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Eagle Walk Stage 11: Karwendelhaus - Birkkarspitze - Hallerangerhaus

Eagle Walk Stage 11: Karwendelhaus - Birkkarspitze - Hallerangerhaus

Overview

Starting point: Karwendelhaus
Finishing point: Hallerangerhaus
Ascent1,440 m
Highest point2,750 m
Route distance14.0 km
Walking time / total08:30 hh:mm
Walking time / ascent0:0 hh:mm
Level of difficultydifficult

Elevation profile

 

Route: Karwendelhaus - Schlauchkar - Schlauchkarsattel - Birkkar hut - summit Birkkarspitze - Schlauchkar saddle - Hinterautal valley - Kastenalm - Lafatscher Niederleger - Hallerangerhaus

Route description:
Next to the Karwendelhaus begins the marked trail to the Birkkarspitze, which is initially quite steep and in places rope-secured in the rocky terrain through mountain pines and avalanche barriers up. Somewhat less steep, the route then heads in a southeasterly direction into the seemingly endless Schlauchkar. The route leads past the junction to the Hochalmkreuz (left) and the junction to the Brendelsteig (right). Here you keep the direction and climb somewhat laboriously - partly in rocky terrain and in unpleasant scree - up through the cirque. The cairns also provide orientation here. The path becomes increasingly steep, the last section to the Schlauchkar saddle runs in a southwesterly direction. In this area you have to cross a hard snow field most of the time, it is best to follow the footprints. From the Schlauchkar saddle (2,639 meters) then past the Birkkarhütte (emergency shelter) and over the rope-secured climb in easy scrambling along the west ridge over to the summit of the Birkkarspitze (2,749 meters) with the cross. From the summit back to the Schlauchkar saddle and down to the south. First, the route descends steeply through boulders, in places secured by ropes, into the western Birkkar. Here continue on a good path - often through scree fields, in sections again quite steep. Finally, on the orographic left side of the Birkkarbach, the path goes fairly straight down into the Hinterautal valley to the forest road. Enter along the valley floor and keep going in the direction of "Kastenalm" or "Hallerangerhaus". On the road, pass the Kastenalm and the Jagdhaus Kasten on the right, then steeply uphill in the sparse forest, above the deeply buried Lafatscherbach stream.

The road leads into a kind of high valley, here the route initially runs gently uphill or almost flat next to the Lafatscherbach stream. After the hunting lodge it goes a little steeper up into the alpine area of the Lafatscher-Niederleger with the rustic alpine house. Here you continue leisurely through the meadows. At the fork in the path, keep to the right in the direction of the "Hallerangerhaus" (on the left: Hallerangeralm - 10 minutes each way). Now the last meters of altitude up to the stage destination, the Hallerangerhaus (1,768 meters), a popular base in the Karwendel Nature Park.

Alpine emergency call:
Call: 140

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