Via the Lafatscherjoch saddle to the Hallerangerhaus

Demanding mountain tour from the Inntal valley into the heart of the Karwendel Mountains, overcoming an altitude difference of 1,700 m.

The ancient Salt Road through the Halltal valley starts in Absam near Hall in the Inntal valley. At the edge of the Bettelwurf quarter, where the further course of the road is closed to traffic (except for the shuttle service), there’s a parking space for hikers. The best way through the narrow valley is the Fluchtsteig path, running parallel to the asphalt road and leading to the St. Magdalena snack bar at 1,270 m asl. It is the only rest point of this tour. Slightly higher, at approx. 1,500 m asl, there’s the former salt mine with its miners’ refuge and the mansions.

We walk via the Issjöchl saddle (1,670 m asl) to the high alpine landscape of the Issanger, where the ascent to the Lafatscher Joch starts. This saddle at 2,081 m asl represents the highest point of our mountain tour. Around us, the peaks of the Karwendel Mountains rise up to the sky, from the Wildangerspitze and the Stempeljochspitzen to Mount Lafatscher and the Speckkarspitze.

The path snakes its way across the wild and nearly untouched nature of the Karwendel Alpine Park, a protected area. The narrow trail leads us downhill to the Hallerangerhaus at 1,768 m asl - this section coincides with a stage of the Karwendel high-altitude trail. We enjoy a rest at the hut and the culinary delicacies it has to offer. The long way back - following the same route - is still ahead…

Author: AT

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

Starting point: Absam, “Halltal” parking space near the Bettelwurf quarter
Destination: Lafatscherjoch saddle, Hallerangerhaus mountain hut
Signposts: no. 221, 223, 224
Distance: approx. 10.7 km (each direction)
Walking time: approx. 4.5 hours (ascent), 4 hours (descent)
Altitude difference: 1,340 m (ascent), 360 m (descent), vice versa when returning
Altitude level: between 800 and 2,085 m asl
Suggestion: take the shuttle service (chargeable) to reach the end of the asphalt road in the Halltal valley. By starting from this point, you can save 550 m of altitude difference and 4 km in each direction. The walking time reduces to approx. 3 hours (each direction). Further information at the Hall-Wattens tourist information: office@hall-wattens.at.
Experienced in: June 2017

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