Via the Old Gaicht Pass to Lake Haldensee

The route via the Old Gaicht Pass proceeds from Weissenbach in the Lechtal valley into the Tannheimer Tal valley. This ancient arterial road is nowadays a well-known hiking and cycling trail, leading us to Lake Haldensee.

Around 1550 AD the Gacht Pass road (or Gaicht Pass) was built for salt and wine transport purposes between Tyrol and the Allgäu. Nowadays the ancient road with its stone bridges over the Weissenbach gorge is a protected monument. Thanks to the commitment of a separate committee, the road could remain unchanged and is now a well-known hiking and cycling trail.

We start in Weissenbach am Lech and follow the course of the stream towards Untergaicht and the first signposts indicating “Alter Gachtpass”. The path snakes its way at the steep slope above the gorge to the small hamlet of Gaicht. Here the valley opens up and we continue our walk to the water divide near Nesselwängle, crossing the state road twice.

The path leads us through the flat valley to the beautiful Haldensee lake. On the southern shore we reach the Tauschers Alm mountain hut, located in the surroundings of the village Haldensee near Grän. If you don’t want to return along the same 10 km long route, we recommend to take the public bus back to Weissenbach am Lech, our starting point.

Author: AT

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

Starting point: Weissenbach am Lech
Destination: Lake Haldensee near Grän
Signposts: “Alter Gaichtpass” (Gachtpass), no. 810, no. 1
Distance: approx. 10.5 km (each direction)
Walking time: approx. 3 hours (each direction)
Altitude difference: approx. 370 m
Altitude level: between 880 and 1,160 m asl
Experienced in: August 2016

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