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A short Alpine break – the Karwendel Circuit in 3 stages

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A short Alpine break – the Karwendel Circuit in 3 stages

Hiking Collection by Achensee

5

Tours

30:37 h

40.9 mi

15,275 ft

The oldest protected area in Tyrol and the largest nature park in Austria begins on the west bank of the Achensee – the Karwendel. Here, a mountain chain with a unique landscape, cozy mountain huts and picture-perfect panoramas ticks all the boxes for a wonderful alpine hike. In this Collection, we present the three-day Karwendel circuit which guide you through the region’s varied sides.

On your round through the Karwendel, you hike through romantic alpine meadows, climb rugged peaks and spend cozy evenings in mountain huts. In addition to its picturesque forests, rustic rivers and impressive limestone Alps, the Karwendel is also home to an array of wildlife and plants. You have a good chance of spotting a golden eagle sailing through the air here, as the Karwendel has the most dense golden eagle population in the Alps.

The Karwendel circuit is not an easy hike – you should be experienced in alpine terrain, surefooted and in a good physical condition. The round starts in Pertisau am Achensee. From here, you can either take the cable car up to the Zwölferkopf or you can power up the first 1,650 feet (500 meters) in altitude on foot. The loop officially starts at the mountain station at the top of gondola.

If you don’t have three days, you can shorten the route to two days. On the second stage, we show you an option to bring you back to Pertisau, complete with magnificent views from the Sonnjoch.

No matter which variant you choose, reserve your accommodations in advance so that you are guaranteed a place to sleep. Don’t forget to pack sun protection, a rain jacket and some snacks, so you are well equipped for your mountain adventure.

Ready to go? You can look forward to the unique Karwendel region, peppered with views over the Achensee and the surrounding mountains – the perfect alpine short vacation.

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Karwendelrunde – Vom Achensee in 3 Etappen von Hütte zu Hütte

30.8 mi

11,325 ft

11,325 ft

Last updated: November 15, 2021

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    Intermediate
    01:44
    2.76 mi
    1.6 mph
    1,625 ft
    0 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Do you want to hike to the start of the Karwendel circuit on your own and earn an extra 500 meters in altitude? No problem! On your way up to the Zwölferkopf you will be rewarded with great views and an exciting route. The approach to the Karwendel circuit starts at the valley station of the Karwendel

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  • Difficult
    07:43
    10.9 mi
    1.4 mph
    3,400 ft
    4,075 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Your three-day hike through the Karwendel Mountains starts at the mountain station of the Karwendel cable car on the Zwölferkopf. From Pertisau you can relax at 1,500 meters. Don't worry, with over 1,000 vertical meters on today's daily program, there are still a few climbs ahead of you. Stage 1 of the

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  • Difficult
    07:02
    7.72 mi
    1.1 mph
    5,025 ft
    2,775 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    After a restful night on the Gramai Alm, continue with stage 2 on the Karwendel circuit. Today you can choose: either you have three days for the classic Karwendel circuit or you want to shorten it to two days. This stage is part of the classic round. It takes you a good twelve kilometers to the Lamsenjochh

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  • Difficult
    07:39
    9.88 mi
    1.3 mph
    3,700 ft
    4,700 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    If stage 2 of the Karwendel route is a bit too steep for you or you want to save a day of hiking, we will show you an alternative route here. This way you hike directly back to Pertisau via the Sonnjoch summit.

    

    The 16-kilometer tour starts at the Gramai Alm. From there, the route continues uphill via

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  • Difficult
    06:28
    9.63 mi
    1.5 mph
    1,500 ft
    4,775 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    As soon as you get up, you can see the spectacular rock faces of the Lamsenspitze from the Lamsenjochhütte - and there you go. Today there is only one climb waiting for you, but the third stage of the Karwendel circuit is challenging. As a reward, a dreamy, high alpine landscape awaits you.

    

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    5
  • Distance
    40.9 mi
  • Duration
    30:37 h
  • Elevation
    15,275 ft

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