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From hut to hut – Austria’s Karwendel crossing


From hut to hut – Austria’s Karwendel crossing

Hiking Collection by Tobi



3-6 h

/ day

32.2 mi

7,225 ft

8,650 ft

The Karwendel Nature Park is one of the most impressive regions in the Eastern Alps. The contrast between lush green valleys and rugged rock faces is breathtaking.

Other well-known highlights will make your nature-loving heart soar. The gloriously located Karwendelhaus refuge and the wide grassy plain of the Ahornboden are just two of them. And what better way to experience all this than on a hut-to-hut trek lasting several days? In this Collection, I’ve put together a crossing of the Karwendel from Scharnitz in the west to Stans in the east. It combines many of the scenic highlights of the region with overnight stays in three beautiful mountain huts.

You might be wondering why you should choose this particular route if you want to hike in the Karwendel? It's simple: on these Tours you cross the nature park from west to east and visit many special places. It’s planned in such a way that you have enough time to soak up the magic at your leisure. And let’s not forget the numerous delicacies at the huts, which should not be missed.

From the start in Scharnitz, the trail climbs steadily to the Karwendelhaus refuge, where you spend the first night. The second stage is a little more relaxed. After just under 9 kilometres (6 mi), you arrive at the newly renovated Falkenhütte. If you’re in the mood for relaxation, you can enjoy the view of the Lalider walls from the sunny terrace in the afternoon.

If you’re an ambitious mountain enthusiast with a good level of fitness, you can also start the third stage straight after a short lunch break. This leads you down into the Eng and then up to the western and eastern Lamsenjoch. Here, you can enjoy the staggering view of the Falzthurntal valley before reaching the day's destination, the Lamsenjochhütte. The final stage leads you almost exclusively downhill into the Inntal. After a short detour to the St Georgenberg monastery, you arrive in Stans.

A total of 52 kilometres (32 mi) and 2,200 metres (7,200 ft) of ascent await you on this Karwendel crossing. Even though most of the route leads along easy hiking trails, you need to be sure-footed. Experience of alpine trekking is also beneficial. Furthermore, adequate equipment and clothing are just as important as sufficient water and food for the journey.

As demand is particularly high at weekends and during holidays, you should book accommodation in the huts as early as possible. All of them are easy to book online. The huts are usually open from mid-June to September or October – depending on the weather and snow conditions. You can easily reach the start point in Scharnitz by train, which you can also use at the end of the hike. You can find more information in the Tour descriptions.

So what are you waiting for? Book your accommodation, pack your rucksack and head for the Karwendel.

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Karwendeldurchquerung von Scharnitz ins Inntal

32.1 mi

7,175 ft

8,600 ft

Last updated: January 5, 2023

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Tours & Highlights

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    Stage 1: Scharnitz to the Karwendelhaus refuge – Karwendel crossing

    10.4 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,775 ft
    75 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    On the first stage you cross the breathtaking Karwendel Valley. On the way you will meet many peacefully grazing cows, while you can look forward to a stop at the Karwendelhaus, today's destination.


    If you want, you can stroll through the nature park information center before you start - because this

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  • Expert
    5.48 mi
    1.7 mph
    1,525 ft
    1,400 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    After breakfast in the Karwendelhaus you start the second stage to the Falkenhütte. You first hike along idyllic hiking trails down to the small Ahornboden. Here you can marvel at the beautiful sycamore maple stands against the backdrop of the Hinterautal-Vomper chain. Shortly thereafter you cross a

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    7.71 mi
    1.6 mph
    2,725 ft
    2,350 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    On the third stage, the transition to the Lamsenjochhütte awaits you. You can look forward to extraordinary landscapes and views. The section also has a lot to offer in culinary terms, as you can stop off at several places along the way.


    But first, a really extensive breakfast buffet will be served to

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    8.54 mi
    1.8 mph
    200 ft
    4,850 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The last stage takes you downhill into the Inn Valley. This makes it less strenuous than the other stages, but not lacking in highlights. You will once again experience a varied landscape and with the monastery of St. Georgenberg the tour offers you a special conclusion.


    On the first section you can absorb

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    32.2 mi
  • Duration
    18:03 h
  • Elevation
    7,225 ft8,650 ft

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