Karwendel High Route

The high-altitude trail through Austria’s biggest nature park overcomes 60 km and impressive 7,000 m of altitude difference.

The Karwendel Alpine Park, the largest nature park of Austria comprising a surface of more than 700 sqkm, invites to a spectacular tour of several days along the Karwendel High Route. The trail leads in six days from the valley bottom to the majestic peaks of the Karwendel Mountains, partly on demanding hiking paths requiring good physical condition.

Here are the stages, the 1st and 3rd can be shortened thanks to the lift facilities: from Seefeld via the Seefeld High Plateau to the Nördlinger Hütte mountain hut (6.5 km), via the Ursprungsattel saddle and the Eppzirler Ridge to the Solsteinhaus mountain hut near Zirl (6.7 km), along the Gipfelstürmerweg trail and the Goethe Path to the Pfeishütte mountain hut near Innsbruck (16.5 km), on the Wilde Bande Trail and the famous Via Alpina to the Bettelwurfhütte mountain hut near Absam (8.9 km), on the Eagle Trail to the Hallerangerhaus mountain hut near Absam (5.8 km), and on the last stage descending through the Hinterautal valley to Scharnitz (19.3 km).

The refuges invite to taste the Tyrolean specialities and enjoy an evening in the heart of a pristine natural landscape. Along the Karwendel High Route there are a total of five mountain huts: the Nördlinger Hütte (2,238 m a.s.l.), the Solsteinhaus (1,806 m a.s.l.), the Pfeishütte (1,922 m a.s.l.), the Bettelwurfhütte (2,077 m a.s.l.) and the Hallangerhaus (1,768 m a.s.l.). It’s recommended to hike the trail from the west to the east, the best season are the months from mid-June to September.

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