This demanding three day trek travels the upper ranges of the Lechtal Alps. You’ll reach peaks exceeding 3,000 meters. The rewards for reaching the summits of these giants between Lechtal and Inntal Valleys? Some of the most breathtaking uninterrupted panoramic views of Tirol’s mountains and glaciers you'll find anywhere in the country. And some of the most precious Alpine moments. The serious climbs on this tour involve crossing talus and slabs, conquering peaks and climbing on exposed ridges and require technical climbing abilities, mountaineering experience and careful footing.
Bach in Lechtal Valley
Bach in Lechtal Valley
- Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
- Circular hike
difficult (black trails)
Elevation uphill 2,190m
Vertical metres downhill 2,415m
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: Bach-Kaisers (by bus) – Leutkircher Hut – Kaiserjochhaus Lodge
Elevation Gain/Elevation Loss: 1,200/400 meters | Hiking Time: 6½ hours | Distance: 12.5 kilometers | Highest Elevation: 2,430 meters | Trail Rating: Difficult (black)
From Bach, ride a bus to Steeg and on to the tiny hamlet of Kaisers (you can get to Kaisers by bus as well if you please; exit at Gasthaus Vallugablick Inn). At Kaisers, walk into Almajurtal Valley until you reach Bodenalpe Alpine Pasture Hut. Here turn left onto a singletrack trail and head southwards. Walk on for a while, pass Almajuralpe Alpine Pasture Hut, leave the trees and enter the Alpine, wide open world of Leutkircher Hut. From the hut, climb atop Winterjöchl Col and walk along the loamy spine of the ridge to Kaiserjochhaus Lodge.
Day 2: Kaiserjochhaus Lodge – Ansbacher Hut
Elevation Gain/Elevation Loss: 600/550 meters | Hiking Time: 5 hours | Distance: 9 kilometers | Highest Elevation: 2,482 meters | Trail Rating: Difficult (black)
From Kaiserjochhaus Lodge it’s a short climb through meadows before the trail heads across rugged terrain to Kridlonscharte Notch (elev. 2,371m) with easy ups and downs. Continue walking along the northern side of Aperriesspitze Peak until you get to Hinterseejoch Col (elev. 2,482m). In the last section, the trail vigorously winds up towards the col. Beyond the col, the path vigorously plunges to descend to Vordersee Lake. There, turn left onto Haasweg Trail that gently climbs atop Alperschonjoch Col (elev. 2,301m). Another gentle climb brings you atop Flarschjoch (elev. 2,464m), before a short and steep descent takes you down to Ansbacher Hut. This lovely mountain shelter is located on a grass-grown ridge with great views high above Stanzertal Valley.
Day 3: Ansbacher Hut – Madau-Bach (by minivan)
Elevation Gain/Elevation Loss: 350/1,400 meters | Hiking Time: 5 hours | Distance: 12.5 kilometers | Highest Elevation: 2,682 meters | Trail Rating: Difficult (black)
From Ansbacher Hut, walk until a signed (“Memminger Hütte, Augsburger Hütte”) track heads to the right and climbs atop Kopfscharte Notch (elev. 2,484m). Continue walking along the north-west flank of Stierkopf Mountain for about one kilometer until you reach Winterjoch Col (elev. 2,528m). Beyond the notch, another 150 vertical meters have to be gained to get to the pinnacle of 2,682-meter Grießlscharte Notch. From there, the route winds down to the valley through Langkar Cirque. It traverses scree slopes in the beginning before winding down to Parseierbach Brook in switchbacks. Follow the trail on the left side of the brook first and then take a path leading over a footbridge and out of the valley. Keep on this path until you get to the material ropeway of Memminger Hut. The route follows a narrow, loamy and in wet conditions slippery singletrack trail. Cross the brook again at the material ropeway where the trail emerges in a forest road. At the concrete bridge, take the right fork to “Alpengasthof Hermine” in Madau. A ten minute walk will bring you down to this place of awesome natural beauty. There’s a wonderful charisma about this mountain settlement that makes you want to linger just a little longer. A 7-kilometer minivan service will bring you back to Bach in Lechtal Valley.