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Karwendel and Wetterstein — 10 days in the realm of climbing pioneers

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Karwendel and Wetterstein — 10 days in the realm of climbing pioneers

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9-19

days

3-6 h

/ day

87.7 mi

29,300 ft

27,925 ft

Leaving the hustle and bustle of the Ahornboden behind, you make your way up to Enger Grund. On the green slopes, a herd of chamois watches you with interest as they graze. The north face of the Grubenkarspitze, which forms a semicircle around Enger Grund, grows ever steeper above you. Your gaze slowly follows the steep rocks up to the summit and the more than 1,000-meter high (3,200 feet) wall takes your breath away. Suddenly, in the silence of the mountains, you hear calls from the rock face above you. You scan the wall for signs of life, and you discover two tiny figures hanging high up on the rockface. And despite your safety on terra firma, your heartbeat increases and your hands start to sweat. Time seems to stand still as you follow the climbers on their journey—until they reach the top of the Grubenkarspitze with a cheer that echoes through the land.

The rock faces of the Karwendel and Wetterstein Mountains have been the most popular places for the most adventurous climbers since the beginning of Alpine climbing in the early 20th century. This is where the best of their generation climbed and discovered new and more complicated routes in the walls.

This multi-day hike leads you in ten stages through the most beautiful valleys and along the most famous climbing walls of Karwendel and Wetterstein massif. Included are the ascents to the most beautiful peaks, which you can reach safely even without climbing equipment. On a 129 -kilometer (80-mile) stretch, you will climb around 9,000 meters (30,000 feet) in altitude. The route is designed in such a way that you can easily skip or add summit climbs. In addition, the sixth stage ends in Scharnitz, which, thanks to its railway station, is ideally suited to divide your Tour into two stages lasting several days. So, all you have to do is decide whether you want to spend four, six or ten days on the trail before you set off with your mountain boots and your backpack into the realm of climbing pioneers.

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Karwendel and Wetterstein — 10 days in the realm of climbing pioneers

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26,975 ft

25,525 ft

Last updated: December 14, 2021

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  • Difficult
    04:43
    7.27 mi
    1.5 mph
    4,625 ft
    0 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On your first stage you start your hike at Schwaz train station in the Inn Valley. After leaving behind the small town of Fiecht, the tour leads you into Stallental, a narrow side valley of the Inntall. The Stallenbach has formed here over time a ten-kilometer-long valley with towering cliffs.

    

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  • Difficult
    05:19
    8.43 mi
    1.6 mph
    1,425 ft
    3,775 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Your second stage takes you over the eastern and western Lamsenjoch to the Engtal. Before you descend, you can still admire the spectacular view of Engtal and Ahornboden from the top of the Hahnenkamplspitze.

    

    On serpentines we descend to the Binsalm, where you can take a comfortable break to get acquainted

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  • Difficult
    05:43
    9.19 mi
    1.6 mph
    3,650 ft
    1,825 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The third day awaits you with a wild and romantic mountain landscape.

    

    From Almdorf Eng the trail leads you up to the Hohljoch. On your way up, you will run parallel to the walls of the Grubenkarspitze and the Spritzkarspitze, which jut out into the sky above the Narrow Reason.

    

    Shortly after leaving the

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  • Difficult
    08:10
    9.48 mi
    1.2 mph
    4,700 ft
    4,800 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    On your fourth stage, a unique summit awaits you. From Karwendelhaus it goes through the steep and demanding Schlauchkar up to the promising Schlauchkarsattel. The Schlauchkar is at the beginning still good to commit, from a certain height, the scree is finer and in early summer are sometimes even smaller

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  • Difficult
    06:46
    7.79 mi
    1.1 mph
    4,350 ft
    3,875 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Your fifth day begins at the foot of some of the most popular climbing walls of the Karwendel. In the southeast, the massive speckkarspitze towers up. Here, the climbers on the one hand for the vertical and smooth limestone walls of the cut wall and on the other for a rough gully, which is climbed in

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  • Difficult
    05:37
    11.7 mi
    2.1 mph
    200 ft
    3,350 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The sixth stage rewards you with an absolute pleasure hike. On comfortable trails, it goes through the picturesque Samertal valley down to the Gleirschtal. The narrow valley is nestled between the high peaks of the Erlspitz group in the west, the Nordkette in the south and the Gleirsch-Halltal chain

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  • Difficult
    05:42
    7.31 mi
    1.3 mph
    3,225 ft
    2,750 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    On the seventh day you leave behind the Karwendelgebirge and enter the Wetterstein Mountains. On today's tour you cross the Arnspitzgruppe. This compact and free-standing mountain range separates the Leutasch Valley from the Isar Valley and is already part of the Wetterstein Mountains.

    

    After your start

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  • Difficult
    06:46
    8.88 mi
    1.3 mph
    3,975 ft
    2,075 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The eighth stage takes you up to the Wetterstein massif. Your hike starts in Weidach, a district of Leutasch. After crossing the Leutasch, follow the trail through the small village of Gasse and then enter the steep Puittal.

    

    The extensive mountain meadows, which are inhabited by sheep in the summer, are

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  • Difficult
    05:54
    8.40 mi
    1.4 mph
    2,325 ft
    3,375 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The tour on your ninth day leads you above the tree line and directly below the cliffs of the Wettersteingebirge through the Gaistal. You start your tour at the Wetterstein hut after enjoying your breakfast with a sensational view.

    

    The narrow trail alternates between green mountain meadows and flat scree

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  • Difficult
    04:23
    9.29 mi
    2.1 mph
    825 ft
    2,125 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    On your last stage, a relatively easy hike with a few vertical meters in the ascent awaits you.

    

    From the Tilfuß Alm you walk through the picturesque Gaistal always along the banks of the Leutascher Ache, until you reach the small Igelsee.

    

    From this point, it goes on comfortable ways and with great views

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    87.7 mi
  • Duration
    59:03 h
  • Elevation
    29,300 ft27,925 ft

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