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)

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