From hut to hut – 4 days through the Kleinwalsertal in Austria

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From hut to hut – 4 days through the Kleinwalsertal in Austria

Hiking Collection by Kleinwalsertal
3-6 days
3-6 h / day
28.8 mi
7,150 ft
9,925 ft

Rugged, rocky peaks, gentle hills, rustic mountain huts, cosy alpine pastures, babbling brooks and gushing rivers – countless wonderful hiking trails await in the Kleinwalsertal (little Walser valley) in Austria. The Kleinwalsertal, affectionately known as the "most beautiful dead-end road in the world", opens up a wide variety of alpine nature in a very small area. What could be better than exploring this picturesque valley on a multi-day hike which takes you from mountain hut to hut?

The 4-day routes in this Collection guide you to the most beautiful peaks in the Kleinwalsertal. Known as a holiday region, the valley is loved for its incomparable hospitality and delicious local food. So, it goes without saying that each stage also includes one (or more) hut and mountain inn.

Each day takes you to unique scenic highlights and unforgettable places. First, your feet carry you over the majestic peaks of the Allgäu Alps and on to the highest peak of the Kleinwalsertal, the Große Widderstein. The varied path through the Duratal valley brings you to the barren Gottesacker plateau and up to the Hohe Ifen. One highlight follows the next on these routes. And, at the end of each stage, you will find a cosy hut where you can relax, enjoy the magnificent views, and tuck into a delicious dinner.

Tip: The most comfortable, stress-free and environmentally friendly way to reach the Kleinwalsertal is by Walserbus. Just hop on and head to your next adventure. You can find more information here: kleinwalsertal.com/de/Aktuelles-Service/Service/Walserbus-und-Allgau-Walser-Card.

Are you rearing to go yet? Are your feet getting itchy? The Kleinwalsertal awaits!

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Tours & Highlights

    3.16 mi
    1.3 mph
    1,425 ft
    1,000 ft
    Intermediate mountaineering route. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The four-day round trip takes you over and around the most beautiful Kleinwalsertal peaks. It goes from hut to hut. Each section has unique scenic highlights and is a mountain experience in itself: Between Kanzelwand and Mindelheimer hut the majestic peaks of the Allgäu Alps lie at your feet, on the mountain trail between Gemsteltal and Bärgunttal the highest peak of the Kleinwalsertal, the Großer Widderstein, is within your reach. For a change then the way through the shady Duratal, the crossing of further managed alpine meadows until you reach the barren Gottesackerplateau, which is the highlight of the last stage together with the Hohe Ifen.It starts on the first stage at the mountain station of the Kanzelwandbahn. The big climb up to the mountain you can of course comfortably travel with the gondola. From the mountain station, you first hike to the Kanzelwandgipfel at 2,058 meters. Here you can enjoy a moment the beautiful view of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Then it continues on the German mountain flank. Expect extensive descents and ascents, exposed and rope insured areas and juicy mountain pastures with peacefully grazing cows. At the end of the first stage you reach the Fiderepasshütte at 2,070 meters, where you spend the night.

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    7.16 mi
    1.5 mph
    1,625 ft
    1,850 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    On the second stage, you hike from the Fiderepass hut via a rough path up to the Fiderepassscharte, where there are rope insurances at the exposed points. From the top you have a nice view back to the Fiderepass hut. Afterwards, a rocky, initially downhill descent awaits you via the Saubuckel in the direction of the Taufersbergalpe.Here you hike on the Krumbacher Höhenweg below the Mindelheim via ferrata through rocky terrain to the Mindelheimer Hütte at 2,103 meters, which only requires a moderate ascent. At the hut you can take an extensive break and let yourself be pampered with delicious food while enjoying the best panoramic view.Freshly strengthened, it continues on the high path over the Geißhornjoch and the Gemstelpass. With a little luck, you can spot ibexes along the way. From the Glemstal Pass you hike to the stage destination, the Widdersteinhütte below the summit of the same name.

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  • Difficult
    7.92 mi
    1.5 mph
    1,975 ft
    3,250 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    From the Widdersteinhütte you hike at the beginning of the third stage over the Seekopf to the Hochalppass. Here you can enjoy beautiful views over the green alpine meadows, on the rugged peaks and the lovely wooded valleys. From the pass, a steep ascent leads you into the Bärgunttal, where you can take a first break on the Bärgunthütte.About 45 minutes after the Bärgun hut you will reach Baad, where you can take another break. After Baad you dive into the wild and romantic Duratal and climb up to the Starzeljoch. You walk through shady forests, past rock faces and rushing streams. Rocky terrain leads you then over the Starzelalp up to the Starzeljoch. From here you continue to the Ochsenhofer Scharte at 1,850 meters altitude. A short descent will finally take you to the Schwarzwasserhütte, today's stage destination.

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    10.6 mi
    1.5 mph
    2,125 ft
    3,825 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Today, the grand finale is on the last stage: from the Schwarzwasserhütte you hike across the Ifersguntalpe and the Eugen-Köhler-Weg to the unique Ifen Plateau. You pass a few exposed and rope insured jobs. On top of the summit you can let the magnificent view of the Hohe Ifen affect you. Then you leave the plateau in an easterly direction by climbing the rocky descent through the Ifenmauer.Past the mountain station of the Ifen II cable car at 2,020 meters, you will hike over the Gottesacker. Here you should absolutely pay attention to the soil markings and generally only cross the plateau in good visibility. Carefully you go over the rugged rock slabs to the dilapidated upper Gottesackeralpe.Here you turn towards Wäldele / Hirschegg. Through the Gottesackerloch and the wild and romantic Kürenwald you descend and run along the rushing Schwarzwasserbach along to Riezlern.Important: There are no rest stops and water points between Ifersguntalpe and Wäldele, as the mountain station Hahnenköpfle is not farmed in the summer. So take with you enough provisions for the hike.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    28.8 mi
  • Duration
    19:27 h
  • Elevation
    7,150 ft9,925 ft

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From hut to hut – 4 days through the Kleinwalsertal in Austria