Through the Karwendeltal valley to the Karwendelhaus hut

Extensive but easy valley hike through the Karwendel Nature Park to the beautiful Karwendelhaus mountain hut on the Hochalmsattel saddle.

The Karwendeltal valley stretches from the village of Scharnitz through the Karwendel Mountains to the Hochalmsattel saddle at 1,800 m asl, where the well-known Karwendelhaus is located. This mountain hut is an important base for multi-day tours through the Karwendel Nature Park. The trail overcomes 16 kilometres and an altitude difference of 800 metres - the hiking path is mostly flat, the last section, however, is quite steep and follows a wide path winding up in serpentines (400 m of altitude difference).

The Karwendeltal is a beautiful valley lined with coniferous forests and mountain pastures, dominated by the peaks of the Northern Karwendel Mountains and the Hinterautal Mountain Chain. The continuous flow of the Karwendelbach stream accompanies our hike. Plan a whole day for the hike and schedule at least 4 hours for each direction. A good stamina is necessary!

If you would like to shorten this hike, you can book either a shuttle service for the way back or an overnight stay at the Karwendelhaus mountain hut. The trail is quite easy and has no particular demands, but it is - as mentioned above - very long. The landscape and nature of the Karwendeltal valley are unique! The gentle valley and the rugged rock faces are a fascinating ensemble and magic backdrop.

Author: AT

Important: if you want to do this hike, please take information about the current conditions on site!

Starting point: Scharnitz, “Karwendeltäler” parking space
Destination: Karwendelhaus mountain hut
Signposts: “Karwendeltal”, no. E4, “Karwendelhaus”
Distance: approx. 16 km (each direction)
Walking time: approx. 4.5 hours (each direction)
Altitude difference: approx. 810 m (each direction)
Altitude level: between 980 and 1,780 m asl
Experienced in: June 2016

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