Kufsteiner Klettersteig - Lower Gamskarköpfl

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On the ascent through the Kaisertal it is easy to see why this idyllic valley was chosen the most beautiful place in Austria. Past the unmistakable Einödhöfen and converted mountain inns such as the "Bergkhof" and the "Pfandl", the mountaineer hikes between the Zahmen and Wilden Kaiser, surrounded by alpine flower meadows. In the background, the rock wall of the Totenkirchl rises up and the 1,000 m long plate lines of the Kleine Halt tower out. Few places offer such a variety of natural beauty as the Kaisertal. The fact that the valley has only been accessible via a tunnel since 2008 enables a very original preservation of the valley. Even today, only the residents and authorised special trips are allowed to enter the Kaisertal. The hustle and bustle at the entrance to the valley is considerable, but the longer the hike towards Hinterbärenbad (Anton Karg Haus) Hans Berger Haus takes, the quieter it becomes for nature lovers. At the end of the valley, two exemplary guided huts of the OEAV section Kufstein and the Naturfreunde await the guest. At the Hinterbärenbad it is still worth taking a break and enjoying the special idyll before the tour really starts! Behind the Hinterbärenbad, follow the Bettlersteig towards Kaindlhütte until the path to Güttlersteig branches off. There the path meanders up through the forest, before after the tree line the massif of the western emperor and the Gamskarköpfl appears. The via ferrata first leads slightly through the rock flanks over the first to the second rock band. On the black wall the rock climbs up for the first time and the trail shows its "claws". Now it continues partly airy and when the chimney is finished, the "Adlerhorst" waits as a resting place. Over several steps one reaches the airy gods' passage, which lives up to its name. Once again mobilize your strength and climb up to the summit! At the summit the via ferrata walker is greeted by the simple, beautiful wooden cross and the view over the Kaiser summits all around rewarded for the efforts of the day. After the climb you can hike up to the Sonneck. The descent finally leads over the alpine Güttlersteig back to the well-deserved stop in the Kaisertal. It is also possible to climb the Kaiserschützensteig (B/C I+) to the highest peak of the Kaiser, the Ellmauer Halt, on another day.

Attention: The Kufsteiner Klettersteig is a long and demanding via ferrata in very alpine terrain. A good endurance and sure-footedness are basic requirements for this tour. It is recommended to plan 2 days for the tour, including overnight stay!

Route length
290 m
required climbing time
2 h

From the Kaiseraufstieg follow the signs into the Kaisertal until Hinterbärenbad. Another option would be to take the Kaiserlift to the top station, from there continue via the Steinbergalmen and the Bettlersteig to the Güttlersteig.


From Hinterbärenbad (Anton-Karg-Haus) follow the Bettlersteig, until the Güttlersteig branches off at approx. 1100 m in the direction of Sonneck (signpost). On the Güttlersteig uphill until the path leads past rocks on the right. Then you stand on a scree field and leave the path on the left on a newly laid out earthy path until you reach a prominent larch tree. The trail then leads straight down to the entrance.


It is also possible to choose the access via the Stripsenjoch in connection with the Stripsenkopf via ferrata to the Hans Berger Haus or Hinterbärenbad.

Approach time, minutes to the crag
4 h

From the summit briefly along the ridge in southeast direction and right down (wire rope passage A/B) to the Güttlersteig. Over this then over partly alpine terrain down to Hinterbärenbad.

Descent time
4 h 30 min
Altitude beginning of climb
1.600 m
Altitude starting point
500 m
Altitude en of climb
1.975 m
Altitude highest point
1.975 m
Via ferrata height
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Via the Inntal motorway to Kufstein, exit Kufstein Nord. At the roundabout take the 3rd exit towards Ebbs. Follow the road and at the 2nd crossing turn right into the district Sparchen (Kaiseraufstieg).

Öffentlicher Verkehr

From Kufstein railway station, take city bus line 1 or 2 to the "Kaisertal" stop.

With the KufsteinerlandCard within the region bus free of charge.


There is a large parking lot (chargeable) at the Kaiseraufstieg.

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