Innsbruck fixed-rope route

The Nordkette fixed-rope route takes you across seven summits, from Mt. Hafelekar to the Frau Hitt peak

A great view on Innsbruck offers the Innsbruck panoramic fixed-rope route, also called "Hannes Gasser Route". This via ferrata is secured by a 2,000 metres long wire rope, 700 hooks and 150 special pins: In 2008, it was completely renovated. The path starts at the 2,269 m high Hafelekar which can be reached from Innsbruck by the Nordkette Cable Car. After a short hike you reach the access to the via ferrata. After a steep ascent, it leads to Mt. Seegrubenspitze, and to the Eastern (2,432 m a.s.l.), the Middle (2,435 m a.s.l.) and the Western Kaminspitze peak (2,445 m a.s.l.).

Afterwards, you really need nerves of steel, as you have to get over the 8 metres long pending bridge called Seufzerbrücke, the Bridge of Sighs. Further on you reach Mt. Kemacher (2,480 m a.s.l.) and the Langer Sattel pass (2,258 m a.s.l.). At this point, there's the official descent of section 1 to the Seegrube: Section 2 of the Innsbruck fixed-rope route (Innsbrucker Klettersteig) is even more challenging. It leads to the Eastern Sattelspitze peak (2,369 m a.s.l.) and - after several vertical rocks - to a 35 m high wall with hooks and an overhanging rock. Past the Frau Hitt peak and the Frau Hitt Saddle, you can descend on a path to the Seegrube.

  • Starting point - valley: Innsbruck, 574 m a.s.l.
  • Starting point - mountain: Hafelekar mountain station, 2,269 m a.s.l.
  • Mountain range: Karwendel Mountains

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Sections: 2
  • Descents: Langer Sattel (section 1), Frau Hitt Saddle (section 2)
  • Difficulty of the route: B - C (in places C/D)

Suggest an edit/correction

Our editorial staff is always committed to ensuring the highest quality and accuracy of the information we publish. If you have suggestions to improve this page you can send them to us using the form below. Thank you in advance!


Suggested accommodations

  1. Holiday Resort Lake Natters
    Holiday Resort Lake Natters

    Holiday Resort Lake Natters

Tips and more infos