The Allgäu Alps are known for their variety. Rough, rocky ridges, steep grassy slopes, a perfectly prepared network of trails and a particularly speciose Flora. Hikers can stretch their legs in countless mountain huts and rely on a large number of cable cars should their strength fail entirely. Add to that high ascents, breathtaking descents and stunning panoramic views, and you can't ask for a better place to spend your hiking holidays at. We've compiled 8 of the most challenging summits you can find in the alpine regions of the Allgäu.
The ascent of the Großer Widderstein is advisable from Baad in the counterclockwise direction. Up to and from the actual entry is a mountain tour without much difficulty. Ascent in the summit channel demands surefootedness and mindfulness, especially due to loose scree. Attention: in the summer months heavily frequented.
Refreshments Ascent: Bärgünthütte
Refreshments Descent: Upper Widdersteinhütte, Hinter Gemsteltalalpe, Gestell-Schönebodenalpe, Vordergemsteltal (Insider's tip), Tonisgemsteltalalpe
The Gaishorn is with 2,249 meters the highest mountain in the Tannheimer valley and the climb is a great mountain tour. If you do not want to get on and off the same way, you should climb over the longer path from north to the summit. The serpentine path over the boulder field, which leads here to the summit, is quite uncomfortable in the descent, while the way south to the Vilsalpe runs mainly over Berwiesen.
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Impressive panoramic view over the Haldensee and the Tannheimer valley and on the imposing Gimpel wall. After crossing the Kars between Gimpel and Rot Flüh the rocky, but well secured climb to the summit begins. Here you can watch the chamois and their climbing skills, as well as the climbers trying on the Gimpel wall.
The starting point is the hiking car park between Haller and Nesselwängle (subject to charge).
Refreshments on the ascent and descent in Gimpelhaus (gimpelhaus.at). The Gimpelhaus also offers accommodation (open in the summer months).
The tour on the Mädelegabel between Kemptener hut and Rappenseehütte is just in connection with the Heilbronner way (connection between Rappenseehütte and Waltenberger house) a fantastic lookout in the Allgäu high Alps. In the area of the so-called Vorderen Bockkar you can also see ibexes.
Refreshments and accomodation: Kemptener Hütte (kemptner-huette.de), Rappenseehütte (rappenseehuette.de), Enzianhütte (enzianhuette-oberstdorf.de), Waltenberger Haus (dav-allgaeu-immenstadt.de waltenberger-haus.html), Gasthof Einödsbach (www.einoedsbach)
The highest summit of the Allgäu Alps can be planned as a day tour if you are in good condition. In the tub between Krottenkopfscharte and Mädelejoch you can watch marmots again and again. However, one should not disregard the approach to Elbigenalp (ascent from the Austrian side) or in the Spielmannszug. In the Spielmannsau you can also by taxi from Oberstdorf (about 22 €) shuttles.
Refreshments and overnight accommodation: Hermann-von-Barth Hütte (hermann-von-barth.at) on the ascent or ascent via Elbigenalp, Kemptener Hütte (kemptner-huette.de), Berggasthof Spielmannsau (www.spielmannsau-berggasthof .com)
Tip: Take Bergkäs from the Oberauhütte, at the end of the Spielmannszug
The ascent over the beggar's back is a real insider tip. The Kreuzeck offers with its green, flower-strewn back a not ordinary sight on the grandiose panorama of the Allgäu High Alps. The round about the Krottenspitzen to Kemptener hut (overnight accommodation) and back to Spielmannsau is an absolute enjoyment and comparatively little committed. That's why chamois are good for climbing in rocky terrain.
The approach to the starting point, the Gasthof Spielmannsau, is recommended by bike.
Refreshments: Gasthof Spielmannsau, Kemptener Hütte, Oberau hut.
The Aggenstein is, especially in the summer months, a well-traveled mountain with a great all-round view. Therefore, climbing is recommended very early or late in the season. Around the Bad Kissingen hut and on the last meters to the summit there are a lot of chamois.
Starting point (south route): Wanderparkplatz "Enge", shortly after Grän in the direction of Pfronten (chargeable).
Refreshments: Bad Kissinger hut (dav-kg.de/bad-kissinger-huette) with accommodation.
For the wonderful flower hike to Laufbacher Eck, the ascent from Oberstdorf with the Nebelhornbahn is recommended. Accompanied by the whistling of the marmots and the Höfats towering over the Oytal, one can simply enjoy the high-altitude hike to the Laufbacher Eck. After descending the Himmelecksattel, we recommend a stop at the Käseralpe (delicious snack plate). If you want to escape the long way back from the Oytal, borrow a mountain scooter and drive the valley out to the starting point.
Refreshments: Käseralpe, Untere Gutenalpe, Oytalhaus