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Tessa Mellinger

von Tessa Mellinger

August 26, 2020

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Seven at one stroke: the high alpine pasture round hike in the Gaistal valley

The Gaistal is known as an alpine paradise and lives up to its name: here, one alpine pasture after another worth visiting awaits hikers and cyclists. The most rewarding hike in the Gaistal is therefore the Hochalmen-Rundwanderung: it connects 7 (!) of the most beautiful alpine pastures in the idyllic valley. And all this on wonderful paths. What awaits you on this round and which highlights you should not miss, you can find out here.

Who says "Alm", must also say Gaistal

On one side the Hohe Munde, on the other the Wetterstein mountains and in between a green valley, a turquoise river, lots of forest, lots of cows and even more marmots: that is the Gaistal near Leutasch. And spread all along the way: the numerous alpine pastures and huts! Whether on the valley floor or at lofty heights, more than 10 rustic and panoramic alpine pastures have accumulated in the expansive valley. During the Hochalmen-Rundwanderung you can hike 7 of them: The Wettersteinhütte, the Wangalm, the Rotmoosalm, the Steinerne Hüttl, the Tillfussalm, the Gaistalalm and the Hämmermoosalm. What you should bring for the hike are a good condition, some surefootedness and plenty of hunger for good hut food! Depending on the breaks at the huts, you will be on the road for at least 10 hours. If you should squat nevertheless on a hut (too) long: The hike can be easily shortened in several places.

The promising prelude: Wettersteinhütte & Wangalm

The circular hike starts at the beginning of the Gaistal, preferably early in the morning. A sporty steep section awaits you here, where you already overcome a few meters in altitude. Afterwards, you will take the forest road or a small forest path to the Wetterstein hut (1,717m). Here is already the first wonderful sun terrace of the tour, from which you can enjoy great views over the Leutasch for the first time.

You should not miss this at the Wettersteinhütte: the sunny terrace, coffee (surely well deserved after an early start) and cake, the famous blue gentian schnapps.

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Only 10 minutes above the Wettersteinhütte is the next beautiful alp: The Wangalm (1,753m). Another great terrace, this time with a view of the Wettersteinhütte and Leutasch, awaits hikers here. You'll also often meet climbers here who are scaling the walls of the Schüsselkar behind them.

You shouldn't miss this on the Wangalm: the Wangalmbrettl, the Kaiserschmarrn and the view of the Wettersteinhütte.

The guardian of the Gaistal: The Rotmoosalm

After the first two alpine pastures, a scenically impressive section of trail follows. Behind the Wangalm, you climb up through the rock garden in the Scharnitztal valley with a view of the rugged walls of the Schüsselkar. At the large boulder you turn off to the Scharnitzjoch and overcome again a few meters of altitude on the small trail. Arrived at the Joch, you can look at the opposite Gehrenspitze, the Hohe Munde and the Gaistal - and also the Rotmoosalm shows up for the first time. The route continues without difficulty and with little altitude gain via the Südwandsteig. A little surefootedness is required, but the views remain impressively beautiful even here. After a short descent from Schönberg, you finally reach the spectacularly situated Rotmoosalm, which towers at 2,030 meters above the Gaistal and is thus the highest alpine pasture in the valley.

You should not miss this at the Rotmoosalm: the Kaspressknödl fried in clarified butter and the homemade cakes from landlady Gabi.

Perhaps the most rustic alpine pasture in the Alps: The Steinerne Hüttl

After the Rotmoosalm follows the fourth of the seven huts: the Steinerne Hüttl (1,925m). Those who have tired legs or cannot part with the sunny terrace of the Rotmoosalm can descend directly from here to the Gaistalalm, otherwise continue via the beautiful Südwandsteig. Here you climb slightly uphill again in the direction of the Predigstuhl. The summit of the Predigtstuhl can still be taken, here a little surefootedness and a head for heights is required. From the Joch it goes slightly downhill to the Hüttl. The Steinerne Hüttl is the most rustic alpine pasture in the Gaistal, and with "rustic" is meant above all "simple": the small hut made of stone and wood has a fine, panoramic terrace and a very small, good map.

This is what you should not miss at the Steinernen Hüttl: the view all the way to the Zillertal Glacier, the refreshing drinks from the cool fountain.

Over beautiful paths into the valley: To the Tillfussalm

Now follow a few meters of altitude downhill back into the Gaistal. Over a small path it goes steadily towards the valley, until the thighs slowly begin to burn. Then the Tillfussalm (1,382m) comes just right and waits with a relaxing stop, while you now look from the sun terrace once again on the Hohe Munde and the peaceful grazing young cows. By the way, behind the Tillfussalm stands the pretty hunting lodge where the Bavarian writer Ludwig Ganghofer once wrote his works.

You should not miss this on the Tillfussalm: the Tillfussbrettl, the homemade buttermilk, the fresh yogurt with fruits.

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Further through the Gaistal: The Gaistalalm

Along the turquoise blue Leutascher Ache (wonderful cooling on hot days!) you hike on to the penultimate of the seven alpine pastures, the Gaistalalm (1,373m). Here you can really enjoy yourself once again and completely make up for the calorie deficit of the long tour.

You should not miss this at the Gaistalalm: the dumpling duo, the Almrösti, the homemade apple strudel (tastes like from grandma!).

Das Grande Finale der Wanderung: Die Hämmermoosalm

Those who still have enough strength in their legs make their way from the Gaistalalm to the Hämmermoosalm. Those who have already had enough or are late, can also skip it and go back on the direct way. The way along the Ganghoferweg is flat and nice to walk until you finally arrive at the big alp at the beginning of the valley.

You shouldn't miss this at the Hämmermoosalm: the famous schnitzels, the Hämmermoos salad and one last view of the tour's constant companion, the Hohe Munde.

Finally, you return via the Ganghoferweg or the forest path. At the Salzbach parking lot, you can once again cool your feet in the natural Kneipp facility on the Leutascher Ache - after all, this is the best regeneration after the extensive tour!

For connoisseurs: the high alpine pasture round hike as a 2-day tour

Those who prefer to take it easy can also do the Hochalmen round hike in two days, because all huts also offer nice overnight accommodations. Summit strikers can also take a few mountain peaks along the way. For this purpose, a detour to the Gehrenspitze with its great views or to the Predigstuhl between the Wangalm and Rotmoosalm is particularly suitable, or also a climb to the "Gatterl" above the Steinernen Hüttl, from where you can look up to the Zugspitze.

Parlour in the Rotmoosalm

At a glance: The high alpine pasture round hike in the Gaistal valley
High Pasture alpine hut hike above the Gaistal Valley

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Start Point: Leutasch parking Stupfer (P2)

End Point: Leutasch parking Stupfer (P2)

24,20 km

09:45 h

1261 hm

2132 m

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Before the hike you should definitely take a look at the alpine pastures and huts list to check the current opening hours and possible rest days of the huts.

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