you to the trailhead of the via ferrata, which was newly established here in 2013. The lower section is rated B/C; while the upper part, which is accessible by a spectacular zipline, is rated C/D (absolute sure-footedness and freedom from vertigo necessary). From the end of the via ferrata, it’s only a short walk to the highest-lying mountain lodge of Wilder Kaiser Mountain Range, Grutten Hut at an elevation of 1,620 meters.

Day 2: Grutten Hut - Ellmauer Halt - Hans-Berger Lodge
Grutten Hut is the perfect base for summiting Ellmauer Halt, the highest summit of Wilder Kaiser Mountain Range at 2,344 meters. Rated B/C, Gamsängersteig Path ascends Jagerwand Face by means of 74 irons and takes you directly to the summit from where there are uninterrupted panoramic views. The long descent begins with Kaiserschützen Via Ferrata #820, rated B/C. The climbing path has its trailhead just slightly beneath the summit and heads northwest to a deep hollow between Ellmauer Halt and Gamshalt. For fit hikers, there’s an optional detour to 2,291-meter Gamshalt and/or 2,116-meter Kleine Halt Peaks, good viewpoints for Wilder Kaiser Range. From Kleine Halt walk down to Oberer Scharlinger Boden and follow Trail #813, walled by jagged rock faces, to Hans-Berger Lodge or continue for another 20 minutes until you get to Anton-Karg Lodge. The chilly waters of Kaiserbach Brook are perfect to cool off your feet after a long day of hiking. Afterwards, relax on the ample outdoor patio.

Day 3: Hans-Berger Lodge - Unteres Gamskarköpfl - Scheffau
Day 3 begins by accessing the Kufstein Via Ferrata. Difficulty rating is between A and C, with some short sections rated D. To top it all, this via ferrata has a very steep middle section, followed by a very exposed traverse right beneath the summit of 1,975-meter Unterer Gamskarköpfl Peak, which marks the end of this climbing route. From the peak, return onto Güttlersteig Path #821 and follow it for one hour to Sonneck (2,260 meters). The south-facing descent runs from Kopfkraxen to Wiesberg and down on foot of Sonnenstein Mountain to Kaiser-Hochalm (closed). Take Eagle Walk #821 and #823 until you get to the junctions towards the south and walk past Kaiserniederalm to Hinterschießlingalm Alpine Pasture Hut. A final walk across awesome Rehbach Gorge takes you to Scheffau, the destination end of this three day Wilder Kaiser trekking adventure.

During the warm summer months, complimentary buses to Going run every hour (“Kaiser Jet”, a hiker’s shuttle bus service linking the village resorts of Söll, Scheffau, Ellmau and Going).

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Your destination address: Aschauerweg 35, Going am Wilden Kaiser

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